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Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s Romantic Palm Spring’s Home

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Home

Are you an old movie buff? Do you love a good Clark Gable or Carole Lombard movie? It's really fascinating reading about the lives of some of the old movie stars. I had no idea Clark  Gable was married 5 times! Wow! His third marriage was to Carole Lombard whom he met when they starred together in the movie, No Man Of Her Own (1932).   They married in March 1939 when he was in the midst of … [Read more...]




Tour Beautiful Westview, A Classic Greek Revival Designed For Today

Living Room with Green Sofa

Last night as I was working on this post, I kept thinking, "I know this house!" You know that feeling when you see someone in passing and you just know you've met them before. It nags and nags at you all day, until finally it dawns on where you first met. This morning as I continued working on this post, I decided to watch the video at the site where I found all the wonderful pictures I'm sharing today. … [Read more...]




Giraffe Manor, A Unique Travel Adventure

Giraffe Manor, The Safari Collection

The older I get, the more I dream of doing a little traveling. Recently, a friend sent me a link to the most amazing place, a place where giraffes stop by daily for head scratches...   ...or just to say hello.   They are also more than happy to join you for breakfast, of course served on giraffe plates.   Welcome to Giraffe Manor, home to 10+ endangered … [Read more...]




Tour Sir John Richardson’s English Country House & Garden

Art Historian, John Richardson's Desk, Connecticut Estate

Recently I stumbled across a short, little video online and I was smitten. It was an interview with Sir John Patrick Richardson, a British art historian who has written three serious tomes chronicling the life of Pablo Picasso whom he came to know very well when he moved to southern France (Provence) in 1952. At the age of 90, (WOW, 90!) he's currently working on his fourth and final Picasso biography. I'm … [Read more...]




A Dream Fairytale Cottage Comes To Life

Living a Fairytale Life In A Little Cottage Home

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...]




Tour A Real Sears, Roebuck and Co. Mail-Order Craftsman Home

Sears and Roebuck Modern Craftsman Home 02

It's the year 1930 and Ethel is sitting at the kitchen table of her best friend, Lucy. It's their morning ritual, they always start their day visiting over a steaming cup of Lucy's amazing coffee while feasting on a big plate of Ethel's homemade biscuits. This morning is different, though. Ethel has some news, some really big news! This news is so big she's thinking if she doesn't get it out right now, … [Read more...]




Tour A Real Storybook Cottage

Fairytale Storybook Cottage 02

So, you know how we sometimes talk about how we would love to live in a "storybook" house...a cottage so wonderful you would think it came right out of a fairytale? Well, now you can! Someone has built a real, live storybook home and we're going inside today to see it in all its adorable whimsy.   A view of the outside and you already know this house is special. Look at that roofline! I'm … [Read more...]




The Way Neighborhoods Used To Be

Yellow Victoria Home

This past weekend I took a little trip to visit family in Ohio. I always feel at home when I'm there because the older neighborhoods are very similar to those you would find driving through any of the older cities and towns in Georgia. The homes are anything but cookie-cutter. As I drove down the streets oohing and ahhhing over the architecture and beauty of the older homes, I wondered how we ever … [Read more...]




Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis Bungalow Makeover

Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis Bungalow Makeover After

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...]




Classic, Traditional Design…Greenwich Style

Decorating in Greenwich Style

When you're standing in the grocery store or book store, flipping through all the latest decor/design magazines, do you sometimes wonder where they're hiding all the homes decorated in classic, traditional style? Shhh, don't tell anyone but just between you and me, I think I may know. They are hoarding them all up in Greenwich, Connecticut! They must be because I've discovered some real gems there in recent … [Read more...]




Tour Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott’s Real Home

Property Brother's Drew and Jonathan's Personal Home in Las Vegas

Whenever I'm working in the kitchen and turn the TV on to watch HGTV, I'm always glad when the show, Property Brothers, is on. Each show always features a great house transformation but it's the stars of the show, Drew and Jonathan who really make the show a success. They have great personalities and they play off each other so well in the show. You can tell they are great friends as well as … [Read more...]




Tour Nottoway Plantation, South’s Largest Remaining Antebellum Mansion

Nottoway Plantation in White Castle Louisiana 42

Pssst: Postcards From The Porch, the BNOTP newsletter will be going out tomorrow. If you aren't currently subscribed, you can subscribe HERE (it's free) or via the subscribe box at the end of this post. Touring Nottoway Plantation Back in May of this year, I spent an entire week in Louisiana and Mississippi touring 13+ plantation homes. I've never taken a whole week for the sole purpose of touring … [Read more...]




