When Cost Leads to Creative Decorating

Cozy fall fireplace decorations with an oversized chalkboard

We have a saying in our house. 'Just because we can doesn't mean we should.' At the heart of it is our desire to teach our children how to be good stewards of their resources. How to stop and really think about each purchase and whether or not it is the best use of their money. But sometimes this lady wrestles with taking her own advice. Because when I get a decorating idea in my head it's really hard to not move forward at full throttle to achieve the look I want.   … [Read more...]

Peel and Stick Tile Backsplash Accents

White french country style kitchen atthepicketfence.com

It's Thrifty Style Team time again and today I'm sharing with you how we gave our kitchen backsplash a very thrifty, very quick update using peel-and-stick tiles. You know, like most people, the process of updating our home is one that is slow going. Oh sure, on TV we see entire houses being taken down to the studs and rebuilt in what seems like only a matter of days. But the truth is that, for most of us, budget and time constraints simply don't allow for us to have all of these 'voil√†' … [Read more...]

Built In Kitchen Cabinet Makeover


Good morning At the Picket Fence friends! Julie, here from redheadcandecorate.com. Before we get started today I would like to extend an invitation to you to subscribe to our free newsletter. I'm now offering our 12 page "Cottages & Bungalows Fall Home Tour" as a free gift when you sign up. Now lets get to the fun part...Do you remember that show "Starsky & Hutch" that aired in the 1970's? I was around 5 when it was popular and I remember having a crush on "Hutch". Oh, he was so … [Read more...]

A Simple Fall Dining Tablescape

Fall centerpiece with white pumpkins and hydrangeas

A couple of weeks ago the doorbell rang at our house and as I walked towards the door my heart started beating faster. You see, every day for what feels like forever I've been watching for our book to get here. THE book. The one that I worked on for a whole year and that I had yet to hold in my hands. … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things


Hello At the Picket Fence friends, it's me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. I wasn't able to stop by last month due to a busy time at our house. Summer is supposed to be a relaxing time, but somehow it turns into a busy time for a lot of us. We went on a few impromptu mini-camping trips and the packing and unpacking had my head spinning. I'm finally beginning to settle down, and we are preparing for our teen girls to head back to high school. Maybe next year I will consider a … [Read more...]

Turning an Appliance Garage Into a Coffee Station

Coffee station accessories

Coffee. I love it so. In fact, I had fully intended on sharing a coffee quote in this blog post but there were 1,585,763 of them on Pinterest and I couldn't narrow it down to just one that perfectly captured how I feel about this delicious, dark nectar. So, instead, I suppose I will show you how I dedicated a little section of my kitchen to the cup of joy and gladness that is pretty much the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning....and what I look forward to having as a … [Read more...]

Wood Chargers Turned Wall Art

wood plaques wall art atthepicketfence.com

Well, my friends, I've committed a major blogging faux pas. In my eagerness to complete a makeover I didn't take any 'before' photos. But, you have to understand. You see, I had been trying to find just the right thing to fill this wall in our bedroom. I knew what I didn't want but I just couldn't seem to find what I did want. I didn't want a mirror or paintings, I wanted something just a bit...different. And then one day as I was digging around on the clearance shelves of a discount … [Read more...]