In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Placed Weed

This morning I took you on a tour of Ryan Gainey's beautiful garden in Atlanta. The book I'm sharing today takes you back into Ryan's garden for a much more in-depth look, as well as into his cottage-style home for a look at how he sets the table for a dinner party.   In the BNOTP Library: The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Garden of Ryan Gainey Author: Ryan Gainey Hardcover: 176 … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Shakespeare In The Garden

With gardening on the mind these days, I'm sharing one of my favorite gardening books, one I purchased per Amazon in September 2006. That was two years before I began blogging; I didn't even know what a blog was back then and today I have the joy of sharing it with you on this wonderful thing called the World Wide Web. Amazing! :)   In the BNOTP Library: Shakespeare in the Garden Author: … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cottages On The Coast

I have beach cottage living on my mind after our tour of a wonderful beach house this morning. If you missed that tour, you'll find it here: Beach Cottage Overflowing With Charm   In the BNOTP Library: Cottages on the Coast: Fair Harbors and Secret Shores Author: Linda Leigh Paul Hardcover: 224 pages Book Size: 8.7 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches   3 Things I Like About This Book: If … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Passion For Detail

Charlotte Moss is one of my favorite designers because she puts so much passion into everything she does, including those seemingly small details that give a room life and personality. I've never bought a Charlotte Moss book, I didn't love or come away with a new idea. This book has a bit of a scrapbook feel to me because the pictures throughout are all different sizes, some large, some medium size, some … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Floral Home

Sharing an absolutely delicious book today. If you love decorating with floral fabrics and love English design, you'll adore this book!   In the BNOTP Library: Floral Home, The:: From Floral Wallpapers and Fabrics to Arranging Fresh and Dried Flowers Author: Leslie Geddes-Brown Hardcover: 191 pages Book Size: 11.5 x 9.6 x 0.7   3 Things I Like About This Book: If you … [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...]




Tour Designer Carolyn Westbrook’s Home, The Oaks

Have you ever been looking at homes online and suddenly thought, "I know that home!" That happened to me recently when I came across Designer, Carolyn Westbrook's plantation home, The Oaks. I recognized several of the rooms from having seen them in one of her books, Carolyn Westbrook Home. After living there for many years, I guess she is ready for a change because her home is now on the market and … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Books Make A Home

You know you love books when you find yourself buying books about books. :) I have quite a few books on the subject of collecting, storing and decorating with books and they are some of my absolute faves in my decor library.   In the BNOTP Library: Books Make a Home Author: Damian Thompson Hardcover: 160 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: If I could only choose one … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree Home

After touring a wonderful home decorated in the beautiful warmth and style of French Country design, I knew the perfect book to share from my decor library.   In the BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree Home Author: Charles Faudree Hardcover: 224 pages Book Size: 12.1 x 10.4 x 0.9   I cherish all the books I own by Designer and Philanthropist, Charles Faudree since he just passed … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Coming Home

For as long as I can remember, I've said to anyone who would listen, I'd love to live in an old house one day. I love the architecture and sometimes quirky personalities of older homes. I especially love their anything-but-cookie-cutter design. One friend used to always say to me, "Don't buy an old home, build one!" She would remind me if I built a new-old house, I could get all the features I wanted and … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: More Literary Houses

If you've come across this post randomly and would like to be notified of new "In The BNOTP Library" posts, please subscribe via the gray subscribe box at the end of this post. I couldn't share the book, Literary Houses with you without sharing the sequel Rosalind Ashe wrote the following year. The illustrations are just as beautiful, maybe even more so. And I know you're going to love the homes she … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Literary Houses

If you've come across this post randomly and would like to be notified of new "In The BNOTP Library" posts, please subscribe via the gray subscribe box at the end of this post. Today, I'm sharing a very different book from my library. When I found out about the premise behind this book, I could not wait to get my hands on it. The whole concept intrigued and excited me! Have you ever read a novel that … [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: William Yeoward At Home

It's been a few days since I shared a book from my library. I'm still working on the logistics of setting up a separate "subscribe or sign-up" for the BNOTP Library posts. So, look for that soon. I'll make a big announcement on the blog and try to remember to mention it several times so if you enjoy the decor, gardening and entertaining book-post-reviews, you'll still receive those when they are published … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: French Influences

It's been a few days since I shared a book from my Decor*Gardening*Entertaining library. I've been working on something and it should be ready real soon. I know some Between Naps On The Porch readers enjoy getting an email when a new post is up at BNOTP but I'm guessing not everyone who reads BNTOP may be interested in the book review posts. I haven't had any complaints but just to make sure you aren't … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Perfect Porches by Paula S. Wallace

