The Father Daughter Ball

father daughter ball invite

"Being a daddy's girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life." ~ Marinela Reka She spotted her name on the envelope in the mailbox and couldn't wait to rip it open. We stood at the kitchen island watching her closely and I think she sensed that this was no ordinary card. … [Read more...]

Bamboo Roman Shades in the Family Room

Using curtain panels with woven shades

Growing up, I thought my sister had to be one of the coolest people in the world. Frankly, I still think that. When I was in middle school and she was in high school, I desperately wanted to emulate her style and I loved nothing more than to see her get all dressed up for a dance or a date. This was partly because she knew how to rock the big hair and lace, finger-less gloves like nobody's business but mostly it was because when she would head out for the evening, she allowed me to spend time in … [Read more...]


cherry blossoms 2

The day started out like any other. Up early, guzzling coffee, packing lunches, driving kid number one to school, coming back home, guzzling more coffee, driving kid number two to school then back home again to clean up the house, reply to emails, schedule appointments and return phone calls. By late morning I realized that we needed a few things from the store so I headed out to run my errands before returning home again.   … [Read more...]

Decorating with Thrift Store Silver


Hi guys! It's me again, Julie, from by to say hello and to share some easy and affordable decorating tips with you today! We have 2 sweet daughters who are now in their teen years and one of the ways I love to connect with them, is by going to the thrift store. This would also be something fun grandparents could do with grandchildren, too. … [Read more...]

My 40th Year

restaurant table pic

Today is my 40th birthday. And I'm not exactly sure how I'm supposed to feel about it. My son on the other hand knows exactly how he feels about it. Because for the last few weeks every time I ask him to repeat what he said or mention that some part of my body is hurting or make a comment about a particular pop song I detest he is very quick to reply, "Well, mom, you ARE turning 40!", which to a 12 year old means I basically have one foot in the grave. It can't be that the reason I had to ask … [Read more...]

Girls Bedroom Makeover

vintage vanity with stool in girls room

Note to time you give one of your kids' rooms a makeover, be sure to take photos of it immediately after you place the final little accessory on a shelf. Because, if you don't, you will put it off and put it off and put it off because you know that in order to take the pictures you will have to clear out all of the little 'extras' your child decided to add to the room once the makeover was completed. … [Read more...]

The Other Side of Blogging


"I just want to make the pretty things and write all of the words!" That was my lament to a group of precious blogging friends a couple of weeks ago when I was up to my eyeballs in issues with what we refer to as the 'back-end' of blogging. It's the side of things that we very rarely talk about in blog posts and for good reason. It's not pretty. In fact, a lot of the time it's downright ugly. Kind of like my own back-end. ;-) … [Read more...]

Simple Easter Egg Tabletop Craft

Easter eggs on wood spindles craft

Can we all just pause for a moment of silence..... There. Thank you! I just needed to have the opportunity for a bit of reverence because, you see, I made a craft. I know, I know, mind blowing, right? What's the big deal you ask? Well, lately I've been feeling like I'm scraping the bottom of my creative juices barrel. I've kind of lost my crafty mojo. … [Read more...]

The Heaping of Coals

from right to redeemed quote

We drove home that night in silence. Not an uncomfortable, awkward silence but rather the kind that you have when there are sleepy kids in the back of the car and you are all looking forward to climbing into your nice, warm beds.  As we turned into our neighborhood, my husband reached over, squeezed my hand and gently said to me, "You know, I think what you did was heap coals on her tonight." I didn't answer right away, as I replayed the events of the evening in my head. The sting of the insult. … [Read more...]

Cabinet Makeover

paneled painted cabinet

Not too long ago I shared with you the history behind my daughter's bedroom furniture and why I will never paint it. I said that I believe there are times to paint furniture and times not to paint furniture and you were all so supportive of the fact that I had chosen to leave it in it's original state. Welp...I thought maybe since I had shared a time when I didn't paint something I would balance things out by sharing with you a time that I did. … [Read more...]

