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Happy Thanksgiving!

6 Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Welcome to the 324th Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: Putting this week's tablescape up early since tomorrow will be a busy day for so many. Since I'm not hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, for this week's Tablescape Thursday I'm linking back to previous table settings I've created over the years for Thanksgiving.     Hope you enjoy and hope your Thanksgiving Day is … [Read more...]




Christmas In The Bedroom

Tartan Christmas Stocking On Bed Post

This morning I shared one of my favorite holiday books by Mary Carol Garrity, Christmas At Home. Looking through that book again put me in the mood to do a little Christmas decorating. The guest bed was warmed up and made festive with a strand of red mitten garland.   You may remember the garland from when I decorated the screened porch last Christmas. (Christmas Porch post can be viewed … [Read more...]




A French Duvet I Couldn’t Leave Behind

Collection Duchatel Bedding by Maison du Linge  France_wm

It's been a while since we stopped by one of my favorite haunts, A Classy Flea. My timing today wasn't the greatest since they just had a huge Holiday Open House about a week ago. I didn't make it to the open house and I wasn't sure there would be anything left when I stopped in today. I found a few things to share and picked up a couple of things for myself. One of the things I purchased was a kind of … [Read more...]




A Winter Table Setting & A $250 Giveaway From Noritake

Winter Holiday Tablescape With Noritake Cher Blanc

Welcome to the 323rd Tablescape Thursday! It's too cold for tablescaping out on the porch this week so we're in the dining room for this week's Tablescape Thursday. Since I have an abundance of red tartan tablecloths right now :) (see Tuesday's post for an explanation) I decided to put one to use.   This table is all about winter with a snowflake centerpiece, frosty white Cher Blanc … [Read more...]




Dressing The Bed In Tartan: Ralph Lauren Inspired

Tartan Bedding, Ralph Lauren Style_wm

The makeover I've been working on in my bedroom feels very timely with all this cold weather we've had come in so early this year. You may remember my inspiration is this bed dressed all in Tartan by Ralph Lauren. I don't know why Ralph Lauren likes plaid fabric so much but I'm so very glad he does. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about mixing different plaids or tartan patterns if I hadn't … [Read more...]




Warm, Cozy Escapes

Ralph Lauren's Bedford Home

It's cold out and I'm craving warmth. All I can think about these days are soft, merino-wool socks, cozy cable-knit sweaters, warm wool throws, libraries with fires blazing in the fireplace, flannel sheets, down duvets, hot chocolate by the fire and great books for reading on those way-too-cold nights. When fall comes around, I want to spend my days in rooms like Ralph Lauren's Bedford home library. I'm … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: A Fairy-Tale Christmas

A Fairy-Tale Christmas by Karen Anderson

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...]




15 Awesome Ways To Make Your Christmas Festive & Beautiful

Lantern Decorated for Christmas

Every year I say I'm going to get my wreaths up on my exterior windows earlier in the season so I can enjoy them longer and this year I finally managed to get it done! Yipee!   I'm so excited to have them up early enough to really enjoy them for a nice long time. The days always pass so quickly this time of year, don't they?   My landscaping across the front is on hold as I … [Read more...]




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

O Christmas Tree by Mary Carol GArrity

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...]




Decorate Your Mantel For Fall and Thanksgiving

Decorate Mantel for Fall and Thanksgiving

Welcome to the 302nd Metamorphosis Monday! This weekend I decided it was time to give the living room mantel a little makeover for fall and Thanksgiving. This can be a fun room to spruce up for autumn because the warms tones in the judges paneling and the jewel tone colors of the fabrics always make a great backdrop for fall decorating.   Normally the mantel has a few books and … [Read more...]




What To Do With Those Left Over Pumpkins & Gourds

Fall Pumpkin Ideas

Halloween is behind us but if you're like me, you may still be using the pumpkins you bought for Halloween in your fall decorating. With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, here are some fun and creative ideas shared for a recent Met Monday. These would be great for dressing up those left over faux or uncute pumpkins and gourds for your Thanksgiving table or fall decor.   Life in my Empty … [Read more...]




Tartan Dishware: Mix & Match Patterns To Create 17 Unique Tartan Place Settings

Williams-Sonoma Tartan Plates and Villeroy & Boch Toy's Delight Plates

Welcome to the 321st Tablescape Thursday! It's 5 AM as I write this. My server had a glitch tonight and I couldn't load any photos. Thankfully my host company figured out what was wrong and fixed it but it really delayed things and I never got to go to sleep. So this post will be short on words as I head off to bed soon for a few hours sleep. With all things tartan on the brain this week, I though it … [Read more...]