Tour Tommy Dorsey’s Beautiful “Tall Oaks” Home

Tony Dorsey's Home In New Jersey

The current owners of bandleader Tommy Dorsey's home, fell in love with Tall Oaks the first time they saw it. They completed a careful and loving restoration of this magnificent home in 2000, being careful to maintain the look and feel of the era during which the home was built. This is a home that envelops you in a big ol bear hug. It exudes warmth and coziness which is truly amazing since the rooms are … [Read more...]




Christie Brinkley’s Dreamy Beach Home in Parrot Cay

Christie Brinkley's Beach House Paradise

Summer may be over but I can never resist touring an exotic beach home especially when it's located in an island paradise. Christie Brinkley, a well-known model who is actually a very savvy business woman, is selling her beach home named Lucky House. Lucky House is a dream island home located in Parrot Cay on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Even the location sounds exotic, doesn't it?   Shhh, I … [Read more...]




Real Storybook Cottage Reminiscent Of Rosehill Cottage In Movie “The Holiday”

Fairytale Cottage For Sale, Fig Tree Cottage 19

When you picture a "storybook cottage" what comes to mind? Do you envision a darling cottage with a high-pitched roof and gingerbread-house gables? Is there a white picket out front, covered in beautiful roses? As you open the gate on that white picket fence, do you pass underneath an adorable arbor and down a meandering path past a fragrant cottage garden?   Welcome to Fig Tree Cottage, a … [Read more...]




The Colorful Home Of Annie Potts From Designing Women

Annie Potts Spanish Hacienda-Style Home In Tarzana, Los Angeles, California

Annie Potts, does that name ring a bell? It sounded so familiar to me when a friend sent a link to her adorable Spanish Hacienda-Style home located in Tarzana, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. The home is currently on the market for $6.459 million dollars. In case your memory is a little fuzzy like mine was, Annie got her first big break as the hilarious receptionist … [Read more...]




Beach Cottage Overflowing With Charm

Beach Cottage in Florida

Historical Concepts, an Atlanta Architecture and Design firm, designs homes that have the look and feel of an older or historic home but all their homes have the modern conveniences we need and love. You may remember when I shared their wonderful book in this previous post: Coming Home by James Lowell Strickland. I recently came across this absolutely adorable beach cottage in Florida that's one of their … [Read more...]




Build A New Home With Old World Charm

Old Point Neighborhood in Beaufort, South Carolina

When I hear the name Beaufort South Carolina, I immediately think of beautiful old homes, romance and southern charm. Beaufort, pronounced bew-fert, is the second-oldest city in South Carolina; Charleston holds the distinction of being the oldest.   The home we're touring today on Lady's Island, a lovely sea island located in Beaufort County, is a wonderful example of how homes built today … [Read more...]




Tour Laura Plantation, A Creole Plantation in Vacherie Louisiana

Laura Plantation, Vacherie Louisiana

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




Tour Designer Carolyn Westbrook’s Home, The Oaks

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

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




A Whimsical Oceanside Cottage With A Colorful Personality

Whimsical Oceanside Cottage

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




Tour A Historic Waterfront Lodge on Lake Placid

Lodge Interior Design, Cozy & Inviting 13

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




A French Country Cottage With A Dream Kitchen

Antique Hutche Makes a Great Bar

Oh, do I have a wonderful home for you today! It had me dreaming of the darling cottages we so often see in Carmel. It also reminded me of the adorable cottage in the movie, The Holiday. This home is decorated in French Country style and exudes charm at every turn! You're also going to come away with some wonderful ideas for your Christmas decorating since the photos were taken around Christmastime. … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Coming Home

Coming Home by James Lowell Strickland

For as long as I can remember, I've said to anyone who would listen, I'd love to live in an old house one day. I love the architecture and sometimes quirky personalities of older homes. I especially love their anything-but-cookie-cutter design. One friend used to always say to me, "Don't buy an old home, build one!" She would remind me if I built a new-old house, I could get all the features I wanted and … [Read more...]




Beautiful Restoration Of A Southampton Cottage

Southampton Cottage Restoration Designed by Grosvenor Atterbury 10

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...]




Tour The Studio Apartment Where Frances Parkinson Keyes Wrote Her Novels

Antique Dollhouse in Frances Parkinson Keyes Studio

Yesterday we toured the Beauregard-Keyes home, the home American author Frances Parkinson Keyes purchased and restored with the help of architect, Sam Wilson. (To see a full tour of this home, check out yesterday's post here: Tour The Beauregard-Keyes Home )   During the restoration process, Mrs. Keyes lived in a little studio apartment on the property behind the home.   I was … [Read more...]




