Fifthroom Living

Arm Candy

It starts out very innocent… a charm bracelet. You might have received one as a child. I did. My parents added charms from countries we went to. Charms for things that meant something to me. But little did they know this arm candy was just the beginning.

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Staycations

In the current economic conditions, there are many people just like my family who are choosing to stay at home for their vacation – or staycation, “a vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that the home and one’s environs have to offer.”

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The Facade and Outdoor Splendor of Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel

Sometimes, the space immediately surrounding a piece of enchanting architecture become an extraordinarily special place – where nature and man-made construct fuse together to create an experience unto itself. In this week’s piece on Outdoor Living Spaces Abroad, I present to you one of the world’s finest pieces of architecture coupled with the exquisite places within its walls: Mont Saint-Michel.

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Choosing Color for your Home Inside & Out

Choosing a paint color for your home or choosing a color for a furniture collection can be a daunting undertaking. There are some people who have a natural awareness about color and some who do not feel comfortable making this type of choice. For this portion of the population there are helpful tools that make the decision process easier.

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Creating Garden Vignettes

So many times we get caught up in making our landscapes stunning that we forget some of the smaller details that add personality and charm. Now that the pool, gazebo and deck are all in place, try turning your attention to the corners of your garden that are often forgotten—the small patio, the entrance to your garden shed, or underneath a huge tree.

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Simple Dishes Ideal for Outdoor Dining

A last-minute healthy neighborhood grill-out vegetable dish takes little effort if you’ve stocked up properly. So before you head to the local farmer’s market to see all that the spring has sprung thus far, consider piling in fresh ingredients for Kale with Pecans or Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté that take ten to fifteen minutes and only a few steps to prepare and serve.

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Rethink The Closet

Sometimes a house just doesn’t seem to have enough space. Sometimes the people living in that home just need it to function differently. It’s at times like these that a little bit of creative thinking comes in handy. You may just need to think outside the box. Or maybe think of the box in a different way.

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Best Dressed

How do you become a “Best Dressed” sewer? Well, with sewing accessories of course! If you sew or craft you need to create cute and adorable items to help you. Let’s take a look at a few projects that will put you in the running for “Best Dressed”!

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