11 Impossibly Romantic Homes That Made My Heart Beat Just a Little Faster

This morning I fell down the rabbit hole. It started out innocently as I revisited (and drooled over) a home I had previously shared. I fell in love all over again. Then I visited another and another. I've posted tours of some really wonderful homes over the years and you'll find them all under the "Home Tours" category at the top of the blog. I chose a few this morning that have a romantic storybook … [Read more...]


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Romantic Candlelight Dinner on the Porch

Welcome to the 410th Tablescape Thursday! I've been saving clear bottles for a couple of years in hopes of one day creating this table setting. I was surprised by how long it took to save the bottles, seems like every tall drink comes in a colored bottle. Recently when I was cleaning out the garage and came across the bottles, I decided it was finally time to put this little table together here on the … [Read more...]


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Save Big $$$ On Travel With Google Flights & A Favorite Listen at Audible

I've always wanted to visit Greece and see all the amazing places I've only read about in books. My interest has grown even more over the last month as I've been listening to one of the best series of lectures on Audible that I've ever listened to called: Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites. It's one of The Great Courses at Audible and it's so good I can't wait to listen to it a … [Read more...]


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How I Organize & Store My Small Jewelry Collection

Welcome to the 391st Metamorphosis Monday! Sometimes I don't know what I need until it finds me. Other than A Classy Flea, my favorite store to run into when I'm in the mood to just putter around and do a little "wonder what they have in" type shopping, is my local Marshall's. Around two weeks ago I stopped in and spied this piece, a rotating jewelry holder. Am I the last person in the world to discover … [Read more...]


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What I’m Buying and Loving For Summer

Recently when I was visiting my son, dil, grandson and the newest little addition to our family, I did something I've been meaning to do. I finally stopped by the Talbots that I always see when I'm out and about there. I was curious to see if it would be like the Talbots stores here in the Atlanta area. It was very similar and they were having a huge sale with almost everything 50% off. That same sale is … [Read more...]


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Where Did You Get That Flatware?

Welcome to the 409th Tablescape Thursday! I've been out of town visiting with family for the last five days and just got back late yesterday evening. Since I wasn't home to create a tablescape, I thought it might be fun to put together a post all about flatware. Flatware is to a table setting what jewelry or shoes are to an outfit. The right flatware can be the perfect finishing touch to a beautiful … [Read more...]


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Let’s Go Antiquing at A Classy Flea

It's been a while since we stopped in for a visit to A Classy Flea. It always amazes me how fast things come and go here. I've learned the hard way over the years, if I see something I like, I'd better get it when I see it because it won't be there long. All these signs make me wish I had a beach or lake house to decorate.   So many things to see, where should we start?   I … [Read more...]


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Milk and Yogurt For Those Who Are Dairy Intolerant Due to Casein Proteins

Welcome to the 390th Metamorphosis Monday! I was away this weekend visiting family so don't have a Before and After to share from home, but I do have an interesting discovery to share. During my visit I stopped by one of my favorite grocery stores in the area, Dorothy Lane Market. While shopping in Dorothy Lane, I overheard one of the product vendors talking with another customer about a milk they have … [Read more...]


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Your Fruity Coconut Drink Awaits

Welcome to the 408th Tablescape Thursday! Last November I joined The Property Brothers, and a couple of my thousand closest friends, for Drew and Jonathan's first ever Sailing with the Scotts Cruise.   It was a blast meeting Drew and Scott and they are just as nice in person as they are on TV. Try to ignore my completely starstruck face! lol   It had been a very long time … [Read more...]


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The Awesome Travel Deals I’m Stalking Right Now

I don't seem to be content these days unless I have a trip in the works. I love all the anticipation, the time leading up to the trip when I'm reading and dreaming about the adventure to come. As I've mentioned before, the dreaming and planning time is almost as fun as the trip itself!   When traveling, I'm always looking for a good deal. I've been stalking some of my favorite travel sites, … [Read more...]


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Tour Ben Whittaker’s Brownstone Home In “The Intern” With Robert De Niro

I love it when you guys suggest movies I should check out. I rarely go to the movies since there are so few I like these days, but I'm so glad Diána e-mailed me and suggested I do a tour of the wonderful homes in the movie, The Intern. (Thanks, Diána!) There are actually three beautiful homes in the movie, in addition to a pretty cool office space. This post would be way too long if I tried to post tours … [Read more...]


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Master Bedroom Flooring Updates & Some Furniture Rearranging

Welcome to the 389th Metamorphosis Monday! Pssst: Did you know BNOTP is on Instagram? You'll find my latest Instagram posts here: Between Naps On The Porch Recently I shared a mini-disaster I discovered in my master bedroom. While vacuuming that room one day, I lifted up the seagrass rug and discovered it had been deteriorating underneath and the rubber latex backing had welded itself to my hardwood … [Read more...]


