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Glenda and Me

When I decided to start a blog back in August 2008, my biggest supporter was my sister, Glenda. Being 10 years older, she has always watched out for me...the best big sister ever.   Since our mother (pictured below) was ill for most of my life starting when I was very young, Glenda took on way more than the usual big sister's share of responsibility caring for me as I was growing up.   As I grew older, we were … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Graham’s Charming Mill House In “The Holiday”

Graham's House in movie, The Holiday

Four years ago I shared a tour of the adorable English cottage featured in the movie, The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black.   Rosehill Cottage stole the hearts of everyone who saw the movie. If you missed that tour, you'll find it here: Tour Rosehill Cottage from the movie, The Holiday   Recently, a reader of BNOTP left this comment on The Holiday (Rosehill Cottage) tour … [Continue Reading...]

It’s Flag City Around Here!

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Welcome to the 311th Metamorphosis Monday! If you are participating in Met Monday (a blog party that's all about Before and Afters) please don't forget to include a link in your post back to today's party so your readers will find the other participants who have also linked up. Please do not link up a post you've just previously linked up in the last 2-3 weeks since readers will have already seen that post. Thanks! Colorful paint markings and … [Continue Reading...]

Make A Snowman Spice Cake

Snowman Spice Cake With Nordic Ware Cake Pan

Recently while shopping in Williams-Sonoma, I came across a Nordic Ware snowman cake pan. It was on sale, greatly reduced from $39.95 to $10.39 so I couldn't resist trying my hand at making this cute cake.   The cake ended up being a centerpiece for yesterday's winter table setting seen in this post: Winter Table Setting With Snowman Cake Centerpiece This cake would be cute at Christmastime but it really works as a dessert any time … [Continue Reading...]

A Winter Tablescape With Snowman Spice Cake Centerpiece

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Welcome to the 330th Tablescape Thursday! My tablescape today is a winter themed table setting with a very special centerpiece. It's so special that it's practically invisible. What? You don't see it? It's right there--on the pedestal in the center of the table. ;) I knew by the time the centerpiece I planned to use was ready, it would already be getting dark out. Since table settings look so much nicer in natural light, I took a few … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House by Mark Girouard

The Victorian Country House by Mark Girouard

Yesterday we toured Highclere Castle, the Victorian country house where the popular British drama, Downton Abbey is filmed each year. If you have an interest in learning more about Victorian country houses like Highclere, today's book is a good one to consider. You can tell the author has done his research.   In the BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House Author: Mark Girouard Hardcover: 480 pages 3 Things I Like About … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Highclere Castle, Home of Downton Abbey

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It's back! The fifth season of the wildly popular British period drama, Downton Abbey is once again showing on PBS. Of course the fifth season is now old hat to our British friends who get to view it a full season before we do here in the States.   A little confession: When Downton Abbey first started airing, I was a pretty faithful watcher, catching it as often as possible on PBS. Then all of a sudden in one measly season (I think … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Martha’s Vineyard Gardens and Houses

Martha's Vineyard Gardens and Houses by Taylor Lewis, Catherine Fallin and Elizabeth Talbot

After touring HGTV's 2015 Dream Home on Martha's Vineyard, I knew exactly which book I wanted to share today from my decor/gardening library. I've always been intrigued by Martha's Vineyard and became even more curious about that area when I discovered one of my favorite author's, Susan Branch, lives there. She talks about MV a lot on her blog. So I ordered this book a few summers back and love it!   In the BNOTP Library: Martha's … [Continue Reading...]

Tour The Martha’s Vineyard HGTV Dream Home, 2015

HGTV 2015 Dream Home on Martha's Vineyard

Welcome to the 310th Metamorphosis Monday! The only "Before and After" I have to share this week would most likely put you to sleep. Once the rain stopped, I spent the weekend taking down and storing away Christmas decorations. Big snore! I have something way more fun to share, a tour of this year's beautiful HGTV dream home on Martha's Vineyard! When I read it was located on Martha's Vineyard, I knew it was going to be … [Continue Reading...]

An After-Christmas-Sale Haul

Blis Bourbon Maple Syrup

Well, "haul" may be a slight exaggeration. It's more like a mini-haul. Have you done in after-Christmas shopping? I haven't been in the mood, probably due to being sick. Thankfully, I'm all better now! It's 63 degrees here today, sunny and gorgeous! I decided to stop by the Williams-Sonoma that's a couple miles from my home to see what's shaking. In the past I've found some amazing deals there after the holidays. This is actually a great time … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Laying The Elegant Table

Laying The Elegant Table by Ines Heugel

The book I'm sharing today is for anyone who has an appreciation or love for all things tabletop. A drool-worthy book if ever there was one!   In the BNOTP Library: Laying The Elegant Table: China, Faience, Porcelain, Majolica, Glassware, Flatware, Tureens, Platters, Trays, Centerpieces, Tea Sets Author: Ines Heugel Hardcover: 184 pages   This is one of those rare books that has a beautiful front and back cover, … [Continue Reading...]

Designer, Mary Carol Garrity Has A New Cottage Home!

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Are you as big a Mary Carol Garrity fan as I am? If so, I have some really big news. You may have already heard but Mary Carol Garrity has moved! Yep, she has moved from her beautiful, Atchison, Kansas home featured so often in her books, the same home she has graciously opened up for tours over the years. Mary Carol and her husband, Dan, have decided it's the perfect time in their life to downsize to a more casual lifestyle.   I'm … [Continue Reading...]