After seeing all those fabulous porches earlier this morning in our tour of a wonderful lake home and guest cottage on The Ford Plantation, I knew just the book to share with you this evening. I figure with a blog titled Between Naps on the Porch, it's  my solemn duty to sample and road test all the available porch books to be found! :)   In the BNOTP Library: Perfect Porches: Designing … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nicky Haslam’s Folly De Grandeur

My main computer, the one where I store all my photos, is at the computer doctor getting worked on. It feels like I'm missing my right arm. Hopefully I will have it back in the next day or two. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a beautiful book from my decor library. If you're new to this series I started a while back, you'll find all the books I've shared on the topics of Decorating, Gardening and … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Perfect English Cottage

Having just featured a book depicting lots of wonderful rooms decorated in English style, I couldn't resist sharing another one of my favorite English design books. You may remember when I featured the book, Perfect English by Ros Byam Shaw. Last summer I was excited to discover she has also written a book on cottage design.   In the BNOTP Library: Perfect English Cottage Author: Ros Byam … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: English Decoration

I love English design! Long before I even knew what "style" or "look" fell under the moniker of English Design, I accidentally decorated my living room in an English/Hunt vibe. I decorated that room just buying what I loved, never thinking about a particular style or design.   It was actually a dearheart on Rate My Space (remember that site) who awoke me to the idea that my living room had … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Birding Life

This morning's post about the lovely bluebirds who visit my feeder for mealworms reminded me of a book I've been wanting to share for a while. Remember when I shared the book, Living With Dogs by Laurence Sheehan? A short time later I shared another one of his great books, The Gardener's Life. I've quickly become a Sheehan fan and if there's one thing I've learned, it's that his books are not only about … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s, Rooms We Love

I'll be back a little later today to share a home I think you will find intriguing, fascinating and haunting. At least, that's the effect it had on me when I toured it in Natchez, Mississippi a few weeks ago. In the meantime, I'm sharing a book I purchased recently that I'm so enjoying! It's by Mary Carol Garrity so of course, you know it's going to be good! I've never been disappointed in one of her … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Porch Perfect

Since I have all things "porch" on the brain right now (check out this morning's post for more details) I thought it was time to share another porch book. I can never, ever have too many porch books! I look for the bargains on Amazon and my wee porch library grows each year. In the BNOTP Library: Porch Perfect Author: Barbara B. Buchholz Hardcover: 144 pages Book Size: 10.2 x 10.1 x … [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: Getaways

This morning we toured the resort-like home of model and entertainer, Heidi Klum in this post: Tour Heidi Klum's Beautiful Home With To-Die-For Views & Gardens  Ummm, what book from my decor library could I possibly share to follow that dreamy paradise?  I could think of only one.   In the BNOTP Library: Getaways: Carefree Retreats for All Seasons Author: Chris Casson Madden Hardcover: … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Nathan Turner’s American Style

Happy 4th of July weekend! How about a book filled with a little red, white and blue and some "American style" decorating, west coast style.   Are you a Nathan Turner fan? I rarely watch TV so wasn't familiar with his work until I came across this book last year. You'll find an eclectic mix of rooms in this book, lots of fresh ideas for decorting your home. Hope you enjoy checking it out this … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: At Home in Nantucket

After touring a wonderful waterside home with an island feel this morning, what better book to share from my library than one about another popular island rich in history and beautiful homes: Nantucket. I've never been to Nantucket but this book has made me want to visit there more than ever.   In the BNOTP Library: At Home in Nantucket Author: Lisa McGee Hardcover: 204 pages Book size: … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Field Guide To American Houses

I used to get so frustrated when I'd see a house and couldn't figure out its architectural style or design. Some homes are pretty obvious, I can spot a Greek Revival a mile away and I bet you can, too. But some are a blend of architectural styles and can be difficult to pin down. This is one of those books you'll find yourself using again and again. I keep mine about two feet from me here on my desk. … [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: Classic Greenwich Style

You would laugh at me if you saw me getting ready to write a "BNOTP Library" post. I get up from my desk, walk over to the bookshelves here in the office and start pulling books off the shelf--one after the other, agonizing over which of my children is my favorite today. Okay, well at least that's how it seems when I'm going through the process. You would think I'm preparing to write the last "In The … [Read more...]




