A House As Charming As The Victorian Home in the Movie, Practical Magic!

Before we dive into today's post, I just noticed that Talbots is having a flash sale, 30% off new arrivals until midnight tonight. You'll find the sale here: 30% Off New Arrivals. Guess what I'll be doing as soon as this post goes up!   Remember this wonderful home in the movie, Practical Magic? We toured it a while back in this post: Take a Tour of the Home in the Movie, Practical … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Low Country Home Overlooking the May River

Every now and then I come across a home that is just, Wow! This beautiful home in Bluffton, South Carolina is definitely one of those homes!   The interior is amazing but check out these views! This home located in Palmetto Bluff, overlooks the beautiful May River.   Wouldn't you love to tour all the homes on this street, like the one there across the street with double … [Read more...]




Restored 1912 Cottage with Beadboard Walls and Gorgeous Lake Views

As I get ready for bed this evening, this is what the thermostat in the upstairs part of my home reads. That's a huge improvement over what it was all day yesterday and today, which was 90 degrees. It cooled down a bit after it rained today. Midday on Sunday, the upstairs A/C ceased to work, it just gave up the ghost! I called my heating and air company right away and the person who answered said the … [Read more...]




Tour a Coastal Dream Home Designed by Historical Concepts, Palmetto Bluff

This morning I fell down a rabbit hole, a fascinating, although slightly bitter-sweet, rabbit hole. I came across this beautiful home designed by my favorite design firm, Historical Concepts. I love their designs more than words can say.   If you don't already have their book, you'll want to check it out HERE. It's wonderful! I hope they write another book one day, I'll preorder it the moment … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Beach House That Comes With Its Own Lighthouse!

Imagine buying a beach house and along with it you become part owner of your own lighthouse! See that little light house waaay out there, standing so bravely, a bright shining sentinel to all who sail by. If I read correctly, That's the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse at in Fenwick Point and I believe it's the lighthouse that's included with the beautiful home we're touring today.   The person … [Read more...]




Lands End Inn in Provincetown, Cape Cod: Not Your Average Beach Vacation Getaway

Pssst: Posted a video of a very sweet and very long-neck visitor on Instagram. You'll find it here: BNOTP on Instagram  :) With summer just a few months out, my mind has been on vacation spots, especially beachy vacation spots. When I travel I find it so much fun to stay in unique places like cozy inns. Recently, I came across Lands End Inn, an enchanting Inn located in Provincetown on Cape Cod. I was so … [Read more...]




Retiring to Cresswind on Lake Lanier

A good friend of mine has put her home up for sale in anticipation of retiring in the not-so-distant future. She's eyeing a move to a nearby retirement community named Cresswind, located on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Recently, she asked if I'd ride up to Cresswind with her to look at a couple of the homes she is considering buying. They have model homes you can walk through to get an idea about … [Read more...]




A Cozy, Oceanside Cottage in Vineyard Highlands, Martha’s Vineyard

A beautiful beach cottage decorated in the latest designer fabrics and furnishings is always a treat, but there's something equally as delightful about a cozy, vintage cottage, especially when it's located on Martha's Vineyard. This oceanside cottage is located in East Chop, also known as Vineyard Highlands. Vineyard Highlands is a residential area in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the north end of … [Read more...]




Tour Sarah Richardson’s Beautiful Island Summer House

I think I remember when my love affair with beach houses started. It was a few years ago when I flipped on the tv and Sarah Richardson was right in the middle of creating the most charming beach cottage I'd ever seen. Sarah's hubby had purchased the island home several years before, long before they met. Though very pregnant (already 6 months along) she decided to take on the challenging job of giving it a … [Read more...]




Small House Living on a Grand Scale

Have you noticed all the new shows about small house living? Recently, I caught two episodes of a show that may be a new show on HGTV, called Tiny House Builders. Have you seen it? Tiny house living is definitely not for everyone, but in the two episodes I saw, they suited the homeowners very well. One was a young, single woman who I think was in college and couldn't afford the expense and maintenance of … [Read more...]




