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A Switcheroo, Green vs Black

Cover for Adjustable Tilt Puzzle Board

So, my puzzle board arrived and I love it, except for one thing. Remember this picture? I loved the green background and how it looked against the warm, brown color of the wood.   I set the board up on the coffee table here in the upstairs family room for these pictures.   Notice anything different? Yup, despite the picture on the site showing it in green, it arrived in … [Read more...]









How To Preserve a Puzzle for Framing & Where to Find Knotty Pine Paneling Today

Pottery Barn Bedford Office Furniture Layout and Design Ideas

I'm taking a break from working on my table setting for tomorrow to pop in and share some info and tips as a follow up to earlier posts this week. First of all, I just wanted to say thanks so much to everyone who left a comment yesterday sharing the wonderful memories of working on puzzles with loved ones and friends. I had no idea how much power a puzzle has to bring families together. After hearing … [Read more...]









My New Addiction, Why Didn’t Someone Warn Me?!

Puzzle by Charles Wysocki Small Town Christmas

When was the last time you did a puzzle? I think I was probably 10 years old, maybe younger. Recently I shared some of the whimsical artwork of Charles Wysocki, a talented artist I just recently discovered. While visiting the online store his family maintains since his passing a few years ago, I discovered several of his paintings had been turned into puzzles. I thought to myself, "That's nice." That's … [Read more...]









How To Remove Odors From A Bag, Purse or Tote

Pendleton Red Plaid Weekender Bag

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...]









Wallpaper In The Entry Foyer: Yay or Nay?

Entry with Dutch Door and Beautiful Wallpaper

You know how every now and then you come across a room that just stops you dead in your tracks. Recently, I came across this entry/foyer and was mesmerized. So many things to love in one room starting with the fan light and sidelights surrounding door, the beautiful arched doorways,  that wonderful Dutch door, the antique door-knocker (is that a horse or a fox), the lovely brass hardware on the door itself, … [Read more...]









Creative Ideas For Repurposing Bottles and Jars

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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 Tighten Or Repair Loose Louvers On Interior Plantation Shutters

How To Stop Louvers From Sagging On Interior Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters have been a popular window treatment for many years. They offer lots of great benefits like sun control and extra insulation, which really comes in handy when the weather turns super cold like it has been lately. If you've ever shopped for plantation shutters, you probably know that they are usually made of either wood or a man-made product like vinyl or plastic, sometimes referred to … [Read more...]









How To Repair Chipped or Missing Window Glazing

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...]









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...]









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...]









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...]









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...]









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...]









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...]









How To Replace Your Old Doorbell For The Upcoming Holidays

Michale Healy Brass Pineapple Doorbell Ringer

Happy Friday! Got any special plans for the weekend? Will you be doing any DIY projects around the house or maybe decorating for the holidays? Speaking of DIY projects, about a month ago I completed a small upgrade that I'm super excited to share today. I've noticed from time-to-time over the years that my doorbell was looking pretty decrepit. I tell ya, doorbells get no respect. lol They get installed … [Read more...]









A Closet Makeover Marathon

Organiizing Closet with Wood Hangers

Welcome to the 291st Metamorphosis Monday! A couple of years ago, I opened up a big ol 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 happy … [Read more...]









It’s Here! Sign Up For The BNOTP Library Posts & Postcards From The Porch!

Postcards from the Porch

Have you noticed I haven't been sharing as many books from the BNOTP library lately? That's because I've been busy working on something with the awesome folks at Feedblitz. Love those guys! They have been helping me set up a separate subscribe method for the BNOTP library posts. Why Have A Separate Subscribe For In The BNOTP Library Posts? I know from the comments and emails I've been receiving, many … [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...]









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...]









How I Fixed The DMARC Policy Email Debacle

Mail

How has your holiday weekend been? We've had the most perfect weather here in Georgia this weekend, sunny, not too, too hot...just glorious 4th of July celebrating weather. I hope you have had the same! I wanted to give you a little update on the missing-email-saga, the one I blogged about in this previous post: Where Are My Post Updates and in this previous post: How To Whitelist An Email Address. In … [Read more...]









How To Make A Tote Bag Centerpiece

Nautical Table Setting for 4th of July

Yesterday for Tablescape Thursday, I created a fun centerpiece using a freebie nautical tote I received recently with another purchase.   Today I thought I'd share how it's created in case you have a tote or bag you would like to incorporate into a centerpiece for a table or for any other decorative purpose. Depending on the type bag you use and what you decide to tuck inside, this … [Read more...]









