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Table For Three: Bluebirds “Doing Lunch”

Bluebirds Meeting For Lunch

With this bitter cold weather we've been having, I've started buying mealworms again for my backyard birds. They are a bit pricey at $13 for 1,000 worms from my local birding store, so I decided to order some online from Rainbow Mealworms where you get 5,000 for $20 + shipping. When they arrive and you open the box, this is what you find.   The bag is filled with crumpled up newspaper with live mealworms all mixed … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Lee Bailey’s Southern Food & Plantation Houses

Lee Bailey's Southern Food & Plantation Houses

When I visited Natchez, Mississippi last May with my friend, Linda, we toured Stanton Hall, a beautiful Classical Revival mansion built during 1851-1857. Linda had toured Stanton many times before and couldn't wait for me to see it. I couldn't wait either! It was very grand inside and I was looking forward to taking photos to share with you here on the blog. Imagine how disappointed we were when the docent began our tour by saying absolutely … [Continue Reading...]

A Hearty Breakfast Out On The Farm

Farm Country Breakfast Table Setting 04

Welcome to the 335th Tablescape Thursday! It's been a long time since Jean-Claude made an appearance in a table setting.   The last time he appeared, he was a waiter in a little French cafe. ;)   The cold, cold weather we've been having has me dreaming of big hearty breakfasts with fresh eggs, homemade biscuits, grits, pancakes and bacon. Shhh, don't say the "bacon" word too loud because you-know-who might hear … [Continue Reading...]

Tour A Wonderful Carmel-By-The-Sea Cottage, No High-Heels, Please

Adorable Cottage in Carmel-By-The-Sea

What is it about a Carmel cottage, they lure you in with their simple charm and the promise of sunny days and ocean breezes. Recently, this sweet Carmel-By-The-Sea cottage caught my eye with its beautifully landscaped front yard and overflowing window boxes.   I did a little googling and was going to share some of the history of this area, but decided to share a fun little fact I came across, instead. Did you know it's against the … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Vintage Vavoom

Vintage Vavoom by The Editors of Romantic Homes Magazine

The book I'm sharing today is for those of us who love antiquing or hitting the flea markets and decorating with our vintage finds. I knew when I bought this book two years ago I would love it...it's by the editors of Romantic Homes Magazine.   In the BNOTP Library: Vintage Vavoom: Romantic Decorating with One-of-a-Kind Finds Author: The Editors of Romantic Homes Magazine Hardcover: 218 pages 3 Things I Like About This … [Continue Reading...]

In Case You’ve Forgotten, This Is How Summer Looks

Houmas House Plantation Gardens 05

So cold! I hope this is Old Man Winter's last hurrah, his last 1-2 punch before he makes his retreat for another year. I could use a little reminder that spring is coming, soon to be followed by warm summer days. How about you? Last May a friend who is loves old homes as much as I do, took me on a wonderful tour of some of the beautiful historic homes in Louisiana. I took way too many pictures on that trip which is why in February 2015, I'm … [Continue Reading...]

No More Faking It

Tartan Plaid Bedding For Winter

Welcome to the 316th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful stories about your Barbour jackets in the comments on Friday's post. I had so much fun reading those. If there's one thing I've learned during the process of researching and finally buying a Barbour coat is that Barbour coat owners love and are passionate about their coats. They talk about them like you would a trusted and well-loved friend. I wore mine out for … [Continue Reading...]

A Forever Coat

Barbour Coats and Jackets

Every once in a while I come across something that's really special, and I think to myself, I have to share this with you. I've never been a serious fashionista, but last summer I began to catch the bug. I'm not sure how it happened, I probably followed a link from another site, but somehow I came across a super cute fashion blogger named Sarah, who blogs at Classy Girls Wear Pearls.  I subscribed to her blog posts and over the past year while … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Winter House by Charlotte Moss

Winter House by Charlotte Moss

I knew it was going to be cold here today when just before going to bed last night, I noticed it was already below freezing outside. I awoke at 7AM to 26 degree temps and reluctantly climbed out of my warm bed. Hard to get up on these cold mornings, isn't it? I hurriedly turned up the heat to warm up the house and watched as the birds eagerly swarmed the three feeders hanging from the pergola and deck. They were really enjoying the water in … [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration for the Spring Table

Easter Spring Tablescape

Welcome to the 334th Tablescape Thursday! I always like to stop by my local Pottery Barn this time of year to see what's new for the spring season. They had lots of great tables set so I snapped a few pics for ya! This table would work well for spring or summer.   See that tiny little silver thing in the center of the plate.   It's a cute little bunny acting as a place card holder. I didn't see a price on him and … [Continue Reading...]

Living Like Marie Antoinette In New York City

Joan River's New York Apartment Living Room

If Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, fell through a temporal portal, a la Kate and Leopold...   ...and landed in New York city in the year 2015, this is where she would live: Joan River's amazing penthouse apartment. Of course, she would need $28 million dollars first. Who knew the often controversial, take-no-prisoners comedian, Joan Rivers lived such an elegant, opulent queen-like existence! This elegant neo-French Classic … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Country French Living

Charles Faudree's Country French Living

Recently, I shared French Country Signature, the first book I ever purchased by the talented designer, Charles Faudree. I remember being so excited and in love with that book, I hadn't even finished it before I purchased his second one, the one I'm sharing today. Amazon doesn't show the date I purchased his first book but they show I purchased today's book on May 26, 2007. That was a full year before I began blogging. After all these years, his … [Continue Reading...]