Take A Tour of a Historic Dutch Home on the Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen

Please note: If you see any political ads running anywhere on the blog, please ignore them. All political ads are supposed to be blocked, but a few are somehow getting through the filters. I have someone working on it, so hopefully they will get them stopped soon. Yesterday we visited the pharmacy in the Zuiderzee Village Museum in Enkhuizen. Today I'm taking you further into this fishing village and … [Read more...]

Inspiration in Blogland

So much inspiration around blogland...sharing some of my favorites today. Enjoy! Mary Carol Garrity has created a wonderful backyard paradise for entertaining: Innisfree: Cottage By The Lake   Imagine if you went on a photographic safari and a Cheetah decided to get up close and personal: Cheetah Face to Face (video)   Tired of seeing so many kitchens with a white tiled … [Read more...]

Newsletter Goes Out Today

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Just popping in to say, Postcards From The Porch, the free newsletter for Between Naps On The Porch, will be going around 3:00 PM today. If you aren't currently receiving the newsletter, you can subscribe to receive it here: Postcards From The Porch   See you tomorrow for Metamorphosis Monday! … [Read more...]

The Case For The Corner Bed

Recently, we toured this adorable waterside cottage in Connecticut. Cottages, especially those that are quite old, often have quirky rooms that present design challenges for even the most seasoned decorator. (If you missed this wonderful cottage, you'll find the tour here: Tour a Charming Connecticut Dream Cottage)   You'll occasionally run into tricky situations, especially in bedrooms where … [Read more...]


When I decided to start a blog back in August 2008, my biggest supporter was my sister, Glenda. Being 10 years older, she has always watched out for me...the best big sister ever.   Since our mother (pictured below) was ill for most of my life starting when I was very young, Glenda took on way more than the usual big sister's share of responsibility caring for me as I was growing … [Read more...]

My Secret Gifts

Each year when shopping for friends and family, in addition to their main gift, the one I'm giving that I know they want, I usually try to include something that's unexpected. A little fun surprise! I've been thinking about sharing some of those here on the blog but I haven't for two reasons: 1. Family members occasionally read here. Yikes! AND 2. These gifts can take a while to arrive since they are … [Read more...]

The Marietta Pilgrimage: Tour Marie’s Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas

I have some super exciting news! Over the last couple of years, I've often shared the wonderful way my friend, Marie, decorates her home for the various holidays throughout the year. I've also shared many of her beautiful holiday table settings. From time to time folks have asked if Marie's home is ever open for any local home tours. I know many of you have wanted to see it in person. Well, now you … [Read more...]

5 Fabulous Fall Tablescapes

Every week beautiful, creative table settings are shared for Tablescape Thursday. Here are just a few of my favorites for Fall from last week's Tablescape Thursday.   Plum Creek Place used this gorgeous brown and  white floral pattern for her early Fall table.  You would never guess, but she thrifted everything, but the pears!   I love a little unexpected twist when setting a … [Read more...]

Pin With Me! Join My Tablescape Group Boards!

Are you a Pinterest fan? Yep, me too! I've been noticing lately, folks are already pinning ideas for Fall, Halloween and even Christmas! It's never too early to start planning and dreaming, is it? Pin Beautiful Tables With Me! Do you create beautiful table settings OR just love pinning them on Pinterest for future inspiration? I thought it would be fun to create a few group boards where we could pin … [Read more...]

Some Friday Fun

Thanks so much for all your comments yesterday and thanks for your thoughts on the big vertical pictures. Really appreciate you taking time to leave that feedback. Hope your weekend is an awesome one! Here's some fun and interesting links to kick it off.  (Click on the links below to view that article.) Opening Up The Living Room: Ever thought about knocking down a wall and expanding your living room? … [Read more...]

Some Fun For Your Sunday

Amazing kitchen makeover: I don't want to spoil it for you so here's the Before. You're going to love the After! It's beautiful!   Smathers & Branson Needlepoint Key Fobs: I'm obsessed with these key fobs. I ordered a Lighthouse one for summer...will look good with my summer purse. And I ordered the Fox and Hound for winter. It's one of the few that has a different image on each … [Read more...]