Choosing The Right Furniture For A Room

Yellow Dream Cottage With White Picket Fence

When I moved into my current home around 23 years ago, I knew almost nothing about decorating or furnishing a home. When first moving into a home, it can feel overwhelming and even a little intimidating trying to decide how to decorate all those empty or half-empty rooms. The room that challenged me and perhaps taught me the most about decorating was my family room. I had never bought furniture for a … [Read more...]









Pickiest Lamp Person In The World

Family Room With Judges Paneling

Welcome to the 283rd Metamorphosis Monday! I love lamps, but I guess you kind of knew that when you saw this picture of my screened-in porch. I mean, who has a porch added to the back of their home and doesn't have a single overhead light installed? In the immortal words of Jim Carrey in the movie, Liar, Liar, "It was meeeeee! " ;)   I do love lamp lighting in a room because it's gentle on … [Read more...]









Prevent Bats & Other Critters From Entering Attics With Screening

Bat Hanging in Attic Before Screening

Welcome to the 281st Metamorphosis Monday! Guess where we are? We're in the attic. Hot up here, isn't it? Well, it is June, ya know. See that brown thing over there? Know what it is? Yup! It's a bat.   About a week ago I went up to the attic to check on something and that's when I spied Mr. Bat. When I first saw him hanging there under the small gable window in my attic, I thought … [Read more...]









I Broke The Number One Rule Of Container Gardening

Hydrangea Tree Toppled Over In Storm

Welcome to the 280th Metamorphosis Monday! I never did much "container" gardening until I added on a screened-in porch.  My old deck was hotter than the hinges of...well, you know. The west sun beat down upon it every single afternoon making it impossible to sit out there. Forget sitting, you couldn't even walk barefoot out there without risking 3rd degree burns on your feet!  And then there was the … [Read more...]









Not Receiving Updates From Your Favorite Blogs? Whitelist ‘Em

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I continue to hear from readers on a daily basis saying they are still not receiving e-mails from Between Naps on the Porch and many of the other blogs to whom they have subscribed. (You can read about the recent changes that have effected e-mail delivery in this article at Aweber.) In my ongoing battle to solve this mystery, I came across something I thought might be helpful. Did you know you can … [Read more...]









Make a Hydrangea Wreath for Spring

Make a Hydrangea Wreath for Spring 2

Have you decorated your front door for the spring season, yet? Shhh, don't tell anyone but I haven't either. I love what Christy did with her front door, though! It's beautiful and I'm so glad she's here today to show us how to dress up our door for spring.   Hi, I'm Christy and I am so thrilled (seriously, ya'll) to be guest hosting at Between Naps on the Porch today! I have been following … [Read more...]









Jazzing Up a Porch For Springtime Enjoyment

Porch Freshened Up for Spring

Welcome to the 275th Metamorphosis Monday! I love, love, love how the days are getting longer. Okay, the days aren't really getting longer but you know what I mean. The daylight is staying with us more and more and I just love it! With more daylight hours for playing, it's time to get out there and spruce up our outdoor spaces and that's exactly what Mary and Dave from Front Porch Ideas and More did … [Read more...]









Where Are My Post Updates?

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Does AT&T, SBC Global And Yahoo hate Feedburner? That's a question that's been on my mind a lot lately. Recently, I've been hearing from a lot of folks saying they are no longer receiving e-mail notices letting them know when a new post is up at here at BNOTP. At first it was just a comment or two left on a post. I thought perhaps the e-mail was going into their spam file, but nope, it wasn't there … [Read more...]









The Enchanting Dutch Door

Beautiful Entry With Dutch Door

They are enchanting aren't they! Dutch doors are the best of both worlds, they keep the pets and little ones inside while letting the sunshine and fresh air flow through. I love the Zuber wall paper featuring "Scenes from North America" in this entry.  Such a beautiful foyer! Source If you live in the sunny south, this would be an early spring or late fall happening since during the warm summer months … [Read more...]









A Cure for Saggyness

Dishes Stored in Porch Hutch_wm

Welcome to the 274th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Hope it was grand! I spent much of my weekend pouring through One Man's Folly, a book I had pre-ordered and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival. I rarely pre-order a book but this one sounded like it was going to be amazing from the articles I had read online. Oh, my gosh...is it ever! Such a wonderful book! I have so enjoyed every … [Read more...]









