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Tour The Beautiful Colonial Home In The Movie, Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It real house in Atlanta Georgia

Okay, I have a little confession to make. When the movie, Life As We Know It staring Katherine Heigl (as Holly Berenson) and Josh Duhamel (as Eric Messner) first came out a few years back, I didn't go see it even though it was filmed right here in Atlanta. The reason? The previews of the movie reminded me too much of another Katherine Heigl movie that I had seen years before and didn't care for called, … [Read more...]





Hopping Into Spring

Easter Spring Luncheon Table Setting 1

Welcome to the 343rd Tablescape Thursday! One of the things I love so much about Marie's home is how it's both beautiful and very livable. You immediately feel the love she has for her family just in the way she decorates for the holidays and displays photos of loved ones throughout her home. In her large living room, Marie has a table behind one of the sofas that works great for impromptu meals or … [Read more...]





How To Save Or Frame a Jigsaw Puzzle Without Using Messy Glues

How To Save or Frame a Puzzle Without Using Glue

If you're a jigsaw puzzle lover, chances are you'll occasionally work a puzzle that once completed, you'll want to keep and frame. I completed one a couple of weeks ago that I knew from the beginning I would want to keep and possibly frame for sentimental reasons. Nancy Drew and I were best buds when I was around 8-11 years old. I wanted to to be just like her when I grew up! ;) I've never framed a … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: 118 Books and Counting…

BNOTP Library Logo for Posts

Can you believe it's been almost a full year since I first began sharing favorite books from my decor library. In that time I've shared 118 of my favorite books on the topics of Decorating/Design, Entertaining, and Gardening! Thanks so much to the four thousand BNOTP readers who have subscribed to receive, In The BNOTP Library posts! You are the reason creating these posts is so much fun!   I … [Read more...]





Tour This Storybook Cottage In Carmel-By-The-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage for Sale 01

It's been a while since we took a tour of a storybook cottage in Carmel, I'm having serious withdrawals! I have to get my storybook cottage fix every now and then! I'm not sure if this home is still for sale, it's one I saw a while back and thought was too cute to not share. I absolutely love the curb appeal with all the trees and the gated entrance, Even the garage looks … [Read more...]





Make A Banner For Spring Decorating: A Tutorial

Spring Banner Decoration

Welcome to the 324th Metamorphosis Monday! Though Easter is behind us, when Bonnie shared a picture of the wonderful Spring Easter banner she made by hand to transform her fireplace mantel for spring, I knew I had to share it with you! Is this not amazing?!   So many beautiful details!   I absolutely love all the color and pattern! See those cute rosettes along the bottom. … [Read more...]





An Urban Coop Tour, Plus Other Assorted Cute Critters

Urban Coop Tour, Cute Rescue Goat

Do you ever go on home or garden tours? I absolutely love them! The wonderful thing about home and garden tours is no matter how grand or humble the home or garden, I always come away with an idea or two I can use in my own home. Recently I was searching online and I stumbled across a tour that I never even knew existed, though it's been going on in the metro Atlanta area for seven years. I emailed a … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s Stylish Weddings

Stylish Weddings by Mary Carol Garrity

I wasn't planning a wedding when I purchased this book several years ago, but because it's by Mary Carol Garrity, one of my favorite designers and authors, I knew it would be filled with wonderful ideas I could use when entertaining. It didn't disappoint!   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Stylish Weddings Author: Mary Carol Garrity 3 Things I Like About This Book: Mary Carol … [Read more...]





Celebrate Spring With a Floral & Bunny Table Setting

Spring or Easter Themed Table Setting

Welcome to the 342nd Tablescape Thursday! Last week for Tablescape Thursday, I shared my friend, Marie's breakfast table that was set adorably for Easter.   Marie also prepared her table in the dining room and it's just as wonderful!   Notice how Marie used simple floral bouquets down the center of the table...perfect for spring!   The pierced dinner plates in … [Read more...]