Motherhood: The Longest-Running Continuous Production Of Your Life

Happy Mother's Day!   I miss Erma. Happy Mother's Day to Mothers everywhere! Source: The Gettysburg Times … [Read more...]

Inspiring Transformations For Your Weekend

Happy Easter! I haven't felt so well the last few days so this weekend I decided to just relax a bit and enjoy visiting some wonderful blogs. In my visiting, I found a few treasures that were just too good to not share. This kitchen renovation blew me away! I so wanted to post the "After" picture because it's amazing, but I didn't want to spoil the surprise for you. So, showing great restraint, I'm … [Read more...]

Coolest Woodworking Video Ever: This One’s For the Book Lovers

Happy Friday! What do you do when you have too many books and not enough bookshelves?   Imagine if a woodworking shop came to life. Even if you're not into woodworking, you'll like this 7-minute video. It made me laughed out loud a couple of times. The clamps were my favorite. Eee-eek, eee-eek, eee-eek. That will make sense in a minute. :) The video below was made by Frank Howarth from … [Read more...]

Something New! What’s In the BNOTP Library?

From time to time I get questions regarding the books I have here on the shelves in my office. When I first set up the office, I decided to limit the books I placed in this room to those on the topics of decorating, gardening, cooking and crafting.  In the past I've occasionally created a post where I took pictures and shared my latest finds. Those posts take a really long time to create and unfortunately … [Read more...]

A Case of DIY ADD

Do you ever find yourself pulled in a gazillion directions, so many you're not sure where to start? That's me today. I have a new project I'm eager to get started on. I purchased the wood today.   It's such a gorgeous day out (66 degrees right now) so I'd really like to get a started on a table setting for Tablescape Thursday before it turns cold again. As I opened the doors on the porch … [Read more...]

It’s a Boy!

He's here! A beautiful miracle! I won't get to hold him in my arms for a couple of weeks but I'm already in love. Mom, Dad and baby are all doing great!  … [Read more...]

A Little Bit of Everything

Remember the ice storm we had a couple of weeks ago--you know, the one we had right before we had two earthquakes? Yeah, life's been interesting around here lately.  I kept worrying during the storm that my magnolia would lose its top for the third time. Ice storms are its only nemesis.   It fared much better this time, only lost one small limb. Not bad at all.   My clay … [Read more...]

Valentine, You Make the Earth Move Under My Feet

It was Valentine's Day. I was sitting here at my desk, minding my own business and working on a future post when my desk and chair began vibrating. As the desk and chair vibrated, something began rattling. I'm not sure if it was something on my desk or the glass in the windows above the desk. It may have been the glass because it sounded a bit like dishes or glasses rattling in a cupboard. Here were my … [Read more...]

Hunkering Down

This was in the Atlanta paper today, a quote from one of the most respected meteorologist in Atlanta: "Do be prepared for massive power outages as this is likely to be a massive weather event,” Burns said Monday evening. Yikes! Here we go again, only this sounds even worse. Today I stopped by the grocery store on the way home from running a few errands. Here's what I found. The milk … [Read more...]

A Shopping Trip to Ikea

Remember all those pictures I had stuck on my phone, the ones I couldn't download to share? Among them was a shopping trip I took to Ikea back in December. Ikea is only about 30 minutes away from my home, but I so rarely drive in that direction it feels like it's in another state sometimes. Do you ever shop there? I love checking out the unique pieces they get in. I had never been there around Christmas … [Read more...]

Madison Town & Country Holiday Home Tour & Mystery Footprints

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...]

Happy Weekend!

Sorry, I'm a little scarce this weekend. I've been working on taxes...kill me now! Ugh! Just because I'm doing boring stuff, doesn't mean you can't have some fun. :) Enjoy! Bella shows us how to make beautiful Valentine's Day cookies...I love the squeeze bottle technique!   Here's Julia's family room before she gave it a complete makeover. Check out the … [Read more...]

Something Fun For Your Weekend

A little fun for your weekend...   * Tour this beautiful 100 year old beach house on a private Cape Cod Island...to die for! * A Kitchen Transformation that shows the dramatic power of paint and other inexpensive, small changes * Will you purchase THIS when it comes out? I was on the waiting list and finally got the email saying I was chosen to be an "Explorer."  Unfortunately, I had to … [Read more...]