The Power of the Pillow

Tartan Christmas Pillows

Well, I think I've made a final decision about my bedding. I should know very soon but I'm 99% sure I'm going with the bedding I shared from Williams-Sonoma Home in yesterday's post. So what has moved me further along in that direction?   This little tartan pillow is to blame. A few days after I ordered the bedding, I revisited the WS website to gawk at it again. In the midst of my gawking, I … [Read more...]




Create a Winter Retreat With Tartan Bedding

Ralph Lauren Tartan

So, apparently landscaping the front yard wasn't a big enough project to take on this fall. Somehow I've also embarked on a little makeover in the master bedroom. Here's how my bedroom has looked for the last 10 years. I still love this bedding but I've always dreamed of having both a "winter" look and a "summer" look for my bedroom. These colors are great for spring and summer but they have always … [Read more...]




They Only Look Like Ornaments…

Christmas Ornaments Become Placecard Holders and Napkin Rings

Welcome to the 301st Metamorphosis Monday! Pssst...come over here a second, I want to show you something. We're in the Christmas section of Wal-mart...what do you see? Looks like ornaments, right?   I'm seeing something else. Those antlers, the ones in a circle shape there on the top row...   To me, those look like great napkin rings...   ...for a Christmas … [Read more...]




Thanksgiving & Christmas Tablescapes With Pottery Barn

Christmas Tablescape with Pottery Barn Forest Salad Plates

Welcome to the 320th Tablescape Thursday! Yesterday I popped into Pottery Barn to get a look their tabletop goodies for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The PB near me was under construction last time I visited because they were expanding the size of the store. With construction complete, things looked very different on this trip. They had lots of pretty tablescapes set up throughout the … [Read more...]




Halloween Tablescape, Edgar Allan Poe Inspired

Halloween Decorations with Bats

Welcome to the 319th Tablescape Thursday! Please do not link up more than 2 tables each week to the party. When Elena emailed and shared photos of her Halloween table and decor with me recently, she said, "My theme was Edgar Allan Poe Raven, cluttered elegant Gothic (LOL)—with your batty idea thrown in :0)"  That totally made me laugh...I love Elena's sense of humor!   Check out this … [Read more...]




6 Fabulous Fall Mantels!

6 Fabulous Fall Mantels

Fall is such a great time of year! Mother Nature is very busy now, redecorating and changing the color palette of our home from vivid greens and bright colors to one filled with the rich warm colors of red, orange, gold and brown. We can never resist following her lead and bringing those beautiful colors into our own homes! I can tell you guys love Fall, as well.  At this week's Metamorphosis Monday Link … [Read more...]




Halloween Tablescape With Haunted House Centerpiece & Spiderweb Tablecloth

Lit Halloween Table Setting

Welcome to the 318th Tablescape Thursday! It was a dark and stormy night....well, actually it was more like a dark and rainy day but dark and stormy night sounds a lot more fun and creepy for our Halloween table setting. It was a tad too chilly to set a table out on the porch this week so we're dining inside in the breakfast room for Tablescape Thursday.   We aren't dining alone, we have … [Read more...]




Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Wool of Bat…

Halloween Front Porch With Bats Across Door

Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog... Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble. Macbeth (Act IV, Scene I) ~William Shakespeare Eeek! It's like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's movie, The Birds! Only, in this case it's The Bats! I've had this image saved on my computer for a year or two. I've always wanted to duplicate the look on my front porch for … [Read more...]




10 Halloween Decorating, Crafting & Baking Ideas

10 Halloween Decor and Craft Ideas

I've been working today on a little project. It's taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I hope to share it on Wednesday if I finish it in time. If I don't, I'll share it on Friday, instead.   In the meantime, here's 10 fun ways you can decorate, craft or bake for Halloween this year. Hope you enjoy! Click on any title to visit that tutorial post.   Decorate A … [Read more...]




Fabulous Decor Ideas for Fall

Fall Decor Ideas

Are you finally feeling a little crisp coolness in the air?  It is still pretty warm here, but I'm definitely enjoying these early days of Autumn. After checking out all the amazing projects this past Metamorphosis Monday, I can tell you are too! Here are just a few wonderful ideas for Fall I found while looking at your posts... Would you believe that these pumpkins and gourds are artificial? … [Read more...]




Frightfully Fun Tablescapes For Halloween!

Halloween Table Setting Tablescape

Welcome to the 317th Tablescape Thursday! Ever since I met Marie a couple of years ago, Halloween has taken a huge leap forward in the FUN department. Marie lives life with tremendous joy and I have to tell you, it's contagious! Recently I took you on a tour of the outside of her home all decorated for Halloween. We're going inside this week for Tablescape Thursday and I can't wait to share the tables … [Read more...]




