Happy Friday sweet friends! Did you get a chance to see my kitchen makeover? So many of you left the absolute loveliest comments and I just want to thank you for all of your encouraging and positive feedback. One thing that came out of that blog post was that most of you thought the counters and backsplash look just fine (some of you even thought they were new!) and it was just the reassurance I needed to feel confident in our decision to wait a bit longer before we update them.
*I’m so excited to be sharing our kitchen makeover with you today!*
We had our kitchen cabinets painted in June. In JUNE!! And here we are in February and I’m just now sharing them with you.
I had every intention of doing a full reveal, honestly I did. But, then we had the opportunity to have new flooring installed and we decided to wait until that was done and then there was so much craziness with the release of our book and then the floors were put in and then it was Thanksgiving and then it was Christmas and then it was January and I was just too tired to take photos plus it was super gloomy and dark which makes it really hard to get good shots and all I wanted to do was curl up and take a nap.
How’s that for honesty?
But then, last Friday, I woke up to birds chirping and the sun shining and decided, “This is the day!” So off to Trader Joe’s I went for some flowers and then home to click, click, click my camera and today I’m so thrilled to finally be showing you our kitchen makeover!
You guys…if you aren’t apart of a local home furnishings/decor Facebook group you NEED to find one like yesterday! Seriously, I don’t know what I did before I was invited to be in one. Why am I telling you this? Well, that group was what made it possible for me to get my new kitchen table and chairs.
You see, we had a perfectly acceptable dining set in here already. We’d had it for a number of years and there was nothing really wrong with it except that once we had the kitchen cabinets painted and the new flooring put in, suddenly the wood tone of the table went way more orange-y than it had ever looked before. But I didn’t feel like I could really justify buying a new set. And honestly, I had no desire to try and strip it down and refinish it. I was tired. My husband was tired. And we just weren’t up for one.more.project.
So, I decided that I would try and sell our old set in the awesome FB group and only spend that amount plus a little bit more that I had squirreled away.
I have a dirty little secret…literally. And I’m going to tell you about it. Don’t judge.
Our staircase curves as you walk up it and on the left you pass by a ledge (or a niche if you want to get all fancy). I tried for years to find just the right piece to put there. It had a large basket for a little while, then an old window and some other vintage doo-dads. It had an urn with a plant that I couldn’t keep alive and then just the urn by itself. Nothing ever seemed to be right.
And then, one day, I was at a local indoor market that is housed in the most adorable red barn. It’s filled with all kinds of goodness…fresh produce, baked goods, homemade doughnuts and fun decorative items. As I was wandering through the teeny-tiny aisles I spotted it. A big bucket. A REALLY big bucket. And I’m pretty sure I heard the hallelujah chorus over the speakers and a bright light shined down on it because in that moment I knew that I had finally found the perfect thing to put on our ledge/niche.
Does anyone else feel like Valentine’s Day was created just to help break up the dreary winter? I always think of it as a mile marker along the way to Spring and today I have some fantastic Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day ideas to help make the holiday extra special for the ones you love.
If you are planning on staying in, why not make something sweet for your sweetheart. These recipes are so easy!
I got the email on a Friday.
“We would like to have you on our show, AM Northwest, to promote your book and we happen to have a time slot we need to fill THIS coming Monday. Are you up for it?”
My reply to them was a resounding YES with the added reassurance of “Oh no, having such little warning is no problem at all!” while inside I was trying to figure out how on earth I was going to get everything ready in time. It didn’t help that my very first book signing was that Sunday and my son had a swim meet too. Oy vey!
In hindsight, though, I think it was much better to not have more advanced warning because that would have just meant more time for me to have panic attacks and nightmares about being on live TV!
Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It’s me Julie from redheadcandecorate.com and I’m stuck indoors these days due to the frigid temps, how about you? I thought it would be a perfect time to show you some of my “Window Treatment Ideas”. I warn you though, some of my window treatments are a little outside of the box, or should I say “off the window”?
First, let me explain that I am actually not a big fan of window treatments for a couple reasons. As we all know window treatments are extremely expensive, difficult to install, and attract dust. In addition, if you have a beautiful view, they block it and the sunlight that comes with it. Let’s face it though, we need privacy, and we need to be able to block the light if we don’t get up at the crack of dawn, or if we enjoy taking naps-like me.
I am lucky enough to not have to worry too much about privacy because of the distance between our homes and the privacy the trees give. However, I am not a morning person, so I need to block the light. Let’s get started and I’ll show you what I’ve done to solve these issues…
*I’m so excited to be revealing my new door from Window World today!*
Well my friends, never did I think that the thing which would delay my revealing our new back door to you would be the seemingly endless snow and ice that hit us here in the Pacific Northwest all throughout this past month. I mean, we enjoyed it…mostly. But after the umpteenth snow day and a general sense of never actually getting back into our routine after Christmas I am more than ready to have my kiddos finally back in school every day of the week and life returning to normal…even though things never are too normal around here.
Before I reveal my new door, let’s take a look back at the old one.
Truth is a strange thing.
We can know it in our heads and yet feeling it in our hearts is an entirely different matter. At at no other time are we more aware of this duality than when we are hurting. When life feels so unbearable that we simply cannot imagine a time when we weren’t in so much pain.
But God’s truths, the truths about who He is, His character, His promises…they don’t change. Even when our circumstances do.
Even when there is deep pain.
Even when there is confusion.
Even when there seems to be no answer.
Even when there is betrayal.
Even when there is unbearable grief.
There are times in our lives when we feel like we are dangling from a tree branch. The wind is whipping all around, the rain is pouring down on us, the thunder and lightning crash and we are clinging to that branch with all of our strength but we can feel our fingers slipping as we doubt that this branch can hold us. Or, more accurately, that WE can hold onto IT.
Many years ago my husband and I attended a leadership conference hosted by our church. There were many amazing speakers over the course of the weekend and a lot of wisdom was shared. But there was one speaker who shared a phrase which so resonated with me that it has repeatedly come to mind ever since.
“A mist in the pulpit is a fog in the pews.” (Dr. Howard Hendricks)
Now, obviously this is a reference to those in roles as pastors or preachers, but I believe that the essence of this statement is applicable to anyone who has a circle of influence…which is basically all of us.
If you are unclear about your vision or your goal, then it is going to be REALLY unclear to those around you. And here, At the Picket Fence, we don’t want things to be unclear. We don’t want you to be in the ‘fog’.