Tour Laura Plantation, A Creole Plantation in Vacherie Louisiana

Laura Plantation, Vacherie Louisiana

Today I'm taking you inside Laura Plantation, another one of the many plantation homes I toured with my friend Linda on our trip to the New Orleans area back in May of this year. Laura is a Creole plantation located on River Road in Vacherie, Louisiana. It is midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I've heard the word Creole many times over the years but I never knew exactly what it meant. Per the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Linens For Every Room And Occasion

Linens For Every Room And Occasion

Do you love beautiful linens? Does your heart beat a little faster when you run your hand across an embroidered tablecloth or a monogrammed pillow, marveling at the artistry and love that went into creating it? Do you sometimes wish you knew more about how to use those special linens you've inherited or purchased? Or, do you just enjoy beautiful interior design, lovely table settings and the art of fine … [Read more...]




Dapper-Dressed Animals Gather: Whimsical Tablescape

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Welcome to the 312th Tablescape Thursday! My table setting this week did its best to become an autumn table setting. At one point it was sporting a centerpiece of fall leaves and sparkly, brown pine cones. I'm just not quite ready to succumb to fall. So I took the leaves away and decided to go with something lighter, something that hints of fall but still has one foot firmly planted in these last warm … [Read more...]




Tour Designer Carolyn Westbrook’s Home, The Oaks

Carolyn Westbrook's, The Oaks Plantation Home (1)

Have you ever been looking at homes online and suddenly thought, "I know that home!" That happened to me recently when I came across Designer, Carolyn Westbrook's plantation home, The Oaks. I recognized several of the rooms from having seen them in one of her books, Carolyn Westbrook Home. After living there for many years, I guess she is ready for a change because her home is now on the market and … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Books Make A Home

Books Make A Home by Damian Thompson

You know you love books when you find yourself buying books about books. :) I have quite a few books on the subject of collecting, storing and decorating with books and they are some of my absolute faves in my decor library.   In the BNOTP Library: Books Make a Home Author: Damian Thompson Hardcover: 160 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: If I could only choose one … [Read more...]




A Whimsical Oceanside Cottage With A Colorful Personality

Whimsical Oceanside Cottage

How was your Labor Day weekend? Hope you did something fun and relaxing! A while back I came across the cutest cottage in Edgartown, Massachusetts. I don't think I've ever met a cottage I didn't love and this one has tons of personality and charm! I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover but the colorful flowers spilling out of these window boxes is a very good omen of what awaits … [Read more...]




Stain Your Deck With An Oil-Based Stain For Longer-Lasting Protection

How To Stain A Deck With Oil-Based Stain

Welcome to the 292nd Metamorphosis Monday! Every few years I have my house, porches and decks professionally pressure-washed. Once that's completed, it's usually time to reapply a protective coat of stain to the floor of the decks. This year I decided to try something different. In the past I've always used a water-based stain and I haven't been too happy with how well it has held up, or I should say, … [Read more...]




Tour A Historic Waterfront Lodge on Lake Placid

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It's a conspiracy, I'm convinced. I really am doing my best to just enjoy these last warm days of summer. After all, this is how the weather in Georgia looks during the month of September. Fall doesn't even really think about arriving here for another month.   But try as I may, I keep stumbling across beautiful scenes like this and I'm suddenly thinking of autumn. Doesn't this room just lure … [Read more...]




A Little Fall & Christmas Preview

Fall Autumn Table Setting

Welcome to the 311th Tablescape Thursday! I was working on a table to share this week, but the new screens arrived for the porch and by the time they were done installing them, it was too late in the day to finish the table and take photos. So I'll share it next week. In the meantime, I snapped a few pics when I was last in Pottery Barn. I always love to stop in to just see what they are doing for the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree Home

Charles Faudree Home

After touring a wonderful home decorated in the beautiful warmth and style of French Country design, I knew the perfect book to share from my decor library.   In the BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree Home Author: Charles Faudree Hardcover: 224 pages Book Size: 12.1 x 10.4 x 0.9   I cherish all the books I own by Designer and Philanthropist, Charles Faudree since he just passed … [Read more...]