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10 Halloween Decorating, Crafting & Baking Ideas

10 Halloween Decor and Craft Ideas

I've been working today on a little project. It's taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I hope to share it on Wednesday if I finish it in time. If I don't, I'll share it on Friday, instead.   In the meantime, here's 10 fun ways you can decorate, craft or bake for Halloween this year. Hope you enjoy! Click on any title to visit that tutorial post.   Decorate A Staircase For … [Continue Reading...]

Leyland Cypress Trees Offer Screening And Privacy

Leyland Cypress Planted  For Screening

Welcome to the 298th Metamorphosis Monday! Shortly after moving into my home 22+ years ago, we planted a lot of Leyland Cypress trees on either side of our home to provide screening and privacy from the houses on either side. One side of my porch and deck is very private, the other side is kind of close to my neighbor's home. I like my neighbors but there are times when it would be nice to have more privacy. The Leyland Cypress trees did a … [Continue Reading...]

Fabulous Decor Ideas for Fall

Fall Decor Ideas

Are you finally feeling a little crisp coolness in the air?  It is still pretty warm here, but I'm definitely enjoying these early days of Autumn. After checking out all the amazing projects this past Metamorphosis Monday, I can tell you are too! Here are just a few wonderful ideas for Fall I found while looking at your posts... Would you believe that these pumpkins and gourds are artificial?  Surroundings by Debi is sharing a full tutorial … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: On Garden Style by Bunny Williams

On Garden Style by Bunny Williams

Did you know the wonderfully talented Interior Designer, Bunny Williams authored a gardening book? She did! When I discovered this a few years ago, I was so excited I immediately ordered her book based solely on how much I had loved her book, An Affair With A House.   In the BNOTP Library: On Garden Style Author: Bunny Williams Hardcover: 288 pages Book Size: 9.3 x 9.4 x 1 3 Things I Like About This Book: You hear … [Continue Reading...]

Goodbye Squirrel Highway

Mr. Squirrel

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on whether I should move the Savannah Holly I planted recently back a little toward the house, or leave it where I had planted it. In case you missed that post, I planted a Savannah Holly tree at the right corner of my home as kind of an anchor plant for that end of the house. The landscape plan created by a landscape designer last year indicated the tree should be approximately 8 feet out. In my effort to … [Continue Reading...]

Frightfully Fun Tablescapes For Halloween!

Halloween Table Setting Tablescape

Welcome to the 317th Tablescape Thursday! Ever since I met Marie a couple of years ago, Halloween has taken a huge leap forward in the FUN department. Marie lives life with tremendous joy and I have to tell you, it's contagious! Recently I took you on a tour of the outside of her home all decorated for Halloween. We're going inside this week for Tablescape Thursday and I can't wait to share the tables she's created in her breakfast room. … [Continue Reading...]

The Landscape Plan

Tree Form Limelight Hydrangea

Last September, after a summer spent reclaiming my front yard from the overgrown jungle it had become, I consulted the services of a local garden nursery and had a landscape plan created. I thought you might enjoy seeing it so I'm sharing it in today's post. To get a closer look, press CTRL + a few times on your keyboard. Once you're done viewing the plan, press CTRL 0 (zero) to return to normal. When the plan was created last fall, the … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Tommy Dorsey’s Beautiful “Tall Oaks” Home

Tony Dorsey's Home In New Jersey

The current owners of bandleader Tommy Dorsey's home, fell in love with Tall Oaks the first time they saw it. They completed a careful and loving restoration of this magnificent home in 2000, being careful to maintain the look and feel of the era during which the home was built. This is a home that envelops you in a big ol bear hug. It exudes warmth and coziness which is truly amazing since the rooms are all quite large. It's convinced me that … [Continue Reading...]

Need Your Opinion: 8 Feet vs 10 Feet

Curved Brick Walkway

Welcome to the 297th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? This weekend was a productive one around here. I was able to get all the Savannah Holly trees in, although one may need to be moved. I need your help to decide. I hired someone to help me get all the trees planted and I worked alongside him digging the holes and helping the entire time. I'm sore today, but it's a good sore! One problem though, I think we may have … [Continue Reading...]

5 Fabulous Fall Tablescapes

Five Fabulous Fall Tablescapes via Between Naps on the Porch

Every week beautiful, creative table settings are shared for Tablescape Thursday. Here are just a few of my favorites for Fall from last week's Tablescape Thursday.   Plum Creek Place used this gorgeous brown and  white floral pattern for her early Fall table.  You would never guess, but she thrifted everything, but the pears!   I love a little unexpected twist when setting a table.  A Southern State of Mind has done … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Englishman’s Room

The Englishman's Room

It was the title that drew me to this book, loving English design as I do, but this is far from your average decorating or design book.   In the BNOTP Library: The Englishman's Room Author: Alvide Lees-Milne Hardcover: 144 pages Book Size: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.8   3 Things I Like About This Book: The author had 31 Englishmen share about their favorite room and why it's their favorite. Surprisingly, not all the rooms … [Continue Reading...]

Christie Brinkley’s Dreamy Beach Home in Parrot Cay

Christie Brinkley's Beach House Paradise

Summer may be over but I can never resist touring an exotic beach home especially when it's located in an island paradise. Christie Brinkley, a well-known model who is actually a very savvy business woman, is selling her beach home named Lucky House. Lucky House is a dream island home located in Parrot Cay on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Even the location sounds exotic, doesn't it?   Shhh, I think Christie's out for the day so … [Continue Reading...]