State of the Blog Address


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 … [Read more...]

Winter Decorating Ideas

Winter farmhouse decorating ideas

*I have some very simple winter decorating ideas for you today* Well, the gift I gave to myself when I decorated the house for Christmas is really paying off! This was by far the easiest tear-down I've ever had as basically I only had to remove the big trees and the garland on the staircase. I seriously feel like I'm winning at this post-Christmas getting the house back to normal stuff! The best part is that I didn't have to do a bunch of redecorating. My brain feels so fried lately as we … [Read more...]

The Post Christmas ‘Blahs’

Winter vintage tabletop decor

Hello sweet friends! How are you? Are you recovering from the craziness of the holiday season? I don't know about you, but I find myself feeling all out of sorts in the days following Christmas. On the one hand, my family does infinitely better when we are operating within a routine. So getting back to our regularly scheduled programming is more than welcomed around here. But on the other hand, my emotions tend to be all over the place and I feel discombobulated (that's one of my all-time … [Read more...]

Kentucky Champagne.. a fun drink for New Year’s Eve!

Kentucky Champagne

  Just in time for your New Year's Eve celebrations, I'm sharing with you Kentucky of my favorites! Can you believe it's almost the end of 2016?! Whew! It's been a year of ups and downs, high and lows but through it all we've loved visiting with you each week, here at the picket fence! Whatever your New Year's Eve plans hold, staying in cozy by the fire or celebrating out on the town with friends and family, know we are virtually toasting in 2017 with you!  At our home … [Read more...]

Christmas down South….

Christmas 2016 fireplace resized

Welcome!  I'm so excited to finally give you a peek at our new home! It seems these days, I'm a day late and a dollar short but here I am with a glimpse into our house dressed up for Christmas day.  It might be sunny and almost 70 degrees on December 22nd, but that's okay because, "This is how we we roll in the South!" … [Read more...]

A Nativity Scene Story


Hello from Before I share today's treasure with you all, I wanted to ask if you have subscribed to my weekly newsletter yet? I send my decorating newsletters out by e-mail on Wednesday & Saturday and they are free. Once you are signed up (which takes seconds), you have the option to download our 12 page home tour in Cottages & Bungalows magazine. If interested, you can enter your e-mail address here: SUBSCRIBE. Thank you for subscribing! Okay, now let's get to … [Read more...]

Easy Eggnog Cake with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cake with watermark

*I'm so excited to be sharing with you today this easy recipe for Eggnog Cake* A few weeks ago I gathered with a group of amazing women at the beautiful home of Janna from Yellow Prairie Interiors. All of us live close to each other and have connected through the wonderful world of Instagram. We chatted and laughed and shared stories and broke bread together and made a Christmas craft. I came away with my heart filled to overflowing. There is just something about connecting with women who … [Read more...]

Family Room Flooring Makeover with Shaw Floors

Shaw Epic Plus Wood Floors in a family room

*I'm so thrilled to be sharing my family room Shaw Floors  makeover with you today* Can we just all agree that home renovation and decorating TV shows have given us such a false sense of reality? These so-called reality shows are anything but. They've created this illusion that we can all just wipe the slate clean in our homes and start from scratch. And it will all be done in 2 1/2 days right down to adding the last accessory. But, the real reality is that when most of us are making … [Read more...]

Winter Buffet Table in the Dining Room

Winter buffet table decorating ideas

*I have some very simple winter buffet table decorating ideas for you today* For the last couple of years, I've given myself the best gift. It's not something that would mean a whole lot to anyone else, but it definitely means a lot to me. And it's a gift that keeps on giving, long into the new year. What is it, you ask? Well, I had an epiphany last year when it came time to decorate my house for Christmas. As I began to pull out the bins of decor I felt almost myself having an almost … [Read more...]

My Christmas Home Tour

White half barrel tree stand with narrow Christmas tree

Welcome, welcome friends! I'm so excited to be apart of the Jennifer Rizzo Design Company Holiday Housewalk again this year and bring you some Christmas home decorating ideas and inspiration! You won't want to miss out on all of the beautiful homes so be sure to head over to Jen's to begin at the beginning. If you are coming here after paying a visit to Jen at City Farmhouse I know you've already seen some truly beautiful eye candy and I'm so glad that you continued the housewalk … [Read more...]

