Progress is Messy!

I think it's official, I have just a few too many irons in the fire. lol If I write something completely nonsensical in the next few days, just know it's because there's a lot of stuff going on here and my brain may be on overload. It's good stuff, but it's going to get crazier before it gets better, I'm afraid. Today I went to visit my bushes. If I go to Pike Nursery one more time, they will probably … [Read more...]


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A Beautiful Beach House That Comes With Its Own Lighthouse!

Imagine buying a beach house and along with it you become part owner of your own lighthouse! See that little light house waaay out there, standing so bravely, a bright shining sentinel to all who sail by. If I read correctly, That's the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse at in Fenwick Point and I believe it's the lighthouse that's included with the beautiful home we're touring today.   The person … [Read more...]


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A Whimsical Garden Bench for the Front Porch & Some Landscape Updates

See that chart below? Yay, for sunshine! Finally, the re-varnishing of the screened porch floor can start tomorrow. It was scheduled for almost two weeks ago, but the weather has not cooperated. Finally, we have sunny days ahead.   Boxwood Shrubs for the Front Yard Landscape While I've been awaiting sunny days, my focus has returned to the front yard. Remember this photo of Frances … [Read more...]


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AncestryDNA: My Surprising Results Are Back

If there's one thing I've learned during this process of having my DNA analyzed with AncestryDNA, it's the more you learn, the more you realize how complicated and involved this whole tracing your DNA heritage can be. The more you learn, the more questions you have. This stuff is intense, but every day the process is getting better and better. So here's how this process went for me: I ordered the kit … [Read more...]


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The Happiest Tablescape Ever: A Sunny Limoncello Celebration

Welcome to the 400th Tablescape Thursday! Wow, can you believe this is our 400th Tablescape Thursday! Tablescape Thursday has been going on now for almost 8 years and I love it today as much as I did that very first week back in August, 2008. Thanks so much to each and every talented dearheart who has participated over the past eight years by either linking their tablescape to the party or by sharing … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Bags for Summer & a Fun Bag Story

When it comes to fashion, my weakness is handbags and shoes, pretty much in that order. I love me some bags and shoes! Maybe it's because when I gain a pound or 10, all my handbags and shoes still fit just as they did before...no problem! ;)   Summer bags are so playful and fun! I've always loved straw bags and Draper James, owned by Reese Witherspoon, has a really cute one out this … [Read more...]


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Shell & Sea Glass Chargers for Beach Inspired Dining

Welcome to the 381st Metamorphosis Monday! Wish I had a porch update to share with you, but unfortunately due to the off-and-on rainy forecast last week, the flooring company wasn't able to come out and re-varnish the porch floor. So frustrating when every day predicts rain (except on the weekends when they don't work) and half the time, it never materializes.  If/when we get a clear forecast, they … [Read more...]


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A Storybook Cottage Home Tour: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Happy Weekend to you! I'm a happy camper today. Got my computer back and the issue was a bad graphics card. So I'm back in business and so happy to be working from my real computer with full size screens instead of my small, travel-size computer. Has it been as gorgeous where you live as it has been here? This wonderful spring weather has me motivated to get cracking again on the landscaping I've put off … [Read more...]


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On Safari: An African Safari-Themed Tablescape

Welcome to the 399th Tablescape Thursday! When I was on safari in Kenya last September, I stayed in romantic Giraffe Manor for one of  the nights I was there. Giraffe Manor, built in 1938 in the style of a Scottish Hunting Lodge, is truly like something out of a storybook. The Rothschild Giraffe is endangered and the good folks at Giraffe Manor are doing what they can to increase the population. Did … [Read more...]


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A Ride Up-Down Monte Solaro & An Impromptu Performance

My main computer, the one I use every day, is currently at the computer doctor being worked on. While it's away, I thought I'd share a video I made back when I was visiting the Isle of Capri.   While visiting Capri, I did a little shopping inside Carthusia where I purchased two small bottles of perfume.   The island of Capri has two towns, Capri and Anacapri. One of the … [Read more...]


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After 8 Years, It’s Time!

Welcome to the 380th Metamorphosis Monday! It was a busy weekend around here. The porch that normally looks like this...   ...and like this...   ...looks like this today. Ruh-roh! Something's up!   The hutch that was full of dishes, now looks like this.   All the dishes are here on the breakfast table. What is going on around here?! After 8 … [Read more...]