25 Denim Bags & Purses Made From Recycled Jeans

25 Recyled Denim Jean Bags and Purse Tutorials

Welcome to the 273rd Metamorphosis Monday! For this week's Met Monday, I thought it would be fun to share 25 fab Before and Afters. These "Befores" started out as old, out-of-style or too-worn jeans and turned into shiny, new purses and bags. To get the link for a particular tutorial, just click on the title of that post and it will take you to the post where you'll find the link for the … [Read more...]









Build a Cubby Organizer, Pottery Barn Inspired

Pottery Barn Cubby Organizer Knock-off

If you've been reading Between Naps on the Porch for a while, you know I love organizing "stuff." It's ridiculous how excited I can get over finding cool ways to store those things we need and use each day. It's icing on the cake when storage is actually pretty and decorative in addition to being functional. One handsome storage solution I've been eyeing for a long time is Pottery Barn's Cubby … [Read more...]









A Workbench for the Basement

Basement Work Bench_wm

I've been hold-up in the basement for the last few days, working on a project that reminds me of the time I decided to teach myself to knit. It went something like this: Gee, I think I'd like to learn to knit. Ummm, what should I knit first? I know...gloves! Yeah, you can imagine how that turned out! Later on, an experienced knitter told me that a glove is one of the hardest things you can ever knit. … [Read more...]









Peat Pot Spring Baskets, Perfect for Easter

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Easter is only a few weeks away and I'm so excited to share a beautiful Easter craft from my friend Jane who blogs at Cottage at the Crossroads.  Here's Jane to explain just how she made these adorable Peat Pot Spring Baskets. Tutorial from Jane, Cottage at the Crossroads: Have you been noticing those pretty peat pots that people have been decorating? Well, I just had to make some, too, and I'm … [Read more...]









The Best Way to Protect & Care for Outdoor Wood Furniture

McCloskey Marine Spar Varnish

Welcome to the 267th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! This weekend I was busy adding a bit of protection to the Pottery-Barn-Inspired potting table I made recently. I'm hoping to move it up to the deck soon for spring planting and summer parties and I really don't want to see it become weathered and damaged over the years.   I've never before had to worry about protecting … [Read more...]









Dimensions and Cut List for a Pottery Barn Inspired Potting Table

Build a Potting Bench Table, Pottery Barn Abbott Inspired

Recently, I shared a tutorial for building a Pottery Barn inspired potting table that can also be used as party buffet server for an outdoor party. You'll find that post containing lots of detailed photos here: Building a Potting Bench Garden Table   I've had a few folks ask for more information about where I purchased the vintage styled wheels and dragonfly hooks, as well as additional … [Read more...]









Build a Potting Table, Great for Parties, Too!

Pottery Barn Abbott Inspired Potting Table & Buffet Server 25

Love! That perfectly describes how I felt when I saw this picture of the Abbott Potting Table online. Was it the orchids that lured me in, those wonderful old windows or was it that fabulous potting table? I've always wanted a potting bench or potting table.  Photo Source I was doubly smitten when I realized the table could also function as a serving table for parties! Awesome!  There was just one … [Read more...]









Dining in the Library: When Dining Rooms Are Libraries, Too!

Dining Room Used As A Library 01

Welcome to the 265th Metamorphosis Monday! Thank you so, so much for all the sweet words of congratulations yesterday! If being a grandmother is just half as amazing as you've described, I am in for a wonderful journey! :) I was a bit preoccupied this weekend. Truthfully, I had trouble focusing on anything. I know you understand.  So, I don't have a Before and After from here in my home to share. I … [Read more...]









Battery Organization and Storage

Battery Storage, Best Solution

Welcome to the 264th Metamorphosis Monday! I have a mini-met for this Metamorphosis Monday, something that's so simple but has me pretty charged. (Har, har...couldn't resist.) I get just as excited about the little improvements I make around here as I do the bigger ones. Do you do that, too?  This was my battery storage system--a gallon size baggy. Pretty sad, huh?   Whenever I needed a … [Read more...]









Mr. Rooster Grows a New Tail

Ceramic Rooster

Welcome to the 260th Metamorphosis Monday! So, I'm kind of late in sharing this, like a whole year late. The pictures vanished into never-never land in my computer but I came across them this weekend and thought this may be helpful if you have a ceramic something-another hanging around your home in need of repair. About a year ago I purchased a large white ceramic rooster online. Unfortunately, when … [Read more...]









