Our Aunt Christine has been one of the biggest supporters of At the Picket Fence from the very beginning. We’re fairly certain she was one of the first (if not THE first) person to pre-order a copy of our book Life in Season. All bloggers know that it’s never a guarantee that your closest friends and family will actually read your blog, so when they do, it truly means so much.
Happy weekend! We’re so thrilled to have Shannon here with us today giving us a tour of her gorgeous modern farmhouse home. Grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy!
Hello At the Picket Fence readers! My name is Shannon and I’m an interior designer, author and one half of the creative duo behind the DIY and design blog, AKA Design. I’m honored that Vanessa and Heather invited me to share my home with you today. Hello and welcome!
This is actually my family’s fourth house in the last ten years. I know, all that upheaval and moving sounds dreadful, and truthfully it’s not my favorite thing to do. But because we live in one of the most expensive real estate areas in the country, we’ve had to slowly work our way up to this house. It’s been an adventure fixing up houses, that’s for sure! (You can see our other three houses here.)
Happy Saturday!! One of our most favorite things to do on a Saturday morning while sipping coffee is to just take our time to meander around the interwebs looking for beautiful inspiration and fun new ideas. And, today, we’re bringing back our Weekend Wonderings series where we’ve put together a collection of some of the best decorating ideas, recipes, crafts and heart-felt blog posts that we’ve seen recently.
We want to continue to have At the Picket Fence be a community where you don’t just hear from us all the time but where you also have access to some of the best ideas and inspiration out there. So, let’s welcome the weekend together with these wonderings!
Traveling for work can seem like such an adventure…at first. But between time changes, delayed flights, uncomfortable hotel beds, food that doesn’t settle well and a packed schedule, it starts to lose it’s luster very quickly.
On a recent flight home to Portland after a whirlwind trip to San Antonio where I was filming a segment for a show there, I was feeling especially weary. Up since 5am (3am Oregon time) and coming down from my coffee high, my head felt like a jumbled mess and as we descended through the clouds I lifted the window screen to gaze out at the scenery below, hoping it would calm my racing heart.
The wind was whipping around us as we were spinning and twirling through the yard.
Arms spread out, we laughed as dizziness set in before we tumbled into the lawn chair together.
She wrapped her little arms around my neck, snuggled in tight and said,
“Don’t let me blow away mommy!”
It was one of those moments in life where you wish you could stop time. You long for a way to bottle it up so you won’t ever forget how soft her skin feels against yours. How her little fingers played with your hair as we sat quietly together.
And my heart began to ache.
I’m pretty sure that free furniture is the best kind of furniture. Well, maybe I should clarify that. I’m pretty sure that free furniture that is vintage and lovely and perfectly fits a space in your home is the best kind of furniture.
A couple of years ago, my in-laws moved into a retirement community and with the purchase of their home came several items left behind by the previous owner. Some were…ahem…interesting to say the least.
But, one piece was a beautiful vintage Drexel dresser. My mother-in-law/love knew that I had been looking for something to replace my giant china cabinet that I had recently sold and she kindly offered me the dresser.
Last week all four of us traveled to Georgia to attend my beautiful niece’s (Heather’s daughter) high school graduation. It was such a special time together with our entire family and was filled with laughter and memories we will always treasure. And we actually managed to get a photo of ALL of us together which hasn’t happened in…..oh….about 5 years!
On our last day there we were riding high on the fun and the storytelling and the hysterical laughter which accompanied playing the game ‘Speak Out’ (Have you played this yet?? We were crying from laughing so hard!) and all of the little moments that come together to create a truly memorable occasion.
Hi there friends! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. It is such a magnificent, warm sunny day here in Southeast Michigan (finally)! The birds are singing, my hostas are in full bloom, and I have a very pregnant robin living in my fern on our front porch. All of these are sure signs that it is indeed late Spring, so that means it’s time for us to think about celebrating our veterans on Memorial Day & of course the Fourth of July isn’t far behind. So, with all of that being said, this month I decided to ask my friends in blog land if I could feature some of their “Patriotic Desserts”. Wow, did they come through for us. I decided to throw in a a couple of mine as well. I hope you enjoy these sweet red, white, and blue desserts as much as I did writing about them.
Oh, but before we get to the recipes, I would like to extend an invitation to you to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter because our DIY Laundry Room reveal is coming up this week! I’m working on the light fixture tonight, and the new rug is in 😀
Patriotic Dessert Recipes
One of my most favorite photos of all time is of my husband lying on his back on the kitchen floor with his head inside the cabinet under the sink and my son (who was 3 at the time) lying on top of him watching and learning as his dad fixed a leaky pipe.
Fast forward 11 years later and I found myself recently standing outside our bedroom watching as that same boy and his dad replaced the old light fixture with my brand new beautiful chandelier.