This Gave Me Goosebumps! 1956 Time Capsule GE Kitchen

Never Used 1956 Kitchen With GE Appliances 06

A while back I posted about an apartment in Paris that had not been lived in for 70 years, all of its contents left completely undisturbed. It was literally a time capsule dating back to just before the second World War.   Another time capsule has come to light, this one dating back to either 1956 or 1962, depending on which source you read. Apparently, after the home was built, the owner … [Read more...]





Tour Lauren Bacall’s Manhattan Home in The Dakota

Lauren Bacall's Drawing Room Manhattan Home

In this day and time when so many stars have over-the-top, lavishly furnished homes, I was so surprised to see how normal and tastefully furnished Lauren Bacall's home was in The Dakota, located in Manhattan just across from Central Park. Do you recognize that name...The Dakota? Besides being the home of Lauren Bacall for 53 years from 1961 to her death last year (she lived to be almost 90!) it was also the … [Read more...]





Froggy Fountain Repair and Makeover

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Welcome to the 323rd Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Spring! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! I spent part of the weekend bringing the plants I had wintered over in the garage, out onto the deck. I'm pushing it a bit since the rule of thumb here is to always wait until after April 15th to plant annuals since there's always a possibility of a freeze before that date. What is the first date recommended for … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Pleasures of the Porch

Pleasures of the Porch by Daria Price Bowman

With warm weather here at last (we hit 80° today and it's 74° as I type this at 10:00 at night) I have all things "porch" on the brain. Time to share another favorite porch book!   In the BNOTP Library: Pleasures of the Porch : Ideas for Gracious Outdoor Living Author: Daria Price Bowman 3 Things I Like About This Book: Pleasures of the Porch is another great porch book filled … [Read more...]





Decorate Outdoors For Easter

Bunny Pushing a Cart of Easter Eggs

Do you like to decorate outside for spring or Easter? My friend, Marie decorates for all the holidays and not only do her six grandchildren love it, the folks who pass by on the road in front of her home, look forward to it, too. When we are out and about in the community shopping or having lunch, folks will often stop her to tell her how much they love seeing the decorations each season. When we got … [Read more...]





Spring Easter Table Setting & An Easter Spring Tree

Easter Spring Tablescape

Welcome to the 341st Tablescape Thursday! Thank you so much for all the wonderful suggestions, tips and recommendations regarding traveling and touring Europe. I will be rereading your comments over and over because the information you shared is invaluable! So many great suggestions! If you have any plans for taking a trip to Europe in the future, be sure and check out all the comments on yesterday's … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: On The Porch

On The Porch by James M. Crisp

The book I'm sharing today is one I purchased back in April 2007 when I was just starting to make plans for adding a screened porch onto the back of my home. It would be a full year before my porch was complete...just in time for its first summer of fun!   In the BNOTP Library: On the Porch: Creating Your Place to Watch the World Go By Author: James M. Crisp 3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]





Wanderlust

Plane (2)

Wanderlust. Wikipedia defines it this way: a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world. The older I get the more I find myself suffering with a severe case. Something keeps telling me the time to travel is now, while I'm still young enough to withstand the rigors of long flights, carrying luggage and lots of walking. Last night as I lay in bed, head spinning and wide awake … [Read more...]





A Trip to the South of France

La Madone, Provence

Recently, Meg, a reader of BNOTP, traveled to Provence. While there she stayed in the village of Apt. This was the beautiful view of the village from her balcony apartment.   They stayed in a charming old converted convent named La Madone.   I looked at the photos of the rooms in La Madone online and they are beautiful!   Meg captured this scene in the village … [Read more...]





A “Puzzling” Before and After

Puzzle Board

Welcome to the 322nd Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Was it nice enough to get out a bit and enjoy some spring weather? I spent part of the weekend viewing chickens, goats, bunnies and pigs (more on that soon) and part of the weekend experimenting with an idea for the puzzle board I ordered recently. You may remember it was supposed to look like this with a pretty green background on which … [Read more...]





