Two Enjoyable, Yet Very Different Books: Wanderlust and Classic Style

This past weekend I did something I haven't done in a while, I curled up with a couple of new books and just vegged for a whole evening. The two books could not have been more different from each other, so it was like whiplash reading as I alternated between the two of them. I'm not sure what that says about me, that I would order and enjoy two such different books. lol   Wanderlust by … [Read more...]




My Decorating Book Wish List Just Got A Little Longer

I've just discovered another talented designer on Instagram whose pictures are like something from a fairytale or a movie. Check out the Instagram account of nicolasdepompadour. Nicolas has a beautiful home and is very well-traveled, so he shares some absolutely gorgeous photos of stunning rooms and gardens. He also has an adorable doggie named Sophie who is completely devoted to him and often appears in … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Bee Cottage Story

It's not often a decorating book comes with a great story...this one does.   In the BNOTP Library: The Bee Cottage Story Author: Frances Schultz 3 Things I Like About This Book: I've had this book on my wish list ever since I blogged about France Schultz adorable Bee Cottage here: France Schulz Decorated Bee Cottage and Herself Back to Happiness. It had completely sold out and was … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree Details

Please Note: Recently I made a small change/improvement to the BNOTP Library posts: If I've previously shared other books by an author, I've started categorizing that author's books under the author's name. So, if you enjoy a particular author or designer, note the categories shown at the end of each BNOTP Library post. If you see the author's name (like in this case, Charles Faudree) at the end of the … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Decorating Secrets by Mary Carol Garrity

I believe I have every book Mary Carol Garrity has ever written. I was thinking today, I wish she would do one on Halloween decorating. Mary Carol, I hope you see this!   In the BNOTP Library: Decorating Secrets Author: Mary Carol Garrity 3 Things I Like About This Book: In this book, Mary Carol is taking us under her wing and sharing the decorating secrets she's learned from … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Dreaming of Florence

I couldn't share Barbara Ohrbach's book, Dreaming of Tuscany, and not share her book about Florence. Both are wonderful books for anyone wishing to travel to these areas or for anyone just interested in learning more about the homes, decor, gardens, art, food and culture.   In the BNOTP Library: Dreaming of Florence: Where to Find the Best There Is: Renaissance Treasuress; Rooms with a View; … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Dreaming of Tuscany

Barbara Ohrbach books are always a joy to read, including the one I'm sharing today. I purchased this book and another of Barbara's books about Italy, a few months before leaving to visit the area. If all goes as planned, I should be walking the streets of Tuscany as you read this. Keep me in your thoughts, dear Friend, as I will you! :)   In the BNOTP Library: Dreaming of Tuscany: Where to … [Read more...]




10 Books On My Decorating, Gardening, Entertaining Wish List

Pssst: By the time this post goes live, I'll be in Italy. I'll be sharing photos from there regularly on Instagram and would love to have you follow the fun! You'll find BNOTP on Instagram here: Between Naps On The Porch Instagram Normally when I share a decorating, gardening or entertaining/table setting book with you, it's always one I already own. I have a "Wish List" of books I would love to … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Passion for Parties

Party season is just around the corner...will you be hosting any parties for Halloween or the upcoming holiday season? The book I'm featuring today is filled with gorgeous ideas for parties year around.   In the BNOTP Library: A Passion for Parties Author: Carolyne Roehm 3 Things I Like About This Book: If I never followed a single idea is this gorgeous book and never gave another … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Decorating Safari Style

I created this post before leaving for Africa this past Tuesday. By the time you read it, I hope to be sleeping in a bed that looks like this. Though I don't wish for a plague of mosquitoes, isn't this just the most romantic look! If you find this style of decor enchanting, you'll find lots of inspiration for incorporating a little of it into your decor in the books I'm sharing … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: African Safari Journal

