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about me

Hello!  I'm Carmel.  I wouldn't call myself a design expert or a hardcore do-it-yourselfer.  I'm just a wife and mom who isn't afraid to fly her style freak flag.  I think design should be fun not complicated. And while I know expertise and skill can be useful tools when renovating and designing your home, I don't think fearlessness should be underestimated.  A lot can be accomplished with a can-do attitude, a willingness to learn and a desire to create a house you'll love to call home. 

Home should be your happy place, and making it that way shouldn't be stressful.  As much as I think a great renovation project can totally update the look of a space, I love how simple decor changes can totally transform a room.  I live for quick under-an-hour diy projects, bargain hunting and furniture rearranging.  If there's a design rule I follow it's this:  A home should reflect the personality of the people who live under it's roof.  

I started this blog as a creative outlet back in 2010, right after we moved into our fifth house…….hence the name.  Little did I know that this blog would see me through a feature in a national magazine and a move to a new city (hello house #6).  

I've been honored to have had projects featured in Family Circle and All You Magazines as well as to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Lowe's, World Market, Ballard Designs, Houzz, Joss & Main, The Tile Shop and The Home Depot.  

Writing this blog keeps me inspired, and I hope that it inspires you in some small way as well! 

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Every now and again I share some personal stuff.   These are the posts that mean the most to me:

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