Under The Tuscan Sun: My Visit To Bramasole

Greetings Dear Friends! I've just returned from a day touring Herculaneum, one of the cities buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. I can't wait to share the photos I took with you. I was so amazed to see how much they valued decorating and having a beautiful home and garden even back in 79 AD. I guess I thought they would be too busy coping with the daily needs of life (food, shelter, etc...) to … [Read more...]




Flip or Flop Hosts, Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s Miracle Makeovers

Do you ever watch the HGTV show, Flip or Flop starring Christina and Tarek El Moussa? I was shocked to read recently about Tarek's harrowing experience with thyroid cancer. Apparently he had noticed a lump on his throat, but when he asked his doctor about it on two different occasions, the doctor told him it wasn't anything to worry about.   Amazingly, a savvy fan of the show who is a … [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...]




Inside “A Christmas Story” Movie Museum

This past summer while visiting family in Ohio, I took a day trip over to Cleveland to visit the home featured in the iconic Christmas move, A Christmas Story. I shared pictures of the exterior and interior over a series of posts that can all be found linked here:  A Christmas Story  Movie House Tour, Parts I-IV See the triple window there, just above the porch?   When you're standing in … [Read more...]




Shopping The “A Christmas Story” Movie House Gift Store

A few months ago I was visiting family in Ohio. While there, I took a little day trip over to a Cleveland to tour a place I've always wanted to see in person. Afterwards, I shared this funny picture on the blog and asked if you could guess where it was taken.   I can't get anything by you guys! Y'all had no trouble figuring out I was reenacting a scene from the well-loved Christmas movie, A … [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...]




Revenge Beach House, Take the Tour

Before we dive into today's beach house tour, I just wanted to say thank-you to everyone who participated in yesterday's "interactive" post. I loved reading each chapter of the story you told about the mysterious Paris apartment left abandoned for 70+ years. Also, thank you so much for all the lovely comments left regarding my amateur storytelling. I would normally have replied back on the post, but I … [Read more...]




The Christmas Movie-House Tacky Light Tour

I've noticed a lot of folks are already decorating outside for Christmas this year. I'm going to hang my outdoor window wreaths in the next few days. I normally wait and do it the day after Thanksgiving but I always feel so rushed to get it done when I wait until then. Thanksgiving comes really late this year so I"ve decided to go ahead and get them up this week. I really love this time of year, so why not … [Read more...]




“It’s Complicated” Movie House Now Available for Purchase

The  movie, It's Complicated was released in December 2009 and even today many of us remember the wonderful interiors Nancy Meyers created for the movie. As is so often the case with movie houses, the exterior was the only actual part of the home that made it into the movie.  All the interior scenes were filmed on set in New York. The home, located at 714 West Potrero Road, Thousand Oaks, CA is … [Read more...]




Everything Old is New Again

Have you ever been out shopping and saw something that instantly reminded you of a scene from a movie?  Or, maybe it reminded you of something from your childhood? Recently while shopping in HomeGoods I saw this lemon tree.   It instantly took me back to two Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies we've toured here on BNOTP. Do you remember this scene from the 1961 movie, Lover Come Back. Carol (Doris) … [Read more...]




Tour the “Bewitched Sitcom TV House” In the Movie, Bewitched

Is that not the most confusing blog post title? It will make sense in just a minute. Yesterday, I shared a little house tour of the adorable cottage in the 2005 movie, Bewitched starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. If you missed that post and would love to tour this cute cottage below, you'll find the tour here: Tour the Adorable Cottage in the Movie, Bewitched. At the very end of the movie when … [Read more...]




The Iconic Design & Timeless Style of James Radin

  Recognize this living room? How about this dining room? Both beautiful spaces are from the movie, Something's Gotta Give and they have been loved and copied a few gazillion times over the years. This darling cottage melted the hearts of a lot of movie goers. It's from the movie, The Holiday. And even though the main character in this movie wanted her kitchen completely … [Read more...]




Doc Martin-itis and Dreamy Doyden Castle

I have come down with an acute case of Doc Martinitis.  I first caught this condition when I discovered the show on our local PBS station.  Since then I've watched every season on Netflix.   Here's the definition of the clinical description as found at Doc Martin Online.   About a week ago an email arrived in my Inbox from Netflix, alerting me new episodes were now online and available for … [Read more...]




Dream Towns, Fantasy and Real

When I visit my doctor once a year for a check-up and whine about that 15 lbs I can never seem to lose, he always goes into this big spiel about how I should buy one of those exercise stepper thingies, forgetting we've had this talk before.  He pulls out the step he has tucked under the examining table just for these such moments and he demonstrates, stepping up and down, up and down, all the while … [Read more...]




Kitchen Tweak: Updating my “It’s Complicated” Baking Center

Welcome to the 148th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you've been having a fabulous weekend!  Have you been shopping for groceries in preparation of Thanksgiving?  The stores have all been packed when I've been in. I don't have a big "Before and After" to share for this Met Monday--it's more like a little tweak.  Last week I shared a change I made in my kitchen in this post: Baking Center in movie, It's … [Read more...]