A Switcheroo, Green vs Black

Cover for Adjustable Tilt Puzzle Board

So, my puzzle board arrived and I love it, except for one thing. Remember this picture? I loved the green background and how it looked against the warm, brown color of the wood.   I set the board up on the coffee table here in the upstairs family room for these pictures.   Notice anything different? Yup, despite the picture on the site showing it in green, it arrived in … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Set Table

The Well-Set Table by Ryan Gainey

Every year the Atlanta Botanical Gardens hosts a garden tour called Gardens for Connoisseurs. It's always on Mother's Day weekend and for many, many years, Ryan Gainey's beautiful cottage garden has been on the tour. His garden has been a staple of the tour, a garden you could always count would be there to enjoy. The last time I took the tour, I was told it would no longer be included each year. I was … [Read more...]





A Spring Table Setting with the Easter Bunny

Easter Table Setting Spring Tablescape

Welcome to the 340th Tablescape Thursday! It's been beautiful here, spring has arrived! The Redbud trees are through blooming and are pushing out leaves. The daffodils, forsythia and Bradford pears are blooming, too. I was so excited to see the Tardiva tree-form hydrangeas I planted in huge pots on the deck, survived the winter and are putting out new leaves. I love this time of year! Since it was … [Read more...]





How To Preserve a Puzzle for Framing & Where to Find Knotty Pine Paneling Today

Pottery Barn Bedford Office Furniture Layout and Design Ideas

I'm taking a break from working on my table setting for tomorrow to pop in and share some info and tips as a follow up to earlier posts this week. First of all, I just wanted to say thanks so much to everyone who left a comment yesterday sharing the wonderful memories of working on puzzles with loved ones and friends. I had no idea how much power a puzzle has to bring families together. After hearing … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Roses For The Scented Room

Roses for the Scented Room by Barbara Milo Ohrbach

If you've been reading BNOTP for a while, you may remember when I made rose-scented sugar and shared the recipe here on the blog. The book I'm sharing today is where I found that special recipe.     In the BNOTP Library: Roses for the Scented Room: Beautiful Ideas for Entertaining, Gift-giving and the Home Author: Barbara Milo Ohrbach   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]





My New Addiction, Why Didn’t Someone Warn Me?!

Puzzle by Charles Wysocki Small Town Christmas

When was the last time you did a puzzle? I think I was probably 10 years old, maybe younger. Recently I shared some of the whimsical artwork of Charles Wysocki, a talented artist I just recently discovered. While visiting the online store his family maintains since his passing a few years ago, I discovered several of his paintings had been turned into puzzles. I thought to myself, "That's nice." That's … [Read more...]





Expand The Size Of A Small Home By Raising the Roof

Kitchen Renovation with White Cabinets and Dark Green Marble

Welcome to the 321st Metamorphosis Monday! In a lot of neighborhoods around Atlanta, it's not uncommon to see a small, older home purchased for its location, then renovated or enlarged to meet the needs of the family. I don't have a photo of the "Before" of this 1944 home but it's undergone a 25 year renovation including a "roof lift" that turned it into a story and a half home.  The design was done so … [Read more...]





Beach Home on Tybee Island With A Fabulous Screened Porch

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Grab your bathing suit, sunscreen and straw hat, we're headed off to the beach for the weekend! Ever been to Tybee Island? Tybee Island is an island located just off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. I've been there a few times over the years while vacationing in Savannah. You can't go to Savannah without driving over and having breakfast at The Breakfast Club. There are some absolutely stunning homes … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: A House in the South

A House in the South by Frances Schultz

I've been awaiting warmer weather to share this book. It must have been the cover that made this feel like a book best shared on a warm, springtime day.   In the BNOTP Library: A House in the South: Old-Fashioned Graciousness for New-Fashioned Times Author: Frances Schultz Hardcover: 160 pages 3 Things I Like About This Book:  A House in the South takes us inside 22 homes located … [Read more...]