Though this book isn't a decor book, I've enjoyed it so much during the time I was preparing for my trip, I wanted to share it with you in case you have any interest in traveling to or learning about Africa and the birds and animals who inhabit this area.   In the BNOTP Library: African Safari Journal Author: Mark W. Nolting 3 Things I Like About This Book: The name of this book … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Romance of British Colonial Style

The book I'm sharing today is one I purchased back in March of last year. I looked through it and enjoyed the photos when it arrived, but only recently when I began to read it, did I realize how much history is woven through the pages. History never looked so lovely as it does in this book!   In the BNOTP Library: The Romance of British Colonial Style Author: Tricia Foley   3 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cottage Style

Cottage Style: Ideas and Projects for Your World by Jerri Farris and Tim Himsel   In the BNOTP Library: Cottage Style  Author: Jerri Farris and Tim Himsel 3 Things I Like About This Book: This book is for the crafter or DIYer who loves making or refurbishing treasures for their cottage home. Cottage Style contains detailed directions for making 30+ projects including several … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Classic American Decorating by Rosemary G. Rennicke

This book is a wonderful time capsule. If you loved the magazine Colonial Homes (which later became Classic Homes) you'll enjoy this book.   In the BNOTP Library: Colonial Homes Classic American Decorating Author: Rosemary G. Rennicke   3 Things I Like About This Book: I miss Classic Homes (previously Colonial Homes) so this book gives me a small way to hold onto one of my … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Southern Living Style

This book was suggested by a reader of BNOTP earlier this year. After checking it out and reading the reviews, I ordered it. It's by Editors at Southern Living Magazine so I knew it was going to be filled with beautiful rooms!   In the BNOTP Library: Southern Living Style Author: Editors of Southern Living Magazine   3 Things I Like About This Book: This is definitely a … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: At Home With Country

Christina Strutt, a former stylist for vogue and the shop owner of Cabbages & Roses in Chelsea, London, is the author of several beautiful books including the one I'm sharing from my library today.   In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Country Author: Christina Strutt 3 Things I Like About This Book: I love a lot of different decorating styles and the beautiful homes featured … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Scented Room

One of most favorite authors is Barbara Milo Ohrbach, all her books are wonderful. Todays book from the BNOTP library is one that will appeal to anyone who loves gardening and crafting, or just enjoys the beauty and fragrance of flowers.   In the BNOTP Library: The Scented Room Author: Barbara Milo Ohrbach 3 Things I Like About This Book: Barbara describes the purpose of this book … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Colefax and Fowler: The Best in English Interior Decoration

If you're a lover of English Country design, this book is about the firm that pretty much invented this style of decorating. They greatly influenced some of our favorite designers including Arthur Hadley, Mario Buatta and Mark Hampton.   In the BNOTP Library: Colefax and Fowler: The Best In English Interior Decoration Author: Chester Jones   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators

Being a big fan of the work of designer, Mario Buatta, a few years ago I went in search of books about John Fowler. Mario has mentioned many times in interviews and books how greatly influenced he was by his work. He credits John Fowler with teaching him how to use color and how to arrange and use furnishings in a room.   In the BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators Author: Martin … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Second Home: Find Your Place in the Fun

Have you ever longed for a second home, a place to head out to for the weekends or for a little vacation? The book I'm sharing today is one I purchased back in January 2008 when I was right in the middle of adding two porches to my home: a small front porch and a screened-in porch. It must have been the wonderful porch on the cover that drew me in, well that and all the great reviews.   In … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles

If you have an interest in the architectural history of the homes we see all across America, you'll love this book. Many of the homes featured in this book are of historical significance and you'll probably recognize the architects and often the owners of these beautiful homes,   In the BNOTP Library: Great American Houses And Their Architectural Styles Author: Virginia & Lee … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Finest Rooms in America

It was the title of this book that first caught my eye, but the "Editorial Reviews" and the reviews on Amazon prompted me to take a chance and buy it.   In the BNOTP Library: The Finest Rooms in America Author: Thomas Jayne 3 Things I Like About This Book: This is another one of those books that let's us take a peek into the homes of some very famous people. They come from all walks … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cottage Retreats

