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 says:
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…):
Coffee (and A LOT of it)
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
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
Anything blue…Carolina blue, turquoise, teal…I love it all
Journaling and fresh journals
You’ve Got Mail
Historical fiction…specifically anything from the 1920’s and 30’s
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!!!