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

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...]

Fabulous Books and A Birthday Celebration!

Bridal Shower Table Setting with Copeland Spode Tower and Red Velvet Cupcakes 09

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 have! If you like your decorating … [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...]

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...]

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

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...]

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

Easy-Fall-Door-Decoration with Sunflowers and Indian corn

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

Antlers above Chest

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...]