When You Marry Southern

How to make homemade pepper vinegar from At The Picket Fence

I've learned a few things since being married to a southern (born and raised) boy for the last 20 years. If you can shoot it, you can eat it. If you can grow it, you can eat it. If it's good, it's even better fried. If you can cook it, cook it even longer..for example turnip greens!   … [Read more...]

Natural Accents Book Giveaway!

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We are so excited for our friend Stacy from Not Just a Housewife!! Her first book, Natural Accents: Outdoor-inspired Design and Decor, has just been released and you guys, it is seriously chock full of amazing ideas and inspiration for decorating with natural elements in your home.   … [Read more...]

DIY Wall Plate Rack

DIY plate rack with silver platters atthepicketfence.com

Oh happy, happy end of the week! Are you all in total denial like me that July is already over? Slow. Down. Summer. So, we're continuing on with our Flashback Friday series today and I'm sharing with you a project I did almost two years ago in my kitchen but it still remains one of my all-time favorite DIY's.¬† You may notice that some things look a tad different in the house but don't forget that this includes old photos. Since this time we have painted the kitchen island and changed up … [Read more...]

On Being Important


It's my sweet girl's birthday tomorrow. I can't quite believe that the precious baby with the big brown eyes which locked into mine the moment I held her in my arms is going to be 8 years old. And as she edges her way closer to the tween years, I feel such an urgency to prepare her heart for what is to come. So on this occasion I thought it would be appropriate to revisit a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago. One about my precious girl who is so important to me. And about what it really … [Read more...]

DIY Window Seat With Storage


Why oh why we ever think we are going to get big projects done in the summertime is beyond me! I had the best of intentions of tackling my office makeover this summer. So far, I have a desk. ;-) We're giving ourselves a break though, knowing all of you totally understand and relate. We also know that many of you are newer friends to us here at the fence so we thought it would be fun to put together a new series. Welcome to the¬†Flashback Friday series! … [Read more...]

Our BIG News

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When we were little girls, the absolute worst punishment our parents could give us was to take away reading time. For us, words were never just letters on a page. They weren't even just fodder for our imaginations. No, for one blonde hair, blue eyed girl and one brown hair, brown eyed girl those words were practically akin to breathing. So to have them removed from us, even briefly, felt like the end of the world. … [Read more...]

Lakeside Home Makeover Tour


Good morning ATPF followers! It's me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. I'm here at my kitchen table listening to the birds and looking forward to some rain today. The rain really puts me in the mood to browse through DIY DECOR in blog land, how about you? … [Read more...]

Before Our Big Announcement

Quote about God given dreams from atthepicketfence.com

We know we've been teasing about this for awhile now. Little hints have been dropped here and there that we have something really exciting to tell you. And honestly? We REALLY, really want to tell you! We thought we would have been able to announce it this week but with another 'I' to be dotted and 'T' to be crossed we simply can't spill the beans yet. And, at first, we were kind of disappointed about this.   … [Read more...]

French Country Sconces

French Country sconce atthepicketfence.com

I'm all for individuality, both for people and houses. I will cheer you on as you discover how you've been uniquely created and how that discovery in turn leads to your own creativity. I will admire how you turned a room in your home into a one of a kind space. How you have that nautical themed bathroom next to the western themed bedroom next to the room filled with 'I Love Lucy' memorabilia. And I will never, ever say that it's wrong. Because I don't live there. You do! But as for me and my … [Read more...]

New Dining Room Chandelier

white french country chandelier atthepicketfence.com

My friend Julie and I take bargains very seriously. Frankly, it's one of the things that first bonded us to each other. When she uttered these words, "Sometimes you just have to buy that $10 pair of jeans even if the zipper is just a tad off centered" I knew we would be BFF's. … [Read more...]

The Best Blackberry Cobbler Ever

blackberry_cobbler_with_golden_grahams atthepicketfence.com

Summer in Oregon is just absolutely glorious. We are rewarded for enduring the days of rain with beautiful sunshine and blue skies and here in the Willamette Valley it feels like we are getting to experience a little slice of heaven. Farm stands pop up overflowing with every kind of summer fruit or vegetable you could possibly want and the berries...oh the berries. Sigh...they are so magnificent they almost make me ache. Ok, actually my stomach does sometime literally ache from eating too … [Read more...]

