A Whimsical Oceanside Cottage With A Colorful Personality

Whimsical Oceanside Cottage

How was your Labor Day weekend? Hope you did something fun and relaxing! A while back I came across the cutest cottage in Edgartown, Massachusetts. I don't think I've ever met a cottage I didn't love and this one has tons of personality and charm! I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover but the colorful flowers spilling out of these window boxes is a very good omen of what awaits … [Read more...]




Stain Your Deck With An Oil-Based Stain For Longer-Lasting Protection

How To Stain A Deck With Oil-Based Stain

Welcome to the 292nd Metamorphosis Monday! Every few years I have my house, porches and decks professionally pressure-washed. Once that's completed, it's usually time to reapply a protective coat of stain to the floor of the decks. This year I decided to try something different. In the past I've always used a water-based stain and I haven't been too happy with how well it has held up, or I should say, … [Read more...]




Tour An Historic Waterfront Lodge on Lake Placid

Lodge Interior Design, Cozy & Inviting 13

It's a conspiracy, I'm convinced. I really am doing my best to just enjoy these last warm days of summer. After all, this is how the weather in Georgia looks during the month of September. Fall doesn't even really think about arriving here for another month.   But try as I may, I keep stumbling across beautiful scenes like this and I'm suddenly thinking of autumn. Doesn't this room just lure … [Read more...]




A Little Fall & Christmas Preview

Fall Autumn Table Setting

Welcome to the 311th Tablescape Thursday! I was working on a table to share this week, but the new screens arrived for the porch and by the time they were done installing them, it was too late in the day to finish the table and take photos. So I'll share it next week. In the meantime, I snapped a few pics when I was last in Pottery Barn. I always love to stop in to just see what they are doing for the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree Home

Charles Faudree Home

After touring a wonderful home decorated in the beautiful warmth and style of French Country design, I knew the perfect book to share from my decor library.   In the BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree Home Author: Charles Faudree Hardcover: 224 pages Book Size: 12.1 x 10.4 x 0.9   I cherish all the books I own by Designer and Philanthropist, Charles Faudree since he just passed … [Read more...]




A French Country Cottage With My Dream Kitchen

Antique Hutche Makes a Great Bar

Oh, do I have a wonderful home for you today! It had me dreaming of the darling cottages we so often see in Carmel. It also reminded me of the adorable cottage in the movie, The Holiday. This home is decorated in French Country style and exudes charm at every turn! You're also going to come away with some wonderful ideas for your Christmas decorating since the photos were taken around Christmastime. … [Read more...]




Beautiful Screened Porch, Deck And Pergola Addition

Add a Pergola Over A Deck

Recently, I received a lovely comment from Maryanne who reads Between Naps On The Porch. She shared that she had loved the porch I added to my home a few years ago so much, she added one like it to her home last year. My ears perked up, I absolutely love hearing from folks who have added porches to their home. I asked Maryanne if she could share some photos so I could share them with you. She did and even … [Read more...]




A Closet Makeover Marathon

Organiizing Closet with Wood Hangers

Welcome to the 291st Metamorphosis Monday! A couple of years ago, I opened up a big ol fat can of worms. Have you ever purchased something because it was a great price or maybe it was on sale, then before you knew it, it ended up costing you a lot more than you had planned? I'm not sure if the project I'm sharing today is one you would want to undertake or if it's more of a cautionary tale. ;) I am happy … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Coming Home

Coming Home by James Lowell Strickland

For as long as I can remember, I've said to anyone who would listen, I'd love to live in an old house one day. I love the architecture and sometimes quirky personalities of older homes. I especially love their anything-but-cookie-cutter design. One friend used to always say to me, "Don't buy an old home, build one!" She would remind me if I built a new-old house, I could get all the features I wanted and … [Read more...]




Beautiful Restoration Of A Southampton Cottage

Southampton Cottage Restoration Designed by Grosvenor Atterbury 10

Recently, I came across a historic Southampton cottage that's been through a full restoration. I love how they kept a nice mix of warm, cozy spaces while creating plenty of bright/airy rooms, as well.  This home really shows it doesn't have to be one way or the other.   Notice the eyebrow arched window there on the front. That's the master bedroom and wait until you see … [Read more...]




A Summer Dinner Party On The Porch

Summer Dinner Party On Screened Porch

Welcome to the 310th Tablescape Thursday! This past weekend I had a little cookout with some friends. After setting the table, I snapped a few hurried pics. Normally when I'm having friends over for a dinner party or cookout, I'll set the table the night before. This time I was so indecisive about what direction to go with the table, I waited until the last-minute to put it together. One part of me … [Read more...]