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Cheese For Those Of Us Who Are Lactose Intolerant

I have become quite the Trader Joe's fan. I'm always amazed how much I can buy and not go into shock at the register when it gets rung up. lol Their pricing is so much better than the chain grocery stores, at least on the items I usually buy. Today I stopped by and picked up some of my favorites, as well as a few things to take when I visit my son, dil and grandsons soon.   I love their … [Read more...]


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Some Favorites for Tablescape Thursday

Welcome to the 407th Tablescape Thursday! I had planned set a table this week but when my air conditioning went out upstairs on Sunday during the 90°+ weather we've been having, my enthusiasm for being creative went with it. I have not been sleeping well this week since I've been sleeping downstairs on the sofa and working during the day on my small travel laptop at my teeny kitchen desk, a desk I've … [Read more...]


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Restored 1912 Cottage with Beadboard Walls and Gorgeous Lake Views

As I get ready for bed this evening, this is what the thermostat in the upstairs part of my home reads. That's a huge improvement over what it was all day yesterday and today, which was 90 degrees. It cooled down a bit after it rained today. Midday on Sunday, the upstairs A/C ceased to work, it just gave up the ghost! I called my heating and air company right away and the person who answered said the … [Read more...]


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The Metamorphosis of a Limelight Hydrangea

Welcome to the 388th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Independence Day! Hope you're having a fabulous one! Thanks for sharing all your experiences in the comments on yesterday's post about my Windows 10 update nightmare and the following scam telephone call I received. I learned yesterday from two different readers that someone actually sued Windows over the damage their update caused to their computer … [Read more...]


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Today was the Closest I’ve Ever Come To Being Scammed

I'm not going to say I'm unscammable, because no one is, but I try to do everything I possibly can to avoid being hacked or scammed. I never click on links I don't recognize in emails. I have my phone number listed on the National Do Not Call list and I don't answer telephone calls from unknown numbers. I have long and complicated passwords for everything, as well as two-step verification for everything … [Read more...]


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Nautical Decor & Tablescape for a 3-Season Porch

Welcome to the 406th Tablescape Thursday! Just wanted to say, thanks so much for all your ideas and suggestions for dealing with the mess left behind on my wood flooring from the seagrass rug I was using in my master bedroom. Appreciate those so much! If you're having a similar issue, be sure and read the comments left on that post to see how others have dealt with similar problems. You'll find that … [Read more...]


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How a Seagrass Rug Ruined My Hardwood Flooring

When updating or making improvements to your home, do you ever feel sometimes like you take three steps forward, only to take two steps back. You get a few things done and start to feel like you're making some headway, while unbeknownst to you, little gremlins are at work messing something else up. I tell ya, home ownership is not for weenies! Recently, I had hardwood flooring installed in my guest room. … [Read more...]


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Tour a 1730 Historic Stone Cottage That’s Storybook Perfect

Welcome to the 387th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? I think a lot of folks must be on vacation around here because traffic has been much lighter for the last few days. Maybe they got a head start on the long 4th of July weekend that's coming up. I don't have a Before and After to share this week. If you saw my "list" in Friday's post, you'll know I've kinda been on a "Before … [Read more...]


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Add Color & Whimsy to the Garden with Colorful Planters and Sculptures

Happy Friday! Have any plans for the weekend? I hope to do something relaxing this weekend, feel like it's time to stop and smell the roses gardenias that are blooming in my yard right now. The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of activity around here. I sat down the other day and listed all the things I had gotten done since returning from the Netherlands the first week of May. Here's how that … [Read more...]


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Celebrate Independence Day With a Nautical-Themed Table Setting, Plus An Amazing Find

Welcome to the 405th Tablescape Thursday! I have to start off this week's Tablescape Thursday with an incredible find. You know this nautical, sailboat flatware you've seen me use so often in table settings?   I just found it available this morning for $26.99 for a 20-piece set!!! I know I paid way more than that when I purchased it several years ago. I think I paid $99. I've never seen it … [Read more...]


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Tour a Coastal Dream Home Designed by Historical Concepts, Palmetto Bluff

This morning I fell down a rabbit hole, a fascinating, although slightly bitter-sweet, rabbit hole. I came across this beautiful home designed by my favorite design firm, Historical Concepts. I love their designs more than words can say.   If you don't already have their book, you'll want to check it out HERE. It's wonderful! I hope they write another book one day, I'll preorder it the moment … [Read more...]


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Periwinkle Blue for a Whimsical Potting Bench

Welcome to the 386th Metamorphosis Monday! When I ordered this potting bench, I had plans to give it a few coats of marine varnish. (Potting Bench can be found here: Potting Bench.) But somewhere along the way I changed my mind and decided to have a little fun with it. I wanted to paint it, but what color? I searched online for painted potting benches and found lots of cute ones, but still didn't see a … [Read more...]