Dinner Party Preparations for New Year’s Day

Popping in today to see how you're doing? How was Christmas? I hope you were able to spend it with those you love most. I was in Ohio for most of the week, spending the Christmas holidays with my son and beautiful daughter-in-love. We spent our time together talking baby things since a little one will be arriving in late February. We also drove through many of the old neighborhoods in the area, including … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Hope you have time to sneak in a nap today! (Painting by Norman Rockwell) … [Read more...]

Make Pine Cone Napkin Rings for a Nature-Themed Table Setting

I absolutely love it when readers of Between Naps on the Porch are inspired by something they've seen here in a post. Recently, I received an e-mail from Terri who had seen something in this past fall table setting that she really liked. Can you guess what it was? I guess the title of this post sort of gave it away, huh?  Tablescape can be viewed here: Woodland or Nature-Themed Table Setting Yep, … [Read more...]

Uggalicious Finds

I've been out doing a little shopping for the holidays. No, I didn't brave the Black Friday crowds, although I will say that the iPad is the best thing ever invented in the world for making standing in a long line less painful. So, since I'm always thinking about you, (seriously, I'm always thinking about you) I can't tell you how many times over the past week I've thought, I need to let YOU know about … [Read more...]

The Treadmill Desk: Burn Calories While Working and Surfing the Web

So. I'm very seriously thinking of asking Santa for one of these this Christmas. I've been toying with this idea for a few years and now I'm getting serious. I sit a lot...like waaaay too much. Some days vary, like the days when I'm hanging wreaths on windows or painting a room, but most of my days spent blogging full-time involve hours of sitting as I read/answer the 100+ emails I get on a daily … [Read more...]

Saturday Fun

Today, I'm in here... Up under the eaves... Doing this....   And this... So, hopefully by the end of the day, things will be looking like this. (picture from past year)   And this. (Photo from a previous year.) For a little tutorial sharing how to hang wreaths on exterior windows, go here: How to Hang Wreaths on Exterior Windows   The … [Read more...]

10 Projects for Your Weekend

Can you believe it's been almost a full month since I kicked off, Denim Do Over? I've been having so much fun sharing creative and inspiring projects you can make with those too tight, must-have-shrunk-in-the-wash, jeans. No-Sew Projects Did you know Denim Do Over isn't just for those who sew? Yup, right now there are at least 13 projects at DDO that require either no sewing skills at all or just … [Read more...]

Sheer Madness

A few months after I added a screened-in porch onto the back of my home, I wanted to soften the hard edges of the porch. I decided the way to do that would be by adding curtains to the windows. Since there were a lot of windows, I needed to find a frugal way to do it. On a whim I decided to try sheers and I found them for just $5 a panel at a big discount store. They have worked out beautifully in … [Read more...]

Fabulous Books and A Birthday Celebration!

It's Here! Mario Buatta Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration arrived and it's big and beautiful!  It's 1 and 3/4 inches thick, over a foot tall, 9 3/4 inches wide and 432 pages long!   It's filled from cover to cover with big beautiful pictures of Mario Buatta's stunning work over the past 50 years.   If you're a Mario Buatta fan, this book is a must … [Read more...]

Weekend Reading

It's Friday! Are you ready for a fabulous fall weekend? Here are some fun ideas and links for some great weekend reading.  There are a few links at the end that may be of interest to you if you blog. I always like learning about helpful resources or how others are approaching and managing blogging. Create a Faux Brick Wall...amazing how real this looks!   Beautiful blue and white … [Read more...]

How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color for Your Room

So you've got this room you've been thinking about painting or making over forever, but somehow that project never quite makes it to the top of the "to do" list.  Would it have anything to do with choosing the right paint color? That's definitely happened to me and it's not a fun place to be. It can be kind of scary, picking the perfect paint color for a room.  The last thing you want to do is waste … [Read more...]

An Interview with Mario Buatta!