Window Seat Decorating

Vintage fabric scrap garland window treatment

If there was a club for people who struggle with having too high of expectations, I would be the president. I've been known to have my expectations dashed when it comes to everything from birthday parties to relationships. I tend to build things up in my head only to be brought back down to reality with a THUMP. I'm really trying to be better about this and believe that I've come a long way in lowering my expectations. But sometimes, well sometimes, the expectations get blown out of the water … [Read more...]

Wood Typography Scripture Sign

laurens sign

"Mommy, I need some privacy please." I was in my daughter's room, working my way through the laundry basket of clean clothes, folding and sorting, stacking the piles on her bed.  I had just informed her that it was time to hop in the shower but noticed that she made no movement towards undressing. It took a moment for her words to register but the look she gave me said it all. She did not want me in there. … [Read more...]

How to Make a Memory Bench


Happy New Year, At the Picket Fence friends, from! It's brutally cold up here in the "mitten state" (Michigan), but I'm making the best of it by keeping busy indoors which can be nice and cozy with a hot cup of tea. However, on the other hand, we traveled through Canada to Western New York last weekend and I captured this unique photo on the New York State Thruway, that I thought would be fun to share with you. My husband was driving and I saw the sign approaching … [Read more...]

That Time I Was Almost Awesome

Awesome life quote from

Oh friends I was so close to being awesome yesterday!! And this was going to be a totally awesome blog post showing you an even more awesome Valentine's Day gift idea! I had one of those 'stroke of genius' moments and I was so excited to finally be feeling creative again and had it all planned out. It was going to rock!   … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Paint Furniture

cabbage rose pillowcases on oak bed

My mom grew up on a farm in Michigan and as a little girl I absolutely loved hearing her tell us stories about her childhood. She would recount the time that she and her best friend were determined to sleep in the barn one night only to be frightened out of their wits by her older brother who couldn’t resist tormenting his little sister. She would tell us all about what it was like attending a one-room, country schoolhouse with her aunt as the teacher and how she loved having her very own … [Read more...]

She Wants a Pink Room

Vintage Vanity table At the Picket Fence

I'll never forget the joy with which I decorated my daughter's nursery. The journey of having her join our family was one that was both painful and beautiful. On the nights when sleep was elusive because I was overwhelmed by fear and anxiety, decorating her bedroom in my mind was the only thing that seemed to calm my anxious heart. I would lie there and envision every single detail from the curtain rods to the rug on the floor to the books in the bookcase. … [Read more...]

Taking Your Decor from Christmas to Winter

simple winter tabletop decor

I gave myself an early Christmas gift this year. And it wasn't like that time that I bought myself a new pair of slippers and made my husband wrap them and put them under the tree and then I opened them on Christmas morning with all of the appropriate fake surprise and joy. ;-) No, this year I gave myself the gift of time. The gift of energy. The gift of streamlining the transition from Christmas to the new year. Back in November when I started decorating my house for the … [Read more...]

I’m in Better Homes and Gardens!

BHG Photo

Oh friends. I had been so looking forward to writing this blog post. In fact, I had it written in my head weeks ago. I've been waiting and waiting to get a copy in my hands and then I was going to shout it from the rooftops. I was going to say, "It's me. ME! I'm in Better Homes and Gardens!! Can you believe it?!"  And then I received my copy in the mail. I ripped open the package and quickly flipped to the 'I Did It' feature on the last page. There I was. All of me. ALL of me. Head … [Read more...]

Spreading Holiday Cheer with The Home Depot


  One of the best things about working with Home Depot, and The Home Depot Foundation, is the amazing people you get to meet. Ms. Harris is no exception.  You might remember that right before Christmas I shared the tutorial for this DIY Wood Holiday Planter Centerpiece with you. I had the privilege of delivering it to Ms. Harris right before Christmas! She was overjoyed to receive it and we were overjoyed to get to meet this precious veteran's widow. We not only got … [Read more...]

Certain Uncertainty

christmas decorations

When I became a mom of two I entered into a season of what I found to be a new kind of crazy. I had gotten one child all potty-trained and sleeping through the night and drinking out of a cup without a lid and giving me a chance to take a shower and go to the bathroom by myself...most of the time. … [Read more...]