Tour The Studio Apartment Where Frances Parkinson Keyes Wrote Her Novels

Antique Dollhouse in Frances Parkinson Keyes Studio

Yesterday we toured the Beauregard-Keyes home, the home American author Frances Parkinson Keyes purchased and restored with the help of architect, Sam Wilson. (To see a full tour of this home, check out yesterday's post here: Tour The Beauregard-Keyes Home )   During the restoration process, Mrs. Keyes lived in a little studio apartment on the property behind the home.   I was … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: More Literary Houses by Rosalind Ashe

More Literary Houses by Rosalind Ashe

If you've come across this post randomly and would like to be notified of new "In The BNOTP Library" posts, please subscribe via the gray subscribe box at the end of this post. I couldn't share the book, Literary Houses with you without sharing the sequel Rosalind Ashe wrote the following year. The illustrations are just as beautiful, maybe even more so. And I know you're going to love the homes she … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Literary Houses

Literary Houses by Rosalind Ashe 2

If you've come across this post randomly and would like to be notified of new "In The BNOTP Library" posts, please subscribe via the gray subscribe box at the end of this post. Today, I'm sharing a very different book from my library. When I found out about the premise behind this book, I could not wait to get my hands on it. The whole concept intrigued and excited me! Have you ever read a novel that … [Read more...]




Tour The Beauregard Keyes House & Garden, New Orleans Louisiana

Beauregard Keyes Home, Louisiana

Back in May I traveled to New Orleans where I met up with my friend, Linda and we had the most amazing week touring some of the beautiful old historic homes in Louisiana and Mississippi. One of the homes we toured was the Beauregard-Keys home located at 1113 Chartres Street in New Orleans. The Beauregard-Keys home was built in 1826 by architect Francois Correjolles for Joseph Le Carpentier, a wealthy … [Read more...]




Electrical Cord Covers Hide Metal Swing Chains

Screened Porch Freshly Painted

Welcome to the 290th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Hope it was relaxing and fun! I had some friends over for a little cookout on the porch and we had great time together. Speaking of the porch, recently I had it freshened up with a new coat of paint. It had been over 6 years since it was last painted. After the porch was painted, I noticed the covers on the swing were looking pretty … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: William Yeoward on Entertaining

William Yeoward on Entertaining by William Yeoward

Thanks so much to everyone who subscribed to receive email updates when a new "In The BNOTP Library" post is available to read at Between Naps On The Porch. This is the first BNOTP Library post that is being sent out via email to just those readers who subscribed for those updates. If you've come across this post randomly while visiting BNOTP and would like to be notified when I post about a favorite … [Read more...]




Take A Tour Of Kenny Rogers’ Atlanta Mansion

Kenny Roger's Home For Sale in Atlanta 01

It's November 15, 1989 and I'm standing in a movie theater in Atlanta with my husband. We are young, just barely in our 30's and though we've been to the movies together many times over the years, this is the first time we've ever munched on popcorn and sipped sodas while dressed in formal attire. I'm wearing a just-below-the-knee, black velvet dress with puffy, pink and burgundy sequined sleeves. Around … [Read more...]




It’s Here! Sign Up For The BNOTP Library Posts & Postcards From The Porch!

Postcards from the Porch

Have you noticed I haven't been sharing as many books from the BNOTP library lately? That's because I've been busy working on something with the awesome folks at Feedblitz. Love those guys! They have been helping me set up a separate subscribe method for the BNOTP library posts. Why Have A Separate Subscribe For In The BNOTP Library Posts? I know from the comments and emails I've been receiving, many … [Read more...]




Dining On The Summer Porch

Beach Table Setting on Screened-in Porch

Welcome to the 309th Tablescape Thursday! Little Announcement: Before we dive into Tablescape Thursday, I wanted to give an update on the Between Naps On The Porch group tablescaping boards recently created at Pinterest. Thanks to everyone who joined the boards. The tables that are being pinned are stunning! Love seeing them all! If you requested an invite to one of the boards but haven't received it, … [Read more...]




Tour the Beautiful 2014 Southern Living Idea House in Bluffton, South Carolina

2014 Southern Living Idea House-Palmetto-South Carolina

Did you try to access BNOTP today and found yourself staring at a blank page? I awoke this morning, sat down to create a post and discovered that was not going to happen. Apparently Comcast was experiencing some kind of major routing/networking issues and it effected many sites nationwide. My host, Liquid Web, was effected by the outage and from what I read online, the outage impacted several network … [Read more...]




