A Rarity: A San Francisco Painted Lady Is Available For Purchase!

Many years ago I visited San Francisco. While there, I did all the typical touristy stuff, like riding a cable car, visiting Alcatraz, eating chocolate at Ghirardelli Square and snapping a picture of the famous Painted Ladies. This was the photo I took around 14 years ago during my visit. They really are so striking...beautiful Victorian homes all lined up in a row.   Here's a recent picture … [Read more...]




A Patriotic Table For Two

Welcome to the 363rd  Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all your great suggestions yesterday! Appreciate those so much! With Labor Day weekend upon us, I had fun putting a patriotic tablescape together out on the deck.   The whole time I was working on this table, the tree-form hydrangea on this end of the deck kept poking me in the head. :) Taking a photo behind the hydrangea … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Classic American Decorating by Rosemary G. Rennicke

This book is a wonderful time capsule. If you loved the magazine Colonial Homes (which later became Classic Homes) you'll enjoy this book.   In the BNOTP Library: Colonial Homes Classic American Decorating Author: Rosemary G. Rennicke   3 Things I Like About This Book: I miss Classic Homes (previously Colonial Homes) so this book gives me a small way to hold onto one of my … [Read more...]




A Dry Run

Yesterday morning I took photos for the post I planned to publish, then I headed off to an eye-appointment. It's been a while since I've been to the eye doctor and I had totally forgotten that they dilate your eyes. Unfortunately, there was to be no picture sorting or post writing after that. Vaccines...My Experience Before getting into today's post, several folks have asked about the vaccines I had … [Read more...]




7 Beautiful Bedroom Makeovers by Designer, Katie Rosenfeld

Welcome to the 344th Metamorphosis Monday! Every now and then I come across a designer whose work is so unique and so cleverly done, I think to myself, this is a designer I could just turn loose in my house and say, do your thing! I don't give up control easily, I'm a bit of control freak when it comes to my home, but Katie's work makes my heart sing! In an interview I read at Coastal Living, Katie … [Read more...]




What I’m Loving For Fall & Halloween

We've been having some really wonderful fall-like days here lately. It's hard to believe this is August because it has felt more like October. How has it been where you live?  I've been throwing the doors to the porch open every morning, letting all that cool morning air into the house, then I close them around 10:00 when it starts to warm up a little. With the cool temps, I'm starting to think about … [Read more...]




A Seafood Boil + 5 More Tablescapes

Welcome to the 362nd Tablescape Thursday! When I visited Cresswind on Lake Lanier with a friend recently, each home had a pretty table setting inside. Let's check them out! Now this is the way to start the day, with a breakfast of croissants, fruit, wine and chocolate! :)   Notice how they tucked the spoon under the napkin ring for the bowl of beans cereal. Interesting, … [Read more...]




Tour Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban’s Bunya Hill Home in Sutton Forest Australia

Nicole Kidman and her husband, Keith Urban, a well-known and talented Country Singer/Artist, have a home in Tennessee. Did you know that? I never realized that until recently. But where do they live when they are at home in Australia? Today we're taking a little tour of Nicole and Keith's wonderful home in Sutton Forest, Australia, located in the New South Wales precinct. Their home is a true historic … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Southern Living Style

This book was suggested by a reader of BNOTP earlier this year. After checking it out and reading the reviews, I ordered it. It's by Editors at Southern Living Magazine so I knew it was going to be filled with beautiful rooms!   In the BNOTP Library: Southern Living Style Author: Editors of Southern Living Magazine   3 Things I Like About This Book: This is definitely a … [Read more...]




Retiring to Cresswind on Lake Lanier

A good friend of mine has put her home up for sale in anticipation of retiring in the not-so-distant future. She's eyeing a move to a nearby retirement community named Cresswind, located on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Recently, she asked if I'd ride up to Cresswind with her to look at a couple of the homes she is considering buying. They have model homes you can walk through to get an idea about … [Read more...]




