Why French Country is My Favorite

French Country mantel decor with rooster print

When I got engaged to my husband in 1997 and began to plan for our home together, I knew exactly what I wanted for our bedding. I had seen a comforter in a movie (Father of the Bride??) and just like the moment when I realized my husband was 'the one', I had no doubts that this comforter and I were meant to be. It was a sage green Ralph Lauren set (I found it at a discount outlet) with muted burgundy floral details. I loved it so much that I registered for all of the coordinating burgundy and … [Read more...]

Kitchen Makeover Sneak Peek

white kitchen cabinets

Recently I was shocked and horrified to find out that my mom will almost always peek ahead and read the end of new book. Even a mystery novel!! For her suspense-loving daughter this was mind-boggling. She said that it helps her to be more relaxed as she reads the story knowing how it all ends up. And while I will not be making this a habit in my literary adventures, I suppose I can see the merits of getting a little sneak peek now and then. Which is why I thought I might give you one today … [Read more...]

Turn Kitchen Towels Into Framed Wall Art

How to Make Framed Fabric Wall Art with Target Kitchen Towels

Hello? Hello? Do you remember me? I'm the sister who disappeared for awhile from the picket fence and I've missed you all so much! I'll be back soon with a much longer post where I will share with you what has been happening in my life lately and why you haven't heard much from me lately but until then it's time for a little Friday Flashback! I don't know about you but I always think I'm going to get SO much done in the summer. It's like I experience short-term memory loss because all I have … [Read more...]

My Number One Question Answered

shutter doors as backdrop for french country decor

Since the dawn of this blog there is one question I have been asked more than any other. And I rarely answer it. Why you ask? Well, for one, I'm shocked that anyone actually wants to know. And, secondly, the answer is just a tad complicated. So do you want to know just what is the number one question I'm asked here At the Picket Fence? … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings Fourth of July Edition

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I have a little Public Service Announcement for you today. If your cable provider offers the music channels, when the 4th of July rolls around be sure to check the seasonal channel (ours is called Sounds of the Season). Because on that day they will play non-stop patriotic music that will definitely put you in the spirit of Independence Day. I may or may not also like to sing along very loudly to these songs which my children just LOVE and I may or may not have tried to get them to march around … [Read more...]

An Antique Table and Chair for My Girl

Little antique table and chair as an art desk

I set out on Saturday morning to run some errands and decided to pop into one of my favorite little second-hand shops. I've been on the lookout for a new table and chair to put in our family room. You see, my girl absolutely loves to have a place to sit and do her artwork or put together a Lego set. But she doesn't always want to do that in her bedroom. She wants to have the option of being right in the center of it all. … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Add Summer Style to Your Home

bowl of seashells

You have no idea how badly I wanted to give this blog post a different title. In my mind, it really should be called, "Stick a bunch of seashells in bowls around your house and call it good!". But, I was afraid that it didn't sound quite blog-title-ish enough. So I went for the more 'professional' route instead and today I'm going to be sharing with you some of the most easy-peasy ways to add summer style to your home. … [Read more...]

Coastal Inspired Summer Mantel

coastal inspired summer mantel atthepicketfence.com

I have come to the conclusion that these days I can manage to muster about 10, maybe 15, minutes worth of time and energy that I'm willing to dedicate to decorating. Which means that I pulled off a simple, coastal inspired summer mantel in the time between tossing in a load of laundry and being summoned to observe my daughter's latest trick on the trampoline. … [Read more...]

Nautical Outdoor Table Setting

Nautical themed summer outdoor tablescape

I feel like I need to state for the record that I set this nautical themed table in less than 10 minutes. In fact, I think it was actually in about 8.5 minutes. Why am I telling you this? Well because, in my opinion, summer is synonymous with simplicity. But simplicity doesn't mean we have to sacrifice style. (Is it just me or were there a lot of 's' words in those last two sentences?) I don't know about you but for us, summer is the season of spur-of-the-moment get togethers and … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings

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Happy weekend my friends!! What will you be up to? We're celebrating my son's 13th birthday today and I can be found curled up in a corner in the fetal position because I cannot believe that my baby boy is now officially a TEENAGER! Sniff...sniff... Actually, even though it's so bittersweet we are incredibly proud of the young man he is becoming and we have a BIG surprise trip planned for him. I'll fill you in more on that another time. But first, how about a little bit of inspiration to … [Read more...]