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Replace Your Deck With a Fabulous Screened Porch

Screened Porch Addition Replaces Older Deck

Welcome to the 330th Metamorphosis Monday! Have a deck that you rarely use? Maybe it gets the "way-too-hot" west sun like mine did. Or, perhaps when you head outside, blood-thirsty mosquitoes move in and do their best to turn you into their personal buffet. This past March Cindy decided to replace her deck (shown below) with a fabulous screened-in porch.   Cindy said, "Our porch was … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Paula Deen’s Savannah Style

Paula Deen's Savannah Style by Paula Deen

Recently we took a tour of Paula Deen's home in Savannah. I mentioned in that post, that though I like Paula's current home a lot, I really loved the home she previously lived in. I had seen photos of that home in Paula's magazine many years ago. Also, Paula wrote a book in 2010 and when it arrived, I was happy to see she did include lots of pictures from her own home in addition to tours of several … [Read more...]





Nautical Tablescape with Shell Chargers and Fish Flatware

Nautical Table Dining on Screened Porch

Welcome to the 348th Tablescape Thursday! It's sunny and gorgeous out today, how about a beach trip?   This week's tablescape was inspired by flatware I purchased this past January. Do I hear "Jaws" music? Ummm...     Small lanterns at each place setting echo the larger candlelit lantern in the centerpiece. I wish I had thought to add a little white sand in the … [Read more...]





Tour Paula Deen’s Savannah Riverside Home, River Bend

Paula Deen's Living Room, Savannah River Home

Paula Deen is moving. y'all! She's put her beautiful Savannah river home, Riverbend, on the market, saying she's craving a simpler way of life when she's at home. Her home is located alongside the Wilmington River and if you're ever in Savannah and want to catch a glimpse of it, the address is 818 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, Georgia. I'm not sure if it's visible from the road since the listing … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Decorating Porches and Decks

Decorating Porches and Decks by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott

The book I'm sharing from my library today is one I purchased back in January 2008. That was during the time construction was underway for my screened porch. I was buying just about every "porch" book I could find during those days, looking for ideas and inspiration as I decorated my porch addition.   In the BNOTP Library: Decorating Porches And Decks: Stylish Projects for the Outdoor … [Read more...]





A Screened Porch Addition For Dining, Relaxing & Enjoying The Garden

Screened Porch Addition for Home

A few years ago Susan and Mark decided to add a screened-in porch onto the back of their Pennsylvania home. Susan said, "We are empty nesters, aside from having four cats. About two years ago I decided that it would be nice to have a screened in porch. We could sit on the porch and enjoy our yard, as my husband loves to garden. He plants flowers, herbs, and some vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and … [Read more...]





Take a Peek Inside My Travelon Travel Purse

Secure Purse Bag for Travel

Welcome to the 329th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? I was supposed to clean out the garage but instead I spent part of the weekend doing this. The addiction continues. ;) With summer almost here and dreams of travel always on my mind, I'm loving travel puzzles these days.   This one will look like this once completed, well except the blue shop is also visible in the puzzle. I … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Classic Design Styles

Classic Design Style by Henrietta Spencer-Churchill

When I discovered all the wonderful books written by the English designer, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, elder daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, I was hooked. I have several of her books (7 at last counting) and love them all! Her books never feel dated and are always relevant since the subject is always centered around classic, timeless design. If you love English design, you'll love this … [Read more...]





Tour Downton Abbey’s Byfleet Manor, The Grand Home of Lady Violet Crawley

Downton Abbey, Byfleet Manor, Home of Dowager Lady Violet

Are you a fan of the British drama, Downton Abbey? Though I don't watch it as much as I did in the early days, I was sad to hear the 6th season will be its last. I guess they want to go out while they are still on top. One of the characters we'll all miss is the sassy Dowager Countess, Lady Violet Crawley, played by Maggie Smith. Just as the show is approaching its last season, the Byfleet Manor, the … [Read more...]





Delphinium & Bunnies For Spring

Spring or Easter Tablescape on Screened Porch

Welcome to the 347th Tablescape Thursday! Today I'm sharing a tablescape I had hoped to share back around Easter but couldn't quite get it ready in time. It actually works great for spring or summer, too.   I kept the centerpiece simple with bunnies and a big pot of Delphinium.   I love Delphinium but whenever I've planted them in my garden, they never come back the next … [Read more...]





