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20 Ways To Make Your Christmas Merry & Bright

Christmas Table Setting with Dept. 56 Lit Houses

Welcome to the 354th Metamorphosis Monday! Christmas is just 45 days away and I've noticed lots of folks are Pinning and Instagramming Christmas ideas for inspiration. At the top of BNOTP, you'll find a category called, Holiday Home. Under Holiday Home, you'll find a subcategory called, Christmas. Under Christmas you'll find lots of decorating ideas, house tours, crafts, movies, recipes, tablescapes and napkin folds for a very merry … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree Details

Charles Faudree Details by Charles Faudree

Please Note: Recently I made a small change/improvement to the BNOTP Library posts: If I've previously shared other books by an author, I've started categorizing that author's books under the author's name. So, if you enjoy a particular author or designer, note the categories shown at the end of each BNOTP Library post. If you see the author's name (like in this case, Charles Faudree) at the end of the post, click on the author's name and it will … [Continue Reading...]

A Roasted Pumpkin Soup For Cozy, Fall Dinners

Fall Table Setting with Pier 1 Ashevile Dishware Acorn Soup Tureens

Happy Friday! Yesterday I shared a fall table setting and my centerpiece for the table was the prettiest little pumpkin casserole from Martha Stewart. (Pumpkin Casserole is currently on sale here: Martha Stewart Pumpkin Casserole)   The pumpkin casserole came with a yummy recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Soup. This soup was very easy to make, the trickiest part was cutting apart the sugar pumpkins. Those babies are hard! Peeling and cutting … [Continue Reading...]

Autumn Table Setting with Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Fall Tablescape with Pier 1 Ashevile Dishware & Martha Stewart Cast Iron Pumpkin Casserole

Welcome to the 372nd Tablescape Thursday! I've heard a rumor that there's this thing called "sunshine." It's supposed to be really bright, but I think it may be just a myth. How is it in your part of the world? I hope you're seeing some sunny days. If I don't start seeing some pretty soon, I'm going to have to buy one of those light machines like Police Chief Celia Bachelor used in the show, Men in Trees. Anyone remember that show? That was … [Continue Reading...]

Tartan Chargers for the Holiday Table

Williams-Sonoma Tartan Plaid Chargers for Christmas

We dish lovers watch out for each other, have you noticed that? Recently, a reader of BNOTP alerted me that chargers are now available for the tartan dishware pattern I love and use so much in table settings for Christmas. What! How had I missed that? I immediately found them online and ordered eight. (Thanks Chloe for the heads up!) Update: The chargers had sold out but it appears they have restocked them here: Tartan … [Continue Reading...]

Bringing Home A Bit of Tuscany To My Kitchen

Shopping in Cortona_wm

Welcome to the 353rd Metamorphosis Monday! Almost every day sees some kind of metamorphosis in our homes right now with the holidays here. I absolutely love this time of year! Halloween has always been one of most favorite holidays because it's filled with so many smiles and so much laughter. I hope your Halloween was a lot of fun this year. I have a small Before and After to share in my kitchen. It's a little change waaaay over there by … [Continue Reading...]

Awesome Deal for Preserved Boxwood Wreaths

Preserved Boxwood Wreath Hanging Over Bed_wm

I don't normally post on Sundays but I came across a deal this weekend that expires today, so I'm sharing it in a quick post just in case it's helpful in your upcoming holiday decorating. Update added 11-2-15: It looks like they still have the 10% off deal going on, which is great! Tip: If it shows the wreath is out of stock for your store, click in the box that looks like this one below and you'll be able to check other nearby stores for … [Continue Reading...]

Halloween Craft: Mummy Candle Holders

Mummy Candle Holdersr Lit for Halloween Decor

Halloween is almost here and I have a super fun, easy craft to share. I've been itching to make some Mummy Candle Holders for Halloween for a while now. They always make me laugh when I see them in magazines around this time of year.   I didn't have a tutorial to go by, just gathered together the items that I thought I'd need: pint size mason jars from True Value, gauze, glue gun and some silly googly eyes. Tip: When making … [Continue Reading...]

Romantic Dining Surrounded by Antiques and Vintage China

Romantic Dining in Italy 02

Welcome to the 371st Tablescape Thursday! Good Morning! Hope your day is off to an awesome start! I have a fun Halloween craft I'll be sharing tomorrow, something I've been wanting to make for a while. I think it will put a smile on your face. It's one you can do for yourself or share with your children or grandchildren. Last week for Tablescape Thursday, I shared a beautiful table from one of the lovely restaurants we ate in while on a … [Continue Reading...]

In the BNOTP Library: Decorating Secrets by Mary Carol Garrity

Decorating Secrets by Mary Carol Garrity

I believe I have every book Mary Carol Garrity has ever written. I was thinking today, I wish she would do one on Halloween decorating. Mary Carol, I hope you see this!   In the BNOTP Library: Decorating Secrets Author: Mary Carol Garrity 3 Things I Like About This Book: In this book, Mary Carol is taking us under her wing and sharing the decorating secrets she's learned from years and years of designing beautiful rooms … [Continue Reading...]

6 Pairs of Shoes That Kept Me Warm, Cozy and Comfortable in Italy

Sperry Plaid Rain Boots

For several weeks before my trip to Italy, I checked the "extended" forecast for the Tuscany and Amalfi Coast region a couple of times a week. As the time drew closer to leave, I checked almost daily. Forecasts can often be wrong but the three-week extended forecast for the areas we were to be touring, was consistently showing chilly temps and cloudy days with lots of chances for rain. Ugh. Not what I wanted to see. I am cold-natured and I … [Continue Reading...]

Chills in Sorrento

Vallone dei Mulini, Abandoned Mill, Sorrento

Welcome to the 352nd Metamorphosis Monday! While we were staying in Sorrento, on afternoons or evenings when we were out touring or were just free to explore on our own, we would often walk the short distance to a nearby market area where we could shop and dine. About a block away from our hotel, there was a bridge that had to be crossed to reach the shopping/dining areas. We merrily crossed over it several times never realizing what lay … [Continue Reading...]