Cream of Tomato Soup


I sure hope I caught you hungry! Hi friends, it's me, Julie from with a yummy, comforting, homemade Creamy Tomato Soup recipe. Unfortunately, with the beautiful Autumn months, comes the dreaded cold & flu season. In fact, I've been fighting a cold for almost 3 weeks now, but I'm thankfully on the mend. With that being said, there is nothing more soothing than a hot bowl of soup when you're not feeling well physically or emotionally. It also feels nice to make someone … [Read more...]

When Cost Leads to Creative Decorating

Cozy fall fireplace decorations with an oversized chalkboard

We have a saying in our house. 'Just because we can doesn't mean we should.' At the heart of it is our desire to teach our children how to be good stewards of their resources. How to stop and really think about each purchase and whether or not it is the best use of their money. But sometimes this lady wrestles with taking her own advice. Because when I get a decorating idea in my head it's really hard to not move forward at full throttle to achieve the look I want.   … [Read more...]

Broken Things


Welcome to the Life in Season Study Series Week One     Discussion Questions 1. Do you find it hard to extend the same grace to yourself that God extends to you? 2. In what areas of your life are you holding onto the broken things? 3. Why do you think you do that? 4. Read Isaiah 44:22 5. What does it mean to you to know that God has swept away your offenses? 6. What does living a redeemed life look like for you? Thank you for meeting me at the fence today,   … [Read more...]

The Parade


It was a late summer evening. School was already back in session and while it felt like it should be fall, Oregon was in no hurry to say goodbye to the warm nights when the sun seemed to linger on the horizon, wanting to make sure that it was the last one to leave the party. We sat on my parent's patio, eating berry pie and drinking coffee while the kids took turns (a miracle in and of itself!) pushing each other on the tire swing down in the woods. From where I sat, I could see my sweet girl … [Read more...]

Peel and Stick Tile Backsplash Accents

White french country style kitchen

It's Thrifty Style Team time again and today I'm sharing with you how we gave our kitchen backsplash a very thrifty, very quick update using peel-and-stick tiles. You know, like most people, the process of updating our home is one that is slow going. Oh sure, on TV we see entire houses being taken down to the studs and rebuilt in what seems like only a matter of days. But the truth is that, for most of us, budget and time constraints simply don't allow for us to have all of these 'voilà' … [Read more...]

Life in Season Book Release Giveaway!

Life in Season resized

You guys!! Today is THE DAY!!! It's book release day!!! Yippee!!! This still seems like a dream and we honestly still can hardly believe that this is really happening! October 4, 2016 will forever be known in our minds as the day our first book officially hit stores and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than with a giveaway for you, our dear friends here At the Picket Fence. And not just any giveaway, but a BIG ol' giveaway!!   … [Read more...]

Apple Hazelnut Cocktail Recipe

Hazelnut Apple Cider Cocktail

*I have the most delicious apple hazelnut cocktail to share with you today!* I've always known what a privilege is to call the Willamette Valley home. I mean, this place is truly beautiful. Rolling hills of farmland and vineyards with a river winding it's way through the landscape. And I'm not saying that we really need anyone from the 'outside' confirming what we already know. But, I gotta tell ya, it sure was nice to have the Wall Street Journal recently agree that this little slice of … [Read more...]

Built In Kitchen Cabinet Makeover


Good morning At the Picket Fence friends! Julie, here from Before we get started today I would like to extend an invitation to you to subscribe to our free newsletter. I'm now offering our 12 page "Cottages & Bungalows Fall Home Tour" as a free gift when you sign up. Now lets get to the fun part...Do you remember that show "Starsky & Hutch" that aired in the 1970's? I was around 5 when it was popular and I remember having a crush on "Hutch". Oh, he was so … [Read more...]