Hootin’ It Up For Halloween

Halloween Table Setting With David Carter Brown Pumpkin Hollow Plates

Welcome to the 316th Tablescape Thursday! The owls hooting up a storm in my backyard recently must have been the inspiration behind this table setting. (Hear that recording here: Night Sounds From The Porch)   I found Mr. Owl in Wal-mart around this time last year. He's actually a cookie jar. I placed him atop two cake pedestals to give him some height in the center of the … [Read more...]




Halloween Fantasy In Lights

Halloween Decorations for Porch and Trees 04

Do you have a friend who is a joy to be around...someone who truly loves life and when you're together, you always have a blast? When my friend, Marie and I get together, it's always non-stop fun and laughs. Marie's enthusiasm is contagious and everyone who meets her is better for having known her. Recently, Marie and I got together for one of our play dates which usually involves a little lunch, a bit … [Read more...]




A Spooky Halloween Hutch

Halloween Crows and Pumpkin Tureens

Welcome to the 296th Metamorphosis Monday! Did you have a good weekend? I spent mine getting a few things done here around the house. I also played a little out on the porch, changing the hutch from its summertime look to something fun and just a tad spooky!   Postcards From The Porch Before I share the hutch update, I wanted to say a big thank you to all the lovely folks who took time to … [Read more...]




A Christmas Story Movie House, Part IV: The Upstairs

Ralphie and Randy's Bed Room in A Christmas Story Movie, Cleveland Ohio

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

A Christmas Story Lamp, A Major Award

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

Kitchen in 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

A Christmas Story Movie House, W. 11th Street, Cleveland Ohio_wm

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?

Under the sink

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? :) … [Read more...]




How To Make A Tote Bag Centerpiece

Nautical Table Setting for 4th of July

Yesterday for Tablescape Thursday, I created a fun centerpiece using a freebie nautical tote I received recently with another purchase.   Today I thought I'd share how it's created in case you have a tote or bag you would like to incorporate into a centerpiece for a table or for any other decorative purpose. Depending on the type bag you use and what you decide to tuck inside, this … [Read more...]




4th of July Nautical-Themed Table Setting

4th of July Nautical Table Setting Tablescape 04_wmm

Welcome to the 303rd Tablescape Thursday! The 4th of July is tomorrow! Got any big plans? Hope you have the day off and will be spending it relaxing and celebrating with friends and family. For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I put together a 4th of July tablescape with a nautical bent.   Inspiration for a table setting can come from the most unlikely places. After not buying any new … [Read more...]




6 Patriotic Wreaths You Can Make For the 4th of July

6 DIY Patriotic Wreath Tutorials

Email Delivery of Post Updates: Pssst: I just switched to a paid service for delivery of the  BNOTP e-mail updates and RSS feed. Apologize if you accidentally receive two e-mails for the same post during this transition moving from one service to another. 6 Patriotic Wreaths You Can Make For the 4th of July For the past couple of weeks I've been featuring some absolutely adorable patriotic wreath … [Read more...]




The Summer Porch: Beach Cottage Decor

Beach Hutch

Welcome to the 272nd Metamorphosis Monday! It's been beautiful here so I've been playing out on the porch. This is how the hutch normally looks during the spring and summer months. I usually have a variety of white pitchers displayed along the top and my fave porch dishware, Tabletops Unlimited. Ma Maison by Dario Farrucci, displayed on the shelves.   I get a lot of comments and e-mails … [Read more...]




Easter Spring Table Setting With Greenhouse Centerpiece

Easter Spring Table Setting Tablescape with Greenhouse Centerpiece

Welcome to the 291st Tablescape Thursday! It's been beautiful weather here although the pollen is raging! It was unbelievably thick on the porch table and required a good wipe down before I could create a table setting for this week's Tablescape Thursday.   Starting to see a little green out there now.   It's hard to be upset over the pollen when the spring breezes are so … [Read more...]