Tour A Historic Savannah Row House On Beautiful Monterey Square

Historic Savannah Row House For Sale 16

The exterior of this wonderful historic row house in Savannah reminded me a little of Carrie's apartment in Sex and the City.   I think it's the steps that had me thinking of Sex and the City, well that and the door. But wait until you see the inside!   So elegant and beautiful!   Just look at that newel post! I love a beautiful newel post. I was once told on a … [Read more...]





One Of My Favorite Homes Is No More

Captain's House, River Dunes on Grace Harbor

One of my favorite houses is this wonderful home that was once located on North Carolina's Inner Banks (River Dunes) in Oriental, North Carolina. It was designed by Historical Concepts, an Atlanta Architecture and Design firm, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Coastal Living magazine.   Historical Concepts was inspired by nineteenth century coastal design and envisioned a home that could … [Read more...]





A Stylish Anti-Theft, RFID Secure, Crossbody Bag For Travel

Travelon Anti-Theft RFID Crossbody Bag

Welcome to the 328th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently on Instagram, I shared a picture of a puzzle I was putting together. (You can follow BNOTP on Instagram here: BNOTP on Instagram) I wondered if anyone would be able to recognize it, in its half-finished state. They did! Can you tell what it is? If you guessed Cinque Terre in Italy, you're right! Cinque Terre means "The Five … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Bringing Tuscany Home

Bringing Tuscany Home by Frances Mayes

With all things "Tuscany" on the brain these days, I have just the book to share. Author, Frances Mayes has written some great books over the years. One even inspired a movie, remember Under the Tuscan Sun? After seeing the movie and loving it, I purchased that book, as well as two of her other books, In Tuscany and Bella Tuscany. I loved them all. They aren't action-packed page turners but they are … [Read more...]





Look Out Italy, Here I Come!

Amalfi Coast, Italy

About a month ago I asked for your thoughts and advice on the many questions I had regarding taking a vacation overseas. Today I've been reading back through all your comments again, taking lots and lots of notes. You left so many great suggestions and advice on that post and I appreciate those so much! If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Wanderlust I've taken the next big step and I've … [Read more...]





Spring Tablescape With Williams Sonoma Damask Bunny

Easter Spring Table With Williams Sonoma Damask Bunny Plates 13

Welcome to the 346th Tablescape Thursday! Elena put together the most adorable table for Easter this year. Though perfect for Easter, this tablescape would be great anytime during the spring and summer months. In her email, Elena said, "It all started with Williams Sonoma blue damask bunny plates that absolutely stole my heart."   Elena added, "I loved the bunny plates so much that I … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Novel Interiors

Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

I'm obsessed with any book that takes two of my favorite loves (interior design and literature) and manages to merge them together in a wonderful and enchanting way. Novel Interiors subtitle says it all: Living In Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature.   In the BNOTP Library: Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature Author: Lisa Borgnes … [Read more...]





Flip or Flop Hosts, Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s Miracle Makeovers

Flip or Flop on HGTV

Do you ever watch the HGTV show, Flip or Flop starring Christina and Tarek El Moussa? I was shocked to read recently about Tarek's harrowing experience with thyroid cancer. Apparently he had noticed a lump on his throat, but when he asked his doctor about it on two different occasions, the doctor told him it wasn't anything to worry about.   Amazingly, a savvy fan of the show who is a … [Read more...]





Cozy Lake House With A Fabulous Screened Porch

Lake Cottage With Screened Porch

Remember this beautiful beach home we toured recently? As dreamy, light-hearted and ethereal as it is, I have discovered its equal in the "cozy" department.   Located in North Carolina on the shores of Lake Toxaway, this home is everything a lake cottage should be. The interior design was done by Kathryn Long of Ambiance Interiors and it reminded me a little of the work of the late designer, … [Read more...]





Goodbye Winter Bedding, Hello Spring!

Summer Bedding

Welcome to the 327th Metamorphosis Monday! This has been one of the coolest springs I remember having in a long time. I'm not complaining, it's been wonderful, but the chilly nights have had me holding onto my winter bedding a little longer than I had planned.   If you were reading BNOTP this past winter, you'll remember I purchased tartan bedding to use during the fall and winter months. … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Flea Market Decorating

Flea Market Decorating

After our trip to A Classy Flea on Friday, I knew just the book to share from my decor library!   In the BNOTP Library: Flea Market Decorating: Creating Style with Vintage Finds (Better Homes & Gardens) Author: Vicki Ingham Love rummaging through a thrift store of flea market in search of an undiscovered treasure? This book offers great ideas for seeing those flea market finds in … [Read more...]





