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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, green is my favorite color. I also loved how the green of the board 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 … [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 sad … [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

Beach Home on Tybee Island, Georgia 01

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

New Year's Table Setting Tablescape with Champagne Plates 09

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...]









Tour Graham’s Charming Mill House In “The Holiday”

Graham's House in movie, The Holiday

Four years ago I shared a tour of the adorable English cottage featured in the movie, The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black.   Rosehill Cottage stole the hearts of everyone who saw the movie. If you missed that tour, you'll find it here: Tour Rosehill Cottage from the movie, The Holiday   Recently, a reader of BNOTP left this comment on The … [Read more...]









It’s Flag City Around Here!

Flags

Welcome to the 311th Metamorphosis Monday! If you are participating in Met Monday (a blog party that's all about Before and Afters) please don't forget to include a link in your post back to today's party so your readers will find the other participants who have also linked up. Please do not link up a post you've just previously linked up in the last 2-3 weeks since readers will have already seen that post. … [Read more...]









Make A Snowman Spice Cake

Snowman Spice Cake With Nordic Ware Cake Pan

Recently while shopping in Williams-Sonoma, I came across a Nordic Ware snowman cake pan. It was on sale, greatly reduced from $39.95 to $10.39 so I couldn't resist trying my hand at making this cute cake.   The cake ended up being a centerpiece for yesterday's winter table setting seen in this post: Winter Table Setting With Snowman Cake Centerpiece This cake would be cute at Christmastime but it … [Read more...]









A Winter Tablescape With Snowman Spice Cake Centerpiece

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Welcome to the 330th Tablescape Thursday! My tablescape today is a winter themed table setting with a very special centerpiece. It's so special that it's practically invisible. What? You don't see it? It's right there--on the pedestal in the center of the table. ;) I knew by the time the centerpiece I planned to use was ready, it would already be getting dark out. Since table settings look so much … [Read more...]









In The BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House by Mark Girouard

The Victorian Country House by Mark Girouard

Yesterday we toured Highclere Castle, the Victorian country house where the popular British drama, Downton Abbey is filmed each year. If you have an interest in learning more about Victorian country houses like Highclere, today's book is a good one to consider. You can tell the author has done his research.   In the BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House Author: Mark Girouard Hardcover: … [Read more...]









Tour Highclere Castle, Home of Downton Abbey

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It's back! The fifth season of the wildly popular British period drama, Downton Abbey is once again showing on PBS. Of course the fifth season is now old hat to our British friends who get to view it a full season before we do here in the States.   A little confession: When Downton Abbey first started airing, I was a pretty faithful watcher, catching it as often as possible on PBS. Then all … [Read more...]









In The BNOTP Library: Martha’s Vineyard Gardens and Houses

Martha's Vineyard Gardens and Houses by Taylor Lewis, Catherine Fallin and Elizabeth Talbot

After touring HGTV's 2015 Dream Home on Martha's Vineyard, I knew exactly which book I wanted to share today from my decor/gardening library. I've always been intrigued by Martha's Vineyard and became even more curious about that area when I discovered one of my favorite author's, Susan Branch, lives there. She talks about MV a lot on her blog. So I ordered this book a few summers back and love … [Read more...]









Tour The Martha’s Vineyard HGTV Dream Home, 2015

HGTV 2015 Dream Home on Martha's Vineyard

Welcome to the 310th Metamorphosis Monday! The only "Before and After" I have to share this week would most likely put you to sleep. Once the rain stopped, I spent the weekend taking down and storing away Christmas decorations. Big snore! I have something way more fun to share, a tour of this year's beautiful HGTV dream home on Martha's Vineyard! When I read it was located on Martha's Vineyard, I knew … [Read more...]









An After-Christmas-Sale Haul

Blis Bourbon Maple Syrup

Well, "haul" may be a slight exaggeration. It's more like a mini-haul. Have you done in after-Christmas shopping? I haven't been in the mood, probably due to being sick. Thankfully, I'm all better now! It's 63 degrees here today, sunny and gorgeous! I decided to stop by the Williams-Sonoma that's a couple miles from my home to see what's shaking. In the past I've found some amazing deals there after the … [Read more...]