Peat Pot Spring Baskets, Perfect for Easter

Easter-peat-pots-084

Easter is only a few weeks away and I'm so excited to share a beautiful Easter craft from my friend Jane who blogs at Cottage at the Crossroads.  Here's Jane to explain just how she made these adorable Peat Pot Spring Baskets. Tutorial from Jane, Cottage at the Crossroads: Have you been noticing those pretty peat pots that people have been decorating? Well, I just had to make some, too, and I'm … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Spring Table Setting

St. Patrick's Day Spring Table Setting Tablescape

Welcome to the 287th Tablescape Thursday! We've been having some early spring weather here in Georgia. It was 77 degrees outside the day I created this table setting. It started out as a St. Patrick's Day tablescape but somewhere along the way it morphed into a spring table setting, too.   When my son was in elementary school, he enjoyed reading a series of books that were super popular at … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting With Leprechaun Centerpiece

St Patrick's Day Tablescape Table Setting

Welcome to the 286th Tablescape Thursday! I'm sharing a St. Patrick's Day table today. It was dark and gloomy out when I took the pictures for this post. Looking forward to some sunshine days and setting table out on the porch again, soon.   You probably recognized Mr. Leprechaun in the centerpiece. He asks to be included in at least one table each year. ;) The bowls are a new addition, I … [Read more...]




Decorating the Porch for Spring

Porch Hutch Decorated for Spring

Welcome to the 266th Metamorphosis Monday! This weekend was so nice here, especially Sunday. I threw open both doors to the porch and spent some time enjoying our 70+ degree weather.   I did a little pre-spring cleaning, dusting off a few things in anticipation of the warm days to come.   Recently, I came across this little bird feeder in Lowes. It has a rope attached and when … [Read more...]




Spring Dessert Buffet for An Outdoor Party

Easter Tablescape with Bunny Cupcake Pedestal lates

Welcome to the 285th Tablescape Thursday! Yesterday I shared a Pottery Barn inspired potting table I built for my deck, an area where each year I do a lot of container gardening for summer. This was the inspiration table, the Abbott Island Buffet/Potting Table.   This was the version I created for around $1,050 less than the inspiration table. :)   One of the neat things … [Read more...]




A Mardi Gras Celebration

Mardi Gras Table Setting with Mardi Gras Mask Plates

Welcome to the 284th Tablescape Thursday! Sandra is throwing a Mardi Gras bash! She has six friends coming in for the weekend just before Mardi Gras so it's going to be party time. Just look at this beautiful table she's prepared!   Sandra lives in a beautiful historic home built in 1833. I love the little glimpses we catch of her wonderful dining room in this post.   Can … [Read more...]




Whimsical Valentine’s Day Tablescape, Alice in Wonderland Style

Valentine's Day Table Setting with Heart Napkin Fold

Welcome to the 283rd Tablescape Thursday! Happy "day-before" Valentine's Day! I love creating whimsical tablescapes and I love creating themed tablescapes. This table setting is a combination of both, a Valentine's Day setting with an extra-large helping of whimsy on the side.   It all started when I stopped by the dollar store about a week ago to check out their gift wrap. While there I … [Read more...]




3 Valentine’s Day Table Settings

Heart Candy Message

Welcome to the 282nd Tablescape Thursday! I've been working on a little project this past week that's taking a fair amount of time...hope to share it before long. Since I didn't have a chance to put a tablescape together for this week, I'm sharing links to three oldies but goodies from the past.   Just click on the title of the tablescape to visit that past table setting where you'll find … [Read more...]




Madison Town & Country Holiday Home Tour & Mystery Footprints

Madison 30th Annual Town & Country Holiday Tour

Back in December, I went on a holiday tour of homes in Madison Georgia. I had planned to share these photos before now but I've been unable to download them from my phone. Does anyone have a Samsung Galaxy III? Got an easy method for downloading pics to your computer? In the past, with all the other phones I've ever owned, I just connected them to my computer via a USB cable and my computer automatically … [Read more...]




A Winter Table Setting, Tablecloth by Mother Nature

Fantasy Table in the Snow

Welcome to the 281st Tablescape Thursday! So, you know how I opened Tuesday's blog post with these words: "It’s snowing a teensy bit in Georgia today, nothing too serious although I do see the cars crawling very slowly on the road back behind my home." I'd like to retract that statement, please! If you've been following the news, you know the weather got crazy really fast around here. I rarely watch … [Read more...]




Valentine’s Day Heart-Shaped Napkin Fold Tutorial

Valentines-Day-Decorating-Ideas and Heart Napkin Fold

Welcome to the 280th Tablescape Thursday! Two years ago, the day before Valentine's Day, I posted about a few Valentine's Day decorations in the guest room.  I decorated the foot of the bed with heart garland.   I placed a little teascape on a wicker tray along with a few sweet-scented daffodils cut from the garden. Ummm, I wonder if those are going to come up this year. They may have … [Read more...]




25 Scrumptious Valentine’s Day Desserts

Strawberry Heart Pie

Valentine's Day is only about 3 weeks away and it's got me thinking about yummy desserts. It took a few hours last night and this morning but I've put together a collection of 25 beautiful, delicious, makes-your-heart-go-pitter-patter desserts. ♥ Hope you enjoy this Valentine's Day inspired collection of scrumptious desserts!   Hope you find something yummy and inspiring for your Valentine's … [Read more...]