Organize Charging Cables with Cable ID Labels

Pottery-Barn-Bedford-Office-Layout

Welcome to the 257th Metamorphosis Monday! My Before and Aftert today is a minor change here in the office. It's a small update but one that has made life a little easier. I love those kinds of tweaks, sometimes they can have the biggest impact. (Psst: If you're new to reading BNOTP, you can see the Before and After for the office in this previous post: Creating a Home Office)   See that … [Read more...]









If These Walls Could Talk: A Mystery Alcove

Child Craft Changing Table from 1983 12_wm

My home was built in 1982-83 and I'm the third owner. The house was 8 years old when we moved here and I think the first owners lived here around 4-5 years. The second owner from whom I bought the house, lived here around 2-3 years. I bought it in 1991, so I've been here around 22 1/2 years now. Even though the home was brand new when the first owners purchased it, they made a pretty significant … [Read more...]









Mason Jar Craft: Make a Christmas Lantern

Make a Lantern for the Holidays

I love to go on home tours at Christmastime. Years ago when I attended a tour in my home town, one home we visited had pretty lanterns hanging from hooks. They were lining the walkway to the home. I loved how it looked and have always wanted to try my hand at making some for my walkway. I finally got around to doing it this year and guess what? It's easy!  I've made two so far and I love how they turned … [Read more...]









Create a Lit Centerpiece for a Table Setting

Christmas Table Setting with Dept. 56 Lit Houses

Yesterday after sharing this table setting for Tablescape Thursday, I received a few emails and some comments from folks asking how I handled the wiring/lighting for the lit mercury-glass trees.   Another question I received was regarding the little glowing orbs. Someone asked if they were actually lit or just reflecting light from the trees.   The lighting was actually really … [Read more...]









Make Pine Cone Napkin Rings for a Nature-Themed Table Setting

Make Napkin Rings from Pine Cones

I absolutely love it when readers of Between Naps on the Porch are inspired by something they've seen here in a post. Recently, I received an e-mail from Terri who had seen something in this past fall table setting that she really liked. Can you guess what it was? I guess the title of this post sort of gave it away, huh?  Tablescape can be viewed here: Woodland or Nature-Themed Table Setting Yep, … [Read more...]









Missing Your Friends’ Facebook Posts?

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A while back Facebook made some big changes that effected us being able to see all the updates from the friends and pages we follow. Annoying, right? One day you're seeing updates from all your friends and the next day you're not. I've had several folks ask me over the last few months why they aren't getting all the post updates I share at the Between Naps on the Porch Facebook page. I knew FB had … [Read more...]









How to Paint Doors Like a Pro

New-Screened-Door-for-Screened-Porch

Welcome to the 249th Metamorphosis Monday! One of the most basic DIY jobs we face at one time or another is painting. We've all painted a room or two in our time, haven't we? Paint truly has the ability to transform a space taking it from so-so to sooo beautiful! I've never been afraid to paint walls but doors have always been a bit of a mystery for me. More than once I've painted a door to … [Read more...]









Make a Lamp from a Beautiful Vase or Figurine

Make a Lamp from a Vase 9_wm

Recently Vikki who reads BNOTP, emailed me and shared a wonderful DIY project she had just finished. Vikki came across this blue and white porcelain vase in Goodwill for just $7. Vikki said, "When I saw the vase I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it." What Vikki decided to do was make it into a beautiful lamp! Isn't it wonderful?!  It's just perfect against the blue and white toile … [Read more...]









5 Denim Projects Made with Repurposed Jeans

Creatively Sams Denim Placemat

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Thought I'd share what's been cooking over at Denim Do Over this week. Here are last week's posts, all made from repurposed denim, usually old jeans.  You'll find a link to the tutorial in the post, showing how to make each project. Don't sew? Many of the projects at Denim Do Over are no-sew projects! Do you have a denim project you would like to see featured … [Read more...]









Broomstick Place Cards for Your Halloween Tablescape

Broomstick Place Cards for Halloween Table Setting 3

Welcome to the 267th Tablescape Thursday! A couple of weeks ago I shared this picture from Country Living online. I thought it would be fun to make some of these broomstick place card holders. I didn't see a tutorial for them at CL but they looked pretty easy to make, and they are!   To make broomstick place card holders, you'll need raffia, yarn or jute thread in any color you prefer, … [Read more...]