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How To Make a Tiered Planter From Terra Cotta Saucers

Yesterday for Tablescape Thursday, I shared a table setting featuring a 3-tiered planter or plant stand as the centerpiece.   Today I'm sharing detailed instructions showing how I made the planter, in case you would like to make one, too. This is one of the easiest DIY projects I've ever made and it only took about 1-1/2 hours to make. Well, maybe a little longer for the jute part, more on … [Read more...]


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Spring Table Setting with Ma Maison and a DIY Tiered Planter Centerpiece

Welcome to the 404th Tablescape Thursday. Happy springtime to you!   We're out on the porch for this week's Tablescape Thursday.   You've been seeing these butterfly napkin rings a lot lately. They seem to be my favorite choice for the tablescapes I've been creating this spring. I must be in a "green" mood right now. Maybe it's from all the gardening I've been doing. … [Read more...]


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GE Slate Appliances Showcase the Beauty & Not the Fingerprints

Stainless steel appliances have been a really popular choice for kitchens over the last few years. It's a great option for some kitchens, but it wasn't quite the look I had in mind when I completed my modest kitchen renovation a few years back.   Since there were not a lot of other choices besides stainless steel back then, I went with a white finish for all my appliances. White has worked … [Read more...]


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How To Find the Center of a Ceramic or Clay Saucer

Things are looking very purplie around here, Dahlia purple to be exact. I've finished painting the potting bench, now I just to need to assemble it. I'll start work on that this evening.   Today I've been shopping for the supplies I need for another little project, one I think you're going to really like. You would think the potting bench project was enough to having going on at one time, … [Read more...]


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A Change of Mind

Welcome to the 385th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Something very weird happened to me this weekend. I think I must have gotten a knock on the head. ;) Remember the potting bench that I ordered recently?   I had planned to give it a few good coatings of this marine varnish.   It's the same thing I used on this potting table that lives downstairs under my … [Read more...]


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Random Stuff & My Favorite Finds

I have a bunch of fun, random stuff to share, including some awesome finds, so I've put them all together in one post. This arrived today. I've used this spar varnish before and it's super durable. (I ordered it here: Spar Varnish)   I'll be using it this weekend to seal the various parts of the new potting bench I ordered recently. (Potting bench is available here: Potting … [Read more...]


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Here Comes the Sun!

Welcome to the 403rd Tablescape Thursday! Today I made a visit to Whole Foods and just outside their front door I saw these: pots of beautiful sunflowers. Each plant had 2-3 flowers already open and was covered in buds, so there should be plenty more flowers on the horizon. I couldn't resist creating this week's table around these happy flowers.   I haven't used my sunflower plates in a … [Read more...]


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How I Plant Trees and Shrubs in Georgia’s Red Clay Soil

Recently someone asked in a comment if I had written a post showing my process for planting shrubs. I was thinking about that today and remembered that I had written a post about 1-1/2 years ago that showed how I planted some Leyland Cypress trees in my back yard. I figured a refresher is never a bad idea, so hope you find this post helpful. I don't have the best luck with keeping indoor plants alive, … [Read more...]


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A Front Yard Makeover With Boxwood Shrubs, Benches & Copper-Roof Dovecote

Welcome to the 384th Metamorphosis Monday! A while back I started a big makeover for my front yard landscape. Bushes were removed and transplanted to the back yard and a Japanese Waterfall Maple was transplanted to another area of the yard. The tree is doing well in its new home, as are the shrubs that were transplanted to the backyard.   It's taken me a while to add shrubs back. I had … [Read more...]


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Hardwood Flooring for the Guest Room: A Reveal

Happy Friday! How was your day? Mine was especially wonderful because I became a grandmother for the second time! My son and dil welcomed their second son early this morning. Mom, Dad and Baby are all doing great. My son shared several videos with me today and I can't wait to hold him in my arms. No matter how old I get or how often it happens, I am always completely awed and amazed by the miracle of a … [Read more...]


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Celebrate a Special Birthday With a Beach-Themed Tablescape and Handmade Chocolates

Welcome to the 402nd Tablescape Thursday! Have you ever thrown a birthday gathering for a friend? Recently Toni put together a wonderful table to celebrate a friend's 70th milestone birthday. Toni's friend loves the beach and anything beach related so she kept that in mind as she decorated for the party. Toni said, "I decorated the dining room hutch and corner table with the remainder of my beach … [Read more...]


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A New Potting Bench & A Double-Decker Hummingbird Feeder

There's been so much happening around here lately, I thought I'd give you a little update all in one post. It's kind of a in-progress post with some hopefully helpful tips mixed in. After the new coat of marine varnish dried, the furniture was moved back out onto the screened porch. So glad to have the porch back together again.   The flooring in the guest room got its third and final coat … [Read more...]