Packing For An African Safari

Welcome to the 343rd Metamorphosis Monday! This isn't exactly a metamorphosis but in a way it is since it's a drastic change from how I would normally pack for vacation or a trip. I guess you can call it a luggage metamorphosis. When I travel to Africa in a few weeks, I'll be traveling via "light aircraft" on two different occasions. On the smaller planes, suitcases with pull-handles and wheels are … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: At Home With Country

Christina Strutt, a former stylist for vogue and the shop owner of Cabbages & Roses in Chelsea, London, is the author of several beautiful books including the one I'm sharing from my library today.   In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Country Author: Christina Strutt 3 Things I Like About This Book: I love a lot of different decorating styles and the beautiful homes featured … [Read more...]




Africa Bound: A Visit To Mahali Mzuri and Giraffe Manor

In December of last year, I posted about a magical place called Giraffe Manor. Ever since then I've been obsessed with the idea of one day visiting the manor and seeing the endangered Rothschild giraffes in person.   How much fun would it be to breakfast with giraffes! I've actually thought about it so much, I've started dreaming about it! Have you ever thought about a place so much you, you … [Read more...]




Pretty in Pink: A Princess Themed Baby Shower Tablescape

Welcome to the 361st Tablescape Thursday! I don't often have the opportunity to post table settings created for a baby shower, so I'm so excited to share the wonderful tables Elena recently put together in celebration of the birth of her 2 month old niece, Iris Maria.   Elena said, "I went over the top with a girly-girl pink princess baby shower. By the way, both men and women were invited … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Scented Room

One of most favorite authors is Barbara Milo Ohrbach, all her books are wonderful. Todays book from the BNOTP library is one that will appeal to anyone who loves gardening and crafting, or just enjoys the beauty and fragrance of flowers.   In the BNOTP Library: The Scented Room Author: Barbara Milo Ohrbach 3 Things I Like About This Book: Barbara describes the purpose of this book … [Read more...]




What I’m Loving & Some Good News!

Good news! Williams-Sonoma brought back their tartan bedding! Last year several folks emailed or left comments upset because this bedding sold out so quickly at the Williams-Sonoma Home website. After talking with an associate in one of the WS stores, I had high hopes that they would bring it back and they did! You'll find it on their website here: Tartan Bedding   I purchased several … [Read more...]




The Best Blueberry Jam Recipe

Welcome to the 342nd Metamorphosis Monday! I love blueberries, they're my favorite fruit in the whole world. I eat them every single day, even during the winter if I can find them. When my son was little, we used to pick them every summer at a local farm, Berry Patch Farms, that's around 30 minutes from our home. My son was just 4 years old when this picture was taken. We loved picking berries at this … [Read more...]




Tour a Beautiful Home With a Gorgeous Old Soul

Recently, I was looking through some home listings on Zillow and I came across this Italianate estate from the 1920's. As I drooled over all the beautiful rooms inside this home, I thought to myself, "This house belongs in a magazine." I had to chuckle when I read the little blurb on the listing and found it had once been featured in Architectural Digest.   This home has a beautiful soul, you … [Read more...]




A Table Setting Inspired By The Deep Blue Sea

Welcome to the 360th Tablescape Thursday! It was a gorgeous day out on the porch, we've been blessed with a lot of those lately!   Recently, Noritake sent six salad plates my way in a fun new pattern called Indigo Beach.   Before I even knew the name of the pattern, the design had me thinking of the deep blue sea.   The yellow-rimmed dinner plates are also by … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Colefax and Fowler: The Best in English Interior Decoration

If you're a lover of English Country design, this book is about the firm that pretty much invented this style of decorating. They greatly influenced some of our favorite designers including Arthur Hadley, Mario Buatta and Mark Hampton.   In the BNOTP Library: Colefax and Fowler: The Best In English Interior Decoration Author: Chester Jones   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]




Tour Giuliana & Bill Rancic’s Beautiful Chicago Brownstone

When I read that E! host, Giuliana Rancic, was leaving the E! show and moving to Chicago where she and husband, Bill, currently own two restaurants (RPM Italian and RPM Steak) I wondered what kind of home they would choose. Their last home was decorated in a fairly traditional style so I couldn't wait to see what Giuliana had in mind for her new home. The Rancic's chose a wonderful old brownstone dating … [Read more...]