Tour The Beauregard Keyes House & Garden, New Orleans Louisiana

Beauregard Keyes Home, Louisiana

Back in May I traveled to New Orleans where I met up with my friend, Linda and we had the most amazing week touring some of the beautiful old historic homes in Louisiana and Mississippi. One of the homes we toured was the Beauregard-Keys home located at 1113 Chartres Street in New Orleans. The Beauregard-Keys home was built in 1826 by architect Francois Correjolles for Joseph Le Carpentier, a wealthy … [Read more...]




Take A Tour Of Kenny Rogers’ Atlanta Mansion

Kenny Roger's Home For Sale in Atlanta 01

It's November 15, 1989 and I'm standing in a movie theater in Atlanta with my husband. We are young, just barely in our 30's and though we've been to the movies together many times over the years, this is the first time we've ever munched on popcorn and sipped sodas while dressed in formal attire. I'm wearing a just-below-the-knee, black velvet dress with puffy, pink and burgundy sequined sleeves. Around … [Read more...]




Tour the Beautiful 2014 Southern Living Idea House in Bluffton, South Carolina

2014 Southern Living Idea House-Palmetto-South Carolina

Did you try to access BNOTP today and found yourself staring at a blank page? I awoke this morning, sat down to create a post and discovered that was not going to happen. Apparently Comcast was experiencing some kind of major routing/networking issues and it effected many sites nationwide. My host, Liquid Web, was effected by the outage and from what I read online, the outage impacted several network … [Read more...]




A Christmas Story Movie House, Part IV: The Upstairs

Ralphie and Randy's Bed Room in A Christmas Story Movie, Cleveland Ohio

We're headed upstairs today, touring all the rooms upstairs in the home featured in the movie, A Christmas Story, including Ralphie and Randy's bedroom and the bathroom where one of the funniest scenes in the movie took place. During my visit to Cleveland, Ohio to tour the home, I also visited the A Christmas Story Museum, as well as the gift shop across the street. The pictures I took inside those two … [Read more...]




A Christmas Story House, Part III: The Living Room

A Christmas Story Lamp, A Major Award

Welcome to the 288th Metamorphosis Monday! Bob Clark, the Director and a co-writer of the movie, A Christmas Story, had trouble finding funding for this now iconic Christmas movie when he first set out to make it. He had an extensive history of making horror films so none of the production companies felt comfortable funding him in the making of a comedy/family oriented movie. His next movie was Porky's … [Read more...]




Beautiful Ford Plantation Estate & Cottage With Lakeside Views

Paneled Library & Study

It's funny how we humans behave when something changes in our lives. I feel a bit like a petulant child this week as I catch myself sulking about not having access to my main computer with all my files and pictures, not to mention use of the double monitors I've come to count on so heavily. Guess what I've discovered? I can survive and I can adapt! It has thrown my pace off a bit, suddenly having to work … [Read more...]




Inside The Kitchen of “A Christmas Story” Movie House

Kitchen in A Christmas Story Movie House

Welcome to the 306th Tablescape Thursday! A visit to the 19th-century Victorian home used in all the exterior scenes of the movie, A Christmas Story, is an interactive one. As we stepped inside the front door for the tour, our guide immediately invited us to have a seat in the living room. Whaaat? That's not something you normally get to do while touring a home! I knew right then this wasn't going to be … [Read more...]




Tour A Christmas Story Movie House: The House & Neighborhood

A Christmas Story Movie House, W. 11th Street, Cleveland Ohio_wm

Recently I took a trip to Ohio to visit family and while there I decided to do something I've been wanting to do for ages. I hopped in the car one morning and struck out for Cleveland to tour the home featured in the movie, A Christmas Story.   This wonderful old Victorian home located at 3159 W. 11th Street in Cleveland Ohio, was used for all the exterior shots of the … [Read more...]




Where Am I?

Under the sink

I'm traveling today, headed back home. I can't wait to share pictures of where I've been the last few days. This photo is a big hint! Can you guess? :) … [Read more...]




Rosedown Plantation: In The Butler’s Pantry

Butler's Pantry in Rosedown Plantation, Louisiana

Welcome to the 305th Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: My content area is wider now here at the blog... so horizontal photos are going to look a lot bigger/better. Yipee!  But, I have a question for you about the size of the vertical pictures. You'll find that question part way down in the post. Please leave a comment answering the question regarding the size of the vertical pics you'll see in this post. Let … [Read more...]




