A Storybook Nursery at Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville Louisiana

A while back I took a trip with a friend to Louisiana and we toured a number of the beautiful, old homes there. One of the homes we toured was Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville seen in this photo from Wikipedia. The oak alley leading to this home is enchanting. If you're ever in the area, stop by and see it in person.   Rosedown is located in West Feliciana Parish was the home of Daniel … [Read more...]

A Rarity: A San Francisco Painted Lady Is Available For Purchase!

Many years ago I visited San Francisco. While there, I did all the typical touristy stuff, like riding a cable car, visiting Alcatraz, eating chocolate at Ghirardelli Square and snapping a picture of the famous Painted Ladies. This was the photo I took around 14 years ago during my visit. They really are so striking...beautiful Victorian homes all lined up in a row.   Here's a recent picture … [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 a Beautiful Home With a Gorgeous Old Soul

Recently, I was looking through some home listings on Zillow and I came across this Italianate estate from the 1920's. As I drooled over all the beautiful rooms inside this home, I thought to myself, "This house belongs in a magazine." I had to chuckle when I read the little blurb on the listing and found it had once been featured in Architectural Digest.   This home has a beautiful soul, you … [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 a Beautiful Victorian Home, Rebuilt After a Devastating Fire

Yesterday we toured the outside of this beautiful Victorian home belonging to Christy and Don. You may remember the original home was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike. It's really scary to think that lightning can cause such destruction, isn't it?   We'll start our tour here in the entry and a grand entry it is with a beautiful curving staircase. I think it may have been around … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Victorian Home Rises From The Ashes

Welcome to the 338th Metamorphosis Monday! In 2008, the unthinkable happened. A storm came and lightening reduced this beautiful Victorian home to charred rubble. The owners, Christy and Don, began a new, determined to rebuild their home following the design of the original house as their guide.   It took two full years to bring it back, but oh my gosh, is it wonderful!   I … [Read more...]

A Historic Mississippi Farmhouse Gets A Stunning Restoration!

If you wanted a special getaway, maybe some acreage for hunting, fishing and enjoying the good life with your family and friends, what would you do if it came with this house? Most folks would probably tear it down, especially after seeing the inside and finding out the foundation was a complete wreck. Though Mac Thomas joked, "It was nothing that a match couldn't cure," he and his wife, Terre, took on the … [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...]

Faerie Door Cottage: A Real Storybook Fairytale Cottage

I'm beginning to think that England has a monopoly on all the fairytale cottages. lol Okay, maybe not a monopoly but they definitely have a some of the most magical, storybook homes to be found anywhere! One such cottage is Faerie Door Cottage, located in the village of West Overton in the English county of Wiltshire. Is this not about the cutest cottage ever? The stone exterior and thatched roof … [Read more...]

Pixie Nook: A Storybook Cottage Reminiscent of Rosehill Cottage in “The Holiday”

Remember Rosehill Cottage, the adorable cottage in the movie, The Holiday that stole our hearts only to break them when we discovered it wasn't a real house but a faux house created just for the movie. Oh, the bitter cruelty of it all, playing with out storybook-cottage-loving hearts that way! Rosehill still lives on in our hearts, even if it doesn't physically exist anymore.   Recently I … [Read more...]

Prepare To Be Charmed: A Walking Tour

Last week when I was visiting family in Ohio, I drove around through some of the nearby neighborhoods. The majority of the streets are tree-lined with sidewalks on both sides. So charming! I noticed new trees had been planted in a few spots, probably where a tree had died. I love that the folks who are living here today care enough about their lovely city to preserve it for future … [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 A Historic Savannah Row House On Beautiful Monterey Square

The exterior of this wonderful historic row house in Savannah reminded me a little of Carrie's apartment in Sex and the City.   I think it's the steps that had me thinking of Sex and the City, well that and the door. But wait until you see the inside!   So elegant and beautiful!   Just look at that newel post! I love a beautiful newel post. I was once told on a … [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 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...]

