Fall Front Door Decorating

Fall Foliage Basket on Front Door atthepicketfence.com

My husband and I have recently discovered the miracle that is Netflix. Yes, we are slow to integrate new things into our home. Don't judge. So far we have finished the first season of Blacklist (the 2nd season just premiered!!!) and last week we finished watching the first season of 24. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I really wanted to throw a pillow across the room when we finally made it to the last episode of 24. If you haven't watched it just know that if you feel like throwing … [Read more...]

Simple Fall Entry Decor

Simple and elegant fall entry decor atthepicketfence.com

Can I confess something to you my friends? Sometimes I just want to stick one pumpkin on one shelf in one room of my house and declare that I've decorated my house for fall. Between working against the book deadlines, running the business that is this blog, getting kids back to school and all of the general craziness of life, it was definitely tempting to do that. … [Read more...]

Kitchen and Family Room Makeover

kitchen cabinets built to look like furniture atthepicketfence.com

Happy Saturday friends! On behalf of my friend Kara (who is the one who gets to live in the gorgeous new spaces I've been showing you!) and myself we'd like to say a big huge THANK YOU for all of your lovely comments the past two days! This was such a long process for Kara and her husband Caleb but he got to go to work each day while she, on the other hand, was living in the midst of chaos while their home was being remodeled. Oh and they have 5 kids. She deserves a trophy don't you think? … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Farmhouse Cottage Style Kitchen makeover atthepicketfence.com

So, here's the thing. I'm a crier. I cry over obvious things like sad movies or sad news or when I get my feelings hurt. I cry when I think about my kids getting older or when they had to have shots at the Doctor's office. I've cried over pretty much every single Hallmark commercial as well as almost every episode of Little House on the Prairie. But in all of my years of being a crier, I've never cried over a home makeover. That is, I hadn't until the day I walked into my friend Kara's … [Read more...]

Personalizing Your Home

printed bible verse pillow atthepicketfence.com

Not too long ago, I sat and flipped through the pages of a fancy-schmancy home decorating magazine. I have no idea where I was at the time and how I happened to have a fancy-schmancy home decorating magazine in my hands but I can only assume that a) my children were nowhere near me because they rarely allow me the luxury of sitting down with a magazine and b) I wasn't in my own home because I don't subscribe to fancy-schmancy home decorating magazines. ANYWAY, as I flipped through the pages I … [Read more...]

$70 Cree Light Bulb Package Giveaway!

fall buffet decorating atthepicketfence.com

It's always funny to me to hear comments that people make about my home. Most are gracious, positive and encouraging but others are just kind of...well...blunt. Case in point, we had a group of people over not too long ago and one of them walked all around the house, got a bit quiet and then said to me, "you have a lot of lamps." Ummmm...thank you? … [Read more...]

In the Drudgery

french lavender

*republishing this because sometimes we all need a little reminder!* This morning I woke up feeling 'blah'. I think I might have actually even said, "ugh" the moment I opened my eyes. Maybe it was the fact that the power had gone out in our neighborhood in the middle of the night which caused my children to wake up and promptly freak out. … [Read more...]

JORD Wood Watch Giveaway

JORD Wood Watch and box atthepicketfence.com

Friends, I could totally spend a bunch of time today expounding again on my love for my new Jord Wood Watch. I could tell you again how when I opened the box and the smell of fresh wood wafted out at me I could only think about things like little houses on prairies built of wood.   … [Read more...]

When You Want a Wood Watch

wearing Jord wood watch

Have you ever been thinking of a song and then you go to turn on the radio only to have that EXACT song be playing? It kinda freaks you out a bit, right? At least it does me! And even though I know that 'big brother' is watching I'm still startled when something I looked at on Amazon suddenly shows up on the sidebar of my Facebook page. So, when one day this summer I received an email from JORD Wood Watches, I'm not going to lie, I was a little suspicious.   … [Read more...]

A Painting Themed Birthday Party

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Hello At the Picket Fence friends! I'm so excited to be back with you today sharing one of my all-time favorite birthday parties we hosted for our son. There is so much about raising a boy that completely mystifies me, but a few basics that I’ve learned so far are that they have a very unique way of channeling creativity, they love to make messes and they love to destroy. … [Read more...]

The Peace-Filled Home Part Two

the peace filled home series from atthepicketfence.com

*click here for part one of The Peace-Filled Home series* I have a thing for pendulums. I've talked a little bit about them here before. Perhaps it's the fact that a pendulum is always trying to find the center. They are made using a fixed point and as they swing back and forth there is an effort, a straining, towards getting back to that point. That point is the equilibrium. … [Read more...]

Blackberry Basil Scones With Lemon Glaze

Blackberry basil scones recipe from atthepicketfence.com

I was warned it would happen. The other mothers, the ones with older children, would look at me wistfully with a hint of pity in their eyes. Now, looking back, I realize that I was a skeptic. Perhaps I was naive. Perhaps I was just hopeful it wouldn't happen to me.  Either way, I was wrong. Dead wrong. And now, I find myself realizing the truth. The truth about the 'hollow leg' stage.   … [Read more...]

The Peace-Filled Home

the peace filled home series from atthepicketfence.com

Not too long ago we had some of our dearest friends over for dinner. Their son was running around with our kids and general hilarity and mayhem was the order for the evening. As the kids played and the husbands talked my sweet friend turned to me and said, "You know, your home just feels so peaceful."   … [Read more...]

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...]