After featuring Frances Schultz's wonderful Bee Cottage yesterday, I knew just the book to share with you in the next BNOTP Library post. This one's perfect for anyone who loves a cozy cottage home.   In the BNOTP Library: Cottage Retreats by Lisa Jill Schlang Author: Lisa Jill Schlang   3 Things I Like About This Book: This book features all types of beautiful cottages. … [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...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nantucket Island Living

I have several books about Nantucket and this is definitely one of my faves. Photography is stunning and this is a large book that's beautiful to display during the summer months on a coffee table or other prominent spot in your home.   In the BNOTP Library: Nantucket Island Living Author: Leslie Linsley   3 Things I Like About This Book: The inside of this large book is … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Dressed Home

Have you ever noticed how sometimes the colors in the clothes hanging in our closets are often the very colors we feel most comfortable using when decorating our home? This book celebrates that and takes the concept even further.   In the BNOTP Library: The Well-Dressed Home: Fashionable Design Inspired by Your Personal Style Author: Annette Tatum   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cottages

After touring such an adorable cottage home in yesterday's post about an English cottage named, Pixie Nook, the book I'm sharing today follows well with its mix of whimsy and cottage charm.   In the BNOTP Library: Cottages by Brian D. Coleman Author: Brian D. Coleman   3 Things I Like About This Book: I have several "cottage" books and this is definitely one of my faves. … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nantucket Garden and Houses

After touring Sarah's lovely island cottage yesterday, it's time to share a favorite book filled with beautiful homes and gardens on another well-loved island.   In the BNOTP Library: Nantucket: Gardens and Houses Author: Virginia Scott Heard 3 Things I Like About This Book: Great photography with tons of close-ups. Plenty of antiques and nautical, ship-themed art, paintings, … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Mary Emmerling’s Romantic Country

Today I'm sharing another book by one of my favorite design authors, Mary Emmerling. This was a book recommended to me by a BNOTP reader last year after I featured Mary's book about beach cottages. It's very different from her beach cottage book and a great addition to my decor library.   In the BNOTP Library: Mary Emmerling's Romantic Country: Style That's Straight from the Heart Author: … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cape Cod Gardens and Houses by Taylor Lewis

After listening to The Outermost House on my drive home from Ohio yesterday, I have Cape Cod on the brain. I only have one book about that area and each time I read it, I have a great longing to see it in person.   In the BNOTP Library: Cape Cod: Gardens and Houses Author: by Taylor Lewis   3 Things I Like About This Book: Tons and tons of wonderful pictures of the gardens … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Vintage Treasures

If you love antiquing, thrifting, flea markets and garage sales, and enjoy decorating and crafting with your vintage finds, you'll love this book. It's filled with lots of lovely collections and beautiful craft ideas.   In the BNOTP Library: Vintage Treasures Author: Jane Cassini & Ann Brownfield   3 Things I Like About This Book: Lots of creative ideas for using vintage … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: New Rooms for Old Houses

I must be an old soul because I've loved old homes for as long as I can remember. Historical homes are truly special and the author of this book, Frank Shirley, totally gets it. He speaks my language and I love the way he cares about the subject of renovating or adding on to an old home in a way that does no harm.   In the BNOTP Library: New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Porch Parties

I love, love, love Denise Gee's books. This is the second one I've shared, the first being Southern Cocktails. Her books are always my go-to source when I'm planning a summer party and want to serve a special party drink to surprise my friends.   In the BNOTP Library: Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining Author: Denise Gee   3 Things I Like … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Blue & White In Your Home

I've always had a serious crush on blue and white decor.   Even when paired with yellow.   Blue and white table settings are a fave, too! (Tablescape can be viewed here: Navy and White Nautical Table)   Over the years I've gradually collected a few books about decorating in blue and white. I always keep an eye out for them and every so often I do a search on … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Paula Deen’s Savannah Style

