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Classic, Traditional Design…Greenwich Style

Decorating in Greenwich Style

When you're standing in the grocery store or book store, flipping through all the latest decor/design magazines, do you sometimes wonder where they're hiding all the homes decorated in classic, traditional style? Shhh, don't tell anyone but just between you and me, I think I may know. They are hoarding them all up in Greenwich, Connecticut! They must be because I've discovered some real gems there in recent months, including the beauty I'm … [Continue Reading...]

Halloween Tablescape, Edgar Allan Poe Inspired

Halloween Decorations with Bats

Welcome to the 319th Tablescape Thursday! Please do not link up more than 2 tables each week to the party. When Elena emailed and shared photos of her Halloween table and decor with me recently, she said, "My theme was Edgar Allan Poe Raven, cluttered elegant Gothic (LOL)—with your batty idea thrown in :0)"  That totally made me laugh...I love Elena's sense of humor!   Check out this spooky, fun display!  Notice how the bats … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott’s Real Home

Property Brother's Drew and Jonathan's Personal Home in Las Vegas

Whenever I'm working in the kitchen and turn the TV on to watch HGTV, I'm always glad when the show, Property Brothers, is on. Each show always features a great house transformation but it's the stars of the show, Drew and Jonathan who really make the show a success. They have great personalities and they play off each other so well in the show. You can tell they are great friends as well as brothers. Jonathan and Drew are identical twins. If … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Entertaining In Style

Nell Hill's Entertaining In Style by Mary Carol Garrity

With so many opportunities for entertaining ahead of us as we enter into the season of Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties followed by New Years Eve parties, I'm sharing a book with some great ideas for hosting parties and entertaining. It's also by one of my fave authors, Mary Carol Garrity, the owner of Nell Hill's.   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Entertaining in Style: Inspiring Parties and Seasonal … [Continue Reading...]

Brussels Sprouts So Delicious, Kids Will Even Eat Them

Recipe for Roasting Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

Recently I had the urge to visit Trader Joe's, I hadn't been there in ages. While shopping I came across a bin filled with stalks of Brussels sprouts. I've seen them in TJ's before and each time it always amazes me to see how they really grow.  (Photo below from bonnieplantsdotcom)   In this photo from Wikipedia, you can see how they grow along the stalk of the plant. Isn't that the neatest thing?!   I love Brussels … [Continue Reading...]

Gardening Challenges And A Wacky Idea That Just May Work

Double Mint Gardenias

Welcome to the 299th Metamorphosis Monday! I have something kinda wacky to share this week. You'll either think it's the most brilliant thing you've ever heard or you'll think it's completely NUTS...pun intended! But before I share my wacky plan, here's what I've been up to...planting Double Mint Gardenias. So far I've had two planting sessions and I still don't have all five of them in, but I'm making progress.   Each time I … [Continue Reading...]

6 Fabulous Fall Mantels!

6 Fabulous Fall Mantels

Fall is such a great time of year! Mother Nature is very busy now, redecorating and changing the color palette of our home from vivid greens and bright colors to one filled with the rich warm colors of red, orange, gold and brown. We can never resist following her lead and bringing those beautiful colors into our own homes! I can tell you guys love Fall, as well.  At this week's Metamorphosis Monday Link Party, Autumn was on display in all its … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Nottoway Plantation, South’s Largest Remaining Antebellum Mansion

Nottoway Plantation in White Castle Louisiana 42

Pssst: Postcards From The Porch, the BNOTP newsletter will be going out tomorrow. If you aren't currently subscribed, you can subscribe HERE (it's free) or via the subscribe box at the end of this post. Pssst, Pssst: As requested, I added the template I used to make my bats to Wednesday's post. You'll find it here: Decorating the Porch for Halloween   Touring Nottoway Plantation Back in May of this year, I spent an entire week in … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Decorating With Books

Decorating With Books by Marie Proeller Hueston

I love books so much, I even buy books written about books. If I were decorating a room and could only add one thing to it other than the furniture and lighting, it would be books. Take away the tchotchkes and vases if you must, remove the figurines and the decorative plates, just don't take away the books.   Pssst: All the books I've featured from my library so far, are linked under the main category "BNOTP Library" which is … [Continue Reading...]

Halloween Tablescape With Haunted House Centerpiece & Spiderweb Tablecloth

Lit Halloween Table Setting

Welcome to the 318th Tablescape Thursday! It was a dark and stormy night....well, actually it was more like a dark and rainy day but dark and stormy night sounds a lot more fun and creepy for our Halloween table setting. It was a tad too chilly to set a table out on the porch this week so we're dining inside in the breakfast room for Tablescape Thursday.   We aren't dining alone, we have lots eight-legged friends for company. … [Continue Reading...]

Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Wool of Bat…

Halloween Front Porch With Bats Across Door

Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog... Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble. Macbeth (Act IV, Scene I) ~William Shakespeare Eeek! It's like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's movie, The Birds! Only, in this case it's The Bats! I've had this image saved on my computer for a year or two. I've always wanted to duplicate the look on my front porch for Halloween. Isn't it a riot?! I decided this … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Adventures With Old Houses

Adventures With Old Houses by Richard Hampton Jenrette

Adventures With Old Houses was one of the very first books I ever purchased on Amazon. I don't remember now why I bought this book but I'm sure it had something to do with the title. I had never heard of Richard Jenrette but I had a feeling I would like him because anyone with the passion and fortitude to take on the restoration of an old home, and not just one but 14+ old homes, knows a whole lot about adventure!   In the BNOTP … [Continue Reading...]