The Baking Center in the Movie, It’s Complicated

Hope your day is going great!  It's been gorgeous here...in the 70's, so I've been spending some time out of the porch enjoying the fall colors.   I know the cold is coming so I'm trying to fully enjoy these last warm days of fall.   A while back I posted a tour of the house in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.  (That movie house tour is available … [Read more...]




Make a Wind Chime from Old Spoons and Forks

Welcome to the 143rd Metamorphosis Monday! For Met Monday, I'm sharing a fun Before and After you can make at home.  Recently, I posted a movie house tour of the amazing house in the movie, Practical Magic.  While watching the movie, there was a scene that reminded me of  something I had seen recently while out antiquing.  In the movie, the Aunts (Aunt Jet and Aunt Frances) have a fun wind chime hanging … [Read more...]




Doris Day Movie Fashion Style: Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back

Thanks so much for your help in identifying some of the hats in yesterday's post.  I loved your comments!  So much fun to find you enjoy the old movies, too. It wouldn't be fair to share all the great hats Doris Day wore in the movies, Lover Come Back and Pillow Talk, without also sharing the fabulous dresses with which they were paired.   After watching these movies, I can understand why there are whole … [Read more...]




Vintage Hats and Doris Day: Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back

I'm a picky movie goer. I don't like scary, sad or super intense movies.  Just give me something romantic, funny or inspiring and I'm happy.  A couple of years ago, I purchased this "Romance Collection" set of movies starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.  It included three movies: Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers. When the movies arrived, I was too busy to watch them so I tucked them … [Read more...]




A Something’s Gotta Give Table

Not so very long ago, I was a woman on a mission.  My sewing room/craft room/office  was gradually moving closer to being completed. But I still needed a small chest to go along side the chair in my little reading corner. I searched through every thrift/antique store in my area and when I couldn't find the chest I had envisioned in my head, (why do I do that to myself?!) I gave up and began … [Read more...]




For Sale: Father of the Bride Movie House and An Historic Home Tour

Well, The Father of the Bride movie house isn't for sale, but the other one is. Huh? Apparently, there were two houses used for the filming of the first Father of the Bride movie. The one that we all remember below that's located in Pasadena, CA is NOT for sale.   But the home that's located at 500 North Almansor Street in Alhambra, CA and was used for the backyard dining scenes on the deck and … [Read more...]




Own the "Home Alone" House!

Hold the phone! Guess what?! The Home Alone house has been put up for sale! Yep, it's true. If you fell in love with this home when you saw the movie, for $1.4 million ($1,392,000 to be exact) you can own the actual home where the movie was filmed. This Zillow article HERE says the home is listed for 2.4 million, I know, let's all pool our money together and buy it. ;) If just 52 of us each pitch … [Read more...]




Search Content with Barcode Scanner on Droid Phones

Last year I was toying with the idea of buying a smart phone, but I kept hearing the 4G phones were coming out any day. So I waited since the 4G phones were supposed to be a good bit faster. While I waited, I had an opportunity to test drive a friends 3G droid phone and absolutely loved it. About a month later, the phone company I have been with for around 9-10 years came out with a 4G phone and my cost … [Read more...]




Own a Prop from Your Favorite Movie

Many years ago, I was out antiquing and came across a somewhat ordinary looking secretary. I had one day hoped to buy a secretary for our house, so it caught my eye. It wasn't quite what I'd had in mind but what really grabbed my attention was the label attached to the sales ticket stating it had been used in the movie, Bull Durham. I was intrigued. Though, Bull Durham wasn't necessarily a favorite … [Read more...]




Rosehill Cottage from "The Holiday" Movie Comes to Life Once More

Hi Everyone! Are you busy, busy, busy preparing for the holidays? Are you making grocery lists, doing last minute shopping and wrapping gifts? I hope you are having fun and enjoying these last minute preparations for family and friends. Recently, I took you on a tour of wonderful Rosehill Cottage in the movie, The Holiday. If you missed it, you'll find it HERE. This is a view of Rosehill Cottage … [Read more...]




Movie Houses…Y’all are Good!

I'm impressed! You guys know your "movie houses." Here are the answers to Saturday's, "Guess what movie house this is?" game: 1. Sleeper Sleeper was a Woody Allen movie that has been described as a "Sci-fi satire." It was released back in 1973 and apparently was a big hit, though somewhat controversial. This home, which appeared in Sleeper, is known as the "sculptured House." It is located on Genesee … [Read more...]




Obsessed with Movie Houses…

Ok, I admit it! I'm obsessed! Often when I go to see a movie, I get so caught up in looking at the "home" where the movie is being filmed, I forget to pay attention to the movie itself! Is that wrong? Take a look at the following eight pics and see if you can guess which movie was shot there. There's a link to the answers below. Have … [Read more...]