I'm spending the day outside on the porch, scrubbing down the walls and cleaning off the mildew and yuck caused by months and months of almost constant rain. Boooooorrrrring job. To pass the time, I headed upstairs and grabbed my iPod so I could listen to some of my favorite podcasts while I cleaned.   I noticed in iTunes, the ladies at The Skirted Roundtable (Linda, Joni and Megan) have a … [Read more...]

Remembering Summer

Welcome to the 260th Tablescape Thursday! As summer winds down and we start planning for fall, I thought I'd share a recap of some of the tables I put together this summer for Tablescape Thursday.   If you one of these table settings and you would like to see it in detail, just click on the title to view. Dining on the Porch for the 4th of July   Tutorial for making these … [Read more...]

Garden Dining in Buckhead

With very full bellies.. ...after dining on the porch at Greenwood's on Green Street... ...we were still feeling adventuresome. My friend, Jan, spontaneously suggested heading into Buckhead to have drinks at another fun restaurant she had been to and was eager for me to see.  One thing I absolutely LOVE is doing things spur of the moment. I don't know what it is, but sometimes planning ahead … [Read more...]

Cleaning Those Hard to Reach Windows

Back in May 2012, Nathan with Fish Window Cleaning sent me a can of Fish Foam, their fab window cleaner.  You may remember I tried it on my windows, and loved the results. I didn't think they were that dirty but once I saw how they looked after cleaning, I was pretty impressed! Amazing how windows can look clean but the grime is there dulling the view and blocking the light. I loved how much more light came … [Read more...]

Fun Reads for Your Weekend

A few fun reads for your weekend: Love a particular wallpaper but not so much the price? Follow Shannon's tutorial and draw/paint your own!   Do you ever find yourself comparing your home to those you see in magazines or on TV and end up feeling a bit depressed?  Then you'll want to read Julia's post about, House Envy   Melissa completed an amazing kitchen makeover you will … [Read more...]

Crazy Town!

It's Crazy Town here today!  So much going on but I love it.  The painter has been painting--more on that in a sec, the sod guy has been here measuring and the stump removal guy is due any moment. I'm loving all this activity because it means progress! Progress, at last! I'm finally getting some things done I had hoped to get done earlier in the spring before Mr. Max got sick. Keeping busy is good for me … [Read more...]

A Visit to the Pottery Barn Teen-Kids Store in Atlanta

Have you ever been inside a Pottery Barn Teen/Kid store? Since I ordered a desk chair from them years ago for my home office, I occasionally get their catalogs in the mail. (If you're new to reading BNOTP, to see the office/chair, just click on the category My Nest and then click on Office/Craft Room where you'll find links to bunches of office posts.) Every time a PB Teen catalog arrives, I wish I was … [Read more...]


Just wanted to let you know, Max is gone. Thank you so much for all the well wishes and contributions you made in helping him fight cancer.  In the end, the cancer and his failing heart were too much. I'm devastated and it will take a long time for me to feel close to normal again.  The last few months have been brutal and heart-wrenching. For the last 13+ years, Max was a constant companion, … [Read more...]

The Attack of the Yellow Stuff

I'm always getting questions about how I keep the porch looking so clean.  Wellllll, it isn't always so clean.  I think it just appears that way in pictures.  Every spring around April, a monsoon of pollen hits.  When I got home from the hospital on Friday, here's how I found the porch.  Notice how the table seems to have a yellowish cast? It's all pollen and it's just getting started! You … [Read more...]

Miss You This Tablescape Thursday

My tablescape these days. Writing on iPad...very slow. Miss you all! XO … [Read more...]


I'm in the hospital...Piedmont hospital.   Getting great care.  Writing this on iPad, so must be brief.  Not sure when going home...they are running tests for abdominal pain and bleeding.  Max is in good hands. … [Read more...]

Barbara Eberlein: Beautiful Rooms!

Recently I came across a designer with whom I was unfamiliar.  Her name is Barbara Eberlein and I love her work.  Her portfolio includes a variety of work in the areas of Preservation, Classic, Contemporary and Second Homes. Here are a few of the spaces she has designed.  You'll find many more at her website which I'll link to at the end of this post. I love this blue and white bedroom.  Notice the … [Read more...]

