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Goodbye Squirrel Highway

Mr. Squirrel

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on whether I should move the Savannah Holly I planted recently back a little toward the house, or leave it where I had planted it. In case you missed that post, I planted a Savannah Holly tree at the right corner of my home as kind of an anchor plant for that end of the house. The landscape plan created by a landscape designer last year indicated the tree should be approximately 8 feet out. In my effort to … [Continue Reading...]

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 she's created in her breakfast room. … [Continue Reading...]

The Landscape Plan

Tree Form Limelight Hydrangea

Last September, after a summer spent reclaiming my front yard from the overgrown jungle it had become, I consulted the services of a local garden nursery and had a landscape plan created. I thought you might enjoy seeing it so I'm sharing it in today's post. To get a closer look, press CTRL + a few times on your keyboard. Once you're done viewing the plan, press CTRL 0 (zero) to return to normal. When the plan was created last fall, the … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Tommy Dorsey’s Beautiful “Tall Oaks” Home

Tony Dorsey's Home In New Jersey

The current owners of bandleader Tommy Dorsey's home, fell in love with Tall Oaks the first time they saw it. They completed a careful and loving restoration of this magnificent home in 2000, being careful to maintain the look and feel of the era during which the home was built. This is a home that envelops you in a big ol bear hug. It exudes warmth and coziness which is truly amazing since the rooms are all quite large. It's convinced me that … [Continue Reading...]

Need Your Opinion: 8 Feet vs 10 Feet

Curved Brick Walkway

Welcome to the 297th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? This weekend was a productive one around here. I was able to get all the Savannah Holly trees in, although one may need to be moved. I need your help to decide. I hired someone to help me get all the trees planted and I worked alongside him digging the holes and helping the entire time. I'm sore today, but it's a good sore! One problem though, I think we may have … [Continue Reading...]

5 Fabulous Fall Tablescapes

Five Fabulous Fall Tablescapes via Between Naps on the Porch

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 table.  A Southern State of Mind has done … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Englishman’s Room

The Englishman's Room

It was the title that drew me to this book, loving English design as I do, but this is far from your average decorating or design book.   In the BNOTP Library: The Englishman's Room Author: Alvide Lees-Milne Hardcover: 144 pages Book Size: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.8   3 Things I Like About This Book: The author had 31 Englishmen share about their favorite room and why it's their favorite. Surprisingly, not all the rooms … [Continue Reading...]

Christie Brinkley’s Dreamy Beach Home in Parrot Cay

Christie Brinkley's Beach House Paradise

Summer may be over but I can never resist touring an exotic beach home especially when it's located in an island paradise. Christie Brinkley, a well-known model who is actually a very savvy business woman, is selling her beach home named Lucky House. Lucky House is a dream island home located in Parrot Cay on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Even the location sounds exotic, doesn't it?   Shhh, I think Christie's out for the day so … [Continue Reading...]

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 table.   A few weeks ago I received a … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Epicurean Collector

The Epicurean Collector by Patrick Dunne

If you're a lover of cooking, table setting, entertaining or antiques, the book I'm sharing this evening is a great one to consider for your library.   In the BNOTP Library: The Epicurean Collector: Exploring the World of Culinary Antiques Author: Patrick Dunne Hardcover: 192 pages Book Size: 10.3 x 9.7 x 0.9   Patrick Dunne, the author of this book, used to have a column in each issue of Southern Accents. At the … [Continue Reading...]

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 of shopping and a lot of fun. When I … [Continue Reading...]

Real Storybook Cottage Reminiscent Of Rosehill Cottage In Movie “The Holiday”

Fairytale Cottage For Sale, Fig Tree Cottage 19

When you picture a "storybook cottage" what comes to mind? Do you envision a darling cottage with a high-pitched roof and gingerbread-house gables? Is there a white picket out front, covered in beautiful roses? As you open the gate on that white picket fence, do you pass underneath an adorable arbor and down a meandering path past a fragrant cottage garden?   Welcome to Fig Tree Cottage, a real-life fairytale cottage located in the … [Continue Reading...]