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5 Autumn Table Settings

Fall Tablescape, Plaid Dinner Plates and Deer Salad Plates

Welcome to the 314th Tablescape Thursday! Before we dive into this week's Tablescape Thursday, I have a little update about Postcards From The Porch, the newsletter for Between Naps On The Porch. As it looks right now, I should be sending out the first newsletter this Saturday. Yay!   If you would like to receive the BNOTP weekly newsletter, sign up HERE. Or, you can use the subscribe box you'll find at the end of this … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Cottages On The Coast

Cottages On The Coast by Linda Leigh Paul

I have beach cottage living on my mind after our tour of a wonderful beach house this morning. If you missed that tour, you'll find it here: Beach Cottage Overflowing With Charm   In the BNOTP Library: Cottages on the Coast: Fair Harbors and Secret Shores Author: Linda Leigh Paul Hardcover: 224 pages Book Size: 8.7 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches   3 Things I Like About This Book: If you love a great cottage (beach or … [Continue Reading...]

Beach Cottage Overflowing With Charm

Beach Cottage in Florida

Historical Concepts, an Atlanta Architecture and Design firm, designs homes that have the look and feel of an older or historic home but all their homes have the modern conveniences we need and love. You may remember when I shared their wonderful book in this previous post: Coming Home by James Lowell Strickland. I recently came across this absolutely adorable beach cottage in Florida that's one of their awesome designs. Hard to believe this … [Continue Reading...]

Night Sounds From The Porch

Barred Owl

I absolutely adore owls! They are sooo beautiful! Last night I was working late in the office when I heard two Barred Owls in the trees out back. I grabbed my camera and ran down to the porch to see if I could capture their hoots for you. Source   I thought about using my phone to record them but I knew my camera would pick up the audio much better. Unfortunately, you can't see anything because it was pitch black dark outside. I … [Continue Reading...]

There’s Gold And Wine In Them Thar Hills!

Wolf Mountain Vineyards

Actually, Dahlonega Mint assayer, Dr. M. F. Stephenson was misquoted. What he really said that day in 1849, standing on the courthouse steps was, "There's millions in it!" as he tried his best to persuade miners they should stay in Dahlonega instead of heading out west to California where another famous gold rush was underway at the time. A few weeks ago some friends and I headed up to the north Georgia mountains to Dahlonega, a little town … [Continue Reading...]

Backyard Makeover: Convert A Pond To A Backyard Oasis

Backyard Makeover, Pond Become Flagstone Patio With Fountain

Welcome to the 294th Metamorphosis Monday! In 1999 Liz who blogs at Infuse With Liz and on her garden blog, Sit With Me In My Garden, added a pond to her backyard. The pond eventually grew into a much larger scale project that included a creek with extensive plantings. Liz and her hubby, Dan enjoyed the pond for many years but in spring of 2009 they decided they were ready for a change. The pond, creek and surrounding landscape had reached … [Continue Reading...]

A Gift From Nature

Sunflower Bloom With Seeds 3_wm

Just because I'm weird, I have to share this with you. :) Remember the perennial garden I put in alongside my walkway last fall. I shared this photo of it earlier in the summer. (See that post here: Create A Small Sun-Loving Perennial Garden)   Well, I'm not sure how, but a sunflower just appeared along the edge of it recently. Maybe a bird visiting my backyard feeder brought a sunflower seed around front and dropped it … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: A Passion For Detail

A Passion For Detail by Charlotte Moss

Charlotte Moss is one of my favorite designers because she puts so much passion into everything she does, including those seemingly small details that give a room life and personality. I've never bought a Charlotte Moss book, I didn't love or come away with a new idea. This book has a bit of a scrapbook feel to me because the pictures throughout are all different sizes, some large, some medium size, some small.   In the BNOTP … [Continue Reading...]

5 Hearty Dinners For Fall

5 Hearty Fall Dinners

Fall is in the air here in Georgia. Nightfall comes a little earlier each day and the mornings and evenings are feeling a bit cooler. Sweater weather is coming. When I went outside this evening to bring in the bird feeders, a strong wind rustled the trees and I looked up to see leaves swirling in the air overhead. Some fluttered down to the deck and a big yellow one landed on the rail. All these subtle hints saying autumn is on the way, … [Continue Reading...]

A Feminine Table Setting, This One’s For The Girls

Birthday Party Table Setting Tablescape

Welcome to the 313th Tablescape Thursday! Such a beautiful day to be out on the porch! I headed out to the garden to cut the last of the purple phlox. It's almost completely finished blooming for another year but I managed to find just enough for our centerpiece. It smells heavenly, I wish I could share the fragrance with you.   A couple of years ago I came across a table setting showing angel wings on the backs of chairs. I … [Continue Reading...]

Build A New Home With Old World Charm

Old Point Neighborhood in Beaufort, South Carolina

When I hear the name Beaufort South Carolina, I immediately think of beautiful old homes, romance and southern charm. Beaufort, pronounced bew-fert, is the second-oldest city in South Carolina; Charleston holds the distinction of being the oldest.   The home we're touring today on Lady's Island, a lovely sea island located in Beaufort County, is a wonderful example of how homes built today can  be built to blend into historic … [Continue Reading...]

9 Favorite Products I Can’t Live Without

Homestead Creamy Milk

Okay, that's a slight exaggeration. I could live without them, but I probably wouldn't like it too much! ;) It's been a long time since I've done one of these posts. When I stumble across something that's kinda awesome, I always make a mental note to share it with you. Those mental notes have been piling up in my brain (stop laughing!) so I decided it was time to put 'em in a post. Since I've done this a time or two before, I'll link to … [Continue Reading...]