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May 25, 2010

Sometimes good taste is laborious and costly, but not always

Click here to watch Abby and Heather make pesto di parma prosciutto

Rx for modernity: Google the blog "5thjoy," 5thjoy.com. Read it everyday. In a short while your home will look like something from the pages of Elle Decor. You'll learn why you should love matcha tea. You'll understand the whole satisfaction of both procuring a treasure from the Goodwill Online Auction site, and knowing you're ethically re-using someone else's cast-off. You'll find new appreciation for girlfriends (if you're a woman), twirly dresses, straw clutches and a simple white bean and kale dinner.

From "found objects" to "objets d'Art," 5thjoy celebrates the art of unearthing brilliance just about anywhere. It says that life should never be without five joys: fashion, food, feathering the nest, flotsam, and writing, which Abby Cahill O'Brien, the blog's author, does very well. Oh, and when she's not improving our lives with eclectic blogging, Abby practices this 5th joy by writing fiction.

Here are more numbers on Abby Cahill O'Brien: She is 29, and No. 8 of nine children. She's been married almost three years, and recently exchanged a glamorous life in Manhattan for a glamorous life in Rockport, where she grew up, and where her mother and three of the nine Cahill siblings also call home. (Three other Cahill kids and their families are close enough to be included in Sunday night suppers.) Abby's husband still works in New York City four days a week, so for the days he's away, Abby gets to tinker almost endlessly, tracking down vintage loot on eBay, experimenting with interesting recipes, and hosting sleepovers for her sisters, enviously fun nights (read about one on 5thjoy) void of pizza — these ever-current girls have take-out lobster risotto, champagne, and hulu. We, the readers of the blog, are the lucky beneficiaries of all this experimentation with style.

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