Inspiration in Blogland

So much inspiration around blogland...sharing some of my favorites today. Enjoy! Mary Carol Garrity has created a wonderful backyard paradise for entertaining: Innisfree: Cottage By The Lake   Imagine if you went on a photographic safari and a Cheetah decided to get up close and personal: Cheetah Face to Face (video)   Tired of seeing so many kitchens with a white tiled … [Read more...]




1960’s Kitchen Gets a Dramatic Makeover

Welcome to the  341st Metamorphosis Monday! Do you ever come across a kitchen makeover that just stuns? This Cape Cod home located in Harwich Port, Massachusetts hadn't been updated in many years. It has been renovated throughout and is now available for purchase.   The entrance is really pretty and inviting with a basket of  greenery on the door. I was just thinking how I haven't had a … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators

Being a big fan of the work of designer, Mario Buatta, a few years ago I went in search of books about John Fowler. Mario has mentioned many times in interviews and books how greatly influenced he was by his work. He credits John Fowler with teaching him how to use color and how to arrange and use furnishings in a room.   In the BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators Author: Martin … [Read more...]




A Cozy, Oceanside Cottage in Vineyard Highlands, Martha’s Vineyard

A beautiful beach cottage decorated in the latest designer fabrics and furnishings is always a treat, but there's something equally as delightful about a cozy, vintage cottage, especially when it's located on Martha's Vineyard. This oceanside cottage is located in East Chop, also known as Vineyard Highlands. Vineyard Highlands is a residential area in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the north end of … [Read more...]




A Beach-Themed Sea Life Table Setting

Welcome to the 359th Tablescape Thursday! Summer has been flying by for me this year. Has it seemed that way for you, too? It's still plenty hot here in Georgia, perfect weather for a beach and sea life inspired table setting! Recently, Elena put this wonderful table setting together with adorable plates sporting some rather cute sea creatures.   Elena chose a rustic lantern with a rope … [Read more...]




A Light-Weight Laptop Great for Travel

I've been wanting, and somewhat needing, a new laptop computer for several years. The one I currently have is an old HP Pavilion. It was awesome in its day and exactly what I needed since it was bought to use at home. I rarely traveled back then, and when I did, I never took my computer with me.   When I travel now, I do need to take a computer. My old HP is large and heavy and a bit of a … [Read more...]




Going On Safari: 3 Beautiful Cottages

Do you ever have something on your mind, then everywhere you turn the universe conspires to surround you with it? As you know, I've had travel on my mind a lot this year. Recently, I was thinking again about amazing Giraffe Manor and how I'd love to visit it one day.   While searching for some additional information, I came across this delightful video on YouTube where two friends visited the … [Read more...]




A Sweet Bungalow Gets a Full Renovation

Welcome to the 340th Metamorphosis Monday! This morning as I was filling the birdfeeders, I could hear laughing and shouting coming from the street in front of my home. After I finished with the feeders, I went back inside and peered out the front window to see what all the excitement was about. Parents and children were gathered on the sidewalk, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a big, yellow … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Second Home: Find Your Place in the Fun

Have you ever longed for a second home, a place to head out to for the weekends or for a little vacation? The book I'm sharing today is one I purchased back in January 2008 when I was right in the middle of adding two porches to my home: a small front porch and a screened-in porch. It must have been the wonderful porch on the cover that drew me in, well that and all the great reviews.   In … [Read more...]




Tour Sarah Richardson’s Beautiful Island Summer House

I think I remember when my love affair with beach houses started. It was a few years ago when I flipped on the tv and Sarah Richardson was right in the middle of creating the most charming beach cottage I'd ever seen. Sarah's hubby had purchased the island home several years before, long before they met. Though very pregnant (already 6 months along) she decided to take on the challenging job of giving it a … [Read more...]




An “Italy-Inspired” Table Setting & A Special Story

Welcome to the 358th Tablescape Thursday! Terri and Johnny just returned from Italy and that wonderful trip was the inspiration for today's tablescape. They had been planning this trip for a while but it had to be put on hold for a bit. As we enjoy Terri's beautiful table setting created for a dinner with family after their return, I'll let Terri tell you why she celebrates each and every day with … [Read more...]




An Inspiration Update For My Home Office

Yesterday afternoon I made a little update here in my home office.   You may remember seeing this large decorative clock on the wall in previous photos. (This photo was taken back around Halloween one year so ignore the pumpkins.) I like this clock but I purchased it mainly to help fill that big blank wall. I've always wanted to do a gallery of photos there, instead.   Maybe … [Read more...]




