Hi everyone, it’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com back with my monthly DIY decorating tips for all of you lovely At the Picket Fence friends. I want you to know that I enjoy stopping by each month so very much, and I really look forward to your comments below. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have, and I’ll be sure to get back to you. I also invite you to subscribe to my free weekly newsletter which I actually just e-mailed out! The next one heads out this Saturday morning, so I hope you don’t miss it because I’m sharing a HUGE transformation on the exterior of our home. Meanwhile here at the fence, I have chosen to share “Gorgeous Window Flower Box Ideas” and I hope they will inspire you to decorate outdoors during these warmer months.
*I’m so excited to be revealing my new door from Window World today!*
Well my friends, never did I think that the thing which would delay my revealing our new back door to you would be the seemingly endless snow and ice that hit us here in the Pacific Northwest all throughout this past month. I mean, we enjoyed it…mostly. But after the umpteenth snow day and a general sense of never actually getting back into our routine after Christmas I am more than ready to have my kiddos finally back in school every day of the week and life returning to normal…even though things never are too normal around here.
Before I reveal my new door, let’s take a look back at the old one.
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 everything is just more casual. Flip flops and the smell of skin covered in sunscreen, kids running around while grown-ups linger a little bit longer over a glass of wine or a cocktail.
Happy Saturday friends! I’m so excited to bring this old post back to life and show you how I turned a broken fountain into a fantastic tiered planter.
You know those pictures that look one way when you are standing further back but as you get closer you see that the image is really completely different?
Like where you think you’re looking at a painting of a beautiful lake but when you get closer you realize that it’s a giant elephant….or something like that. 😉
You know what I’m talking about right? The ol’ trick of the eye!
Well, there’s something in my backyard that’s playing tricks on everyone!
Good morning, from redheadcandecorate.com!
The birds are singing lovely tunes, the ice has melted away, and I see my green tulip tips breaking through the cold, cracked soil. My funny cat, Sylvia, is having a blast in the windows
running back and forth like a lunatic watching her friend Charlie, the chipmunk, and…I am so ready to clean the “road salt” from the interior of my car.
Thank goodness, SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG.
I don’t have a wide, wood planked front porch. I don’t have rocking chairs or hanging ferns or a porch swing. My porch is not cottage-y or farmhouse-y.
My porch is stucco-y.
I have a bit of a ritual when it comes to receiving the latest issues of my favorite catalogs or magazines.
I never look at them right away. Oh sure, I might allow myself a quick glance through. But rarely does the mail come to our house at a time with things are calm and relaxed. Frankly, sometimes I wonder if those times are just urban legends. 😉
I want to savor that new catalog or magazine. I want to peruse it at my leisure.
Preferably without anyone asking me for a snack.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I can definitely see how this can be true when it comes to particular words in the English language. In that case though, beauty would be in the ear of the hearer right?
Some words just make me absolutely cringe. I would type them out but my fingers literally REFUSE to click those keys.
Other words are like music to my ears. Like the word ‘Decor’ and the word ‘Steals’. And when you put them together it’s like a beautiful melody!
I think it’s time for full disclosure here. I have a serious case of porch envy.
Did you know that when you search for outdoor decorating ideas on Pinterest that there are approximately 2 million pictures of cute porches and only about 50 pictures of decks?
OK, so maybe that is just a slight exaggeration! 😉
I don’t know why but I’ve just always loved porches. I see them and I covet them. There, how’s that for some honesty?
Porches just have an entirely different feeling than decks. They seem more cozy and comfy and…closer to the ground.
But, I don’t have a porch. I have a deck. In fact, I have a beautiful new deck which we had installed last year.
And even though I will forever profess my love of porches, I do believe that decks can be just as comfy and cozy…even if they are higher up off the ground!
I think that one of the best ways to cozy up a deck is to create multiple living areas if you have the space for them.
We got a larger table last year which can accommodate 6 comfortably and we chose a set that has that wonderful indoor/outdoor feel to it.
A little bit further down we have another more casual sitting area which is where you will often find me reading a book on a warm day or my hubby and I enjoying some time together after the kiddos are in bed.
I picked up this inexpensive table at Marshalls and even though it is technically a side table I think it works perfectly as a coffee table and adds a nice contrast in tone and texture as well as mimics the look of the dining table.
I opted to not put a rug under the dining table and chairs but to instead have one in the sitting area and another one in front of the sliding door.
For my husbands’ 40th birthday we got him a new grill and I secretly wanted him to never actually use it because it is just so pretty in all of it’s pristinely clean glory.
But, sadly, he wasn’t on board with that idea so we commissioned it last night with hamburgers and hot dogs. My son said he was pretty sure everything tasted better after it was cooked on the new grill.
I had to agree.
Someday, I may have a porch. It might be covered and have ceiling fans slowly turning. It might have a couple of rocking chairs and some cottage-y decor. And maybe a hanging fern or two.
But, for now, I’m a deck person.
And even if I’m a little bit further off the ground than I really want to be, I guess I could just think of it as being a little closer to God, right? 😉
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And as always, thanks for meeting me at the Fence (and the deck!) today!