Home & Decor Updates: The Good and The Not-So-Good

Welcome to the 406th Metamorphosis Monday! I have several small Before and Afters updates I've been wanting to share, so I'm grouping them all together in one post. Before we get to those, a couple of folks emailed and messaged me recently to let me know the Better Homes and Garden dishware that many of us have been collecting over the years, is back in stock again. (Thanks for that!) They have added … [Read more...]




Erma Bombeck Would Have Loved This!

Welcome to the 405th Metamorphosis Monday! Imagine you arrive home one evening an hour or so before nightfall. As you pull into your driveway, you glance over and see something rather shocking. Your next door neighbor is outside in her front yard, merrily vacuuming the lawn while grinning and laughing maniacally. Do  you: A. Smile, wave and act like everything is normal Or B. Call the … [Read more...]




Heat and Enjoy Those Outdoor Spaces Into the Fall and Winter Months

Welcome to the 404th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I shared Terry and Mark's fabulous redesign where they turned an outdoor deck into a fabulous porch with space for dining and entertaining. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Deck Makeover: A Covered Porch with Room for Dining & Entertaining. While writing that post, I noticed Terry and Mark had an outdoor heater on their porch. That … [Read more...]




Deck Makeover: A Covered Porch & Room for Dining and Entertaining

Welcome to the 403rd Metamorphosis Monday! A while back I shared a great idea Terry and her hubby Mark had come up with for their deck that would allow more time spent out doors. Sometimes the summer heat can just be too much and forces us to abandon our decks and patios and head inside. But Terry and Mark found a way around that by setting up a screened, tent-like structure on their deck . It created a … [Read more...]




Decorate Your Porch for the Autumn Season

Welcome to the 402nd Metamorphosis Monday! Linda has a beautiful 3-season porch that I've shared before here at BNOTP. It's so much fun seeing how she decorates it for the seasons and holidays. When we last visited Linda, her porch was all set for summer, decorated in a wonderful navy and white nautical theme. (See that post here: Nautical Decor & Tablescape)   With the arrival of … [Read more...]




Decorate Your Porch for Autumn & Halloween

Welcome to the 401st Metamorphosis Monday! How was your first weekend of October? When the calendar says "October" I guess there's no denying fall is here. Everything is still lush and green here in Georgia but I know that's about to change. Blog Update This weekend I had a big update come across for my blog. After the update had completed, the slider that's normally at the top of the blog was … [Read more...]




A Recycle-Upcycle Idea and a Limelight Hydrangea Update

Welcome to the 399th Metamorphosis Monday! If you follow Between Naps on the Porch on Instagram, HERE or have subscribed to Postcards from the Porch, the free BNOTP newsletter, you'll have seen this photo shared from a recent visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Currently they have a delightful Chihuly exhibit in place all throughout the garden and it's beautiful. Every corner you round reveals a … [Read more...]




Create An Autumn Porch That Will Invite Guests To Linger

Welcome to the 397th Metamorphosis Monday! Even though it's still nice and warm here in Georgia, the mornings are feeling wonderfully cool. I come downstairs each morning and throw open the doors to the screened porch and let the cool morning air fill the house. Some days are so nice now, I can leave the doors open all day.   This weekend I went ahead and hung my favorite fall wreath … [Read more...]




Case-Mate & Invisible Shield, Two Great Products

Welcome to the 394th Metamorphosis Monday! BNOTP is on Instagram! I usually post there twice per day. If you'd like to check it out and follow, you'll find BNOTP here: BNOTP on Instagram. Saving $$$ Feels So Good! Recently I learned something that ended up saving me around $65. That's a lot of $$$ to waste unnecessarily so I thought I'd share this experience with you in case it ends up saving you … [Read more...]




Taper Tipper: Easiest Way To Trim Down the Base of a Candle

Welcome to the 393rd Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I shared this summer table setting for Tablescape Thursday. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments you left on that post--appreciated those so much!   The centerpiece for that table was all about candles, lots and lots of candles. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Romantic Candlelight Dinner on the Porch)   In that post I … [Read more...]