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Decorating and Dressing in Blue & White

I'm a big fan of blue and white, just find it so beautiful. I've used a lot of that color in my guest room.   Reading corner in guest room...   Well, no one does blue and white better than the Dutch! When I was touring this outdoor village that I shared in this post: Zuiderzee Museum, I got a wonderful surprise when I walked into one of the buildings there.   The … [Read more...]


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Dining for the Spoiled Rotten or Those Who Long To Be

Welcome to the 398th Tablescape Thursday! One of my favorite parts of going on vacation is not having to worry about meals. I never had the opportunity to learn to cook when I was growing up, so the little I know (and trust me, it's just a little) I learned on my own once I was married. I love preparing food for special occasions, dinner parties and holidays but the rest of the time I'm definitely a lazy … [Read more...]


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Take A Tour of a Historic Dutch Home on the Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen

Please note: If you see any political ads running anywhere on the blog, please ignore them. All political ads are supposed to be blocked, but a few are somehow getting through the filters. I have someone working on it, so hopefully they will get them stopped soon. Yesterday we visited the pharmacy in the Zuiderzee Village Museum in Enkhuizen. Today I'm taking you further into this fishing village and … [Read more...]


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Whimsical & Just a Little Weird: The Strangest Thing I Saw in Holland

Whew, yesterday was a long day. It's pretty much a full-day endeavor getting back home from Europe. Thankfully the plane ride was a direct flight. Funny thing on the plane, my seat mate was a guy who was a dead ringer for Scott Kelly, the astronaut who just spent a full year in space on the International Space Station. If he hadn't had an accent (I think it was Dutch) I definitely would have believed it to … [Read more...]


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Jazz Music Design & Decor for the Jazz Fan

Welcome to the 379th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I traveled to Holland and Belgium aboard Vantage Deluxe World Travel's brand new ship, the River Voyager. The River Voyager is only about a month old and it's a beautiful ship.   The designers chose a "jazz" theme for the ship and as soon as you walk down the hallway to your room, you get a taste of the playful, fun jazz … [Read more...]


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Join Me for the Captain’s Gala Dinner Aboard the River Voyager

Welcome to the 397th Tablescape Thursday! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm taking you with me to the Captain's Gala Dinner on board our ship, the River Voyager. The tables are set beautifully with a single tulip for our centerpiece.   Our lunches and dinners have all been five and six course meals and truly wonderful! Unfortunately, the Captain couldn't attend the gala this … [Read more...]


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A Canal Ride in Bruges, Belgium

Take a little ride with me through one of the many canals in Bruges, Belgium. Click on the photo below to ride, or click here: A Canal Ride in Brudges, Belgium.   … [Read more...]


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Ferris Wheels and Windmills, A Visit to Amsterdam and Kinderdijk

Welcome to the 378th Metamorphosis Monday! Early Saturday morning, as I was flying into Amsterdam, I looked out the window of the plane and did a double take. Do you see them down there?   Lots and lots of windmills, smack dab in the middle of the ocean. How is that even possible, windmills in the middle of the ocean? I thought I'd see windmills on this trip, just had no idea I'd see … [Read more...]


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Fruit Infusion Pitcher, Love This Thing!

Pssst: Little Reminder, I'll be posting photos periodically each day on Instagram while I'm in Holland and Belgium. If you would like to follow along on this adventure, be sure to follow me on Instagram here: Between Naps On The Porch on Instagram.  Instagram is the easiest way for me to share something with you in real time. :) Recently while shopping in Marshalls, I came across an Infusion Pitcher. … [Read more...]


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8 Table Setting Ideas for Mother’s Day

Welcome to the 396th Tablescape Thursday! Mother's Day is just a few weeks away! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing eight spring tables I've put together over the years that would easily work for a Mother's Day celebration, too. Happy Spring! Click on the titles of each tablescape to view that tablescape in full. Daisy Centerpiece with Bunnies for Mother's Day   Mother's … [Read more...]


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Packing for The Netherlands & Going With a Go-Pro

Packing is definitely my least favorite thing about travel. It feels a bit overwhelming, trying to decide what to take to a far-a-way place you've never been, especially when the trip is occurring during the changing of the seasons. Per The Weather Chanel, the weather is going to be quite chilly during the time I'm away. I'm leaving sunny weather that's in 70's for a place where the high each day is in … [Read more...]


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Vintage Style Bins for Napkin Ring Storage Ideas

Welcome to the 377th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your awesome suggestions and comments on Saturday's post about my upcoming trip to Holland and Belgium! I'm so looking forward to sharing those places with you. I'll be posting throughout the trip, I've heard they have good wifi on board so keeping my fingers crossed it will be able to handle uploading photos. Be sure and follow Between … [Read more...]


