The Other Mackenzie-Childs Home Is For Sale, Only This Time, It Floats!

Back in 2013, Victoria and Richard Mackenzie-Childs decided to sell their home. I shared a tour of their whimsical, fairytale home in this previous post: Mackenzie-Childs' Estate is for Sale: Take the Tour.   The home was warm and cozy inside as you can see from this view of the living room.   But there was no mistaking Victoria and Richard's fanciful style throughout the home. … [Read more...]




Friday Finds and Follies

Pssst: I just uploaded a new video to Instagram today. Follow Between Naps On The Porch on Instagram here: BNOTP on Instagram I was in Talbots yesterday and they have an incredible end-of-season sale going. I tried on several dresses. The prices are amazing with tons of stuff now 70% off, and that's off their already reduced prices. For example, all the dresses below range in price from $27 to $42! … [Read more...]




Iris Apfel’s Textile Rich New York Apartment and Spring Fever Shopping

Happy Friday! Yesterday it hit the mid 70's here! I so love this early taste of spring we've been getting. Is it warming up in your area, too? I'm hoping we don't get a last minute freeze because so many of our trees are already in bloom. Have you heard of Iris Apfel? I saw her in something on TV recently and her unique style caught my eye. Later I learned she is an Interior Designer who opened a textile … [Read more...]




Tour Rachael Ray’s New York Apartment: Cozy and Colorful

Welcome to the 366th Metamorphosis Monday! For this week's Met Monday, I have a celebrity home reveal that's pretty surprising. We're going inside the New York home of Rachael Ray. We tend to picture celebrities living in big mansions with over-the-top interiors, but the home Rachael shares with her hubby, John Cusimano, is actually very modest by celebrity standards.   Rachael and her … [Read more...]




Cook in Julia Child’s French Cottage Kitchen in La Pitchoune

Thanks for all the awesome suggestions and encouraging words in the comments of yesterday's post. The hibiscus are now safely tucked into the garage for the winter. I'm sore today but not from moving the hibiscus. I spent at least two hours (probably three!) crawling around on the floor trying to get the lower branches of the tree to light up. I checked all the bulbs and even changed out 8 fuses trying to … [Read more...]




Tour Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban’s Bunya Hill Home in Sutton Forest Australia

Nicole Kidman and her husband, Keith Urban, a well-known and talented Country Singer/Artist, have a home in Tennessee. Did you know that? I never realized that until recently. But where do they live when they are at home in Australia? Today we're taking a little tour of Nicole and Keith's wonderful home in Sutton Forest, Australia, located in the New South Wales precinct. Their home is a true historic … [Read more...]




Tour Giuliana & Bill Rancic’s Beautiful Chicago Brownstone

When I read that E! host, Giuliana Rancic, was leaving the E! show and moving to Chicago where she and husband, Bill, currently own two restaurants (RPM Italian and RPM Steak) I wondered what kind of home they would choose. Their last home was decorated in a fairly traditional style so I couldn't wait to see what Giuliana had in mind for her new home. The Rancic's chose a wonderful old brownstone dating … [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...]




In The BNOTP Library: My Passion for Design

Are you a Barbra Streisand fan? Did you know she loves decorating and design? Not only does she enjoy home design and decor, she wrote a book sharing all the details of her "Mill House" home.   In the BNOTP Library: My Passion for Design Author: Barbra Streisand   3 Things I Like About This Book: Barbra Streisand built a home and doesn't live in it. I was so surprised when … [Read more...]




Own Mad Men, Don Draper’s 1914 Colonial Home

Are you a fan of the popular, long-running TV series, Mad Men? The series first premiered back in July 2007 and lasted for 7 seasons! The last episode actually just aired a little over a month ago. I bet we'll be seeing Mad Men reruns for a long, long time. In the very first episode of Mad Men filmed back in 2007, this classic 1914 center-hall Colonial is the home of Don Draper, the Creative Director 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...]




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...]




Tour Downton Abbey’s Byfleet Manor, The Grand Home of Lady Violet Crawley

Are you a fan of the British drama, Downton Abbey? Though I don't watch it as much as I did in the early days, I was sad to hear the 6th season will be its last. I guess they want to go out while they are still on top. One of the characters we'll all miss is the sassy Dowager Countess, Lady Violet Crawley, played by Maggie Smith. Just as the show is approaching its last season, the Byfleet Manor, the … [Read more...]