A Beauty and the Beast Princess Birthday Tablescape

Beauty and the Beast Princess Birthday Party 6

Welcome to the 339th Tablescape Thursday! Recently, Elena put together a “Beauty and the Beast” princess birthday party for her daughter, Susanna. Elena said, "Even though she’s 27 years old, she will always be (to me) my beautiful Belle, my favorite Disney princess." The table Elena put together would be great for any Beauty and the Beast fan, no matter the age.   Elena placed a pretty … [Read more...]





Tour “Love It or List It” Jillian Harris’s Vancouver Home

Jillian Harris

Do you ever watch the Canadian based home design TV show, Love It or List It with Hilary Farr and David Visentin?   How about the spin-off Love It or List It show filmed in Vancouver with Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot?   Most of us know that to a certain degree both of the Love It or List It shows are staged/fake at times, but they are still a lot of fun to watch. I do … [Read more...]





In the BNOTP Library: A Passion for Interiors

A Passion for Interiors

Some of my favorite books are the ones where designers invite us inside their own home, their private sanctum. Carolyn Roehm is taking us inside two of her homes, both very different and equally beautiful. In the BNOTP Library: A Passion for Interiors: A Private Tour Author: Carolyne Roehm Hardcover: 288 pages Book size: 12.2 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]





Is This Beach House New or Old?

Beach Cottage Style

This new "old" home idea is totally winning me over. I've always dreamed of living in an old home but sometimes while watching TV shows like This Old House, Rehab Addict and Love It or List It, I get a little nervous thinking about the upkeep and sometimes hidden problems found in old homes, things like knob and tube wiring and poor insulation. More and more I'm loving the idea of building a new "old" … [Read more...]





How To Remove Odors From A Bag, Purse or Tote

Pendleton Red Plaid Weekender Bag

Welcome to the 320th Metamorphosis Monday! Earlier this past winter when I was working on my winter bedding and was deep into all things plaid...   ...I came across this picture of the Pendleton Weekender bag. It was love at first sight! There was just one problem. The bag hasn't been available for over two years. It was last sold in stores back in 2012. Drat! Don't you hate it when you … [Read more...]





Whimsical Art For The Office

Take Out Window

Greetings this fine March day! How is your weekend going? Unfortunately, I've been super sick all week with what I was pretty sure was a sinus infection. Actually it's been going on a couple of weeks but got a lot worse this week. When I started running a fever on Wednesday while creating a St. Patrick's Day table setting for Tablescape Thursday, I finally decided it was time to go to the doctor. It had … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Great Traditional Style

Great Traditional Style

When I came across this book a few years back, it was like finding buried treasure. It's one of those books that can be had for a song on Amazon but is worth so much more.   In the BNOTP Library: GREAT TRADITIONAL STYLE Author: Shelley Stewart Hardcover: 287 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: Lots of beautiful houses featured from large historical homes to  lovely … [Read more...]





Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Leprechaun Centerpiece for St. Patrick's Day

Welcome to the 338th Tablescape Thursday! Hard to believe St. Patrick's Day is next Tuesday; this month is zooming by. It really feels like spring here now with the daffodils and redbud trees all blooming. Since the temps were in the upper 60's here yesterday, I spent some time on the porch putting together a little St. Patrick's Day table setting with dishes I've collected over the … [Read more...]





Beach Cottage With A Fabulous 3-Season Screened Porch

Cottage Screened Porch

Thanks so much for all the awesome recommendations in the comments on yesterday's post. After reading those I cancelled the foam pillow order because I was concerned about the thickness of it. It hadn't shipped so it was no problem cancelling it. I don't think the other pillow has shipped yet either, which is strange because normally Amazon ships quickly. I'm tempted to cancel it, too because I found a … [Read more...]





Pillow Talk: Sleeping On Your Side Can Cause Facial and Chest Wrinkles

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It took me a while to realize it, but now I get it. The pillow you sleep on each night is every bit as important as the mattress you sleep on. If you've been reading BNOTP for a while, you may remember that last November I purchased a new mattress set. It had been a very long time since I last bought a new a mattress and I was long overdue for a new one.   I've been very happy with the … [Read more...]





