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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

Snowman Table For Winter Dining_wm

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

Downton Abbey Highclere Castle 36

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

Dont-open-until-december-25th

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...]





In The BNOTP Library: California Cottages

California Cottages by Diane Dorrans Saeks

Yesterday we toured a wonderful California home with tons of cottage style. The book I'm sharing today is all about cottage living in California, covering mountain cottages to beach cottages and everything in between.   In the BNOTP Library: California Cottages: Interior Design, Architecture, and Style Author: Diane Dorrans Saeks Hardcover: 176 pages   3 Things I Like About … [Read more...]





Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s Romantic Palm Spring’s Home

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Home

Are you an old movie buff? Do you love a good Clark Gable or Carole Lombard movie? It's really fascinating reading about the lives of some of the old movie stars. I had no idea Clark  Gable was married 5 times! Wow! His third marriage was to Carole Lombard whom he met when they starred together in the movie, No Man Of Her Own (1932).   They married in March 1939 when he was in the midst of … [Read more...]





5 New Year’s Party Ideas

5 New Year's Party Ideas & Table Settings

Welcome to the 327th Tablescape Thursday! Please Read: Next week, Tablescape Thursday falls on Christmas Day. I won't be able to post a table setting that day, but I will put InLinkz up on Wednesday evening in case anyone has a table setting they would like to link up. So stop by and link up your table if you have the time. I'm sure there will be plenty of folks stopping by who would love to see what … [Read more...]





Tour Beautiful Westview, A Classic Greek Revival Designed For Today

Living Room with Green Sofa

Last night as I was working on this post, I kept thinking, "I know this house!" You know that feeling when you see someone in passing and you just know you've met them before. It nags and nags at you all day, until finally it dawns on where you first met. This morning as I continued working on this post, I decided to watch the video at the site where I found all the wonderful pictures I'm sharing today. … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: The Great American House

The Great American House by Gil Schafer III

Later today I'll be taking you on a tour of a beautiful "new" old house at Between Naps On The Porch. As I was working on that post last night, I kept thinking the house looked so familiar. Then I realized why; it's a home that's been featured in one of my favorite books!   In the BNOTP Library: The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now Author: Gil Schafer III Hardcover: … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Savannah Style

Savannah Style by Susan Sully

A visit to Savannah is a unique experience. It's one of my favorite places to visit for the architecture, the beautiful homes and gardens, the historic squares and for Savannah's rich and sometimes haunting history.   In the BNOTP Library: Savannah Style: Mystery and Manners Author: Susan Sully Hardcover: 208 pages   I love the title of this book, Savannah Style: Mystery and … [Read more...]





It’s All In The Details

Floppy Pillow Flange Solution

Welcome to the 307th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? Do anything fun? I finished up a bit of my Christmas shopping and was happy to get that done. So, you know how I've been working on curing my floppy-flange problem? lol That sounds really weird, doesn't it? For anyone who missed that post, I've been working on improving the appearance of the pillows for my winter bedding. I … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Martha Stewart’s Christmas

Martha Stewart's Christmas

Since we're in the Christmas season, I've been sharing a lot of my favorite Christmas-themed books. I can't let the season get by without sharing one of my favorites by Martha Stewart. I've had the paperback version for many years. Recently I noticed they have tons of the hardback version for just a penny on Amazon, so today I ordered it in hardback. I always prefer a hardback copy when I can get it, … [Read more...]





Decorating The Porch For Christmas

Porch With Christmas Lights

One of my favorite places to decorate for Christmas is the front porch. It's the first "room" friends and family see when visiting , and at Christmastime it's so much fun to make it feel extra special and inviting.   When decorating, be it inside or out, I always love a mix of fresh greenery and faux. Fresh greenery gives you the scent while faux gives you the look you want while saving you … [Read more...]





Christmas Tablescape With A Fresh Magnolia and Nandina Berry Centerpiece

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape

Welcome to the 326th Tablescape Thursday! How can it be December 11th already? Wow, this month is really flying by! I'm sharing a fun little Christmas table setting this week for Tablescape Thursday.     We're in the breakfast room since it's way too cold out for dining on the porch.   I'm still loving all things plaid so I chose tartan dishware for this week's … [Read more...]





