Meet Carmel Phillips of Our Fifth House

This post was published in September 2013 and updated February 2021.

#CelebrateBallard with Carmel on Pinterest

Ballard Designs is turning 30 years old! To celebrate the occasion, we’ve asked one of our favorite bloggers – Carmel Phillips of Our Fifth House – to curate her very own Pinterest board featuring 30 of her favorite things from Ballard Designs. We seriously love how Carmel isn’t afraid to be bold in her designs – she mixes rich colors with eclectic prints to make her home truly unique while keeping it comfy. Let’s get to know a little bit more about the woman behind the blog, shall we?

Carmel Phillips of Our Fifth House


“I love a good mix of styles, patterns and textures.  And I’m a huge fan of bold color.”




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The Scoop

BD: If you could describe your decorating style in one sentence, what would it be?

CP: One sentence – hmmm, that’s hard.  My style is sort of all over the map.  To describe it in one sentence I’d have to say my style is classic with a twist.  I love a good mix of styles, patterns and textures.  And I’m a huge fan of bold color.

BD: How and where do you find your inspiration?

CP: I find inspiration everywhere – from where I live (Lexington, KY surrounded by beautiful horse farms) to blogs, catalogs and magazines.  I also find loads of inspiration from shop window displays – Anthropologie and J Crew come to mind especially.

BD: What’s been the most challenging part of your home to decorate, and how did you overcome it?

CP: My living/family room has been a bit of decorating challenge as there is not a solid wall in the room.  It’s a central room to the house, and every wall has an entrance to another room or area of the house.  I overcame it by floating the living space in the middle of the room with room to move around easily.

BD: What’s the one thing every style-conscious homeowner should have?

CP: A great mirror, and if you are able, grab a bunch more than just one.  Mirrors never go out of style and are easy to move from room to room.

BD: And last but certainly not least, what do you love most about sharing your home on your blog?

CP: I love being a small part of such a supportive and inspiring community!

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