apple Our Fifth House: September 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Go Bold & Go Home - My Joss & Main Curator's Collection

It's LIVE!!!

My curator's collection at Joss & Main!

GO BOLD & GO HOME!



They made me look a whole lot cooler than I actually am.   I'll take it - thankyouverymuch!

A big thank you to all of you for helping to make my dreams for this little blog of mine come true!

xoxoxoxoxo -

Let's get our shopping on - y'all -

this stuff is selling faster than pancakes in Gatlinburg!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ugly Truth 2 (Abstract Art)

Abstract Art



That's what the hubs calls it.

;)

This wall - hallway - that I blogged about, ummmmmm.......here.  Yeah, back in August of 2011!

Yeah, been rockin' the abstract art look for way too long.

I'd say I'm embarrassed.

But the truth is - I'm not.

Life happens.

I blog about wanting to do things- like paint some stripes on walls -

but, walls don't get painted or rather they don't get finished

and I keep on blogging anyway.

More life happens.

Some stuff gets done.

Like giant chalkboard calendar walls

and headboards made out of pegboard.

And well, who doesn't like abstract art?

Not me.

Obviously.

But seriously, I gotta get on this  -

like soon.


You wanna share some of your ugly truths -

it's all good -

we're in the nest

you know, the trust tree

get it out -

it feels good

to be real

and to share the ugly

um, I mean the abstract art.

whatever.


P.S.  Have you checked out Megan's new blog - Honey We're Healthy?  It's awesome!  I'm hoping that  just by reading I'll get in better shape - wonder how that's gonna work?  ;)

Happy Weekend - I've got stripes to paint...............maybe

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Window Box Bathroom Storage (perfect for a small bathroom)

I'm not the first person to think up the idea of hanging baskets on the wall for storage.  In fact, if you type in "basket bathroom storage" on Pinterest you'll find tons of images that will inspire you.  All that inspiration is what led me to turn this unused nook in our basement bathroom into a great little storage spot for hand towels and extra toilet paper.

See that little nook next to the shower stall?



It was the perfect spot for these wicker window boxes I turned into bathroom storage containers.

window box bathroom storage

And thanks to Lowe's it only cost me around $35 to make this little project happen.  Theses wicker window boxes are on sale right now - back in the summer they were $6.96 but now they're selling them for $5.22!  The hooks were about $3 each (also from Lowe's).

window box turned bathroom storage container

These window boxes are so great for storage.  They're nice and deep; perfect for holding towels and toilet paper.  They had a plastic lining in them, and I just cut it out.

window box bathroom storage

The metal number signs are something I added to dress them up a little.  I borrowed them from the metal pots I had on my potting bench and used a little twine to tie them on the front.


You could easily replicate this look with some wooden cut outs and either vinyl numbers or a stencil from the craft store.   I also think a little chalkboard label would be fun too.

basket bathroom storage

I love it when design meets function and the process was relatively painless - 'cause honestly when does that ever really happen?!

In case any of you are wondering - no I didn't use any anchors.  I used a pencil to mark where I wanted the hooks to go then screwed them directly into the wall, and they feel really secure.  I can always put some anchors in later but I hope I don't have to - I hate working with anchors.

The basement bathroom is almost done.  I'm glad to have the storage issue out of the way.  Finding creative ways to gain some storage space in a small bathroom can be kind of tough.  This idea of hanging baskets on the wall is a great solution that doesn't take up any floor space in a bathroom with a small footprint.

creating storage in a small bathroom
But mainly I'm just glad I won't have to yell out,"Ummmmmm, HELLO - I need some toilet paper here!"  Because you and I both know we never use the last of the toilet paper and yet we (women, moms) are always the ones that end up replacing the roll!  Seriously, can I get an AMEN?!  So, at least now - I'll have some back up rolls nearby ;) 



*Linking up at Hi Sugarplum!, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Home Stories A to Z , Thrifty Decor Chick 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Why I'm So Glad I Started This Little Blog - Part 2 of the Big Master Bathroom Debate

Last week I told you all that the hubs and I were considering making some changes in our master bathroom with the intention of expanding the master closet.  I asked you all to weigh in with your opinions on what's more important in a master suite - a large bath tub or a large closet.  Your thoughts and opinions were all so great!  I really want to thank you for taking the time to leave such thoughtful and insightful comments.  Seriously- there's no doubt, you all are the best readers ever!

