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Tour a Beautiful Home With a Gorgeous Old Soul

Cozy Living Room

Recently, I was looking through some home listings on Zillow and I came across this Italianate estate from the 1920's. As I drooled over all the beautiful rooms inside this home, I thought to myself, "This house belongs in a magazine." I had to chuckle when I read the little blurb on the listing and found it had once been featured in Architectural Digest.   This home has a beautiful soul, you feel it from the moment you step … [Continue Reading...]

A Table Setting Inspired By The Deep Blue Sea

Summer Beach Table Setting with Noritake Indigo Beach

Welcome to the 360th Tablescape Thursday! It was a gorgeous day out on the porch, we've been blessed with a lot of those lately!   Recently, Noritake sent six salad plates my way in a fun new pattern called Indigo Beach.   Before I even knew the name of the pattern, the design had me thinking of the deep blue sea.   The yellow-rimmed dinner plates are also by Noritake. They are Colorwave and can be … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Colefax and Fowler: The Best in English Interior Decoration

Colefax and Fowler by Chester Jones

If you're a lover of English Country design, this book is about the firm that pretty much invented this style of decorating. They greatly influenced some of our favorite designers including Arthur Hadley, Mario Buatta and Mark Hampton.   In the BNOTP Library: Colefax and Fowler: The Best In English Interior Decoration Author: Chester Jones   3 Things I Like About This Book: The design firm of Colefax & … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Giuliana & Bill Rancic’s Beautiful Chicago Brownstone

Giuliana & Bill Rancic's Kitchen in Chicago Home

When I read that E! host, Giuliana Rancic, was leaving the E! show and moving to Chicago where she and husband, Bill, currently own two restaurants (RPM Italian and RPM Steak) I wondered what kind of home they would choose. Their last home was decorated in a fairly traditional style so I couldn't wait to see what Giuliana had in mind for her new home. The Rancic's chose a wonderful old brownstone dating back to 1880 and asked designer, Lonni Paul … [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration in Blogland

Scot Meacham Wood Home Shop

So much inspiration around blogland...sharing some of my favorites today. Enjoy! Mary Carol Garrity has created a wonderful backyard paradise for entertaining: Innisfree: Cottage By The Lake   Imagine if you went on a photographic safari and a Cheetah decided to get up close and personal: Cheetah Face to Face (video)   Tired of seeing so many kitchens with a white tiled backsplash? Check out this wonderful … [Continue Reading...]

1960’s Kitchen Gets a Dramatic Makeover

Whole House Makeover in Massachusettes 01

Welcome to the  341st Metamorphosis Monday! Do you ever come across a kitchen makeover that just stuns? This Cape Cod home located in Harwich Port, Massachusetts hadn't been updated in many years. It has been renovated throughout and is now available for purchase.   The entrance is really pretty and inviting with a basket of  greenery on the door. I was just thinking how I haven't had a basket on my front door in a while and I'm … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators

John Fowler Prince of Decorators by Martin Wood

Being a big fan of the work of designer, Mario Buatta, a few years ago I went in search of books about John Fowler. Mario has mentioned many times in interviews and books how greatly influenced he was by his work. He credits John Fowler with teaching him how to use color and how to arrange and use furnishings in a room.   In the BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators Author: Martin Wood   3 Things I Like … [Continue Reading...]

A Cozy, Oceanside Cottage in Vineyard Highlands, Martha’s Vineyard

Oceanside Cottage Vineyard Highland, Oak Bluffsm Massachusettes 03

A beautiful beach cottage decorated in the latest designer fabrics and furnishings is always a treat, but there's something equally as delightful about a cozy, vintage cottage, especially when it's located on Martha's Vineyard. This oceanside cottage is located in East Chop, also known as Vineyard Highlands. Vineyard Highlands is a residential area in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the north end of Martha's Vineyard. Have you ever been to … [Continue Reading...]

A Beach-Themed Sea Life Table Setting

Sea Life Tablescape With Pottery Barn Playa Plates and Table Runner 02

Welcome to the 359th Tablescape Thursday! Summer has been flying by for me this year. Has it seemed that way for you, too? It's still plenty hot here in Georgia, perfect weather for a beach and sea life inspired table setting! Recently, Elena put this wonderful table setting together with adorable plates sporting some rather cute sea creatures.   Elena chose a rustic lantern with a rope handle to use in the centerpiece of … [Continue Reading...]

A Light-Weight Laptop Great for Travel


I've been wanting, and somewhat needing, a new laptop computer for several years. The one I currently have is an old HP Pavilion. It was awesome in its day and exactly what I needed since it was bought to use at home. I rarely traveled back then, and when I did, I never took my computer with me.   When I travel now, I do need to take a computer. My old HP is large and heavy and a bit of a pain to pack up for a trip. Plus, it takes … [Continue Reading...]

Going On Safari: 3 Beautiful Cottages

Green 4 Poster Bed

Do you ever have something on your mind, then everywhere you turn the universe conspires to surround you with it? As you know, I've had travel on my mind a lot this year. Recently, I was thinking again about amazing Giraffe Manor and how I'd love to visit it one day.   While searching for some additional information, I came across this delightful video on YouTube where two friends visited the manor. While there, they videotaped … [Continue Reading...]

A Sweet Bungalow Gets a Full Renovation

A Cottage Makeover in CA

Welcome to the 340th Metamorphosis Monday! This morning as I was filling the birdfeeders, I could hear laughing and shouting coming from the street in front of my home. After I finished with the feeders, I went back inside and peered out the front window to see what all the excitement was about. Parents and children were gathered on the sidewalk, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a big, yellow bus. Today is the first day of school here. It … [Continue Reading...]