Welcome to our humble abode!

DSC_0509Welcome! And thank you SO much for taking the time to visit my new adventure!

This is Lemonaide Abode.

I am going to paste my “About Me” page here as my introduction to my blog. But before I do, I wanted to give a little info about what this blog will be.

I am going to write about, photograph and share the projects that I have completed or am working on and some description about how I (and we, when my hubby is involved) have made it happen. I will share where the inspiration came from and when I can, I will share where you can find the products or materials to re-create it for yourself.

I am also hoping to start a business selling some of the pieces that I renovate and helping others renovate their current pieces in a fresh and more usable way.

As of today, I can do some very BASIC upholstery work. I do not know how to sew YET. My goal is to learn very soon. But as of now, I am only able to re-upholster pieces that do not require sewing. You might think that I am very limited by this lack of skills, and I always thought the same…Until I took the time to tear apart a piece of furniture recently. I have had this chair for a few years now and had even offered to give it back to my parents because I couldn’t put the money into it to be professionally re-upholstered. Then, I literally tore it apart and figured out that it did not contain one part that had to be stitched together. It’s not finished yet, but it will be in the next couple of days and that will be my first official renovation post.

Anyway, here’s what Lemonaide Abode is all about. Please leave me any feedback that you might have and follow me to see where this leads….

Hello! I’m Aimie and I live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with my super-handy, super-handsome, super-awesome hubby and our 4 crazy, funny, active kiddos.

I started this blog in 2014 as a way to showcase our home and the ways that I have creatively used what we have or can find (on the cheap!) to make it a warm and lovely and cozy place to settle in as a family.

The name “Lemonaide Abode” is full of significance for me. The old cliche about making lemonade from the lemons that life gives you is a perfect image of what I do with old pieces of furniture or decor or crafts that I use in my home when I renovate them into usable, beautiful new pieces of decor in my home.

The “ai” is a throwback to how I spell my name, AImie. Again, a little different twist or “tweak” on the original spelling.

“Abode” is a very special word and concept for me. One of my absolute favorite passages in the Bible is John 15:1-17, but specifically verses 1-11, that repeatedly quote Jesus asking us to “abide” in Him and in His Father. He also refers to God as the Vinedresser and I just love that. Jesus is the Vine and God is the VineDRESSER. I will do an entire post on this passage and all that it means to me, but God has used this verse over and over again to speak to me about what it means to ABIDE, both in Him and in our home with our family that He has blessed me with and has put in my domain of responsibility. I believe that God has gifted me with certain talents and gifts that help me make our home a place that our family thrives and that others feel comfortable in while visiting.

I also love the Websters definition…It reads:

Abide: the past of abide. Also, the place where someone stays or lives.

I believe that our surroundings (our Abode) have a tremendous impact on our state-of-mind and stress levels/comfort levels. I am inspired by the places I have experienced and seen and the emotions that I feel while I’m there. I try to re-create those feelings in our own happy, laid back spaces in our own home.

We are a one-income family on a very tight budget, so I have learned how to creatively “tweak” things that we already possess or can find, into statement pieces that my 4 kids and 2 dogs and all their/our friends can actually live on… without the stress of worrying about destroying an expensive piece of furniture.

Here’s a few things that make me smile on a regular basis (in addition to the hubs and kids and friends and dogs…):

Jesus.

Coffee (and A LOT of it)

Coffee mugs

Home magazines

HGTV

Decorating and organizing blogs

Norah Jones iTunes radio

Texture & lots of it

Friends…every episode ever made…every time it’s on…and I own all 10 seasons on dvd

My vintage bike basket and vintage-looking bike

Peonies, hydrangeas, gerber daisies and tulips

London

Seaside/Seagrove, Florida (I would rather be in a dilapidated one-room shack beach-front than in a mansion 2 rows back)

Mid-century modern furniture

Natural wood grain and metallic finishes

High gloss paint finishes

Fabric

Anything blue…Carolina blue, turquoise, teal…I love it all

Journaling and fresh journals

Pinterest

Instagram

Photography

You’ve Got Mail

Historical fiction…specifically anything from the 1920’s and 30’s

Dark chocolate

TJMaxx, Target, Homegoods, Marshalls…

Really, there’s so much that makes me smile and inspires me. I hope that this becomes a place that can do the same for you! Enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by!!!