How To Make A Tote Bag Centerpiece

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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

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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...]




Make a Hydrangea Wreath for Spring

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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...]




The Enchanting Dutch Door

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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...]




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

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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...]




Make a Lamp from a Beautiful Vase or Figurine

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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...]




Fabulous Books and A Birthday Celebration!

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It's Here! Mario Buatta Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration arrived and it's big and beautiful!  It's 1 and 3/4 inches thick, over a foot tall, 9 3/4 inches wide and 432 pages long!   It's filled from cover to cover with big beautiful pictures of Mario Buatta's stunning work over the past 50 years.   If you're a Mario Buatta fan, this book is a must … [Read more...]




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

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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...]




The Mystery Chair

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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...]




Erasing the Messy Parts of Life

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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...]




Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

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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...]




Decorating in Blue and White

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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!

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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...]




New Uses for Discarded or Recycled Windows

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A few years ago I stumbled across some old windows in one of my fave antiquing haunts.  They were only $2 each so I bought several thinking one day I might make one of these.  Come a bit closer and check it out.   Isn't it adorable?  Let's peek inside.   Love!   I didn't buy it since I don't have a great place where I can display it.  Plus, it was over $300!   Probably worth it though … [Read more...]




A Fall Door Arrangement You Can Make in 5 Minutes (or less)

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Look what's leaning against the wall of the screened in porch. It's going to replace this wooden screened door.  I don't think the underneath part of the wood door was ever painted.  Over the years when it has gotten wet, it would periodically swell up a bit and stick on the floor as the door was opened.  I guess it eventually rotted or it must have gotten caught on the floor and broke away from the … [Read more...]




Decorating with Deer Heads and Antlers, Real and Whimsical

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This was the picture that really got me going on antlers, this time around.   I've always loved seeing shed antlers used in wreaths and in other decorative ways and I've always had a passion for brown transferware.  Phoebe Howard combined them for this wall and wow, I loved it the minute I saw it!   I wish I could ask Phoebe Howard what inspired her to create this--what made her think to combine them.  Do … [Read more...]




Buffalo Check Curtains for the Office

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Welcome to the 174th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings!  Hope your weekend was great!  I'm really excited about a change I made recently here in the office.  Did you guess what it was from the hint I left a few days ago? Not long after I moved into this house twenty+ years ago, I purchased plantation shutters for all the windows.  In hindsight, that was one of the best purchases I've ever made for my … [Read more...]




Seashell Crafts for Your Nautical Beach House Decor

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I'm convinced seashells are just about the most fun, least expensive decorating accessory you'll ever find for the summer house. Recently, I was shopping in Marshalls and came across this glass container for just $5.99.  I loved the natural woven design surrounding it, especially its nice, aged "drift-wood" look. I had some inexpensive shells from Big Lots ($3) and decided to embellish it just a bit. … [Read more...]




Christmas Porch with Triple Wreaths

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Welcome to the 151st Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Holidays!  Hope your weekend has been grand!  I've been busy finishing the last bit of Christmas decorating for the front porch.  Come a bit closer and check it out.   I usually use pine garland around the door for Christmas, but last year I had to buy enough to go around the door twice because it was sort of skimpy looking.  So this year I … [Read more...]




Litter Box Solutions

Recently, a reader e-mailed to ask a question no one had ever asked me before. The question was, how did I handle/cope with having a litter box in the house? What a great question! Back In The Day: When we bought this house 20 years ago, one of the things I liked most was it had a basement with an unfinished section, perfect for hiding the litter box. My last house didn't have a basement and we spent a … [Read more...]




Repairing Damaged Walls from Wallpaper Removal

While we continue enjoying all the wonderful links for yesterday's Met Monday, I thought I would share some of the progress I made in the office, today. In case you are new to BNOTP, for the last couple of months I've been converting my son's old bedroom into a home office. You can see the Before HERE and HERE. I covered everything up. I put "you-know-who" on the screened-in porch so he wouldn't … [Read more...]




Best Wallpaper Remover

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Welcome to the 111th Metamorphosis Monday! Guess what this is. It's the last of the wallpaper! Can I get an Amen from Blogland?!   The evil wallpaper is GONE, GONE, GONE!   Thanks to this stuff...Safe and Simple. You'll find their website HERE and in case you're wondering, I'm not being compensated in any way for recommending this product.  I'm just sharing the good … [Read more...]




The Best Wallpaper Remover, Ever!

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Life just got better... ...because of this. Safe and Simple is the best wallpaper remover, ever. Hands down! This is the stuff professional wallpaper removers use and they use it because it actually works! Why it isn't in every Home Depot and Lowe's in the world, I do not know. So, while Mr. Max does this... I'm doing this...   Several folks have asked for the web address … [Read more...]