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Last Minute Travel and An Amazing Deal!

One of my favorite things to do these days is to check out travel tour websites and dream. It's almost as fun as the travel itself. Almost. Recently while stalking Vantage Deluxe World Travel, I came across a deal I couldn't believe. The trip is called: Springtime in Holland & Belgium: Tulips, Windmills & Canals. It's for a river cruise through Holland and Belgium. I'll be blogging throughout the … [Read more...]


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Antiquing at A Classy Flea

It has been ages since I took you antiquing/thrifting with me at A Classy Flea. I try not go too often because I'm always super tempted by so many things! I do love antiquing, though and find it so relaxing. Do you find that, too? As I pulled into the parking lot of A Classy Flea, these chairs caught my eye. They were priced at $199 each or $349 for the pair. I hope someone buys the pair and keeps them … [Read more...]


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Makeover a Hutch with a Nautical-Beach Theme

Welcome to the 395th Tablescape Thursday! Recently I de-pollened the porch and gave it a little spring makeover.   I dressed the porch hutch with my fave porch dishes: Tabletops Unlimited, Ma Maison.   For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I decided to give the hutch a little beach makeover using a dishware I purchased back in right after the porch was … [Read more...]


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Awesome Spring Sale From One of My Favorite Stores!

Your comments on yesterday's post have me excited to get the results of my DNA test back! Thanks so much for sharing the amazing things you've discovered. After reading your comments, I went ahead and signed up for Ancestry dot com on a month-to-month basis to see what I can learn. Last night I discovered several cousins that I've never met, have started their own family trees which has greatly helped … [Read more...]


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Where Do I Come From Anyway?

Ever since I first heard about DNA testing, I've wanted to give it a whirl. How cool would it be to learn if you really are a combination of all the places recorded in your baby book, or if there's more to your life's story than you know. When DNA testing was first made available, I waited for two reasons: 1. The cost and 2. Reliability. It used to be very pricey and I was a bit suspicious of the … [Read more...]


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Screened Porch Updates: Welcome Spring!

Welcome to the 376th Metamorphosis Monday! The past couple of weeks have been busy ones. With friends coming to stay for a few days, I threw it into high gear and cleaned all those places that never seem to make it to the top of the cleaning list...things like shutters and molding. During my cleaning frenzy, even though the pollen siege wasn't quite over, I wet a tissue (a la Mom) and tried to get … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Chest Is On Sale & An Update for My Deck

Yesterday I stopped by Pier 1 to look at their outdoor furniture. I really need to replace the table and chairs I currently have out on my deck. I didn't find the outdoor set I wanted but while I was there, I noticed they have my favorite chest on sale. I purchased this chest a few years ago when I was creating my home office. Back then, I searched and searched for months for a chest to go beside the … [Read more...]


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A Spring Table Setting for the Little Ones

Welcome to the 394th Tablescape Thursday! For Easter each year, my friend, Marie, always sets the cutest table for her six grandchildren. This year's table was especially adorable because there were already some very soft and colorful guests seated in each chair around the table. :)   You can find these online at the Peeps website. Just Google for Plush Peeps and it's the first thing that … [Read more...]


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When Life Has Other Plans

Yesterday I had plans to post taking you on a  fun antiquing trip to A Classy Flea, followed by a historic home tour or two, but fate had other plans. The last couple of days my friend, Linda, has been visiting along with her aunt, Diane. You may remember Linda from when I shared the week we spent together touring over 13 historic homes across Louisiana and Mississippi. (See some of the tours I've posted … [Read more...]


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An Outdoor Space Designed for Dining and Relaxing by the Fire

Welcome to the 375th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your well wishes on Friday. Sunday was the big turning point. I awoke on Sunday still feeling pretty rough, but about midway through the day I began feeling much better. From your comments, it sounds like there's some kind of bug going around. Thanks again for your kind words on Friday, they really helped! For this week's Met Monday, I … [Read more...]


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Granite That Looks Similar To Carrara Marble: Bianco Romano

Thanks so much for all the awesome suggestions and information you left on Wednesday's post about the bathroom update/renovation I'm starting to plan. It has been so helpful! If you're thinking of updating a bathroom anytime soon, I really recommend you check out the comments on that post because there are tons of great ideas and information about what to avoid in that post. You'll find that post here: … [Read more...]


