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.
I’m pretty sure that free furniture is the best kind of furniture. Well, maybe I should clarify that. I’m pretty sure that free furniture that is vintage and lovely and perfectly fits a space in your home is the best kind of furniture.
A couple of years ago, my in-laws moved into a retirement community and with the purchase of their home came several items left behind by the previous owner. Some were…ahem…interesting to say the least.
But, one piece was a beautiful vintage Drexel dresser. My mother-in-law/love knew that I had been looking for something to replace my giant china cabinet that I had recently sold and she kindly offered me the dresser.
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!
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…
We have a saying in our house. ‘Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.’
At the heart of it is our desire to teach our children how to be good stewards of their resources. How to stop and really think about each purchase and whether or not it is the best use of their money.
But sometimes this lady wrestles with taking her own advice. Because when I get a decorating idea in my head it’s really hard to not move forward at full throttle to achieve the look I want.
You have no idea how badly I wanted to give this blog post a different title. In my mind, it really should be called, “Stick a bunch of seashells in bowls around your house and call it good!”. But, I was afraid that it didn’t sound quite blog-title-ish enough. So I went for the more ‘professional’ route instead and today I’m going to be sharing with you some of the most easy-peasy ways to add summer style to your home.
It’s me again, Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com…stopping by to say hello and to share some easy and affordable decorating tips with you today!
We have 2 sweet daughters who are now in their teen years and one of the ways I love to connect with them, is by going to the thrift store. This would also be something fun grandparents could do with grandchildren, too.
Oh friends. When I think about how I used to over-complicate seasonal decorating I feel shameful.
I mean, seriously, the LAST thing decorating should be is complicated. I know I’ve talked about it before here but I think it’s worth revisiting.
Decorating is merely a creative extension of our personalities. It’s a physical manifestation of our likes, dislikes and way of living.
I need to tell you something. I went into Michael’s Crafts the other day and realized that it had been at least 2 months since I had last been there.
Now, this might not seem like a really big deal to you but believe me, it is.
You see, there was a time when I was there weekly. Sometimes twice a week. I was eagerly trying to come up with projects and crafts that I could show right here on the blog and many times I found myself wandering around the store just hoping a brilliant idea would strike like lightning.
To be honest, pretty often those shopping trips turned out to be not only a waste of time but also a waste of money.
You know the old saying, “He who hesitates is lost”?
Well sometimes my friends, just sometimes, he (or she) who hesitates is lost only to be found again!
A few weeks ago I paid a visit to one of my favorite consignment stores and waaaayyyy in the back, on a shelf high up in the corner I spotted a pair of wonderfully chippy, rustic wood corbels.