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In The BNOTP Library: The Epicurean Collector

The Epicurean Collector by Patrick Dunne

If you're a lover of cooking, table setting, entertaining or antiques, the book I'm sharing this evening is a great one to consider for your library.   In the BNOTP Library: The Epicurean Collector: Exploring the World of Culinary Antiques Author: Patrick Dunne Hardcover: 192 pages Book Size: 10.3 x 9.7 x 0.9   Patrick Dunne, the author of this book, used to have a column in each issue of Southern Accents. At the … [Continue Reading...]

Halloween Fantasy In Lights

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Do you have a friend who is a joy to be around...someone who truly loves life and when you're together, you always have a blast? When my friend, Marie and I get together, it's always non-stop fun and laughs. Marie's enthusiasm is contagious and everyone who meets her is better for having known her. Recently, Marie and I got together for one of our play dates which usually involves a little lunch, a bit of shopping and a lot of fun. When I … [Continue Reading...]

Real Storybook Cottage Reminiscent Of Rosehill Cottage In Movie “The Holiday”

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When you picture a "storybook cottage" what comes to mind? Do you envision a darling cottage with a high-pitched roof and gingerbread-house gables? Is there a white picket out front, covered in beautiful roses? As you open the gate on that white picket fence, do you pass underneath an adorable arbor and down a meandering path past a fragrant cottage garden?   Welcome to Fig Tree Cottage, a real-life fairytale cottage located in the … [Continue Reading...]

A Spooky Halloween Hutch

Halloween Crows and Pumpkin Tureens

Welcome to the 296th Metamorphosis Monday! Did you have a good weekend? I spent mine getting a few things done here around the house. I also played a little out on the porch, changing the hutch from its summertime look to something fun and just a tad spooky!   Postcards From The Porch Before I share the hutch update, I wanted to say a big thank you to all the lovely folks who took time to email me after the BNOTP newsletter, … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Placed Weed

The Well-Placed Weed by Ryan Gainey

This morning I took you on a tour of Ryan Gainey's beautiful garden in Atlanta. The book I'm sharing today takes you back into Ryan's garden for a much more in-depth look, as well as into his cottage-style home for a look at how he sets the table for a dinner party.   In the BNOTP Library: The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Garden of Ryan Gainey Author: Ryan Gainey Hardcover: 176 pages Book Size: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.9 3 … [Continue Reading...]

Scenes From The Garden Of Ryan Gainey

Ryan Gainey's Home

This past spring on Mother's Day weekend, a friend and I went on the Atlanta Botanical's "Gardens for Connoisseurs" garden tour. One garden I always love seeing and look forward to each year is the garden of Ryan Gainey. His garden has been on the tour every year for the past 20+ years! Ryan Gainey with his dogs via Ryan Gainey dot com   This year I heard rumors this would be his last year participating. I hope that's not true but I … [Continue Reading...]

The Best-Dressed Table At The County Fair

Western, Lodge, Cabin Themed Table Setting Tablescape

Welcome to the 315th Tablescape Thursday! It's that time of year. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to change color and there's a cool crispness to the evening air. That can only mean one thing; the smell of cotton candy and funnel cakes will soon fill the air.  Source The Country Fair is in town! Each year Dawnette bravely takes up a most unique challenge--she enters a tablescape in her local county fair … [Continue Reading...]

The Colorful Home Of Annie Potts From Designing Women

Annie Potts Spanish Hacienda-Style Home In Tarzana, Los Angeles, California

Annie Potts, does that name ring a bell? It sounded so familiar to me when a friend sent a link to her adorable Spanish Hacienda-Style home located in Tarzana, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. The home is currently on the market for $6.459 million dollars. In case your memory is a little fuzzy like mine was, Annie got her first big break as the hilarious receptionist in the movie, Ghostbusters. She is also … [Continue Reading...]

In The BNOTP Library: Shakespeare In The Garden

Shakespeare In The Garden by Mick Hales

With gardening on the mind these days, I'm sharing one of my favorite gardening books, one I purchased per Amazon in September 2006. That was two years before I began blogging; I didn't even know what a blog was back then and today I have the joy of sharing it with you on this wonderful thing called the World Wide Web. Amazing! :)   In the BNOTP Library: Shakespeare in the Garden Author: Mick Hales Hardcover: 144 pages Book … [Continue Reading...]

Here We Go Again!

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I'm in serious landscaping mode again and I may have bitten off more than I can chew. That's usually my modus operandi, dive in head first and when it appears I'm in over my head, start digging my way out. Only this time I'm just plain digging! :) Before we get to the digging, I am busting to share some absolutely adorable stuff I found in a local nursery this weekend. I love shopping at a Pike Nursery near my home because it almost feels like … [Continue Reading...]

A Screened Porch Addition For A New England Home

Build A Screened Porch For Your Home

Welcome to the 295th Metamorphosis Monday! When Lori and Bob built their home in 1993, they added a nice, large 14 x 24 foot deck on the back. After moving in they found they never really used the deck because the back of their home faces west and the deck always stayed way too hot to really enjoy. I had the same problem with the deck on my home being way too hot, even though the back of my home faces south. That west sun is brutal and it's … [Continue Reading...]

Tour The House In The Movie “This Is Where I Leave You”

House In Movie This Is Where I Leave You

Last night a friend and I went to see the movie, This Is Where I Leave You, a comedy starring Jason Bateman as Judd Altman, Tina Fey as Wendy Altman and Jane Fonda as their mother, Hillary Altman. The movie is based on a 2009 novel by Jonathan Tropper and was a New York Times bestseller. I was pretty excited when the opening scenes showed the outside of a beautiful home...yay, another great movie house! I wish I could tell you I liked the movie … [Continue Reading...]