The Intern: Jules’ Home

Welcome to the 392nd Metamorphosis Monday! Recently we took a tour of Ben's (played by Robert De Niro) brownstone home in the movie, The Intern. If you missed that tour, you'll find it here: Ben's Brownstone in the movie, The Intern.   Today we're going inside the home of the character, Jules Ostin (played by Anne Hathaway) and her husband, Matt, played by Anders Holm. The Intern featured … [Read more...]




Master Bedroom Flooring Updates & Some Furniture Rearranging

Welcome to the 389th Metamorphosis Monday! Pssst: Did you know BNOTP is on Instagram? You'll find my latest Instagram posts here: Between Naps On The Porch Recently I shared a mini-disaster I discovered in my master bedroom. While vacuuming that room one day, I lifted up the seagrass rug and discovered it had been deteriorating underneath and the rubber latex backing had welded itself to my hardwood … [Read more...]




How to Remove Deteriorated Rug’s Latex Backing Stuck on Hardwood Flooring

When updating or making improvements to your home, do you ever feel sometimes like you take three steps forward, only to take two steps back. You get a few things done and start to feel like you're making some headway, while unbeknownst to you, little gremlins are at work messing something else up. I tell ya, home ownership is not for weenies! Recently, I had hardwood flooring installed in my guest room. … [Read more...]




GE Slate Appliances Showcase the Beauty & Not the Fingerprints

Stainless steel appliances have been a really popular choice for kitchens over the last few years. It's a great option for some kitchens, but it wasn't quite the look I had in mind when I completed my modest kitchen renovation a few years back.   Since there were not a lot of other choices besides stainless steel back then, I went with a white finish for all my appliances. White has worked … [Read more...]




A Change of Mind

Welcome to the 385th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Something very weird happened to me this weekend. I think I must have gotten a knock on the head. ;) Remember the potting bench that I ordered recently?   I had planned to give it a few good coatings of this marine varnish.   It's the same thing I used on this potting table that lives downstairs under my … [Read more...]




A Front Yard Makeover With Boxwood Shrubs, Benches & Copper-Roof Dovecote

Welcome to the 384th Metamorphosis Monday! A while back I started a big makeover for my front yard landscape. Bushes were removed and transplanted to the back yard and a Japanese Waterfall Maple was transplanted to another area of the yard. The tree is doing well in its new home, as are the shrubs that were transplanted to the backyard.   It's taken me a while to add shrubs back. I had … [Read more...]




Hardwood Flooring for the Guest Room: A Reveal

Happy Friday! How was your day? Mine was especially wonderful because I became a grandmother for the second time! My son and dil welcomed their second son early this morning. Mom, Dad and Baby are all doing great. My son shared several videos with me today and I can't wait to hold him in my arms. No matter how old I get or how often it happens, I am always completely awed and amazed by the miracle of a … [Read more...]




After 8 Years, It’s Time!

Welcome to the 380th Metamorphosis Monday! It was a busy weekend around here. The porch that normally looks like this...   ...and like this...   ...looks like this today. Ruh-roh! Something's up!   The hutch that was full of dishes, now looks like this.   All the dishes are here on the breakfast table. What is going on around here?! After 8 … [Read more...]




Screened Porch Updates: Welcome Spring!

Welcome to the 376th Metamorphosis Monday! The past couple of weeks have been busy ones. With friends coming to stay for a few days, I threw it into high gear and cleaned all those places that never seem to make it to the top of the cleaning list...things like shutters and molding. During my cleaning frenzy, even though the pollen siege wasn't quite over, I wet a tissue (a la Mom) and tried to get … [Read more...]




An Outdoor Space Designed for Dining and Relaxing by the Fire

Welcome to the 375th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your well wishes on Friday. Sunday was the big turning point. I awoke on Sunday still feeling pretty rough, but about midway through the day I began feeling much better. From your comments, it sounds like there's some kind of bug going around. Thanks again for your kind words on Friday, they really helped! For this week's Met Monday, I … [Read more...]




