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In The BNOTP Library: The Finest Rooms in America

The Finest Rooms in America by Thomas Jayne

It was the title of this book that first caught my eye, but the "Editorial Reviews" and the reviews on Amazon prompted me to take a chance and buy it.   In the BNOTP Library: The Finest Rooms in America Author: Thomas Jayne 3 Things I Like About This Book: This is another one of those books that let's us take a peek into the homes of some very famous people. They come from all walks of life and include designer Carolyne … [Continue Reading...]

Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home, Rebuilt After a Devastating Fire

Beautiful Curved Staircase in Victorian Home

Yesterday we toured the outside of this beautiful Victorian home belonging to Christy and Don. You may remember the original home was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike. It's really scary to think that lightning can cause such destruction, isn't it?   We'll start our tour here in the entry and a grand entry it is with a beautiful curving staircase. I think it may have been around Christmas when this photo was taken since … [Continue Reading...]

A Beautiful Victorian Home Rises From The Ashes

Victorian Home with Wrap Around Porch

Welcome to the 338th Metamorphosis Monday! In 2008, the unthinkable happened. A storm came and lightening reduced this beautiful Victorian home to charred rubble. The owners, Christy and Don, began a new, determined to rebuild their home following the design of the original house as their guide.   It took two full years to bring it back, but oh my gosh, is it wonderful!   I love the turret, the larger dormers on … [Continue Reading...]

Like Living In a Novel

Lantern Hanging from Tree

The listing described this home as "like living in a novel" and I couldn't agree more. It's over-the-top romantic and if it's this beautiful and enchanting in pictures, I can't imagine what it must be like in person. (Psst: Press Ctrl + 2-3 times on your keyboard to view the pictures in bigger form and Ctrl 0 (zero) once you're done.) Whoever built this home was definitely a romantic at heart to hang a beautiful glowing lantern from a tree … [Continue Reading...]

Serving Ideas For Summer Parties and Gatherings

Lemonade and Cookies On The Porch

Welcome to the 356th Tablescape Thursday! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I've pulled together in one post a few of the ideas I've shared in the past for serving beverages for summer gatherings with family and friends. Summer is still in full swing here in the south and will be for another 2-3 months, so let's have a party! Click on the titles below to access the post for the recipe. White Wine Sangria   Flower Cubes … [Continue Reading...]

Storage Bins & Ideas for Refrigerators

Refrigerator or Shelf Storage Bins

Do you ever open the deli or crisper drawers in your refrigerator with plans to make a yummy sandwich only to find a yucky mess awaiting you? Maybe on your last visit to the market, you purchased a bag of kale for a green smoothie or some fresh tomatoes in anticipation of a making a healthy salad. But now, as you peer down into the crisper drawer, you discover the kale has decided to transform itself into a liquid goo and osmosis itself … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Cottage Retreats

Cottage Retreats by Lisa Jill Schlang

After featuring Frances Schultz's wonderful Bee Cottage yesterday, I knew just the book to share with you in the next BNOTP Library post. This one's perfect for anyone who loves a cozy cottage home.   In the BNOTP Library: Cottage Retreats by Lisa Jill Schlang Author: Lisa Jill Schlang   3 Things I Like About This Book: This book features all types of beautiful cottages. Some are on the beach, some are in the … [Continue Reading...]

A Historic Mississippi Farmhouse Gets A Stunning Restoration!

Historic Mississippi Farmhouse Before Restoration

If you wanted a special getaway, maybe some acreage for hunting, fishing and enjoying the good life with your family and friends, what would you do if it came with this house? Most folks would probably tear it down, especially after seeing the inside and finding out the foundation was a complete wreck. Though Mac Thomas joked, "It was nothing that a match couldn't cure," he and his wife, Terre, took on the huge task of restoring this 1820 … [Continue Reading...]

Frances Schultz Decorated Bee Cottage and Herself Back To Happiness

Exterior of Frances Schultz's Bee Cottage Home after Makeover

Welcome to the 337th Metamorphosis Monday! When Frances Schultz, a contributing editor for House Beautiful, purchased a little cottage in East Hampton, she knew it had great bones, but it hadn't been updated in a very long time.   Frances herself had been going through a rough patch, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, followed by her mother's passing a year later. Frances threw herself into the renovation of her … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Faraway Downs in the Movie, Australia, With Nicole Kidman & Hugh Jackman

Faraway Downs in Movie, Australia, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman

A while back I received an e-mail from Ursula. She wrote: Greetings Susan, I’ve enjoyed your blog for years!  Would you consider doing a movie house tour of the Queenslander Nicole Kidman inherits in the film, Australia?  I would love to see more detail and learn more about it.  Thank you. Kindest regards. Ursula, thanks so much for the suggestion because both the movie and the Queenslander home, Faraway Downs, were … [Continue Reading...]

4th of July Nautical Table Setting

4th of July Table with Warren Kimble Flag Dishware and Sunflower Centerpiece

Welcome to the 355th Tablescape Thursday! So, remember that table setting I didn't get to post last week because a big storm came along and put an end to any thoughts of taking pictures for the day?   It's a week late, but better late than never, right?   I ended up setting this table with two different centerpieces.   The first centerpiece was a flag and pinwheel centerpiece I put together a few … [Continue Reading...]

My Favorites In One Spot

BNOTP Favorites

One of the most popular posts here at Between Naps On The Porch are the ones where I share products I really like or that make my life a little easier.  Whenever I use something (like this morning when I was putting on mascara) I think, "This would be a good thing to share in a "10 Things I Can't Live Without post." Unfortunately, when I finally get around to creating those posts, I can't always remember what I wanted to share. I often get … [Continue Reading...]