The Porch Hutch Gets a Makeover For Spring and Summer

Porch Hutch Decorated for Summer

Welcome to the 319th Metamorphosis Monday! This has been the wackiest week with 75 degree temps on Wednesday, snow on Friday and back up to 70 on Sunday. Has the weather been this up and down where you live, too? With the warm temps returning yesterday, I spent some time out on the porch cleaning a little and getting it ready for  the warm days ahead. After cleaning the dust and grime of winter off … [Read more...]





The House Behind The Beautiful Entrance

Connecticut Home in the Country 6

Wednesday it was 75° here, this morning I awoke to snow. Welcome to Georgia, a state where you can experience all four seasons in just 48 hours! As I type this, the snow covering the top of the screened porch this morning is long gone and we're back up to a balmy 47°. Remember this beautiful entry I shared a couple of days ago? It turns out, there's a gorgeous house attached to it. ;) I thought you might … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration

Where Women Create Book of Inspiration

About 5 years after Jo Packham wrote the book below, Where Women Create, she launched a wonderful magazine under the same name. Both the book and the magazine were huge hits.   If you enjoyed Where Women Create, I think you'll enjoy Jo Packham's second book, as well.   In the BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration: In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with … [Read more...]





In The Library With The Candlestick, A Cozy Mystery Table Setting

A Cozy Mystery Table Setting 3

Welcome to the 337th Tablescape Thursday! I began putting this table together a couple of weeks ago but couldn't quite get it ready in time for last week's Tablescape Thursday. It was freezing at the time and I was craving warm and cozy. What a difference a week makes! Yesterday as I worked to finish the table, the birds were chirping so loudly outside you would have thought spring had arrived. I … [Read more...]





Wallpaper In The Entry Foyer: Yay or Nay?

Entry with Dutch Door and Beautiful Wallpaper

You know how every now and then you come across a room that just stops you dead in your tracks. Recently, I came across this entry/foyer and was mesmerized. So many things to love in one room starting with the fan light and sidelights surrounding door, the beautiful arched doorways,  that wonderful Dutch door, the antique door-knocker (is that a horse or a fox), the lovely brass hardware on the door itself, … [Read more...]





Behind the Scenes with “The Beast”

Tartan Plaid Bedding

When I embarked on the journey to have a bedskirt made, I made the decision pretty early on to have it custom-made by an experienced seamstress. That turned out to be a very smart decision. By the time it was completed, my seamstress, Elizabeth, had begun affectionately referring to it as "The Beast." :)   Elizabeth is a professional seamstress and makes window treatments and bedding for … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Where Women Create

Where Women Create by Jo Packham

I noticed this evening as I was working on this book post, Amazon shows I purchased this book on January 20, 2011. That was almost 2 weeks exactly after I began the process of turning my son's old bedroom into an office/craft/sewing room. I was definitely in the zone and looking for inspiration.   In the BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women Author: … [Read more...]





Creative Ideas For Repurposing Bottles and Jars

Spices

Welcome to the 318th Metamorphosis Monday! At some point every summer, I will make a Peach Bourbon Trifle to either take to a party or for one I'm hosting here on the porch. I found this delicious recipe in an old Southern Living magazine many years ago. When I make the trifle, I always use Blanton's bourbon. You can see it in the background of this photo taken when I posted the recipe a few years … [Read more...]





Newsletter Goes Out Today

Postcards from the Porch

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Just popping in to say, Postcards From The Porch, the free newsletter for Between Naps On The Porch, will be going around 3:00 PM today. If you aren't currently receiving the newsletter, you can subscribe to receive it here: Postcards From The Porch   See you tomorrow for Metamorphosis Monday! … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: American Writers at Home

American Writers at Home

The book I'm featuring today isn't your average decorating book, far from it! But I think you're going to agree that it's pretty special. It's definitely one of my faves and is one of the few books written about houses that usually gives me chills when I sit down to read it.   In the BNOTP Library: American Writers at Home Author: J.D. McClatchy Hardcover: 240 pages 3 Things I Like … [Read more...]





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 Chipped or Missing Window Glazing

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 from the … [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...]





