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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: The Epicurean Collector

If you're a lover of cooking, table setting, entertaining or antiques, the book I'm sharing this evening is a great one to consider for your library.   In the BNOTP Library: The Epicurean Collector: Exploring the World of Culinary Antiques Author: Patrick Dunne Hardcover: 192 pages Book Size: 10.3 x 9.7 x 0.9   Patrick Dunne, the author of this book, used to have a column in … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Linens For Every Room And Occasion

Do you love beautiful linens? Does your heart beat a little faster when you run your hand across an embroidered tablecloth or a monogrammed pillow, marveling at the artistry and love that went into creating it? Do you sometimes wish you knew more about how to use those special linens you've inherited or purchased? Or, do you just enjoy beautiful interior design, lovely table settings and the art of fine … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: William Yeoward on Entertaining

Thanks so much to everyone who subscribed to receive email updates when a new "In The BNOTP Library" post is available to read at Between Naps On The Porch. This is the first BNOTP Library post that is being sent out via email to just those readers who subscribed for those updates. If you've come across this post randomly while visiting BNOTP and would like to be notified when I post about a favorite … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Martha’s Entertaining

I almost forgot to share a book from my decor library this evening. Painters are coming tomorrow to get started on pressure washing the house, decks and porch, all in preparation of painting them (the porch and decks) as well as repairing some damage done to the chimney by a mischievous woodpecker. I've been outside this evening, removing string lighting and other stuff that will be in the way when work … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: China And Glass

While we continue enjoying all the beautiful table settings posted for today's Tablescape Thursday, HERE, I'm sharing a book from my library that's a dish lover's dream. Even though it's been four years now, I remember the day this book arrived. I had a feeling I would like it since I have other books by this author and love those, but I was positively elated as I flipped through it and realized how … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Tabletops

While we continue enjoying the beautiful table settings linked for today's Tablescape Thursday, I wanted to share an absolutely wonderful book that's all about creating beautiful tables. It's also by one of my favorite authors, Barbara Milo Ohrbach, an author of a previous book I've shared from my library. If you love creating beautiful tablescapes and table centerpieces for everyday or for special … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining

When I sat down to write this BNOTP library post, I couldn't remember exactly when I had purchased the book I'm sharing this evening. I looked it up on Amazon and it was on February 19th of this year. Seeing that made me smile because it made perfect sense. I was undoubtedly looking for some relief from the cold, drab days of winter, a reminder that summer would be here again in all its vibrant beauty. … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Southern Cocktails

After Linda and I finished touring Stanton Hall in Natchez, Mississippi a few weeks ago, we headed for the gift shop. Almost all the homes we toured had gift shops and visiting those was so much fun because so many of the items in the shops were home and entertaining related. Several of the gift shops had a nice selection of books. I loved looking at the titles and jotted down bunches I wanted to … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Southern Lady Gracious Tables

While we continue visiting and enjoying all the wonderful tables linked for Tablescape Thursday today, here's a great book from my library, filled with lots of inspiration for setting beautiful tables.  You may recognize the author, Phyllis Hoffman; she's the President of Hoffman Media which produces so many great lifestyle magazines including Southern Lady, The Cottage Journal, Tea Time, Bliss … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Decorating With China & Glass

I'm doing it backwards today. My post for today is taking a lot longer than I thought it would (took too many photos) so instead of posting a book from the BNOTP library at the end of the day, I'll go ahead and share it now. Today's book is for the china and dishware lovers...raising my hand! :) In the BNOTP Library: Decorating with China and Glass Author: Caroline Clifton-Mogg Hardcover: 192 … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Antiques For The Table

Someone asked me in a comment a while back how I kept up with which books I've already purchased, so as to avoid accidentally buying the same one again. Most of the time I know immediately if a book I come across is one I already have, but over the years it is easy to forget and occasionally buy one you already own. When I very first fell in love with buying new and used books on Amazon (after realizing … [Read more...]