Please Pray for Max

This will be short and to the point because I just can't talk about it a lot.  Please, please, please pray for Max. He's been sick for about a month.  He was having diarrhea.  Max has been hyperthyroid for a few years and I give him medicine for that.   His kidneys have been showing signs that they are starting to not function so well, but blood work has showed that they actually have  improved … [Read more...]

Sharing Surprising, Yummy and Awesome Stuff for Your Friday

Sharing some interesting and inspiring ideas and projects today.   Happy Friday!  Titanic II:  An Australian billionaire is building an exact replica of the original Titanic.  Full-size.  As in, you can buy a ticket and sail around the world. It will be called the Titanic II and you can watch a video showing how it will look inside here:  Titanic II  (All photos are from the site linked … [Read more...]

Mystery Song Solved & Growing an Edible Shamrock Tree

What a fun day yesterday!  I loved reading your comments and suggestions concerning the mystery song playing on the cute Easter/Spring water globe I found recently in Marshalls.   I learned something new yesterday, too!   Did you know there are apps you can download to your cell phone or iPad that will "listen" to a song that's playing and will identify it for you?  I had no idea!  The two mentioned in … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey Personality Quiz: Which Character Are You?

Recently, a dearheart (thanks Sandi!) sent me a fun link where you can take a quick, 7-question quiz to see which Downton Abbey character you most resemble.  I finally got around to taking the test today and guess who I am? Anna, the head housemaid!  :)   Here are my results below.   I had to struggle with a few of the questions...really wanted to pick two answers.  Is it wrong when asked how I'd … [Read more...]

Solmate Socks and Wild Birds Unlimited

I noticed this morning my feeder was almost empty so I headed over to my very favorite birding store, Wild Birds Unlimited on Piedmont Road in Marietta, GA.  The folks who work in this location are so wonderful.  They bend over backwards to help you solve any squirrel problems and can answer any question you can dream up about birds. I bought a bag of Choice Blend.  The birds love this stuff!   In … [Read more...]

Coping, Or So I Thought

I've been kind of in a deep funk all day.  I was so busy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, getting everything ready for the small dinner party I had Sunday night, I really didn't have time to think about much else.  Over the last few days I've been listening to the news about the horrible tragedy in Connecticut and reading a good bit about it online.  I think the culmination of it all just finally got to … [Read more...]

Holiday China: Two Beautiful Giveaways from Noritake

Giveaway Winners: Thanks so much to all who entered the two giveaways for Noritake.  There were over 500 entries for this giveaway! Chosen by a Random Number Generator, the winners are: Sandi, who won the Holly and Berry Gold bowls... And Gina who won the Platinum Wave plates. Congrats to both winners and I'll be contacting you via email soon.   Happy Weekend!  I have … [Read more...]

Ready Your Home for the Holidays: Giveaway from Banarsi

Thanks to all who entered the wonderful giveaway from Banarsi.  Chosen by a random number generator, the winner is Stefanie.  Congrats to Stefanie!   Thanks again and if you didn't win this time, there will be future giveaways, so don't get discouraged!   Wow, can you believe Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and Christmas is a mere 52 days away!   I absolutely love this time … [Read more...]

Stencil Your Room Beautiful: Eye-Candy and a Wonderful Giveaway for Your Weekend

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway from Cutting Edge Stencils.  Chosen by random number generator, the winner is:  Aurora m.   Thanks again to all who entered.  If you didn't win, check out the giveaway from Banarsi that is still going on and will be ending soon.   Happy Friday!  Are you looking forward to your weekend?  The Country Living Craft Fair is going on here in Atlanta … [Read more...]

Shhh, It’s a Surprise Present & A Fabulous Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway from Canvas Photo Company!  Chosen via a Random Number Generator, the winner is Diane.  I'll be contacting Diane at the email she entered with her comment.    Thanks again to Canvas Photo Company for Sponsoring this wonderful giveaway!   A few months ago my son, Chip, married his beautiful sweetheart, Nancy in a ceremony held inside the historic … [Read more...]