Overcoming Winter Kill And My Own Personal Version Of Crop Circles

Raccoon Eating From Backyard Bird Feeder

Welcome to the 289th Metamorphosis Monday! So, remember when that awful ice storm hit Georgia this past winter and paralyzed all of metro Atlanta? It was in the news for days since so many folks were stranded on the interstates and roads, unable to get home for several days.   That ice storm did this to my "just-sodded-last-summer" front yard. I shared these pics on the blog in May of this … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: William Yeoward At Home

William Yeoward At Home

It's been a few days since I shared a book from my library. I'm still working on the logistics of setting up a separate "subscribe or sign-up" for the BNOTP Library posts. So, look for that soon. I'll make a big announcement on the blog and try to remember to mention it several times so if you enjoy the decor, gardening and entertaining book-post-reviews, you'll still receive those when they are published … [Read more...]




Cool Off This Summer With Iced Coffee Popsicles

International Delight Coffee Popsicles, Mocha & Vanilla 1

It's here! August, the hottest month of the year has arrived and when you live in the south, you're always looking for a way to stay cool. I'm not much of a hot coffee drinker but I do love iced coffee. It's perfect when I start feeling that afternoon lull that always seems to hit around 3:oo each afternoon. I don't have time for a nap so I head downstairs for something cold and refreshing to perk me … [Read more...]




Nautical Table Setting With David Carter Brown Driftwood Dishware

Beach Nautical Table Setting for Summer

Welcome to the 308th Tablescape Thursday! I'm taking you out on the porch this week for a nautical, beachy-themed table setting.   This table setting was inspired by some adorable salad plates I spotted recently on eBay while searching for something else. Does that ever happen to you...you visit eBay looking for one thing and find something else you love?   I wasn't sure … [Read more...]




How Much Does It Cost To Build A Front Porch

Cost to Build a Porch

When I first moved into my home over twenty years ago, it did not have a front porch. It looked very much like all the other homes in this neighborhood. In the early 80's when the homes in my neighborhood were all being built, porches were not a feature for which homeowners were clamoring. Not a single home in my neighborhood was built with a front porch. Over the years as I welcomed friends and family … [Read more...]




A Christmas Story Movie House, Part IV: The Upstairs

Ralphie and Randy's Bed Room in A Christmas Story Movie, Cleveland Ohio

We're headed upstairs today, touring all the rooms upstairs in the home featured in the movie, A Christmas Story, including Ralphie and Randy's bedroom and the bathroom where one of the funniest scenes in the movie took place. During my visit to Cleveland, Ohio to tour the home, I also visited the A Christmas Story Museum, as well as the gift shop across the street. The pictures I took inside those two … [Read more...]




A Christmas Story House, Part III: The Living Room

A Christmas Story Lamp, A Major Award

Welcome to the 288th Metamorphosis Monday! Bob Clark, the Director and a co-writer of the movie, A Christmas Story, had trouble finding funding for this now iconic Christmas movie when he first set out to make it. He had an extensive history of making horror films so none of the production companies felt comfortable funding him in the making of a comedy/family oriented movie. His next movie was Porky's … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: French Influences & Two Changes Coming Soon

French Influences by Betty Lou Phillips

It's been a few days since I shared a book from my Decor*Gardening*Entertaining library. I've been working on something and it should be ready real soon. I know some Between Naps On The Porch readers enjoy getting an email when a new post is up at BNOTP but I'm guessing not everyone who reads BNTOP may be interested in the book review posts. I haven't had any complaints but just to make sure you aren't … [Read more...]




Alice In Wonderland Birthday Celebration With A Cheshire Cat Piñata

Alice in Wonderland Table Setting Tablescape 11

Welcome to the 307th Tablescape Thursday! Our Pinterest Tablescaping Group Boards Thanks so much for the wonderful response to the post I sent out late yesterday evening about the new group boards I'm creating on Pinterest. So far we have over 135 members! Whooo Hooo! Those are going to be some amazing boards and I can't wait to see what you'll be pinning! The invites will be going out today and … [Read more...]




Pin With Me! Join My Tablescape Group Boards!

Nautical Beach Table Setting Tablescape With Lobster and Crab Plates

Are you a Pinterest fan? Yep, me too! I've been noticing lately, folks are already pinning ideas for Fall, Halloween and even Christmas! It's never too early to start planning and dreaming, is it? Pin Beautiful Tables With Me! Do you create beautiful table settings OR just love pinning them on Pinterest for future inspiration? I thought it would be fun to create a few group boards where we could pin … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Perfect Porches by Paula S. Wallace

Perfect Porches by Paula S. Wallace 2

After seeing all those fabulous porches earlier this morning in our tour of a wonderful lake home and guest cottage on The Ford Plantation, I knew just the book to share with you this evening. I figure with a blog titled Between Naps on the Porch, it's  my solemn duty to sample and road test all the available porch books to be found! :)   In the BNOTP Library: Perfect Porches: Designing … [Read more...]




Beautiful Ford Plantation Estate & Cottage With Lakeside Views

Paneled Library & Study

It's funny how we humans behave when something changes in our lives. I feel a bit like a petulant child this week as I catch myself sulking about not having access to my main computer with all my files and pictures, not to mention use of the double monitors I've come to count on so heavily. Guess what I've discovered? I can survive and I can adapt! It has thrown my pace off a bit, suddenly having to work … [Read more...]