Granite That Looks Similar To Carrara Marble: Bianco Romano

Thanks so much for all the awesome suggestions and information you left on Wednesday's post about the bathroom update/renovation I'm starting to plan. It has been so helpful! If you're thinking of updating a bathroom anytime soon, I really recommend you check out the comments on that post because there are tons of great ideas and information about what to avoid in that post. You'll find that post here: … [Read more...]




Shopping for Bathroom Vanities: A Guest Bath Renovation

I'm currently in the planning stage of a bath renovation. My bathrooms are all over 30 years old, so it's time. The bath I thought I'd start with is the upstairs hall/guest bath. The toilet has been replaced (see that post HERE) and now I'm looking at vanities. (Update: I've called this a guest bath in this post since that's how it is being used in my home now. But for future families living here, it … [Read more...]




A Visit to Marie’s Beautiful Home for Easter

Welcome to the 374th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you've had a wonderful spring weekend! I'm putting Monday's post up a bit early since I'll be away from my computer tomorrow for much of the day. Recently when I visited with my friend, Marie, I so enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful decorations she had put up for spring and Easter. Her mantel was decorated with a egg garland in the colors of spring: … [Read more...]




Burberry Scarf: Fake vs Real & How to Avoid Getting Scammed

Welcome to the 372nd Metamorphosis Monday! My metamorphosis is a bit different today. Instead of a Before and After, it's more like a Real vs Fake. Back in early February, I decided to add an iconic piece to my winter wardrobe, something I've been wanting for many years: a Burberry scarf in the classic heritage check. Since Burberry was still offering the free monogramming they had offered during the … [Read more...]




A Waterproof Wicker Outdoor Lamp For The Porch

Welcome to the 370th Metamorphosis Monday!   When I added a screened porch onto my home in 2008, I knew I wanted to light the porch at night with just lamp light, no overhead lighting. I love the ambiance lamps give to a space. Once the porch was complete, I ran around the house borrowing lamps from various rooms until I could purchase lamps that felt suited for a porch, particularly a porch with … [Read more...]




Porch Questions: Porch Season Is Almost Here

Welcome to the 369th Metamorphosis Monday! Right now the porch looks like this, minus the green leafy backdrop.   But sometimes it looks like this, only not this dark. My photography skills weren't the greatest when that photo was taken.   Summer of 2014, I took down the sheers when I had the porch freshened up with a new coat of paint. After the painting was done, I decided … [Read more...]




A Visit to the Ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Welcome to the 365th Metamorphosis Monday! Today's Before and After takes us on a trip back in time, all the way back to the 13th century. In November while "Sailing with the Scotts," I had the opportunity to visit Cozumel pictured below.   Once we docked in Cozumel, a big group of us took a ferry to the city of Playa del Carmen, Mexico.   In Playa del Carmen, it was the … [Read more...]




A Visit to Positano Italy, A Beautiful Hillside Town on the Amalfi Coast

Welcome to the 364th Metamorphosis Monday! Today's post is about the metamorphosis of a picturesque seaside village located in Italy on the Amalfi coast. Through the good and the bad it has survived, and today it's a bustling village where tourists flock from all over the world. Ever since I saw the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, I've wanted to visit Positano. I finally got my chance when I traveled to … [Read more...]




A Metamorphosis of the Animal Kind: Baby Elephants Playing and Feeding

Welcome to the 363rd Metamorphosis Monday! My metamorphosis this week is an unusual one, one of the animal kind. During my week long visit to Africa back in September for a photographic safari, on my last day there before my flight late that night, a guide took me to several fascinating places. I visited a bead factory where I didn't buy anything but was super tempted.   I toured the home … [Read more...]




The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to the 362nd Metamorphosis Monday! Happy New Year! How were your holidays? I hope you were able to spend them with those you love most. I was away for a while, visiting my son, dil and grandson. It was wonderful seeing them! Unfortunately, the trip back home was an adventure, and not in a good way. I'll share that story very soon, complete with pictures, because there are lots of lessons to be … [Read more...]




Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the 361st Metamorphosis Monday! How were your holidays? Did you have a great Christmas?  I hope it was wonderful! I'm taking off  a few days here at the end of the year to spend with family, so posting may be a bit lighter this week than normal. I don't have a Met Monday post today since I've been celebrating the holidays with family, but I'm still posting the party link-up this week in … [Read more...]




