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A Winter Table Setting & $250 Giveaway From Noritake

Winter Holiday Tablescape With Noritake Cher Blanc

Welcome to the 323rd Tablescape Thursday! It's too cold for tablescaping out on the porch this week so we're in the dining room for this week's Tablescape Thursday. Since I have an abundance of red tartan tablecloths right now :) (see Tuesday's post for an explanation) I decided to put one to use.   This table is all about winter with a snowflake centerpiece, frosty white Cher Blanc … [Read more...]




The Marietta Pilgrimage: Tour Marie’s Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas

Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas

I have some super exciting news! Over the last couple of years, I've often shared the wonderful way my friend, Marie, decorates her home for the various holidays throughout the year. I've also shared many of her beautiful holiday table settings. From time to time folks have asked if Marie's home is ever open for any local home tours. I know many of you have wanted to see it in person. Well, now you … [Read more...]




Dressing The Bed In Tartan: Ralph Lauren Inspired

Tartan Bedding, Ralph Lauren Style_wm

The makeover I've been working on in my bedroom feels very timely with all this cold weather we've had come in so early this year. You may remember my inspiration is this bed dressed all in Tartan by Ralph Lauren. I don't know why Ralph Lauren likes plaid fabric so much but I'm so very glad he does. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about mixing different tartan patterns (setts) if I hadn't … [Read more...]




A Dream Fairytale Cottage Comes To Life

Living a Fairytale Life In A Little Cottage Home

Welcome to the 303rd Metamorphosis Monday! Have you ever thought of downsizing to a smaller home? Tonita who blogs at Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat first got bit by the small-house bug when she walked into a tiny straw bale home at the California State Fair. Giving up her cell phone, Tonita took that money and began to save a $100.00 each month. After 7 years she had saved up enough to buy her own small … [Read more...]




Warm, Cozy Escapes

Ralph Lauren's Bedford Home

It's cold out and I'm craving warmth. All I can think about these days are soft, merino-wool socks, cozy cable-knit sweaters, warm wool throws, libraries with fires blazing in the fireplace, flannel sheets, down duvets, hot chocolate by the fire and great books for reading on those way-too-cold nights. When fall comes around, I want to spend my days in rooms like Ralph Lauren's Bedford home library. I'm … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Fairy-Tale Christmas

A Fairy-Tale Christmas by Karen Anderson

Have you ever toured the Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York? I haven't but I would love to see it in person. Each year Designer, Bob Pesce, decorates each of the castle's 15 main rooms in a fairy-tale theme. What an enchanting idea! I love it!   In the BNOTP Library: A Fairy-Tale Christmas: Creating Magical Celebrations Inspired by an Enchanted Castle Author: Karen Anderson Hardcover: … [Read more...]




A Pancake Breakfast On The Porch

Breakfast Table Setting On The Porch

Welcome to the 322nd Tablescape Thursday! A couple of years ago I was in Marshall's and came across these cute, little individual milk bottles for $3 each. An idea instantly popped into my head. Wouldn't it be fun to use them in a breakfast table setting. I could fill each one with milk for cereal or with a preferred beverage then each person would feel extra spoiled having their own little milk bottle … [Read more...]




15 Awesome Ways To Make Your Christmas Festive & Beautiful

Lantern Decorated for Christmas

Every year I say I'm going to get my wreaths up on my exterior windows earlier in the season so I can enjoy them longer and this year I finally managed to get it done! Yipee!   I'm so excited to have them up early enough to really enjoy them for a nice long time. The days always pass so quickly this time of year, don't they?   My landscaping across the front is on hold as I … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree by Mary Carol GArrity

I've added some wonderful Christmas books to my decor library over the years and I've been eagerly awaiting the time when I could start sharing a few of those with you. Today's featured book is one I always pull off the shelf to enjoy this time of year as I decorate my home for the holidays.   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's O Christmas Tree Author: Mary Carol Garrity Hardcover: 144 … [Read more...]




Shopping The “A Christmas Story” Movie House Gift Store

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

A few months ago I was visiting family in Ohio. While there, I took a little day trip over to a Cleveland to tour a place I've always wanted to see in person. Afterwards, I shared this funny picture on the blog and asked if you could guess where it was taken.   I can't get anything by you guys! Y'all had no trouble figuring out I was reenacting a scene from the well-loved Christmas movie, A … [Read more...]