The Lost Dreams & Ghosts of Longwood Plantation

Longwood, Natchez Mississippi

No matter how much you hear about Longwood Plantation before you actually visit for a tour, nothing can really prepare you for what you find inside. This six-story, 30,000 square foot mansion was designed by Samuel Sloan, a well-known architect from Philadelphia for cotton baron Haller Nutt and his wife, Julia. Construction on Longwood began in 1859. It came to an abrupt halt in 1861 when word reached … [Read more...]




Tour Heidi Klum’s Beautiful Home With To-Die-For Views & Gardens

Heidi Klum's CA Home for Sale

Heidi Klum, the beautiful model and a current host of the TV show, America's Got Talent, is selling her home in Brentwood Estates. Brentwood Estates is located near Los Angeles in California. I was astounded by the beauty of the property, it truly is a paradise!   The gardens surrounding the home are just gorgeous!   The entry seems a little plain but I'm sure they stripped … [Read more...]




Island Living, Without The Island

Coastal Home in Greenwich

Imagine living on your own private island. Imagine living on your own private island but without any of the hassles that come with that lifestyle, namely trying to go to and from your home quickly and easily. That's what came to mind when I saw this beautiful coastal home perched on its own little peninsula off the Old Greenwich coastline.   It must feel a lot like being on your own … [Read more...]




Greenwich Home Built In The Style of A Grand European Manor Home

Khakum Woods 1929 Estate

After touring actor/producer/director Ron Howard's beautiful Greenwich estate a few days ago, I came across another home in Greenwich that was too amazing to not share. This home is located in an area of Greenwich known as Khakum Wood and it has the look and feel of a beautiful European manor home. If you're curious where Khakum Wood is, here's a little map I found at the Greenwich Historical Society's … [Read more...]




Ron Howard’s Greenwich Connecticut, Conyers Farms Home: Take The Tour!

Ron Howard's Conyers Farm, Greenwich, CT 14

What if you could go inside and tour the Greenwich Connecticut home, Conyers Farms, where the famous actor, film director and producer, Ron Howard (remember Opie from The Andy Griffith Show) has lived with his family for the past 20 years? Would you say "heck yay!" and take that tour? Well, you are in luck because his beautiful home is available now for sale and we get to go inside! Spoiler: It does not … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Home Sweet Home: A Journey Through Mary’s Dream Home

Home Sweet Home by Mary Engelbreit 2

Did you know Mary Engelbreit wrote a book where she shared her storybook home and gardens? I was late in learning this, her book had already been out a few years. I've always liked her whimsical, spirit-lifting art and I enjoyed her magazine when it was available, but I had no idea what to expect when I ordered the book she wrote sharing her own home. After it arrived, I loved it so much I immediately … [Read more...]




The French Quarter Home of General L. Kemper and Leila Williams

General L. Kemper Williams Library

In early May, I spent a week in Louisiana and Mississippi touring beautiful historic homes with my friend, Linda. Almost all of those homes allowed photography, except for two. One home Linda and I toured was the home of General L. Kemper and Leila Williams, located at 712 Toulouse Street in the heart of the French Quarter. The Williamses' historic 1889, 2-story townhouse is actually hidden from street … [Read more...]




A Formal Dinner Party in New Orleans, Kemper & Leila Williams Style

General L. Kemper & Leila Williams House Mueseum Dining Room, New Orleans_wm

Welcome to the 301st Tablescape Thursday! When I was in New Orleans the early part of May, one of the homes I toured with my friend, Linda, was the home of Kemper and Leila Williams. Their home, located in the French Quarter at 712 Toulouse Street is actually behind another home, the Merieult House at 533 Royal Street. The Merieult House (shown below) serves as the entrance to several buildings, … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Island Home Exudes Romance & Charm

Entry with Bamboo Hall Tree

You know when you're driving down a street and you see a beautiful entrance, do you ever wonder what's on the other side? With an entrance this romantic and lovely, could the house be just as enchanting? The answer is, yes! Absolutely, yes! Today we have the rare treat of entering through the gates for a tour of this  historic 1910, island home, a home surrounded by beautiful trees draped in romantic … [Read more...]




Tour A Dream Carmel-By-The-Sea Cottage

Cottage Carmel-by-the-Sea

Prepare to fall in love. You've been warned! ;) This  house proves a 1970's home can be made-over and given lots of cozy, cottage feel. I thought when I looked at the build-date for this home, it was going to be from the 1920s or 1930's. It has that much old-house charm.   Though different and certainly more modern, it has the same warm, inviting feel of the adorable cottage in the movie, … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Feather Your Nest

Feather Your Nest by Mary Carol Garrity

A few times a year, Mary Carol Garrity, the owner of Nell Hill's, a well-known home furnishings store, opens up her 130 year-old Greek Revival home for tours. One of those times is always around Christmas. Her home is absolutely beautiful any time of year, but at Christmastime, it's over-the-top amazing! I've noticed a few other bloggers posting tours on their blogs after attending one of her home tours … [Read more...]




