3 Easter Spring Table Settings

Easter Table Setting with Camellia & Daffodil Centerpiece

Welcome to the 292nd Tablescape Thursday! I don't have a new tablescape to share this week so I'm sharing a few pics from three previous Easter/Spring tablescapes. Click on the title of any tablescape below to view that table setting in detail. Easter Bunny's Magic Egg-hiding Compass Ever wonder how the Easter Bunny decides where to hide his eggs?  Now you know!  :)   Easter … [Read more...]

A Surprise Visitor!

Pileated Woodpecker eating suet

I'm back! I had hoped to get this post up this morning but it took a lot longer to go through all my photos than I ever anticipated. I've saved the best part for the end, a surprise visitor, so no peeking ahead!  :) With spring here, my backyard feeders have been going gangbusters. I always have a lot of birds visiting but it's busier than ever. It can be tricky photographing birds because if there's one … [Read more...]

In the BNOTP Library: Decorating With China & Glass

Decorating With China & Glass by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

I'm doing it backwards today. My post for today is taking a lot longer than I thought it would (took too many photos) so instead of posting a book from the BNOTP library at the end of the day, I'll go ahead and share it now. Today's book is for the china and dishware lovers...raising my hand! :) In the BNOTP Library: Decorating with China and Glass Author: Caroline Clifton-Mogg Hardcover: 192 … [Read more...]

In the BNOTP Library: Waterside Cottages

Waterside Cottages by Barbara Jacksier

With warm temperatures finally arriving and summer on its way, it's time for a summer cottage book. If you saw my Monday post, you know I've got beach fever these days big time.   In the BNOTP Library: Waterside Cottages Author: Barbara Jacksier Published: Gibbs Smith, August 2009 Hardcover: 160 pages Book size: 10.5 x 8.1 x 0.8   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Kitchens Through the Years

1970 Kitchen by Merillat

I was looking at some photos recently online showing an original 1940's kitchen. It had been built and installed in 1946 in a home in Adrian, Michigan by Orville Merillat and his wife, Ruth. They built it all by hand since they hadn't started their cabinet making business yet. The Merillats eventually started the Merillat Woodworking Company and it went on to become the biggest cabinet-maker in … [Read more...]

The Summer Porch: Beach Cottage Decor

Beach Hutch

Welcome to the 272nd Metamorphosis Monday! It's been beautiful here so I've been playing out on the porch. This is how the hutch normally looks during the spring and summer months. I usually have a variety of white pitchers displayed along the top and my fave porch dishware, Tabletops Unlimited. Ma Maison by Dario Farrucci, displayed on the shelves.   I get a lot of comments and e-mails … [Read more...]

In the BNOTP Library: Hunt Country Style

Hunt Country by Kathryn Masson

I've so been looking forward to sharing this book with you but I almost changed my mind when I saw the price it's now going for on Amazon. I purchased my copy back on May 18th, 2008 for $34.65. I figured by now it would be less since it's been out a while, but it appears to have gone the other direction. Since I do love it, I'm going to share it anyway so you can add it to your "Wish List" if it looks … [Read more...]

Modern Family, Sofia Vergara’s Beverly Hills Home

Modern Family, Sofia Vergara's Beverly Hill's Home

Do you ever watch the ABC show, Modern Family? I've never seen a whole show, just caught a few minutes here and there. I'm familiar with Sofia Vergara, one of the main characters in the show, from having seen her in interviews and commercials.  She's very pretty and has a great sense of humor. Sofia just purchased a new home for $10.6 millon in Beverly Hills.  It has 7 bedrooms and 9 baths, that's a lot … [Read more...]

In the BNOTP Library: Antiques For The Table

Antiques For The Table

Someone asked me in a comment a while back how I kept up with which books I've already purchased, so as to avoid accidentally buying the same one again. Most of the time I know immediately if a book I come across is one I already have, but over the years it is easy to forget and occasionally buy one you already own. When I very first fell in love with buying new and used books on Amazon (after realizing … [Read more...]

A Little “Behind the Scenes” of Running a Blog


This  has been a busy week. I don't often talk about the mechanics or the behind-the-scenes stuff of running a blog but there's almost always something going on. Each day brings plugin updates, MySQL updates, theme updates...there's always something going on to interrupt or sideline what I had planned to work on. If you were trying to access BNOTP late last night around 11:30 and you saw an error page, … [Read more...]