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...]

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...]

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...]

A Simple Hot Cocoa Station

hot cocoa station with skis

When my kids were really little, the days spent at home with them were mostly awesome. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. But they were also exhausting. Really, really exhausting. Being home alone with young children day in and day out can be both very fulfilling and very isolating.   … [Read more...]

Paper Angels and Pretty Trees

Cottage style Christmas decor

I don't know about you, but it seems that beautifully decorated homes all dressed up for Christmas have taken over my social media accounts these days. In fact, this week I'm joining a group of bloggers who are going to be sharing some of their favorite holiday rooms. Hosted by The Everyday Home and Town and Country Living, each day we'll be bringing you loads of Christmas eye-candy. … [Read more...]