Removing Wallpaper with Wagner

Welcome to the 106th Metamorphosis Monday! Meet my new best friend, Wagner. He's a little finicky but for the most part he and I are getting along okay. He tends to drool a little and runs out of water sooner than he is supposed to...but that's okay. He gives me an excuse to take a little break every half hour. With Wagner, I can pull off strips of wallpaper this size... And sometimes, this … [Read more...]




Pottery Barn Inspired Garland Tutorial-Make Your Own!

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For Metamorphosis Monday, I shared this wonderful photo from a Pottery Barn Catalog and a little info about how I was inspired to re-create a similar look for my front porch for less than half the price of the PB Garland. As promised, I'm back today with a tutorial on everything you need to know to make this ornament-covered garland for your home. Before we get started, let me torture you with a … [Read more...]




Hiding Ugly Swing Chains

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Welcome to the 67th Metamorphosis Monday! Metamorphosis Monday: I don't have anything dramatic to share this week for Met Monday, but I thought I would show you some of the spring fluffing I've been doing out on the porch. A couple of weeks ago, I took the swing chain covers off the swing, tossed them into the hand wash basket of my ancient GE washing machine, poured in a smidgen of bleach and gave … [Read more...]




Burlap and Organza Tableskirt

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Welcome to the 52nd Metamorphosis Monday! Okay, I'm cheating a tad for this Met Monday. I have my "Before" pic to show you in my bedroom and an "After" pic from another home to show you what I'm thinking about doing.  This is a round table that's currently between two windows in my bedroom. Eventually, I hope to place chairs on either side, but that's another story for another day. Notice the … [Read more...]




Build a Mantel

Welcome to the 41st Metamorphosis Monday! What would you do if you didn't like your mantel...just felt it was too plain and not large enough? Well, that's how Pinky and Joe felt about their mantel. Originally, the fireplace didn't have a mantel at all, so Joe added a very simple shelf to create a mantel that Pinky could decorate at Christmas time. Recently, they decided it was time to give it more … [Read more...]




Painting a Basket

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Welcome to the 30th Metamorphosis Monday! I have an exciting bit of news to share...did you know that on August 18th, Between Naps on the Porch will be celebrating it's 1 year Blogoversary?! Not sure if you've noticed the little count-down Blogoversary clock that's been posted on my side bar for the past month...but it tells me there are only 9 days left to the official day! To show my appreciation … [Read more...]




A Decorating Quiz: What’s Your Style?

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If you've been reading BNOTP for very long, you probably know I have a little decorating book addiction. A while back I ordered a book on eBay and just to be nice, the seller threw in an extra book for free. The extra book she included was Decorating Rich...subtitled...How to Achieve a Monied Look Without Spending a Fortune, by Teri Seidman and Sherry Suib Cohen. That subtitle grabs your attention, doesn't … [Read more...]




Design a Room You Love

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Welcome to the 27th Metamorphosis Monday! My Metamorphosis Monday post is a little different this week. I don't have an exciting metamorphosis to share; instead, I thought I'd share some ideas or tips I've learned decorating my own home over these many years. These "lessons learned" are responsible for the changes that were made to the rooms in my home, so in some ways this post is indeed all about … [Read more...]




How to Make a Lamp from a Treasured Collectible

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Welcome to the 24th Metamorphosis Monday!  You may remember the Metamorphosis Monday post several months ago where I posted about a sweet doggie I found while out antiquing. When I found him, I thought he would be the perfect size to... ...have made into a lamp. I'd been shopping for a small lamp to go on this table in my family room for some time. The room has a bit of a hunt/canine theme, so I knew … [Read more...]




Make a Lamp from Something You Love

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Welcome to the 11th Metamorphosis Monday! Several years ago I was out antiquing and I came across this cute doggie. Ummm, the wheels started turning, and I thought he just might be the perfect size to... ...have made into a lamp. I'd been shopping for a small lamp to go on this table in my family room for some time. The room had/has a bit of a hunt/canine theme going on, so this little guy fit … [Read more...]




Plantation Shutters: Versatile Window Treatment

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My favorite, favorite window treatment has to be the plantation shutter. Don't get me wrong, I love other types of window treatments, too. I love the way drapes soften a room and would love to one day add gorgeous silk taffeta drapes to my dining room. But I'd still want plantation shutters underneath those drapes. Why do I love shutters so much? Well, there are a lot of reasons, one being their … [Read more...]




A Trip in my Time Machine: Here we come, 1921!

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Remember these from my Bonus Room posting a few days ago? They are bound copies of old newspapers from the Macon Telegraph and News, the local newspaper in Macon, Georgia. My sister, Glenda, saved them from being destroyed when they were being discarded. I turned them into an end table for the bonus room. :-) Thought I'd share some of the advertisements and articles that were published in some of … [Read more...]