Fireplace Makeover Reveal!

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Some people count sheep to fall asleep. Or their blessings. And while I definitely try both of those (plus a little Tylenol PM!) when I'm suffering from insomnia, nothing helps me relax and calm my mind more than envisioning rooms all redecorated. I envision rooms in my own home, my friends' homes, and homes which only live in my imagination. … [Read more...]

We Miss You and We’re Doing Something About It!

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We miss you. We really, really do. The thing is, you see, that while we get to interact with many of you right here on the At the Picket Fence blog, we used to also get to interact with even MORE of you through social media. Until it started changing. It used to be that if we said 'hi' on Facebook, we would hear a beautiful symphony of … [Read more...]

Justifying My Makeover

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I need to tell you something. I'm a bit scared. I'm making changes to my house and I'm afraid of the comments I'm going to get. Because people can be kinda harsh when it comes to decorating choices. And of course I know that YOU will be kind and remember that I'm a human being and have feelings and all of that, but some other people might not. … [Read more...]

Decorate a coffee table like a boss on a budget!

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The phrase 'budget friendly' is really kind of a relative term, isn't it? I mean, what is 'friendly' to one person's budget might not be quite so 'friendly' to another person's budget. Sometimes when I'm watching a decorating show or flipping through the pages of a magazine and they reference an item that was such a 'great deal' and then I find … [Read more...]

Homemade Valentines Day Gifts

10 homemade valentines day gift ideas atthepicketfence.com

Sometimes there are years when we just wanna buy ready-made stuff. Sometimes making something from scratch just sounds so exhausting. Sometimes we don't even want to think about it let alone create it. Sometimes all we want to do is to buy the box of Valentine's Day cards and have our kids sign their names on them without having to get all … [Read more...]

How to Paint a Pillow

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Hello, At the Picket Fence friends…it's me, Julie from Redhead Can Decorate. I'm back at the fence, and I'm ready to start 2015 with a little something you may have never thought of trying... I painted a pillow… Last month, while browsing through our Good Will store here in Michigan, my daughter and I came across a throw pillow that cost … [Read more...]

Sequined Heart Valentines Day Accessories

handmade valentine's day accessories from atthepicketfence.com

 Valentines Day is a day of sweet memories for me.  Of waking up as a child to a pink & red wrapped gift on my bed and special treats at the table. Memories of care packages filled with home baked goodies to share with friends in my dorm room.  And post-college memories of sidesplitting belly laughs with girlfriends at my annual … [Read more...]

From Christmas to Winter Decorating

How to transition your home from Christmas to winter atthepicketfence.com

I gave myself a super duper fantabulous early Christmas gift this year. The interesting about this particular gift though, is that I didn't even actually get to enjoy it until after Christmas. Because, this year I gave myself the gift of easing into the new year. Actually, what I gave myself was the gift of time. … [Read more...]

It’s OK To Start Small

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  Sometimes you just have to start small. Sometimes on the day your kids start back to school after Christmas break you might start out in the morning with a million ideas swirling in your head and wondering about which home improvement project you are going to tackle first. You may even get so hopped up on caffeine that your brain … [Read more...]

Our Best of 2014

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Let's all say it together shall we? FASTEST YEAR EVER! Seriously, folks, is it just us or did this year literally fly by? Anyone else find themselves on Christmas Eve having that panicky moment where you look around and think to yourself, "wait, is it actually Christmas Eve right now? Wasn't it just Easter?" ;-) You've been shopping and … [Read more...]