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An Ordinary Patio Becomes A Beautiful Three-Season Porch

Beautiful 3-Season Porch Addition

Welcome to the 335th Metamorphosis Monday! I'm so excited because I have such a treat for you today! Recently, Linda and her hubby added a three season porch to the back of their home. Linda said, "Recently, my hubby enclosed our outdoor area. Formally, this space was a raised concrete patio that had a pergola over it."   "He always hesitated to enclose it because he didn't want a roof overhead since that would prohibit natural … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Dressed Home

The Well-Dressed Home by Annette Tatum

Have you ever noticed how sometimes the colors in the clothes hanging in our closets are often the very colors we feel most comfortable using when decorating our home? This book celebrates that and takes the concept even further.   In the BNOTP Library: The Well-Dressed Home: Fashionable Design Inspired by Your Personal Style Author: Annette Tatum   3 Things I Like About This Book: If you've ever wondered what … [Continue Reading...]

Faerie Door Cottage: A Real Storybook Fairytale Cottage

Faerie Door Cottage

I'm beginning to think that England has a monopoly on all the fairytale cottages. lol Okay, maybe not a monopoly but they definitely have a some of the most magical, storybook homes to be found anywhere! One such cottage is Faerie Door Cottage, located in the village of West Overton in the English county of Wiltshire. Is this not about the cutest cottage ever? The stone exterior and thatched roof immediately say storybook. As if that's not … [Continue Reading...]

Sail Away With a Nautical Table Setting

Nautical Table Setting with Sailboat Plates and Sailboat Flatware

Welcome to the 353rd Tablescape Thursday! I braved the heat this week to create a table out on the porch. Actually, a passing storm today cooled things down a good bit so it wasn't that terribly hot, after all.   I always feel a little sad when I see June 21st pass by on the calendar. That date is our summer solstice which means our longest day of sunshine has come and gone. The daylight will stay with us just a little bit less … [Continue Reading...]

Here I Go Again!

Shells and Seaglass

Greetings! How is your week going? I've been busy working on a few little projects. I'm back at it again, priming and painting old, plastic charger plates.   Recently I purchased a few bags of shells to supplement the last of the ones I still have left from my visit to Captiva and Sanibel Islands 30 years ago.   Ever since I made shell chargers a few years back, I've been itching to make them again incorporating a … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Cottages

Cottages by Brian D. Coleman

After touring such an adorable cottage home in yesterday's post about an English cottage named, Pixie Nook, the book I'm sharing today follows well with its mix of whimsy and cottage charm.   In the BNOTP Library: Cottages by Brian D. Coleman Author: Brian D. Coleman   3 Things I Like About This Book: I have several "cottage" books and this is definitely one of my faves. The cottages the author features are … [Continue Reading...]

Pixie Nook: A Storybook Cottage Reminiscent of Rosehill Cottage in “The Holiday”

Pixie Nook in Warleggan, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Remember Rosehill Cottage, the adorable cottage in the movie, The Holiday that stole our hearts only to break them when we discovered it wasn't a real house but a faux house created just for the movie. Oh, the bitter cruelty of it all, playing with out storybook-cottage-loving hearts that way! Rosehill still lives on in our hearts, even if it doesn't physically exist anymore.   Recently I came across a darling cottage in Warleggan, … [Continue Reading...]

A Beautiful Screened Porch and Deck Renovation

Screened Porch Addition

Welcome to the 334th Metamorphosis Monday! Shortly after Anne and her husband, Mike, moved to Birmingham, Alabama, they decided to renovate their screened-in porch and deck. The original porch and deck were smaller than what they wanted for their home. When completed, the renovation ended up doubling the size of their porch and deck!   Construction began and in the photo below you can see the footprint of the new porch. The roof … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Nantucket Garden and Houses

Nantucket Gardens and Houses by Virginia Scott Heard

After touring Sarah's lovely island cottage yesterday, it's time to share a favorite book filled with beautiful homes and gardens on another well-loved island.   In the BNOTP Library: Nantucket: Gardens and Houses Author: Virginia Scott Heard 3 Things I Like About This Book: Great photography with tons of close-ups. Plenty of antiques and nautical, ship-themed art, paintings, collectibles throughout the book. Where else … [Continue Reading...]

Vacation in Designer, Sarah Richardson’s Island Cottage

Fully Renovated Rental Cottage Belonging to Sarah Richardson

A few days ago I turned on the TV while having lunch and there was a show on HGTV I had never seen before. A woman who I thought was probably a real estate agent, was showing a young couple several fixer-upper homes that could be renovated and redesigned into the home they really wanted. As I watched, I kept thinking how much the agent looked like Designer, Sarah Richardson, but I knew it couldn't be Sarah since she's not a real estate agent. … [Continue Reading...]

5 Tabletop Crafts & Recipes for Independence Day

4th of July Nautical Table Setting Tablescape 04_wmm

Welcome to the 352nd Tablescape Thursday! I'm working on a table I'll be sharing next week. With the 4th of July just a couple of weeks away, here are a few fun crafts, centerpieces and recipes you can make for your upcoming 4th of July table. Some of the centerpieces would work on a sideboard or buffet, too. Click on the TITLE to access each tabletop craft, tutorial or recipe below. Make a Patriotic Tote Bag Centerpiece for the 4th of … [Continue Reading...]

A Tablescaping Mini-Haul

Fish Wine Glasses for Summer

I haven't been shopping for tablescaping goodies in a long time. Today is the first day I have felt like getting out since I became sick with whatever it was I had. On my first trip out into the real world, I treated myself to a visit to Marshalls. It felt so good to get out of the house and just be normal again...well, as normal as I ever get. ;) I found some cute things for summer entertaining and I thought I would share them with you now so … [Continue Reading...]