Homegrown shop offers home decor, gifts traversing every crevice of Picket Fences feels like stepping into the mind of an interior decorator, jumping from each cleverly designed room or setting to the next. Whether customers have a soft spot for owls, hope to buy a new dining table or just looking for some tips to design their bedroom, Picket Fences can help.
Owner Lisa Thompson decided to open the store more than a decade ago to help pay for her children’s college education. Thompson said she has always had a knack for design, even doing floral design out of her home in the years before opening the shop.
“Anything that involves working with my hands—I’ve just always enjoyed doing,” she said. “That’s how it started. I’ve always been interested in arts and crafts.”
Picket Fences was established in Oak Ridge North in 2001, occupying a 6,000-square-foot space near Flip’s Gymnastics on Robinson Road. Thompson focused primarily on creating silk florals before evolving her business into a home accessories shop. After five years, Thompson’s vision for the store grew as she realized she needed larger space. The shop moved to its current 11,000-square-foot space in Shenandoah in 2006, where it was then able to offer new wares, including furniture, and bedding.