Decorate Your Mantel For Fall and Thanksgiving

Decorate Mantel for Fall and Thanksgiving

Welcome to the 302nd Metamorphosis Monday! This weekend I decided it was time to give the living room mantel a little makeover for fall and Thanksgiving. This can be a fun room to spruce up for autumn because the warms tones in the judges paneling and the jewel tone colors of the fabrics always make a great backdrop for fall decorating.   Normally the mantel has a few books and … [Read more...]




What To Do With Those Left Over Pumpkins & Gourds

Fall Pumpkin Ideas

Halloween is behind us but if you're like me, you may still be using the pumpkins you bought for Halloween in your fall decorating. With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, here are some fun and creative ideas shared for a recent Met Monday. These would be great for dressing up those left over faux or uncute pumpkins and gourds for your Thanksgiving table or fall decor.   Life in my Empty … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Sarah Style by Sarah Richardson

Sarah Style by Sarah Richardson

It's here! Seems like I've been waiting forever for Sarah Richardson's first-ever book to arrive. Do you know, Sarah? I first discovered her when I caught a series on HGTV where they chronicled the huge makeover she gave to her island cottage. I loved the beach cottage so when I discovered she had a book coming out in June, I did something I rarely do, I pre-ordered it. I got this surprising e-mail from … [Read more...]




How To Replace Your Old Doorbell For The Upcoming Holidays

Michale Healy Brass Pineapple Doorbell Ringer

Happy Friday! Got any special plans for the weekend? Will you be doing any DIY projects around the house or maybe decorating for the holidays? Speaking of DIY projects, about a month ago I completed a small upgrade that I'm super excited to share today. I've noticed from time-to-time over the years that my doorbell was looking pretty decrepit. I tell ya, doorbells get no respect. lol They get installed … [Read more...]




Tartan Dishware: Mix & Match Patterns To Create 17 Unique Tartan Place Settings

Williams-Sonoma Tartan Plates and Villeroy & Boch Toy's Delight Plates

Welcome to the 321st Tablescape Thursday! It's 5 AM as I write this. My server had a glitch tonight and I couldn't load any photos. Thankfully my host company figured out what was wrong and fixed it but it really delayed things and I never got to go to sleep. So this post will be short on words as I head off to bed soon for a few hours sleep. With all things tartan on the brain this week, I though it … [Read more...]




The Power of the Pillow

Tartan Christmas Pillows

Well, I think I've made a final decision about my bedding. I should know very soon but I'm 99% sure I'm going with the bedding I shared from Williams-Sonoma Home in yesterday's post. So what has moved me further along in that direction?   This little tartan pillow is to blame. A few days after I ordered the bedding, I revisited the WS website to gawk at it again. In the midst of my gawking, I … [Read more...]




Create a Winter Retreat With Tartan Bedding

Ralph Lauren Tartan

So, apparently landscaping the front yard wasn't a big enough project to take on this fall. Somehow I've also embarked on a little makeover in the master bedroom. Here's how my bedroom has looked for the last 10 years. I still love this bedding but I've always dreamed of having both a "winter" look and a "summer" look for my bedroom. These colors are great for spring and summer but they have always … [Read more...]




They Only Look Like Ornaments…

Christmas Ornaments Become Placecard Holders and Napkin Rings

Welcome to the 301st Metamorphosis Monday! Pssst...come over here a second, I want to show you something. We're in the Christmas section of Wal-mart...what do you see? Looks like ornaments, right?   I'm seeing something else. Those antlers, the ones in a circle shape there on the top row...   To me, those look like great napkin rings...   ...for a Christmas … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Legends In The Garden

Legends In The Garden by Linda L. Copeland and Allan Armitage

November may not be the best time of the year to talk gardening books but today when I came across this one tucked inside the secretary that lives in my bedroom, I didn't want to wait all the way until next spring to share this delightful book. Besides, the love of gardening doesn't fade away with the change of the seasons or a drop in the temperature, right? Wintertime is planning time and time spent … [Read more...]




Tour A Real Sears, Roebuck and Co. Mail-Order Craftsman Home

Sears and Roebuck Modern Craftsman Home 02

It's the year 1930 and Ethel is sitting at the kitchen table of her best friend, Lucy. It's their morning ritual, they always start their day visiting over a steaming cup of Lucy's amazing coffee while feasting on a big plate of Ethel's homemade biscuits. This morning is different, though. Ethel has some news, some really big news! This news is so big she's thinking if she doesn't get it out right now, … [Read more...]




