Spring Baby Shower

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Spring and new life go hand in hand. With the buds on the trees and the flowers peeking up through the soil it seems like the whole world is starting to wake up. So when HGTV Gardens asked me to create a Spring Baby Shower table setting the first thing that came into my mind was celebrating new life and the joy of 'nesting'. … [Read more...]

Kitchen Island Makeover

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My daughter and husband are amazing artists. They can think of something in their heads and then make it come to life on the paper in front of them. I, on the other hand, am sorely lacking in the drawing department. Trust me, you DO NOT want to be on my Pictionary team. I can totally visualize these incredible scenes in my mind but somewhere between thinking it and drawing it, my mind turns it into an image that closely resembles something either a toddler or a very drunk person would draw. … [Read more...]

Spring Mantel Decorating

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I love where I live. I mean, I'll admit that I didn't always feel this way. I've even talked about how long it took me to fully embrace the fact that I am an Oregonian. But, there is nothing like Spring in my neck of the woods to make me want to shout to the world that I LOVE OREGON! Here in the Willamette Valley, we truly get the best of both worlds. We have access to everything that big cities can offer and yet we can drive 5 minutes down the road and see the most gorgeous … [Read more...]

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 'hi's' right back. But now what we hear sounds more like a symphony of crickets. … [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. The social media world can be brutal! … [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 out what they actually paid for it I'm shocked. Apparently my definition of a good deal is very different from theirs! I firmly believe in … [Read more...]

Homemade Valentines Day Gifts

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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 extra fancy schmancy Pinterest-y and making personalized, individualized, customized, one-of-a-kind gifts for each kid in their class knowing all along … [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 $3.99. It was very plain, but in very good condition. … [Read more...]