10 Fun Denim Projects, Including One for Valentine’s Day

Denim Do Over

Happy Weekend! Itching for a fun craft project? Got some old jeans? Twenty-one new projects crafted from old jeans or repurposed denim have been added to Denim Do Over, including one that's perfect for Valentine's Day! ♥ No-Sew Projects Did you know Denim Do Over isn't just for those who sew?  You'll find 25 projects at DDO requiring no sewing skills at all or just the amount needed to sew on a … [Read more...]




New Year’s Dinner Party Tablescape with a Winter Theme

New Year's Tablescape

Welcome to the 278th Tablescape Thursday! On New Year's day this year, I had a little dinner party here in my home. Originally it appeared as if 8 would be attending but that number happily grew to 10. Since my dining room table will only seat 8, and that's always a bit of a tight fit, I decided to set two tables, 6 in the dining room and 4 in the breakfast room. Last week I shared a few pics of the … [Read more...]




Down To The Wire & Behind the Scenes, It’s Party Time!

New Year's Balloons for the Mailbox

It's 4:30 Pm, New Years Day. Friends will be arriving in 30 minutes for a New Year's Day dinner party and suddenly a long list of things still needing to be done starts playing through my head: Mix up the champagne punch, pop the appetizers into the oven and get them onto a tray, put out the cheese and crackers, light the candles throughout the house and on the porch.  How did it get to be 4:30 so … [Read more...]




New Year’s Day Table Setting with Lenox Winter Greetings

New Year's Day Winter Party Tablescape

Welcome to the 277th Tablescape Thursday! So how was your first day of 2014? I hope it was awesome! Yesterday I had 10 friends over for a New Year's Day dinner. I barely remembered to snap a few pics of the tables before everyone arrived. Since there were 10 of us, I ended up setting the dining room table for 6 and the breakfast table for 4. The centerpieces for each table were similar, but … [Read more...]




Roasted Butternut Squash Soup for a Winter Dinner Party

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

A couple of days ago I shared plans to make a butternut squash soup for a New Year's Day dinner party. I found a recipe that sounded and looked pretty yummy at Chow online. One of the things I like about this recipe is that it can be made up to 3 days in advance, then reheated prior to serving. So many foods actually taste better if they are made a few days in advance since it gives the flavors time to … [Read more...]




New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Sessions Shelf Clock

Welcome to 276th the Tablescape Thursday! New Year's Eve is just 5 days away! Here are a few past table settings and a couple of other links that may prove helpful getting ready for your New Year's celebration. New Year's Eve Table Setting, 2013     New Year's Eve Table Setting with Vintage Style Pottery Barn Clock Plates   New Year's Eve Tablescape with Black … [Read more...]




Little Girl’s Bedroom Decorated for Christmas

Christmas Tree for Little Girl's Room

Last Christmas I shared this adorable bedroom in Marie's home. This is a room she furnished and decorated specifically for her granddaughters when they stay overnight. It was all decorated for Christmas when I took this photo last year.   The tree in the cupola looked like this last year, Christmas 2012.   Marie and I got together a few days ago and though it was already dark … [Read more...]




Christmas Tree Napkin Fold Tutorial

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Welcome to the 256th Metamorphosis Monday! I'm putting Met Monday up early since this next week is going to be super busy for us all. Also, this "Before and After" is something you may want to use for Christmas so figured getting it up today will give you a little more time to plan. This past week, I posted a Christmas tablescape with a Christmas-tree theme. Tablescape can be viewed here: Christmas … [Read more...]




Victorian Home Lit Up for Christmas

Lit Spheres in Trees for Christmas

Happy Weekend...the last weekend before Christmas! I've received a few comments here and on Facebook asking if I'd be sharing my friend, Marie's home decorated for Christmas again this year. We've both been so busy we hadn't had time to get together but we finally had a chance to go play yesterday. We spent the day touring a beautiful historic home in a nearby town, having lunch and doing a little … [Read more...]




10 Last-Minute Recipes, Tips and Ideas for Christmas

Easy Christmas Centerpiece You Can Make in 15 Minutes Using Greenery from Your Yard 2a

Today I'm linking to some past posts at BNOTP that may come in handy with Christmas just 5 days away.  Hope these are helpful as you work to get ready for the big day! Make an Easy 15-Minute Centerpiece for Entry Table or Buffet   Make a Christmas Mice Ornament or Present Topper   Make an Ice Bucket or Wine Chiller for Your Christmas Dinner   Emergency … [Read more...]