Recently we took a tour of Paula Deen's home in Savannah. I mentioned in that post, that though I like Paula's current home a lot, I really loved the home she previously lived in. I had seen photos of that home in Paula's magazine many years ago. Also, Paula wrote a book in 2010 and when it arrived, I was happy to see she did include lots of pictures from her own home in addition to tours of several … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Decorating Porches and Decks

The book I'm sharing from my library today is one I purchased back in January 2008. That was during the time construction was underway for my screened porch. I was buying just about every "porch" book I could find during those days, looking for ideas and inspiration as I decorated my porch addition.   In the BNOTP Library: Decorating Porches And Decks: Stylish Projects for the Outdoor … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Classic Design Styles

When I discovered all the wonderful books written by the English designer, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, elder daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, I was hooked. I have several of her books (7 at last counting) and love them all! Her books never feel dated and are always relevant since the subject is always centered around classic, timeless design. If you love English design, you'll love this … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Bringing Tuscany Home

With all things "Tuscany" on the brain these days, I have just the book to share. Author, Frances Mayes has written some great books over the years. One even inspired a movie, remember Under the Tuscan Sun? After seeing the movie and loving it, I purchased that book, as well as two of her other books, In Tuscany and Bella Tuscany. I loved them all. They aren't action-packed page turners but they are … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Novel Interiors

I'm obsessed with any book that takes two of my favorite loves (interior design and literature) and manages to merge them together in a wonderful and enchanting way. Novel Interiors subtitle says it all: Living In Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature.   In the BNOTP Library: Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature Author: Lisa Borgnes … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Flea Market Decorating

After our trip to A Classy Flea on Friday, I knew just the book to share from my decor library!   In the BNOTP Library: Flea Market Decorating: Creating Style with Vintage Finds (Better Homes & Gardens) Author: Vicki Ingham Love rummaging through a thrift store of flea market in search of an undiscovered treasure? This book offers great ideas for seeing those flea market finds in … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Designers In Residence

Some of my favorite decor books are those that take us into the private homes of designers. The book I'm featuring today takes us into the home of 18 designers, including names like Nina Campbell, Rachel Ashwell and Charlotte Moss.   In the BNOTP Library: Designers in Residence: The Personal Style of Top Women Decorators and Designers Author: Claire Whitcomb   3 Things I Like … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Creating A New Old House

Old homes have so much character and charm. Unfortunately, they also require a lot of repairs and updating to make them comfortable for every day living. The book I'm featuring from my Decor library today offers an alternative for those of us who love old homes but not so much the expense of maintaining them.   In the BNOTP Library: Creating a New Old House: Yesterday's Character for Today's … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Equestrian Style

I've never ridden a horse, although I think they're beautiful, and I would starve to death if I had to hunt for my food, but there's just something about the whole equestrian and hunt lifestyle in design, decor and clothing that I find so appealing and intriguing.   In the BNOTP Library: Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant Author: Vicky … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Sharing My Decor Library

Can you believe it's been almost a full year since I first began sharing favorite books from my decor library. In that time I've shared 118 of my favorite books on the topics of Decorating/Design, Entertaining, and Gardening! Thanks so much to the four thousand BNOTP readers who have subscribed to receive, In The BNOTP Library posts! You are the reason creating these posts is so much fun!   I … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s Stylish Weddings

I wasn't planning a wedding when I purchased this book several years ago, but because it's by Mary Carol Garrity, one of my favorite designers and authors, I knew it would be filled with wonderful ideas I could use when entertaining. It didn't disappoint!   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Stylish Weddings Author: Mary Carol Garrity 3 Things I Like About This Book: Mary Carol … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Pleasures of the Porch

With warm weather here at last (we hit 80° today and it's 74° as I type this at 10:00 at night) I have all things "porch" on the brain. Time to share another favorite porch book!   In the BNOTP Library: Pleasures of the Porch : Ideas for Gracious Outdoor Living Author: Daria Price Bowman 3 Things I Like About This Book: Pleasures of the Porch is another great porch book filled … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: On The Porch