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Should Burlap Be Removed From a Ball & Burlap Plant, Prior to Planting It?

Got a question for ya. When you're planting a balled and burlapped shrub or tree, do you remove or do anything to the burlap before planting it? If you've always wondered about that, I have the answer once and for all from one of the most respected growers out there. In the past when I've planted shrubs that were ball and burlap, I've always been told by a well-known, popular nursery with many locations … [Read more...]


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Landscaping with 4 Varieties of Boxwood Shrubs

Welcome to the 383rd Metamorphosis Monday! Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Memorial Day to  you. This weekend I've been working out front. When I last left you, I had a couple of shrubs in the ground. See them there in the back?   Today, this side looks like this. Yay for progress! So far I've planted 5 Green Beauty Boxwood, … [Read more...]


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Garden Nursery Visit

Yesterday a friend and I visited two garden nurseries in Atlanta: The Family Tree Garden Center and Grower's Outlet. I didn't buy any flowers but I came very close to purchasing some hydrangeas at Grower's Outlet. If I didn't already have a gazillion boxwood shrubs to plant (and I just bought 5 more yesterday!) I would have purchased some hydrangeas. I took a few photos while inside The Family Tree … [Read more...]


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Two New Benches for the Front Porch

A few days ago I blogged about ordering a couple of the Luciana benches from Grandinroad when they were having a good sale on their outdoor benches. (View that post here: Whimsical Garden Bench for the Front Porch)   As mentioned in that previous post, my front porch was built from this photo found in a Southern Homes magazine many years ago. This is the beautiful historic home at Gainesway … [Read more...]


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Nautical Dinnerware for Summer

Welcome to the 401st Tablescape Thursday! Since I knew I wouldn't be able to put together a table this week (the two tables I normally use are out of commission at the moment as seen HERE) I stopped into Pottery Barn to see what they had in for spring and summer.   They had their patriotic vibe in full swing! The cherry plates and the pretty blue and white swirl plates are available here: … [Read more...]


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Progress is Messy!

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


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A Beautiful Beach House That Comes With Its Own Lighthouse!

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


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

Welcome to the 382nd Metamorphosis Monday! See that chart below? Yay, for sunshine! Finally, the re-varnishing of the screened porch floor can start tomorrow. It was scheduled for almost two weeks ago, but the weather has not cooperated. Finally, we have sunny days ahead.   Boxwood Shrubs for the Front Yard Landscape While I've been awaiting sunny days, my focus has returned to the … [Read more...]


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AncestryDNA: My Surprising Results Are Back

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


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The Happiest Tablescape Ever: A Sunny Limoncello Celebration

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


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My Favorite Bags for Summer & a Fun Bag Story

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


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Shell & Sea Glass Chargers for Beach Inspired Dining

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


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

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


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On Safari: An African Safari-Themed Tablescape

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


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A Ride Up-Down Monte Solaro & An Impromptu Performance

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


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After 8 Years, It’s Time!

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


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Decorating and Dressing in Blue & White

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


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Dining for the Spoiled Rotten or Those Who Long To Be

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


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

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


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

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


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Jazz Music Design & Decor for the Jazz Fan

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


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

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


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A Canal Ride in Bruges, Belgium

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


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Ferris Wheels and Windmills, A Visit to Amsterdam and Kinderdijk

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


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Fruit Infusion Pitcher, Love This Thing!

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


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8 Table Setting Ideas for Mother’s Day

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


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Packing for The Netherlands & Going With a Go-Pro

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


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Vintage Style Bins for Napkin Ring Storage Ideas

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


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Last Minute Travel and An Amazing Deal!

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


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Antiquing at A Classy Flea

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


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Makeover a Hutch with a Nautical-Beach Theme

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


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Awesome Spring Sale From One of My Favorite Stores!

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


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Where Do I Come From Anyway?

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


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Screened Porch Updates: Welcome Spring!

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


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

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


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A Spring Table Setting for the Little Ones

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


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When Life Has Other Plans

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


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An Outdoor Space Designed for Dining and Relaxing by the Fire

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


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Granite That Looks Similar To Carrara Marble: Bianco Romano

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


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A Springtime Table with Cabbage Plates & Floral Egg Centerpiece

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


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Shopping for Bathroom Vanities: A Guest Bath Renovation

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


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

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


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A Visit to Marie’s Beautiful Home for Easter

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


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Marie’s Beautiful Spring Easter Table Setting

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


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A Faucet Installation & Some Fabulous Spring Sales

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


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Some Kitchen Updates: A Moen MotionSense Faucet and Soap Dispenser

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


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I’m Steaming! Steaming Happy, That Is!

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


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How to Clean Encrusted Mineral Deposits From Inside a Humidifier

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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A Dream Outdoor Summer House & Gardening Shed

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


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