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Backyard Paradise

Y'all, Phyllis from Around the Househas been holding out on us! I've got the goods on her now, though. Phyllis spends her days blogging in a beautiful paradise and it's right in her own backyard. Come along for a little garden tour...and try to not be as jealous as I am! ;) What a gorgeous way to use a fountain! Let's go for a stroll in her lush garden. This waterfall must sound heavenly on a hot summer's day. So … [Continue Reading...]

Candlelier Silhouetted Against a Blue Hour Sky

From time to time I've shared this deck that's located to the left of the screened-in porch. This deck area is underneath a pergola and has a large candlelier hanging above. I really love this outdoor fixture. I bought it right after I added the porch and decks HERE a few years ago. It came from a store (Smith & Hawken) that has unfortunately gone out of business. You can still buy some of their products in Target. I had a mischievous … [Continue Reading...]

Repairing Damaged Walls from Wallpaper Removal

While we continue enjoying all the wonderful links for yesterday's Met Monday, I thought I would share some of the progress I made in the office, today. In case you are new to BNOTP, for the last couple of months I've been converting my son's old bedroom into a home office. You can see the Before HERE and HERE. I covered everything up. I put "you-know-who" on the screened-in porch so he wouldn't be breathing in all the sanding I'd be … [Continue Reading...]

Spring Sprucing on the Porch


Welcome to the 113th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings!  Hope your weekend was fabulous! I had plans to start working on the walls in the office, sanding and patching, sanding and more patching. But Mr. Max had other plans. I couldn't get him to abandon his perch on the desk and I don't think sanding while he's in the room would be such a great idea. Tomorrow, I'll try again and I may have to just lock him out of the room, which he isn't going … [Continue Reading...]

St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting with Shamrock Plates


While we continue enjoying all the beautiful tablescapes posted for this week's Tablescape Thursday, I have one more fun table to share before this holiday slips away for another year. My friend, Bonnie sent these wonderful pics of a table she created for dinner with some good friends. Don't you love her beautiful breakfast room?! Love those dragonfly chairs! Let's get a closer look at the table. Sweet daffodil … [Continue Reading...]

A St. Patrick’s Day Tea Out On the Porch

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Welcome to the 134th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Tablescape Thursday! I hope your day was fabulous and full of lots of bright, beautiful sunshine. Spring is springing up all over my yard. My daffodils are up and they are just beautiful. Since today is St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to share a little teascape I created a couple of years ago with daffodils from my yard. Hope you enjoy! St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow! I picked fresh … [Continue Reading...]

View the Homes of Celebrities, Athletes and Famous Personalities


Recently, I came across an interesting website I never knew existed. I have to warn you, it's a tad addictive and you feel a bit like a stalker.  It's called Virtual Globetrotting. Have you ever wondered what kind of house some of your favorite movie stars, celebs, tv/radio personalities or professional athletes live in? There are thousands of star's homes pictured at this site and some look like hotels. They are HUGE. Here are just a few I … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Bramasole in the Movie Under the Tuscan Sun

Tour Bramasole in the Movie Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun Movie House Tour:  Tour Bramasole After a wonderful day out playing in the sunshine and searching for a "steal-your-heart" tole chandelier, I came home and pulled out one of my favorite movies, Under the Tuscan Sun, for a little inspiration. I remembered a scene with a lovely antique, tole chandelier. As I watched the movie, I realized this whole movie is really a huge "Before and After" and not just for the house. … [Continue Reading...]

Best Online Coupon Websites, Tips for Cutting Costs and Saving Money


While we continue enjoying all the fabulous tablescapes linked for yesterday's Tablescape Thursday, I thought I'd share some money saving tips for putting food on those tables, plus a whole lot more. I love to save money--who doesn't, right? I guess you sort of figured that out since I refused to pay someone to remove my impossible wallpaper, recently. Then there's all those posts about searching down fabulous finds at local antique/thrift … [Continue Reading...]

Mixing China Patterns in a Table Setting

Welcome to the 133rd Tablescape Thursday! It was dark and stormy all day today. Late in the day the rain finally let up and I was able to cut some flowers from the garden. Since it was such a gloomy day, I decided to make my own sunshine. My Delight and Thy Delight by Robert Bridges, a British poet and poet laureate from 1913 to 1930 My delight and thy delight Walking, like two angels white, In the gardens of the … [Continue Reading...]