Decorate the Porch in Tartan for Christmas

Welcome to the 360th Metamorphosis Monday! Last summer I shared Linda's beautiful porch as it looks during the summer in this post: Patio Becomes a Three-Season Porch   In October I shared how it looks during the fall months: Decorate a Porch for Autumn   Linda has transformed it again for the holidays and it's a winter wonderland with lots of great accent pieces pulled … [Read more...]




A Small Change Can Have a Big Impact

Welcome to the 359th Metamorphosis Monday! Have you ever noticed how we sometimes develop blindness to something in our own home? We walk right by it every day and after a while it just blends into the landscape of our homes and we don't see it anymore. I know I've done that many times over the years. Recently I shared a picture of my porch decorated for Christmas. While working on that post and … [Read more...]




My Favorite Perfumes, A Growing Collection

Welcome to the 357th Metamorphosis Monday! Back in March 2012, I wrote a post asking what were your favorite perfumes. You'll find that previous post here: Scents: Do You Have a Favorite? The comments on that post were awesome as you shared your favorite scents. One of the perfumes recommended to me at that time was Philosophy's, Amazing Grace. I loved it and went through an entire bottle, purchasing … [Read more...]




7 Christmas Porches

Welcome to the 355th Metamorphosis Monday! Ahoy Matey! As  you read this, I'm somewhere out floating in the Caribbean, hopefully NOT in the Bermuda Triangle!!! ;)  I'm off sailing with the The Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott on their "Sailing With The Scotts, Ultimate Design Cruise." I have lots of posts ready for you this week. If I can find a Wifi connection, I'll also share some photos … [Read more...]




20 Ways To Make Your Christmas Merry & Bright

Welcome to the 354th Metamorphosis Monday! Christmas is just 45 days away and I've noticed lots of folks are Pinning and Instagramming Christmas ideas for inspiration. At the top of BNOTP, you'll find a category called, Holiday Home. Under Holiday Home, you'll find a subcategory called, Christmas. Under Christmas you'll find lots of decorating ideas, house tours, crafts, movies, recipes, tablescapes … [Read more...]




Chills in Sorrento

Welcome to the 352nd Metamorphosis Monday! While we were staying in Sorrento, on afternoons or evenings when we were out touring or were just free to explore on our own, we would often walk the short distance to a nearby market area where we could shop and dine. About a block away from our hotel, there was a bridge that had to be crossed to reach the shopping/dining areas. We merrily crossed over it … [Read more...]




Decorate a Porch or Sunroom for Autumn

Welcome to the 351st Metamorphosis Monday! Earlier this year in June, I shared Linda's beautiful 3-season porch. You may remember that this space was once a concrete pad with just a pergola overhead. Linda and her hubby transformed it into a porch they now enjoy almost all year-long.   They kept this room and the adjoining living room light and bright by using a clear, acrylic roof … [Read more...]




Refreshing The Porch For Autumn Joy

Welcome to the 350th Metamorphosis Monday! I'm super excited to share a wonderful autumn porch makeover by my friends, Mary and Dave at Front Porch Ideas and More. This makeover has lots of great ideas including no-sew pillows, a DIY table runner and an outdoor furniture makeover done on a budget. Here's Mary now to share how she and Dave, with the help of their darling granddaughter, Millie, … [Read more...]




7 Beautiful Bedroom Makeovers by Designer, Katie Rosenfeld

Welcome to the 344th Metamorphosis Monday! Every now and then I come across a designer whose work is so unique and so cleverly done, I think to myself, this is a designer I could just turn loose in my house and say, do your thing! I don't give up control easily, I'm a bit of control freak when it comes to my home, but Katie's work makes my heart sing! In an interview I read at Coastal Living, Katie … [Read more...]