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

Did you know Mary Engelbreit wrote a book where she shared her storybook home and gardens? I was late in learning this, her book had already been out a few years. I've always liked her whimsical, spirit-lifting art and I enjoyed her magazine when it was available, but I had no idea what to expect when I ordered the book she wrote sharing her own home. After it arrived, I loved it so much I immediately … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: 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: Sentimental Living From the Porch

Sharing another one of my favorite porch books today. This one is chock full of wonderful ideas for decorating and entertaining on the porch. I noticed tonight, I purchased it from Amazon in December 2007. That's exactly when I was knee-deep in the middle of adding a screened-in porch and front porch to my home.   In the BNOTP Library: Sentimental Living From The Porch: four seasons of … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Painted Home by Dena

Happy Sunday! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Recently I shared the book, Essentially Lilly by Lilly Pulitzer. It's perfect for summer reading with its bright cheerful colors. It reminds me so much of another book I came across in a home decor store. I glanced through it, loved it, then came home and bought it on Amazon where I found it for a lot less.   In the BNOTP Library: The … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Garden Room

I love gardening books but my most favorite gardening books of all are the ones that combine gardening with interior design. The book I'm sharing today does this beautifully. It features the garden rooms of some of my fave designers, including Bunny Williams.   In the BNOTP Library: The Garden Room: Bringing Nature Indoors Author: Timothy Mawson Hardcover: 176 pages Book size: 10.5 x 8 x … [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: Relaxing On The Porch

I've been gone all day today, doing a little clothes/shoe shopping, something I rarely do. This warm weather has put me in the mood to update my summer wardrobe. I'm in love with Lilly Pulitzer dresses and skirts this summer. I didn't buy any today but it was fun looking at all the styles. I've just discovered Jack Rogers sandals. Did you know Jackie O wore Jack Rogers sandals? I didn't know that until … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: P. Allen Smith’s Living In The Garden Home

After taking you along on a wonderful garden tour this morning in this post: Breathtaking Garden From The Gardens For Connoisseurs Tour, I thought I'd share another one of my fave gardening books. I have quite a few gardening books but when I was going through them, trying to choose one to share, I kept going back to a book by one of my favorite gardeners, P. Allen Smith. This is the 3rd one of his … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Cottages By The Sea

After our Carmel cottage tour this morning, I had to share a book I purchased about the area several years ago. If you love Carmel, this is definitely a book you'll want in your library. In addition to photos inside many of the homes, it really goes back into the history of the area, so it's an interesting read.   In the BNOTP Library: Cottages by the Sea, The Handmade Homes of Carmel, … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Feather Your Nest

A few times a year, Mary Carol Garrity, the owner of Nell Hill's, a well-known home furnishings store, opens up her 130 year-old Greek Revival home for tours. One of those times is always around Christmas. Her home is absolutely beautiful any time of year, but at Christmastime, it's over-the-top amazing! I've noticed a few other bloggers posting tours on their blogs after attending one of her home tours … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Mario Buatta, Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

I discovered the designer, Mario Buatta, kind of late in life but loved his work as soon as I saw it. I immediately Googled to find a book by him and couldn't believe there were none! What?!!  I was beyond excited when I read someone finally convinced him to do a book. Of course, when you're an Interior Designer for 50 years and never write a single book, when you do, it's a whopper! A 432 page … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: P. Allen Smith’s Container Gardens

I love container gardening during the summer months because it let's you grow your fave flowers where you can really see and enjoy them, right on your porch, patio, balcony or deck. After this morning's post filled with lots of container gardening, I thought I'd share a book I've had for a while on this subject. It's another one by one of my favorite authors...can you guess who?   In the … [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: The Gardener’s Life by Larry Sheehan

When I order a new book from Amazon, one of the first things I do when it arrives is lift off the dust jacket to see how the book looks underneath. I absolutely love it when a book has a fabulous cover, one that would look wonderful on my bookshelf if one day the dust jacket became damaged or worn. Some of my favorite covers are those that completely mimic the dust jacket with a cover that's the exact … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Southern Style

In this BNOTP Library feature, I'm sharing the book that started me on the quest to collect lots of colorful bottles. Can you guess why?   In the BNOTP Library: Southern Style Author: Mark Mayfield Hardcover: 208 pages Book size: 11.5 x 9.5 x .8 inches     3 Things I Like About This Book: This is the book that made me fall in love with bottle trees and convinced … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home

