Built In China Cabinet Makeover

built in china cabinet counter atthepicketfence.com

It was tired of being overlooked. Oh sure, it was tall and it was dignified. But, it was tired. Tired of people walking right past it and barely noticing. Tired of being more 'function' than it was 'form'. … [Read more...]

Justifying My Makeover

kitchen island before

I need to tell you something. I'm a bit scared. I'm making changes to my house and I'm afraid of the comments I'm going to get. Because people can be kinda harsh when it comes to decorating choices. And of course I know that YOU will be kind and remember that I'm a human being and have feelings and all of that, but some other people might not. … [Read more...]

Decorate a coffee table like a boss on a budget!

yellow tulips close up atthepicketfence.com

The phrase 'budget friendly' is really kind of a relative term, isn't it? I mean, what is 'friendly' to one person's budget might not be quite so 'friendly' to another person's budget. Sometimes when I'm watching a decorating show or flipping through the pages of a magazine and they reference an item that was such a 'great deal' and then I find … [Read more...]

In the Doldrums

Vanessa signature

Have you ever wondered where different sayings come from? My son received a really cool game for Christmas called 'Word Teasers'. (In the spirit of complete honesty let me clarify that his parents thought it fell in the 'cool' category while he thought it fell in the 'educational' category and those two categories don't always cross over in an 11 … [Read more...]

Treasures

keys on vintage books atthepicketfence.com

I was on a mission. My husband had taken the kids on a walk and I had a few minutes to race through the house cleaning and picking up all of the items which seemed to cover every square inch of floor. I became a veritable “Mommy Tornado”! Nothing was safe as I worked my way up the stairs and followed the trail of Legos leading to my son’s … [Read more...]

Go Small or Go Home!

messy craft supplies

No friends, that's not a typo. I really do mean go SMALL or go home! You see, I realized something recently. I'm fairly certain that if someone were to conduct a study on the feeling you get after accomplishing a BIG project it would be pretty close to the feeling you get after accomplishing a small project. Think about if for a minute. … [Read more...]

Our Song ~ A Personalized Record

Personalized our song framed record atthepicketfence.com

Before I say anything else I would like to just mention two things... First of all, this is the totally awesome project I had all planned to show you on Wednesday before things went horribly awry. Of course, as it turned out, the day ended up being pretty awesome anyway but you'll have to go back and read more about that here.   … [Read more...]

Of Hospitality and Julia Sugarbaker

bosporous toile pillow on couch atthepicketfence

Some teenage girls wait anxiously for the latest issue of 'Teen Beat' or 'Seventeen' to come in the mail. I was not one of them. Oh no. Instead, every month I eagerly anticipated my mom's latest edition of 'Traditional Home'. This could explain why I always felt a tad out of place among my peers. … [Read more...]

From Christmas to Winter Decorating

How to transition your home from Christmas to winter atthepicketfence.com

I gave myself a super duper fantabulous early Christmas gift this year. The interesting about this particular gift though, is that I didn't even actually get to enjoy it until after Christmas. Because, this year I gave myself the gift of easing into the new year. Actually, what I gave myself was the gift of time. … [Read more...]

God Won’t Gong You

The_Gong_Show_logo

Do you remember 'The Gong Show'? It was kind of the 'American Idol' of the late '70's, early '80's with one major difference. Just imagine Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. listening to each contestant and then instead of simply deciding whether or not they would earn a golden ticket, they would decide if the contestant would … [Read more...]