Antiquing at A Classy Flea

Antique Oak Chamber Pot Chair Planter

It's been a long time since we went antiquing at A Classy Flea.  Just inside the front door I spotted this painted chest. This would be cute in so many places. I could see it in hallway, a bathroom, a bedroom or on a porch. Of course, you could use it in a dining room but I love using pieces like this is unexpected spots. $249   I was tempted by this book, tons of beautiful pictures inside! … [Read more...]





Patriotic Table Setting For Memorial Day & 4th of July

Patriotic Dishware

Welcome to the 345th Tablescape Thursday! One of my favorite tablescapes for summertime dining on the porch is one celebrating our patriotic holidays. Over the next few months we have three coming up: Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June and Independence Day in July. Time to break out the red, white and blue!   It was a beautiful day as I played out on the porch. Love seeing the trees … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Designers In Residence

Designers In Residence by Claire Whitcomb

Some of my favorite decor books are those that take us into the private homes of designers. The book I'm featuring today takes us into the home of 18 designers, including names like Nina Campbell, Rachel Ashwell and Charlotte Moss.   In the BNOTP Library: Designers in Residence: The Personal Style of Top Women Decorators and Designers Author: Claire Whitcomb   3 Things I Like … [Read more...]





A Dreamy Seaside Cottage

Dreamy Cottage Bedroom

Oh, I have the most wonderful cottage to share with you today! It's a dream cottage in every sense of the word. The interiors were designed by Donna Elle and the colors and fabrics she used are so beautiful! I was so excited to see that you can actually purchase some of the fabrics, rugs, pillows and accessories she uses at her website. How often do we oooh and ahhh over a gorgeous home but struggle to get … [Read more...]





Buying Tiffany & Co. Jewelry On Ebay: Buyer Beware!

The Tiffany Blue Box

Do you own any Tiffany & Co. jewelry? Tiffany & Co., founded in 1837, is such an iconic company. Just the name sets a woman's heart aflutter. Then there's that infamous and much-loved Tiffany-blue box. The color is also known as robin's-egg and forget-me-not blue, per the Tiffany website. I've never owned any Tiffany jewelry but I became more interested in learning about Tiffany & Co. … [Read more...]





Fast & Easy Juicing For The Lazy Cook

Easy Green Juice Recipe

Welcome to the 326th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! I'm  sharing an edible "Before and After" for this Met Monday. I love to eat but don't necessarily enjoy cooking unless it's for a party or a gathering of friends or family, then I do look forward to cooking. But if it's just me, I'm more prone to grab a handful of nuts or eat a piece of salmon and call it a meal. Recently … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Creating A New Old House

Creating a New Old House by Russell Versaci

Old homes have so much character and charm. Unfortunately, they also require a lot of repairs and updating to make them comfortable for every day living. The book I'm featuring from my Decor library today offers an alternative for those of us who love old homes but not so much the expense of maintaining them.   In the BNOTP Library: Creating a New Old House: Yesterday's Character for Today's … [Read more...]





No Matter Where It Finds You

Take time to smell the roses 1_wm

On Monday evening I drove into Atlanta to visit a store inside Phipps Plaza.   I purposely drove in late to avoid the end-of-day, going home traffic. I finished my shopping just before the store closed at 8:00 PM.   As I was leaving, something caught my eye.   We get a finite number of sunsets in our lifetime. So much beauty and it's completely free. Stop and … [Read more...]





Spring Table Setting For Children

Lamb Chair Back Decorations for Easter

Welcome to the 344th Tablescape Thursday! Yesterday I put together a fun table that I'll be sharing with you very soon. In the meantime, I'm excited to share the adorable table my friend, Marie, created for her grandchildren to enjoy during their visits this spring and for Easter. Do you see the cute cupcakes down the center of the table? Marie found those at Pier 1. Have you ever seen Bunny crackers? … [Read more...]