Thanksgiving & Christmas Tablescapes With Pottery Barn

Christmas Tablescape with Pottery Barn Forest Salad Plates

Welcome to the 320th Tablescape Thursday! Yesterday I popped into Pottery Barn to get a look their tabletop goodies for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The PB near me was under construction last time I visited because they were expanding the size of the store. With construction complete, things looked very different on this trip. They had lots of pretty tablescapes set up throughout the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Bringing It Home: England

Bringing It Home England by Cheryl MacLachlan

Every time I pull a book off the shelf to share, I invariably think, "I love this book, I should have already shared this one." Then I remember, I always think that about all the books I've shared.   In the BNOTP Library: Bringing It Home: England: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Feeling of England in Your Home Author: Cheryl MacLachlan Hardcover: 192 pages Book Size: 10.8 x 8.5 x … [Read more...]




Tour A Real Storybook Cottage

Fairytale Storybook Cottage 02

So, you know how we sometimes talk about how we would love to live in a "storybook" house...a cottage so wonderful you would think it came right out of a fairytale? Well, now you can! Someone has built a real, live storybook home and we're going inside today to see it in all its adorable whimsy.   A view of the outside and you already know this house is special. Look at that roofline! I'm … [Read more...]




The Way Neighborhoods Used To Be

Yellow Victoria Home

This past weekend I took a little trip to visit family in Ohio. I always feel at home when I'm there because the older neighborhoods are very similar to those you would find driving through any of the older cities and towns in Georgia. The homes are anything but cookie-cutter. As I drove down the streets oohing and ahhhing over the architecture and beauty of the older homes, I wondered how we ever … [Read more...]




Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis Bungalow Makeover

Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis Bungalow Makeover After

Welcome to the 300th Metamorphosis Monday! Wow, 300 Met Mondays...where have the weeks and years gone! Oh second thought, let's not think about that, too scary! lol Do you ever watch the show, Rehab Addict on HGTV? I don't catch the show as often as I would like but I always love seeing the latest old home Nicole Curtis, the star of the show, is saving from demolition. Nicole has a big soft spot in … [Read more...]




Classic, Traditional Design…Greenwich Style

Decorating in Greenwich Style

When you're standing in the grocery store or book store, flipping through all the latest decor/design magazines, do you sometimes wonder where they're hiding all the homes decorated in classic, traditional style? Shhh, don't tell anyone but just between you and me, I think I may know. They are hoarding them all up in Greenwich, Connecticut! They must be because I've discovered some real gems there in recent … [Read more...]




Halloween Tablescape, Edgar Allan Poe Inspired

Halloween Decorations with Bats

Welcome to the 319th Tablescape Thursday! Please do not link up more than 2 tables each week to the party. When Elena emailed and shared photos of her Halloween table and decor with me recently, she said, "My theme was Edgar Allan Poe Raven, cluttered elegant Gothic (LOL)—with your batty idea thrown in :0)"  That totally made me laugh...I love Elena's sense of humor!   Check out this … [Read more...]




Tour Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott’s Real Home

Property Brother's Drew and Jonathan's Personal Home in Las Vegas

Whenever I'm working in the kitchen and turn the TV on to watch HGTV, I'm always glad when the show, Property Brothers, is on. Each show always features a great house transformation but it's the stars of the show, Drew and Jonathan who really make the show a success. They have great personalities and they play off each other so well in the show. You can tell they are great friends as well as … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Entertaining In Style

Nell Hill's Entertaining In Style by Mary Carol Garrity

With so many opportunities for entertaining ahead of us as we enter into the season of Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties followed by New Years Eve parties, I'm sharing a book with some great ideas for hosting parties and entertaining. It's also by one of my fave authors, Mary Carol Garrity, the owner of Nell Hill's.   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Entertaining in … [Read more...]




Brussels Sprouts So Delicious, Kids Will Even Eat Them

Recipe for Roasting Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

Recently I had the urge to visit Trader Joe's, I hadn't been there in ages. While shopping I came across a bin filled with stalks of Brussels sprouts. I've seen them in TJ's before and each time it always amazes me to see how they really grow.  (Photo below from bonnieplantsdotcom)   In this photo from Wikipedia, you can see how they grow along the stalk of the plant. Isn't that the neatest … [Read more...]