Packing For An African Safari

Welcome to the 343rd Metamorphosis Monday! This isn't exactly a metamorphosis but in a way it is since it's a drastic change from how I would normally pack for vacation or a trip. I guess you can call it a luggage metamorphosis. When I travel to Africa in a few weeks, I'll be traveling via "light aircraft" on two different occasions. On the smaller planes, suitcases with pull-handles and wheels are … [Read more...]




1960’s Kitchen Gets a Dramatic Makeover

Welcome to the  341st Metamorphosis Monday! Do you ever come across a kitchen makeover that just stuns? This Cape Cod home located in Harwich Port, Massachusetts hadn't been updated in many years. It has been renovated throughout and is now available for purchase.   The entrance is really pretty and inviting with a basket of  greenery on the door. I was just thinking how I haven't had a … [Read more...]




A Sweet Bungalow Gets a Full Renovation

Welcome to the 340th Metamorphosis Monday! This morning as I was filling the birdfeeders, I could hear laughing and shouting coming from the street in front of my home. After I finished with the feeders, I went back inside and peered out the front window to see what all the excitement was about. Parents and children were gathered on the sidewalk, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a big, yellow … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Victorian Home Rises From The Ashes

Welcome to the 338th Metamorphosis Monday! In 2008, the unthinkable happened. A storm came and lightening reduced this beautiful Victorian home to charred rubble. The owners, Christy and Don, began a new, determined to rebuild their home following the design of the original house as their guide.   It took two full years to bring it back, but oh my gosh, is it wonderful!   I … [Read more...]




Frances Schultz Decorated Bee Cottage and Herself Back To Happiness

Welcome to the 337th Metamorphosis Monday! When Frances Schultz, a contributing editor for House Beautiful, purchased a little cottage in East Hampton, she knew it had great bones, but it hadn't been updated in a very long time.   Frances herself had been going through a rough patch, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, followed by her mother's passing a year later. Frances … [Read more...]




Chip and Joanna Gaines Turned a Frog Into a Handsome Prince

Welcome to the 336th Metamorphosis Monday! Do you ever watch the HGTV show, Fixer Upper starring Joanna and Chip Gaines? Whenever I watch Fixer Upper, I'm always amazed by some of the houses they take on to renovate. The foundation can be slanting, the electrical can be a mess and they dive right in! Their business, Magnolia Homes, has won several awards. Magnolia Homes is described as offering … [Read more...]




An Ordinary Patio Becomes A Beautiful Three-Season Porch

Welcome to the 335th Metamorphosis Monday! I'm so excited because I have such a treat for you today! Recently, Linda and her hubby added a three season porch to the back of their home. Linda said, "Recently, my hubby enclosed our outdoor area. Formally, this space was a raised concrete patio that had a pergola over it."   "He always hesitated to enclose it because he didn't want a roof … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Screened Porch and Deck Renovation

Welcome to the 334th Metamorphosis Monday! Shortly after Anne and her husband, Mike, moved to Birmingham, Alabama, they decided to renovate their screened-in porch and deck. The original porch and deck were smaller than what they wanted for their home. When completed, the renovation ended up doubling the size of their porch and deck!   Construction began and in the photo below you can see … [Read more...]




Vacation in Designer, Sarah Richardson’s Island Cottage

A few days ago I turned on the TV while having lunch and there was a show on HGTV I had never seen before. A woman who I thought was probably a real estate agent, was showing a young couple several fixer-upper homes that could be renovated and redesigned into the home they really wanted. As I watched, I kept thinking how much the agent looked like Designer, Sarah Richardson, but I knew it couldn't be … [Read more...]




A Secret Garden Party and You’re Invited

Welcome to the 333rd Metamorphosis Monday! When my son and daughter-in-law moved into their home a couple of years ago, they inherited a beautiful backyard. The older couple who previously lived there were avid gardeners and they had created a secluded paradise that was the talk of the neighborhood. The cares of the day vanished the moment you entered this lovely garden.   Nancy and Chip's … [Read more...]




A Screened Porch Haven for Warm Summer Days

Welcome to the 332nd Metamorphosis Monday! Suzy who blogs at Worthing Court , moved last summer into a home built in the mid-90's. It was in need of some updating so gradually she's been renovating it room-by-room. One of the rooms Suzy couldn't wait to makeover was her screened-in porch. Initially, it was a  mixture of miscellaneous outdoor furniture that Suzy had left over from her previous … [Read more...]




