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

French Country mantel decor with rooster print

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

white kitchen cabinets

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


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


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

hydrangeas in wicker vase holder

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

shutter doors as backdrop for french country decor

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

summer kitchen island bounty

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


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...]

An Antique Table and Chair for My Girl

Little antique table and chair as an art desk

I set out on Saturday morning to run some errands and decided to pop into one of my favorite little second-hand shops. I've been on the lookout for a new table and chair to put in our family room. You see, my girl absolutely loves to have a place to sit and do her artwork or put together a Lego set. But she doesn't always want to do that in her bedroom. She wants to have the option of being right in the center of it all. … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Add Summer Style to Your Home

bowl of seashells

You have no idea how badly I wanted to give this blog post a different title. In my mind, it really should be called, "Stick a bunch of seashells in bowls around your house and call it good!". But, I was afraid that it didn't sound quite blog-title-ish enough. So I went for the more 'professional' route instead and today I'm going to be sharing with you some of the most easy-peasy ways to add summer style to your home. … [Read more...]

The Cracked Crock

stoneware crock holding wooden spoons

A few weeks ago I popped into one of my favorite local consignment/second-hand shops. I was motivated by the fact that, before long, the kids would be on summer break and my schedule would no longer be my own. So I took advantage of having the time to slowly meander the aisles, working my way around the store and relishing the joy of shopping without anyone asking me if they could buy something or having to break up ridiculous arguments over which kind of cereal we should buy. (Chocolate Chex is … [Read more...]

Coastal Inspired Summer Mantel

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I have come to the conclusion that these days I can manage to muster about 10, maybe 15, minutes worth of time and energy that I'm willing to dedicate to decorating. Which means that I pulled off a simple, coastal inspired summer mantel in the time between tossing in a load of laundry and being summoned to observe my daughter's latest trick on the trampoline. … [Read more...]

Nautical Outdoor Table Setting

Nautical themed summer outdoor tablescape

I feel like I need to state for the record that I set this nautical themed table in less than 10 minutes. In fact, I think it was actually in about 8.5 minutes. Why am I telling you this? Well because, in my opinion, summer is synonymous with simplicity. But simplicity doesn't mean we have to sacrifice style. (Is it just me or were there a lot of 's' words in those last two sentences?) I don't know about you but for us, summer is the season of spur-of-the-moment get togethers and … [Read more...]

Healthy Chow Mein with Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodle chow mein with shrimp

When our kiddos were little, Saturday nights were sacred. We had the routine down to a science. Since they went to bed fairly early, we would feed them first then, when they were finally off to dreamland, my husband and I would make a delicious meal just for us which we would eat on the coffee table in the family room while watching a movie.   … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings


Happy weekend my friends!! What will you be up to? We're celebrating my son's 13th birthday today and I can be found curled up in a corner in the fetal position because I cannot believe that my baby boy is now officially a TEENAGER! Sniff...sniff... Actually, even though it's so bittersweet we are incredibly proud of the young man he is becoming and we have a BIG surprise trip planned for him. I'll fill you in more on that another time. But first, how about a little bit of inspiration to … [Read more...]

New Bedroom Nightstands

French country style bedroom nightstands

*I'm so excited to be sharing my new bedroom nightstands with you today!* I have a confession to make...for more years than I care to admit, I was living with a nightstand that, for lack of a better word, was jerry-rigged. I had purchased a nightstand for my husband's side of the bed and wanted to use a round table on my side but the only one I could find was a few inches too short. So, I did the only sensible thing you could do in that situation. … [Read more...]

Cake and Grace

Grace is finding a waterfall quote

I have decided that while there is a great deal of discussion about girls going through adolescence, those of us raising boys are generally ill informed, ill equipped and sometimes just downright ill....that last one is mostly because of the odors they omit at this stage. This past year has been a doozy for us as we feel like we are just along for the crazy roller coaster ride that is puberty. We're not sure if it's worse going through it first-hand or experiencing it with your children. … [Read more...]