Tour Beautiful Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana

Oak Alley

You can't visit Louisiana without a trip to iconic Oak Alley. It's the plantation home that so frequently appears in magazines and almost any advertisement for Louisiana tourism. You may also recognize it from having appeared in a number of movies, music videos and other productions. It's this view! Oak Alley's famous "alley of oaks" captures your heart and draws you toward the beautiful, Greek Revival … [Read more...]




Tour Katharine Hepburn’s Saybrook, Connecticut Beach Home

Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook Fenwick Connecticut Home For Sale 18

Are you a Katharine Hepburn fan? I've never watched any of her movies but I had to check out her previous home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut when two readers of BNOTP e-mailed to tell me it was on the market. (Thanks Linda and Deb.) The home is located in the borough of Fenwick at 10 Mohegan Avenue and is currently listed for purchase at Sotheby's.   This was the original home built on the … [Read more...]




Dining in Beautiful San Francisco Plantation, Garyville, Louisiana

San Francisco Plantation, Garyville Louisiana 3_wm

Welcome to the 298th Tablescape Thursday! While on vacation in Louisiana and Mississippi a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour San Francisco Plantation in Garyville, Louisiana. Linda and I were really lucky because the day we toured it was the absolute last day it would be open for the whole summer. San Francisco is going through a restoration all this summer and will reopen for tours on … [Read more...]




Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana: Part II

Greenwood Plantation Bedroom, St. Francisville, Louisiana

Earlier this week we toured the downstairs rooms in Greenwood Plantation, a plantation home located in St. Francisville Louisiana. Greenwood saw a devastating fire back in 1960 but the home was completely rebuilt and has been the location for many movies and TV shows including the mini-series, North and South.   Today we're heading upstairs and touring the bedrooms in this Greek Revival home. … [Read more...]




Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana: Part I

Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana

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The Colorful Shutters of New Orleans, Plus A Video

New Orleans French Quarter With Wrought Iron Balconies & Colorful Shutters 17

When I was in New Orleans last week, I had a love affair with their colorful shutters. They were everywhere in the French Quarter, as were lots of pretty wrought-iron balconies decorated with window boxes spilling their flowers out into the streets.   Color!   Vivid beautiful color!   I was fascinated by all the shutters--shutters with real working parts that … [Read more...]




Dining in Rosedown Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana

Rosedown Plantation Dining Room, Louisiana

Welcome to the 296th Tablescape Thursday! Last week while touring plantation homes across Louisiana and Mississippi, I was happy to discover photography was allowed in almost every home we toured. Today we are venturing inside the beautiful dining room of Rosedown Plantation. As you can see in this picture from Wikipedia below, Oak Alley Plantation isn't the only Louisiana plantation home with a … [Read more...]




Historic Arlington, Home To Raccoons Now

Arlington, Historic Home in Natchez, Mississippi 3

I've been going through the thousands of photos I took last week while touring 13+ historic, plantation homes in the states of Louisiana and Mississippi.  As I was looking through some of the pictures today, one particular home still haunts me from the trip, Historic Arlington. Arlington is a Federal style home located in Natchez, Mississippi. It was built in by John Hampton White and his wife, Jane … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home

P.-Allen-Smiths-Garden-Home

I used to love watching P. Allen Smith when he was on TV. He may still be on TV, does anyone know? Many years ago when he was the speaker at a spring garden tour in Macon, Georgia, I drove down with a friend to attend the tour and hear him speak. I was so impressed with how down-to-earth and nice he was. Over the years I've purchase a number of his books and the one I'm sharing today is my favorite because … [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...]




It’s All In The Details, The Glorious, Beautiful Details

Exquisite Door Knob_wm

Do you have a few favorite places online you love to visit when you are craving beauty? Barbara Eberlein's website, Eberlein Design Consultants is definitely one of those places for me. I always know I'll leave inspired and just a little in awe of the gorgeous interiors she creates. This home, named "Naturalists' Sanctuary" is under the "Residential Preservation" area at her site. What an amazing home, … [Read more...]




Carmel Oceanview Home: Bright & Airy With A Touch of Romance

Blue & White Living Room

Carmel is such a beautiful area, I love the easy and relaxed interiors of so many of the homes in this little spot of paradise. This oceanview home is bright and airy with happy interiors that speak of sunny carefree summer days.   From here we see views of the Valley below and the view continues all the way to the ocean beyond. Wow!   I love the huge stone fireplace and the … [Read more...]