Gardening Challenges And A Wacky Idea That Just May Work

Double Mint Gardenias

Welcome to the 299th Metamorphosis Monday! I have something kinda wacky to share this week. You'll either think it's the most brilliant thing you've ever heard or you'll think it's completely NUTS...pun intended! But before I share my wacky plan, here's what I've been up to...planting Double Mint Gardenias. So far I've had two planting sessions and I still don't have all five of them in, but I'm making … [Read more...]




6 Fabulous Fall Mantels!

6 Fabulous Fall Mantels

Fall is such a great time of year! Mother Nature is very busy now, redecorating and changing the color palette of our home from vivid greens and bright colors to one filled with the rich warm colors of red, orange, gold and brown. We can never resist following her lead and bringing those beautiful colors into our own homes! I can tell you guys love Fall, as well.  At this week's Metamorphosis Monday Link … [Read more...]




Tour Nottoway Plantation, South’s Largest Remaining Antebellum Mansion

Nottoway Plantation in White Castle Louisiana 42

Pssst: Postcards From The Porch, the BNOTP newsletter will be going out tomorrow. If you aren't currently subscribed, you can subscribe HERE (it's free) or via the subscribe box at the end of this post. Touring Nottoway Plantation Back in May of this year, I spent an entire week in Louisiana and Mississippi touring 13+ plantation homes. I've never taken a whole week for the sole purpose of touring … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Decorating With Books

Decorating With Books by Marie Proeller Hueston

I love books so much, I even buy books written about books. If I were decorating a room and could only add one thing to it other than the furniture and lighting, it would be books. Take away the tchotchkes and vases if you must, remove the figurines and the decorative plates, just don't take away the books.   Pssst: All the books I've featured from my library so far, are linked under the main … [Read more...]




Halloween Tablescape With Haunted House Centerpiece & Spiderweb Tablecloth

Lit Halloween Table Setting

Welcome to the 318th Tablescape Thursday! It was a dark and stormy night....well, actually it was more like a dark and rainy day but dark and stormy night sounds a lot more fun and creepy for our Halloween table setting. It was a tad too chilly to set a table out on the porch this week so we're dining inside in the breakfast room for Tablescape Thursday.   We aren't dining alone, we have … [Read more...]




Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Wool of Bat…

Halloween Front Porch With Bats Across Door

Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog... Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble. Macbeth (Act IV, Scene I) ~William Shakespeare Eeek! It's like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's movie, The Birds! Only, in this case it's The Bats! I've had this image saved on my computer for a year or two. I've always wanted to duplicate the look on my front porch for … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Adventures With Old Houses

Adventures With Old Houses by Richard Hampton Jenrette

Adventures With Old Houses was one of the very first books I ever purchased on Amazon. I don't remember now why I bought this book but I'm sure it had something to do with the title. I had never heard of Richard Jenrette but I had a feeling I would like him because anyone with the passion and fortitude to take on the restoration of an old home, and not just one but 14+ old homes, knows a whole lot … [Read more...]




10 Halloween Decorating, Crafting & Baking Ideas

10 Halloween Decor and Craft Ideas

I've been working today on a little project. It's taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I hope to share it on Wednesday if I finish it in time. If I don't, I'll share it on Friday, instead.   In the meantime, here's 10 fun ways you can decorate, craft or bake for Halloween this year. Hope you enjoy! Click on any title to visit that tutorial post.   Decorate A … [Read more...]




Leyland Cypress Trees Offer Screening And Privacy

Leyland Cypress Planted  For Screening

Welcome to the 298th Metamorphosis Monday! Shortly after moving into my home 22+ years ago, we planted a lot of Leyland Cypress trees on either side of our home to provide screening and privacy from the houses on either side. One side of my porch and deck is very private, the other side is kind of close to my neighbor's home. I like my neighbors but there are times when it would be nice to have more … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: On Garden Style by Bunny Williams

On Garden Style by Bunny Williams

Did you know the wonderfully talented Interior Designer, Bunny Williams authored a gardening book? She did! When I discovered this a few years ago, I was so excited I immediately ordered her book based solely on how much I had loved her book, An Affair With A House.   In the BNOTP Library: On Garden Style Author: Bunny Williams Hardcover: 288 pages Book Size: 9.3 x 9.4 x 1 3 Things … [Read more...]




Goodbye Squirrel Highway

Mr. Squirrel

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on whether I should move the Savannah Holly I planted recently back a little toward the house, or leave it where I had planted it. In case you missed that post, I planted a Savannah Holly tree at the right corner of my home as kind of an anchor plant for that end of the house. The landscape plan created by a landscape designer last year indicated the tree should be … [Read more...]