Vacation in Designer, Sarah Richardson’s Island Cottage

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




A Fabulous Beach House On Long Beach Island

I'm baaaaack! And what a drive! I left Ohio yesterday morning around 9:00 AM and didn't get home until 9:30 PM. A drive that normally takes around 9-9-1/2 hours took over 12 hours. Shortly after leaving I got stuck behind an accident that shut the interstate down to 1 lane.   Once I got past that, I was in constant torrential downpours and tornado-like weather for hours and hours. If you live … [Read more...]




A Screened Porch For Ocean Breezes

What better place to have a screened-in porch than at the beach! When Carla and her hubby were building their beach home, Carla came across BNOTP. Carla said, "We just finished our house at the beach last summer. While we were building, I found your blog, and you convinced me that we needed to make our back porch bigger. I am SO glad we did!"   I asked Carla for a tour of her wonderful … [Read more...]




Classic Design Doesn’t Equal Stuffy or Staid

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




Tour Paula Deen’s Savannah Riverside Home, River Bend

Paula Deen is moving. y'all! She's put her beautiful Savannah river home, Riverbend, on the market, saying she's craving a simpler way of life when she's at home. Her home is located alongside the Wilmington River and if you're ever in Savannah and want to catch a glimpse of it, the address is 818 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, Georgia. I'm not sure if it's visible from the road since the listing … [Read more...]




One Of My Favorite Homes Is No More

One of my favorite houses is this wonderful home that was once located on North Carolina's Inner Banks (River Dunes) in Oriental, North Carolina. It was designed by Historical Concepts, an Atlanta Architecture and Design firm, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Coastal Living magazine.   Historical Concepts was inspired by nineteenth century coastal design and envisioned a home that could … [Read more...]




A Dreamy Seaside Cottage

Oh, I have the most wonderful cottage to share with you today! It's a dream cottage in every sense of the word. The interiors were designed by Donna Elle and the colors and fabrics she used are so beautiful! I was so excited to see that you can actually purchase some of the fabrics, rugs, pillows and accessories she uses at her website. How often do we oooh and ahhh over a gorgeous home but struggle to get … [Read more...]




Nantucket Beach Home Decorated to Perfection

How about a beach trip? Let's pack up the suitcases, load up the car and head for Nantucket on this gorgeous spring day! You know you're going to love how a beach home is decorated inside when the decor has been done by a designer whose company is named Beach Glass Designs...love that name! Jackie, the designer behind Beach Glass Designs created the interior design for this Nantucket home … [Read more...]




Tour This Storybook Cottage In Carmel-By-The-Sea

It's been a while since we took a tour of a storybook cottage in Carmel, I'm having serious withdrawals! I have to get my storybook cottage fix every now and then! I'm not sure if this home is still for sale, it's one I saw a while back and thought was too cute to not share. I absolutely love the curb appeal with all the trees and the gated entrance, Even the garage looks … [Read more...]




Beach Home on Tybee Island With A Fabulous Screened Porch

Grab your bathing suit, sunscreen and straw hat, we're headed off to the beach for the weekend! Ever been to Tybee Island? Tybee Island is an island located just off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. I've been there a few times over the years while vacationing in Savannah. You can't go to Savannah without driving over and having breakfast at The Breakfast Club. There are some absolutely stunning homes … [Read more...]




Is This Beach House New or Old?

This new "old" home idea is totally winning me over. I've always dreamed of living in an old home but sometimes while watching TV shows like This Old House, Rehab Addict and Love It or List It, I get a little nervous thinking about the upkeep and sometimes hidden problems found in old homes, things like knob and tube wiring and poor insulation. More and more I'm loving the idea of building a new "old" … [Read more...]




Beach Cottage With A Fabulous 3-Season Screened Porch

Thanks so much for all the awesome recommendations in the comments on yesterday's post. After reading those I cancelled the foam pillow order because I was concerned about the thickness of it. It hadn't shipped so it was no problem cancelling it. I don't think the other pillow has shipped yet either, which is strange because normally Amazon ships quickly. I'm tempted to cancel it, too because I found a … [Read more...]