10 Rolling, Carry-On Bags That Are Beautiful, As Well As Practical

I've been giving a lot of thought lately to what luggage I'll be carrying when I travel to Italy this fall. When I first started dreaming and planning for a trip, the travel company I was considering using really emphasized taking a very small suitcase (like a carry-on size) for the whole trip because they often booked rooms in small Mom-Pop owned hotels where there were no elevators. Also, due to the … [Read more...]




A Screened Porch Addition, No Haints Allowed!

Welcome to the 339th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I received the nicest e-mail from Gloria. She recently added a screened-in porch on to the back of her home and it turned out beautifully! Gloria said, "I found you and your blog in 2012 when I was doing my research to convert a deck on the west side of my house to a screened porch.  My husband and I never used the deck because it was just too hot … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles

If you have an interest in the architectural history of the homes we see all across America, you'll love this book. Many of the homes featured in this book are of historical significance and you'll probably recognize the architects and often the owners of these beautiful homes,   In the BNOTP Library: Great American Houses And Their Architectural Styles Author: Virginia & Lee … [Read more...]




What I’m Loving These Days…These Are The Bomb!

Does anyone still use that expression? I had to use it for this post...that will make sense in just a minute. One of the most popular posts I write here at BNOTP is when I share my favorite finds, products I've discovered and love using. I'll try to create one of those posts about once a month and they will most likely always be a mix of things from beauty products to household products to fashion to … [Read more...]




A Nautical Table Setting by Candlelight

Welcome to the 357th Tablescape Thursday! Soooo, remember yesterday how I mentioned plans to create a table setting on the little bistro table that lives here on the deck. HA! Mother Nature had other plans.   A huge storm came and  raged on for quite a while. It ended about half an hour before it became totally dark out. When the storm finally ended, I  rushed downstairs and quickly put … [Read more...]




5 Hidden Reasons To Travel

This morning I made a trip over to a local garden nursery, hoping to find geraniums for the pots behind my bistro table. I'm running behind this year, normally those would have been filled in early spring.   Every year I place geraniums here since this area gets a lot of sun. Last summer I had tall hibiscus growing on either side so the geraniums got a lot of shade and didn't do so … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Finest Rooms in America

It was the title of this book that first caught my eye, but the "Editorial Reviews" and the reviews on Amazon prompted me to take a chance and buy it.   In the BNOTP Library: The Finest Rooms in America Author: Thomas Jayne 3 Things I Like About This Book: This is another one of those books that let's us take a peek into the homes of some very famous people. They come from all walks … [Read more...]




Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home, Rebuilt After a Devastating Fire

Yesterday we toured the outside of this beautiful Victorian home belonging to Christy and Don. You may remember the original home was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike. It's really scary to think that lightning can cause such destruction, isn't it?   We'll start our tour here in the entry and a grand entry it is with a beautiful curving staircase. I think it may have been around … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Victorian Home Rises From The Ashes

Welcome to the 338th Metamorphosis Monday! In 2008, the unthinkable happened. A storm came and lightening reduced this beautiful Victorian home to charred rubble. The owners, Christy and Don, began a new, determined to rebuild their home following the design of the original house as their guide.   It took two full years to bring it back, but oh my gosh, is it wonderful!   I … [Read more...]




Like Living In a Novel

The listing described this home as "like living in a novel" and I couldn't agree more. It's over-the-top romantic and if it's this beautiful and enchanting in pictures, I can't imagine what it must be like in person. (Psst: Press Ctrl + 2-3 times on your keyboard to view the pictures in bigger form and Ctrl 0 (zero) once you're done.) Whoever built this home was definitely a romantic at heart to hang … [Read more...]




Serving Ideas For Summer Parties and Gatherings

Welcome to the 356th Tablescape Thursday! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I've pulled together in one post a few of the ideas I've shared in the past for serving beverages for summer gatherings with family and friends. Summer is still in full swing here in the south and will be for another 2-3 months, so let's have a party! Click on the titles below to access the post for the recipe. White … [Read more...]