Warming Up With a Fall Mantel

Though the days are still nice and warm here, there's a definite chill in the air each evening.  I haven't decorated my mantel this year yet, but I thought I'd share a few pics from a previous year.   I've had this wreath for several years, but I still love it.  It's probably the most realistic "faux" wreath I've ever come across.   Books warm up any room...you can never go wrong with … [Read more...]

Beautiful Burlap Art by Elizabeth

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Giveaway from Burlap Art. The winner chosen by a Random Number Generator is Cyndee.    Cyndee will also be notified by email.   Thanks again to all who entered!  There are lots of Giveaways coming up in October and November so if you didn't win this time, take heart...there will be more opportunities in the next few … [Read more...]

A Hoppy Picture for Your Evening

Sorry, couldn't resist that post title.  It will make more sense by the end of the post. Old Time Pottery Giveaway:  Picking A New Winner Remember the Giveaway we had a while back for Old Time Pottery?   I e-mailed the original winner several times and never heard back.  The winner didn't leave an e-mail address in her comment and she doesn't have a blog, but WordPress is designed where you … [Read more...]

Win a $75 Shopping Spree to the Eleanor Brown Boutique!

Winner of Giveaway:  Using a random number generator to select the winner, the winner of the $75 Shopping Spree at Eleanor Brown Boutique is: Heidi.  I'll be sending Heidi an email to the address left in her comment.  Thanks so much to all who entered this giveaway!   Happy Friday!  I have just the thing to start your weekend off with a bang...an awesome $75 Shopping Spree Giveaway from Eleanor … [Read more...]

My Fave Garage Sailing Tip: The Headlock Maneuver

Garage Sailing...what is it?  I like this definition from the Urban Dictionary online:  The pasttime of attending garage sales in pursuit of other peoples junk. :) Do you like garage sailing?  Did you go today or do you have plans to go tomorrow? I've been going through some of the remaining 75+ posts I hadn't categorized yet and I found one I wrote back in May 2010 on the topic of "garage sailing." … [Read more...]

Buffalo Curtains for the Library and Kitchen

Recently I shared a little update to my home office...yellow buffalo check curtains. (You'll find that post here: Buffalo Curtains for the Office) I'm really enjoying them. They have me craving new curtains/drapes for my family room and bedroom. After I shared the curtains in my office, I received an email from Marlene.  She had read my post about how much I love the look of the buffalo check fabric … [Read more...]

Monitor Shopping & an Interview with The Home Depot

I'm out running around today, shopping for two new monitors to replace the ones I currently have in my office.   I love having dual monitors, but I didn't realize just how poor quality/resolution they were until I purchased an iPad recently.  My iPad puts them to shame. Not only are they way too short/squatty, they are just too small in general.  They are 18" monitors, which sounded pretty big when I … [Read more...]

Almost Normal…An Update

Greetings!  How is your week going?  It's 1:45 AM as I write this.  That may provide a hint as to how my week has gone.   I can't figure out where the days go but they are flying by as I continue "unpacking" and getting things settled at BNOTP's new home.  I've had a table set all week and can't find time to photograph it during daylight hours.   I'm determined to get some pics tomorrow.  I'm looking … [Read more...]

The Secret to Clean, Shiny Windows: Fish Foam Giveaway

Update:  Winners Announced: Thanks to all who entered the Fish Foam Giveaway.  Using the InLinkz Random Number Generator, it selected the following winners: Congrats to Edith, Doreen and Jeanie A.!  Please send your full name/address to me at betweennapsontheporchatgmaildotcom and I'll forward that on to Fish Foam so they can get your product out to you.   Thanks for Fish Foam for a great … [Read more...]

Fun Random Things Worth Sharing

Several folks commented how great the garden stool I purchased recently looked in the guest room.  Thanks!  I do love it here, but I was mainly trying to find one for the screened in porch. So, I'm thinking a second seat might be in order.  I tripped over these online at Ballard Designs and they are super expensive...$269 each!  Crazy pricing. I think the vine design/color would look great here on the … [Read more...]