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A Springtime Table with Cabbage Plates & Floral Egg Centerpiece

Welcome to the 393rd Tablescape Thursday! When I visited Marie a couple of weeks ago, she had set several tables in her home in anticipation of the large family gathering she would be having for Easter. This table was set in her dining room near a tree Marie decorates for all the holidays and seasons. (View the tree HERE.)   Marie used Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plates and topped those off … [Read more...]


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Shopping for Bathroom Vanities: A Guest Bath Renovation

I'm currently in the planning stage of a bath renovation. My bathrooms are all over 30 years old, so it's time. The bath I thought I'd start with is the upstairs hall/guest bath. The toilet has been replaced (see that post HERE) and now I'm looking at vanities. (Update: I've called this a guest bath in this post since that's how it is being used in my home now. But for future families living here, it … [Read more...]


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Own an Antique-Furnished, Historic 1891 Queen Anne Victorian Home for $422,000

Your name is Emma Hamlin. The year is 1885 and you're marrying the esteemed Rev. John McCandless.   Your father, Henry Hamlin, a local merchant and banker has decided on an especially wonderful wedding gift: a beautiful Victorian home built in the "High Queen Anne" style. The interior will be filled with gorgeous moldings and trim in beautiful cherry and oak woods. The home will have all the … [Read more...]


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A Visit to Marie’s Beautiful Home for Easter

Welcome to the 374th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you've had a wonderful spring weekend! I'm putting Monday's post up a bit early since I'll be away from my computer tomorrow for much of the day. Recently when I visited with my friend, Marie, I so enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful decorations she had put up for spring and Easter. Her mantel was decorated with a egg garland in the colors of spring: … [Read more...]


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Marie’s Beautiful Spring Easter Table Setting

Welcome to the 392nd Tablescape Thursday! This past Monday I spent a fun day shopping and lunching with my friend, Marie. If you've been reading BNOTP for a while, you know Marie decorates her beautiful Victorian home for all the holidays and seasons. I couldn't wait to see what she had done this year for spring! Marie creates whimsical vignettes throughout her home for her six grandchildren to enjoy. … [Read more...]


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A Faucet Installation & Some Fabulous Spring Sales

Whew! What  a day! It started out with mulitple plumbing installations followed by a Leaf Guard Gutter visit mid day to reroute a downspout and ended with getting two estimates, one for hardwood flooring and another for some much-needed landscaping. I think I'm ready for a nap now! lol So, you know that part on the HGTV show, Fixer Upper where JoAnna Gaines always tells the couple whose house they are … [Read more...]


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Some Kitchen Updates: A Moen MotionSense Faucet and Soap Dispenser

I think spring fever has gone to my head! This week I'm getting estimates for tons of things I've been needing to get done. Not sure what all I'll try to do right away and what will have to wait, but tomorrow is the start of a few of the updates. The first update is here in the kitchen. The Grohe faucet I had installed back in 2001 when I completed a modest kitchen renovation, has been acting up over the … [Read more...]


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I’m Steaming! Steaming Happy, That Is!

Welcome to the 373rd Metamorphosis Monday! Several years ago my sister gave me a My Little Steamer, steamer. She had a very generous and loving nature and often when she saw something advertised on TV that she thought I could use, she would buy it and surprise me with it on my next visit to her home. At the time she gave me the steamer, I wasn't sure how I would use it, but I thanked her and tucked it … [Read more...]


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How to Clean Encrusted Mineral Deposits From Inside a Humidifier

Lately I've been a cleaning fiend around here. I understand now why you hear so much about "spring" cleaning. When winter begins to fall away and the days start getting longer and warmer, something inside you just makes you want to clean and freshen up everything in sight. It's kind of fun to put up away some of the things I've been using this winter, a sign that winter is pretty much a thing of the … [Read more...]


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Spring Easter Table Setting With Spode Emma’s Garland & Bunny Centerpiece

Welcome to the 391st Tablescape Thursday! We're out on the porch this week for Tablescape Thursday. The weather has been so nice, running in the mid 70's every day, so I couldn't resist putting a table outside. Has spring arrived early in your area, too?   I've put together a table that will work for an Easter or springtime gathering.   This is the first time I've used the … [Read more...]


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Lands End Inn in Provincetown, Cape Cod: Not Your Average Beach Vacation Getaway

Pssst: Posted a video of a very sweet and very long-neck visitor on Instagram. You'll find it here: BNOTP on Instagram  :) With summer just a few months out, my mind has been on vacation spots, especially beachy vacation spots. When I travel I find it so much fun to stay in unique places like cozy inns. Recently, I came across Lands End Inn, an enchanting Inn located in Provincetown on Cape Cod. I was so … [Read more...]