Frightfully Fun Tablescapes For Halloween!

Halloween Table Setting Tablescape

Welcome to the 317th Tablescape Thursday! Ever since I met Marie a couple of years ago, Halloween has taken a huge leap forward in the FUN department. Marie lives life with tremendous joy and I have to tell you, it's contagious! Recently I took you on a tour of the outside of her home all decorated for Halloween. We're going inside this week for Tablescape Thursday and I can't wait to share the tables … [Read more...]




The Landscape Plan

Tree Form Limelight Hydrangea

Last September, after a summer spent reclaiming my front yard from the overgrown jungle it had become, I consulted the services of a local garden nursery and had a landscape plan created. I thought you might enjoy seeing it so I'm sharing it in today's post. To get a closer look, press CTRL + a few times on your keyboard. Once you're done viewing the plan, press CTRL 0 (zero) to return to normal. When … [Read more...]




Tour Tommy Dorsey’s Beautiful “Tall Oaks” Home

Tony Dorsey's Home In New Jersey

The current owners of bandleader Tommy Dorsey's home, fell in love with Tall Oaks the first time they saw it. They completed a careful and loving restoration of this magnificent home in 2000, being careful to maintain the look and feel of the era during which the home was built. This is a home that envelops you in a big ol bear hug. It exudes warmth and coziness which is truly amazing since the rooms are … [Read more...]




Need Your Opinion: 8 Feet vs 10 Feet

Curved Brick Walkway

Welcome to the 297th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? This weekend was a productive one around here. I was able to get all the Savannah Holly trees in, although one may need to be moved. I need your help to decide. I hired someone to help me get all the trees planted and I worked alongside him digging the holes and helping the entire time. I'm sore today, but it's a good … [Read more...]




5 Fabulous Fall Tablescapes

Five Fabulous Fall Tablescapes via Between Naps on the Porch

Every week beautiful, creative table settings are shared for Tablescape Thursday. Here are just a few of my favorites for Fall from last week's Tablescape Thursday.   Plum Creek Place used this gorgeous brown and  white floral pattern for her early Fall table.  You would never guess, but she thrifted everything, but the pears!   I love a little unexpected twist when setting a … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Englishman’s Room

The Englishman's Room

It was the title that drew me to this book, loving English design as I do, but this is far from your average decorating or design book.   In the BNOTP Library: The Englishman's Room Author: Alvide Lees-Milne Hardcover: 144 pages Book Size: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.8   3 Things I Like About This Book: The author had 31 Englishmen share about their favorite room and why it's their … [Read more...]




Christie Brinkley’s Dreamy Beach Home in Parrot Cay

Christie Brinkley's Beach House Paradise

Summer may be over but I can never resist touring an exotic beach home especially when it's located in an island paradise. Christie Brinkley, a well-known model who is actually a very savvy business woman, is selling her beach home named Lucky House. Lucky House is a dream island home located in Parrot Cay on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Even the location sounds exotic, doesn't it?   Shhh, I … [Read more...]




Hootin’ It Up For Halloween

Halloween Table Setting With David Carter Brown Pumpkin Hollow Plates

Welcome to the 316th Tablescape Thursday! The owls hooting up a storm in my backyard recently must have been the inspiration behind this table setting. (Hear that recording here: Night Sounds From The Porch)   I found Mr. Owl in Wal-mart around this time last year. He's actually a cookie jar. I placed him atop two cake pedestals to give him some height in the center of the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Epicurean Collector

The Epicurean Collector by Patrick Dunne

If you're a lover of cooking, table setting, entertaining or antiques, the book I'm sharing this evening is a great one to consider for your library.   In the BNOTP Library: The Epicurean Collector: Exploring the World of Culinary Antiques Author: Patrick Dunne Hardcover: 192 pages Book Size: 10.3 x 9.7 x 0.9   Patrick Dunne, the author of this book, used to have a column in … [Read more...]




Halloween Fantasy In Lights

Halloween Decorations for Porch and Trees 04

Do you have a friend who is a joy to be around...someone who truly loves life and when you're together, you always have a blast? When my friend, Marie and I get together, it's always non-stop fun and laughs. Marie's enthusiasm is contagious and everyone who meets her is better for having known her. Recently, Marie and I got together for one of our play dates which usually involves a little lunch, a bit … [Read more...]




