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Vacation in Designer, Sarah Richardson’s Island Cottage

Fully Renovated Rental Cottage Belonging to Sarah Richardson

A few days ago I turned on the TV while having lunch and there was a show on HGTV I had never seen before. A woman who I thought was probably a real estate agent, was showing a young couple several fixer-upper homes that could be renovated and redesigned into the home they really wanted. As I watched, I kept thinking how much the agent looked like Designer, Sarah Richardson, but I knew it couldn't be Sarah since she's not a real estate agent. … [Continue Reading...]

5 Tabletop Crafts & Recipes for Independence Day

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Welcome to the 352nd Tablescape Thursday! I'm working on a table I'll be sharing next week. With the 4th of July just a couple of weeks away, here are a few fun crafts, centerpieces and recipes you can make for your upcoming 4th of July table. Some of the centerpieces would work on a sideboard or buffet, too. Click on the TITLE to access each tabletop craft, tutorial or recipe below. Make a Patriotic Tote Bag Centerpiece for the 4th of … [Continue Reading...]

A Tablescaping Mini-Haul

Fish Wine Glasses for Summer

I haven't been shopping for tablescaping goodies in a long time. Today is the first day I have felt like getting out since I became sick with whatever it was I had. On my first trip out into the real world, I treated myself to a visit to Marshalls. It felt so good to get out of the house and just be normal again...well, as normal as I ever get. ;) I found some cute things for summer entertaining and I thought I would share them with you now so … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Mary Emmerling’s Romantic Country

Mary Emmerling's Romantic Country by Mary Emmerling

Today I'm sharing another book by one of my favorite design authors, Mary Emmerling. This was a book recommended to me by a BNOTP reader last year after I featured Mary's book about beach cottages. It's very different from her beach cottage book and a great addition to my decor library.   In the BNOTP Library: Mary Emmerling's Romantic Country: Style That's Straight from the Heart Author: Mary Emmerling   3 Things I … [Continue Reading...]

My Living Room Is Hiding A Secret

Old TV Cabinet Made Into Home Bar

My living room is hiding a secret. It's just a little secret, nothing earth shattering.   See that area behind the seating group, the one with the built-in cabinetry and bookshelves? The secret is underneath the tall lamp I have there. Can you guess what it is?   It's this! Did you guess you would find a sink under there? The sink still works, I ran a little water in it again today just to make sure. Apparently when … [Continue Reading...]

A Secret Garden Party and You’re Invited

Secret Garden with Martha Stewart Oleander Collection

Welcome to the 333rd Metamorphosis Monday! When my son and daughter-in-law moved into their home a couple of years ago, they inherited a beautiful backyard. The older couple who previously lived there were avid gardeners and they had created a secluded paradise that was the talk of the neighborhood. The cares of the day vanished the moment you entered this lovely garden.   Nancy and Chip's backyard is completely enclosed on all … [Continue Reading...]

Prepare To Be Charmed: A Walking Tour

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Last week when I was visiting family in Ohio, I drove around through some of the nearby neighborhoods. The majority of the streets are tree-lined with sidewalks on both sides. So charming! I noticed new trees had been planted in a few spots, probably where a tree had died. I love that the folks who are living here today care enough about their lovely city to preserve it for future generations.   I'm still sick (running a fever … [Continue Reading...]

Watermelon Mojitos For A Summer Party

Watermelon Mojitos

Welcome to the 351st Tablescape Thursday! I was out of town until Monday evening and Tuesday morning I awoke really sick. I'm not sure if it's the flu or what it might be. I may try to get a strep test today since my throat feels like it's been attacked with razor blades and I ache all over. Since I wasn't able to create a table setting, for this week's Tablescape Thursday I thought I'd share something I made last week while visiting my son … [Continue Reading...]

15 Products I Use and Love

Ghost Eclipse Perfume

It's been a while since I put together a post where I share the products I love, the ones that make my life better or a whole lot easier. This past weekend while visiting my son and daughter-in-law, my dil and I started talking about some of the things we enjoy using like hair products, lotions, etc... Today I'm sharing them all with you and if they are still available, I'll link to them where I purchased them. I think most, if not all, are … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Cape Cod Gardens and Houses by Taylor Lewis

Cape Cod Gardens and Houses

After listening to The Outermost House on my drive home from Ohio yesterday, I have Cape Cod on the brain. I only have one book about that area and each time I read it, I have a great longing to see it in person.   In the BNOTP Library: Cape Cod: Gardens and Houses Author: by Taylor Lewis   3 Things I Like About This Book: Tons and tons of wonderful pictures of the gardens and homes of Cape Cod. The photos of … [Continue Reading...]

A Fabulous Beach House On Long Beach Island

Palm Beach Style Bedroom

I'm baaaaack! And what a drive! I left Ohio yesterday morning around 9:00 AM and didn't get home until 9:30 PM. A drive that normally takes around 9-9-1/2 hours took over 12 hours. Shortly after leaving I got stuck behind an accident that shut the interstate down to 1 lane.   Once I got past that, I was in constant torrential downpours and tornado-like weather for hours and hours. If you live in southern Kentucky or Tennessee, you … [Continue Reading...]

A Screened Porch Haven for Warm Summer Days

Porch Decor

Welcome to the 332nd Metamorphosis Monday! Suzy who blogs at Worthing Court , moved last summer into a home built in the mid-90's. It was in need of some updating so gradually she's been renovating it room-by-room. One of the rooms Suzy couldn't wait to makeover was her screened-in porch. Initially, it was a  mixture of miscellaneous outdoor furniture that Suzy had left over from her previous house. Suzy said, "The before picture was taken … [Continue Reading...]