Growing up, the living room was our ‘fancy’ room. I have vivid memories of the powder blue velvet brocade couch that sat regally in the living room of our house when I was a little girl. This was where we would sit when we wanted a nice photo. Or where guests would be invited to sit when they stopped by. But, even though it was definitely the space that held our nicest furniture, it was never off-limits to us as kids. We played with our dolls in there, dressed up like Laura and Mary and acted out scenes from Little House on the Prairie and I know my mom would work on her sewing projects in there because one time I stepped on a pin that had sunk down into the shag carpet. It was easy for things to get lost in shag carpet. It also conveniently disguised any blood that came as a result from stepping on a pin. Just sayin’.
So, my husband and I are attending a banquet this week and I realized that I don’t really have anything that qualifies as ‘cocktail party’ attire. So, yesterday I found myself in the Macy’s dressing room with an armload of dresses and quickly became aware that since I am neither a ‘mother-of-the-bride’ or a teenager (praise Jesus!), my options for fancy dresses were dwindling rapidly. Nothing fit quite right. They were either too fancy or too poofy or too beady or too short (for the love of all that is good and holy how do these girls get out the door in dresses that are THAT short?!) and as I exited the mall I was fairly certain that I was just going to wear my sweats to the banquet and call it good. Elastic waistbands for the win!
I was really looking for that elusive ‘just right’. And, while I may not have found it in the Macy’s dressing room, I’m pretty sure I’ve found it in my dining room. Because ever since we had it painted and freshened up, I can’t help but think that this how it was always meant to look.
Like finding the perfect dress, it’s flattering in all the right places. It hugs the curves and shows off the best sides. It’s effortless.
We’ve had yellow walls for almost 18 years.
Now, granted, they haven’t all been in the same house. When we first moved to Oregon in the winter of 2000, we looked and looked before finally finding the perfect home for us. And I knew exactly how I wanted to decorate it. I wanted yellow walls in all of the main rooms. I wanted to add little accents of blue and white and have it look oh so cottage-y. And I wanted the office to be painted red because I just knew that would make it seem so much more office-y.
Our Aunt Christine has been one of the biggest supporters of At the Picket Fence from the very beginning. We’re fairly certain she was one of the first (if not THE first) person to pre-order a copy of our book Life in Season. All bloggers know that it’s never a guarantee that your closest friends and family will actually read your blog, so when they do, it truly means so much.
Happy weekend! We’re so thrilled to have Shannon here with us today giving us a tour of her gorgeous modern farmhouse home. Grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy!
Hello At the Picket Fence readers! My name is Shannon and I’m an interior designer, author and one half of the creative duo behind the DIY and design blog, AKA Design. I’m honored that Vanessa and Heather invited me to share my home with you today. Hello and welcome!
This is actually my family’s fourth house in the last ten years. I know, all that upheaval and moving sounds dreadful, and truthfully it’s not my favorite thing to do. But because we live in one of the most expensive real estate areas in the country, we’ve had to slowly work our way up to this house. It’s been an adventure fixing up houses, that’s for sure! (You can see our other three houses here.)
A couple of weeks ago I confessed to you about the time that it almost came to blows over a sofa table at Tuesday Morning. The story had a very happy ending and thankfully it didn’t involve me having to lie on top of the table to protect it from the woman who was trying to get it right out from under me.
As I was driving home with the table safely in the back of my car, I began strategizing about how I was going to shuffle around some other tables in order to make room for the new beauty.
After sliding tables back and forth between my family room and breakfast room I realized that one of them was just going to have to go.
So, the new table landed right where it was meant to be, behind the sofa in the family room.
This then left me with 3 tables and only two spaces. So, after much shuffling and deliberating I decided it was time to part with my black buffet table in the breakfast room.
I was able to sell it (putting the money towards the new table!) and one of the tables in the family room found a new home in it’s spot!
It’s always amazing to me how simply swapping out pieces can completely transform the look of a space. I didn’t realize how much brighter and open it would make it feel in here without that big, black buffet and I love it.
The shelves of this table allow me to display some of my favorite pieces and it definitely feels more kitchen-y.
I pulled this vintage crate out of the attic and it looks so perfect here. Isn’t this such a great piece? I’m pretty sure it’s seen a lot of salmon over the years.
This is hands-down my most favorite kind of decorating.
Shuffling furniture around and creating a whole new look, one that you actually like even better and allows you to show off some of your favorite accessories.
And yes, while this is all the result of buying a ‘new’ piece, what I ended up achieving was a new look in TWO spaces instead of just one.
That’s definitely a win-win in my book!
Now, how about seeing some more thrifty ideas? It’s time for this month’s Thrifty Style Team features!
You guys! Did you know that ferns have magical powers? I didn’t really believe it either until I brought this one home along with a fun new treasure.
I spotted this vintage coal bucket recently in one of my favorite second hand stores and then couldn’t believe it when, in the same store, I turned the corner and discovered to my delight a booth filled with plants.
It was a dark and dreary February day outside but inside, with that booth overflowing with fresh, green life it felt like a ray of hope.
*I’m so excited to be sharing our kitchen makeover with you today!*
We had our kitchen cabinets painted in June. In JUNE!! And here we are in February and I’m just now sharing them with you.
I had every intention of doing a full reveal, honestly I did. But, then we had the opportunity to have new flooring installed and we decided to wait until that was done and then there was so much craziness with the release of our book and then the floors were put in and then it was Thanksgiving and then it was Christmas and then it was January and I was just too tired to take photos plus it was super gloomy and dark which makes it really hard to get good shots and all I wanted to do was curl up and take a nap.
How’s that for honesty?
But then, last Friday, I woke up to birds chirping and the sun shining and decided, “This is the day!” So off to Trader Joe’s I went for some flowers and then home to click, click, click my camera and today I’m so thrilled to finally be showing you our kitchen makeover!
You guys…if you aren’t apart of a local home furnishings/decor Facebook group you NEED to find one like yesterday! Seriously, I don’t know what I did before I was invited to be in one. Why am I telling you this? Well, that group was what made it possible for me to get my new kitchen table and chairs.
You see, we had a perfectly acceptable dining set in here already. We’d had it for a number of years and there was nothing really wrong with it except that once we had the kitchen cabinets painted and the new flooring put in, suddenly the wood tone of the table went way more orange-y than it had ever looked before. But I didn’t feel like I could really justify buying a new set. And honestly, I had no desire to try and strip it down and refinish it. I was tired. My husband was tired. And we just weren’t up for one.more.project.
So, I decided that I would try and sell our old set in the awesome FB group and only spend that amount plus a little bit more that I had squirreled away.
Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It’s me Julie from redheadcandecorate.com and I’m stuck indoors these days due to the frigid temps, how about you? I thought it would be a perfect time to show you some of my “Window Treatment Ideas”. I warn you though, some of my window treatments are a little outside of the box, or should I say “off the window”?
First, let me explain that I am actually not a big fan of window treatments for a couple reasons. As we all know window treatments are extremely expensive, difficult to install, and attract dust. In addition, if you have a beautiful view, they block it and the sunlight that comes with it. Let’s face it though, we need privacy, and we need to be able to block the light if we don’t get up at the crack of dawn, or if we enjoy taking naps-like me.
I am lucky enough to not have to worry too much about privacy because of the distance between our homes and the privacy the trees give. However, I am not a morning person, so I need to block the light. Let’s get started and I’ll show you what I’ve done to solve these issues…