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...]




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...]




25 Things This Charles Faudree Room Taught Me About Design

I grew up in a very plain, utilitarian environment. My mom was very sick throughout my life, so I'm not sure if she ever had any interest in decorating or design. I'm guessing she would have if she hadn't become sick, because she loved creative pursuits like embroidery and crocheting. Before she became so sick, and while awaiting my arrival, she crocheted this lovely luncheon set complete with little … [Read more...]




Frances Schultz Decorated Bee Cottage and Herself Back To Happiness

Welcome to the 337th Metamorphosis Monday! When Frances Schultz, a contributing editor for House Beautiful, purchased a little cottage in East Hampton, she knew it had great bones, but it hadn't been updated in a very long time.   Frances herself had been going through a rough patch, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, followed by her mother's passing a year later. Frances … [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 “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...]




The Happiest Home Ever: A Whimsical Storybook Cottage

I'm working on a project today and so far it's kicking my tush. lol I will persevere, though, I will! Hope to share it with you soon! In the meantime, how about a tour of the happiest home in the world. I'm dubbing it that and I think you'll agree once we step inside. This Santa Monica home is truly a breath of fresh air, especially on this gloomy February day.   The home, built in 1927, … [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...]




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 Designer Carolyn Westbrook’s Home, The Oaks

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...]




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

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...]




In The BNOTP Library: P. Allen Smith’s 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...]




In the BNOTP Library: Living With Dogs

I'll be back later today with a post. In the meantime, I'm sharing another one of my fave books from the BNOTP library. You guys know I'm huge animal lover so when I first saw this book, it definitely grabbed my attention. The cover was just so beautiful and included two of my favorite things in the whole world, animals and books. When I realized the book also included some gorgeous interiors, because after … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Carolyne 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...]




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...]




Gail Claridge’s Country Meadow Equestrian 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...]




Decorating English Country Style

I first heard about the highly respected English design firm, Colefax and Fowler via Mario Buatta. Mario is one of my favorite designers and in interviews, he often mentions how he was greatly influenced by their work back when he was just starting out in the 1960's. His book comes out in October...I can't wait! If you want to pre-order it, you'll find it on Amazon. I rarely pre-order books, but I did this … [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...]




Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

Recently, I read an article in The Wall Street Journal  by Ralph Gardner, JR called Beyond the Chintz.  Mr. Gardner met Mr. Buatta when they were seated next to each other at a charity event. He mentions when he first met Mr. Buatta, he was a bit intimidated since he is such a well known designer, having decorated the homes of Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Barbara Walters, Blair House...the list goes on.  It's … [Read more...]




Tour The Library, Drawing Room and Gardens of the Mount, Home of Edith Wharton

For last week's Tablescape Thursday, I posted some photos Mandy took recently after she toured The Mount, the beautiful home of American novelist, Edith Wharton.  If you missed that post, you'll want to check it out.  The tablescape we viewed was created by Bunny Williams, one of my favorite designers and author of An Affair with a House. If you aren't familiar with Edith Wharton, here's a bit of info … [Read more...]




Beautiful Table Setting by Bunny Williams

Welcome to the 162nd Tablescape Thursday! Recently, I received a wonderful e-mail from Mandy. Mandy lives in Hawaii and on a recent trip to the United States, she toured The Mount, the beautiful home of American novelist, Edith Wharton. Edith Wharton wrote many novels in her lifetime including Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth and well-known, The Age of Innocence, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize. … [Read more...]