In Case You’ve Forgotten, This Is How Summer Looks

Houmas House Plantation Gardens 05

So cold! I hope this is Old Man Winter's last hurrah, his last 1-2 punch before he makes his retreat for another year. I could use a little reminder that spring is coming, soon to be followed by warm summer days. How about you? Last May a friend who is loves old homes as much as I do, took me on a wonderful tour of some of the beautiful historic homes in Louisiana. I took way too many pictures on that … [Read more...]





No More Faking It

Tartan Plaid Bedding For Winter

Welcome to the 316th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful stories about your Barbour jackets in the comments on Friday's post. I had so much fun reading those. If there's one thing I've learned during the process of researching and finally buying a Barbour coat is that Barbour coat owners love and are passionate about their coats. They talk about them like you would a trusted and … [Read more...]





A Forever Coat

Barbour Coats and Jackets

Every once in a while I come across something that's really special, and I think to myself, I have to share this with you. I've never been a serious fashionista, but last summer I began to catch the bug. I'm not sure how it happened, I probably followed a link from another site, but somehow I came across a super cute fashion blogger named Sarah, who blogs at Classy Girls Wear Pearls.  I subscribed to her … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Winter House by Charlotte Moss

Winter House by Charlotte Moss

I knew it was going to be cold here today when just before going to bed last night, I noticed it was already below freezing outside. I awoke at 7AM to 26 degree temps and reluctantly climbed out of my warm bed. Hard to get up on these cold mornings, isn't it? I hurriedly turned up the heat to warm up the house and watched as the birds eagerly swarmed the three feeders hanging from the pergola and deck. … [Read more...]





Inspiration for the Spring Table

Easter Spring Tablescape

Welcome to the 334th Tablescape Thursday! I always like to stop by my local Pottery Barn this time of year to see what's new for the spring season. They had lots of great tables set so I snapped a few pics for ya! This table would work well for spring or summer.   See that tiny little silver thing in the center of the plate.   It's a cute little bunny acting as a place card … [Read more...]





Living Like Marie Antoinette In New York City

Joan River's New York Apartment Living Room

If Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, fell through a temporal portal, a la Kate and Leopold...   ...and landed in New York city in the year 2015, this is where she would live: Joan River's amazing penthouse apartment. Of course, she would need $28 million dollars first. Who knew the often controversial, take-no-prisoners comedian, Joan Rivers lived such an elegant, opulent queen-like … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Country French Living

Charles Faudree's Country French Living

Recently, I shared French Country Signature, the first book I ever purchased by the talented designer, Charles Faudree. I remember being so excited and in love with that book, I hadn't even finished it before I purchased his second one, the one I'm sharing today. Amazon doesn't show the date I purchased his first book but they show I purchased today's book on May 26, 2007. That was a full year before I … [Read more...]





Epic!

5 Feet of Snow in Kitimat British Columbia Canada 2

When I clicked on Elgin's e-mail in my Inbox on Saturday and looked at the pictures she had attached, my eyes grew wide, my mouth fell open and I was completely speechless, something that rarely happens to this motor-mouth. When I could speak again, the only word that kept coming to mind was, Epic! Elgin lives in Canada and I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like the pictures she had attached to … [Read more...]





DIY Burlap Bunny-Ear Napkin Rings For Your Spring Table

Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings, Pottery Barn Inspired 02

Welcome to the 315th Metamorphosis Monday! Last year I saw these cute burlap bunny-ear napkin rings in a cataglog. Ummm, that started the wheels a-turning. I saved the picture to my computer thinking I might try to DIY them some day.   With spring just 5-6 weeks away, I decided to start working on them now so they will be ready for a spring or Easter tablescape.   I already … [Read more...]