Real Storybook Cottage Reminiscent Of Rosehill Cottage In Movie “The Holiday”

Fairytale Cottage For Sale, Fig Tree Cottage 19

When you picture a "storybook cottage" what comes to mind? Do you envision a darling cottage with a high-pitched roof and gingerbread-house gables? Is there a white picket out front, covered in beautiful roses? As you open the gate on that white picket fence, do you pass underneath an adorable arbor and down a meandering path past a fragrant cottage garden?   Welcome to Fig Tree Cottage, a … [Read more...]




A Spooky Halloween Hutch

Halloween Crows and Pumpkin Tureens

Welcome to the 296th Metamorphosis Monday! Did you have a good weekend? I spent mine getting a few things done here around the house. I also played a little out on the porch, changing the hutch from its summertime look to something fun and just a tad spooky!   Postcards From The Porch Before I share the hutch update, I wanted to say a big thank you to all the lovely folks who took time to … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Placed Weed

The Well-Placed Weed by Ryan Gainey

This morning I took you on a tour of Ryan Gainey's beautiful garden in Atlanta. The book I'm sharing today takes you back into Ryan's garden for a much more in-depth look, as well as into his cottage-style home for a look at how he sets the table for a dinner party.   In the BNOTP Library: The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Garden of Ryan Gainey Author: Ryan Gainey Hardcover: 176 … [Read more...]




Scenes From The Garden Of Ryan Gainey

Ryan Gainey's Home

This past spring on Mother's Day weekend, a friend and I went on the Atlanta Botanical's "Gardens for Connoisseurs" garden tour. One garden I always love seeing and look forward to each year is the garden of Ryan Gainey. His garden has been on the tour every year for the past 20+ years! Ryan Gainey with his dogs via Ryan Gainey dot com   This year I heard rumors this would be his last year … [Read more...]




The Best-Dressed Table At The County Fair

Western, Lodge, Cabin Themed Table Setting Tablescape

Welcome to the 315th Tablescape Thursday! It's that time of year. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to change color and there's a cool crispness to the evening air. That can only mean one thing; the smell of cotton candy and funnel cakes will soon fill the air.  Source The Country Fair is in town! Each year Dawnette bravely takes up a most unique challenge--she enters a … [Read more...]




The Colorful Home Of Annie Potts From Designing Women

Annie Potts Spanish Hacienda-Style Home In Tarzana, Los Angeles, California

Annie Potts, does that name ring a bell? It sounded so familiar to me when a friend sent a link to her adorable Spanish Hacienda-Style home located in Tarzana, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. The home is currently on the market for $6.459 million dollars. In case your memory is a little fuzzy like mine was, Annie got her first big break as the hilarious receptionist … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Shakespeare In The Garden

Shakespeare In The Garden by Mick Hales

With gardening on the mind these days, I'm sharing one of my favorite gardening books, one I purchased per Amazon in September 2006. That was two years before I began blogging; I didn't even know what a blog was back then and today I have the joy of sharing it with you on this wonderful thing called the World Wide Web. Amazing! :)   In the BNOTP Library: Shakespeare in the Garden Author: … [Read more...]




Here We Go Again!

Garden Accent and Topiaries3

I'm in serious landscaping mode again and I may have bitten off more than I can chew. That's usually my modus operandi, dive in head first and when it appears I'm in over my head, start digging my way out. Only this time I'm just plain digging! :) Before we get to the digging, I am busting to share some absolutely adorable stuff I found in a local nursery this weekend. I love shopping at a Pike Nursery … [Read more...]




A Screened Porch Addition For A New England Home

Build A Screened Porch For Your Home

Welcome to the 295th Metamorphosis Monday! When Lori and Bob built their home in 1993, they added a nice, large 14 x 24 foot deck on the back. After moving in they found they never really used the deck because the back of their home faces west and the deck always stayed way too hot to really enjoy. I had the same problem with the deck on my home being way too hot, even though the back of my home faces … [Read more...]




Tour The House In The Movie “This Is Where I Leave You”

House In Movie This Is Where I Leave You

Last night a friend and I went to see the movie, This Is Where I Leave You, a comedy starring Jason Bateman as Judd Altman, Tina Fey as Wendy Altman and Jane Fonda as their mother, Hillary Altman. The movie is based on a 2009 novel by Jonathan Tropper and was a New York Times bestseller. I was pretty excited when the opening scenes showed the outside of a beautiful home...yay, another great movie house! I … [Read more...]