So you want to know what we've decided?

We've decided to leave the bathroom, tub and closet as is for now.



This reader's suggestion is the one we liked the most.


Just had another thought - clawfoot tub reoriented 90 degrees, add more wood flooring to match the rest of the room, then add a big beautiful armoire on the outside of the closet wall - it could store clothes and a few towels w/o the cost/mess of a more involved tear down & add?

This suggestion literally made my eyes pop out of my head!  It addresses all of my major concerns.  I would be able to keep all that great light we get from the picture window, still have a soaking tub and get some additional storage!  I think this suggestion is a win -win - win!  I never would have thought of it on my own so big thanks to Mary B!

The truth about this giant jetted tub is - sometimes the jets don't work.  This tub is over 20 years old, and we've had a few issues.  One time this tub leaked - thank goodness it's directly over our garage so the water damage went through the ceiling of the garage rather than an internal room.  It's also really difficult to clean because of the size.  And last, this tub holds so much water that we typically run out of hot water before it's full.  All of this to say, replacing it with a smaller tub would actually be really nice.  I know many of you said you weren't tub people, but I do really like a nice soak every now and again.  The jets are nice but not truly a necessity.  


                                                                                          Source: houzz.com via Carmel (@ Our Fifth House) on Pinterest



I also love the idea of having an armoire in a bathroom.   This would give me tons of extra storage.  In fact, in my head I'm dreaming of a shoe armoire, which would open up so much space in our master closet.  If we stored our shoes outside of the closet we'd have tons more room in our small walk-in closet for just clothing.  But apart from function, I think an armoire in our bathroom would give it a great custom look without a custom price tag!

I'm so obsessed with this glass front armoire filled with shoes pictured below.  Seriously, I love it so much I want to lick it - that't totally normal right?

                                                                           Source: thisisglamorous.com via Carmel (@ Our Fifth House) on Interest


                                                         Source: vignettedesign.blogspot.com via Carmel (@ Our Fifth House) on Pinterest

                                                             Source: vignettedesign.blogspot.com via Carmel (@ Our Fifth House) on Pinterest


I'm excited to have a plan in mind, but nothing major will probably happen until next year.

It feels good to have finally made up our minds, and I have you - my readers to thank!  You always have such great insight and advice.  You're filled with enthusiasm and encouragement, and I'm beyond honored that you stop by to say hi!  I'm so darn glad I randomly decided to start this little blog!  You all are so dang smart!

P.S.  If you haven't joined Joss and Main yet, you can by pass the wait time and join for free today by clicking the link below!

http://www.jossandmain.com/invite/8J4

My collection goes live on Sunday - but don't worry I'll remind you again ;) 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DIY Fall List Table Runner

Yesterday when I showed you our fall table you got a little peek at the table runner I made.



It was an easy little diy project that took less than an hour to make!  I love quick and easy projects!  Don't you?!


I started with a scrap of fabric I had in my craft closet.  I laid it out over the table and cut it down to the size I wanted.  I did not hem the edges but instead decided I liked the rough edge look (otherwise known as the pure lazy look).

Then I had some fun with my new favorite craft supplies  - Fabric Fun Pastel Dye Sticks.  They are awesome!  I found them Hobby Lobby one day and I've had fun playing with them!  They write so smoothly.


All you do is write directly on your fabric  - I made a fall list of things we want to do this season, wrote lots of random fall words in different directions, and also traced a leaf I found in our backyard (God makes the best stencils!).  Then when I was done creating my " fall document fabric" I placed a white sheet of paper over the design and used a dry iron to set the color.  Then I washed it in the washing machine, dried it, and ironed it again.  It washed perfectly and the color stayed  - no smudging or bleeding.



