New Black Chain-Link Fence Reveal

New Black Chain-Link Fence Reveal

And just like that, we have a fenced-in yard!!! Well, I guess it wasn’t really quite that simple, but all the stress and impatience is behind us now that the work is finally done. We’re feeling oh-so-great about this decision, and genuinely feel like it was worth every penny.

In case you missed the original introductory post about this project, click back here to get caught up. Essentially, though, we adopted an older rescue dog back in March, and it wasn’t long before we caught on to the fact she needed a fenced yard. We suspect that she was initially house-trained using a fenced yard because it took her ages to go to the bathroom on our leashed walks in the neighborhood.

At first we thought it was just a quirk of hers and that she only needed to go twice a day, but then we took her to my parents’ fenced-in yard and she immediately went to the bathroom. Then the same thing happened every single time we brought her over to their place.

Long story short (ish), we decided to invest in a new fence for her sake, but also to allow us to close in our yard from the neighbors a little bit, and to add value to our home. The photos you see below are of our yard before the fence was installed. The little orange flags marked our plans for the fence.

Plans For A New Black Chain-Link Fence

Plans For A New Black Chain-Link Fence

Plans For A New Black Chain-Link Fence

Plans For A New Black Chain-Link Fence

We decided to include one small hill on one side of our home so that Chessie, our dog, had enough room to run around if she wanted to, and we also enclosed our shed and platform deck within the bounds of the fence. We had briefly thought about putting the fence on the inside of our privacy trees, but ultimately decided to enclose those in the fence, too.

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We thought through several different fencing options throughout this project, but chain-link was the one for us. It’s low maintenance (no need to stain or treat it like you would a wooden fence), durable, one of the more inexpensive options on the market, and we also felt like chain-link was era-specific for our home in a way. Chain-link fences came into “fashion” during the mid-century, so it seemed like a good fit for our 1960s ranch. Probably the more mid-century option would have been to go with something like white picket, but that isn’t quite modern enough for our taste. For all those reasons, we settled on chain-link, but decided to have it done in black to make it feel a little more stylish and mod.

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We got two different quotes for the fence, chose one after hearing both estimates, and then waited about a month before the crew was able to come out and complete the work. They speculated to me the morning they started that work might have to be done over the course of two days, but they ended up completing the entire thing in just four or five hours on day one! We were super impressed with their work, and everything has been functioning beautifully since that day.

The cost of the fence came in at just under $4,000, by the way, and we used L&O Fencing if you’re local to the Waynesboro area. I’m sure it would have been vastly cheaper if we had done this two or even one year ago, but inflation and supply chain issues drove the price up for us.

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Want to hear the best news of all? The very first time we let Chessie loose in her new yard, she did her business. I know all of this bathroom talk is probably a little “TMI,” but that moment was pretty darn awesome for us as pet parents. She loves her new outdoor space, and we are enjoying it a lot more than we thought we would, too. The black fence is really sleek and modern—exactly what we were hoping for—and it definitely gives us more of a sense of privacy from our extra-close neighbors.

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New Black Chain-Link Fence Reveal

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Would you ever consider a chain-link fence? Did I make you reconsider your dislike for it with my suggestion to go with black over the traditional silver galvanized steel? We couldn’t be happier with the final look and function of our new fenced-in yard, and I think Chessie agrees, which, frankly, is all that really matters!

New Black Chain-Link Fence Reveal

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How To Style A Tall Skinny Bookshelf

How To Style A Tall Bookshelf

*This story was made possible by the generous support of Sauder, and features gifted product for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Today’s post is part of a mini series I started here showcasing some interior photography and styling I did for Sauder. We’ve been ordering furniture from Sauder for years and years, and always love what we get! I thought this would be a fun chance to send the brand a bit of extra love for their support of me and my business over the last decade, and to also (of course!) offer you some styling inspiration for your own homes. Keep scrolling to learn some of my easy tips for styling a tall bookshelf like this one.

How To Style A Tall Bookshelf

First of all, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get your styling quite right the first time you take a crack at it. I think it took me three or four tries to really nail the look here, and that’s very typical of my process. It doesn’t bother me anymore when things don’t come together on the first try (I explain my styling process much more in depth in my home décor eBook, which you can check out here). Just try a few arrangements, step back, evaluate, and then tweak until the arrangement looks good to go.

One of my favorite tricks is to take a photo of the setup with my phone to see where the inconstancies lie. I can’t explain why, but you really can spot changes that need to be made in a digital photo much easier than you can in person.

How To Style A Tall Bookshelf

When I style a bookcase I like to include a mix of items to give it more of an organic look. In other words I don’t just include books! I have an easy formula for any bookshelf I’m styling: books, plants, ceramics, and one or two oddities thrown in just for fun (think: an artsy sculpture, brass animal figurine, leaned piece of art, etc.). The two oddities that I chose here are the pretty watering can and the decorative wooden box on the lower shelf. These items help add a sense of unexpected flair to the bookshelf that books and ceramics alone just can’t offer.

Speaking of books, one of the easiest ways to give your tall bookshelf an organic sense of flow is to alternate the style of your book arranging. You’ll see I stacked the books on the topmost shelf and the bottom one, but the middle shelf is home to books lined up vertically. This alternated manner of styling keeps the bookshelf from looking too stiff and contrived.

How To Style A Tall Bookshelf

You might have noticed that I left quite a bit of negative space. The wooden background of this particular bookcase is just too pretty to cover completely, and I also feel like a tall piece of furniture like this with open shelving would look far too obtrusive and heavy if filled top-to-bottom with books. That’s a personal opinion, of course, but I just wanted to mention that you don’t have to feel pressure to completely fill your shelves. Some negative space will allow you to see through to the back of your bookcase if it’s nice looking, and will also lighten the overall look.

Finally, I wanted to address that ultra tall niche to the right side of the bookcase. If your shelf also has asymmetrical cubbies, then you might be faced with a slightly more challenging niche, like mine. The tall area within this spot of the bookcase would have looked a little silly if I had just lined the bottom with a vertical run of books. I needed something really tall to fill the space, so I grabbed a pretty ceramic vase and filled it with dried pampas grass. This effectively filled the niche and gave the bookcase a cool focal point to zoom in on.

An alternative idea would have been to do that vertical run of books I mentioned down low, but also include a tiny hanging plant from above. Just install a small cup hook at the top of the niche, and hang a small plant (like this one) from it to fill the awkward empty space above the books.

How To Style A Tall Bookshelf

How To Style A Tall Bookshelf

Tall skinny bookcases aren’t exactly the easiest things to style, but the finished product is so worth your energy. Once you get your arrangement just right, it has the power to command lots of valuable attention in a space. Oh, and as a bonus tip, don’t forget the tippy top of your bookcase! I love adding a plant with trailing vines that flow down over the bookcase openings. This helps encourage the eye to travel from the top of the shelf all the way to the bottom.

Big thanks to Sauder for giving me the excuse to chat more about modern furniture styling! Click here if you missed the first part of this series where I talk through how to style a square coffee table, and here’s a link again to the tall bookcase seen in today’s post. Isn’t the black surround so striking? We love it.

How To Style A Tall Bookshelf

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