Tour Blaine Trump’s Greek Revival Millbrook Home

I'm always on the look out for truly special homes to share with you. This 1860, Civil War era, Greek Revival home in Millbrook, New York made the cut. Though the exterior is grand, the rest of the home is cozy and beautiful. I will eat my hat (my imaginary hat since I'm not wearing one) if Mario Buatta didn't have a hand in designing the Master bedroom. If he didn't design it, he surely must have been the … [Read more...]




Tour Lauren Bacall’s Manhattan Home in The Dakota

In this day and time when so many stars have over-the-top, lavishly furnished homes, I was so surprised to see how normal and tastefully furnished Lauren Bacall's home was in The Dakota, located in Manhattan just across from Central Park. Do you recognize that name...The Dakota? Besides being the home of Lauren Bacall for 53 years from 1961 to her death last year (she lived to be almost 90!) it was also the … [Read more...]




Tour “Love It or List It” Jillian Harris’s Vancouver Home

Do you ever watch the Canadian based home design TV show, Love It or List It with Hilary Farr and David Visentin?   How about the spin-off Love It or List It show filmed in Vancouver with Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot?   Most of us know that to a certain degree both of the Love It or List It shows are staged/fake at times, but they are still a lot of fun to watch. I do … [Read more...]




Living Like Marie Antoinette In New York City

If Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, fell through a temporal portal, a la Kate and Leopold...   ...and landed in New York city in the year 2015, this is where she would live: Joan River's amazing penthouse apartment. Of course, she would need $28 million dollars first. Who knew the often controversial, take-no-prisoners comedian, Joan Rivers lived such an elegant, opulent queen-like … [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...]




Breakfast At Tiffany’s: George Peppard’s Greek Revival Home

Did you ever see the iconic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard?   George Peppard's prior home, located at 1401 N. Ogden Drive in West Hollywood is now for sale.   Of course, it looks very different from the days when he lived there. As I was touring this 1920's Spaulding Square, Greek Revival home, there were several rooms that caught my … [Read more...]




Tour Highclere Castle, Home of Downton Abbey

It's back! The fifth season of the wildly popular British period drama, Downton Abbey is once again showing on PBS. Of course the fifth season is now old hat to our British friends who get to view it a full season before we do here in the States.   A little confession: When Downton Abbey first started airing, I was a pretty faithful watcher, catching it as often as possible on PBS. Then all … [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...]




Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s Romantic Palm Spring’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 Sir John Richardson’s English Country House & Garden

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...]




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

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 Tommy Dorsey’s Beautiful “Tall Oaks” Home

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

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...]




The Colorful Home Of Annie Potts From Designing Women

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...]




Tour The Beauregard Keyes House & Garden, New Orleans 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

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

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...]




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

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...]




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...]




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

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...]




Modern Family, Sofia Vergara’s Beverly Hills 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

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...]




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

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...]




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

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...]




The Most Desired Luxury Feature for the Home

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 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

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...]




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...]




Vintage Airstream and Rolls Royce Get a Magnolia Pearl Makeover

  Welcome to the 226th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently, I ordered the book, A Bit of Velvet & A Dash of Lace by Robin Brown.  Robin is the founder of the design company, Magnolia Pearl.  Are you familiar with her and her unique style?  I first learned about Robin when I came across her website many years ago. I'll never forget it because that was the first place I ever heard the song, Heavenly … [Read more...]




MacKenzie-Childs Estate is for Sale: Take the Tour

MacKenzie-Childs.  When you hear that name, what comes to mind?  Their distinctive black and white "Courtly Check" dishware is the first thing that always pops into my head. Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs actually design much more than just tableware.  I was amazed at all the things they have available at their online site including furniture, decorative pieces, garden collections, handbags and even … [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...]




View the Homes of Celebrities, Athletes and Famous Personalities

Recently, I came across an interesting website I never knew existed. I have to warn you, it's a tad addictive and you feel a bit like a stalker.  It's called Virtual Globetrotting. Have you ever wondered what kind of house some of your favorite movie stars, celebs, tv/radio personalities or professional athletes live in? There are thousands of star's homes pictured at this site and some look like hotels. … [Read more...]