Dreaming Of A White Christmas

All White & Cream Dinner Party

Do you sometimes wish you had 10 homes to decorate? lol Okay, not really, but every now and then I do see something that makes my heart skip a beat and has me dreaming and thinking, what if? I love color and I know I wouldn't be happy if I wasn't surrounded by it in my home, especially at Christmastime. But oh my goodness, this home is so soft and beautiful, it does have me dreaming of decorating all in … [Read more...]





Inside “A Christmas Story” Movie Museum

Mrs. Parker's Robe & Randy's Snowsuit  in A Christmas Story

This past summer while visiting family in Ohio, I took a day trip over to Cleveland to visit the home featured in the iconic Christmas move, A Christmas Story. I shared pictures of the exterior and interior over a series of posts that can all be found linked here:  A Christmas Story  Movie House Tour, Parts I-IV See the triple window there, just above the porch?   When you're standing in … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Christmas From The Heart Of The Home

Christmas From The Heart Of The Home

So excited to share a book by one of my favorite authors, Susan Branch. I think everyone has heard of Susan by now, but if not, you are in for a delight!   In the BNOTP Library: Christmas from the Heart of the Home Author: Susan Branch Hardcover: 128 pages 3 Things I Like About This Book: Jam-packed from cover to cover with lots of wonderful recipes for the Christmas holidays and … [Read more...]





A Summer House On A Christmas Home Tour

Santa in Bubble Bath

Welcome to the 306th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Go on any Christmas home tours? Did you do a little Christmas decorating? I finished decorating the front porch and I'm looking forward to sharing that soon. This weekend I attended the Marietta Pilgrimage and though pictures weren't allowed inside the homes, I have a few to share of some of the outside spaces that were transformed for … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Southern Christmas

Southern Christmas by Emyl Jenkins

Though the book I'm sharing today is filled with beautiful pictures and wonderful scenes of Christmas, it's also jam-packed with information and the history of why we decorate the way we do, all the way from Maryland down to the most southern states. If you love an old fashioned Christmas filled with tradition, you'll love this book.   In the BNOTP Library: Emyl Jenkins' Southern … [Read more...]





Giraffe Manor, A Unique Travel Adventure

Giraffe Manor, The Safari Collection

The older I get, the more I dream of doing a little traveling. Recently, a friend sent me a link to the most amazing place, a place where giraffes stop by daily for head scratches...   ...or just to say hello.   They are also more than happy to join you for breakfast, of course served on giraffe plates.   Welcome to Giraffe Manor, home to 10+ endangered … [Read more...]





The Imperial Silver & Porcelain Collection Museum in The Hofburg Palace

The Imperial Silver & Porcelain Collection Museum in The Hofburg Palace

Welcome to the 325th Tablescape Thursday! We're going to Europe this week, to Vienna, Austria thanks to Elena, who generously shared pictures from her trip there. While in Vienna, Elena had the opportunity to tour the Hofburg Imperial Palace where Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth lived during the period of the Habsburg Empire. On a visit to the palace, Elena was able to tour the museum that … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Bedrooms

Bedrooms by Chris Casson Madden

Pssst: If you would like to be notified of new "In The BNOTP Library" posts, subscribe to have updates delivered to your Inbox via the gray subscribe box at the end of this post. Often when I find a book I love, I search on Amazon to see if the author has written other books. I figure chances are if I like one book by that author, I'll probably like his/her other books, too. That was definitely the … [Read more...]





Tour Sir John Richardson’s English Country House & Garden

Art Historian, John Richardson's Desk, Connecticut Estate

Recently I stumbled across a short, little video online and I was smitten. It was an interview with Sir John Patrick Richardson, a British art historian who has written three serious tomes chronicling the life of Pablo Picasso whom he came to know very well when he moved to southern France (Provence) in 1952. At the age of 90, (WOW, 90!) he's currently working on his fourth and final Picasso biography. I'm … [Read more...]





Fruit And Nut Granola, Great For Holiday Gifts & Entertaining

Fruit and Nut Granola Recipe 04

When the holiday season rolls around each year, I'm always looking for a yummy treat to give to friends and family and the other dearhearts who give so much to me throughout the year. This year I decided to try something different, something I've never made before. I've always wanted to try my hand at making granola so when Planters offered to send me some of their nuts to try in a recipe, I was totally on … [Read more...]