I used to love watching P. Allen Smith when he was on TV. He may still be on TV, does anyone know? Many years ago when he was the speaker at a spring garden tour in Macon, Georgia, I drove down with a friend to attend the tour and hear him speak. I was so impressed with how down-to-earth and nice he was. Over the years I've purchase a number of his books and the one I'm sharing today is my favorite because … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Conservatory Book

I love the look and romance of a beautiful conservatory. Remember the one in the movie, Practical Magic?  I loved that conservatory! The book I'm sharing today will have you dreaming of beautiful conservatories.   In the BNOTP Library: The Conservatory Book Author: Peter Marston Hardcover: 160 pages Book size: 11.7 x 9.6 x 0.8   3 Things I Like About This Book: Pictures … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Enchanted Circles

After seeing Christy's beautiful hydrangea wreath this morning, what better book to share from my library than one that's all about making beautiful wreaths for each season of the year.   In the BNOTP Library: Enchanted Circles Author: Elizabeth Jane Lloyd Hardcover: 128 pages Book size: 0.5 x 9.2 x 9.8   3 Things I Like About This Book: Sections of book are divided up … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Chris Madden, The Soul Of A House

Chris Madden, The Soul of a House, is the first book of Chris Madden's that I ever purchased. I liked it so much, I immediately ordered two of her previous books. Isn't it wonderful when a book is so good, you can't wait to buy others by the same author. I love that and I do it often when I find an author or designer I really like.   In the BNOTP Library: Chris Madden The Soul of a House: … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Classic English Interiors

It was a happy day the day I discovered books authored by Designer, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, the elder daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. I don't remember which of her books was the first one I purchased, but once it arrived, I was hooked. I immediately began ordering others. I just counted before I started writing this post and I have 7 of her books, so far. Love them … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: At Home With Books

A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~Cicero When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. ~Desiderius Erasmus I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.~Anna Quindlen "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, August 7, 1991 I love books. I love … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Living With Dogs

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




In The BNOTP Library: One Man’s Folly by Julia Reed

We interrupt this weekend with a book alert! :)  Soooo excited, I can't help myself. I rarely pre-order books, usually wait until they've been out a while and buy them used, but this one sounded so amazing in an article I read recently, I just knew it was going to be wonderful..and it is! My copy just arrived in the mail today and I'm in love!   In the BNOTP Library: One Man's Folly: The … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Mary Emmerling’s Beach Cottages

Happy Friday! I'll have a post up a little later today, working on it now. In the meantime I'm sharing another book from my decor library. Since I've been on such a beach kick this spring, I thought I'd share one more beach-themed book from the BNOTP library. I already own two other books by Mary Emmerling so when I ordered this book a couple of years ago, I had a feeling I would like it and I … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Storybook Style

Yesterday we toured a wonderful storybook home, Cotchford Farm, the home of author A. A. Milne who created the delightful storybook world of Winnie-the-Pooh. If you love storybook homes, you will love the book I'm sharing today from the BNOTP library.   In the BNOTP Library: Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties Author: Arrol Gellner Hardcover: 192 pages Book size: 11.4 x … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Barclay Butera Living on the Coast

Barclay Butera is a designer I only recently discovered back in spring of last year. I immediately loved what I saw of his work and ordered the book, Living on the Coast in April 2013.   By the way, this is another one of those books where the "preview" at Amazon is misleading and doesn't do the book justice. So many of the interiors they show are very neutral, but the book is filled with … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: The English Country House

After our tour this morning of  the grand Shakenhurst Estate in England, I thought I'd share a book I purchased back in August 2011 that is one of the most comprehensive and best books I've ever found on the English country house.  The English Country House by Mary Miers is truly in a class of its own.   In the BNOTP Library: The English Country House: From the Archives of Country … [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: Waterside Cottages

With warm temperatures finally arriving and summer on its way, it's time for a summer cottage book. If you saw my Monday post, you know I've got beach fever these days big time.   In the BNOTP Library: Waterside Cottages Author: Barbara Jacksier Published: Gibbs Smith, August 2009 Hardcover: 160 pages Book size: 10.5 x 8.1 x 0.8   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Hunt Country Style

I've so been looking forward to sharing this book with you but I almost changed my mind when I saw the price it's now going for on Amazon. I purchased my copy back on May 18th, 2008 for $34.65. I figured by now it would be less since it's been out a while, but it appears to have gone the other direction. Since I do love it, I'm going to share it anyway so you can add it to your "Wish List" if it looks … [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...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Passion For Blue & White

As I share my fave books from my decorating/gardening library, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to not feature the same author twice in a row, but I just couldn't resist sharing one more Carolyn Roehm book today because I just love it so much! If you love decorating in blue and white, this is THE book to have. I have a number of books on decorating in blue and white and none of them compare to this … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Carolyne Roehm

