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A Fabulous Beach House On Long Beach Island

Palm Beach Style Bedroom

I'm baaaaack! And what a drive! I left Ohio yesterday morning around 9:00 AM and didn't get home until 9:30 PM. A drive that normally takes around 9-9-1/2 hours took over 12 hours. Shortly after leaving I got stuck behind an accident that shut the interstate down to 1 lane.   Once I got past that, I was in constant torrential downpours and tornado-like weather for hours and hours. If you live in southern Kentucky or Tennessee, you … [Continue Reading...]

A Screened Porch Haven for Warm Summer Days

Porch Decor

Welcome to the 332nd Metamorphosis Monday! Suzy who blogs at Worthing Court , moved last summer into a home built in the mid-90's. It was in need of some updating so gradually she's been renovating it room-by-room. One of the rooms Suzy couldn't wait to makeover was her screened-in porch. Initially, it was a  mixture of miscellaneous outdoor furniture that Suzy had left over from her previous house. Suzy said, "The before picture was taken … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Vintage Treasures

Vintage Treasures by Jane Cassini

If you love antiquing, thrifting, flea markets and garage sales, and enjoy decorating and crafting with your vintage finds, you'll love this book. It's filled with lots of lovely collections and beautiful craft ideas.   In the BNOTP Library: Vintage Treasures Author: Jane Cassini & Ann Brownfield   3 Things I Like About This Book: Lots of creative ideas for using vintage finds like old jewelry, lace and … [Continue Reading...]

Feeling Nostalgic

House

I'm working on a little project at my son's house, I'll be sharing it real soon. Today it involved putting together a table.   I love the city where they live. I need to take some photos of some of the houses I saw today. They were wonderful! The streets in this area are wide, tree-lined avenues with sidewalks on both sides. As I drive down the streets, I feel like I'm in another world, another time. I find myself getting … [Continue Reading...]

Flameless Candles for Summer Table Settings

Pottery Barn Summer Table Settings 04

Welcome to the 350th Tablescape Thursday! Recently I stopped by Pottery Barn to check out their spring and summer dishware. They have a sale going on right now for some of their flatware, place card holders and dishware. They had a lot of tables set, more than I ever remember seeing before at one time. This one feels very festive with all the different plate colors. The dishware kind of reminds me of Fiestaware, but in more subdued … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: New Rooms for Old Houses

New Rooms for Old Houses by Frank Shirley

I must be an old soul because I've loved old homes for as long as I can remember. Historical homes are truly special and the author of this book, Frank Shirley, totally gets it. He speaks my language and I love the way he cares about the subject of renovating or adding on to an old home in a way that does no harm.   In the BNOTP Library: New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home Author: Frank … [Continue Reading...]

I’m Sailing With Jonathan & Drew! Can You Come, Too?

Sail With the Scott Brothers

The last time I went on a cruise with Carnival Cruises, I was 19 and had just graduated from high school. How do  you like the dress? It was a long dress, all the way to the floor. Seeing it now makes me think of the Lilly Pulitzer maxi dresses that were so popular this summer. My hair was long, too--down to my waist. Remember those days?   I think it's time to go on another cruise and this time I'm going with these guys, Drew and … [Continue Reading...]

The Best Camera For Travel: Sony Cyber-shot RX100

Sony RX100 Travel Camera Package

Welcome to the 331st Metamorphosis Monday! Whenever you plan a trip, especially if it's your first time traveling to another country, it's inevitable that you're going to need to buy a few things. Fortunately, my shopping list is pretty short. The main items I need before heading off to Italy in the fall are: Secure travel purse √ Comfortable walking shoes that aren't sneakers (I've been told by several folks, including two who live in … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Porch Parties

Porch Parties

I love, love, love Denise Gee's books. This is the second one I've shared, the first being Southern Cocktails. Her books are always my go-to source when I'm planning a summer party and want to serve a special party drink to surprise my friends.   In the BNOTP Library: Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining Author: Denise Gee   3 Things I Like About This Book: This book is all … [Continue Reading...]

A Screened Porch For Ocean Breezes

Build a Screened Porch

What better place to have a screened-in porch than at the beach! When Carla and her hubby were building their beach home, Carla came across BNOTP. Carla said, "We just finished our house at the beach last summer. While we were building, I found your blog, and you convinced me that we needed to make our back porch bigger. I am SO glad we did!"   I asked Carla for a tour of her wonderful screened porch and she graciously shared the … [Continue Reading...]

5 Spring & Summer Table Settings

Summer Table With Hula Skirt Tablecloth

Welcome to the 349th Tablescape Thursday! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing five tablescapes from summers past. These were all fun tables to create...hope you enjoy! Click on the title of each table setting (or the photo) to view that tabelscape in detail. Monkey Business   Whimsical Kitchen Bridal Shower Tablescape   A Romantic Dinner For Two   Summer Dining With An Edible … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Blue & White In Your Home

Blue & White In Your Home

I've always had a serious crush on blue and white decor.   Even when paired with yellow.   Blue and white table settings are a fave, too! (Tablescape can be viewed here: Navy and White Nautical Table)   Over the years I've gradually collected a few books about decorating in blue and white. I always keep an eye out for them and every so often I do a search on Amazon to see if a new one has been written. … [Continue Reading...]