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Burberry Scarf: Fake vs Real & How to Avoid Getting Scammed

Welcome to the 372nd Metamorphosis Monday! My metamorphosis is a bit different today. Instead of a Before and After, it's more like a Real vs Fake. Back in early February, I decided to add an iconic piece to my winter wardrobe, something I've been wanting for many years: a Burberry scarf in the classic heritage check. Since Burberry was still offering the free monogramming they had offered during the … [Read more...]


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Iris Apfel’s Textile Rich New York Apartment and Spring Fever Shopping

Happy Friday! Yesterday it hit the mid 70's here! I so love this early taste of spring we've been getting. Is it warming up in your area, too? I'm hoping we don't get a last minute freeze because so many of our trees are already in bloom. Have you heard of Iris Apfel? I saw her in something on TV recently and her unique style caught my eye. Later I learned she is an Interior Designer who opened a textile … [Read more...]


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10 Easy Centerpieces Anyone Can Make for a Spring or Summer Celebration

Welcome to the 390th Tablescape Thursday! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing 10 fun centerpieces anyone can make. These centerpieces use common things we already have or items that are usually pretty easy to find in dollar stores and discount shops. The only exception may be the 5th one down, the cookie tree centerpiece, which needs a little tree of some type for display. Hope this gets … [Read more...]


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A Dream Outdoor Summer House & Gardening Shed

I love being outdoors, listening to the birds chirping and feeling the soft breezes as they stir through the trees. I've been known to go outside and spend the entire day there, either digging in the yard or just whiling around the hours on the porch completely lost in a good book. Recently, I came across the most wonderful outdoor space, truly a dream garden. I'm pretty sure when we pass on one day, … [Read more...]


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How to Repair a Woodpecker-Damaged Roof of a Lazy Hill Dovecote Birdhouse

Welcome to the 371st Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? Hope it was great! Mine was productive and I'm happy to report that I was able to successfully repair the damaged roof of my Lazy Hill Dovecote and restore it back to the garden in time for the spring nesting season. You may remember a woodpecker (we suspect a Pileated Woodpecker) drilled a huge hole into the roof almost two … [Read more...]


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Lighting a Dark Corner of the Porch

Recently I shared an outdoor lamp I purchased for the oval table here on the screened porch after I nabbed the lamp that had been there for use in the guest room.   When I shared that lamp, I also shared this rather blurry photo of a floor standing version of the same lamp.   I've always had three lamps on the porch, two are visible in this photo below.   The … [Read more...]


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St. Patrick’s Day Table with 4-Leaf Clover & Shamrock Dishes

Welcome to the 389th Tablescape Thursday! I was so hoping to put a table out on the porch this week since we've been having warmer weather, but it turned cold again the day I set this table, so we're back in the breakfast room for this week. I pulled out my favorite centerpiece for this St. Patrick's Day table.   This friendly little leprechaun only comes out to play during the month of … [Read more...]


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Install a Long Swing-Arm Hook for Hanging Plants or Bird Feeders

I have several bird feeders hanging off the pergola that extends over one of my decks. The feeders hang from long swing-arm hangers. The hooks work great for hanging squirrel-proof feeders because the length of the rod helps deter the squirrels. They also keep the feeders out away from the deck, which keeps the decks cleaner and encourages the birds to come dine. Since my decks and porch are a full story … [Read more...]


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A Waterproof Wicker Outdoor Lamp For The Porch

Welcome to the 370th Metamorphosis Monday!   When I added a screened porch onto my home in 2008, I knew I wanted to light the porch at night with just lamp light, no overhead lighting. I love the ambiance lamps give to a space. Once the porch was complete, I ran around the house borrowing lamps from various rooms until I could purchase lamps that felt suited for a porch, particularly a porch with … [Read more...]


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My Decorating Book Wish List Just Got A Little Longer

I've just discovered another talented designer on Instagram whose pictures are like something from a fairytale or a movie. Check out the Instagram account of nicolasdepompadour. Nicolas has a beautiful home and is very well-traveled, so he shares some absolutely gorgeous photos of stunning rooms and gardens. He also has an adorable doggie named Sophie who is completely devoted to him and often appears in … [Read more...]


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8 Festive Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Welcome to the 388th Tablescape Thursday! St. Patrick's Day is just a few weeks away so today I'm sharing a few St. Paddy's Day tablescapes along with some other fun ideas and inspiration for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Click any of the titles below to see a table, hutch, recipe or napkin fold in more detail. St. Patrick's Day Spring Table   St. Patrick's Day Table With … [Read more...]


