New Year New Room Refresh Challenge: Bathroom Makeover – Phase One Done!
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by Carmel
1w ago
Well friends, we’ve reached the end of the annual New Year New Room Refresh Challenge, and I’m not quite “finished” with this bathroom makeover. However, I’ve crossed the majority of the DIY portion off my to-do list, so I’m calling this challenge a win! Phase one was all about adding molding and color to this space, and I’m in love with the impact just these two simple changes have made in here. If you remember, last week I was still waffling between painting the walls or painting the molding with this deep, rich, warm brown (Madeira Wine from the Historic Charleston Duron Collection for She ..read more
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My Top 5 Favorite Finds of 2023!
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by Carmel
1w ago
Before the first month of the new year is over, I want to share my top 5 favorite finds of 2023. No surprise, they are all home related! In no particular order…. 1. My Beautiful Slow Cooker The slow cooker we received as a wedding present 23 years ago bit sadly the dust, so I was in the market for a new one. I landed on this Beautiful slow cooker, and I can’t love it more. I’m always such a fan of form meeting function. And this beauty had me, hook, line, and sinker, with the gold details. But it was the removable lid stand, cord wrap on the back, and all the different programming options that ..read more
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New Year New Room Refresh Challenge: Molding is Done, Help Me Decide on a Paint Color!
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by Carmel
1w ago
It’s week four of the New Year New Room Refresh Challenge, which means it’s crunch time as the challenge ends next week! Thank goodness I’m finished with the board and batten molding, but now I need to decide on a paint color. I had originally planned on going dark and moody in this bathroom vanity space. See my inspiration here. But now that I have the molding up….. …I’m not so sure I want to paint it dark. Excuse my terrible Instagram Stories mockups, but you get where I’m going, right? What are your thoughts? Should I paint the molding dark brown, as I had originally planned? I think if ..read more
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New Year New Room Refresh Challenge: How to Plan, Measure, & Install Board & Batten Wall Molding
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by Carmel
1w ago
It’s week 3 of the New Year New Room Refresh Challenge, and I’ve started installing the board and batten wall molding. If you’re just now tuning in, you can check out my inspiration for this bathroom makeover here and see my design mood boards here. I’m not yet done, but the board and batten in this one corner of the bathroom is already looking so good! I just love the way molding elevates a space. It always adds so much character and interest! This particular type of molding project is very beginner-friendly. I’m certainly not an expert. So trust me, if I can do this, you can too! With board ..read more
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New Year New Room Refresh Challenge: Jack-n-Jill Bathroom Design Mood Board
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by Carmel
1w ago
As I mentioned last week, I’m going for a moody, masculine vibe with classic details in my son’s Jack-n-Jill bathroom. However, plot twist, in the small vanity area that’s off the library I want to add a touch of femininity. I like the idea of playing up the whole Jack and Jill thing with the two separate vanity areas, giving one more of a masculine look and going a bit girly in the other. So each space will have a slightly different vibe but will be visually tied together through color. I’ll, of course, be adding some vintage finds in there as well, but are you getting the overall vision? A ..read more
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New Year New Room Refresh Challenge: Moody, Masculine Bathroom Ideas
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by Carmel
1w ago
Happy New Year, friends! Once again, I’m kicking off the year by joining a group of my fellow design creatives in taking on The New Year New Room Refresh Challenge. This is my fifth year participating in this challenge that was dreamed up by Stephanie at Casa Watkins Living, and it’s truly something I’ve come to look forward to doing every January. This year, I’ll be bringing you all along as I give my son’s bathroom a moody, masculine vibe. Every Tuesday, I’ll be sharing an update here on Our Fifth House, and the goal is to have a “finished” space by the end of the month. (But is any room eve ..read more
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Christmas Home Tour 2023
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by Carmel
1w ago
While I typically like to decorate my screen porch for Christmas before Thanksgiving, I don’t usually deck the rest of the halls in my home until I’ve had my fill of pumpkin pie. Welcome to my Christmas home, where if we’re not watching a Christmas movie, we’re listening to Christmas music, and of course, we’re doing it all in our Christmas jammies. We’ve had these velvet stockings since my children were just babes, and I still love them so much! This is the first time I’ve ever dried orange slices to use in my holiday decor, and I can guarantee it won’t be my last. They are so charming ..read more
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Gift Guide: For the Book Lover
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by Carmel
1w ago
I’m not saying this book lover’s gift guide is my personal wish list, but I’m also not saying I wouldn’t love for these items to be waiting for me under the tree this year! Although, I already have similar items to numbers 2 and 7. 1. These classic book Kindle covers are beautiful and can be personalized. 2. Speaking of personalization, these bamboo bath caddies can be engraved. 3. This wine label is hilarious – Open Bottle If Favorite Character Dies. Slap this label on any bottle of wine, and it’s the perfect, fun, easy gift for your book-loving friend! 4. I love this custom book embosser! I ..read more
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Gift Guide: For The Beauty Queen
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by Carmel
1w ago
Are you done with your holiday shopping or are you just getting started? I’m about halfway there which is also where I am with my Christmas decorating. If you can believe it, I actually ordered an inflatable for our front yard this year. Who am I?! Y’all, it’s so cute that I just couldn’t resist! I’ll be sure to share pics when we get it set up! While I await the arrival of my first-ever yard inflatable, I’ve been scouring the internet trying to check off everyone on my gift list. There are some crazy good deals on beauty right now! SO many of my personal favorites are on sale! 1. My husband ..read more
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Anthropologie-Inspired Snow Globe Candle
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by Carmel
3M ago
I fell in love with this Anthropologie snow globe candle, and I almost bought it. But the $38 price gave me pause, and I felt like I might be able to make one for less. And I was right! And the best part is, I like my version better! I’ve made two so far, and I plan to make a few more to give as gifts. I shared a reel on Instagram showing how easy these are to make, and I also saved the step-by-step instructions to a highlight in my Instagram bio. These Better Homes & Gardens candles with their wooden tops are perfect for this simple Christmas craft. They’re normally priced at $10.87 ..read more
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