This Gave Me Goosebumps! 1956 Time Capsule GE Kitchen

A while back I posted about an apartment in Paris that had not been lived in for 70 years, all of its contents left completely undisturbed. It was literally a time capsule dating back to just before the second World War.   Another time capsule has come to light, this one dating back to either 1956 or 1962, depending on which source you read. Apparently, after the home was built, the owner … [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 A Wonderful Carmel-By-The-Sea Cottage, No High-Heels, Please

What is it about a Carmel cottage, they lure you in with their simple charm and the promise of sunny days and ocean breezes. Recently, this sweet Carmel-By-The-Sea cottage caught my eye with its beautifully landscaped front yard and overflowing window boxes.   I did a little googling and was going to share some of the history of this area, but decided to share a fun little fact I came across, … [Read more...]

In Case You’ve Forgotten, This Is How Summer Looks

So cold! I hope this is Old Man Winter's last hurrah, his last 1-2 punch before he makes his retreat for another year. I could use a little reminder that spring is coming, soon to be followed by warm summer days. How about you? Last May a friend who loves old homes as much as I do, took me on a wonderful tour of some of the beautiful historic homes in Louisiana. I took way too many pictures on that trip … [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...]

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 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 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...]

Giraffe Manor, A Unique Travel Adventure

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

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

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...]

The Way Neighborhoods Used To Be

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

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...]

Tour Nottoway Plantation, South’s Largest Remaining Antebellum Mansion

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

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...]

Tour Laura Plantation, A Creole Plantation in 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

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...]

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 Studio Apartment Where Frances Parkinson Keyes Wrote Her Novels

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

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...]

A Christmas Story Movie House, Part IV: The Upstairs

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

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...]

Inside The Kitchen of “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

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?

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? :) Update: Check out THIS POST to see where I was when this picture was taken. … [Read more...]

Rosedown Plantation: In The Butler’s Pantry

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

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...]

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

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...]

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

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. This historic 1889, 2-story townhouse is actually hidden from street view. The … [Read more...]

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

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

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 Beautiful Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana

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...]

Dining in Beautiful San Francisco Plantation, Garyville, Louisiana

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

Earlier this week we toured the downstairs rooms in Greenwood Plantation, a plantation home located in St. Francisville Louisiana. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana: Part I. You may want to read that post first and then come back to this one. You'll find a link to this post at the end of that first post about Greenwood. Greenwood saw a … [Read more...]

Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana: Part I

Greenwood Plantation, A Greek Revival Home in St. Francisville, Louisiana Greenwood Plantation, a Greek Revival home in St. Francisville, Louisiana, was one of my favorite homes of all the homes my friend, Linda and I toured on our trip to Louisiana. Greenwood is located in West Feliciana Parish which is about an hour's drive north of Baton Rouge.   In 1960, something terrible happened to … [Read more...]

The Colorful Shutters of New Orleans, Plus A Video

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

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

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...]

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...]

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...]

Tour Historic Shakenhurst Estate in England

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...]

Tour Happy Hollow, A Storybook Home With Beautiful Gardens

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...]

Restoration Of Historic Ski Cabin In Switzerland

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

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

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

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

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...]

Tour a Beautiful 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...]

Tour a Beautiful Historic Home in Savannah Georgia

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!

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...]

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...]

Stone Grist Mill Becomes Beautiful Bed and Breakfast

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

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

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

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...]

Tour Oak Hall, Waterfront Country Estate & 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...]

Paris Apartment, Another World Frozen in Time

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

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...]

Restoration of Historic Powell House, Part I

Welcome to the 258th Metamorphosis Monday! A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to tour The Powell House, an historic home built in 1928 in Villa Rica, Georgia.This home is currently going through a renovation/restoration so I thought you might enjoy touring it for Met Monday. The Powell House was built by Villa Rica's first doctor, Dr. Bruna Columbus Powell who passed away in 1961 at the age of 92. … [Read more...]

Tour an Adorable Carmel Cottage

I came across this cute cottage in Carmel recently and it was love at first site. Hard to believe it's 85 years old!   It's been carefully restored and is absolutely enchanting. Enjoy the tour!   This home has so much charm with touches of whimsy throughout. Love that! Notice the black and white check pillows. That accent is repeated again in the kitchen.   Love … [Read more...]