The House at Pooh Corner, Cotchford Farm: A Real Storybook House

House At Pooh Corner, Cotchford Farm

My favorite type of home tour ever is when we tour a house that falls into the category of what I think of as a "storybook home." I love those so much! Don't ask me to define what a storybook house is because that would probably turn into some rambling, gushing narrative, and in the end, it's probably a subjective thing anyway. But sometimes you just know one when you see one, know what I mean? I know you … [Read more...]




Tour Historic Shakenhurst Estate in England

Historic Shakenhurst Estate Tour

Recently, I received an email from Linda (thanks Linda!) with a link to the most amazing home, a large estate in England. The estate dates all the way back to 1349. Shakenhurst Estate is so old, it was mentioned in William the Conqueror's thousand-year-old Domesday Book!  Shakenhurst Hall, the main residence of the estate, was rebuilt in the late 1700's.   One of the most amazing things about … [Read more...]




Modern Family, Sofia Vergara’s Beverly Hills Home

Modern Family, Sofia Vergara's Beverly Hill's Home

Do you ever watch the ABC show, Modern Family? I've never seen a whole show, just caught a few minutes here and there. I'm familiar with Sofia Vergara, one of the main characters in the show, from having seen her in interviews and commercials.  She's very pretty and has a great sense of humor. Sofia just purchased a new home for $10.6 millon in Beverly Hills.  It has 7 bedrooms and 9 baths, that's a lot … [Read more...]




“Chrisley Knows Best” Home For Sale: Take The Tour

Chrisley Knows Best House for Sale Tour 11

I'm not a big TV watcher, there's just not a lot on television that appeals to me these days. Occasionally, I'll catch a show on HGTV while I'm grabbing a bite to eat at lunchtime. Recently I had the TV on in the kitchen and I saw a promo for a show called Chrisley Knows Best. Have you seen it? I was only about half listening but my ears perked up when they said the family in this "family comedy reality … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Carolyne Roehm

At Home With Carolyne Roehm by Carolyn Roehm

At Home With Carolyne Roehm was the first Roehm book I ever purchased. It definitely made me a fan and I've since purchased almost all her other books. If I had to choose one word to describe her books, it would be "Gorgeous!" In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Carolyne Roehm Author: Carolyne Roehm Hardcover: 320 pages Book size: 12.3 x 9.3 x 1.2     3 Things I Like About … [Read more...]




Bliss Cottage: Tour The Guest Cottage At Happy Hollow

Guest Cottage at Happy Hollow

We toured Happy Hollow yesterday and I really wanted to share the guest cottage nearby but that post was getting a bit long for touring a second home. The cottage is the adorable home we saw off to the right with the cupola on top.   The cottage, known as "Bliss Cottage"  is decorated in a very different style from the main house.  It has a "country cottage meets folk art" look to me. Let's … [Read more...]




Tour Happy Hollow, A Storybook Home With Beautiful Gardens

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Every now and then I get an e-mail with a link to an amazing house. Recently, I got an e-mail from Pam and I could tell from the excitement in her voice, this was going to be a fabulous house...and it was! One look and I was totally smitten. So much charm and so not like the cookie-cutter homes we often see today. This storybook home dates back to 1901 and was designed in the Gambrel style which … [Read more...]




Tour Martha Stewart’s Home, Cantitoe Corners In Bedford New York

Martha Stewart's Farm Home, Cantitoe Corners in Bedford

Recently, we toured Turkey Hill, a home that's well known for having once belonged to Martha Stewart. Today we're touring a home she currently owns called Cantitoe Corners. Cantitoe is located in Bedford, New York. The outside has a monochromatic color scheme. Remember this photo from the early years at Turkey Hill? The kitchen... Martha has traded in her copper cookware for stainless.  I … [Read more...]




Restoration Of Historic Ski Cabin In Switzerland

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Welcome to the 270th Metamorphosis Monday! Do you have your passport handy? We're heading off to Switzerland this morning to visit our friend, Cornelia! Cornelia has invited us on a tour of her historic 1853 ski cabin located in the Swiss mountains. It's was being restored all last summer and was done in time for this past winter's ski season. You've heard of ski-in and ski-out? This cabin is the … [Read more...]




Remembering Turkey Hill, the Newly Renovated Iconic Home of Martha Stewart

Turkey Hill Dining Room Early Days, Martha Stewarts Home

Iconic Turkey Hill, even if you don't watch a lot of  television and haven't ever read any of Martha Stewart's books, you have probably heard of her wonderful, historic 1820 home in Westport, Connecticut. Actually, it's Martha's prior home since she sold it back in April of 2007 after having lived there for 30+ years. While doing a little online research for this post, I came across an old article in a … [Read more...]