Transform and Update a Lamp with a New Shade

Update a Lamp and Give It a New Look with a New Lamp Shade

Marty is one of the best bargain hunters I know and after reading today's post, I think I need to start visiting the thrift stores more often. There are definitely some awesome deals to be found. I'm excited to share this guest post from my friend and fellow blogger Marty, from the blog A Stroll Thru Life.  At the end of the post you'll find a link to Marty's blog where you'll find lots of inspiring … [Read more...]









Prepping a Room for Paint: It’s Easier Than You Think

Office Chair

I have always loved the almost instant makeover paint can give a room. But before the painting, there's always the part that we tend to dread--the prep work.  It reminds me of gardening, all we really want to do is plant pretty flowers, but if we don't prepare the soil first, chances are the flowers are not going to look pretty for very long. I used to be intimidated by the idea of repairing a hole or a … [Read more...]









Goodbye Mildew and Mold, Hello Shiny Clean Porch!

Fall Color for the Porch

Welcome to the 245th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I shared an update to the front porch area of my home when I added two boxwood topiaries on either side of the porch. From a distance the porch looked pretty clean in the photos. If you look closely though, you'll see grayish streaks on the columns and the molding around the door. This spring and summer has been the wettest I've ever known … [Read more...]









Denim Pumpkin: 5 Creative Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

Denim Pumpkin on Screened Porch

It's October and you know what that means! It's pumpkin time! Remember back in the day when the only kind of pumpkins you could find were orange. Now you can find them in so many different colors: blue, gray, green, even white.  And if you're really feeling creative, you can make your own. Recently, I was invited to participate in a pumpkin party with four talented Bloggers. Our only instruction was to … [Read more...]









Paint Your Porch Ceiling, Haint Blue

Haint Blue Ceiling on a House in Rome Georgia

When I added a screened porch onto the back of my home five years ago, I was very tempted to paint the ceiling haint blue. For years I had seen homes all over the south with porch ceilings painted a soft, sky blue. I ultimately decided it wouldn't work for my porch because of the gable ceiling. You  may remember this home from our tour of Isle of Hope just outside Savannah Georgia. It's sporting a … [Read more...]









The Office Layout and A Laser Printer, Scanner, Copier for Tight Spaces

Pottery Barn Bedford Office Layout

Every so often I get an e-mail from someone who is in the process of putting together an office with the Pottery Barn Bedford furniture and they ask what pieces I used to achieve the layout I have in my home office. It's always hard to answer that question in an e-mail because I had to get creative and go off the grid a bit to make it work the way I wanted. I've been meaning to write about this for ages. … [Read more...]









A Treasured Heirloom

Heirloom Rocking Chair 2

Welcome to the 239th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently True Value asked if I would share a story about an "heirloom" piece passed down through my family. Immediately, a special chair came to mind. It's an heirloom piece that played an important part in our everyday life for many years, starting when we moved into our first home, a yellow cottage in a small Alabama town where my husband was stationed on … [Read more...]









The Mystery Chair

Beautiful Bedroom

Take a look at the following five bedrooms. Notice anything they all have in common?  I'll wait while you scroll down and view each one. Source The first three bedrooms were designed by Mario Buatta. The fourth is a bedroom in the home of Designer, Bunny Williams. I'm not sure who designed the last bedroom, wish I knew. Source  Did you notice anything common to all five … [Read more...]









How To Create a Watermelon Flower-Garden Centerpiece

Centerpiece Flower Garden Carved from Watermelon

  Each summer I like to create a table setting with a carved watermelon centerpiece. I missed last year but I couldn't let this summer get away without trying a new one. They are just so much fun to do! (You'll find the table setting below here: Summer Table Setting with Carved Flower Garden Watermelon Centerpiece) Two summers ago I carved this whale centerpiece. You'll find the tutorial for … [Read more...]









Make a Lantern for Summer Parties

Make Candlelight Lanterns

Recently, I came across a photo in a poplar store catalog featuring some pretty candle lanterns.   I loved the lanterns, especially the handy rope handle, so I decided to make my own but with a few changes.   The supplies needed for this project were: a 1 1/2 pint size, wide-mouth jar and a 1/2 gallon jar (Ball canning jars work great), candles, sand, hose clamps, rope, shells, … [Read more...]