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A New Addition To The Garden: Copper Roof Dovecote

One of my favorite things to do each spring is to go on the spring garden tours in my area. I love a garden tour every bit as much as I love a great home tour. Over the years while on garden tours, I would often come across these big, beautiful birdhouses. Eventually, I asked someone and found out they were dovecotes. The ones I saw and loved the most were by a company called, Lazy Hill. When I added on … [Read more...]


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Porch Questions: Porch Season Is Almost Here

Welcome to the 369th Metamorphosis Monday! Right now the porch looks like this, minus the green leafy backdrop.   But sometimes it looks like this, only not this dark. My photography skills weren't the greatest when that photo was taken.   Summer of 2014, I took down the sheers when I had the porch freshened up with a new coat of paint. After the painting was done, I decided … [Read more...]


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Stubbs and Wootton Shoes: Classic Designs With Attitude

Stubbs and Wootton, sounds like a law firm, doesn't it? Actually when Percy Steinhart created Stubbs and Wootton back in 1993, he named it after two of his favorite British painters, George Stubbs and John Wootton who were known for their wonderful sporting scenes. Stubbs and Wootton shoes aren't paintings but some folks would consider them a form of art. I became smitten with their shoes after … [Read more...]


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Spring Tablescape with Blue Willow

Welcome to the 387th Tablescape Thursday! It's that time of year when I feel I'm in season limbo. It's still very much winter outside but my heart and mind are already deep into spring. I can't change the weather outside, but we can go spring inside. :)   Can never remember the name of the plant I'm using in the center of the table, but it's a common plant that's great for offices and … [Read more...]


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25 Things This Charles Faudree Room Taught Me About Design

I grew up in a very plain, utilitarian environment. My mom was very sick throughout my life, so I'm not sure if she ever had any interest in decorating or design. I'm guessing she would have if she hadn't become sick, because she loved creative pursuits like embroidery and crocheting. Before she became so sick, and while awaiting my arrival, she crocheted this lovely luncheon set complete with little … [Read more...]


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Own a Piece of History: Michelangelo’s Tuscan Home

Can you imagine waking up in the same room where Michelangelo, the Michelangelo, awoke each morning? Imagine dining in the same room where he dined! If you happen to have a spare $8 million lying around, you can live in one of the most famous homes in Italy. The Tuscan villa where the famous Florentine painter, Michelangelo Buonarroti once lived, is now on the market.   Michelangelo's villa … [Read more...]


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Cottage Living For Empty Nesters

Welcome to the 368th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I shared a delightful cottage that would be perfect for us empty nesters who are thinking of metamorphosing or downsizing to a "just-the-right-size" house.   Today I'm excited to share another cottage that's just as wonderful, if not more so. As much as I loved the other one, I think I like the layout and design of this one even more than … [Read more...]


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Found: Not One, But 3 Bunnies with Baskets!

Each time I set a table and use Mr. Bunny in the centerpiece, I get lots of emails and comments from folks asking where I found him. He was designed by artist, Marjolein Bastin and I found him several years ago in a small gift shop in Marietta, Georgia called The Whimsical Nest. I've heard from several readers who have called the shop and were told that they no longer carry him. I think they only had him … [Read more...]


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Spring and Easter Table Setting Ideas

Welcome to the 386th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all the lovely congrats and well-wishes you left on yesterday's post. These are the moments that really matter in life and I love being able to share them with you, dear Friends! ♥ Last Tablescape Thursday, I shared a Valentine's Day themed table. On Friday we went on a field trip to Pottery Barn to see all the wonderful tables they have … [Read more...]


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Some Fun For Your Wednesday and Exciting News!

I have some wonderful and fun things I've been wanting to share with you forever now, but there never seems to be a good way to fit them into a post. So today I'm just squeezing 'em all into a single post. The most wonderful thing I have to share today is that I'm going to be a grandmother for the second time. I know many of you remember when my grandson, Court, was born two years ago. The new baby will … [Read more...]


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Cottage Living for Young Couples or Empty Nesters

Recently someone left a comment on one of my older posts titled, "Dream Towns, Fantasy and Real" (Thanks, Orchid Girl!) In the comment she shared a link to an adorable cottage and in doing a bit of research, I discovered the cottages were designed by a company called, The Cottage Company. They've built several communities (eight so far) in the Pacific Northwest and they are all designed around the concept … [Read more...]


