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In The BNOTP Library: Porch Parties

Porch Parties

I love, love, love Denise Gee's books. This is the second one I've shared, the first being Southern Cocktails. Her books are always my go-to source when I'm planning a summer party and want to serve a special party drink to surprise my friends.   In the BNOTP Library: Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining Author: Denise Gee   3 Things I Like About This Book: This book is all … [Continue Reading...]

A Screened Porch For Ocean Breezes

Build a Screened Porch

What better place to have a screened-in porch than at the beach! When Carla and her hubby were building their beach home, Carla came across BNOTP. Carla said, "We just finished our house at the beach last summer. While we were building, I found your blog, and you convinced me that we needed to make our back porch bigger. I am SO glad we did!"   I asked Carla for a tour of her wonderful screened porch and she graciously shared the … [Continue Reading...]

5 Spring & Summer Table Settings

Summer Table With Hula Skirt Tablecloth

Welcome to the 349th Tablescape Thursday! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing five tablescapes from summers past. These were all fun tables to create...hope you enjoy! Click on the title of each table setting (or the photo) to view that tabelscape in detail. Monkey Business   Whimsical Kitchen Bridal Shower Tablescape   A Romantic Dinner For Two   Summer Dining With An Edible … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Blue & White In Your Home

Blue & White In Your Home

I've always had a serious crush on blue and white decor.   Even when paired with yellow.   Blue and white table settings are a fave, too! (Tablescape can be viewed here: Navy and White Nautical Table)   Over the years I've gradually collected a few books about decorating in blue and white. I always keep an eye out for them and every so often I do a search on Amazon to see if a new one has been written. … [Continue Reading...]

Classic Design Doesn’t Equal Stuffy or Staid

Navy and Yellow Bedroom

One of my favorite designers is Jackie Higgins with Beach Glass Designs. Anyone who says traditional, classic design is old school, stuffy and boring, hasn't seen her work! Today I'm sharing three bedrooms she designed and they all clearly prove that classic design can feel fresh, energetic and gorgeous! Bedroom #1 I'm starting off with my favorite. I'm not normally a big chevron fan but I love the draperies in this bedroom. They are … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful Gibbs Gardens in Ballground, Georgia

Gibbs Gardens Monet Bridge, Ballground Georgia

Saturday a friend and I had a late breakfast at Ducks Kitchen in Decatur, GA. If you find yourself in Atlanta sometime, check it out. Be sure to sample their homemade baked goods. Delish! After breakfast we headed up to Ballground, Georgia for a tour of Gibbs Gardens. Gibbs Gardens is privately owned and is a dream project the owner, Jim Gibbs, had in his heart for 30+ years before it finally reached the point where he was ready to open it to … [Continue Reading...]

Replace Your Deck With a Fabulous Screened Porch

Screened Porch Addition Replaces Older Deck

Welcome to the 330th Metamorphosis Monday! Have a deck that you rarely use? Maybe it gets the "way-too-hot" west sun like mine did. Or, perhaps when you head outside, blood-thirsty mosquitoes move in and do their best to turn you into their personal buffet. This past March Cindy decided to replace her deck (shown below) with a fabulous screened-in porch.   Cindy said, "Our porch was completed in March of this year. We waited … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Paula Deen’s Savannah Style

Paula Deen's Savannah Style by Paula Deen

Recently we took a tour of Paula Deen's home in Savannah. I mentioned in that post, that though I like Paula's current home a lot, I really loved the home she previously lived in. I had seen photos of that home in Paula's magazine many years ago. Also, Paula wrote a book in 2010 and when it arrived, I was happy to see she did include lots of pictures from her own home in addition to tours of several other beautiful homes in Savannah. Though I … [Continue Reading...]

Nautical Tablescape with Shell Chargers and Fish Flatware

Nautical Table Dining on Screened Porch

Welcome to the 348th Tablescape Thursday! It's sunny and gorgeous out today, how about a beach trip?   This week's tablescape was inspired by flatware I purchased this past January. Do I hear "Jaws" music? Ummm...     Small lanterns at each place setting echo the larger candlelit lantern in the centerpiece. I wish I had thought to add a little white sand in the bottom of each of the small lanterns, along … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Paula Deen’s Savannah Riverside Home, River Bend

Paula Deen's Living Room, Savannah River Home

Paula Deen is moving. y'all! She's put her beautiful Savannah river home, Riverbend, on the market, saying she's craving a simpler way of life when she's at home. Her home is located alongside the Wilmington River and if you're ever in Savannah and want to catch a glimpse of it, the address is 818 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, Georgia. I'm not sure if it's visible from the road since the listing describes it as being "secluded." The … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Decorating Porches and Decks

Decorating Porches and Decks by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott

The book I'm sharing from my library today is one I purchased back in January 2008. That was during the time construction was underway for my screened porch. I was buying just about every "porch" book I could find during those days, looking for ideas and inspiration as I decorated my porch addition.   In the BNOTP Library: Decorating Porches And Decks: Stylish Projects for the Outdoor Room Author: Suzanne F.E. Tourtillott 3 … [Continue Reading...]

A Screened Porch Addition For Dining, Relaxing & Enjoying The Garden

Screened Porch Addition for Home

A few years ago Susan and Mark decided to add a screened-in porch onto the back of their Pennsylvania home. Susan said, "We are empty nesters, aside from having four cats. About two years ago I decided that it would be nice to have a screened in porch. We could sit on the porch and enjoy our yard, as my husband loves to garden. He plants flowers, herbs, and some vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and broccoli. Also, it would be great to have … [Continue Reading...]