Paint Your Front Door Heritage Red or Peacock Blue

Door Painted in Benjamin Moore Peacock Blue

Recently, I had my front door freshened up with a new coat of paint.  The final coat of paint went on day before yesterday.  We ran into a little problem but finally found the solution...more on that in a sec. I stayed with my beloved, Benjamin Moore "Heritage Red."  I still love that color for a front door. Since the front door was being repainted, I decided to make a few changes.  I decided to remove … [Read more...]









Erasing the Messy Parts of Life

Decorating a Staircase with Family Photos, Mirrors and Wall Shelfs

Welcome to the 235th Metamorphosis Monday! For this MM, I have a small "Before and After," something that made me a happy girl this weekend. I'm probably the last one on earth to discover this, but I thought I'd share it today in case it's helpful for you. Do you ever get these annoying little scuff marks on your walls?  They just appear, don't they? There must be little gremlins running through the … [Read more...]









Outdoor Outlet Switcheroo and A Brown Mulch Decision

Front Porch with Red Door 2_wm

So, I have this outdoor outlet that's been bugging me. When ever I take pics of the front porch for zay blog, it always sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb. The outlet that was original to the house had quit working. When I purchased a new outlet, I thought a white outlet would be a nice change and look good with the white porch. Bad idea. I now realize I basically want the outlet to just … [Read more...]









My Fave Yellow Paint Colors: Duron Sugar Cookie and Duron Tea Biscuit

Entry with Shell Niche and Grandfather Clock

One of my fave paint colors I go to time and time again is an old, old Duron color called Sugar Cookie.  There's a little story how I first discovered this color. Many, many years ago, through a job I had at the time, I met a delightful lady who was the wife of a professional coach for a local university.  I can't remember now if he was a footfall or basketball coach.  Anyway, when I visited their home, … [Read more...]









101 Things You Can Do With Old Jeans, No.4: Upholster a Chair!

Recycle Old Jeans to Upholster a Chair

Welcome to the 233rd Metamorphosis Monday! I love blogging! I've met so many wonderful dearhearts while blogging and each one has been a blessing in my life. Recently after posting about some crafty things I made from old jeans here, here and here, I received a delightful e-mail from Carol.  Carol wrote: Susan, I follow all of your blogs and we have talked before, you make my inbox a joy to open … [Read more...]









101 Things You Can Do With Old Jeans, No.3: Denim Napkin Rings

Denim Napkin Rings Made from Old Jeans 14

Okay, I'm joking with that post title, but there probably are 101 things you could make or create with old jeans! If you're new to reading BNOTP, recently I cleaned out my closet and found three pairs of old jeans that were out of style and had magically shrunk while hanging in the closet. How DOES that happen?! Since the jeans weren't in the greatest shape, I decided to repurpose them for a fun … [Read more...]









Make a Party Banner: Pottery Barn Inspired

4th of July Patriotic Banner, Pottery Barn Inspired

Welcome to the 232nd Metamorphosis Monday! How was your 4th of July weekend? I hope it was fabulous! We had a rainy one here in Georgia. The sun came out for a few minutes but unfortunately, it didn't last long. Feedburner Hiccup: If you subscribe to receive e-mail notices when a new post is up at BNOTP, you may have received an e-mail this weekend for a 4th of July tablescape dated June 20th. I'm … [Read more...]









A New Use for Your Old Jeans

4th of July Table Setting Ideas, Recycle those old jeans

I'm trying to keep myself busy these days, it's part of the way I've been coping with Max's passing.  I've been clearing out closets and I came across these old jeans that are very much out of style and ahem, ahemmmm, a little too small.  Do you have jeans in your closet like that? A little light bulb went off, something I've been wanting to do in a tablescape for a while. I cut the back pockets off … [Read more...]









Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

Mario Buatta Beautiful Bedrooms 04

Mario Buatta, I'll marry you!  And you only have to ask once! You'll have to watch the first of the two videos at the end of this post for that statement to make sense. :) For years I have had a big, big crush on Mario Buatta. Unfortunately, it's a case of unrequited love...he has no idea. ~~~SIGH~~~  Not only is Mario Buatta amazingly talented and one of my all time favorite designers, he's very much … [Read more...]









8 Months of Procrastination Finally Ends

Solar Deck Lights

Welcome to the 224th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  This was one of those weekends where I had a long list of things I really wanted to get done but Mother Nature had other plans.  It rained "monsoon style" all day long on Saturday, but being the determined, crazy woman that I am, I dragged the tall urns from the deck onto the porch and replanted those as I had planned. … [Read more...]