Charming Features of Older Homes

Antique Doorknob with Antique Key

Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the weekend? I have some projects to work on so it will be a busy one. I have a little catching up to do around here. I was out of town visiting family (my son and his family) and I just returned last night. It was a fun trip and the days flew by. My son and DIL purchased a beautiful, older home a while back and this was the first time I've visited since they … [Read more...]




A Tropical Cottage in Coconut Grove

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Have you ever been to Coconut Grove? It's one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami, Florida.  Wasn't there a song that mentioned Coconut Grove or am I imagining that? Today we're touring a wonderful, historic, 1910, Coconut Grove  cottage that's been fully renovated/restored.  It had me at the screened-in porch! I know you're surprised! ;)   Do you feel the breezes from Biscayne … [Read more...]




Tour Thayercrest, a Beautiful Historic Home in New Hampshire

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I love taking you on home tours, especially when I come across a hidden gem and today's home is truly a special home! This historic home known as Thayercrest, is located in Farmington, New Hampshire. It was built in 1915, thus making it almost 100 years old! I was surprised to read that in its 100 year history it has never been on the market! Isn't that amazing?! It's not often one can buy a … [Read more...]




The Most Desired Luxury Feature for the Home

Gisele Bundchen & Tom Brady's Brentwood Estate

I read something yesterday that really surprised me. Did you know that one of the most desired features these days for a high-end home in California is apparently a moat! The home below belonging to Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, is sporting one.  Source So is Christina Aguilera's home. Since both of the these folks are celebrities, maybe it's a way to ward off the paparizzi...do you think? They would … [Read more...]




Tour a Beautiful San Francisco Home With Wonderful Bay Views

Family Room

Have you ever been to San Francisco? I've been once and of course I had to do all the touristy stuff like get my photo taken in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you know it's windy on that bridge? :)   Had to get a trolley ride in...   And toured Yosemite where I helped hold up this Sequoia. It was an amazing visit!   We also visited the Winchester Mystery … [Read more...]




Tour a Beautiful Historic Home in Savannah Georgia

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One of my favorite places to visit in this big old world is Savannah, Georgia. I love the history, the wonderful old homes and the unbelievably beautiful squares. I've taken you on several home tours in Savannah in the past. I'll link to some of those at the end of this post in case Savannah captures your heart the way it has mine. Today were touring a beautiful Greek Revival home that overlooks one of … [Read more...]




A Storybook Home With To-Die-For Views!

Fairytale Storybook Home on Elder Mountain in Tennessee

I've taken you on some pretty awesome home tours here at Between Naps on the Porch but the home we are touring today is definitely one of my all time favorites. It's truly a dream home, each room embraces you with beauty, warmth and personality. As if that wasn't enough, it's located on six acres atop Elder Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee with unbelievable killer views!   The views from … [Read more...]




A Fantasy Second Home, A Place to Escape the World

Beautiful Yacht Designed by Tom Stringer

Do you have a second home, a home away from home? I don't but I dream sometimes of having one, a place to get away from everyday life  and just sloooow down for a bit. If you had a second home, what would it be? Are you the "cabin in the mountains" type, the "beach cottage" type or the "anywhere-but-here" type? A few years back I purchased this Better Homes and Gardens book on Amazon. It's filled with … [Read more...]




Tour Jimmy Fallon’s Farmhouse In The Hamptons

Tour Jimmy Fallon's Farmhouse in The Hamptons

Ever watch The Tonight Show? At the risk of dating myself, I remember when it was hosted by Johnny Carson. When I was just a kid I used to sneak and stay up late, laughing at some of the skits he used to do. My favorite shows were the ones where they brought animals on. Funny memories! I'm sure by now you've heard, the show's most recent host, Jay Leno, is retiring and the new host starting on February … [Read more...]




Mary Richard’s House: Touring The Real Mary Tyler Moore House

House Where The Mary Tyler Moore Show Was Filmed

When I was growing up, one of my fave television shows was The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I was just 13 years old when it first aired. I think every young girl back then wanted to grow up to be just like Mary. She was beautiful, had her own apartment, cute clothes and an exciting career--all very important stuff when you're 13. :)   Do you remember Mary's "M" on the wall in her small studio … [Read more...]




Stone Grist Mill Becomes Beautiful Bed and Breakfast

Old Grist Mill Renovated into a Home

I love it to see old homes saved from the demolition ball. Really that goes for any old structure. They are a part of our history and it always kills me to see some beautiful old home or building torn down. One of the structures you often see abandoned and going to ruin are old mills so I was excited to come across one that had been saved in a beautiful way, turned into a lovely home and Bed and … [Read more...]