Storage Bins & Ideas for Refrigerators

Do you ever open the deli or crisper drawers in your refrigerator with plans to make a yummy sandwich only to find a yucky mess awaiting you? Maybe on your last visit to the market, you purchased a bag of kale for a green smoothie or some fresh tomatoes in anticipation of a making a healthy salad. But now, as you peer down into the crisper drawer, you discover the kale has decided to transform itself … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cottage Retreats

After featuring Frances Schultz's wonderful Bee Cottage yesterday, I knew just the book to share with you in the next BNOTP Library post. This one's perfect for anyone who loves a cozy cottage home.   In the BNOTP Library: Cottage Retreats by Lisa Jill Schlang Author: Lisa Jill Schlang   3 Things I Like About This Book: This book features all types of beautiful cottages. … [Read more...]




A Historic Mississippi Farmhouse Gets A Stunning Restoration!

If you wanted a special getaway, maybe some acreage for hunting, fishing and enjoying the good life with your family and friends, what would you do if it came with this house? Most folks would probably tear it down, especially after seeing the inside and finding out the foundation was a complete wreck. Though Mac Thomas joked, "It was nothing that a match couldn't cure," he and his wife, Terre, took on the … [Read more...]




Frances Schultz Decorated Bee Cottage and Herself Back To Happiness

Welcome to the 337th Metamorphosis Monday! When Frances Schultz, a contributing editor for House Beautiful, purchased a little cottage in East Hampton, she knew it had great bones, but it hadn't been updated in a very long time.   Frances herself had been going through a rough patch, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, followed by her mother's passing a year later. Frances … [Read more...]




Tour Faraway Downs in the Movie, Australia, With Nicole Kidman & Hugh Jackman

A while back I received an e-mail from Ursula. She wrote: Greetings Susan, I’ve enjoyed your blog for years!  Would you consider doing a movie house tour of the Queenslander Nicole Kidman inherits in the film, Australia?  I would love to see more detail and learn more about it.  Thank you. Kindest regards. Ursula, thanks so much for the suggestion because both the movie and the Queenslander home, Faraway … [Read more...]




4th of July Nautical Table Setting

Welcome to the 355th Tablescape Thursday! So, remember that table setting I didn't get to post last week because a big storm came along and put an end to any thoughts of taking pictures for the day?   It's a week late, but better late than never, right?   I ended up setting this table with two different centerpieces.   The first centerpiece was a flag and … [Read more...]




My Favorites In One Spot

One of the most popular posts here at Between Naps On The Porch are the ones where I share products I really like or that make my life a little easier.  Whenever I use something (like this morning when I was putting on mascara) I think, "This would be a good thing to share in a "10 Things I Can't Live Without post." Unfortunately, when I finally get around to creating those posts, I can't always remember … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: My Passion for Design

Are you a Barbra Streisand fan? Did you know she loves decorating and design? Not only does she enjoy home design and decor, she wrote a book sharing all the details of her "Mill House" home.   In the BNOTP Library: My Passion for Design Author: Barbra Streisand   3 Things I Like About This Book: Barbra Streisand built a home and doesn't live in it. I was so surprised when … [Read more...]




Small House Living on a Grand Scale

Have you noticed all the new shows about small house living? Recently, I caught two episodes of a show that may be a new show on HGTV, called Tiny House Builders. Have you seen it? Tiny house living is definitely not for everyone, but in the two episodes I saw, they suited the homeowners very well. One was a young, single woman who I think was in college and couldn't afford the expense and maintenance of … [Read more...]




Chip and Joanna Gaines Turned a Frog Into a Handsome Prince

Welcome to the 336th Metamorphosis Monday! Do you ever watch the HGTV show, Fixer Upper starring Joanna and Chip Gaines? Whenever I watch Fixer Upper, I'm always amazed by some of the houses they take on to renovate. The foundation can be slanting, the electrical can be a mess and they dive right in! Their business, Magnolia Homes, has won several awards. Magnolia Homes is described as offering … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nantucket Island Living

I have several books about Nantucket and this is definitely one of my faves. Photography is stunning and this is a large book that's beautiful to display during the summer months on a coffee table or other prominent spot in your home.   In the BNOTP Library: Nantucket Island Living Author: Leslie Linsley   3 Things I Like About This Book: The inside of this large book is … [Read more...]