The book I'm sharing today is one I purchased back in April 2007 when I was just starting to make plans for adding a screened porch onto the back of my home. It would be a full year before my porch was complete...just in time for its first summer of fun!   In the BNOTP Library: On the Porch: Creating Your Place to Watch the World Go By Author: James M. Crisp 3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Set Table

Every year the Atlanta Botanical Gardens hosts a garden tour called Gardens for Connoisseurs. It's always on Mother's Day weekend and for many, many years, Ryan Gainey's beautiful cottage garden has been on the tour. His garden has been a staple of the tour, a garden you could always count would be there to enjoy. The last time I took the tour, I was told it would no longer be included each year. I was … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Roses For The Scented Room

If you've been reading BNOTP for a while, you may remember when I made rose-scented sugar and shared the recipe here on the blog. The book I'm sharing today is where I found that special recipe.     In the BNOTP Library: Roses for the Scented Room: Beautiful Ideas for Entertaining, Gift-giving and the Home Author: Barbara Milo Ohrbach   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A House in the South

I've been awaiting warmer weather to share this book. It must have been the cover that made this feel like a book best shared on a warm, springtime day.   In the BNOTP Library: A House in the South: Old-Fashioned Graciousness for New-Fashioned Times Author: Frances Schultz Hardcover: 160 pages 3 Things I Like About This Book:  A House in the South takes us inside 22 homes located … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: A Passion for Interiors

Some of my favorite books are the ones where designers invite us inside their own home, their private sanctum. Carolyn Roehm is taking us inside two of her homes, both very different and equally beautiful. In the BNOTP Library: A Passion for Interiors: A Private Tour Author: Carolyne Roehm Hardcover: 288 pages Book size: 12.2 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Great Traditional Style

When I came across this book a few years back, it was like finding buried treasure. It's one of those books that can be had for a song on Amazon but is worth so much more.   In the BNOTP Library: GREAT TRADITIONAL STYLE Author: Shelley Stewart Hardcover: 287 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: Lots of beautiful houses featured from large historical homes to  lovely … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration

About 5 years after Jo Packham wrote the book below, Where Women Create, she launched a wonderful magazine under the same name. Both the book and the magazine were huge hits.   If you enjoyed Where Women Create, I think you'll enjoy Jo Packham's second book, as well.   In the BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration: In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Where Women Create

I noticed this evening as I was working on this book post, Amazon shows I purchased this book on January 20, 2011. That was almost 2 weeks exactly after I began the process of turning my son's old bedroom into an office/craft/sewing room. I was definitely in the zone and looking for inspiration.   In the BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women Author: … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: American Writers at Home

The book I'm featuring today isn't your average decorating book, far from it! But I think you're going to agree that it's pretty special. It's definitely one of my faves and is one of the few books written about houses that usually gives me chills when I sit down to read it.   In the BNOTP Library: American Writers at Home Author: J.D. McClatchy Hardcover: 240 pages 3 Things I Like … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Modern Antiques for the Table

Quite a while back I shared a wonderful book called Antiques for the Table by Sheila Chefetz. I purchased that book back in August, 2007. I loved it so much after it arrived, I immediately ordered her follow-up book, the one I'm sharing today.   In the BNOTP Library: Modern Antiques for the Table: A Guide to Tabletop Accessories of 1890-1940 Author: Sheila Chefetz Hardcover: 240 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Lee Bailey’s Southern Food & Plantation Houses

When I visited Natchez, Mississippi last May with my friend, Linda, we toured Stanton Hall, a beautiful Classical Revival mansion built during 1851-1857. Linda had toured Stanton many times before and couldn't wait for me to see it. I couldn't wait either! It was very grand inside and I was looking forward to taking photos to share with you here on the blog. Imagine how disappointed we were when the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Vintage Vavoom

