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!
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.
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.
My husband asked me last week what I would like for Mother’s Day this year. And, honestly, all I could think of was that I didn’t want to have to plan a single meal and I didn’t want to have to clean a single dish. No cooking. No cleaning.
You see, my love language is ‘acts of service’. I’ll take getting my car detailed over getting a piece of jewelry any day!
So, when it comes to as special of an occasion as Mother’s Day, for me, sweet and simple is best. Personalized, homemade, thoughtful, these are all of the things that mean the most to me when it comes to gifts.
That’s why I thought that I would show you just a few of my favorite projects I’ve done over the years which are not only simple and sweet but also very friendly to the budget.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”
Ok, ok, so maybe it’s more like the second ‘most wonderful time of the year’ since I know that honor really goes to Christmas.
But, I honestly cannot properly convey to you just how much I love Spring and, most especially, when my lilacs are finally blooming. I snip them and bring them inside and literally bury my nose in the blossoms every time I walk by. It’s like they call out to me. My only complaint is that, like Christmas, it’s over too quickly.
So, I thought that I would celebrate this fleeting moment in time by putting together a little collection for you of lovely lilac inspired ideas and inspiration.
Pillows or no pillows? Folks, these are the kind of serious, hard-hitting questions we ask here At the Picket Fence.
Really, though, I’m looking for some opinions and I know that you guys will come through for me!
And I know my mom will also weigh in on this one too, won’t you mom?
A couple of weeks ago I confessed to you about the time that it almost came to blows over a sofa table at Tuesday Morning. The story had a very happy ending and thankfully it didn’t involve me having to lie on top of the table to protect it from the woman who was trying to get it right out from under me.
As I was driving home with the table safely in the back of my car, I began strategizing about how I was going to shuffle around some other tables in order to make room for the new beauty.
After sliding tables back and forth between my family room and breakfast room I realized that one of them was just going to have to go.
So, the new table landed right where it was meant to be, behind the sofa in the family room.
This then left me with 3 tables and only two spaces. So, after much shuffling and deliberating I decided it was time to part with my black buffet table in the breakfast room.
I was able to sell it (putting the money towards the new table!) and one of the tables in the family room found a new home in it’s spot!
It’s always amazing to me how simply swapping out pieces can completely transform the look of a space. I didn’t realize how much brighter and open it would make it feel in here without that big, black buffet and I love it.
The shelves of this table allow me to display some of my favorite pieces and it definitely feels more kitchen-y.
I pulled this vintage crate out of the attic and it looks so perfect here. Isn’t this such a great piece? I’m pretty sure it’s seen a lot of salmon over the years.
This is hands-down my most favorite kind of decorating.
Shuffling furniture around and creating a whole new look, one that you actually like even better and allows you to show off some of your favorite accessories.
And yes, while this is all the result of buying a ‘new’ piece, what I ended up achieving was a new look in TWO spaces instead of just one.
That’s definitely a win-win in my book!
Now, how about seeing some more thrifty ideas? It’s time for this month’s Thrifty Style Team features!
Hi there! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com and it’s great to be back this month at the Picket Fence with 6 clever, easy, and affordable repurposed wreath ideas from all over blog land. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all wreaths, but when folks come up with clever ways to repurpose items into a beautiful “wreath”, it inspires me to want to try it, too. By the way, if you’re really into wreaths like me, I’ve created all sorts of wreaths for all the seasons on my blog, so I hope you’ll join me there, too (subscribe here).