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Velvet Drapes for a Paneled, English Country-Style Living Room

Welcome to the 367th Metamorphosis Monday! Do you sometimes find yourself putting off a DIY job, even though it seems like a small project? Maybe you're waiting until the mood hits or you're finally ready mentally to tackle it. That's kind of where I've been with hanging my drapes here in the living room. I was thinking about this on Saturday, about why I've been putting it off, and I think I know … [Read more...]


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Huge Spring Shopping Trip to Pottery Barn…So Many Cute Things!

All this spring-like weather we've been having here put me in the mood to visit the Pottery Barn near my home to check out all their new spring goodies for the home and for the table. Spring has definitely hit there, too! When I walked in the door, this was the first thing I saw. I always love to see what they will have displayed just inside the front door. Sometimes it's a beautiful table setting or … [Read more...]


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Valentine’s Day Table Setting with Vintage Copeland Spode Tower

Welcome to the 385th Tablescape Thursday! With Valentine's Day just a couple of weeks away, I'm sharing a fun Valentine's Day table setting today. Valentine's Day is normally a romantic celebration for two, but I couldn't resist putting together a whimsical setting for the holiday.   Mr. Bunny is back and he brought us some goodies! He has acted as the centerpiece in many previous … [Read more...]


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Favorite Finds, Free Monogramming and an Ingenious Device

It happens almost every year here in Georgia,one of those strange weeks when you would swear spring has arrived. The daffodils are poking their little heads up out of the ground and the temps actually reached the 70's on the porch today. I just checked and the low for tonight is 63 degrees! Crazy, but I'm loving it! It won't be long before the porch will be back in business. It's needs a good vacuuming … [Read more...]


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Tour Rachael Ray’s New York Apartment: Cozy and Colorful

Welcome to the 366th Metamorphosis Monday! For this week's Met Monday, I have a celebrity home reveal that's pretty surprising. We're going inside the New York home of Rachael Ray. We tend to picture celebrities living in big mansions with over-the-top interiors, but the home Rachael shares with her hubby, John Cusimano, is actually very modest by celebrity standards.   Rachael and her … [Read more...]


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Ballard Designs Speaks & A Lesson in Drapery Clip Rings

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! When I awoke today, I was in the mood to move forward on the drapery project I recently started here in the family room. You may remember this photo where I had draped the green, velvet draperies I found recently in a Ballard Designs Outlet over the tops of my plantation shutters to get an idea how they would work in this room.   The Velvet Dilemma: Ballard … [Read more...]


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Ideas for Valentine’s Day Tables

Welcome to the 384th Tablescape Thursday! Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away. Here's a little inspiration for making it a special day. ♥ Click on and the title below to access that post for more information! ♥ Make Heart Shaped Cakes with this Recipe   Make Music-Covered Hearts for Valentine's Day   Valentine's Day Table with a Heart-Tree … [Read more...]


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A Little Beach Time for Winter Weary Souls

Today I was going through photos I took while "Sailing With the Scotts" and I came across a video I should have included when I posted about visiting the Mayan Ruins in Tulum Mexico. (If you missed that post a few days ago, you'll find it here: A Visit to the Ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum.   It's a video I filmed of the waves coming in. It was a gorgeous day and I figured we could all use a … [Read more...]


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Tour Fox Hill, A Beautiful “Southern Living” Home

Whenever I hear a Southern Living Idea home is being built anywhere within driving distance, I get excited and can't wait to see it! Their homes always feel so livable and often have special features that you don't find in other homes being built today. In recent years, we were lucky to have a couple of Southern Living homes built here in Georgia. I'll link to a tour of one of those at the end of this … [Read more...]


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A Visit to the Ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Welcome to the 365th Metamorphosis Monday! Today's Before and After takes us on a trip back in time, all the way back to the 13th century. In November while "Sailing with the Scotts," I had the opportunity to visit Cozumel pictured below.   Once we docked in Cozumel, a big group of us took a ferry to the city of Playa del Carmen, Mexico.   In Playa del Carmen, it was the … [Read more...]


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Adorable Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage With Beautiful Gardens

It's January and January is doing what it does best, being cold and rainy and even snowy in some places. I envy our friends in Australia right now who are most likely basking in warm days and sunshine. If we can just hang in there a couple more months, spring will be here! I am so looking forward to that. Today, to help get us through this cold January day, we're off to tour an adorable cottage and … [Read more...]