Tour The Apartment In The Movie, Just Like Heaven

Apartment in Just Like Heaven Movie with Reese Witherspoon_wm

I've never been much of a big city girl but after seeing the movie, Just Like Heaven, I'm wondering if I should reconsider. Oh my goodness...cutest apartment EVER! Okay, it still has some serious competition from Bronte's apartment in the movie, Greencard, but the rooftop garden and view is a close competitor for the to-die-for greenhouse in Greencard. It's been a while since I watched Just Like … [Read more...]




5 Autumn Table Settings

Fall Tablescape, Plaid Dinner Plates and Deer Salad Plates

Welcome to the 314th Tablescape Thursday! Before we dive into this week's Tablescape Thursday, I have a little update about Postcards From The Porch, the newsletter for Between Naps On The Porch. As it looks right now, I should be sending out the first newsletter this Saturday. Yay!   If you would like to receive the BNOTP weekly newsletter, sign up HERE. Or, you can use the subscribe box … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cottages On The Coast

Cottages On The Coast by Linda Leigh Paul

I have beach cottage living on my mind after our tour of a wonderful beach house this morning. If you missed that tour, you'll find it here: Beach Cottage Overflowing With Charm   In the BNOTP Library: Cottages on the Coast: Fair Harbors and Secret Shores Author: Linda Leigh Paul Hardcover: 224 pages Book Size: 8.7 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches   3 Things I Like About This Book: If … [Read more...]




Beach Cottage Overflowing With Charm

Beach Cottage in Florida

Historical Concepts, an Atlanta Architecture and Design firm, designs homes that have the look and feel of an older or historic home but all their homes have the modern conveniences we need and love. You may remember when I shared their wonderful book in this previous post: Coming Home by James Lowell Strickland. I recently came across this absolutely adorable beach cottage in Florida that's one of their … [Read more...]




Night Sounds From The Porch

Barred Owl

I absolutely adore owls! They are sooo beautiful! Last night I was working late in the office when I heard two Barred Owls in the trees out back. I grabbed my camera and ran down to the porch to see if I could capture their hoots for you. Source   I thought about using my phone to record them but I knew my camera would pick up the audio much better. Unfortunately, you can't see anything … [Read more...]




There’s Gold And Wine In Them Thar Hills!

Wolf Mountain Vineyards

Actually, Dahlonega Mint assayer, Dr. M. F. Stephenson was misquoted. What he really said that day in 1849, standing on the courthouse steps was, "There's millions in it!" as he tried his best to persuade miners they should stay in Dahlonega instead of heading out west to California where another famous gold rush was underway at the time. A few weeks ago some friends and I headed up to the north Georgia … [Read more...]




Backyard Makeover: Convert A Pond To A Backyard Oasis

Backyard Makeover, Pond Become Flagstone Patio With Fountain

Welcome to the 294th Metamorphosis Monday! In 1999 Liz who blogs at Infuse With Liz and on her garden blog, Sit With Me In My Garden, added a pond to her backyard. The pond eventually grew into a much larger scale project that included a creek with extensive plantings. Liz and her hubby, Dan enjoyed the pond for many years but in spring of 2009 they decided they were ready for a change. The pond, … [Read more...]




A Gift From Nature

Sunflower Bloom With Seeds 3_wm

Just because I'm weird, I have to share this with you. :) Remember the perennial garden I put in alongside my walkway last fall. I shared this photo of it earlier in the summer. (See that post here: Create A Small Sun-Loving Perennial Garden)   Well, I'm not sure how, but a sunflower just appeared along the edge of it recently. Maybe a bird visiting my backyard feeder brought a sunflower seed … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Passion For Detail

A Passion For Detail by Charlotte Moss

Charlotte Moss is one of my favorite designers because she puts so much passion into everything she does, including those seemingly small details that give a room life and personality. I've never bought a Charlotte Moss book, I didn't love or come away with a new idea. This book has a bit of a scrapbook feel to me because the pictures throughout are all different sizes, some large, some medium size, some … [Read more...]




5 Hearty Dinners For Fall

5 Hearty Fall Dinners

Fall is in the air here in Georgia. Nightfall comes a little earlier each day and the mornings and evenings are feeling a bit cooler. Sweater weather is coming. When I went outside this evening to bring in the bird feeders, a strong wind rustled the trees and I looked up to see leaves swirling in the air overhead. Some fluttered down to the deck and a big yellow one landed on the rail. All these … [Read more...]