Southern Living Weddings: 25 Real Southern Weddings

Recently I received an issue of Southern Living Weddings in the mail for review from Southern Living. Wow! So much inspiration packed inside 128 beautiful pages. I just opened the magazine again to get the exact number of pages, and as I sat it back down, I noticed these words printed across the back: "128 pages of our best ideas for saying "I Do!" in classic southern style." So true!  Don't you … [Read more...]

Shopping IKEA and Ballard Designs

Recently I took a shopping trip to IKEA in Atlanta and to the Ballard Design Outlet in Alpharetta.  Today, I'm taking you along with me.  These stores are very different.  It's hard to believe IKEA was here for several years before I ever visited.  I had this idea in my head that it was all super modern furniture...far from the truth.  IKEA carries a lot more than just furniture. I can see why folks plan … [Read more...]

Fun Stuff Worth Sharing: Part II

Sometimes I think these are the most fun posts.  I've accumulated all these tidbits and ideas to share with you, but somehow I just never found the right day or time to do so.  So here they are, all lumped together.  I dare say, there's something in here for everyone. Before Christmas I found this cute little deer door hanger at Lowes for $9.99.  He ended up out here on the porch. I decided to leave … [Read more...]


Recently, a neighbor stopped by for a little sunbathing on the deck. Tanning the left side... Tanning the tummy... Tanning the right side... Life is good. Zzzzzzz.... Uhh?!  Did you hear that? I'm pretty sure I heard something. Rats!  The paparazzi found me again! Cat lover?  You may like this post:  Cat T.V. … [Read more...]

Top Projects for 2011

Rhoda is having a Top Projects of 2011 Party and I am joining in with a few of the projects I worked on around the old homestead this year.  There were lots of small ones, but I'm just linking to a few of my faves for this party.Bedroom becomes home office/craft room/sewing roomBefore:After: Project (from start to finish) can be viewed HERE.Screened-in Porch goes through a transformation for the 4th of … [Read more...]

Inspiration for Your Holiday Decorating and More!

Greetings Dear Friends!  How was your day?  I've been working on all kinds of fun things today, including a tablescape for Tablescape Thursday.  One bit of exciting news:  the blue and white pumpkin I submitted in the Country Living Facebook Contest ended up winning the most "Like" votes.  Thanks so much to everyone who took time to vote! Several folks have asked what prize the winner receives.  The … [Read more...]

October 2011: A Look in the Rear-View Mirror and Answering a Few of Your Questions

October 2011:  A Look in the Rear-view Mirror: Each month I share links to the prior month's posts, in case you missed one or just wish to revisit a particular post.  To read any post below, click on the link found in the title of that post. Hope you enjoy this "look in the rear-view mirror."   October was a fun month, for sure! We kicked off last month with a "Look in the Rear-view Mirror" … [Read more...]

Book Sale: Bring Your Rolling Cart!

So many beautiful table settings were posted for yesterday's Tablescape Thursday. If you haven't had a chance to visit them all, just scroll on down and enjoy! You'll find so much inspiration for fall and fun Halloween tablescapes! This morning I got up bright and early and did something I've never done before. No, not exercise...that would be way too practical. ;) Well, I did get a little exercise, now … [Read more...]

Shopping at Urban Relics

How was your Friday?  Anything special planned for today?  I had a unusually busy and fun Friday. I spent the morning visiting a local consignment shoppe and took a few pictures to share with you.  On the survey I recently posted, several folks mentioned they would love to see more shopping/thrifting/antiquing trips, so I think you'll enjoy today's post! My morning shopping trip was followed by lunch … [Read more...]

August 2011: A Look in the Rear-View Mirror

Thanks so much for sharing your fave decorating and design books in the comments on this morning's post. I love the fantasy "Buttonchief7" shared in her comment. Made me laugh! I think I have the same fantasy. Here's a little recap of all the events here at BNOTP for the month of August, complete with links in case you missed a post or would just like to revisit it. Thanks so much for visiting and … [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...]

Weekend in Blogland

Laura will show you how to make a Mason Jar Soap Dispenser at Monogram Boutique.  Clever, practical and easy to make with her great directions.Been thinking about starting a home business? Already have a home business and could use some help in spreading the word? Simple Mom has a great article with 6 Ideas for promoting a home business.Back Splash and Counter Update: Kate at Centsational Girl, … [Read more...]