Screened-in Porch Freshened Up With Paint

Porch After Painting

Welcome to the 287th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Monday! Hope you had an awesome summer weekend! I was fretting a bit over mine, wondering how I would be getting a post ready for Met Monday since I dropped my computer off for repairs early on Friday and when last I checked on Saturday, they still haven't gotten around to working on it. I was 4th in line, now 2nd, so hopefully they will be repairing it … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nicky Haslam’s Folly De Grandeur

Nicky Haslam's Folly de Grandeur

My main computer, the one where I store all my photos, is at the computer doctor getting worked on. It feels like I'm missing my right arm. Hopefully I will have it back in the next day or two. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a beautiful book from my decor library. If you're new to this series I started a while back, you'll find all the books I've shared on the topics of Decorating, Gardening and … [Read more...]




Inside The Kitchen of “A Christmas Story” Movie House

Kitchen in A Christmas Story Movie House

Welcome to the 306th Tablescape Thursday! A visit to the 19th-century Victorian home used in all the exterior scenes of the movie, A Christmas Story, is an interactive one. As we stepped inside the front door for the tour, our guide immediately invited us to have a seat in the living room. Whaaat? That's not something you normally get to do while touring a home! I knew right then this wasn't going to be … [Read more...]




Tour A Christmas Story Movie House: The House & Neighborhood

A Christmas Story Movie House, W. 11th Street, Cleveland Ohio_wm

Recently I took a trip to Ohio to visit family and while there I decided to do something I've been wanting to do for ages. I hopped in the car one morning and struck out for Cleveland to tour the home featured in the movie, A Christmas Story.   This wonderful old Victorian home located at 3159 W. 11th Street in Cleveland Ohio, was used for all the exterior shots of the … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Perfect English Cottage

Perfect_English_Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

Having just featured a book depicting lots of wonderful rooms decorated in English style, I couldn't resist sharing another one of my favorite English design books. You may remember when I featured the book, Perfect English by Ros Byam Shaw. Last summer I was excited to discover she has also written a book on cottage design.   In the BNOTP Library: Perfect English Cottage Author: Ros Byam … [Read more...]




Where Am I?

Under the sink

I'm traveling today, headed back home. I can't wait to share pictures of where I've been the last few days. This photo is a big hint! Can you guess? :) … [Read more...]




A Garden Update

Landscape Around Mailbox For Curb Appeal

Welcome to the 286th Metamorphosis Monday! We've been having spring-like weather all this week, crazy weather for the middle of July. The cooler temps have been a nice respite from the heat. The garden I put in around the mailbox several months ago has been thriving in the milder temps.   I thought for this Met Monday I'd share a how's it changed over the past six weeks. Here's how it … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: English Decoration by Ben Pentreath

English Decoration by Ben Pentreath

I love English design! Long before I even knew what "style" or "look" fell under the moniker of English Design, I accidentally decorated my living room in an English/Hunt vibe. I decorated that room just buying what I loved, never thinking about a particular style or design.   It was actually a dearheart on Rate My Space (remember that site) who awoke me to the idea that my living room had … [Read more...]




Some Friday Fun

Kitty on Ladder

Thanks so much for all your comments yesterday and thanks for your thoughts on the big vertical pictures. Really appreciate you taking time to leave that feedback. Hope your weekend is an awesome one! Here's some fun and interesting links to kick it off.  (Click on the links below to view that article.) Opening Up The Living Room: Ever thought about knocking down a wall and expanding your living room? … [Read more...]




Rosedown Plantation: In The Butler’s Pantry

Butler's Pantry in Rosedown Plantation, Louisiana

Welcome to the 305th Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: My content area is wider now here at the blog... so horizontal photos are going to look a lot bigger/better. Yipee!  But, I have a question for you about the size of the vertical pictures. You'll find that question part way down in the post. Please leave a comment answering the question regarding the size of the vertical pics you'll see in this post. Let … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Birding Life

The Birding Life by Laurence Sheehan

This morning's post about the lovely bluebirds who visit my feeder for mealworms reminded me of a book I've been wanting to share for a while. Remember when I shared the book, Living With Dogs by Laurence Sheehan? A short time later I shared another one of his great books, The Gardener's Life. I've quickly become a Sheehan fan and if there's one thing I've learned, it's that his books are not only about … [Read more...]




Beautiful Bluebirds Gathering Mealworms For Their Babies

Bluebird With Meal Worm

Bluebirds, love them so much! Each year they nest several times in the dovecote in my perennial garden.   I'm not sure now if it's the same pair returning or if maybe their children are coming back here to nest.   Even though a woodpecker put a big hole in the dovecote this past winter, they still nested in the dovecote once more. I started to take it down to try to repair it … [Read more...]