Gail Claridge’s Beautiful Country Meadow Equestrian Ranch

Gail Claridge's Home, Meadow Ranch

What do you see in this picture below? Just an ordinary old barn, right?   Gail Claridge, an Interior Designer and the owner of Gail Claridge Interiors in Westlake Village, CA envisioned much more for this modest 50+ year old barn. Much more! Talk about a transformation! As amazing as this exterior looks, it doesn't compare to the inside! Let's go inside and take the … [Read more...]




Touring the Beautiful Hill-Huggins Home in Madison, Georgia

Greek Revival on Madison Tour of Homes

There was one more home we toured in Madison during the Town & Country Holiday Tour back in December: the Hill-Huggins Home built in 1832. It was late evening and just before dark when I took these photos.  This beautiful Greek Revival has a really fascinating history.   While on the tour we were told that the home belonged to Senator Joshua Hill during the time of the Civil War. He … [Read more...]




Madison Town & Country Holiday Home Tour & Mystery Footprints

Madison 30th Annual Town & Country Holiday Tour

Back in December, I went on a holiday tour of homes in Madison Georgia. I had planned to share these photos before now but I've been unable to download them from my phone. Does anyone have a Samsung Galaxy III? Got an easy method for downloading pics to your computer? In the past, with all the other phones I've ever owned, I just connected them to my computer via a USB cable and my computer automatically … [Read more...]




The House Facebook Loved

Beautiful Home on Lake Michigan

Yesterday I shared this home from House Beautiful on the Between Naps on the Porch Facebook page.  I've posted some pretty awesome houses on Facebook before but they usually don't get seen by that many folks since Facebook has such a complicated algorithm for sharing. Well, I'm not exactly sure what happened yesterday, maybe the FB share-blocking-machine temporarily broke down because this beautiful blue … [Read more...]




Tour Oak Hall, Waterfront Country Estate & Greek Revival Manor Home

Oak Hall, Greek Revival Manor Home

What goes through your mind when you pass by a driveway like this? Does your heart yearn to know where it leads, if there's an amazing house at the other end? Well, today you get to find out because we are traveling down this beautiful driveway and what we'll find on the other end does not disappoint!   See what I mean...Oh. My. gosh!   Historic Oak Hall was built in 1918. … [Read more...]




10 Dream Kitchens: Cottage, French Country and Traditional At Its Best

Traditional Kitchen with Painted Island and Fireplace

Recently, I came across a picture of a kitchen I absolutely loved. It led me to a site called Plain & Fancy Cabinetry. Don't you love that name. It's like kitchen heaven, looking through their website. I found so many beautiful kitchens! I chose a few of my faves to share with you today. Do you have a bib on? You will need one because we're entering serious drool territory! Let's start off with my … [Read more...]




Revenge Beach House, Take the Tour

Revenge TV House is for Sale

Before we dive into today's beach house tour, I just wanted to say thank-you to everyone who participated in yesterday's "interactive" post. I loved reading each chapter of the story you told about the mysterious Paris apartment left abandoned for 70+ years. Also, thank you so much for all the lovely comments left regarding my amateur storytelling. I would normally have replied back on the post, but I … [Read more...]




Tour Kirstie Alley’s Maine Home on Islesboro Island

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Are you a lover of the color pink? Does your decorating style lean toward the feminine side? Has your hubby ever complained that your home has too many floral fabrics, ruffled trims and tole chandeliers? Show him this post and he will hush! Kirstie Alley has a beautiful Cape Cod-style home in Islesboro Island, Maine. It's wonderfully private, situated on 16 acres with beautiful ocean … [Read more...]




Paris Apartment, Another World Frozen in Time

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Imagine walking into an apartment filled with beautiful treasures that no one has seen or touched in 70 years. This lovely Paris apartment was literally frozen in time for seven decades, abandoned by Mrs. De Florian when she fled to the south of France just before the Second World War. Amazingly, she never returned.   It's like something out of a movie. The contents was left undisturbed all … [Read more...]




Restoration of Historic Powell House, Part II

Historic Powell House in Villa Rica, Georgia

Yesterday for Met Monday, we toured the lower level of the historic Powell House in Villa Rica Georgia.   Today we're heading upstairs...can't wait to show you all the bedrooms and take you out on the balcony. Let's go!   Once you reach the top of the front staircase, as you look back toward the front of the home this is your view.   I made a beeline for the … [Read more...]