Billy Joel’s Beach House With Amazing Chef’s Kitchen & Butler’s Pantry

Are you a Billy Joel fan? I love it when his oldies from the 80's and 90's come on the radio. If you're like me,  you probably know all the words to many of his songs. Billy Joel has had thirty-three "Top 40" hits so far in his lifetime, all of which he wrote! That is an amazing achievement! Recently, when I was drooling over beaches houses, I came across pictures of a beach house Billy Joel owned and … [Read more...]




Tour A Charming Connecticut Dream Cottage

You know that little yellow cottage I'm always dreaming of--the one that's actually a playhouse but I'm just so sure could be built to real-life size? Well, hold onto your knickers because I think I found it in real life form. Yep, I'm pretty sure I have and we can actually go inside! It's available for purchase but unfortunately not in an area where I can move. Plus, it's a bit outside my budget. Okay, … [Read more...]




Tour The Martha’s Vineyard HGTV Dream Home, 2015

Welcome to the 310th Metamorphosis Monday! The only "Before and After" I have to share this week would most likely put you to sleep. Once the rain stopped, I spent the weekend taking down and storing away Christmas decorations. Big snore! I have something way more fun to share, a tour of this year's beautiful HGTV dream home on Martha's Vineyard! When I read it was located on Martha's Vineyard, I knew … [Read more...]




Designer, Mary Carol Garrity Has A New Cottage Home!

Are you as big a Mary Carol Garrity fan as I am? If so, I have some really big news. You may have already heard but Mary Carol Garrity has moved! Yep, she has moved from her beautiful, Atchison, Kansas home featured so often in her books, the same home she has graciously opened up for tours over the years. Mary Carol and her husband, Dan, have decided it's the perfect time in their life to downsize to a … [Read more...]




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

Welcome to the 308th Metamorphosis Monday! It's always struck me as so ironic that one of the most well-loved beach houses ever to exist, didn't really exist. Do you know the one I'm talking about? Yep, that one--the beautiful and iconic home in the romantic comedy, Something's Gotta Give, starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Movie goers everywhere fell head-over-heels for the amazing interiors of … [Read more...]




Christie Brinkley’s Dreamy Beach Home in Parrot Cay

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...]




Beach Cottage Overflowing With Charm

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

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...]




A Whimsical Oceanside Cottage With A Colorful Personality

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

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

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...]




Beautiful Restoration Of A Southampton Cottage

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




Tour the Beautiful 2014 Southern Living Idea House in Bluffton, 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...]




Beautiful Ford Plantation Estate & Cottage With Lakeside Views

Have you ever heard of a place just outside of Savannah, Georgia called the The Ford Plantation? I know someone who has purchased land there with the intentions to build on it one day but that completely sums up what I knew until today. After a bit of research I learned The Ford Plantation is a private residential and sporting community located on the Ogeechee river. The community will eventually be … [Read more...]




Island Living, Without The Island

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...]




A Beautiful Island Home Exudes Romance & Charm

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

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...]




Tour Katharine Hepburn’s Saybrook, Connecticut Beach Home

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...]




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

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

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...]




A Tropical Cottage in Coconut Grove

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...]




San Francisco Home With Wonderful Bay Views

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...]




A Fantasy Second Home, A Place to Escape the World

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...]




The House Facebook Loved

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...]




Revenge Beach House, Take the Tour

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

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...]




Tour Howie Mandel’s Beachfront Home in Malibu

I've been sharing a lot of holiday related posts lately so I thought it might be fun to take a home tour that's not holiday related today, although that red door has me thinking of Christmas.  I see cedar garland draped around the door, red ribbons hanging from the lanterns. Okay, I'll stop...this is supposed to be a non-holiday post. Hard to pull my brain out of that mode right now. :) This home … [Read more...]




Tour a Seaside Home Built with Old World Charm in Cape Cod

How about a Saturday house tour, right from the comfort of your home.  Best kind, right? I came across this beautiful home online located in the village of Cotuit in Barnstable which is located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Doesn't that sound romantic--living in a village? The listing reveals it's on eight acres (seaside) and was built with old world charm and European craftsmanship. I vote … [Read more...]




