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Inside “A Christmas Story” Movie Museum

Mrs. Parker's Robe & Randy's Snowsuit  in A Christmas Story

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

In The BNOTP Library: Christmas From The Heart Of The Home

Christmas From The Heart Of The Home

So excited to share a book by one of my favorite authors, Susan Branch. I think everyone has heard of Susan by now, but if not, you are in for a delight!   In the BNOTP Library: Christmas from the Heart of the Home Author: Susan Branch Hardcover: 128 pages 3 Things I Like About This Book: Jam-packed from cover to cover with lots of wonderful recipes for the Christmas holidays and beyond. Susan Branch is a very … [Continue Reading...]

A Summer House On A Christmas Home Tour

Santa in Bubble Bath

Welcome to the 306th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Go on any Christmas home tours? Did you do a little Christmas decorating? I finished decorating the front porch and I'm looking forward to sharing that soon. This weekend I attended the Marietta Pilgrimage and though pictures weren't allowed inside the homes, I have a few to share of some of the outside spaces that were transformed for Christmas. I also have a couple of … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Southern Christmas

Southern Christmas by Emyl Jenkins

Though the book I'm sharing today is filled with beautiful pictures and wonderful scenes of Christmas, it's also jam-packed with information and the history of why we decorate the way we do, all the way from Maryland down to the most southern states. If you love an old fashioned Christmas filled with tradition, you'll love this book.   In the BNOTP Library: Emyl Jenkins' Southern Christmas Author: Emyl Jenkins Hardcover: 192 … [Continue Reading...]

Giraffe Manor, A Unique Travel Adventure

Giraffe Manor, The Safari Collection

The older I get, the more I dream of doing a little traveling. Recently, a friend sent me a link to the most amazing place, a place where giraffes stop by daily for head scratches...   ...or just to say hello.   They are also more than happy to join you for breakfast, of course served on giraffe plates.   Welcome to Giraffe Manor, home to 10+ endangered Rothschild giraffes.   The owners … [Continue Reading...]

The Imperial Silver & Porcelain Collection Museum in The Hofburg Palace

The Imperial Silver & Porcelain Collection Museum in The Hofburg Palace

Welcome to the 325th Tablescape Thursday! We're going to Europe this week, to Vienna, Austria thanks to Elena, who generously shared pictures from her trip there. While in Vienna, Elena had the opportunity to tour the Hofburg Imperial Palace where Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth lived during the period of the Habsburg Empire. On a visit to the palace, Elena was able to tour the museum that houses the Imperial Silver and … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Bedrooms

Bedrooms by Chris Casson Madden

Pssst: If you would like to be notified of new "In The BNOTP Library" posts, subscribe to have updates delivered to your Inbox via the gray subscribe box at the end of this post. Often when I find a book I love, I search on Amazon to see if the author has written other books. I figure chances are if I like one book by that author, I'll probably like his/her other books, too. That was definitely the case with Chris Madden. I think the first … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Sir John Richardson’s English Country House & Garden

Art Historian, John Richardson's Desk, Connecticut Estate

Recently I stumbled across a short, little video online and I was smitten. It was an interview with Sir John Patrick Richardson, a British art historian who has written three serious tomes chronicling the life of Pablo Picasso whom he came to know very well when he moved to southern France (Provence) in 1952. At the age of 90, (WOW, 90!) he's currently working on his fourth and final Picasso biography. I'm just hoping I can still write my name by … [Continue Reading...]

Fruit And Nut Granola, Great For Holiday Gifts & Entertaining

Fruit and Nut Granola Recipe 04

When the holiday season rolls around each year, I'm always looking for a yummy treat to give to friends and family and the other dearhearts who give so much to me throughout the year. This year I decided to try something different, something I've never made before. I've always wanted to try my hand at making granola so when Planters offered to send me some of their nuts to try in a recipe, I was totally on board. After a little research I … [Continue Reading...]

Decorating With Preserved Boxwood Wreaths

Preserved Boxwood Wreaths for Christmas Decorating

Welcome to the 305th Metamorphosis Monday! My kitchen cabinets saw a little transformation this weekend. Do you ever decorate with preserved boxwood wreaths? I love fresh greenery and use it a lot at Christmastime but I love the preserved wreaths here on the glass cabinet doors in the kitchen. I've been decorating the cabinets this way ever since I saw this done on a Christmas home tour in Madison, Georgia many years ago.   One … [Continue Reading...]

A Cure For The Floppy Pillow Flange & Adorable Scottie Sheets

Martha Stewart Plaid Scottie Flannel Sheet

Happy Black Friday! Did you brave the crowds and go shopping today? Since I don't do crowds or traffic (avoid both like the plague) I stayed home and worked on a few things here. Anyone score any amazing deals? I have something I'm super excited to share today because it was another one of those big AH-HA moments. The more I learn about bedding, the more I realize how little I know! Do you ever feel that way when working on something? Are … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Christmas Decorations From Williamsburg

Christmas Decorations From Williamsburg by Susan Hight Rountree

My most favorite way of decorating my home for Christmas is when I'm able to use fresh greenery from the garden. I first fell in love with using fruits and greenery in decorating when I visited Colonial Williamsburg many years ago.   That was when I saw my first apple cone or apple tree centerpiece. (Tutorial for making a Colonial Williamsburg style fruit cone/tree centerpiece can be found here: Colonial Williamsburg Apple Cone … [Continue Reading...]