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Refreshing The Porch For Autumn Joy


Welcome to the 350th Metamorphosis Monday! I'm super excited to share a wonderful autumn porch makeover by my friends, Mary and Dave at Front Porch Ideas and More. This makeover has lots of great ideas including no-sew pillows, a DIY table runner and an outdoor furniture makeover done on a budget. Here's Mary now to share how she and Dave, with the help of their darling granddaughter, Millie, completely made over their back porch for … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Dreaming of Tuscany

Dreaming of Tuscany by Barbara Milo Ohrbach

Barbara Ohrbach books are always a joy to read, including the one I'm sharing today. I purchased this book and another of Barbara's books about Italy, a few months before leaving to visit the area. If all goes as planned, I should be walking the streets of Tuscany as you read this. Keep me in your thoughts, dear Friend, as I will you! :)   In the BNOTP Library: Dreaming of Tuscany: Where to Find the Best There Is Perfect Hilltowns; … [Continue Reading...]

A Visit to Radicofani & the Orcia Valley

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Happy Friday! Do you have a fun weekend planned? It's late here, but before I turn in, I thought I'd share a few photos from today's excursions into the Tuscan countryside. Doesn't this photo scream Tuscany? Though it was pretty hazy out and not the greatest day for landscape photos, this one was pretty much a requirement when we happened upon it. Do you think the folks who live here planted all those trees along the winding driveway just … [Continue Reading...]

When in Rome…

Eating Italian

Welcome to the 368th Tablescape Thursday! As I type this, my laptop says it's 3:24 PM, but I know that's EST time back home in Georgia. The handy little "Dual Clock" widget on my phone informs me that it's actually 9:24 PM where my physical body finds itself...Rome, Italy. After traveling over 5,000 miles and crossing six time zones, I arrived early this morning just in time to catch this beautiful sunrise as we were nearing … [Continue Reading...]

10 Books On My Decorating, Gardening, Entertaining Wish List

At Home Sarah Style by Sarah Richardson

Pssst: By the time this post goes live, I'll be in Italy. I'll be sharing photos from there regularly on Instagram and would love to have you follow the fun! You'll find BNOTP on Instagram here: Between Naps On The Porch Instagram Normally when I share a decorating, gardening or entertaining/table setting book with you, it's always one I already own. I have a "Wish List" of books I would love to eventually get. Today I thought I'd give you a … [Continue Reading...]

7 Ways To Decorate Your Home for Autumn & Halloween

Porch Decorated for Autumn

How did it get to be October so quickly?! With fall here and Halloween just a few weeks away, how about a little inspiration for your autumn and Halloween decorating. Thanks so much to Town and Country Magazine for sharing my Chinoiserie DIY pumpkin craft in their article titled, "Everyone is Turning Their Pumpkins Into Chinoiserie Pieces of Art." Also, thanks to House Beautiful for sharing that project in their article titled, Chinoiserie … [Continue Reading...]

How To Refurbish A Rusted Old Bistro Set

DIY Makeover for Outdoor Furniture

Welcome to the 349th Metamorphosis Monday! This cool fall weather has me itching to get outside and do a little sprucing up. Lately I've been noticing the bistro table I love to use for outdoor dining was starting to show its age.   I normally use a tablecloth when dining here but the rest of the time the table is uncovered for everyday use.   This set is made of metal. When I plant wave petunias in the pots … [Continue Reading...]

A Winter Boot Sale & Other Finds For Fall

Pendleton and Ugg

This year I haven't found myself fighting the transition from summer to fall as much as I have in the past. I think it's because in the past, I felt unprepared for the cold weather. Cold weather isn't so bad if you have the right clothing and the right tools for dealing with it. I could kiss you guys who left comments about Uggs on my first "Surviving Winter" post a few years back. I bought a pair after that and they are amazing! I have one … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Bringing Tuscany Home

Bringing Tuscany Home by Frances Mayes

I purchased Frances Mayes, Bringing Tuscany Home back in August of 2007. That was around the time I first started dreaming of one day traveling to Italy. You may recognize the author's name; she's wrote the book, Under The Tuscan Sun that was made into a movie with one of my favorite actresses, Diane Lane. (Take a tour of the movie home, Bramasole, in Under The Tuscan Sun here: Under The Tuscan Sun)   In the BNOTP Library: Bringing … [Continue Reading...]

Dinner Under The Stars With a Spirited Performance By Maasai Warriors

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Welcome to the 367th Tablescape Thursday! One afternoon while relaxing on the deck of my tent during my trip to Kenya...   ...this invitation was hand-delivered to my door. Ummm, what have they planned for us now?   Promptly at 19:00 hours, I made my way to the main tent where the Mahaliz Mzuri bar is located. Since it was now dark, I had to be escorted by one of the Maasai Warriors who stand guard each night in … [Continue Reading...]

Answering Your Safari Travel Questions & What I Brought Back From Kenya

Friends on Safari

I've received a lot of questions via emails and comments about the recent trip I took to Africa. Today, I thought I'd take time to answer some of those and to make this post a bit more fun so it's not just a bunch of words, I'm including pictures of the souvenirs I brought back, along with some of the little gifts I received during my stay at Mahali Mzuri and Giraffe Manor. Please Note: The captions under each picture explain what they are or … [Continue Reading...]

Mahali Mzuri: An Unforgettable Stay at Sir Richard Branson’s Safari Camp in Kenya

Champagne Greeting For Guests of Mahali Mzuri

Welcome to the 348th Metamorphosis Monday! What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, "Going on safari?" For the next few minutes, erase all the pre-existing ideas, thoughts and concepts you have about what it's like to go on safari. If there's anything I've learned from my recent trip to Africa, it's that safari camps and safari experiences can all be completely different. No two safari camps or safari experiences are ever the same. I … [Continue Reading...]