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Transplanting a Waterfall Japanese Maple

Waterfall Japanese Maple

Welcome to the 325th Metamorphosis Monday! My Before and After this Monday involves this Waterfall Japanese Maple. It's a success story with a disturbing twist. I planted the maple here about 15+ years ago when it was very, very small. It turned out to be a bad spot for it because it grew much more quickly than I expected and soon overshadowed the shrubs, which had to be removed. When I was having some work done in the yard this past … [Continue Reading...]

Chaos and Fighting Over Lilly Pulitzer Clothing

Lilly for Target

Okay, how was my Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch experience? Mine can be summed up in 3 words: There wasn't one. :/ I awoke this morning and visited the Target website only to find every single item I would have been interested in, was already sold out. Ummm, wasn't today the first day of the launch? I knew it was going to be a big hit, but I had hoped it might last at least for a day.   Being a huge Lilly Pulitzer clothing fan … [Continue Reading...]

Tour The Beautiful Colonial Home In The Movie, Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It real house in Atlanta Georgia

Okay, I have a little confession to make. When the movie, Life As We Know It staring Katherine Heigl (as Holly Berenson) and Josh Duhamel (as Eric Messner) first came out a few years back, I didn't go see it even though it was filmed right here in Atlanta. The reason? The previews of the movie reminded me too much of another Katherine Heigl movie I had seen years before and didn't care for called, Knocked Up. Recently, when I came across Life … [Continue Reading...]

Hopping Into Spring

Easter Spring Luncheon Table Setting 1

Welcome to the 343rd Tablescape Thursday! One of the things I love so much about Marie's home is how it's both beautiful and very livable. You immediately feel the love she has for her family just in the way she decorates for the holidays and displays photos of loved ones throughout her home. In her large living room, Marie has a table behind one of the sofas that works great for impromptu meals or just a place to sit and work or read. This … [Continue Reading...]

How To Save Or Frame a Jigsaw Puzzle Without Using Messy Glues

How To Save or Frame a Puzzle Without Using Glue

If you're a jigsaw puzzle lover, chances are you'll occasionally work a puzzle that once completed, you'll want to keep and frame. I completed one a couple of weeks ago that I knew from the beginning I would want to keep and possibly frame for sentimental reasons. Nancy Drew and I were best buds when I was around 8-11 years old. I wanted to to be just like her when I grew up! ;) I've never framed a puzzle so I did a bit of Googling to see what … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: 118 Books and Counting…

BNOTP Library Logo for Posts

Can you believe it's been almost a full year since I first began sharing favorite books from my decor library. In that time I've shared 118 of my favorite books on the topics of Decorating/Design, Entertaining, and Gardening! Thanks so much to the four thousand BNOTP readers who have subscribed to receive, In The BNOTP Library posts! You are the reason creating these posts is so much fun!   I still have quite a few books left to … [Continue Reading...]

Tour This Storybook Cottage In Carmel-By-The-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage for Sale 01

It's been a while since we took a tour of a storybook cottage in Carmel, I'm having serious withdrawals! I have to get my storybook cottage fix every now and then! I'm not sure if this home is still for sale, it's one I saw a while back and thought was too cute to not share. I absolutely love the curb appeal with all the trees and the gated entrance, Even the garage looks adorable!   Inside there's tons of cottage charm, … [Continue Reading...]

Make A Banner For Spring Decorating: A Tutorial

Spring Banner Decoration

Welcome to the 324th Metamorphosis Monday! Though Easter is behind us, when Bonnie shared a picture of the wonderful Spring Easter banner she made by hand to transform her fireplace mantel for spring, I knew I had to share it with you! Is this not amazing?!   So many beautiful details!   I absolutely love all the color and pattern! See those cute rosettes along the bottom. This tutorial includes the link to a … [Continue Reading...]

An Urban Coop Tour, Plus Other Assorted Cute Critters

Speckled Sussex Chicken

Do you ever go on home or garden tours? I absolutely love them! The wonderful thing about home and garden tours is no matter how grand or humble the home or garden, I always come away with an idea or two I can use in my own home. Recently I was searching online and I stumbled across a tour that I never even knew existed, though it's been going on in the metro Atlanta area for seven years. I emailed a friend to see if she wanted to go. This was … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s Stylish Weddings

Stylish Weddings by Mary Carol Garrity

I wasn't planning a wedding when I purchased this book several years ago, but because it's by Mary Carol Garrity, one of my favorite designers and authors, I knew it would be filled with wonderful ideas I could use when entertaining. It didn't disappoint!   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Stylish Weddings Author: Mary Carol Garrity 3 Things I Like About This Book: Mary Carol shares all the intimate details of planning … [Continue Reading...]

Celebrate Spring With a Floral & Bunny Table Setting

Spring or Easter Themed Table Setting

Welcome to the 342nd Tablescape Thursday! Last week for Tablescape Thursday, I shared my friend, Marie's breakfast table that was set adorably for Easter.   Marie also prepared her table in the dining room and it's just as wonderful!   Notice how Marie used simple floral bouquets down the center of the table...perfect for spring!   The pierced dinner plates in this setting are by Ralph Lauren, … [Continue Reading...]

This Gave Me Goosebumps! 1956 Time Capsule GE Kitchen

Never Used 1956 Kitchen With GE Appliances 06

A while back I posted about an apartment in Paris that had not been lived in for 70 years, all of its contents left completely undisturbed. It was literally a time capsule dating back to just before the second World War.   Another time capsule has come to light, this one dating back to either 1956 or 1962, depending on which source you read. Apparently, after the home was built, the owner never moved in. I couldn't find the reason … [Continue Reading...]