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 or get paint in her hair.  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 love a great renovation project, I like 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)! 

Better Homes and Gardens Refresh Magazine featuring Our Fifth House

I've been honored to have had projects featured in Family Circle, All You and Cottages and Bungalows 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.  
Our Fifth House
This blog is an online journal of sorts where I love to share simple decorating ideas, diy projects, organization tips, furniture steals, fashion finds, healthy recipes and……..life as it unfolds.  I hope this blog inspires you to not only find your style but to rock it fearlessly.  And if nothing else I hope you find something here to make you smile and laugh. 

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

Come take a tour of my old house (house #5) here, and check out the before tour of our new house (#6) here.  

For behind the scenes action follow along on Instagram!

My e-mail is always open  - shoot me a line!  --->  Carmel@ourfifthhouse.com

*Photos of me taken by the oh so very talented Sarah Grashel Photography


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