The book I'm sharing today is for those of us who love antiquing or hitting the flea markets and decorating with our vintage finds. I knew when I bought this book two years ago I would love it...it's by the editors of Romantic Homes Magazine.   In the BNOTP Library: Vintage Vavoom: Romantic Decorating with One-of-a-Kind Finds Author: The Editors of Romantic Homes Magazine Hardcover: 218 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Winter House by Charlotte Moss

I knew it was going to be cold here today when just before going to bed last night, I noticed it was already below freezing outside. I awoke at 7AM to 26 degree temps and reluctantly climbed out of my warm bed. Hard to get up on these cold mornings, isn't it? I hurriedly turned up the heat to warm up the house and watched as the birds eagerly swarmed the three feeders hanging from the pergola and deck. … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Country French Living

Recently, I shared French Country Signature, the first book I ever purchased by the talented designer, Charles Faudree. I remember being so excited and in love with that book, I hadn't even finished it before I purchased his second one, the one I'm sharing today. Amazon doesn't show the date I purchased his first book but they show I purchased today's book on May 26, 2007. That was a full year before I … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: French Country Signature

Charles Faudree is hands down, my absolute favorite designer when it comes to French Country design. Traditional Home magazine used to do a full feature on him approximately every two years and I always pulled those issues aside to relish over and over again. No one does French Country like Charles Faudree!   In the BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree's French Country Signature Author: Charles … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Decorating With Antiques

Pssst: The Between Naps On The Porch newsletter, Postcards From The Porch, will be going out to subscribers this weekend. If you haven't signed up to receive the newsletter yet (it's free!) and would like to receive it when it's sent out each weekend, you can subscribe here: Postcards From The Porch.   In The BNOTP Library Sooo excited to be sharing another wonderful book by Caroline … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Art of Decoration

Though the book I'm sharing today is an older book, it's written about a topic that's classic and forever in style: English Design.   In the BNOTP Library: The Art of Decoration Author: Nina Camptbell Hardcover: 160 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: One of Nina Campbell's first jobs was working with John Fowler of Colefax and Fowler. You can see John Fowler's … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Perfect Tables by William Yeoward

William Yeoward is a master in the art of entertaining. You may remember another one of his other books I featured in the past, William Yeoward on Entertaining. Entertaining often means creating a beautiful table setting. In the book I'm featuring today, Mr. Yeoward is spilling all his secrets and tips for setting a beautiful table.   In the BNOTP Library: Perfect Tables: Tabletop Secrets, … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: English Country, Living in England’s Private Houses

With the return of Downton Abbey, I have English Country decorating and design on the mind. Author, Caroline Seebohm is taking us inside beautiful English Country homes you would normally never get to see.   In the BNOTP Library: English Country Author: Caroline Seebohm Hardcover: 288 pages Size: 10.5 x 10.2 x 1.2 3 Things I Like About This Book: I'm not sure why the description … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House by Mark Girouard

Yesterday we toured Highclere Castle, the Victorian country house where the popular British drama, Downton Abbey is filmed each year. If you have an interest in learning more about Victorian country houses like Highclere, today's book is a good one to consider. You can tell the author has done his research.   In the BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House Author: Mark Girouard Hardcover: … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Martha’s Vineyard Gardens and Houses

After touring HGTV's 2015 Dream Home on Martha's Vineyard, I knew exactly which book I wanted to share today from my decor/gardening library. I've always been intrigued by Martha's Vineyard and became even more curious about that area when I discovered one of my favorite author's, Susan Branch, lives there. She talks about MV a lot on her blog. So I ordered this book a few summers back and love … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Laying The Elegant Table

The book I'm sharing today is for anyone who has an appreciation or love for all things tabletop. A drool-worthy book if ever there was one!   In the BNOTP Library: Laying The Elegant Table: China, Faience, Porcelain, Majolica, Glassware, Flatware, Tureens, Platters, Trays, Centerpieces, Tea Sets Author: Ines Heugel Hardcover: 184 pages   This is one of those rare books that … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: New York Parties: Private Views