The Lost Dreams & Ghosts of Longwood Plantation

Longwood, Natchez Mississippi

No matter how much you hear about Longwood Plantation before you actually visit for a tour, nothing can really prepare you for what you find inside. This six-story, 30,000 square foot mansion was designed by Samuel Sloan, a well-known architect from Philadelphia for cotton baron Haller Nutt and his wife, Julia. Construction on Longwood began in 1859. It came to an abrupt halt in 1861 when word reached … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s, Rooms We Love

Nell Hill's Rooms We Love by Mary Carol Garrity

I'll be back a little later today to share a home I think you will find intriguing, fascinating and haunting. At least, that's the effect it had on me when I toured it in Natchez, Mississippi a few weeks ago. In the meantime, I'm sharing a book I purchased recently that I'm so enjoying! It's by Mary Carol Garrity so of course, you know it's going to be good! I've never been disappointed in one of her … [Read more...]




How To Repair A Large Hole In Sheetrock Or Drywall

Dressing Area in Master Bedroom

Welcome to the 285th Metamorphosis Monday! Last December I shared the story behind a mystery alcove located just outside my master bedroom doors. (That previous post can be found here: If These Walls Could Talk: A Mystery Alcove.)  I've always been glad this little alcove was here because it has been the perfect spot for a chest that was once was a changing table for my son when he was a baby. When I … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Porch Perfect

Porch Perfect by Barbara B. Buchholz

Since I have all things "porch" on the brain right now (check out this morning's post for more details) I thought it was time to share another porch book. I can never, ever have too many porch books! I look for the bargains on Amazon and my wee porch library grows each year. In the BNOTP Library: Porch Perfect Author: Barbara B. Buchholz Hardcover: 144 pages Book Size: 10.2 x 10.1 x … [Read more...]




Has To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Screened-in Porch Prepared For Painting_wm

That woman you see, the one walking around muttering and looking distracted...yeah, that's me. I know it has to get worse before it gets better but I still don't especially like it. The porch that normally looks like this...   ...currently looks like this. I just keep reminding myself, chaos is a sign progress is being made. The porch has weathered well for the past six years despite being … [Read more...]




2 Beautiful Garden Table Settings

Moss Table Setting Outdoors

Welcome to the 304th Tablescape Thursday! I've had sooo much fun reading all of your answers to the style questions yesterday. I have a whole list of books I want to check out now and for some reason I am seriously craving chocolate! I can't imagine why! ;)  I also want to visit every single place you named in your answers for question #10. If you didn't get a chance to read the comments on yesterdays … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Martha’s Entertaining

Martha's Entertaining by Martha Stewart 2

I almost forgot to share a book from my decor library this evening. Painters are coming tomorrow to get started on pressure washing the house, decks and porch, all in preparation of painting them (the porch and decks) as well as repairing some damage done to the chimney by a mischievous woodpecker. I've been outside this evening, removing string lighting and other stuff that will be in the way when work … [Read more...]




What’s Your Style? Take The Quiz!

Jackie

Recently, I came across a blog called, Nautical by Nature, written by Kate. On her "About" page, Kate has a fun style quiz. I loved reading her responses so I thought it would be fun if we took the quiz, too. I added four questions of my own about books, movies, plays, etc...  to the quiz. The questions I added have an asterisk in front of them. All the others were on the original quiz. You'll find … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Getaways by Chris Casson Madden

Getaways by Chris Casson Madden

This morning we toured the resort-like home of model and entertainer, Heidi Klum in this post: Tour Heidi Klum's Beautiful Home With To-Die-For Views & Gardens  Ummm, what book from my decor library could I possibly share to follow that dreamy paradise?  I could think of only one.   In the BNOTP Library: Getaways: Carefree Retreats for All Seasons Author: Chris Casson Madden Hardcover: … [Read more...]




Tour Heidi Klum’s Beautiful Home With To-Die-For Views & Gardens

Heidi Klum's CA Home for Sale

Heidi Klum, the beautiful model and a current host of the TV show, America's Got Talent, is selling her home in Brentwood Estates. Brentwood Estates is located near Los Angeles in California. I was astounded by the beauty of the property, it truly is a paradise!   The gardens surrounding the home are just gorgeous!   The entry seems a little plain but I'm sure they stripped … [Read more...]




A Beautiful, Enchanting Spring Garden

Storybook Home With Window Boxes

Welcome to the 284th Metamorphosis Monday! I don't have a typical Before and After to share today, but I do have a beautiful spring garden metamorphosis. I toured several gardens the weekend of Mother's Day and the one I'm sharing today was completely enchanting. Even the house had that fairy tale feel.   The window boxes across the front were overflowing with beautiful … [Read more...]