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Dining in Italy and the Mystery of the Missing Bread Plates

Welcome to the 383rd Tablescape Thursday! That title of this post sounds a little like a Nancy Drew Mystery Story, doesn't it? lol For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I thought I'd share one of the dinners we were served while traveling in Italy. The tour/trip I took included some lunches and most dinners. Sometimes our lunches didn't include meat and just consisted of salad, a large bowl of pasta … [Read more...]


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Sewing Velvet: Are My Curtains Sewn Backwards?

Greetings! How was your day today? Hope it was a great one! Today has been a pretty productive day around here. I have a little update for you about the velvet drapes I recently purchased for the living room. I also have a question for you! You may remember last week I draped the velvet panels I purchased over the tops of the shutters in the living room to give you a little idea how they might look … [Read more...]


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A Visit to Positano Italy, A Beautiful Hillside Town on the Amalfi Coast

Welcome to the 364th Metamorphosis Monday! Today's post is about the metamorphosis of a picturesque seaside village located in Italy on the Amalfi coast. Through the good and the bad it has survived, and today it's a bustling village where tourists flock from all over the world. Ever since I saw the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, I've wanted to visit Positano. I finally got my chance when I traveled to … [Read more...]


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Hear the Beautiful Bells of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano, Italy

Now that the holidays are behind us and I have a bit more time, I'm starting to go through all the photos I took while traveling this past fall to Africa, Italy and Mexico. I took a lot so it's taking a while to go through them and choose the best to share. I also shot a little video along the way so I'll be mixing those into each post as I share the beauty of these amazing places. I can't wait to share … [Read more...]


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A Snowy Winter Table Setting

Welcome to the 382nd Tablescape Thursday! We're celebrating winter with a snowy winter tablescape for Tablescape Thursday.   It was a cold but sunshine-filled day yesterday when I created this table setting in my breakfast room.   For the centerpiece, I used the little tree I had previously used for our Hot Cocoa Bar on the porch. (See more of the Hot Cocoa Bar in this post: … [Read more...]


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Getting Organized and My Favorite Finds

After the hecticness of the holidays and with the cold weather officially here, I've been enjoying being inside and "nesting" a bit more. I know a lot of folks really get into the organizing mood this time of year. At first I thought this urge to get organized at the start of the new year was due to it being a whole "turning over a new leaf" thing. But after giving it some thought, I think the reason I find … [Read more...]


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A Metamorphosis of the Animal Kind: Baby Elephants Playing and Feeding

Welcome to the 363rd Metamorphosis Monday! My metamorphosis this week is an unusual one, one of the animal kind. During my week long visit to Africa back in September for a photographic safari, on my last day there before my flight late that night, a guide took me to several fascinating places. I visited a bead factory where I didn't buy anything but was super tempted.   I toured the home … [Read more...]


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Velvet Drapery Update & A Little Preview

I'm back with a curtain update, I couldn't leave you hanging the whole weekend. Thanks so much for all your suggestions, including your tips on dealing with wrinkles in velvet fabric that's been folded and creased. You are awesome and I always appreciate hearing your excellent ideas and suggestions! This morning I headed off to the Ballard Designs Outlet. The BD Outlets here in the Atlanta area are known … [Read more...]


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Velvet Drapes for the Living Room

For many years I had curtains in my living room. They were never really what I wanted here and always felt a bit too formal for the room.   Back in October, 2012 (wow, has it been that long!) I removed them because I decided I'd rather look at windows with just plantation shutters than look at curtains that I didn't like and didn't suit the room.   After I removed the old … [Read more...]


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12 Tablescapes: One for Each Month of the Year

Welcome to the 381st Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all your kind words on yesterday's post. I appreciate them so much! I know the information you shared about your past experiences with roadside assistance will greatly help all who visit and read that post, so thanks so much for sharing those. They definitely helped me! Since I didn't get a chance to set a table this week, I thought I do … [Read more...]


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How To Get Your Car Out of the Mud: A Roadside Service Fail

Last Monday I went through one of the worst experiences I've ever had while traveling. In fact, I would say this ranks as the worst. Grab a cup of coffee or hot tea because this story is a bit long. I hope it saves someone from experiencing what I went through a few days ago on a long trip back home. I've had car insurance and roadside assistance with the same company for over 35 years. My insurance … [Read more...]


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The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to the 362nd Metamorphosis Monday! Happy New Year! How were your holidays? I hope you were able to spend them with those you love most. I was away for a while, visiting my son, dil and grandson. It was wonderful seeing them! Unfortunately, the trip back home was an adventure, and not in a good way. I'll share that story very soon, complete with pictures, because there are lots of lessons to be … [Read more...]


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