A Winter Inspired Christmas Mantel

Winter woodland themed Christmas mantel decor

I'm so excited to share with you my Winter Inspired Christmas Mantel today. But first, a little insight into life around my house. "Hey guys, remember the year that I decided to draw a picture on a napkin with permanent marker while we were decorating the Christmas tree and it soaked right through onto the kitchen table and Mom kind of freaked out?" "Oh yeah, I think that was the same year when Mom offered to let me help her spray fake snow on the panes of a vintage window and instead of … [Read more...]

There’s a Refrigerator in My Hallway

Christmas buffet table decorations

Oh yes, yes there is. Why is there a refrigerator in my hallway you ask? Well, we decided that things weren't crazy enough around our house right now so we figured why not have some flooring ripped up and replaced?! 'Tis the season! Ok, so the REAL reason we are doing this right now is because we've partnered together with the incredible folks at Shaw Floors to try out a fabulous product from one of their amazing new lines. I am beyond excited to be having these beautiful floors … [Read more...]

Five Cute Christmas Ideas


5 Cute Christmas Ideas from Good morning, friends! It's me, Julie from, stopping over today to share 5 cute Christmas ideas for decorating your home this holiday season. I really enjoy decorating for Christmas the most out of all of the holidays, and sometimes I try to think "outside the box" when doing so. It's funny, because in a lot of ways I am very traditional in my decorating style, but then I love to throw in an element of surprise to kind of … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Slice Thanksgiving Serving Trays

Rustic Refined Wood Dessert Trays

Hi friends! Can you believe it's already November?! My Thanksgiving meal plans are already well underway and while it may vary from year to year, it is never complete without my pecan and sweet potato pies.  I think I would be forgiven for leaving the main attraction i.e. Tom Turkey off of the menu but never for forgetting these two dessert favorites! I love serving them on my wood slice serving trays and I wanted to give you a chance to make some of these yourself for the holiday … [Read more...]

Social MEdia

Before you publish on social media acronym

My husband hates musicals. He says it’s totally unnatural for people in them to just be walking along and suddenly break out in song. Social media is kind of like musicals. There is an element about it that is almost unnatural. We blurt out things, spontaneously share photos, stop in the middle of dinner to take photos of our meal and are raising a generation of children who assume that every single thing they do or say will be shared with hundreds of other people. … [Read more...]

New Door Coming Soon


You guys! I'm so excited that my new door from Window World will be installed very soon! There are a lot of exciting happenings at my house and the beautiful new back door I've selected is just one of them. Today, I want to take the opportunity to let you know how amazing it has been to work with my local Window World retailer. Most of the time when I'm working with a large corporation I don't get to enjoy the benefit of more personalized attention. … [Read more...]

Mind the Gap

mind the gap quote

Welcome to week three of our 'Life in Season' study series!   Discussion Questions 1. When we don't tend to all areas of our faith, we leave ourselves wide open for gaps to develop. It's in the gaps where we find we are the most vulnerable to sin and temptation. Where in your faith do you think you have gaps that you aren't 'minding'? 2. Read through this passage from 2 Peter 1:5-8. "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Gratitude Tree

Gratitude Tree with leaves

One morning, while upstairs putting on my makeup, I had the news on in the background and, as always, had my ears tuned to the weather segment. It was finally time for Mr. Al Roker to have his turn. He weaved his weather prediction magic and soon I knew just what the temps would be all over the country. But when it came time to talk about the west coast, specifically my beautiful Pacific NW, he just kind of casually waved his arm and said, "And there will be rain in the Pacific NW." I stopped … [Read more...]

Be the Light


The other evening I found myself feeling so down. My spirit felt burdened, I was grumpy and I just wanted to crawl into bed and pull the covers up over my head. But, as I stood at the kitchen sink washing the last of the dinner dishes I began to wonder why I was feeling that way. Nothing bad had actually happened. There was nothing in my own life where I could actually draw a correlation between it and my feelings. I couldn't even blame it on PMS. So I started thinking back through my day, … [Read more...]

The Standings

The Standings

Welcome to Week 2 of our Life in Seasons Studies Series! Discussion Questions: 1. Share with us a time when you felt your faith was smaller than a mustard seed? What scriptures do you lean on as a reminder that Christ has not forsaken you during these times? 2. Can you relate to King David when he cried out, "My God why have you forsaken me?" Do you sometimes feel God has forsaken you? 3. What are some things you can do, when you feel the world is judging you, to remind yourself … [Read more...]