Beautiful Bluebirds Gathering Mealworms For Their Babies

Bluebird With Meal Worm

Bluebirds, love them so much! Each year they nest several times in the dovecote in my perennial garden.   I'm not sure now if it's the same pair returning or if maybe their children are coming back here to nest.   Even though a woodpecker put a big hole in the dovecote this past winter, they still nested in the dovecote once more. I started to take it down to try to repair it … [Read more...]




The Lost Dreams & Ghosts of Longwood Plantation

Longwood, Natchez Mississippi

No matter how much you hear about Longwood Plantation before you actually visit for a tour, nothing can really prepare you for what you find inside. This six-story, 30,000 square foot mansion was designed by Samuel Sloan, a well-known architect from Philadelphia for cotton baron Haller Nutt and his wife, Julia. Construction on Longwood began in 1859. It came to an abrupt halt in 1861 when word reached … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s, Rooms We Love

Nell Hill's Rooms We Love by Mary Carol Garrity

I'll be back a little later today to share a home I think you will find intriguing, fascinating and haunting. At least, that's the effect it had on me when I toured it in Natchez, Mississippi a few weeks ago. In the meantime, I'm sharing a book I purchased recently that I'm so enjoying! It's by Mary Carol Garrity so of course, you know it's going to be good! I've never been disappointed in one of her … [Read more...]




How To Repair A Large Hole In Sheetrock Or Drywall

Dressing Area in Master Bedroom

Welcome to the 285th Metamorphosis Monday! Last December I shared the story behind a mystery alcove located just outside my master bedroom doors. (That previous post can be found here: If These Walls Could Talk: A Mystery Alcove.)  I've always been glad this little alcove was here because it has been the perfect spot for a chest that was once was a changing table for my son when he was a baby. When I … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Porch Perfect

Porch Perfect by Barbara B. Buchholz

Since I have all things "porch" on the brain right now (check out this morning's post for more details) I thought it was time to share another porch book. I can never, ever have too many porch books! I look for the bargains on Amazon and my wee porch library grows each year. In the BNOTP Library: Porch Perfect Author: Barbara B. Buchholz Hardcover: 144 pages Book Size: 10.2 x 10.1 x … [Read more...]




Has To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Screened-in Porch Prepared For Painting_wm

That woman you see, the one walking around muttering and looking distracted...yeah, that's me. I know it has to get worse before it gets better but I still don't especially like it. The porch that normally looks like this...   ...currently looks like this. I just keep reminding myself, chaos is a sign progress is being made. The porch has weathered well for the past six years despite being … [Read more...]




2 Beautiful Garden Table Settings

Moss Table Setting Outdoors

Welcome to the 304th Tablescape Thursday! I've had sooo much fun reading all of your answers to the style questions yesterday. I have a whole list of books I want to check out now and for some reason I am seriously craving chocolate! I can't imagine why! ;)  I also want to visit every single place you named in your answers for question #10. If you didn't get a chance to read the comments on yesterdays … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Martha’s Entertaining

Martha's Entertaining by Martha Stewart 2

I almost forgot to share a book from my decor library this evening. Painters are coming tomorrow to get started on pressure washing the house, decks and porch, all in preparation of painting them (the porch and decks) as well as repairing some damage done to the chimney by a mischievous woodpecker. I've been outside this evening, removing string lighting and other stuff that will be in the way when work … [Read more...]




What’s Your Style? Take The Quiz!

Jackie

Recently, I came across a blog called, Nautical by Nature, written by Kate. On her "About" page, Kate has a fun style quiz. I loved reading her responses so I thought it would be fun if we took the quiz, too. I added four questions of my own about books, movies, plays, etc...  to the quiz. The questions I added have an asterisk in front of them. All the others were on the original quiz. You'll find … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Getaways by Chris Casson Madden

Getaways by Chris Casson Madden

This morning we toured the resort-like home of model and entertainer, Heidi Klum in this post: Tour Heidi Klum's Beautiful Home With To-Die-For Views & Gardens  Ummm, what book from my decor library could I possibly share to follow that dreamy paradise?  I could think of only one.   In the BNOTP Library: Getaways: Carefree Retreats for All Seasons Author: Chris Casson Madden Hardcover: … [Read more...]