Christmas Table Setting with a Christmas Tree Theme

Christmas Table Setting

Welcome to the 275th Tablescape Thursday! How's your week going? Finishing up any last-minute Christmas shopping? I still have a little left to do so you know what I'll be doing this weekend. Next Week's Tablescape Thursday: Since next Thursday is the day after Christmas and a very busy time for all of us, if you don't have a new table setting to link up, feel free to link up your favorite tablescape … [Read more...]




Screened-in Porch Decorated For Christmas

Screened Porch Decorated for Christmas 2013_wm

Welcome to the 255th Metamorphosis Monday! This weekend I played out on the porch, decorating it for the Christmas season.   The trees are all bare now, definitely looking like winter on the porch.   A view from the other end...   I used things I already had for the most part. The table was decorated simply with live greenery, a sweet glittery deer, … [Read more...]




Mason Jar Craft: Make a Christmas Lantern

Make a Lantern for the Holidays

I love to go on home tours at Christmastime. Years ago when I attended a tour in my home town, one home we visited had pretty lanterns hanging from hooks. They were lining the walkway to the home. I loved how it looked and have always wanted to try my hand at making some for my walkway. I finally got around to doing it this year and guess what? It's easy!  I've made two so far and I love how they turned … [Read more...]




Dashing Through the Snow

Christmas Table Setting with Better Homes and Garden Dishware

Welcome to the 274th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks sooo much for all the comments yesterday helping me decide which garden seat I should use beside the blue and white check chair in the guest room. I had planned to return the bluebird seat if I didn't use it in that room but you definitely convinced me to go ahead and keep it no matter if I use it in that room or not. If you get a chance, be sure and … [Read more...]




Decorating With Preserved Boxwood Wreaths

Decorate Glass Cabinet Fronts with Boxwood Wreaths

Each year I love to decorate my glass front cabinets in my kitchen with little wreaths. I started doing this after seeing it on wood cabinet doors in a kitchen while on a Christmas home tour. It can be hard to find wreaths in this smaller size. I had to search for quite a while to find these many years ago.   I've never been really thrilled with these.  They aren't very full and don't … [Read more...]




Decorating the Front Porch for Christmas

Boxwood Wreath for a Christmas Door with Deer Head

Welcome to the 254th Metamorphosis Monday! For this week's Met Monday, I'm sharing how I decided to decorate the porch for Christmas this year. But first, let's take a quick look at the previous three years. For Christmas, 2010 I purchased a fir wreath and pine garland and embellished both with magnolia leaves from the magnolia tree in my front yard. It was also the first year I decorated the columns … [Read more...]




A Little Eye Candy for Your Sunday

Cute House in Snow

Some eye-candy for your weekend. I've shared all of these recently on Facebook but if you're not following Between Naps on the Porch on Facebook, you may have missed them, and they are all too pretty to miss! Love the simple way the windows were decorated in this room! Love the rug, too! Thanks to everyone on Facebook who was trying to help me find it. I love the color and how it doesn't have a band or … [Read more...]




12 Beautiful Staircases To Sneak Down on Christmas Eve

Beautiful Banister Decorated with Garland and Ribbon for Christmas Holidays

My last home had a great banister for decorating but unfortunately my current home has a short, rather dinky banister, most of which is hidden behind a clock. If I had a banister, these 12 examples would be high on my list for duplicating. Hope this post provides lots of inspiration for decorating your banister.   The title of each picture below is a direct link to the source for the … [Read more...]




Create a Lit Centerpiece for a Table Setting

Christmas Table Setting with Dept. 56 Lit Houses

Yesterday after sharing this table setting for Tablescape Thursday, I received a few emails and some comments from folks asking how I handled the wiring/lighting for the lit mercury-glass trees.   Another question I received was regarding the little glowing orbs. Someone asked if they were actually lit or just reflecting light from the trees.   The lighting was actually really … [Read more...]




Christmas Table Setting: Sparkle with a Touch of Whimsy

Holiday Table Setting Tablescape in Silver and Green

Welcome to the 273rd Tablescape Thursday!   Today we're tablescaping in the dining room. This room can be a bit of a challenge for taking pictures since it's on the north side of the house where there's very little natural light and it has deep, red walls painted Benjamin Moore, Raspberry Truffle. Someone mentioned once in a comment that all the paint colors I've used in my home have food … [Read more...]




10 Christmas Mantels Santa Would Be Lucky to Land Under

10 Beautiful Christmas Mantels

Needing a little inspiration for decorating your mantel for Christmas? This post should get those creative juices flowing!   The title of each picture below is a direct link to the mantel and the blog where it's posted. Click the link to view the mantel in full. Enjoy!   A Mantel Decorated in Soft Whites   Farmhouse Christmas Mantel   Dreamy … [Read more...]




