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In The BNOTP Library: New York Parties: Private Views

New York Parties Private Views by Jamee Gregory

It's almost party time! Hard to believe 2014 is about to be a thing of the past. Have you been invited to any New Year's parties this year? Will you be hosting one yourself?   In the BNOTP Library: New York Parties: Private Views Author: Jamee Gregory Hardcover: 208 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: The lavish parties featured in this book are wonderful and worth the price of admission for the book, but … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation with Big Chill Refrigerator in Jadite Green

Welcome to the 309th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your holiday? Did you spend it with family? Did Santa bring you a new toy or two? :) I was with family in New Hampshire for the week so there was a fair amount of time spent in airports, on airplanes and in rental cars on the way there and back. The in-between part with family was wonderful, though.   I loved my time in New Hampshire. Have you ever been to the beach there? It … [Continue Reading...]

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Porch with Boxwood Wreath on a Red Front Door

Welcome to the 328th Tablescape Thursday! Merry Christmas! As promised, I'm putting Tablescape Thursday up early since tomorrow is Christmas Day. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday with family and friends! That's what I've been up to this week so I didn't get a chance to set a table to share. I'm really looking forwarding to seeing the tables that are linked up!   Looking forward to all the beautiful tablescapes posted for … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Rooms To Inspire By The Sea

Rooms To Inspire By The Sea by Annie Kelly

After touring such a great beach house yesterday, I couldn't resist sharing a wonderful book filled with inspiration for decorating a seaside home.   In the BNOTP Library: Rooms to Inspire by the Sea Author: Annie Kelly Hardcover: 240 pages   Be sure and check out the "preview" of this book at Amazon. It's a good preview and really gives you a good feel for this book. 3 Things I Like About This Book: There … [Continue Reading...]

Finally, A Beach House To Rival The “Something’s Gotta Give” Beach Home

White Slipcover Sofas For Beach House

Welcome to the 308th Metamorphosis Monday! It's always struck me as so ironic that one of the most well-loved beach houses ever to exist, didn't really exist. Do you know the one I'm talking about? Yep, that one--the beautiful and iconic home in the romantic comedy, Something's Gotta Give, starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Movie goers everywhere fell head-over-heels for the amazing interiors of that home, only to discover that the … [Continue Reading...]

My Secret Gifts

Dont-open-until-december-25th

Each year when shopping for friends and family, in addition to their main gift, the one I'm giving that I know they want, I usually try to include something that's unexpected. A little fun surprise! I've been thinking about sharing some of those here on the blog but I haven't for two reasons: 1. Family members occasionally read here. Yikes! AND 2. These gifts can take a while to arrive since they are made-to-order. But then it occurred to … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: California Cottages

California Cottages by Diane Dorrans Saeks

Yesterday we toured a wonderful California home with tons of cottage style. The book I'm sharing today is all about cottage living in California, covering mountain cottages to beach cottages and everything in between.   In the BNOTP Library: California Cottages: Interior Design, Architecture, and Style Author: Diane Dorrans Saeks Hardcover: 176 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: This book is divided into … [Continue Reading...]

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s Romantic Palm Spring’s Home

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard's Home

Are you an old movie buff? Do you love a good Clark Gable or Carole Lombard movie? It's really fascinating reading about the lives of some of the old movie stars. I had no idea Clark  Gable was married 5 times! Wow! His third marriage was to Carole Lombard whom he met when they starred together in the movie, No Man Of Her Own (1932).   They married in March 1939 when he was in the midst of filming the iconic movie, Gone With The … [Continue Reading...]

5 New Year’s Party Ideas

5 New Year's Party Ideas & Table Settings

Welcome to the 327th Tablescape Thursday! Please Read: Next week, Tablescape Thursday falls on Christmas Day. I won't be able to post a table setting that day, but I will put InLinkz up on Wednesday evening in case anyone has a table setting they would like to link up. So stop by and link up your table if you have the time. I'm sure there will be plenty of folks stopping by who would love to see what you're doing for Christmas … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Beautiful Westview, A Classic Greek Revival Designed For Today

Living Room with Green Sofa

Last night as I was working on this post, I kept thinking, "I know this house!" You know that feeling when you see someone in passing and you just know you've met them before. It nags and nags at you all day, until finally it dawns on where you first met. This morning as I continued working on this post, I decided to watch the video at the site where I found all the wonderful pictures I'm sharing today. Ah, ha! The video solved the mystery! … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Great American House

The Great American House by Gil Schafer III

Later today I'll be taking you on a tour of a beautiful "new" old house at Between Naps On The Porch. As I was working on that post last night, I kept thinking the house looked so familiar. Then I realized why; it's a home that's been featured in one of my favorite books!   In the BNOTP Library: The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now Author: Gil Schafer III Hardcover: 256 pages   3 Things I … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Savannah Style

Savannah Style by Susan Sully

A visit to Savannah is a unique experience. It's one of my favorite places to visit for the architecture, the beautiful homes and gardens, the historic squares and for Savannah's rich and sometimes haunting history.   In the BNOTP Library: Savannah Style: Mystery and Manners Author: Susan Sully Hardcover: 208 pages   I love the title of this book, Savannah Style: Mystery and Manners. Susan Sully brings to life the … [Continue Reading...]