It's almost party time! Hard to believe 2014 is about to be a thing of the past. Have you been invited to any New Year's parties this year? Will you be hosting one yourself?   In the BNOTP Library: New York Parties: Private Views Author: Jamee Gregory Hardcover: 208 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: The lavish parties featured in this book are wonderful and worth … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Rooms To Inspire By The Sea

After touring such a great beach house yesterday, I couldn't resist sharing a wonderful book filled with inspiration for decorating a seaside home.   In the BNOTP Library: Rooms to Inspire by the Sea Author: Annie Kelly Hardcover: 240 pages   Be sure and check out the "preview" of this book at Amazon. It's a good preview and really gives you a good feel for this book. 3 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: California Cottages

Yesterday we toured a wonderful California home with tons of cottage style. The book I'm sharing today is all about cottage living in California, covering mountain cottages to beach cottages and everything in between.   In the BNOTP Library: California Cottages: Interior Design, Architecture, and Style Author: Diane Dorrans Saeks Hardcover: 176 pages   3 Things I Like About … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Great American House

Later today I'll be taking you on a tour of a beautiful "new" old house at Between Naps On The Porch. As I was working on that post last night, I kept thinking the house looked so familiar. Then I realized why; it's a home that's been featured in one of my favorite books!   In the BNOTP Library: The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now Author: Gil Schafer III Hardcover: … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Savannah Style

A visit to Savannah is a unique experience. It's one of my favorite places to visit for the architecture, the beautiful homes and gardens, the historic squares and for Savannah's rich and sometimes haunting history.   In the BNOTP Library: Savannah Style: Mystery and Manners Author: Susan Sully Hardcover: 208 pages   I love the title of this book, Savannah Style: Mystery and … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Martha Stewart’s Christmas

Since we're in the Christmas season, I've been sharing a lot of my favorite Christmas-themed books. I can't let the season get by without sharing one of my favorites by Martha Stewart. I've had the paperback version for many years. Recently I noticed they have tons of the hardback version for just a penny on Amazon, so today I ordered it in hardback. I always prefer a hardback copy when I can get it, … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Christmas From The Heart Of The Home

So excited to share a book by one of my favorite authors, Susan Branch. I think everyone has heard of Susan by now, but if not, you are in for a delight!   In the BNOTP Library: Christmas from the Heart of the Home Author: Susan Branch Hardcover: 128 pages 3 Things I Like About This Book: Jam-packed from cover to cover with lots of wonderful recipes for the Christmas holidays and … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Southern Christmas

Though the book I'm sharing today is filled with beautiful pictures and wonderful scenes of Christmas, it's also jam-packed with information and the history of why we decorate the way we do, all the way from Maryland down to the most southern states. If you love an old fashioned Christmas filled with tradition, you'll love this book.   In the BNOTP Library: Emyl Jenkins' Southern … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Bedrooms

Pssst: If you would like to be notified of new "In The BNOTP Library" posts, subscribe to have updates delivered to your Inbox via the gray subscribe box at the end of this post. Often when I find a book I love, I search on Amazon to see if the author has written other books. I figure chances are if I like one book by that author, I'll probably like his/her other books, too. That was definitely the … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Christmas Decorations From Williamsburg

My most favorite way of decorating my home for Christmas is when I'm able to use fresh greenery from the garden. I first fell in love with using fruits and greenery in decorating when I visited Colonial Williamsburg many years ago.   That was when I saw my first apple cone or apple tree centerpiece. (Tutorial for making a Colonial Williamsburg style fruit cone/tree centerpiece can be found … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s Christmas At Home

Looking for a little inspiration for your holiday decorating this year? The book I'm sharing today is one I love to look through each year as the Christmas season comes around. It's filled with gorgeous vignettes, beautiful place settings and inspiration for every room in the home.   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Christmas At Home Author: Mary Carol Garrity Hardcover: 128 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Nantucket Christmas