Decorate A Lantern For Christmas With Greenery From The Garden

Lantern Decorated for Christmas

Welcome to the 253rd Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and an awesome weekend! I worked on Christmas decorations for the front porch and it's basically done, but it feels like something is missing. I'm not sure what just yet, but I'll figure it out and share it soon. So, for today I thought I'd share how I've decorated the gas lantern this year. Throughout the year, the … [Read more...]




Christmas Decorating Ideas for Porches, Doors and Windows

Christmas-Windowbox-Decorations

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! With Thanksgiving behind us now, this is the time so many of us get busy decorating for Christmas. It's time to swag that garland, hang those wreaths and spruce up the mailbox. In case you could use a little inspiration, I've pulled together a few pictures and ideas for decorating the outside areas of our homes. Of course, the front of a home is always a fave … [Read more...]




Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

There's nothing more stressful when preparing a big holiday dinner than running out of a key ingredient, especially when there's no time to run back to the store. Here's a list I compiled of popular substitutions for some of the more common ingredients we sometimes run low on. Hope this helps your cooking go a bit smoother this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving! Image from … [Read more...]




13 Wreaths for 13 Windows

Hang Wreaths on Exterior Windows for Christmas

Welcome to the 252nd Metamorphosis Monday! Does this ever happen to you? The Christmas season looms ahead and you say to yourself, I'm not going to decorate as much this year. I think I'll cut back a little. There will be less to take down and put away and it will be less stressful. Yeah, right. That seems to last about a day around here, then suddenly I wake up one morning, a changed woman. … [Read more...]




A Christmas Table Setting Inspired by Nature

Christmas Table Setting with Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Welcome to the 271st Tablescape Thursday! This week I'm sharing a Christmas table setting for Tablescape Thursday. Since I've already shared two fall tablescapes and one Thanksgiving table setting this season, I was in the mood to create something Christmas themed. I love Christmas tablescapes so there will be several more coming your way before Christmas arrives. Can you believe it's just 33 days until … [Read more...]




21 Delicious Party Drinks for the Holiday Season

21 Holiday Party Drinks 3

It will soon be party time! Even if you're not having a big party this year, chances are you will have family and friends stopping in during the holidays. Treat them to a special drink that's as pretty as it is tasty! I spent several hours yesterday searching for the yummiest and most beautiful party drinks I could find. I'm pretty excited about this list, I think it will be my go-to spot for holiday … [Read more...]




A Thanksgiving Fall Tablescape Out On The Porch

Thanksgiving Table Setting Tablescape with Spode Woodland, Copeland Spode Tower, Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens

Normally, this time of year would find me tablescaping inside, but with temps like this I couldn't resist tablescaping out on the porch.   Mr. Turkey was already out here from last week, still posing as the perfect centerpiece for an autumn table setting.   Fall has finally arrived here in Georgia. The trees are changing colors and are beginning to look bare. More sun is … [Read more...]




Christmas Door Ideas: Decorate with Triple Wreaths

Front Porch Decorated for Christmas with Triple Wreaths on Door and Pottery Barn Knock-off Garland

Welcome to the 250th Metamorphosis Monday! So, I was thinking this weekend, what can I share with you for Met Monday? I'm working on a few things around here, but nothing really Met Monday worthy. Ummmm, what to do? I have this fat, bulging folder on my computer labeled "Post About." It's where pictures and ideas go to marinate, often forgotten but always patiently awaiting their day to shine. If … [Read more...]




Ideas and Inspiration for Your Thanksgiving Celebration

Turkey Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the weekend? Any fun plans for a little leaf ogling or cider sipping? Have you finalized all your plans for Thanksgiving? If not, you're going to like today's post!  I'm excited to be joining in a fun Thanksgiving party put together by Laura who blogs at Top This Top That. The other lovely ladies participating in today's "Better Late Than Never" … [Read more...]




Autumn Table Setting with Spode Woodland and Pumpkin Tureens

Fall Table Setting with Spode Woodland and Twig Flatware 1

Welcome to the 268th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Halloween! Are you ready for the Trick or Treaters? Have you been sampling the Halloween candy this past week like I have? You know that's necessary, just to make sure it isn't stale or anything. Okay, remember when I decked out the hutch on the screened porch with pumpkins for Fall? For this week's Tablescape Thursday, it was time to get those … [Read more...]