In The BNOTP Library: Laying The Elegant Table

Laying The Elegant Table by Ines Heugel

The book I'm sharing today is for anyone who has an appreciation or love for all things tabletop. A drool-worthy book if ever there was one!   In the BNOTP Library: Laying The Elegant Table: China, Faience, Porcelain, Majolica, Glassware, Flatware, Tureens, Platters, Trays, Centerpieces, Tea Sets Author: Ines Heugel Hardcover: 184 pages   This is one of those rare books that … [Read more...]









Designer, Mary Carol Garrity Has A New Cottage Home!

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Are you as big a Mary Carol Garrity fan as I am? If so, I have some really big news. You may have already heard but Mary Carol Garrity has moved! Yep, she has moved from her beautiful, Atchison, Kansas home featured so often in her books, the same home she has graciously opened up for tours over the years. Mary Carol and her husband, Dan, have decided it's the perfect time in their life to downsize to a … [Read more...]









Warming Up The New Year With A Woodland Table Setting

Woodland Table Setting

Welcome to the 329th Tablescape Thursday! Have you ever gotten a surprise call from a friend who was in town and suddenly realized you were going to have company for dinner? When that happened to Laura, instead of panicking like I may have :) she seized the opportunity to put together a warm and inviting Woodland themed table setting. Laura is definitely quick on her feet because the table she created is … [Read more...]









A “Hair Of The Dog” New Year’s Day Party

New Year's Tablescape with Acorn Soup Tureens

This morning I shared a book from my decor library that offers us a peek into some pretty amazing parties held in private homes in New York. I must have parties on the brain since I've even been dreaming about them. Are you attending any New Year's parties this year? Will you be hosting one? I'm kind of glad I didn't plan one this year since I've come down with a nasty bug or something after all my … [Read more...]









In The BNOTP Library: New York Parties: Private Views

New York Parties Private Views by Jamee Gregory

It's almost party time! Hard to believe 2014 is about to be a thing of the past. Have you been invited to any New Year's parties this year? Will you be hosting one yourself?   In the BNOTP Library: New York Parties: Private Views Author: Jamee Gregory Hardcover: 208 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: The lavish parties featured in this book are wonderful and worth … [Read more...]









Beautiful Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation with Big Chill Refrigerator in Jadite Green

Welcome to the 309th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your holiday? Did you spend it with family? Did Santa bring you a new toy or two? :) I was with family in New Hampshire for the week so there was a fair amount of time spent in airports, on airplanes and in rental cars on the way there and back. The in-between part with family was wonderful, though.   I loved my time in New Hampshire. … [Read more...]









Merry Christmas!

Christmas Porch with Boxwood Wreath on a Red Front Door

Welcome to the 328th Tablescape Thursday! Merry Christmas! As promised, I'm putting Tablescape Thursday up early since tomorrow is Christmas Day. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday with family and friends! That's what I've been up to this week so I didn't get a chance to set a table to share. I'm really looking forwarding to seeing the tables that are linked up!   Looking forward to … [Read more...]









In The BNOTP Library: Rooms To Inspire By The Sea

Rooms To Inspire By The Sea by Annie Kelly

After touring such a great beach house yesterday, I couldn't resist sharing a wonderful book filled with inspiration for decorating a seaside home.   In the BNOTP Library: Rooms to Inspire by the Sea Author: Annie Kelly Hardcover: 240 pages   Be sure and check out the "preview" of this book at Amazon. It's a good preview and really gives you a good feel for this book. 3 … [Read more...]









Finally, A Beach House To Rival The “Something’s Gotta Give” Beach Home

White Slipcover Sofas For Beach House

Welcome to the 308th Metamorphosis Monday! It's always struck me as so ironic that one of the most well-loved beach houses ever to exist, didn't really exist. Do you know the one I'm talking about? Yep, that one--the beautiful and iconic home in the romantic comedy, Something's Gotta Give, starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Movie goers everywhere fell head-over-heels for the amazing interiors of … [Read more...]









My Secret Gifts

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Each year when shopping for friends and family, in addition to their main gift, the one I'm giving that I know they want, I usually try to include something that's unexpected. A little fun surprise! I've been thinking about sharing some of those here on the blog but I haven't for two reasons: 1. Family members occasionally read here. Yikes! AND 2. These gifts can take a while to arrive since they are … [Read more...]