How I Fixed The DMARC Policy Email Debacle

Mail

How has your holiday weekend been? We've had the most perfect weather here in Georgia this weekend, sunny, not too, too hot...just glorious 4th of July celebrating weather. I hope you have had the same! I wanted to give you a little update on the missing-email-saga, the one I blogged about in this previous post: Where Are My Post Updates and in this previous post: How To Whitelist An Email Address. In … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nathan Turner’s American Style

Nathan Turner's American Style

Happy 4th of July weekend! How about a book filled with a little red, white and blue and some "American style" decorating, west coast style.   Are you a Nathan Turner fan? I rarely watch TV so wasn't familiar with his work until I came across this book last year. You'll find an eclectic mix of rooms in this book, lots of fresh ideas for decorting your home. Hope you enjoy checking it out this … [Read more...]




How To Make A Tote Bag Centerpiece

Nautical Table Setting for 4th of July

Yesterday for Tablescape Thursday, I created a fun centerpiece using a freebie nautical tote I received recently with another purchase.   Today I thought I'd share how it's created in case you have a tote or bag you would like to incorporate into a centerpiece for a table or for any other decorative purpose. Depending on the type bag you use and what you decide to tuck inside, this … [Read more...]




4th of July Nautical-Themed Table Setting

4th of July Nautical Table Setting Tablescape 04_wmm

Welcome to the 303rd Tablescape Thursday! The 4th of July is tomorrow! Got any big plans? Hope you have the day off and will be spending it relaxing and celebrating with friends and family. For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I put together a 4th of July tablescape with a nautical bent.   Inspiration for a table setting can come from the most unlikely places. After not buying any new … [Read more...]




Choosing The Right Furniture For A Room

Yellow Dream Cottage With White Picket Fence

When I moved into my current home around 23 years ago, I knew almost nothing about decorating or furnishing a home. When first moving into a home, it can feel overwhelming and even a little intimidating trying to decide how to decorate all those empty or half-empty rooms. The room that challenged me and perhaps taught me the most about decorating was my family room. I had never bought furniture for a … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: At Home in Nantucket

At Home In Nantucket

After touring a wonderful waterside home with an island feel this morning, what better book to share from my library than one about another popular island rich in history and beautiful homes: Nantucket. I've never been to Nantucket but this book has made me want to visit there more than ever.   In the BNOTP Library: At Home in Nantucket Author: Lisa McGee Hardcover: 204 pages Book size: … [Read more...]




Island Living, Without The Island

Coastal Home in Greenwich

Imagine living on your own private island. Imagine living on your own private island but without any of the hassles that come with that lifestyle, namely trying to go to and from your home quickly and easily. That's what came to mind when I saw this beautiful coastal home perched on its own little peninsula off the Old Greenwich coastline.   It must feel a lot like being on your own … [Read more...]




Pickiest Lamp Person In The World

Family Room With Judges Paneling

Welcome to the 283rd Metamorphosis Monday! I love lamps, but I guess you kind of knew that when you saw this picture of my screened-in porch. I mean, who has a porch added to the back of their home and doesn't have a single overhead light installed? In the immortal words of Jim Carrey in the movie, Liar, Liar, "It was meeeeee! " ;)   I do love lamp lighting in a room because it's gentle on … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Field Guide To American Houses

A Field Guide To American Houses by Virginia McAlester

I used to get so frustrated when I'd see a house and couldn't figure out its architectural style or design. Some homes are pretty obvious, I can spot a Greek Revival a mile away and I bet you can, too. But some are a blend of architectural styles and can be difficult to pin down. This is one of those books you'll find yourself using again and again. I keep mine about two feet from me here on my desk. … [Read more...]




Greenwich Home Built In The Style of A Grand European Manor Home

Khakum Woods 1929 Estate

After touring actor/producer/director Ron Howard's beautiful Greenwich estate a few days ago, I came across another home in Greenwich that was too amazing to not share. This home is located in an area of Greenwich known as Khakum Wood and it has the look and feel of a beautiful European manor home. If you're curious where Khakum Wood is, here's a little map I found at the Greenwich Historical Society's … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: China And Glass by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

China and Glass by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

While we continue enjoying all the beautiful table settings posted for today's Tablescape Thursday, HERE, I'm sharing a book from my library that's a dish lover's dream. Even though it's been four years now, I remember the day this book arrived. I had a feeling I would like it since I have other books by this author and love those, but I was positively elated as I flipped through it and realized how … [Read more...]




Please, No Talking To The Lifeguard

Beach Coastal Tablescape

Welcome to the 302nd Tablescape Thursday! Just imagine we are on holiday. We're chilling at the beach and the hibiscus are in bloom.   The table is set and the wine has been poured.   I have 4-5 small tablecloths I like to use on this little table here on the deck, but none are in colors that work well with this week's table setting. After walking around the house for a … [Read more...]




