DIY Mirrored Christmas Tree Stand

DIY Mirrored Christmas Tree Stand

  Have you ever dreamed up an idea and you just knew you were going to love it....if you could pull it off?  You could see it in your head.  Envisioned exactly what it would look like.   You might have even wondered why no one else had thought of this idea yet, and you smiled to yourself knowing you had come up with a brilliant idea. Then reality set in when you realized that for this marvelous, original idea to come to fruition, you would have to create it yourself. From scratch! … [Read more...]

DIY Military Display Shadowbox

Military Display DIY Shadowbox Tutorial 1

I watched him as he gathered up his uniform and tucked it under his arm carrying it, and his basic training yearbook, over to the couch for us to see.  As I painted alongside where he sat, I listened as he shared stories from his days in Vietnam.  The impact that it had on him, on his family. When I finally had a chance to present him with this gift, a place to proudly display those tangible memories from days that are forever etched in his mind, it was such a joy.  A joy to know that … [Read more...]

DIY Wooden Handprint American Flag…

Handprint DIY Wooden American Flag labeled

It may be November, but we are getting patriotic around here in honor of Veteran's Day! As the daughter-in-law and wife of veterans and the MOM of a United States Army soldier, anytime I can create something that honors their service, and the service of so many others, I jump at the chance! This Saturday, November 7th,  I am going to be partnering with The Home Depot, at their Buckhead, Georgia location, to celebrate our greatest heroes...American Veterans! Home Depots, by you, will be … [Read more...]

Celebration of Service with The Home Depot


This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.... You know those once and a life time opportunities that come your way? The ones that truly change your life? I had one of those moments, last year. A day that reminded me how grateful I am for the freedom I cherish as an American, and the sacrifice of others to maintain that freedom.  This time last year, I spent the day with this lovely couple, Chris and Larissa. Chris is veteran of the Iraq War. In 2009 Chris’s vehicle was struck by an IED … [Read more...]

Feather Pheasant Bundle Knock-Off

Pottery Barn Pheasant Feather Bundle Knock-Off

There is nowhere quite as important to a teenage girl as the mall. Not only is it the place to see and be seen, but it's also where all of one's fashion dreams can come true. In my day, Wet Seal was THE store. I just knew that if I could get my clothes there then any awkwardness I was facing in those tenuous years would instantly fade away. I would walk through the door and I would be overwhelmed by the utter stylishness of it all. From stirrup pants to acid washed jeans with zippered … [Read more...]

Fall Front Door Decorating

Fall Foliage Basket on Front Door

My husband and I have recently discovered the miracle that is Netflix. Yes, we are slow to integrate new things into our home. Don't judge. So far we have finished the first season of Blacklist (the 2nd season just premiered!!!) and last week we finished watching the first season of 24. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I really wanted to throw a pillow across the room when we finally made it to the last episode of 24. If you haven't watched it just know that if you feel like throwing … [Read more...]

DIY Wall Plate Rack

DIY plate rack with silver platters

Oh happy, happy end of the week! Are you all in total denial like me that July is already over? Slow. Down. Summer. So, we're continuing on with our Flashback Friday series today and I'm sharing with you a project I did almost two years ago in my kitchen but it still remains one of my all-time favorite DIY's.  You may notice that some things look a tad different in the house but don't forget that this includes old photos. Since this time we have painted the kitchen island and changed up … [Read more...]

DIY Window Seat With Storage


Why oh why we ever think we are going to get big projects done in the summertime is beyond me! I had the best of intentions of tackling my office makeover this summer. So far, I have a desk. ;-) We're giving ourselves a break though, knowing all of you totally understand and relate. We also know that many of you are newer friends to us here at the fence so we thought it would be fun to put together a new series. Welcome to the Flashback Friday series! … [Read more...]

American Flag Candle Log


Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It's me, Julie, from You might be wondering if I didn't realize that YESTERDAY was Memorial Day and thinking this project is too late. But decorating our home for Memorial Day and The Fourth of July has always been something I truly look forward to and enjoy. The American flag is so makes it so easy because no matter where I display it (or what time of the year), it seems to belong. Last year, I decided to take things a … [Read more...]

Chalky Finish Coffee Table Makeover

french country coffee table decor ideas

That whole concept of it never hurting to at least ASK, is so true, isn't it? Because more often than not, the answer to the question is a 'yes'. My kids always know that when they ask us for something and there is a pause followed by a 'we'll see' it means that the odds are probably 'ever in their favor'. ;-)   … [Read more...]