A Feminine Table Setting, This One’s For The Girls

Birthday Party Table Setting Tablescape

Welcome to the 313th Tablescape Thursday! Such a beautiful day to be out on the porch! I headed out to the garden to cut the last of the purple phlox. It's almost completely finished blooming for another year but I managed to find just enough for our centerpiece. It smells heavenly, I wish I could share the fragrance with you.   A couple of years ago I came across a table setting showing … [Read more...]




Build A New Home With Old World Charm

Old Point Neighborhood in Beaufort, South Carolina

When I hear the name Beaufort South Carolina, I immediately think of beautiful old homes, romance and southern charm. Beaufort, pronounced bew-fert, is the second-oldest city in South Carolina; Charleston holds the distinction of being the oldest.   The home we're touring today on Lady's Island, a lovely sea island located in Beaufort County, is a wonderful example of how homes built today … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Floral Home

The Floral Home by Leslie Geddes-Brown

Sharing an absolutely delicious book today. If you love decorating with floral fabrics and love English design, you'll adore this book!   In the BNOTP Library: Floral Home, The:: From Floral Wallpapers and Fabrics to Arranging Fresh and Dried Flowers Author: Leslie Geddes-Brown Hardcover: 191 pages Book Size: 11.5 x 9.6 x 0.7   3 Things I Like About This Book: If you … [Read more...]




Concrete Walkway Transformed With Beautiful Cobble-Stone Pavers

Makeover a Concrete Walkway with Pavers

Welcome to the 293rd Metamorphosis Monday! Have you ever thought about making over your front walkway? Often, our walkway is the very first impression visitors have of our home since it's one of first things they see upon arriving. We want our walkway and entrance to always feel inviting and welcoming since it guides our friends and family right up to the front door of our home. Carolyn who reads … [Read more...]




Let’s Go Antiquing!

Beach Girls

It's been a long time since we made a visit to one of my favorite haunts, A Classy Flea. I stopped in today and found some fun things. The only thing I purchased was a small book but there were quite a few things I found super tempting. I used great restraint! Sweet serving dish... would be great for a springtime or Easter dinner. Be lovely to display year around. Dishes like this are just too cute to … [Read more...]




Tour Laura Plantation, A Creole Plantation in Vacherie Louisiana

Laura Plantation, Vacherie Louisiana

Today I'm taking you inside Laura Plantation, another one of the many plantation homes I toured with my friend Linda on our trip to the New Orleans area back in May of this year. Laura is a Creole plantation located on River Road in Vacherie, Louisiana. It is midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I've heard the word Creole many times over the years but I never knew exactly what it meant. Per the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Linens For Every Room And Occasion

Linens For Every Room And Occasion

Do you love beautiful linens? Does your heart beat a little faster when you run your hand across an embroidered tablecloth or a monogrammed pillow, marveling at the artistry and love that went into creating it? Do you sometimes wish you knew more about how to use those special linens you've inherited or purchased? Or, do you just enjoy beautiful interior design, lovely table settings and the art of fine … [Read more...]




Dapper-Dressed Animals Gather: Whimsical Tablescape

Autumn  Fall Tablescape With Dapper Animal Plates_wm

Welcome to the 312th Tablescape Thursday! My table setting this week did its best to become an autumn table setting. At one point it was sporting a centerpiece of fall leaves and sparkly, brown pine cones. I'm just not quite ready to succumb to fall. So I took the leaves away and decided to go with something lighter, something that hints of fall but still has one foot firmly planted in these last warm … [Read more...]




Tour Designer Carolyn Westbrook’s Home, The Oaks

Carolyn Westbrook's, The Oaks Plantation Home (1)

Have you ever been looking at homes online and suddenly thought, "I know that home!" That happened to me recently when I came across Designer, Carolyn Westbrook's plantation home, The Oaks. I recognized several of the rooms from having seen them in one of her books, Carolyn Westbrook Home. After living there for many years, I guess she is ready for a change because her home is now on the market and … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Books Make A Home

Books Make A Home by Damian Thompson

You know you love books when you find yourself buying books about books. :) I have quite a few books on the subject of collecting, storing and decorating with books and they are some of my absolute faves in my decor library.   In the BNOTP Library: Books Make a Home Author: Damian Thompson Hardcover: 160 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: If I could only choose one … [Read more...]




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 A 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...]