Tour The Beautiful Victorian Home In The Movie, Stepmom

Stepmom Victorian House, Movie House

It's been ages since we toured a well-loved movie house. In the past when I've posted a movie house tour, you guys always make some great suggestions and requests for future tours. One tour that's oft been requested is a tour of the beautiful Victorian house in the movie, Stepmom. The house in the movie is completely amazing!   The movie stars some great actors. Susan Sarandon plays mom, … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Classic Greenwich Style

Classic Greenwich Style by Cindy Rinfret

You would laugh at me if you saw me getting ready to write a "BNOTP Library" post. I get up from my desk, walk over to the bookshelves here in the office and start pulling books off the shelf--one after the other, agonizing over which of my children is my favorite today. Okay, well at least that's how it seems when I'm going through the process. You would think I'm preparing to write the last "In The … [Read more...]




Ron Howard’s Greenwich Connecticut, Conyers Farms Home: Take The Tour!

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What if you could go inside and tour the Greenwich Connecticut home, Conyers Farms, where the famous actor, film director and producer, Ron Howard (remember Opie from The Andy Griffith Show) has lived with his family for the past 20 years? Would you say "heck yay!" and take that tour? Well, you are in luck because his beautiful home is available now for sale and we get to go inside! Spoiler: It does not … [Read more...]




A Vicious Intruder In The Garden

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Welcome to the 282nd Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was great although part of it involved dealing with a vicious intruder in the garden. You may remember this view from last summer, it's the walkway that leads to my front porch.   Notice the clump of bushes off to right. Three of those are spiraea a friend gave me many years ago. They have pink flowers each … [Read more...]




Some Fun For Your Sunday

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Amazing kitchen makeover: I don't want to spoil it for you so here's the Before. You're going to love the After! It's beautiful!   Smathers & Branson Needlepoint Key Fobs: I'm obsessed with these key fobs. I ordered a Lighthouse one for summer...will look good with my summer purse. And I ordered the Fox and Hound for winter. It's one of the few that has a different image on each … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Home Sweet Home: A Journey Through Mary’s Dream Home

Home Sweet Home by Mary Engelbreit 2

Did you know Mary Engelbreit wrote a book where she shared her storybook home and gardens? I was late in learning this, her book had already been out a few years. I've always liked her whimsical, spirit-lifting art and I enjoyed her magazine when it was available, but I had no idea what to expect when I ordered the book she wrote sharing her own home. After it arrived, I loved it so much I immediately … [Read more...]




The French Quarter Home of General L. Kemper and Leila Williams

General L. Kemper Williams Library

I have to start this post off with a little warning, prepare yourself for a lot of pictures. I actually took more than you'll see in today's post but I culled it down as far as my heart would let me. Big News! Before we get started on the tour, I have some big news, at least it's big news in my eyes. :) I recently abandoned Feedburner after many attempts to solve the mystery of why a number of BNOTP … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Tabletops

Tabletops by Barbara Milo Ohrbach

While we continue enjoying the beautiful table settings linked for today's Tablescape Thursday, I wanted to share an absolutely wonderful book that's all about creating beautiful tables. It's also by one of my favorite authors, Barbara Milo Ohrbach, an author of a previous book I've shared from my library. If you love creating beautiful tablescapes and table centerpieces for everyday or for special … [Read more...]




A Formal Dinner Party in New Orleans, Kemper & Leila Williams Style

General L. Kemper & Leila Williams House Mueseum Dining Room, New Orleans_wm

Welcome to the 301st Tablescape Thursday! When I was in New Orleans the early part of May, one of the homes I toured with my friend, Linda, was the home of Kemper and Leila Williams. Their home, located in the French Quarter at 712 Toulouse Street is actually behind another home, the Merieult House at 533 Royal Street. The Merieult House (shown below) serves as the entrance to several buildings, … [Read more...]




6 Patriotic Wreaths You Can Make For the 4th of July

6 DIY Patriotic Wreath Tutorials

Email Delivery of Post Updates: Pssst: I just switched to a paid service for delivery of the  BNOTP e-mail updates and RSS feed. Apologize if you accidentally receive two e-mails for the same post during this transition moving from one service to another. 6 Patriotic Wreaths You Can Make For the 4th of July For the past couple of weeks I've been featuring some absolutely adorable patriotic wreath … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Sentimental Living From the Porch

Sentimental Living From the Porch by Alda Ellis

Sharing another one of my favorite porch books today. This one is chock full of wonderful ideas for decorating and entertaining on the porch. I noticed tonight, I purchased it from Amazon in December 2007. That's exactly when I was knee-deep in the middle of adding a screened-in porch and front porch to my home.   In the BNOTP Library: Sentimental Living From The Porch: four seasons of … [Read more...]




