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In the BNOTP Library: Barclay Butera Living on the Coast

Living on the Coast by Barclay Butera

Barclay Butera is a designer I only recently discovered back in spring of last year. I immediately loved what I saw of his work and ordered the book, Living on the Coast in April 2013.   By the way, this is another one of those books where the "preview" at Amazon is misleading and doesn't do the book justice. So many of the interiors they show are very neutral, but the book is filled with beautiful coastal homes loaded with lots of … [Continue Reading...]

The House at Pooh Corner, Cotchford Farm: A Real Storybook House

House At Pooh Corner, Cotchford Farm

My favorite type of home tour ever is when we tour a house that falls into the category of what I think of as a "storybook home." I love those so much! Don't ask me to define what a storybook house is because that would probably turn into some rambling, gushing narrative, and in the end, it's probably a subjective thing anyway. But sometimes you just know one when you see one, know what I mean? I know you do. The home we are touring today is a … [Continue Reading...]

25 Denim Bags & Purses Made From Recycled Jeans

25 Recyled Denim Jean Bags and Purse Tutorials

Welcome to the 273rd Metamorphosis Monday! For this week's Met Monday, I thought it would be fun to share 25 fab Before and Afters. These "Befores" started out as old, out-of-style or too-worn jeans and turned into shiny, new purses and bags. To get the link for a particular tutorial, just click on the title of that post and it will take you to the post where you'll find the link for the tutorial.  Several require very little sewing so … [Continue Reading...]

In The Jungle…

In The Jungle

A few folks have asked to see some pictures of my grandson, Court. Recently, his mom shot a very short video (50 seconds) while he was lying on a little play mat watching a jungle mobile overhead.  He is 8 weeks old now and has found his voice...so much fun watching how they change from day to day. So for all of you who have asked, hope you enjoy! :) In the Jungle from Susan on Vimeo. … [Continue Reading...]

Inspiring Transformations For Your Weekend

Turn a Dresser Into a Sink Vanity for a Bathroom

Happy Easter! I haven't felt so well the last few days so this weekend I decided to just relax a bit and enjoy visiting some wonderful blogs. In my visiting, I found a few treasures that were just too good to not share. This kitchen renovation blew me away! I so wanted to post the "After" picture because it's amazing, but I didn't want to spoil the surprise for you. So, showing great restraint, I'm sharing just the "Before. You'll find the … [Continue Reading...]

In the BNOTP Library: The English Country House

The English Country House by Mary Miers

After our tour this morning of  the grand Shakenhurst Estate in England, I thought I'd share a book I purchased back in August 2011 that is one of the most comprehensive and best books I've ever found on the English country house.  The English Country House by Mary Miers is truly in a class of its own.   In the BNOTP Library: The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life Author: Mary Miers Hardcover: 484 … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Historic Shakenhurst Estate in England

Historic Shakenhurst Estate Tour

Recently, I received an email from Linda (thanks Linda!) with a link to the most amazing home, a large estate in England. The estate dates all the way back to 1349. Shakenhurst Estate is so old, it was mentioned in William the Conqueror's thousand-year-old Domesday Book!  Shakenhurst Hall, the main residence of the estate, was rebuilt in the late 1700's.   One of the most amazing things about the Shakenhurst Estate is that it has … [Continue Reading...]

3 Easter Spring Table Settings

Easter Table Setting with Camellia & Daffodil Centerpiece

Welcome to the 292nd Tablescape Thursday! I don't have a new tablescape to share this week so I'm sharing a few pics from three previous Easter/Spring tablescapes. Click on the title of any tablescape below to view that table setting in detail. Easter Bunny's Magic Egg-hiding Compass Ever wonder how the Easter Bunny decides where to hide his eggs?  Now you know!  :)   Easter Table Setting with Camellia and Daffodil … [Continue Reading...]

A Surprise Visitor!

Pileated Woodpecker eating suet

I'm back! I had hoped to get this post up this morning but it took a lot longer to go through all my photos than I ever anticipated. I've saved the best part for the end, a surprise visitor, so no peeking ahead!  :) With spring here, my backyard feeders have been going gangbusters. I always have a lot of birds visiting but it's busier than ever. It can be tricky photographing birds because if there's one thing I have learned in my attempts to … [Continue Reading...]

In the BNOTP Library: Decorating With China & Glass

Decorating With China & Glass by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

I'm doing it backwards today. My post for today is taking a lot longer than I thought it would (took too many photos) so instead of posting a book from the BNOTP library at the end of the day, I'll go ahead and share it now. Today's book is for the china and dishware lovers...raising my hand! :) In the BNOTP Library: Decorating with China and Glass Author: Caroline Clifton-Mogg Hardcover: 192 pages Book size: 10.2 x 9.4 x … [Continue Reading...]