The Best Camera For Travel: Sony Cyber-shot RX100

Welcome to the 331st Metamorphosis Monday! Whenever you plan a trip, especially if it's your first time traveling to another country, it's inevitable that you're going to need to buy a few things. Fortunately, my shopping list is pretty short. The main items I need before heading off to Italy in the fall are: Secure travel purse √ Comfortable walking shoes that aren't sneakers (I've been told by … [Read more...]




Classic Design Doesn’t Equal Stuffy or Staid

One of my favorite designers is Jackie Higgins with Beach Glass Designs. Anyone who says traditional, classic design is old school, stuffy and boring, hasn't seen her work! Today I'm sharing three bedrooms she designed and they all clearly prove that classic design can feel fresh, energetic and gorgeous! Bedroom #1 I'm starting off with my favorite. I'm not normally a big chevron fan but I love the … [Read more...]




Replace Your Deck With a Fabulous Screened Porch

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...]




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

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...]




Fast & Easy Juicing For The Lazy Cook

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...]




Transplanting a 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...]




Froggy Fountain Repair and Makeover

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...]




A “Puzzling” Before and After

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...]




Expand The Size Of A Small Home By Raising the Roof

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...]




How To Remove Odors From A Bag, Purse or Tote

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...]




The Porch Hutch Gets a Makeover For Spring and 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...]




Creative Ideas For Repurposing Bottles and Jars

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...]




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...]




DIY Burlap Bunny-Ear Napkin Rings For Your Spring Table

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...]




Corral Those Charging Cables With A Charging Valet

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...]




Tour The Martha’s Vineyard HGTV Dream Home, 2015

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...]




Beautiful Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation

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...]




Finally, A Beach House To Rival The “Something’s Gotta Give” Beach Home

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...]




It’s All In The Details

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...]




A Summer House On A Christmas Home Tour

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...]




A Cure For The Floppy Pillow Flange & Adorable Scottie Sheets

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...]




Dressing The Bed In Tartan: Ralph Lauren Inspired

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

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...]




Decorate Your Mantel For Fall and Thanksgiving

Welcome to the 302nd Metamorphosis Monday! This weekend I decided it was time to give the living room mantel a little makeover for fall and Thanksgiving. This can be a fun room to spruce up for autumn because the warms tones in the judges paneling and the jewel tone colors of the fabrics always make a great backdrop for fall decorating.   Normally the mantel has a few books and … [Read more...]




The Power of the Pillow

Well, I think I've made a final decision about my bedding. I should know very soon but I'm 99% sure I'm going with the bedding I shared from Williams-Sonoma Home in yesterday's post. So what has moved me further along in that direction?   This little tartan pillow is to blame. A few days after I ordered the bedding, I revisited the WS website to gawk at it again. In the midst of my gawking, I … [Read more...]




Create a Winter Retreat With Tartan Bedding

So, apparently landscaping the front yard wasn't a big enough project to take on this fall. Somehow I've also embarked on a little makeover in the master bedroom. Here's how my bedroom has looked for the last 10 years. I still love this bedding but I've always dreamed of having both a "winter" look and a "summer" look for my bedroom. These colors are great for spring and summer but they have always … [Read more...]




They Only Look Like Ornaments…

Welcome to the 301st Metamorphosis Monday! Pssst...come over here a second, I want to show you something. We're in the Christmas section of Wal-mart...what do you see? Looks like ornaments, right?   I'm seeing something else. Those antlers, the ones in a circle shape there on the top row...   To me, those look like great napkin rings...   ...for a Christmas … [Read more...]




Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis Bungalow Makeover

Welcome to the 300th Metamorphosis Monday! Wow, 300 Met Mondays...where have the weeks and years gone! Oh second thought, let's not think about that, too scary! lol Do you ever watch the show, Rehab Addict on HGTV? I don't catch the show as often as I would like but I always love seeing the latest old home Nicole Curtis, the star of the show, is saving from demolition. Nicole has a big soft spot in … [Read more...]