Nantucket Beach Home Decorated to Perfection

Blue Lanterns in Blue and White Kitchen

How about a beach trip? Let's pack up the suitcases, load up the car and head for Nantucket on this gorgeous spring day! You know you're going to love how a beach home is decorated inside when the decor has been done by a designer whose company is named Beach Glass Designs...love that name! Jackie, the designer behind Beach Glass Designs created the interior design for this Nantucket home … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Equestrian Style

Equestrian Style by Vicky Moon

I've never ridden a horse, although I think they're beautiful, and I would starve to death if I had to hunt for my food, but there's just something about the whole equestrian and hunt lifestyle in design, decor and clothing that I find so appealing and intriguing.   In the BNOTP Library: Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant Author: Vicky … [Read more...]





Tour Blaine Trump’s Greek Revival Millbrook Home

Blaine Trump's Greek Revival Millbrook Estate Linley House

I'm always on the look out for truly special homes to share with you. This 1860, Civil War era, Greek Revival home in Millbrook, New York made the cut. Though the exterior is grand, the rest of the home is cozy and beautiful. I will eat my hat (my imaginary hat since I'm not wearing one) if Mario Buatta didn't have a hand in designing the Master bedroom. If he didn't design it, he surely must have been the … [Read more...]





Transplanting a Waterfall Japanese Maple

Waterfall Japanese Maple

Welcome to the 325th Metamorphosis Monday! My Before and After this Monday involves this Waterfall Japanese Maple. It's a success story with a disturbing twist. I planted the maple here about 15+ years ago when it was very, very small. It turned out to be a bad spot for it because it grew much more quickly than I expected and soon overshadowed the shrubs, which had to be removed. When I was having … [Read more...]





Chaos and Fighting Over Lilly Pulitzer Clothing

Lilly for Target

Okay, how was my Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch experience? Mine can be summed up in 3 words: There wasn't one. :/ I awoke this morning and visited the Target website only to find every single item I would have been interested in, was already sold out. Ummm, wasn't today the first day of the launch? I knew it was going to be a big hit, but I had hoped it might last at least for a … [Read more...]





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

Life As We Know It real house in Atlanta Georgia

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





Hopping Into Spring

Easter Spring Luncheon Table Setting 1

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





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

How To Save or Frame a Puzzle Without Using Glue

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





In The BNOTP Library: 118 Books and Counting

BNOTP Library Logo for Posts

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





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

Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage for Sale 01

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





Make A Banner For Spring Decorating: A Tutorial

Spring Banner Decoration

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





An Urban Coop Tour, Plus Other Assorted Cute Critters

Speckled Sussex Chicken

Do you ever go on home or garden tours? I absolutely love them! Recently I was searching online and I stumbled across a tour that I never even knew existed, though it's been going on in the metro Atlanta area for seven years. I emailed a friend to see if she wanted to go. This was not your average home/garden tour so I wasn't sure if she would be game...no pun intended. ;) She emailed back a quick, "Yes!" … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s Stylish Weddings

Stylish Weddings by Mary Carol Garrity

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





Celebrate Spring With a Floral & Bunny Table Setting

Spring or Easter Themed Table Setting

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





This Gave Me Goosebumps! 1956 Time Capsule GE Kitchen

Never Used 1956 Kitchen With GE Appliances 06

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





Tour Lauren Bacall’s Manhattan Home in The Dakota

Lauren Bacall's Drawing Room Manhattan Home

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





Froggy Fountain Repair and Makeover

Frog Fountain on Deck_wm

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





In The BNOTP Library: Pleasures of the Porch

Pleasures of the Porch by Daria Price Bowman

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





Decorate Outdoors For Easter

Bunny Pushing a Cart of Easter Eggs

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





Spring Easter Table Setting & An Easter Spring Tree

Easter Spring Tablescape

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





In The BNOTP Library: On The Porch

On The Porch by James M. Crisp

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





Wanderlust

Plane (2)

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





A Trip to the South of France

La Madone, Provence

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





A “Puzzling” Before and After

Puzzle Board

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





A Switcheroo, Green vs Black

Cover for Adjustable Tilt Puzzle Board

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





In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Set Table

The Well-Set Table by Ryan Gainey

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





A Spring Table Setting with the Easter Bunny

Easter Table Setting Spring Tablescape

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





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

Pottery Barn Bedford Office Furniture Layout and Design Ideas

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





In The BNOTP Library: Roses For The Scented Room

Roses for the Scented Room by Barbara Milo Ohrbach

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





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

Puzzle by Charles Wysocki Small Town Christmas

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





Expand The Size Of A Small Home By Raising the Roof

Kitchen Renovation with White Cabinets and Dark Green Marble

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





Beach Home on Tybee Island With A Fabulous Screened Porch

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...]