Bird Houses Add Beauty & Design To The Garden

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How about a little garden tour? This is another one of the gardens we saw while on the Atlanta Botanical's Gardens for Connoisseurs tour on Mother's Day weekend. This garden featured some beautiful Lazy Hill birdhouses and bird feeders. I love their feeders and houses, they add so much beauty and interest to the garden.   Beautiful rhododendron...   Lots of pretty … [Read more...]




Prevent Bats & Other Critters From Entering Attics With Screening

Bat Hanging in Attic Before Screening

Welcome to the 281st Metamorphosis Monday! Guess where we are? We're in the attic. Hot up here, isn't it? Well, it is June, ya know. See that brown thing over there? Know what it is? Yup! It's a bat.   About a week ago I went up to the attic to check on something and that's when I spied Mr. Bat. When I first saw him hanging there under the small gable window in my attic, I thought … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Painted Home by Dena

The Painted Home by Dena Fishbein

Happy Sunday! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Recently I shared the book, Essentially Lilly by Lilly Pulitzer. It's perfect for summer reading with its bright cheerful colors. It reminds me so much of another book I came across in a home decor store. I glanced through it, loved it, then came home and bought it on Amazon where I found it for a lot less.   In the BNOTP Library: The … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Garden Room

The Garden Room by Timothy Mawson

I love gardening books but my most favorite gardening books of all are the ones that combine gardening with interior design. The book I'm sharing today does this beautifully. It features the garden rooms of some of my fave designers, including Bunny Williams.   In the BNOTP Library: The Garden Room: Bringing Nature Indoors Author: Timothy Mawson Hardcover: 176 pages Book size: 10.5 x 8 x … [Read more...]




A Playhouse Adds Whimsy to the Garden

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A few weeks ago, I spent two days, back-to-back on garden tours. It was truly a whirlwind weekend of gardens! Some were grand, spanning five acres like the garden I shared recently in this post:  A Breathtaking Garden From The Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour Other were more the size you would expect to find in most backyards. It was a wonderful mix of gardens and if there's one thing I've learned over the … [Read more...]




Screened Canopy Room For Summer Dining and Entertaining

Beach China for a Summer Table Setting

Welcome to the 300th Tablescape Thursday! Wow! Three-hundred Tablescape Thursdays! For 300 weeks, a little over 5-3/4 years, we've been meeting here each week to share our love for creating beautiful tables for our family and friends.  Thank you so much for sharing your talents and creativity. It's an honor to host Tablescape Thursday each week and I've loved every moment! How fitting on this, our … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Island Home Exudes Romance & Charm

Entry with Bamboo Hall Tree

You know when you're driving down a street and you see a beautiful entrance, do you ever wonder what's on the other side? With an entrance this romantic and lovely, could the house be just as enchanting? The answer is, yes! Absolutely, yes! Today we have the rare treat of entering through the gates for a tour of this  historic 1910, island home, a home surrounded by beautiful trees draped in romantic … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining

Essentially Lilly, A Guide to Colorful Entertaining

When I sat down to write this BNOTP library post, I couldn't remember exactly when I had purchased the book I'm sharing this evening. I looked it up on Amazon and it was on February 19th of this year. Seeing that made me smile because it made perfect sense. I was undoubtedly looking for some relief from the cold, drab days of winter, a reminder that summer would be here again in all its vibrant beauty. … [Read more...]




What I’m Crushing On & Wearing This Summer

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One of the pluses of working from home is you can work in your rattiest old pair of sweat pants every day and no one's the wiser. One of the negatives of working from home is you can work in your rattiest old pair of sweat pants every day and forget to actually buy nice clothes so you have something to wear when you leave the house. :) Over the last three years while working from home, other than a … [Read more...]




I Broke The Number One Rule Of Container Gardening

Hydrangea Tree Toppled Over In Storm

Welcome to the 280th Metamorphosis Monday! I never did much "container" gardening until I added on a screened-in porch.  My old deck was hotter than the hinges of...well, you know. The west sun beat down upon it every single afternoon making it impossible to sit out there. Forget sitting, you couldn't even walk barefoot out there without risking 3rd degree burns on your feet!  And then there was the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Relaxing On The Porch

Relaxing on the Porch by Megan Fulweiler

I've been gone all day today, doing a little clothes/shoe shopping, something I rarely do. This warm weather has put me in the mood to update my summer wardrobe. I'm in love with Lilly Pulitzer dresses and skirts this summer. I didn't buy any today but it was fun looking at all the styles. I've just discovered Jack Rogers sandals. Did you know Jackie O wore Jack Rogers sandals? I didn't know that until … [Read more...]