These seasonal lists have become a tradition in our house.  You can check out last year's fall list here.  I love this list being on a table runner that we can keep and use again and again.  It's a little piece of history for our family.  And having this runner on our table adds a personal touch to all of our family meals!


  
Do you make a fall list?  I'm currently looking for a great gluten free pie crust recipe - so if you have one you would like to share - please do!



*Linking up At The Picket Fence, Ten June

Monday, September 24, 2012

Casual Fall Table

Well, we're back from San Diego, and we had a great time!  Apparently fall came to Kentucky while we were gone because I needed a sweatshirt this morning when I dropped the kiddies at school this morning.  It's my favorite time of year in the bluegrass so I'm beyond excited!

I like to have a little something special at the center of our table.  Just like everything else in my home I'm constantly tweaking.  Sometimes I have a simple vase or pitcher filled with fresh flowers or clippings from the yard, and other times I have a giant bowl of fruit or a hodge podge of candlesticks and hurricanes.  No matter what the season though, I tend to like a very simple look for our breakfast table.  The table in our kitchen is for everyday meals, and I like to keep things really casual and functional.

The weather has cooled off and it's officially fall, so I dressed our breakfast table accordingly.



Using things I already had I threw together a little something for all those everyday meals that bring us together.  Keeping the plates, napkins and silverware on the table makes it really easy for the kids to help set the table and once the plates are set there's space to bring the serving dish to the table.  We do a lot of casseroles and hearty soups during the fall season so it's nice to have a spot reserved for the main dish without having to rearrange or move the main centerpiece from the table (because everyone wants a second helping of my baked spaghetti  - and I don't want to have to get up to serve again).  Yes- I just tooted my own horn - I'm not the best cook so I take pride in the few things I do well! 


There's something about candles on a table that just feels like fall to me.  


My main goal this year in regards to seasonal decorating is to make use of what I already have on hand.   You can bring in the warm feeling of fall with just a few elements - branches, candles, dried wheat and pumpkins. 

Here's a peek at the runner I made  - more on it coming tomorrow. 


Have you dressed your table for fall?  




*Linking up at Savvy Southern Style

Friday, September 21, 2012

Me a Curator? Say Whaaaaaaat?

I totally thought I was being punked when I opened an email from Joss and Main inviting me to curate a collection for their ridiculously awesome online shopping site!  When I realized the invitation was legit I was beyond thrilled and super excited!  If you haven't heard of Joss and Main you might want to come out from under that huge rock. ;)

It's a great online shopping resource where you can find totally unique home accessories, everything from furniture to decorative boxes and trays.  And the very best part is the prices- - at up to 70% off retail you are sure to find a bargain!  Honestly though, what I love most about their site is that there's a new collection of products being offered all the time and because quantities are limited you come away with pieces not everyone will have in their home.  Plus there's that whole thrill of the awesome find!  I pretty much stalk their site.  I even have the phone app- that's how crazy I am about this shopping site!

It's a cool people (aka members only) site- and obviously you're cool if you're an Our Fifth House reader!  ;)

So if you aren't a member yet, you can join for free today by using this link -   http://www.jossandmain.com/invite/8J4

This way when my collection goes live on September 30th you'll be ready to shop with me! You won't want to miss it - I pretty much want 1 or 2 of everything in it myself!

On a personal note- I want to say Thank You to all of you who have made these super fun opportunities possible for me!  I know these things only come my way because of how awesome all of you are!

Oh and P.S.  - I wrote this post on my iPhone -crazy huh?!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Unplanned Life

Well, hello from sunny San Diego!  Yes, I'm straight chillin' on the West Coast.  You all know I'm from California right?  I grew up just north of Orange County.  Anyhow, my hub won a trip to San Diego through his company and it included spouses - woot!

