Pride and Confidence

hydrangeas in wicker vase holder

On a regular old weeknight not too long ago, my family and I discovered a new-to-us music channel. 'Party Favorites' is the perfect blend of older and newer songs that make you want to get off of the couch and shake your groove thang. Somewhere between 'YMCA' and 'Getting Jiggy With It' my daughter and I realized that we were the only two left in the family room dancing our hearts out. I'm pretty sure my husband and son just gave up because our sweet moves were simply too impressive for them … [Read more...]

My Number One Question Answered

shutter doors as backdrop for french country decor

Since the dawn of this blog there is one question I have been asked more than any other. And I rarely answer it. Why you ask? Well, for one, I'm shocked that anyone actually wants to know. And, secondly, the answer is just a tad complicated. So do you want to know just what is the number one question I'm asked here At the Picket Fence? … [Read more...]

Rest Assured

summer kitchen island bounty

Many years ago I was apart of a very early morning Bible study. In that season in my life as a stay-at-home mom to a toddler, it was the only time of day that worked for my schedule without having to line up a sitter each week. One particular morning, my alarm went off and as my eyes struggled to open I immediately felt the desire to pull the covers back over my head and pretend the rest of the world didn't exist. It wasn't just because I could have used about 900 more hours of sleep (did I … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings Fourth of July Edition

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I have a little Public Service Announcement for you today. If your cable provider offers the music channels, when the 4th of July rolls around be sure to check the seasonal channel (ours is called Sounds of the Season). Because on that day they will play non-stop patriotic music that will definitely put you in the spirit of Independence Day. I may or may not also like to sing along very loudly to these songs which my children just LOVE and I may or may not have tried to get them to march around … [Read more...]

An Antique Table and Chair for My Girl

Little antique table and chair as an art desk

I set out on Saturday morning to run some errands and decided to pop into one of my favorite little second-hand shops. I've been on the lookout for a new table and chair to put in our family room. You see, my girl absolutely loves to have a place to sit and do her artwork or put together a Lego set. But she doesn't always want to do that in her bedroom. She wants to have the option of being right in the center of it all. … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Add Summer Style to Your Home

bowl of seashells

You have no idea how badly I wanted to give this blog post a different title. In my mind, it really should be called, "Stick a bunch of seashells in bowls around your house and call it good!". But, I was afraid that it didn't sound quite blog-title-ish enough. So I went for the more 'professional' route instead and today I'm going to be sharing with you some of the most easy-peasy ways to add summer style to your home. … [Read more...]

The Cracked Crock

stoneware crock holding wooden spoons

A few weeks ago I popped into one of my favorite local consignment/second-hand shops. I was motivated by the fact that, before long, the kids would be on summer break and my schedule would no longer be my own. So I took advantage of having the time to slowly meander the aisles, working my way around the store and relishing the joy of shopping without anyone asking me if they could buy something or having to break up ridiculous arguments over which kind of cereal we should buy. (Chocolate Chex is … [Read more...]

Coastal Inspired Summer Mantel

coastal inspired summer mantel atthepicketfence.com

I have come to the conclusion that these days I can manage to muster about 10, maybe 15, minutes worth of time and energy that I'm willing to dedicate to decorating. Which means that I pulled off a simple, coastal inspired summer mantel in the time between tossing in a load of laundry and being summoned to observe my daughter's latest trick on the trampoline. … [Read more...]