How To Make A Tote Bag Centerpiece

sterday 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 centerpiece … [Read more...]




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

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...]




Make a Party Banner: Pottery Barn Inspired

Welcome to the 232nd Metamorphosis Monday! How was your 4th of July weekend? I hope it was fabulous! We had a rainy one here in Georgia. The sun came out for a few minutes but unfortunately, it didn't last long. Feedburner Hiccup: If you subscribe to receive e-mail notices when a new post is up at BNOTP, you may have received an e-mail this weekend for a 4th of July tablescape dated June 20th. I'm … [Read more...]




4th of July Decorating Ideas: Decorate a Tree

While we continue to enjoy all the beautiful table settings posted for yesterday's Tablescape Thursday, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the other decorations Marie has up for the 4th of July.  Marie's home is always a wonderful flurry of activity.  With 4 children and 6 grandchildren, there's always something fun going on. The day Marie and I last got together, she had a big group of children in … [Read more...]




A Patriotic Porch for the 4th of July

Welcome to the 229th Metamorphosis Monday! When we last visited Marie's beautiful Victorian home, it was decorated for Easter. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Decorating for Easter A few months before Easter, the porch was decorated with red garland and big red hearts for Valentine's Day.  It was still cold weather and the trees were all bare. Spring is here, actually almost summer … [Read more...]




How to Age, Antique or Distress Furniture, Signs or a Wood Flag

Welcome to the 186th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently, I was chatting via e-mail with Nancy,  a talented DIY reader of BNOTP.  Nancy was inspired by a tutorial I posted a while back detailing how I made a wood flag for Independence Day. I had been inspired by this one in the Pottery Barn catalog.   Since I had a big cookout planned for the 4th, the flag was the finishing touch for my … [Read more...]




A Magical 4th of July with Good Friends

Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments yesterday.  I'm so looking forward to another 200 Tablescape Thursdays! Lately I've been sticking near home a lot.  I'm determined to get all the posts at BNOTP categorized, tagged and labeled so I can make the switch to the new system to alleviate the issue some readers are having accessing posts via the category links.   So every free second when I'm not … [Read more...]




Decorate Your Deck for Summer Parties and Cookouts

Happy 4th of July! Do you have any big plans for today? I'll be celebrating this evening with friends atop the Sundial in Atlanta.  Whooo, Hooo!  Really looking forward to seeing the fireworks from there!  Have you ever spent the 4th dining inside the Sundial?  Where's the highest spot from which you've ever viewed fireworks?  Any recommendations for a great fireworks show or is the best show going to … [Read more...]




Easy 4th of July Centerpiece Table Decoration

Yesterday was flag day and that started me thinking about another patriotic holiday just a couple weeks away.  Last year I created this table setting for the 4th of July.     The centerpiece was so much fun to make.  I never got around to sharing just how I made it last year.   If you're looking for a festive, easy-to-make centerpiece or table decoration for an upcoming … [Read more...]




How to Sew a Pillow with Piping: Easy Tutorial

There are so many ways to make a pillow...just about as many ways as you can possibly dream up.  You can make them from napkins, decorate them with cute buttons, applique them...the possibilities are endless. When I decided to make two pillows for the swing, as part of my 4th of July makeover of the porch, I wanted to use the same pillow inserts that were already in the existing pillows.  That way, I … [Read more...]




Displaying and Decorating with China for the Seasons and Holidays

Welcome to the 154th Tablescape Thursday! Jeanne  blogs at  Selep Imaging.  Jeanne has a wonderful hutch she changes out with each holiday or season.   I was so impressed with her lovely china collection and the creative way she displays it, I couldn't resist sharing it for Tablescape Thursday. As you scroll down, notice how Jeanne mixes so many different patterns beautifully.  There's a wonderful … [Read more...]




Make a Pottery Barn Inspired Flag

Welcome to the 129th Metamorphosis Monday!   Whenever the Pottery Barn catalog shows up in my mailbox, I know I'm going to be inspired. There's almost always something in there that grabs my attention and gets those creaky wheels in the brain turning. The challenge is always how to get "the look" without the cost. Recently, I decided to do a complete  make-over of my screened-in porch for … [Read more...]




Patriotic Porch for the 4th of July

Welcome to the 128th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Independence Day weekend! Hope your weekend has been going great! I'm having a little cookout tomorrow so I've been busy with preparations. Did you already have your 4th of July celebration or will you be celebrating tomorrow? I'm excited to share big changes I've made out on the porch over the last week. I've been busting to decorate the porch in a … [Read more...]




You’re a Grand Old Flag: Touring Main Street America

In celebration of Independence Day, I thought we would take little tour of "Main Street America." These beautiful, historic homes all have one thing in common...they are all flying the colors! I love seeing an American flag blowing in the breeze from a wonderful old porch. These homes are from various places in the southeast. Some are in Greenwood and Columbia, South Carolina and Asheville, NC but … [Read more...]




Two 4th of July Table Settings

Welcome to the 99th Tablescape Thursday! Celebration Time: 100 Weeks of Great Tablescapes! Hold onto your dishes...it's time for a celebration! Next Thursday will mark the occasion of our 100th Tablescape Thursday! Wow...hard to believe we've been tablescaping 100 weeks! :-) I've been thinking and thinking about how we might celebrate. I had a lot of ideas, but I just couldn't decide. So, I decided … [Read more...]