Making Door Decisions

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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

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Hello At the Picket Fence friends, it's me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. 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

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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!

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  {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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

What I Can Do

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I don't know about you, but my social media feeds are leaving me feeling more and more disheartened. Post after post of negativity. Some of it is based on facts, a lot of it isn't. And it's left me turning more and more to God for wisdom and discernment in this climate filled with emotions so heightened, so charged it's as though an electrical current is running through every Facebook post, shocking us over and over each time we glance at a screen. God's word tells us in James 1:5 that … [Read more...]

Why French Country is My Favorite

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When I got engaged to my husband in 1997 and began to plan for our home together, I knew exactly what I wanted for our bedding. I had seen a comforter in a movie (Father of the Bride??) and just like the moment when I realized my husband was 'the one', I had no doubts that this comforter and I were meant to be. It was a sage green Ralph Lauren set (I found it at a discount outlet) with muted burgundy floral details. I loved it so much that I registered for all of the coordinating burgundy and … [Read more...]

Kitchen Makeover Sneak Peek

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Recently I was shocked and horrified to find out that my mom will almost always peek ahead and read the end of new book. Even a mystery novel!! For her suspense-loving daughter this was mind-boggling. She said that it helps her to be more relaxed as she reads the story knowing how it all ends up. And while I will not be making this a habit in my literary adventures, I suppose I can see the merits of getting a little sneak peek now and then. Which is why I thought I might give you one today … [Read more...]

In the Coolness

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I often hear people talking about how they feel closest to the Lord when the sun is shining down on them. The warmth emanating from that giant star in the sky reminds them of the warmth of the love of their Heavenly Father. And I get that. I really do. But, for me, it's in the coolness that I find that I sense the presence of God the most. Every morning when I make my way downstairs, I start the coffee and then open the sliding door to our deck. And when that cool air hits my face I'm … [Read more...]

25 Garage Sale Tips

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Hi folks, it's me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com with 25 Garage Sale Tips! If you're not too interested in garage sales these days, you can check out my latest DIY project here: DIY Rustic Indoor Wood Sidelight Shutters. I sure hope your Summer is going nice and S-L-O-W. Mine is speeding by like lightening, but when I look back I realize how much fun we have had already. I've also accomplished quite a bit around the house, including a huge "purge" garage sale in the beginning of June. We … [Read more...]

Turn Kitchen Towels Into Framed Wall Art

How to Make Framed Fabric Wall Art with Target Kitchen Towels

Hello? Hello? Do you remember me? I'm the sister who disappeared for awhile from the picket fence and I've missed you all so much! I'll be back soon with a much longer post where I will share with you what has been happening in my life lately and why you haven't heard much from me lately but until then it's time for a little Friday Flashback! I don't know about you but I always think I'm going to get SO much done in the summer. It's like I experience short-term memory loss because all I have … [Read more...]

Pride and Confidence

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On a regular old weeknight not too long ago, my family and I discovered a new-to-us music channel. 'Party Favorites' is the perfect blend of older and newer songs that make you want to get off of the couch and shake your groove thang. Somewhere between 'YMCA' and 'Getting Jiggy With It' my daughter and I realized that we were the only two left in the family room dancing our hearts out. I'm pretty sure my husband and son just gave up because our sweet moves were simply too impressive for them … [Read more...]

My Number One Question Answered

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Since the dawn of this blog there is one question I have been asked more than any other. And I rarely answer it. Why you ask? Well, for one, I'm shocked that anyone actually wants to know. And, secondly, the answer is just a tad complicated. So do you want to know just what is the number one question I'm asked here At the Picket Fence? … [Read more...]

Rest Assured

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Many years ago I was apart of a very early morning Bible study. In that season in my life as a stay-at-home mom to a toddler, it was the only time of day that worked for my schedule without having to line up a sitter each week. One particular morning, my alarm went off and as my eyes struggled to open I immediately felt the desire to pull the covers back over my head and pretend the rest of the world didn't exist. It wasn't just because I could have used about 900 more hours of sleep (did I … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings Fourth of July Edition

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I have a little Public Service Announcement for you today. If your cable provider offers the music channels, when the 4th of July rolls around be sure to check the seasonal channel (ours is called Sounds of the Season). Because on that day they will play non-stop patriotic music that will definitely put you in the spirit of Independence Day. I may or may not also like to sing along very loudly to these songs which my children just LOVE and I may or may not have tried to get them to march around … [Read more...]