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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...]

In The BNOTP Library: Second Home: Find Your Place in the Fun

Better Homes and Gardens Second Home

Have you ever longed for a second home, a place to head out to for the weekends or for a little vacation? The book I'm sharing today is one I purchased back in January 2008 when I was right in the middle of adding two porches to my home: a small front porch and a screened-in porch. It must have been the wonderful porch on the cover that drew me in, well that and all the great reviews.   In the BNOTP Library: Second Home: Find Your … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Sarah Richardson’s Beautiful Island Summer House

Sarah Richardson's Sitting Room in Summer House

I think I remember when my love affair with beach houses started. It was a few years ago when I flipped on the tv and Sarah Richardson was right in the middle of creating the most charming beach cottage I'd ever seen. Sarah's hubby had purchased the island home several years before, long before they met. Though very pregnant (already 6 months along) she decided to take on the challenging job of giving it a full makeover while filming it for a TV … [Continue Reading...]

An “Italy-Inspired” Table Setting & A Special Story

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Welcome to the 358th Tablescape Thursday! Terri and Johnny just returned from Italy and that wonderful trip was the inspiration for today's tablescape. They had been planning this trip for a while but it had to be put on hold for a bit. As we enjoy Terri's beautiful table setting created for a dinner with family after their return, I'll let Terri tell you why she celebrates each and every day with joy.   "My name is Terri … [Continue Reading...]

An Inspiration Update For My Home Office

Office Updates, Scratch-off Bucket List Map

Yesterday afternoon I made a little update here in my home office.   You may remember seeing this large decorative clock on the wall in previous photos. (This photo was taken back around Halloween one year so ignore the pumpkins.) I like this clock but I purchased it mainly to help fill that big blank wall. I've always wanted to do a gallery of photos there, instead.   Maybe eventually it will showcase lots of photos … [Continue Reading...]

10 Rolling, Carry-On Bags That Are Beautiful, As Well As Practical

Feminine Floral Rolling Carry on Bag

I've been giving a lot of thought lately to what luggage I'll be carrying when I travel to Italy this fall. When I first started dreaming and planning for a trip, the travel company I was considering using really emphasized taking a very small suitcase (like a carry-on size) for the whole trip because they often booked rooms in small Mom-Pop owned hotels where there were no elevators. Also, due to the location of those places, they warned you … [Continue Reading...]

A Screened Porch Addition, No Haints Allowed!

Screened Porch with Haint Blue Ceiling & White Wicker 1

Welcome to the 339th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I received the nicest e-mail from Gloria. She recently added a screened-in porch on to the back of her home and it turned out beautifully! Gloria said, "I found you and your blog in 2012 when I was doing my research to convert a deck on the west side of my house to a screened porch.  My husband and I never used the deck because it was just too hot and buggy. In early 2012 while … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles

Great American Houses by Virginia & Lee McAlester

If you have an interest in the architectural history of the homes we see all across America, you'll love this book. Many of the homes featured in this book are of historical significance and you'll probably recognize the architects and often the owners of these beautiful homes,   In the BNOTP Library: Great American Houses And Their Architectural Styles Author: Virginia & Lee McAlester 3 Things I Like About This … [Continue Reading...]