Lovely Finds at A Classy Flea + A Gift!

This morning I stopped by one of my favorite haunts, A Classy Flea. I snapped a few pics while there so you could come along, too! I was slightly obsessed with this colorful pillar candle holder covered in lovely stones. It was $19 Oh, I missed the sideboard behind it! I think the sign on the sideboard says $275.  Looks like a beautiful piece!   This cell phone picture doesn't do this … [Read more...]




Celebrating the Red, White and Blue

Welcome to the 354th Tablescape Thursday! Late yesterday afternoon, as I was just finishing my table for today, a big storm blew in. I quickly grabbed the food I had already placed on the table, along with a few other items I thought would get wet or blow away and made a hasty retreat inside. It stayed almost this dark out for the rest of the evening, even after the worst of the storm had passed. We … [Read more...]




Kitchen Counters: What To Keep Out and What To Put Away

Back around 2002, I gave my kitchen a mini-renovation. At that time I had the cabinets painted white, added glass to the front of eight cabinet doors, added under-cabinet lighting, new backsplash, had granite counters installed and replaced the stove, microwave and sink. Since my kitchen isn't overly large, I've made a conscious effort over the years to keep the countertops cleared off and as clutter free … [Read more...]




Own Mad Men, Don Draper’s 1914 Colonial Home

Are you a fan of the popular, long-running TV series, Mad Men? The series first premiered back in July 2007 and lasted for 7 seasons! The last episode actually just aired a little over a month ago. I bet we'll be seeing Mad Men reruns for a long, long time. In the very first episode of Mad Men filmed back in 2007, this classic 1914 center-hall Colonial is the home of Don Draper, the Creative Director of … [Read more...]




An Ordinary Patio Becomes A Beautiful Three-Season Porch

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 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Dressed Home

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 … [Read more...]




Faerie Door Cottage: A Real Storybook Fairytale 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 … [Read more...]




Sail Away With a Nautical Table Setting

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 … [Read more...]




Here I Go Again!

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 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cottages

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. … [Read more...]




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

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 … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Screened Porch and Deck Renovation

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 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nantucket Garden and Houses

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, … [Read more...]




Vacation in Designer, Sarah Richardson’s Island Cottage

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 … [Read more...]




5 Tabletop Crafts & Recipes for Independence Day

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 … [Read more...]




A Tablescaping Mini-Haul

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 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Mary Emmerling’s Romantic Country

Today I'm sharing another book by one of my favorite design authors, Mary Emmerling. This was a book recommended to me by a BNOTP reader last year after I featured Mary's book about beach cottages. It's very different from her beach cottage book and a great addition to my decor library.   In the BNOTP Library: Mary Emmerling's Romantic Country: Style That's Straight from the Heart Author: … [Read more...]




My Living Room Is Hiding A Secret

My living room is hiding a secret. It's just a little secret, nothing earth shattering.   See that area behind the seating group, the one with the built-in cabinetry and bookshelves? The secret is underneath the tall lamp I have there. Can you guess what it is?   It's this! Did you guess you would find a sink under there? The sink still works, I ran a little water in it again … [Read more...]




A Secret Garden Party and You’re Invited

Welcome to the 333rd Metamorphosis Monday! When my son and daughter-in-law moved into their home a couple of years ago, they inherited a beautiful backyard. The older couple who previously lived there were avid gardeners and they had created a secluded paradise that was the talk of the neighborhood. The cares of the day vanished the moment you entered this lovely garden.   Nancy and Chip's … [Read more...]




Prepare To Be Charmed: A Walking Tour

Last week when I was visiting family in Ohio, I drove around through some of the nearby neighborhoods. The majority of the streets are tree-lined with sidewalks on both sides. So charming! I noticed new trees had been planted in a few spots, probably where a tree had died. I love that the folks who are living here today care enough about their lovely city to preserve it for future … [Read more...]




Watermelon Mojitos For A Summer Party

Welcome to the 351st Tablescape Thursday! I was out of town until Monday evening and Tuesday morning I awoke really sick. I'm not sure if it's the flu or what it might be. I may try to get a strep test today since my throat feels like it's been attacked with razor blades and I ache all over. Since I wasn't able to create a table setting, for this week's Tablescape Thursday I thought I'd share something I … [Read more...]