Have you ever visited Nantucket? I have not but the little bit I've heard about it has me yearning to go. I'd love to see it during the summer but today's book has me convinced it's just as wonderful at Christmastime as it is during the rest of the year.   In the BNOTP Library: A Nantucket Christmas Author: Leslie Linsley Hardcover: 108 pages Book Size: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10 3 Things I … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Fairy-Tale Christmas

Have you ever toured the Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York? I haven't but I would love to see it in person. Each year Designer, Bob Pesce, decorates each of the castle's 15 main rooms in a fairy-tale theme. What an enchanting idea! I love it!   In the BNOTP Library: A Fairy-Tale Christmas: Creating Magical Celebrations Inspired by an Enchanted Castle Author: Karen Anderson Hardcover: … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s O Christmas Tree

I've added some wonderful Christmas books to my decor library over the years and I've been eagerly awaiting the time when I could start sharing a few of those with you. Today's featured book is one I always pull off the shelf to enjoy this time of year as I decorate my home for the holidays.   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's O Christmas Tree Author: Mary Carol Garrity Hardcover: 144 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Sarah Style by Sarah Richardson

It's here! Seems like I've been waiting forever for Sarah Richardson's first-ever book to arrive. Do you know, Sarah? I first discovered her when I caught a series on HGTV where they chronicled the huge makeover she gave to her island cottage. I loved the beach cottage so when I discovered she had a book coming out in June, I did something I rarely do, I pre-ordered it. I got this surprising e-mail from … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Legends In The Garden

November may not be the best time of the year to talk gardening books but today when I came across this one tucked inside the secretary that lives in my bedroom, I didn't want to wait all the way until next spring to share this delightful book. Besides, the love of gardening doesn't fade away with the change of the seasons or a drop in the temperature, right? Wintertime is planning time and time spent … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Bringing It Home: England

Every time I pull a book off the shelf to share, I invariably think, "I love this book, I should have already shared this one." Then I remember, I always think that about all the books I've shared.   In the BNOTP Library: Bringing It Home: England: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Feeling of England in Your Home Author: Cheryl MacLachlan Hardcover: 192 pages Book Size: 10.8 x 8.5 x … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Entertaining In Style

With so many opportunities for entertaining ahead of us as we enter into the season of Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties followed by New Years Eve parties, I'm sharing a book with some great ideas for hosting parties and entertaining. It's also by one of my fave authors, Mary Carol Garrity, the owner of Nell Hill's.   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Entertaining in … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Decorating With Books

I love books so much, I even buy books written about books. If I were decorating a room and could only add one thing to it other than the furniture and lighting, it would be books. Take away the tchotchkes and vases if you must, remove the figurines and the decorative plates, just don't take away the books.   Pssst: All the books I've featured from my library so far, are linked under the main … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Adventures With Old Houses

Adventures With Old Houses was one of the very first books I ever purchased on Amazon. I don't remember now why I bought this book but I'm sure it had something to do with the title. I had never heard of Richard Jenrette but I had a feeling I would like him because anyone with the passion and fortitude to take on the restoration of an old home, and not just one but 14+ old homes, knows a whole lot … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: On Garden Style by Bunny Williams

Did you know the wonderfully talented Interior Designer, Bunny Williams authored a gardening book? She did! When I discovered this a few years ago, I was so excited I immediately ordered her book based solely on how much I had loved her book, An Affair With A House.   In the BNOTP Library: On Garden Style Author: Bunny Williams Hardcover: 288 pages Book Size: 9.3 x 9.4 x 1 3 Things … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Englishman’s Room

It was the title that drew me to this book, loving English design as I do, but this is far from your average decorating or design book.   In the BNOTP Library: The Englishman's Room Author: Alvide Lees-Milne Hardcover: 144 pages Book Size: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.8   3 Things I Like About This Book: The author had 31 Englishmen share about their favorite room and why it's their … [Read more...]