Gardening Challenges And A Wacky Idea That Just May Work

Welcome to the 299th Metamorphosis Monday! I have something kinda wacky to share this week. You'll either think it's the most brilliant thing you've ever heard or you'll think it's completely NUTS...pun intended! But before I share my wacky plan, here's what I've been up to...planting Double Mint Gardenias. So far I've had two planting sessions and I still don't have all five of them in, but I'm making … [Read more...]




Leyland Cypress Trees Offer Screening And Privacy

Welcome to the 298th Metamorphosis Monday! Shortly after moving into my home 22+ years ago, we planted a lot of Leyland Cypress trees on either side of our home to provide screening and privacy from the houses on either side. One side of my porch and deck is very private, the other side is kind of close to my neighbor's home. I like my neighbors but there are times when it would be nice to have more … [Read more...]




A Spooky Halloween Hutch

Welcome to the 296th Metamorphosis Monday! Did you have a good weekend? I spent mine getting a few things done here around the house. I also played a little out on the porch, changing the hutch from its summertime look to something fun and just a tad spooky!   Postcards From The Porch Before I share the hutch update, I wanted to say a big thank you to all the lovely folks who took time to … [Read more...]




A Screened Porch Addition For A New England Home

Welcome to the 295th Metamorphosis Monday! When Lori and Bob built their home in 1993, they added a nice, large 14 x 24 foot deck on the back. After moving in they found they never really used the deck because the back of their home faces west and the deck always stayed way too hot to really enjoy. I had the same problem with the deck on my home being way too hot, even though the back of my home faces … [Read more...]




Backyard Makeover: Convert A Pond To A Backyard Oasis

Welcome to the 294th Metamorphosis Monday! In 1999 Liz who blogs at Infuse With Liz and on her garden blog, Sit With Me In My Garden, added a pond to her backyard. The pond eventually grew into a much larger scale project that included a creek with extensive plantings. Liz and her hubby, Dan enjoyed the pond for many years but in spring of 2009 they decided they were ready for a change. The pond, … [Read more...]




Concrete Walkway Transformed With Beautiful Cobble-Stone Pavers

Welcome to the 293rd Metamorphosis Monday! Have you ever thought about making over your front walkway? Often, our walkway is the very first impression visitors have of our home since it's one of first things they see upon arriving. We want our walkway and entrance to always feel inviting and welcoming since it guides our friends and family right up to the front door of our home. Carolyn who reads … [Read more...]




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

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...]




A Closet Makeover Marathon

Welcome to the 291st Metamorphosis Monday! A couple of years ago, I opened up a big ole fat can of worms. Have you ever purchased something because it was a great price or maybe it was on sale, then before you knew it, it ended up costing you a lot more than you had planned? I'm not sure if the project I'm sharing today is one you would want to undertake or if it's more of a cautionary tale. ;) I am … [Read more...]




Beautiful Restoration Of A Southampton Cottage

Recently, I came across a historic Southampton cottage that's been through a full restoration. I love how they kept a nice mix of warm, cozy spaces while creating plenty of bright/airy rooms, as well.  This home really shows it doesn't have to be one way or the other.   Notice the eyebrow arched window there on the front. That's the master bedroom and wait until you see … [Read more...]




Electrical Cord Covers Hide Metal Swing Chains

Welcome to the 290th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Hope it was relaxing and fun! I had some friends over for a little cookout on the porch and we had great time together. Speaking of the porch, recently I had it freshened up with a new coat of paint. It had been over 6 years since it was last painted. After the porch was painted, I noticed the covers on the swing were looking pretty … [Read more...]




Overcoming Winter Kill And My Own Personal Version Of Crop Circles

Welcome to the 289th Metamorphosis Monday! So, remember when that awful ice storm hit Georgia this past winter and paralyzed all of metro Atlanta? It was in the news for days since so many folks were stranded on the interstates and roads, unable to get home for several days.   That ice storm did this to my "just-sodded-last-summer" front yard. I shared these pics on the blog in May of this … [Read more...]