Broomstick Place Cards for Your Halloween Tablescape

Broomstick Place Cards for Halloween Table Setting 3

Welcome to the 267th Tablescape Thursday! A couple of weeks ago I shared this picture from Country Living online. I thought it would be fun to make some of these broomstick place card holders. I didn't see a tutorial for them at CL but they looked pretty easy to make, and they are!   To make broomstick place card holders, you'll need raffia, yarn or jute thread in any color you prefer, … [Read more...]




Halloween Table Setting with a Lantern Centerpiece

Halloween Table Settings

Welcome to the 266th Tablescape Thursday! It's rainy and little chilly out today so we're tablescaping in the breakfast room. This table setting started out with super practical glasses but I changed them toward the end to these pretty amber glasses from Noritake.   Love these silly plates... I found these cute Blueberry & Thyme lollipops in Marshalls and tucked … [Read more...]




The Witch is In!

Porch Decorated for Halloween

Welcome to the 246th Metamorphosis Monday! I last posted about the front porch when it got a good bath and was relieved of all that yucky mildew and dirt it had accumulated during the intense rains we had all summer. Afterwards, I dressed the door with a fall basket. With October almost half over, it was time to change out the basket for something with a bit more of a Halloween vibe. I waited … [Read more...]




Halloween Table Setting with Mercury Glass Pumpkins

Halloween Table Setting with Crows and Mercury Glass Pumpkins

Welcome to the 265th Tablescape Thursday! When I created a fall mantel in September...   ...mischievous ravens took up roost among the books, candlesticks and antlers. (Mantel can be viewed here: An Autumn Mantel and Fire Screen)   Then they threw a Halloween party out on the porch and invited all their friends!   Some nerve, huh?   At least … [Read more...]




Beautiful Victorian Home Aglow for Halloween

House Aglow on Halloween Night

A couple of weeks ago we visited Marie's beautiful Victorian home to see how she had decorated for Halloween. The porch was festooned with lit garland and fun Halloween bunting. It was great seeing it in the daylight... ...because it gave us a chance to really see all the fun details awaiting guests and trick or treaters. But we wondered, "What does it look like at night?" Several of … [Read more...]




Halloween Decorating and Table Setting Ideas

Halloween Decorating

Welcome to the 264th Tablescape Thursday! I'm sharing lots of Halloween inspiration in today's post starting with this fun display. I encountered this unfortunate fellow just inside my local Pottery Barn store. So what do you think he was reading at the time of his untimely demise? I'm looking forward to your comments! This table setting from Martha Stewart online would work well for Fall or … [Read more...]




Denim Pumpkin: 5 Creative Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

Denim Pumpkin on Screened Porch

It's October and you know what that means! It's pumpkin time! Remember back in the day when the only kind of pumpkins you could find were orange. Now you can find them in so many different colors: blue, gray, green, even white.  And if you're really feeling creative, you can make your own. Recently, I was invited to participate in a pumpkin party with four talented Bloggers. Our only instruction was to … [Read more...]




Halloween Decorating and Dining

Porch Decorated for Halloween_wm

Welcome to the 244th Metamorphosis Monday! Holiday Before and After: Since tomorrow is the 1st day of October, I thought it would be fun to share some older posts filled with lots of Halloween decorating inspiration and ideas. This photo and the next one are from Pottery Barn a few years back. I love this porch!   Doesn't this make you want to paint your door orange just for the … [Read more...]




Fall Color for the Front Porch

Porch Decorated for Fall_wm

Still waiting for a bit cooler weather to transplant the Japanese maple and to landscape around the porch, but at least the porch is a happy place!  Can't wait to get those shrubs in around it. It shouldn't be long now. We've been waiting for some cooler days and I think they are here. In the meantime, I'm trying to imagine the Georgia red clay splashed up onto the brick is a lovely fall accent. … [Read more...]




Decorate Your Porch for Halloween

Victorian Home Decorated for Halloween

Welcome to the 243rd Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for sharing so many great "blue" colors for painting a porch ceiling "haint blue" in the comments on the recent haint blue post. I'll try to create a post soon sharing all the ones you named in the comments and on Facebook. That should come in handy for anyone trying to find the right shade of blue for a haint blue porch ceiling. My friend … [Read more...]




A Booo-ti-ful Setting for Tablescape Thursday

Halloween Dishes for Children's Table Setting_wm

Welcome to the 262nd Tablescape Thursday! My friend, Marie, has six adorable, much loved grandchildren. When they visit her home, they eat at the same table their parents ate at while growing up. Love that! Marie creates the most whimsical, fun table settings for her grandchildren for all the holidays throughout the year. Can you guess which holiday the table is dressed for now? Yep, … [Read more...]