Fall Entry Decor and Kirkland’s Giveaway

Fall entry table decorations

Happy fall my friends! I'm so thrilled to be sharing my fall entry decor with you today AND teaming up with Kirklands who have generously offered you the chance to win a $100 gift card to their store! You know, I firmly believe that the old adage of never having a "second chance to make a first impression" holds true for both people and homes. And this is why I particularly love the opportunity each season to create a warm welcome through my entry decor for anyone who crosses our … [Read more...]

A Simple Fall Dining Tablescape

Fall centerpiece with white pumpkins and hydrangeas

A couple of weeks ago the doorbell rang at our house and as I walked towards the door my heart started beating faster. You see, every day for what feels like forever I've been watching for our book to get here. THE book. The one that I worked on for a whole year and that I had yet to hold in my hands. … [Read more...]

Making Door Decisions

back door with samples

I'm so excited to share with you the next installment in my partnership with Window World and bring you along on my decision making process as we choose a new back door! You know, I've always dreamed of building a house. Well, I guess I should clarify. I've always dreamed of 'designing' a house. There is not even a single part of me that desires to do the actual 'building' portion of it. … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things


Hello At the Picket Fence friends, it's me, Julie from I wasn't able to stop by last month due to a busy time at our house. Summer is supposed to be a relaxing time, but somehow it turns into a busy time for a lot of us. We went on a few impromptu mini-camping trips and the packing and unpacking had my head spinning. I'm finally beginning to settle down, and we are preparing for our teen girls to head back to high school. Maybe next year I will consider a … [Read more...]

The Crispy Season

dried hydrangea

We have officially reached that time of the year which I affectionately refer to as 'The Crispy Season'. Outside, the plants that were lush and bright only last week are now dry and wilting. The spiders are in their heydey, weaving webs all around the yard where they glisten in the hot August sun.   … [Read more...]

Decoupage Pumpkins and Cottages and Bungalows!

tissue paper decoupage pumpkins

  {Click Here for Tissue Paper Decoupage Pumpkin Tutorial Here} There's something a little odd still about walking through the grocery store, cart filled with almond milk, apples and a industrial size pack of paper towels, and finding the latest magazine on the newsstands with your photos and project in it. There's that moment when your eyes land on the cover you've been searching for every time you run in to a store for something...and when you finally spy it, you feel giddy as you … [Read more...]

Turning an Appliance Garage Into a Coffee Station

Coffee station accessories

Coffee. I love it so. In fact, I had fully intended on sharing a coffee quote in this blog post but there were 1,585,763 of them on Pinterest and I couldn't narrow it down to just one that perfectly captured how I feel about this delicious, dark nectar. So, instead, I suppose I will show you how I dedicated a little section of my kitchen to the cup of joy and gladness that is pretty much the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning....and what I look forward to having as a … [Read more...]

Barnsley Gardens and Shaw Floors

Barnsley Mansion Ruins

Two sisters who hadn't seen each other in two years had the amazing opportunity last week to not only finally get to be together but to do it in style! When Shaw Floors reached out to us recently to discuss a potential partnership we were absolutely thrilled for many reasons not the least of which was that it meant we would finally be together again. Reunited and it feels so good! We arrived as guests of Shaw at the beautiful Barnsley Garden Resort in Georgia and immediately fell in love … [Read more...]

Wood Chargers Turned Wall Art

wood plaques wall art

Well, my friends, I've committed a major blogging faux pas. In my eagerness to complete a makeover I didn't take any 'before' photos. But, you have to understand. You see, I had been trying to find just the right thing to fill this wall in our bedroom. I knew what I didn't want but I just couldn't seem to find what I did want. I didn't want a mirror or paintings, I wanted something just a bit...different. And then one day as I was digging around on the clearance shelves of a discount … [Read more...]

What You Don’t See

back door

Blogging and social media always has a bit of a smoke and mirrors element to it. We let others see what we want them to see, right? What I tend share here At the Picket Fence are the areas of my home that are neat and tidy. There are vignettes and displays and carefully decorated nooks and crannies.   … [Read more...]