At Home With Carolyne Roehm was the first Roehm book I ever purchased. It definitely made me a fan and I've since purchased almost all her other books. If I had to choose one word to describe her books, it would be "Gorgeous!" In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Carolyne Roehm Author: Carolyne Roehm Hardcover: 320 pages Book size: 12.3 x 9.3 x 1.2     3 Things I Like About … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Antiques At Home

I've never met a Barbara Milo Ohrbach book I didn't love, this one included. I purchased Antiques At Home back in 2007 and it's one of my very favorites by her. In the BNOTP Library: Antiques at Home: Cherchez's Book of Collecting and Decorating with Antiques Author: Barbara Milo Ohrbach Hardcover: 256 pages Book size: 10.3 x 7.8 x 0.9 3 Things I Like About This Book: It's like going … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Garden Room Style

I have a thing for conservatories, greenhouses and any room where you can bring the outdoors in. The cover of the book I'm sharing from the BNOTP library today, drew me in and it was not a disappointment. The rooms inside are just as beautiful, some even more so! In the BNOTP Library: Garden Room Style Author: Peter Marston Published: Rizzoli (September 15, 1998) Hardcover: 160 pages Book size: … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Designers At Home

I'm nosy, I admit it. I love, love, love getting a peak inside the homes of well-known designers. It's so fascinating to see how they really live. I wonder, have they used a lot of color in their home or is it decorated in all neutrals? Do they have pets? Is their home pristine and perfect or does it look lived-in? I want to know, do they decorate their own home the way they do the homes of their … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Perfect English

Thanks so much for all the generous comments on this morning's post, a tutorial for building a Pottery Barn inspired Cubby Organizer. I've been lusting after that organizer for years. Appreciate the awesome tips you left, too. Had no idea a compound miter saw could be used for a project like that! This evening I'm sharing another fave from the BNOTP library, a book about English decor/interior … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Martha Stewart’s New Old House

Pssst: I've created a new category at the top of BNOTP called Library so if later you're trying to remember the name of a book I featured from my decor library, you'll be able to click on that category and find it there. I also dropped the rating scale because I realized that I'm only going to be sharing those books that I own and really like.  So if I'm sharing it here, you know it's one I … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Country Living Decorating With White

If you missed the video I sent out in my morning post, you are in for a treat! I had to watch it several times and I still want to watch it again! lol It's pretty awesome! The comments you've left are pretty awesome too, I can tell you loved it as much as I did. In this post I'm sharing a book I ordered a few months ago and have really enjoyed. When it arrived, I was surprised and delighted by the cover. … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: A Home of Your Own

Today I thought I'd share a book that's probably not that well-known. I noticed this evening that it's been out about a year but still doesn't have any reviews on Amazon. Not sure why because I really like it and think it's a great book.   It was the cover that drew me to A Home of Your Own. I loved the entry and staircase shown on the dust jacket. Speaking of  dust jackets, this is one of … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: An Affair With A House

I had to kick off our very first BNOTP Library post with one of my all time favorite decorating books. It's the first book that always comes to mind when I think of my faves. It's one I pull off the shelf at least once a month to enjoy all over again. In the BNOTP Library: An Affair with a House Author: Bunny Williams Published: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2005) Hardcover: 240 … [Read more...]




Ummph! Martha Stewart Canceled, Again!

As you're running around today preparing for the big day tomorrow, here's a little silliness to give you a giggle.  Stop, take a few deep breaths today and know this:  It doesn't have to be perfect.  It doesn't even have to be edible.  It just has to be about gathering together with the ones we care about and love. Dear Family & Friends, I know that you were eager to accept our family’s invitation … [Read more...]




Favorite Decorating and Design Books

I started collecting decorating and design books many years ago when I discovered I could buy books online for around the same price (sometimes less) than a magazine.  I still love decorating magazines, but who can resist a great design book for just pennies on Amazon and half.ebay.com. Recently I added a mini-library along one wall of the office. I gathered books together from all around the house, … [Read more...]




Celebrating the Winter Blues

A little birdie told me you had the winter blues... So I was thinking...since Old Man Winter is here to stay for while, instead of fighting those winter blues, why don't we just embrace them. Come on over here; I have the perfect spot for you...a comfy blue chair... And a nice, hot cup of tea, served from a Blue Willow teapot... How about a fluffy, soft pillow... With a … [Read more...]