I have to tell you I had a blog schedule for posts this week and well, it went completely out the window.  Packing and preparing for this trip kind of got the best of me and my well planned plans for this little blog of mine.  You see, this is an adults only trip.  I had to leave my babies behind in Kentucky.  They are well taken care of staying with family, but I just about had a breakdown in the airport.  I don't think I've ever been so flipping nervous and anxious in my life!  I almost backed out completely.  SO many thoughts crossed my mind.  I've never been this far away from them and it really freaked me out to leave them.  I felt very out of control having to leave them and allow someone else to care for them.

I got through.  I made it here.  They are absolutely fine.  They're better than fine.  They're having the time of their life "sleeping over" on a school night!  ;)  They don't miss me or my hub.  They barely even want to talk to us on the phone.

I prayed a little prayer before I boarded the plane.  I asked Big Daddy (I'm on a nickname basis with God - we're totally tight like that) to give me peace - to help me learn I don't always have to be in control - to help me to trust that He's got my back because deep down underneath the anxiety I know He does.

And guess what?  I'm actually enjoying myself!  I miss my munchkins like crazy but spending time with just my hub has been really fun.  We have regular date nights, but there is something totally different about spending more than a few hours alone together.

So, try not to hate me while I'm sailing on a boat today  - I promise not to wear my nautical themed pashmina afghan - (name that song).

I'll be back next week with some real posts.  For now, and for the next few days I'm allowing myself to live the unplanned life - and forcing myself to enjoy it!

Here's a peek at what's coming next week  -


I got bored packing and decided to dress my table for fall.  I'll show you the whole shabang next week!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Big Master Bathroom Debate

This is what our master bathroom looked like when we toured this house with our realtor.


that's a faux stained glass window - i replaced it with frosted glass

This bathroom had been updated about 7 years ago when the homeowners painted the cabinets white and had the counter top, bathtub surround, and shower stall tiled.  This isn't what we would have chosen if we were renovating, but at this point it seems silly to tear out perfectly good tile.  It's not at all bad looking; it just isn't what we would have chosen.  That being said, as many of you know, back in May we I started giving our bathroom a little makeover.  I was gifted a fresh paint job (Martha Stewart Sandpiper - same color on the ceiling of the master bedroom) for Mother's Day which led me to give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. 

knobs from Hobby Lobby 
I've also had the light fixtures replaced with new ones I found at Lowe's, and I picked up some new mirrors at HomeGoods.  Here's how things are looking now, but keep in mind it's not done or styled yet.  I just snapped these pics the other day so I could have you all weigh in on a little debate we're having here at our fifth house. 





So I was moving right along, getting ready to diy some fabric shades for the windows, thinking about changing the recessed light over the tub to a chandy, looking for a replacement faucet for the bathtub,  when I stopped one day and thought  - do we really need a tub?  

You see this door to the left of the tub?  


That door leads to our very small shared master closet.  




We've made the most of our small closet maximizing all the possible storage space, and we've even talked about replacing the wire shelving with some nice wood shelves.  However, even with nicer shelving this will still be a fairly small closet.  I've been thinking about knocking down this wall, removing the tub, and extending the closet. 


On the one hand it would be so great to have a little more clothing storage, but on the other hand I can't help but wonder what the return on investment would be for this type of project.  Would this be a negative move in the eyes of potential home buyers?  Not that we're planning to sell any time soon, but I can't help but always have that in the back of my mind (probably because we've moved so many times).  

What do you think?  Would you rather have a larger closet and no tub, or a modestly sized closet and a whirlpool tub?  

I mean we do have a nice sized shower that we use a lot more often than the tub. 


But on a cold night it is super relaxing to grab a glass of wine and soak in the tub with the jets on full blast. 


Are you pro-bathtub or pro-biggercloset?  I'm on the fence and it's making my head hurt to think about it - so throw me your opinions please!  

For the record  - the hub is pro-biggercloset - but don't let that sway you. 
 
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