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How To Tighten Or Repair Loose Louvers On Interior Plantation Shutters

How To Stop Louvers From Sagging On Interior Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters have been a popular window treatment for many years. They offer lots of great benefits like sun control and extra insulation, which really comes in handy when the weather turns super cold like it has been lately. If you've ever shopped for plantation shutters, you probably know that they are usually made of either wood or a man-made product like vinyl or plastic, sometimes referred to … [Read more...]









5 Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with Leprechaun Centerpiece

Welcome to the 336th Tablescape Thursday! With St. Patrick's Day a couple of weeks away, here are a few fun ideas for celebrating, including a shamrock cookie recipe and a 4-Leaf Clover Napkin Fold. Happy Tablescape Thursday!   Click on the title to access that post.   St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with Shamrock Centerpiece   4-Leaf Clover Napkin … [Read more...]









A Beautiful Outdoor Oasis For Entertaining

Deck with pergola and outdoor curtains

Cold, what cold? In my mind it's summertime.¬†We're out on the deck, the sun is shining and the hamburgers and hotdogs sizzling on the grill smell heavenly. Did you hear that? It's the doorbell, barely heard over the beautiful music emanating across the porch and decks on this gorgeous summer day.¬†Friends are arriving and the fun is just beginning. Time for partying and playing outside again. Okay, … [Read more...]









In The BNOTP Library: Modern Antiques for the Table

Modern Antiques for the Table by Sheila Chefetz

Quite a while back I shared a wonderful book called Antiques for the Table by Sheila Chefetz. I purchased that book back in August, 2007. I loved it so much after it arrived, I immediately ordered her follow-up book, the one I'm sharing today.   In the BNOTP Library: Modern Antiques for the Table: A Guide to Tabletop Accessories of 1890-1940 Author: Sheila Chefetz Hardcover: 240 … [Read more...]









The Happiest Home Ever: A Whimsical, Storybook Cottage

Beautiful White Kitchen With Painted Wood Floors

I'm working on a project today and so far it's kicking my tush. lol I will persevere, though, I will! Hope to share it with you soon! In the meantime, how about a tour of the happiest home in the world. I'm dubbing it that and I think you'll agree once we step inside. This Santa Monica home is truly a breath of fresh air, especially on this gloomy February day.   The home, built in 1927, … [Read more...]









How To Repair Chipped or Missing Window Glazing

How to Repair Glazing on Window 1

Welcome to the 317th Metamorphosis Monday!   A few years ago I had the exterior of my home painted, actually it's been about 6 years now. Wow, time has flown by! I was outside filling up my bird feeders recently and noticed something hanging down above one of the windowpanes in the bay window of my breakfast room.   On closer inspection I could see the glazing had cracked away … [Read more...]









Happy Weekend!

Bluebird and Goldfinch eating suet 2

I don't often post on Saturdays and I promise this isn't turning into a birding blog. Just had a few more pictures I thought you might find helpful if you enjoy feeding the birds. If that's not your thing, don't worry, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming come Monday. :) You may remember a while back when I posted a picture of my first ever pileated woodpecker stopping by for a visit. … [Read more...]









Table For Three: Bluebirds “Doing Lunch”

Bluebirds Meeting For Lunch

With this bitter cold weather we've been having, I've started buying mealworms again for my backyard birds. They are a bit pricey at $13 for 1,000 worms from my local birding store, so I decided to order some online from Rainbow Mealworms where you get 5,000 for $20 + shipping. When they arrive and you open the box, this is what you find.   The bag is filled with crumpled up newspaper with … [Read more...]









In The BNOTP Library: Lee Bailey’s Southern Food & Plantation Houses

Lee Bailey's Southern Food & Plantation Houses

When I visited Natchez, Mississippi last May with my friend, Linda, we toured Stanton Hall, a beautiful Classical Revival mansion built during 1851-1857. Linda had toured Stanton many times before and couldn't wait for me to see it. I couldn't wait either! It was very grand inside and I was looking forward to taking photos to share with you here on the blog. Imagine how disappointed we were when the … [Read more...]









A Hearty Breakfast Out On The Farm

Farm Country Breakfast Table Setting 04

Welcome to the 335th Tablescape Thursday! It's been a long time since Jean-Claude made an appearance in a table setting.   The last time he appeared, he was a waiter in a little French cafe. ;)   The cold, cold weather we've been having has me dreaming of big hearty breakfasts with fresh eggs, homemade biscuits, grits, pancakes and bacon. Shhh, don't say the "bacon" word too … [Read more...]









Tour A Wonderful Carmel-By-The-Sea Cottage, No High-Heels, Please

Adorable Cottage in Carmel-By-The-Sea

What is it about a Carmel cottage, they lure you in with their simple charm and the promise of sunny days and ocean breezes. Recently, this sweet Carmel-By-The-Sea cottage caught my eye with its beautifully landscaped front yard and overflowing window boxes.   I did a little googling and was going to share some of the history of this area, but decided to share a fun little fact I came across, … [Read more...]









In The BNOTP Library: Vintage Vavoom

Vintage Vavoom by The Editors of Romantic Homes Magazine

The book I'm sharing today is for those of us who love antiquing or hitting the flea markets and decorating with our vintage finds. I knew when I bought this book two years ago I would love it...it's by the editors of Romantic Homes Magazine.   In the BNOTP Library: Vintage Vavoom: Romantic Decorating with One-of-a-Kind Finds Author: The Editors of Romantic Homes Magazine Hardcover: 218 … [Read more...]