Spots and Spotlights: A Live Interview with the Mid-Morning Show on WBCL

On the Air

Shaking in my boots.  Okay, it was more like shaking in my sneakers. ;) This morning I had the pleasure of being interviewed LIVE for the radio show, Spots and Spotlights, hosted by Lynne Ford and Bekah Shaffer. It was that "live" part that had me just a tad nervous but Lynne and Bekah are so wonderful, they quickly put me at ease. If you're here visiting for the first time, Welcome!  So glad you're … [Read more...]









Adobe Photoshop Tip: How to Remove Unwanted Objects from Photos

House-Before-Adobe-Spot-Healing-Brush-Tool

Welcome to the 220th Metamorphosis Monday! A while back I took you on a little tour of my home town.  It was around Christmastime and the homes were decorated for the holidays. This house has always been one of my faves.  It reminds me a little of the home in the movie, Father of the Bride.  (You can tour that movie house here: Father of the Bride Movie House Tour) When I used this picture in a … [Read more...]









Dish Storage & A Serious Case of Pantry Envy

Flatware, Napkin Rings, and Dishware Storage

Hooky Day!  This post is going up a bit late because I took a little time off today to play.  I'm blaming it all on my friend, Marie. ;)  Today we had a "girls day out."  It started with a yummy lunch at a local cafe, then we headed out to shop some of our fave haunts.  I didn't buy anything (yet) but I found a table umbrella for my seating area out on the deck that I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy. I … [Read more...]









Make a Starfish Napkin Ring: A Pottery Barn Knock-off

Starfish Napkin Ring Pottery Barn Knock-off

Welcome to the 217th Metamorphosis Monday! This week for Met Monday, I'm sharing a crafty Before and After.  I made a quick pass through Pottery Barn a few nights ago and spied some cute starfish napkin rings.  It's kind of hard to see in this pic I snagged from the PB site here, but the ring part of the napkin ring is covered in jute yarn.  I couldn't tell what the yarn was wrapped around while in the … [Read more...]









Wide Ironing Boards Make Ironing Easier

Wide Ironing Board

Welcome to the 216th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I made an upgrade most folks would probably not get too excited about, but I'm actually pretty excited!  While out shopping a couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the ironing board isle of a local home product store. Guess what I discovered?  Ironing boards come in wider sizes! Did  you know this?  I had absolutely no idea. I didn't buy an ironing … [Read more...]









Inching Toward Spring: An Update for the Porch

Shell Lamp Cottage Style

Welcome to the 215th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend?  I hope it's warmer where you are than it has been here.  I know, I know...it's still February.  I just have a bad case of either cabin fever or spring fever...I'm not sure which.  Maybe both! Postcards from the Porch Thank you so much for all the lovely e-mails and the sweet comments you've sent/left about the first mailing of the BNOTP … [Read more...]









Decorating in Blue and White

Blue and White Rooms

I don't know when I first fell in love with decorating in blue and white,  I just know I passionately love it.   We're talking, a-big-kiss-right-on-the-mouth, love it!   I think it may have started when I found this Ralph Lauren comforter set for my guest room.  I love flow blue transferware and have collected a few pieces over the years, so I guess the bedding reminded me of beautiful flow blue porcelain. … [Read more...]









Brass is Back, Baby!

Eddie Ross's Bar Arrangement as seen in Country Living

I am a lover of polished brass.  There, I said it...right out loud! I'm sure you've noticed, brass has been getting a bad rap over the last few years.  Its cousins chrome, nickel and oil-rubbed bronze have squeezed it out as the metal of favor.  Now granted, I have seen some not-so-great brass in my days, the kind that looks lifeless and dull, or worse, pitted.  But I never really understood why quality … [Read more...]









An Enchanting Blue Hour Sky

Blue Hour Photos of Victorian Home Decorated for Valentine's Day

In April 2009 I posted a "garden party" table setting out on the porch.   Do you remember this tablescape?  The flower pots are actually Oreo "Dirt" Cheesecake dessert.   The chargers  for this setting were large terracotta saucers, the type that go under terracotta pots.  The little elastic band on the garden gloves acted as napkin rings.  (You can view this garden party table setting and get the recipe … [Read more...]









Resin Candle Covers and Silk-Wrapped Bulbs for the Bedroom Chandelier

Crystal Chandelier in Master Bedroom

Welcome to the 209th Metamorphosis Monday! I have a little master bedroom update to share for this Met Monday.  You may remember, back in November I updated the candle covers on the chandelier in the dining room. The old plastic covers had gradually yellowed over the past 16+ years and were looking pretty bad.  I also replaced the regular bulbs that were so glaring on the eyes with silk-wrapped bulbs. … [Read more...]









