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...]

Nautical Outdoor Table Setting

Nautical themed summer outdoor tablescape

I feel like I need to state for the record that I set this nautical themed table in less than 10 minutes. In fact, I think it was actually in about 8.5 minutes. Why am I telling you this? Well because, in my opinion, summer is synonymous with simplicity. But simplicity doesn't mean we have to sacrifice style. (Is it just me or were there a lot of 's' words in those last two sentences?) I don't know about you but for us, summer is the season of spur-of-the-moment get togethers and … [Read more...]

Healthy Chow Mein with Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodle chow mein with shrimp

When our kiddos were little, Saturday nights were sacred. We had the routine down to a science. Since they went to bed fairly early, we would feed them first then, when they were finally off to dreamland, my husband and I would make a delicious meal just for us which we would eat on the coffee table in the family room while watching a movie.   … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings

How-to-make-a-basket-into-a-cooler

Happy weekend my friends!! What will you be up to? We're celebrating my son's 13th birthday today and I can be found curled up in a corner in the fetal position because I cannot believe that my baby boy is now officially a TEENAGER! Sniff...sniff... Actually, even though it's so bittersweet we are incredibly proud of the young man he is becoming and we have a BIG surprise trip planned for him. I'll fill you in more on that another time. But first, how about a little bit of inspiration to … [Read more...]

New Bedroom Nightstands

French country style bedroom nightstands

*I'm so excited to be sharing my new bedroom nightstands with you today!* I have a confession to make...for more years than I care to admit, I was living with a nightstand that, for lack of a better word, was jerry-rigged. I had purchased a nightstand for my husband's side of the bed and wanted to use a round table on my side but the only one I could find was a few inches too short. So, I did the only sensible thing you could do in that situation. … [Read more...]