15 Products I Use and Love

It's been a while since I put together a post where I share the products I love, the ones that make my life better or a whole lot easier. This past weekend while visiting my son and daughter-in-law, my dil and I started talking about some of the things we enjoy using like hair products, lotions, etc... Today I'm sharing them all with you and if they are still available, I'll link to them where I … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cape Cod Gardens and Houses by Taylor Lewis

After listening to The Outermost House on my drive home from Ohio yesterday, I have Cape Cod on the brain. I only have one book about that area and each time I read it, I have a great longing to see it in person.   In the BNOTP Library: Cape Cod: Gardens and Houses Author: by Taylor Lewis   3 Things I Like About This Book: Tons and tons of wonderful pictures of the gardens … [Read more...]




A Fabulous Beach House On Long Beach Island

I'm baaaaack! And what a drive! I left Ohio yesterday morning around 9:00 AM and didn't get home until 9:30 PM. A drive that normally takes around 9-9-1/2 hours took over 12 hours. Shortly after leaving I got stuck behind an accident that shut the interstate down to 1 lane.   Once I got past that, I was in constant torrential downpours and tornado-like weather for hours and hours. If you live … [Read more...]




A Screened Porch Haven for Warm Summer Days

Welcome to the 332nd Metamorphosis Monday! Suzy who blogs at Worthing Court , moved last summer into a home built in the mid-90's. It was in need of some updating so gradually she's been renovating it room-by-room. One of the rooms Suzy couldn't wait to makeover was her screened-in porch. Initially, it was a  mixture of miscellaneous outdoor furniture that Suzy had left over from her previous … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Vintage Treasures

If you love antiquing, thrifting, flea markets and garage sales, and enjoy decorating and crafting with your vintage finds, you'll love this book. It's filled with lots of lovely collections and beautiful craft ideas.   In the BNOTP Library: Vintage Treasures Author: Jane Cassini & Ann Brownfield   3 Things I Like About This Book: Lots of creative ideas for using vintage … [Read more...]




Feeling Nostalgic

I'm working on a little project at my son's house, I'll be sharing it real soon. Today it involved putting together a table.   I love the city where they live. I need to take some photos of some of the houses I saw today. They were wonderful! The streets in this area are wide, tree-lined avenues with sidewalks on both sides. As I drive down the streets, I feel like I'm in another world, … [Read more...]




Flameless Candles for Summer Table Settings

Welcome to the 350th Tablescape Thursday! Recently I stopped by Pottery Barn to check out their spring and summer dishware. They have a sale going on right now for some of their flatware, place card holders and dishware. They had a lot of tables set, more than I ever remember seeing before at one time. This one feels very festive with all the different plate colors. The dishware kind of reminds me of … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: New Rooms for Old Houses

I must be an old soul because I've loved old homes for as long as I can remember. Historical homes are truly special and the author of this book, Frank Shirley, totally gets it. He speaks my language and I love the way he cares about the subject of renovating or adding on to an old home in a way that does no harm.   In the BNOTP Library: New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the … [Read more...]




I’m Sailing With Jonathan & Drew! Can You Come, Too?

The last time I went on a cruise with Carnival Cruises, I was 19 and had just graduated from high school. How do  you like the dress? It was a long dress, all the way to the floor. Seeing it now makes me think of the Lilly Pulitzer maxi dresses that were so popular this summer. My hair was long, too--down to my waist. Remember those days?   I think it's time to go on another cruise and this … [Read more...]




The Best Camera For Travel: Sony Cyber-shot RX100

Welcome to the 331st Metamorphosis Monday! Whenever you plan a trip, especially if it's your first time traveling to another country, it's inevitable that you're going to need to buy a few things. Fortunately, my shopping list is pretty short. The main items I need before heading off to Italy in the fall are: Secure travel purse √ Comfortable walking shoes that aren't sneakers (I've been told by … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: 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 … [Read more...]




A Screened Porch For Ocean Breezes

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 … [Read more...]




5 Spring & Summer Table Settings

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 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: 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 … [Read more...]