Tour A Historic Home in Madison Georgia

Recently, I came across this beautiful historic home for sale in Madison, Georgia. Madison is just an hour or so outside of Atlanta. I've been there several times in the past for home tours. It was a Christmas home tour in Madison is where I first spied a table set with Lenox, Winter Greetings and fell in love with that pattern. See what trouble these tours can cause! ;) This historic home is great for … [Read more...]

Tour A Beautiful, Light-Filled Historic Cottage

This beautiful cottage designed by Tom Stringer Design Partners had me at the front porch. I didn't even have to go inside to know I was going to love the interior. You know when a home starts off this lovely on the front porch, the interior is going to be just as fabulous!   This home doesn't disappoint...just look at this wonderful family room decorated in a blue and white color scheme. … [Read more...]

Tour an Historic Equestrian Estate in Virginia

Autumn, the air is crisp and invigorating, let's saddle up the horses and go for a ride! Okay, I don't have a horse, but I can dream! Imagine riding your horse on this beautiful estate! The trees are just beginning to change their summer clothes for brighter garments. The manor house pictured below is The Maples and it was built in 1853. In addition to the main house, there's a guest house with 2 … [Read more...]

The Big Chill: Tour the Antebellum House in the Movie

Did you ever see the movie, The Big Chill? I had not until recently. When I've posted movie house tours here at BNOTP in the past, The Big Chill was one y'all recommended I check out. Well, HELLO!  Would you just look at this house! Oh. My. Gosh! The movie started off a bit slow and then THIS came into view on the screen. After I picked myself up off the floor, I thought, no wonder you guys suggested … [Read more...]

Tour a Beautiful Waterfront Estate in Virginia

I'm not sure where today went, but I couldn't let it slip away without sharing a home I found recently online. This home is an historic estate in Virginia surrounded by the most amazing gardens.  There's also a smoke house, stables, an ice house, and pool and tennis pavilions. I love a beautiful driveway leading to an equally beautiful home. What a grand entrance!   The home is a Georgian … [Read more...]

Dining in an English Country House: A Visit to Chatsworth House

Welcome to the 257th Tablescape Thursday! Have you ever visited Chatsworth House? Unfortunately, I've never been to England but I'm determined to get there one of these days. Chatsworth House is a large country house located in the county of Derbyshire in the East Midlands region of England. It was built beginning around 1553 but went through a rebuilding process beginning in 1696. Chatsworth is home to … [Read more...]

Historic 1852 Ski Cabin, Restored & Updated

  Welcome to the 228th Metamorphosis Monday! Thank you so much for the loving comments you left on my weekend post and on Facebook. I've read each one and appreciate them more than you know. Metamorphosis Monday: Last September Cornelia shared pics of the restoration and renovation process they had started on their historic ski cabin located in the Swiss Alps in the Canton of Grison.  The … [Read more...]

Two Story Porches: Build a Porch Way Up High

  My love for a two-story porch started the day I was on a home tour in Grant Park (Atlanta) and I walked out onto the top porch of this home.  I know the trees kind of look like they are obstructing the view but it didn't feel or look that way on the porch.  Instead, it felt as if we were in this magical place, high above the world.  We could see all the way down the street both ways, as well as … [Read more...]

Historic 1825 Home and Equestrian Farm: Take the Tour

  Rarely do I come across a home where I feel I could just move in, not change a thing and be a happy girl.  This beautiful home pretty much met that standard for me.  Okay, one teeny change, I do prefer my screened-in porches on the back of the house, but other than that, I'm totally in love with this beautiful, historic home.  This home is available to purchase and the real estate listing at … [Read more...]

Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

Mario Buatta, I'll marry you!  And you only have to ask once! You'll have to watch the first of the two videos at the end of this post for that statement to make sense. :) For years I have had a big crush on Mario Buatta. Unfortunately, it's a case of unrequited love. lol Not only is Mario Buatta amazingly talented and one of my all time favorite designers, he's very much the dapper dresser and has a … [Read more...]

Bedrooms, Baths and Back Porch of Historic 1833 Home

Sandi's been sharing pics of her historic 1833 home with me this week .  Today I'm taking you into two bedrooms and their accompanying baths.  I'm also sharing a photo showing the back of the home and a special screened door Sandi designed and had built for her back door that's not a standard opening. I added a fun little fact to yesterday's post later in the day.  I thought I'd mention it again in case … [Read more...]