Near Abductions: My Story

Sometimes you see something on TV and it hits home. A couple of weeks ago, I caught part of the show, 60 Minutes.  They were interviewing two young ladies who had been kidnapped as children but were miraculously able to escape a few days after their abduction. That virtually never happens...escaping. The abuse they suffered permanently altered their lives in very negative ways.  They still struggle today … [Read more...]

Inspiration Abounds in Blogland

There's so much inspiration to be found in Blogland! I hope you find these talented and creative folks as inspiring as I did. Melissa at The Inspired Room completed a "Before and After" of her Dining Room that will knock your socks off. The draperies, the lantern...love it all! And wait until you see the Before...quite a change! Would you love a craft/sewing table that looks very much like that … [Read more...]

Pinterest: What Is It, Anyway?

How to describe Pinterest. Well, you know how you drive to the store, buy an expensive design magazine for $7, come home, start reading it and (if you're lucky) you find a picture or two that's worth saving in an inspiration folder. All for $7. Gulp. Well, imagine finding 25 or 50 or 100 pictures of the kitchen of your dreams. For FREE. And imagine having a place to save (Pin) them all so when you get … [Read more...]

Significant Headway Has Been Made

Well, well, well. Things were kind of interesting around here in Blogland the last couple of days, huh? Were you as happy as I was to see your disappearing post, magically reappear again? When I was finally able to access the dashboard, our Tablescape Thursday post was still missing along with all of your beautiful tablescape links. I temporarily created a blank post with just the script/code from … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

"Motherhood is the longest-running, continuous production of your life. Every day. Seven days a week. It doesn't matter if it's SRO or an empty house: You play to it. It doesn't matter if the critics love or hate your performance. The show never closes. Every day you climb into your costume and do the best you can, writing the script as you go along."Erma BombeckMay 14, 1989Happy Mother's Day to Mothers … [Read more...]

The One That Got Away

Yipee! The furniture is back in place at last. It feels like the office grew several feet.  You can just see Max's steps peeking out from behind the desk. He is using them and they are working well.   I'm looking forward to finding a great chandelier to replace the overhead ceiling fan. From the very beginning I knew I didn't want this home office to feel too officey or too serious. Early on, I set my … [Read more...]

Fantasy Garages

Recently, I received an e-mail from a friend and it contained these pics of dream garages. Well, actually the e-mail was titled: "What a man's garage should look like." I have a love for luxury vehicles, antique cars and going to car shows, so I'm renaming this: "What a woman's garage should look like." HA! Whether you love a well-built touring machine or your taste goes more toward the racing side, … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Home Office Update: Sharing Some Fun Stuff

Several folks have e-mailed or left comments asking how the office is coming along. (If you're new to reading BNOTP, check out THIS post and THIS post for some background info.) The weather has certainly slowed my progress down a bit. I have a small amount of sanding left to do and I haven't been able to complete that since it turned cold. Max, my four-footed furry shadow, won't stay out of the room … [Read more...]

Sleeping with a Mouse

Before my recent office move, my blogging headquarters used to be in the dressing room that's just off the master bedroom. Max kitty, my furry shadow, used to lie in my lap whenever he could squeeze his way in. Can I tell you--it's not easy blogging with a 15 lb cat in your lap. :) So, normally I would pull the bench you see in front of the dresser over beside my chair and he would happily curl up with … [Read more...]

Affordable Buffalo Check Curtains

Lately, I've had curtains/draperies on the brain. Once the walls are all finished in my home office, I'm toying with the idea of adding some simple curtain panels on either side of the double window. If you don't sew or if you just don't have the time to make your own draperies, one of the most reasonably priced stores with great "stuff" online is Country Curtains. Don't let the name fool ya, they carry … [Read more...]

Removing Wallpaper with Wagner

Welcome to the 106th Metamorphosis Monday! Meet my new best friend, Wagner. He's a little finicky but for the most part he and I are getting along okay.   He tends to drool a little and runs out of water sooner than he is supposed to...but that's okay. He gives me an excuse to take a little break every half hour. With Wagner, I can pull off strips of wallpaper this … [Read more...]