Billy Joel’s Beach House With Amazing Chef’s Kitchen & Butler’s Pantry

Billy Joel's Hampton's Beach House 12

Are you a Billy Joel fan? I love it when his oldies from the 80's and 90's come on the radio. If you're like me,  you probably know all the words to many of his songs. Billy Joel has had thirty-three "Top 40" hits so far in his lifetime, all of which he wrote! That is an amazing achievement! Recently, when I was drooling over beaches houses, I came across pictures of a beach house Billy Joel owned and … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: French Country Signature

Charles Faudree's French Country Signature

Charles Faudree is hands down, my absolute favorite designer when it comes to French Country design. Traditional Home magazine used to do a full feature on him approximately every two years and I always pulled those issues aside to relish over and over again. No one does French Country like Charles Faudree!   In the BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree's French Country Signature Author: Charles … [Read more...]





Plaid, Paisley and Velvet For Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Table with Paisley, Plaid and Velvet

Welcome to the 333rd Tablescape Thursday! This week I'm sharing a Valentine's Day table setting that's a little different. I experimented around with mixing different patterns including plaid, paisley and velvet-edged napkin sheaths with a burlap-like look. The overall result is a Valentine's Day table setting with a bit of a masculine feel.     A red lantern worked well as a … [Read more...]





A Few Of My Favorite Reads This Past Year, What Were Yours?

Books

I listen to a lot of books on Audible...around 8-10 each month. If I'm driving on an errand, sitting in traffic or on a long trip, a book is playing. If I'm sorting through the way-too-many pictures I've taken for a post and cropping or editing them, a book is playing. If I'm washing dishes, folding laundry, staining the deck, planting shrubs, spreading pine straw or cleaning out the garage, a book is … [Read more...]





Farm Living Is The Life For Me

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I'm always taking pictures to share with you. Last summer I took some photos but never found a good time to share them here on the blog. It's really cold here today in Georgia and I'm craving a little summer. I thought you might be, too. We're headed up to the farm today where it's still summertime. So for the next few minutes, let's forget all about the cold. Where we're going, there's nothing but green … [Read more...]





Corral Those Charging Cables With A Charging Valet

Charging Station Valet from Pottery Barn for Multiple Devices

Welcome to the 314th Metamorphosis Monday! I love wireless devices and the freedom they afford us, but that freedom has to take a pit stop every now and then to recharge. I think I may finally have a system I'm happy with for handling the pit stops when they occur. A little over a year ago I shared a solution for managing all the little charging cables on my desk in that semi-hidden area where the … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Decorating With Antiques

Decorating With Antiques by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

Pssst: The Between Naps On The Porch newsletter, Postcards From The Porch, will be going out to subscribers this weekend. If you haven't signed up to receive the newsletter yet (it's free!) and would like to receive it when it's sent out each weekend, you can subscribe here: Postcards From The Porch.   In The BNOTP Library Sooo excited to be sharing another wonderful book by Caroline … [Read more...]





A Christmas Present To Your Future Self

Upstairs Family, Bonus Room

Have you ever started a project thinking you could knock it out in a few hours, only to find it took more like a few days? That's how the revamp of my Christmas storage went this year, but now that I'm done, it was totally worth it. My Christmas decorations, except for the Christmas trees, are all stored here in the upstairs family room.   This quirky F.R.O.G. (finished room over the … [Read more...]





Valentine’s Day Table Settings, Napkin Folds & Recipes

Feather-Tree-for-Valentines-Day

Welcome to the 332nd Tablescape Thursday! Before we get into this week's Tablescape Thursday, I just wanted to say you guys are GOOD! It didn't take long for you to name every single one of the books yesterday! Can you imagine being the person who designed the Quotes throw. I don't know how they ever decided what books to feature, that would have been torture! Saving At Checkout I also wanted to … [Read more...]





It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The…

Literature Quotes Throw for Reading Nook_wm

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Recognize that partial quote? It's from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and the rest of the sentence, the part we rarely hear, goes like this: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, … [Read more...]





