Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Guest Post: Name 5 Things!!!

I'm so happy to introduce Emily from Name 5 Things with her absolutely lovely home today! This is one *busy* girl! She is an attorney, a DIYer, a wife, and doggy mommy, and has a fantastic blog that I love! I'm really not sure how she finds the time to do all that she does, but all of it is AMAZING. It doesn't hurt that she is absolutely adorable and every time I see one of her comments, I just automatically smile (c:



I was thrilled when the amazing Aubrey asked me to participate in this fun series. I have enjoyed reading about how others make their houses their own and am excited to share my thoughts.

Let's start first with the kitchen.  No matter how many people we have over (and how many times we encourage them to move into the living room), everyone always congregates in the kitchen.  Having an open kitchen (with a settee and ottomans) makes hanging out in the kitchen more comfortable.  We've made lots of fun memories in this area hanging out with family and friends.



I am also a big fan of sentimental touches around the house.  The frames you can see on the wall in the picture above actually hold hand-written family recipes.


And speaking of things with meaning, this bookshelf is full of them.  I have old books that belonged to my grandfather, a silhouette of my grandparents, vintage finds from various trips, and a vase full of corks (we generally try to write on the corks who we were with or what was going on that night).


Lastly, every home needs a place where you can decompress from the day.  Mine is certainly here in our bathtub.  We've made the space a little more personalized by painting a trellis pattern on the wall and adding a chandelier.


This series reminds me of a great quote I came across recently by Ted Carpenter:  "What I love most about my home is who I share it with."  And of course, my home is what it is because I share it with my wonderful husband and these two cuties.


I've found that sharing your home with family and friends and filling it with the things you love really are the best ways to make your home your own. Thanks so much Aubrey for having me today!

Thanks so much for all that inspiration, Em! I *LOVE* that recipe art idea...I hardly even ever think about fun art for in the kitchen area, but that is just brilliant. And Emily, I'm headed over to try out that fabulous looking tub...that's okay, right? (c:

And I have to say that I am COMPLETELY envious of her new Cocoa & Hearts painting...it is SO FANTASTIC.
While you are there drooling over the painting, you should find all of the fantastic DIY projects she has done...her blog is just *full* of great ideas...(c:

And up tomorrow:

Marci from Timber and Lace!




27 comments:

Amanda Hill said...

Love her kitchen! And the Recipe idea :)

Danielle said...

I love the recipe idea - I might have to steal that one!

danielle

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

I love Emily's blog, her home and her recipe idea is fantastic!

Ms. Bright said...

perfectly sweet personal touches! and I'm also gonna "borrow" the recipe thing. I have bunches of them that I use, but never thought to frame!

xo

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

So lovely- her kitchen is beautiful and I love the wallpaper in the bathroom!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Beautiful! I just love her kitchen. Off to check her out :) xoxo

Alexa said...

Oh how cute. Love those little doggies! :)
xo
Alexa
www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

What a beautiful home!! That kitchen is stunning and that bathroom looks incredibly inviting!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Emily has a beautiful home. I love all the meaningful touches and the dogs are so darn adorable!!!

Michaela said...

Oh my goodness, her kitchen is stunning. And I love the idea to frame old recipes!! Smart girl (:

Kelly said...

I love that you framed handwritten recipes - such a great idea that can be used in so many instances!

Daydreamer said...

the framed recipes are such a lovely idea! i can imagine everyone rummaging through their grandmother's receipes this weekend! And I tried to install a chandelier above my new bathtub and the contractor wouldn't let me...he said it wouldn't pass code. I was so bummed; hers is beautiful!

Natalie said...

I love miss Emily and her stenciled walls are so fabulous. I keep saying one day I am going to stencil mine but then I get lazy and decide to have a glass of wine instead! Gorgeous home with beautiful family touches!

Portuguese Prepster said...

love the kitchen and her cute doggie!

emily said...

Come on over any time to try out the tub! You are more than welcome! Thanks for letting me participate in your great series and your sweet comments (I'm blushing over here)! It was fun!

Denise Pacurar said...

Lovely photos and blog! I am a new follower :)

Follow me too!

xoxo Denise
http://allthingsnew-denise.blogspot.com/

Tamra of walkswithBella said...

Love the framed recipes, what a great idea!! WOW, what a busy woman and still has time to do so much! Her kitchen is to die for. Thanks for introducing! Off to check off her bloggie.

xoxo - tamra

tamrasanford.blogspot.com

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Love Emily and her home. Great feature.

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Love Emily and her home. Great feature.

Alicia xoxxo said...

Great post! Beautiful home!!!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Oh, I love my Emily! She is so great. Beautiful home . . especially love the hand written recipes.

Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Oh thank you for introducing me to Emily! Her home is so lovely and that bath tub looks amazing! Such cute little pooches, so true they really make a house, home xo

Haley @ Cardigan Junkie said...

I love the handwritten recipe idea! I inherited several when I got married and this would be a great way to keep them top of mind.

natasha {schue love} said...

Love love love the idea of framing hand-written family recipes! How fun! I also am loving the chandelier over the tub! :)

Kellie Collis said...

What an awesome post! I like those framed recipes. They make the kitchen even more personalized. Have a fabulous day, Kellie xx

Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking said...

What a beautiful house! I adore the framed recipe idea - it's those little personal touches that really makes a house a home for me!

Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty said...

OMG that kitchen - TO DIIIIIIEEE FOR! xoxo