Decorating With Preserved Boxwood Wreaths

Preserved Boxwood Wreaths for Christmas Decorating

Welcome to the 305th Metamorphosis Monday! My kitchen cabinets saw a little transformation this weekend. Do you ever decorate with preserved boxwood wreaths? I love fresh greenery and use it a lot at Christmastime but I love the preserved wreaths here on the glass cabinet doors in the kitchen. I've been decorating the cabinets this way ever since I saw this done on a Christmas home tour in Madison, … [Read more...]





A Cure For The Floppy Pillow Flange & Adorable Scottie Sheets

Martha Stewart Plaid Scottie Flannel Sheet

Happy Black Friday! Did you brave the crowds and go shopping today? Since I don't do crowds or traffic (avoid both like the plague) I stayed home and worked on a few things here. Anyone score any amazing deals? I have something I'm super excited to share today because it was another one of those big AH-HA moments. The more I learn about bedding, the more I realize how little I know! Do you ever feel that … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Christmas Decorations From Williamsburg

Christmas Decorations From Williamsburg by Susan Hight Rountree

My most favorite way of decorating my home for Christmas is when I'm able to use fresh greenery from the garden. I first fell in love with using fruits and greenery in decorating when I visited Colonial Williamsburg many years ago.   That was when I saw my first apple cone or apple tree centerpiece. (Tutorial for making a Colonial Williamsburg style fruit cone/tree centerpiece can be found … [Read more...]





Happy Thanksgiving!

6 Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Welcome to the 324th Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: Putting this week's tablescape up early since tomorrow will be a busy day for so many. Since I'm not hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, for this week's Tablescape Thursday I'm linking back to previous table settings I've created over the years for Thanksgiving.     Hope you enjoy and hope your Thanksgiving Day is … [Read more...]





Christmas In The Bedroom

Tartan Christmas Stocking On Bed Post

This morning I shared one of my favorite holiday books by Mary Carol Garrity, Christmas At Home. Looking through that book again put me in the mood to do a little Christmas decorating. The guest bed was warmed up and made festive with a strand of red mitten garland.   You may remember the garland from when I decorated the screened porch last Christmas. (Christmas Porch post can be viewed … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s Christmas At Home

Nell Hill's Christmas At Home by Mary Carol Garrity

Looking for a little inspiration for your holiday decorating this year? The book I'm sharing today is one I love to look through each year as the Christmas season comes around. It's filled with gorgeous vignettes, beautiful place settings and inspiration for every room in the home.   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Christmas At Home Author: Mary Carol Garrity Hardcover: 128 … [Read more...]





The Mysterious Ways Of Duvets

Maison du Linge French Bedding

Welcome to the 304th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Hope it was a great one! Mine was busy. Unfortunately, there was a lot of "spinning my wheels" kind of stuff going on but in the end it was worth it because I learned some things I know will stick with me. You may remember I've been working on a little bedding makeover for the master bedroom.   A few days after I shared … [Read more...]





A French Duvet I Couldn’t Leave Behind

Collection Duchatel Bedding by Maison du Linge  France_wm

It's been a while since we stopped by one of my favorite haunts, A Classy Flea. My timing today wasn't the greatest since they just had a huge Holiday Open House about a week ago. I didn't make it to the open house and I wasn't sure there would be anything left when I stopped in today. I found a few things to share and picked up a couple of things for myself. One of the things I purchased was a kind of … [Read more...]





In The BNOTP Library: A Nantucket Christmas

A Nantucket Christmas by Leslie Linsley

Have you ever visited Nantucket? I have not but the little bit I've heard about it has me yearning to go. I'd love to see it during the summer but today's book has me convinced it's just as wonderful at Christmastime as it is during the rest of the year.   In the BNOTP Library: A Nantucket Christmas Author: Leslie Linsley Hardcover: 108 pages Book Size: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10 3 Things I … [Read more...]





A Winter Table Setting & A $250 Giveaway From Noritake

Winter Holiday Tablescape With Noritake Cher Blanc

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





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

Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas

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





Dressing The Bed In Tartan: Ralph Lauren Inspired

Tartan Bedding, Ralph Lauren Style_wm

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





A Dream Fairytale Cottage Comes To Life

Living a Fairytale Life In A Little Cottage Home

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





Warm, Cozy Escapes

Ralph Lauren's Bedford Home

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





In The BNOTP Library: A Fairy-Tale Christmas

A Fairy-Tale Christmas by Karen Anderson

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





A Pancake Breakfast On The Porch

Breakfast Table Setting On The Porch

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





15 Awesome Ways To Make Your Christmas Festive & Beautiful

Lantern Decorated for Christmas

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