The Case For The Corner Bed

Daybed On Angle In Corner of Room

Recently, we toured this adorable waterside cottage in Connecticut. Cottages, especially those that are quite old, often have quirky rooms that present design challenges for even the most seasoned decorator. (If you missed this wonderful cottage, you'll find the tour here: Tour a Charming Connecticut Dream Cottage)   You'll occasionally run into tricky situations, especially in bedrooms where … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: The Art of Decoration

The Art of Decoration by Nina Campbell

Though the book I'm sharing today is an older book, it's written about a topic that's classic and forever in style: English Design.   In the BNOTP Library: The Art of Decoration Author: Nina Camptbell Hardcover: 160 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: One of Nina Campbell's first jobs was working with John Fowler of Colefax and Fowler. You can see John Fowler's … [Read more...]





Has To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Christmas Decorations

Welcome to the 313th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Hope it was restful and fun! I been working the last few days in the upstairs family room.   When I put away all the Christmas decorations this year, I decided it was time to get better organized. Each year when it's time to pull out the Christmas decorations, I dread it. This is why. As you can see, it's jam-packed up under … [Read more...]





Breakfast At Tiffany’s, George Peppard’s, Greek Revival Home

Library Dining Room in George Peppard's Hollywood Home

Did you ever see the iconic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard?   George Peppard's prior home, located at 1401 N. Ogden Drive in West Hollywood is now for sale.   Of course, it looks very different from the days when he lived there. As I was touring this 1920's Spaulding Square, Greek Revival home, there were several rooms that caught my … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Perfect Tables by William Yeoward

Perfect Tables by William Yeoward

William Yeoward is a master in the art of entertaining. You may remember another one of his other books I featured in the past, William Yeoward on Entertaining. Entertaining often means creating a beautiful table setting. In the book I'm featuring today, Mr. Yeoward is spilling all his secrets and tips for setting a beautiful table.   In the BNOTP Library: Perfect Tables: Tabletop Secrets, … [Read more...]





A New Year’s Winter Table Setting

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Welcome to the 331st Tablescape Thursday! Recently, my friend Bonnie created a beautiful winter tablescape for a New Year's Eve dinner.   This table setting included a Santa centerpiece dressed all in white, so this table would also work great as a Christmas tablescape, too.   Take away the Santa and this table setting would work great any time during the winter … [Read more...]





Tour A Charming Connecticut Dream Cottage

Adorable Waterside Connecticut Cottage

You know that little yellow cottage I'm always dreaming of--the one that's actually a playhouse but I'm just so sure could be built to real-life size? Well, hold onto your knickers because I think I found it in real life form. Yep, I'm pretty sure I have and we can actually go inside! It's available for purchase but unfortunately not in an area where I can move. Plus, it's a bit outside my budget. Okay, … [Read more...]





My Winter Survival List, 2015

Talbots Heritage Straight-Legs Cords

We've had the mildest winter so far here in Georgia. As I type this, it's 67 degrees outside. That's one of the things I've always loved about living here, winters are usually a mix of cold temps with surprise weeks thrown in when you would swear spring had arrived. Georgia weather always keeps you guessing. Despite this beautiful sunny day, I know the cold temps are coming back. The last few years I've … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: English Country, Living in England’s Private Houses

English Country by Caroline Seebohm

With the return of Downton Abbey, I have English Country decorating and design on the mind. Author, Caroline Seebohm is taking us inside beautiful English Country homes you would normally never get to see.   In the BNOTP Library: English Country Author: Caroline Seebohm Hardcover: 288 pages Size: 10.5 x 10.2 x 1.2 3 Things I Like About This Book: I'm not sure why the description … [Read more...]





Ready For Spring Planting

Transplanting Waterfall Japanese Maple

Welcome to the 312th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all the comments left on my last post. I read each one, not just once, but several times. Your prayers, encouragement and individual stories have been a true blessing and they have brought me much comfort over the last few days. So many of you well-know the heartache of losing someone very close to you. I'll be returning to that post to read … [Read more...]





Sisters

Glenda and Me

When I decided to start a blog back in August 2008, my biggest supporter was my sister, Glenda. Being 10 years older, she has always watched out for me...the best big sister ever.   Since our mother (pictured below) was ill for most of my life starting when I was very young, Glenda took on way more than the usual big sister's share of responsibility caring for me as I was growing … [Read more...]