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In The BNOTP Library: Bringing Tuscany Home

Bringing Tuscany Home by Frances Mayes

With all things "Tuscany" on the brain these days, I have just the book to share. Author, Frances Mayes has written some great books over the years. One even inspired a movie, remember Under the Tuscan Sun? After seeing the movie and loving it, I purchased that book, as well as two of her other books, In Tuscany and Bella Tuscany. I loved them all. They aren't action-packed page turners but they are completely enchanting as they describe the … [Continue Reading...]

Look Out Italy, Here I Come!

Amalfi Coast, Italy

About a month ago I asked for your thoughts and advice on the many questions I had regarding taking a vacation overseas. Today I've been reading back through all your comments again, taking lots and lots of notes. You left so many great suggestions and advice on that post and I appreciate those so much! If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Wanderlust I've taken the next big step and I've officially booked my first ever trip to Europe! … [Continue Reading...]

Spring Tablescape With Williams Sonoma Damask Bunny

Easter Spring Table With Williams Sonoma Damask Bunny Plates 13

Welcome to the 346th Tablescape Thursday! Elena put together the most adorable table for Easter this year. Though perfect for Easter, this tablescape would be great anytime during the spring and summer months. In her email, Elena said, "It all started with Williams Sonoma blue damask bunny plates that absolutely stole my heart."   Elena added, "I loved the bunny plates so much that I bought the matching tablecloth.  Aren't … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Novel Interiors

Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

I'm obsessed with any book that takes two of my favorite loves (interior design and literature) and manages to merge them together in a wonderful and enchanting way. Novel Interiors subtitle says it all: Living In Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature.   In the BNOTP Library: Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature Author: Lisa Borgnes Giramonti   3 Things I Like About This Book: I … [Continue Reading...]

Flip or Flop Hosts, Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s Miracle Makeovers

Flip or Flop on HGTV

Do you ever watch the HGTV show, Flip or Flop starring Christina and Tarek El Moussa? I was shocked to read recently about Tarek's harrowing experience with thyroid cancer. Apparently he had noticed a lump on his throat, but when he asked his doctor about it on two different occasions, the doctor told him it wasn't anything to worry about.   Amazingly, a savvy fan of the show who is a registered nurse, saw the lump and emailed the … [Continue Reading...]

Cozy Lake House With A Fabulous Screened Porch

Lake Cottage With Screened Porch

Remember this beautiful beach home we toured recently? As dreamy, light-hearted and ethereal as it is, I have discovered its equal in the "cozy" department.   Located in North Carolina on the shores of Lake Toxaway, this home is everything a lake cottage should be. The interior design was done by Kathryn Long of Ambiance Interiors and it reminded me a little of the work of the late designer, Charles Faudree. Did you ever get a … [Continue Reading...]

Goodbye Winter Bedding, Hello Spring!

Summer Bedding

Welcome to the 327th Metamorphosis Monday! This has been one of the coolest springs I remember having in a long time. I'm not complaining, it's been wonderful, but the chilly nights have had me holding onto my winter bedding a little longer than I had planned.   If you were reading BNOTP this past winter, you'll remember I purchased tartan bedding to use during the fall and winter months. The plan was to use the winter bedding … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Flea Market Decorating

Flea Market Decorating

After our trip to A Classy Flea on Friday, I knew just the book to share from my decor library!   In the BNOTP Library: Flea Market Decorating: Creating Style with Vintage Finds (Better Homes & Gardens) Author: Vicki Ingham Love rummaging through a thrift store of flea market in search of an undiscovered treasure? This book offers great ideas for seeing those flea market finds in a whole new light. 3 Things I Like … [Continue Reading...]

Antiquing at A Classy Flea

Antique Oak Chamber Pot Chair Planter

It's been a long time since we went antiquing at A Classy Flea.  Just inside the front door I spotted this painted chest. This would be cute in so many places. I could see it in hallway, a bathroom, a bedroom or on a porch. Of course, you could use it in a dining room but I love using pieces like this is unexpected spots. $249   I was tempted by this book, tons of beautiful pictures inside! $7   Remember the oar I … [Continue Reading...]

Patriotic Table Setting For Memorial Day & 4th of July

Patriotic Dishware

Welcome to the 345th Tablescape Thursday! One of my favorite tablescapes for summertime dining on the porch is one celebrating our patriotic holidays. Over the next few months we have three coming up: Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June and Independence Day in July. Time to break out the red, white and blue!   It was a beautiful day as I played out on the porch. Love seeing the trees dressed in their newly minted, spring-green … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Designers In Residence

Designers In Residence by Claire Whitcomb

Some of my favorite decor books are those that take us into the private homes of designers. The book I'm featuring today takes us into the home of 18 designers, including names like Nina Campbell, Rachel Ashwell and Charlotte Moss.   In the BNOTP Library: Designers in Residence: The Personal Style of Top Women Decorators and Designers Author: Claire Whitcomb   3 Things I Like About This Book: The designers whose … [Continue Reading...]

A Dreamy Seaside Cottage

Dreamy Cottage Bedroom

Oh, I have the most wonderful cottage to share with you today! It's a dream cottage in every sense of the word. The interiors were designed by Donna Elle and the colors and fabrics she used are so beautiful! I was so excited to see that you can actually purchase some of the fabrics, rugs, pillows and accessories she uses at her website. How often do we oooh and ahhh over a gorgeous home but struggle to get the look in our own homes.  So, I was … [Continue Reading...]