A New Year’s Table Setting with Pottery Barn Clock Plates

New Year's Table Setting with Pottery Barn Clock Plates

Welcome to the 227th Tablescape Thursday! My friend, Bonnie, rang in the New Year with a wonderful dinner party.  Bonnie said, "The day started out on a beautiful note.... with snow!"   What a gorgeous view! Let's go inside where it's nice and warm.  The table is all ready, even the chandelier is decorated for this celebration.  And look!  It's the Blue Hour! Bonnie's dining room is so … [Read more...]









A Fabulous Gift-Wrapping and Craft Room

Gift-Wrapping Room with Martha Stewart Craft Gift-Wrap Hutch and Cabinet

Welcome to the 207th Metamorphosis Monday!   The last few weeks I've been sharing the amazing metamorphosis that happens each Christmas in the home of Governor and Marie Barnes.  It's been a joy to share their home decorated for this special holiday. This will be our last post, although I may put one together showing all the trees.  Marie decorates 16 trees and I don't think that's counting the fairyland … [Read more...]









2012 at Between Naps on the Porch: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Between Naps on the Porch

2012 was a busy, exciting, fun and sometimes nerve racking year here at BNOTP.   I thought it might be interesting to do a quick review of the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly.   If you missed one of these posts and wish to visit it, just click on the title of  the post which is a direct link to the post itself. Most Pinned Post in 2012:  Pottery Barn Inspired Garland Tutorial: Make Your … [Read more...]









Make a Wintry Snow Globe

Make a Snow Globe for the Holidays 1

I've had so much fun checking out all the "Before and Afters" linked for yesterday's Metamorphosis Monday party! Yesterday for Met Monday, I posted a garden transformation.  The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is beautifully illuminated now for their Garden Lights, Holiday Nights event.  Today's post is about another transformation, one you can make and give for Christmas or use for an upcoming dinner … [Read more...]









Don’t Throw Out Those Dead Christmas Tree Lights

How to Fix Blown Christmas Tree Lights

Welcome to the 202nd Metamorphosis Monday! Georgia is a crazy place to live, weather-wise.  If you have a convertible you're pretty much guaranteed a few days every single month, even during the wintertime, when you'll be able to throw down the top and enjoy the warm breezes. We're in one of those periods right now.  This was the scene in my kitchen yesterday.  The door to the porch was wide open and it … [Read more...]









Colonial Williamsburg Apple Tree Form: Make Your Own

a Colonial Williamsburg Lemon, Lime and Clove Studded Orange Centerpiece

Back in December 2008, just 3-4 months after I began blogging, I created this Colonial Williamsburg style centerpiece for a Christmas party I had coming up.  I also used it for our Christmas table that year.  I make this centerpiece almost every Christmas.   It has to be my all time favorite Christmas table centerpiece. Sorry about the awful photography.  The camera I was using back in 2008 couldn't … [Read more...]









Bloggers Who Became Authors

Office Library (Between Naps on the Porch)

So how's it going?  Thanksgiving preparations in full swing now?  I know you're probably racing around getting the house ready for family and cooking up a storm. Wonky Stuff:   Just a little update, if you've noticed some wonky stuff going on with zay blog the last two days, it's because my hosting company is testing some things out.  I'm a bit late in posting since I needed to stay out of the blog … [Read more...]









Transform Your Chandelier with Resin Candle Covers and Silk-Wrapped Bulbs

Wax, Resin and Plastic Candle Cover

Greetings!  How has your week been?  Are you ready for the weekend...the last weekend before Thanksgiving?  Doing any baking or cooking in advance?  Cleaning and readying the house for family?  This next week is going to be a busy one for many folks. Last week I wrote about a little "upgrade" I'm giving the chandelier in my dining room.  You can read the story of how I found/purchased this chandelier in … [Read more...]









Never Buy Place Cards for Your Tablescape Again

Make Your Own Place Cards 9

I've been working on my Thanksgiving table setting this week and I had it almost finished when I realized how much I didn't like the way the place cards I was using looked with the autumn colors in my tablescape.  The only place cards I have are some I purchased a few years ago and they are stark white. I hopped in the car and headed over to a couple of home stores thinking I might find something in more … [Read more...]