Summer Tablescape and Mikasa Giveaway

blue and white table setting with Mikasa dishes

Have you ever watched honey drip from a spoon? How it starts out slow and steady. And, at first, you think that it is just one solid color but as it catches the light you suddenly notice all of the different tones, the different layers. Have you noticed how it lands in a little honey puddle? How you have to have patience as you blend it in. It won't be rushed. But then, well then, it's subtle sweetness just works its way right through.   … [Read more...]

A Lazy Summer Tour


Hello! It's me, the redhead and I would like to invite you over to our house today for a Lazy Summer Tour... The crazy lazy days of Summer are upon us, and all I plan to do is bask in the sun and sip fresh brewed iced tea,with little lemon wedges on the side of the glass. … [Read more...]

Ballard Designs Monogrammed Wall Plaque Knock-Off

Door Mat Turned Wall Plaque Ballard Designs knock-off

I have a bit of a ritual when it comes to receiving the latest issues of my favorite catalogs or magazines. I never look at them right away. Oh sure, I might allow myself a quick glance through. But rarely does the mail come to our house at a time with things are calm and relaxed. Frankly, sometimes I wonder if those times are just urban legends. ;-) I want to savor that new catalog or magazine. I want to peruse it at my leisure. Preferably without anyone asking me for a snack. … [Read more...]

Summer Home Tour 2015

summer buffet table decor atthepicketfence.com

(Be sure to go all the way to the end of this post for a fabulous Giveaway from bHome and Painted Fox Treasures!) You know what? I don't live in a farmhouse. Or a cottage. I live in a traditional style stucco house. And I like it. Really I do. Actually, I like it a WHOLE lot and I'm incredibly, incredibly grateful for it. But, lately, I've noticed that you never really see my kind of house on Instagram or Pinterest or Facebook or...anywhere, really. And sometimes that makes me feel … [Read more...]

Guilt Is Not a Spiritual Gift

Guilt is not a spiritual gift quote atthepicketfence.com

*You may have read this post before. You may not have. But either way I decided to unearth it and publish it again. Because sometimes we just need a reminder, right?* I have this friend. I'll call her "Rulie". If you are apart of our Sunday school class at church and you've had a baby (or 4), lost a loved one, been through surgery, moved into a new home, flushed a goldfish down the toilet or experienced any other assorted traumatic life experience and the "bring you a meal" sign-up sheet goes … [Read more...]

Entry Decorated for Summer

fresh flowers on entry cabinet for summer atthepicketfence.com

Oh friends. When I think about how I used to over-complicate seasonal decorating I feel shameful. I mean, seriously, the LAST thing decorating should be is complicated. I know I've talked about it before here but I think it's worth revisiting. Decorating is merely a creative extension of our personalities. It's a physical manifestation of our likes, dislikes and way of living. … [Read more...]

This One’s For You


Hey you, yes YOU. You who have a dream. A dream that started as a mere whisper. A dream that seems so out of reach that you dare not speak of it for fear that others will confirm that yes, you are indeed crazy for ever dreaming it up. … [Read more...]

The Big Fork

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A silent war has been waged in our home for awhile now. Every day I make dinner. (For some strange reason my family expects it every night. Go figure!) And every day I ask one of my kiddos to set the table. Many nights, in order to keep them out of the kitchen at the most critical moment when everything is getting ready to be served up, I put the placemats, silverware and napkins on the edge of the kitchen island so they can simply grab them and start setting the table. … [Read more...]

Easy Breezy Summer Decorating Ideas

Summer-decorating-tips-and-ideas atthepicketfence.com

Summer in our minds is synonymous with simplicity. It's relaxed and casual and somehow on a warm day when there is a breeze blowing through your hair, your only worry ends up being about what you are going to toss on the grill for dinner. It's flip-flops and swimming pools. Farmers markets and berries. Hammocks and cocktails...although you might not want to try and drink a cocktail while lounging in a hammock...just trust us on that one! ;-) … [Read more...]

Beautiful Farmhouse Home Tour

shady grove dining room

Oh friends do we ever have a treat in store for you today!! Are you on Instagram yet? If not, we HIGHLY recommend it! You see, Facebook is so wonky these days. Are we right? Sometimes you see things, sometimes you don't. But on Instagram you get to see everything! And that is where we met our new friend Wendy from the blog Life on the Shady Grove. And not only did we fall in love with her absolutely beautiful home but we have been so blessed by her incredibly warm and welcoming … [Read more...]