A Waterside Home with Great Beach House Style

  I've been obsessing a little about beach homes lately.  I've always wanted to decorate one but since I don't actually own one, that could be a bit tricky. ;)  Did you catch that whole series of HGTV shows on designer, Sarah Richardson's beach cottage recently?  Just google "Sarah Richardson HGTV episodes" and you'll find them.  I didn't get to watch the whole series but I loved how her cottage was … [Read more...]




A Summer House with Waterside Views

  So. I'm starting to dream of renovating the baths in my home. It's becoming a constant thought, this need to update the baths.  I know what that means.  When a thought gets stuck in my brain, it usually leads to some action.  I'm only in the dreaming stage right now but it would be nice to tackle at least one of my outdated, 30 year old bathrooms this year. While dreaming and browsing online … [Read more...]




HGTV Smart Home, 2013: Take the Tour!

Have you seen the HGTV 2013 Smart Home?  It's located in Jacksonville, Florida and it's pretty amazing!  Wish I lived close enough to see it in person.  I love techy stuff and this house is loaded with the latest technology to keep things running smoothly, as well as lots of neat safety features.  I'm not sure how I feel about those teeny, tiny windows on the front of the house downstairs, think I would … [Read more...]




Taylor Swift’s Beachfront Home in Rhode Island

Okay, I have to admit, I'm a Taylor Swift fan.  I think she is adorable and I love almost all of her songs.     I also love a good music video and one I never tire of watching is the one created to go with her song, Love Story.  It has everything, mystery, romance...   A beautiful castle...     Gorgeous period costumes...   ...and stunning … [Read more...]




Sabrina: Waterfront Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard

Yesterday we toured the beautiful Long Island estate located in Glen Cove that was used in the filming of the 1995 version of the movie, Sabrina.  During the movie, Linus Larrabee does everything he can to keep his brother David away from Sabrina who has just returned from living in Paris for an extended period.  Sabrina left for Paris an awkward young girl, but she returned a beautiful, sophisticated … [Read more...]




The Big Wedding: A Peek Inside This Beautiful Lake House

Update: The post below was created in April 2012 prior to the release of the movie so it shows pictures from the trailer for The Big Wedding. You'll find a much more detailed tour with lots more pictures in this more recent post: Tour the Beautiful Lake House in the Movie, The Big Wedding   Yesterday I was playing around on my iPad and I found an app I had downloaded so long ago I had completely … [Read more...]




Beach House Renovation, Part II

Welcome to the 138th Metamorphosis Monday! Suzy and her hubby purchased a small beach-front condo and completely renovated it from top to bottom.  I shared the Before and After of the entry hall (with bunk beds) and the living room/sitting/dining area in THIS post.  Today, we're touring the Kitchen, Master Bedroom and Bath.  Prepare to be delighted! Here's how the kitchen looked prior to the … [Read more...]




Beach Front Condo Renovation, Part I

Recently, Suzy, who blogs at Worthing Court, shared a wonderful renovation of her beach house. When Suzy and her hubby first purchased their beach front condo, it was in really rough shape.  Suzy looked out at this gorgeous view, closed her eyes and envisioned what this home could become.  The transformation is astounding...truly beautiful. Before This was the view as Suzy entered the … [Read more...]




Beautiful Lake House Kitchen Renovation

Welcome to the 135th Metamorphosis Monday! Whew!  What a weekend.  It's been a painting marathon around here...but it's done.   How was your weekend?  Do anything fun or was it a weekend for working around the house? Lake House Kitchen Renovation: I'm exited to share a wonderful kitchen renovation for this Metamorphosis Monday.  Wendy, a reader of BNOTP, recently shared some pics of a kitchen … [Read more...]




Something’s Gotta Give

Recently, I took a little vacation to Savannah, Georgia. It was a wonderful trip and when I returned home that weekend, I couldn't wait to pull out one of my favorite "beach house" movies, Something's Gotta Give.  Do you remember this amazing living room from that movie house?   Come along and let's take a tour of the whole house...it's an amazing movie house! Somethings Gotta Give is one of … [Read more...]