Awesome Deal for Preserved Boxwood Wreaths

I don't normally post on Sundays but I came across a deal this weekend that expires today, so I'm sharing it in a quick post just in case it's helpful in your upcoming holiday decorating.Update added 11-2-15: It looks like they still have the 10% off deal going on, which is great! Tip: If it shows the wreath is out of stock for your store, click in the box that looks like this one below and you'll be … [Read more...]


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In The BNOTP Library: Martha Stewart’s Christmas

Since we're in the Christmas season, I've been sharing a lot of my favorite Christmas-themed books. I can't let the season get by without sharing one of my favorites by Martha Stewart. I've had the paperback version for many years. Recently I noticed they have tons of the hardback version for just a penny on Amazon, so today I ordered it in hardback. I always prefer a hardback copy when I can get it, … [Read more...]


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In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s Christmas At Home

Looking for a little inspiration for your holiday decorating this year? The book I'm sharing today is one I love to look through each year as the Christmas season comes around. It's filled with gorgeous vignettes, beautiful place settings and inspiration for every room in the home. In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Christmas At Home Author: Mary Carol Garrity Hardcover: 128 … [Read more...]


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In The BNOTP Library: A Nantucket Christmas

Have you ever visited Nantucket? I have not but the little bit I've heard about it has me yearning to go. I'd love to see it during the summer but today's book has me convinced it's just as wonderful at Christmastime as it is during the rest of the year. In the BNOTP Library: A Nantucket Christmas Author: Leslie Linsley Hardcover: 108 pages Book Size: 8.5 x 0.5 x 103 Things I … [Read more...]


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Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part V

Happy Weekend!  I don't always post on the weekend but we're smack-dab in the middle of touring this beautiful Victorian home belonging to Governor Roy and Marie Barnes, so I didn't want to leaving you hanging for too long.  If you missed any of the previous posts, you’ll find links to those at the end of this post.Today we'll be touring some of the upstairs bedrooms, but before we head up I'll share a … [Read more...]


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Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part IV

This week we’re continuing our tour inside the beautiful Victorian home belonging to Governor Roy and Marie Barnes.  If you missed any of the previous posts, you’ll find links to those at the end of this post.The Barnes home is perfect for entertaining and family gatherings.  The kitchen/breakfast area is open to this beautiful great room.  I love the coffered ceiling!  See the doorway on the left?  The … [Read more...]


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Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part III

This week we’re continuing our tour inside the beautiful Victorian home belonging to Governor Roy and Marie Barnes.  If you missed any of the previous posts, you'll find links to those at the end of this post.The Barnes' have a dream kitchen!  The red accents really pop against the cream/ivory cabinets and the black island.  The island is distressed and has red tones showing through in the distressed … [Read more...]


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Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part II

Welcome to the 205th Metamorphosis Monday!Happy Holidays!  All this week we'll be continuing our tour inside this beautiful Victorian home belonging to Governor Roy and Marie Barnes.  If you missed any of the previous posts, I'll link to them at the end of this post.This beautiful home has been transformed for the holidays.  Marie starts the metamorphosis in August so everything is ready in time for … [Read more...]


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A Christmas Dinner Party

Welcome to the 224th Tablescape Thursday!Three or four weeks ago I posted this tablescape below for a Tablescape Thursday.  Sunday I had a little dinner party and at first I set the table with my Lenox, Winter Greetings pattern.  At the last minute, I decided the table was feeling a bit more formal than I wanted for this gathering.  I wanted our party to feel more cozy and casual.  So I decided to … [Read more...]


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Preparations for a Christmas Dinner Party

I'm having a little dinner party for eight this Sunday evening.  I've been busy decorating, cooking and cleaning, decorating, cooking and cleaning.  And, occasionally I've been doing some decorating, cooking and cleaning.  Did I mention I'm having a blast!  I love getting ready for a party, be it big or small.The porch is looking festive.  I'll share more of it with you on Monday for our Metamorphosis … [Read more...]


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Christmas Banister Decorations: Create a Fantasy in Lights

Comment Replies That Never ArrivedRecently, I became aware that the hundreds of replies I've made to comments left on posts over the last few months were never delivered to the lovely person who left the comment.  After spending several hours the last few days trying to figure it out, I finally decided to check with my hosting company on the slight chance they could help.  Turns out, they had some box … [Read more...]


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Christmas Historic Home Tour in Marietta, Georgia

Last Saturday I went on a Christmas (historic) home tour in Marietta, Georgia with a friend.  We had so much fun! The weather was great...not too cold, just cloudy.  I took a lot of exterior pics and was able to capture bunches of pics inside two beautiful homes included in the tour. I'll share the interior shots soon, but for now, here are the sights we saw along the way. The … [Read more...]


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Hang Wreaths on Exterior Windows

Greetings! Hope your week is going great! The porch isn't decorated, yet.  This is an old pic from a past Christmas showing the wreaths across the front of the house. Wreaths hung on windows across the front of a home has to be my most favorite Christmas decoration of all.  I've been hanging them on my home now for around 28 years, first at our old house and for the last 21 … [Read more...]


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Decorating Mailboxes, Fences and Porches for Christmas

I'm sharing a few pics from the tour I went on today. I wasn't able to take pics in most of the homes, but a couple of homes did allow some photography. Please excuse angles and some less-than-focused pics. I had to take pics quickly as people were moving constantly all around the rooms and into and out of my shots. I have too many pics to show in one post...but here's a few...just for fun. :)I WANT … [Read more...]


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Mad About Plaid

Welcome to the 66th Tablescape Thursday!Happy Thanksgiving, this Tablescape Thursday! After posting Thanksgiving tablescapes all week, how about a whimsical Christmas table setting? I took pics in different types of lighting...amazing all the different looks you get by just changing the lighting. Tilted the shutters closed to enjoy the candlelight a bit. Love those … [Read more...]


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Decorating the Front Porch for Christmas, 2008

Today, I'm sharing a bit of my outdoor Christmas decorations. If you come see me, as you pull into the driveway, you'll see the Lazy Hill Dove Cote on your immediate left. Sadly, there are no bluebirds nesting there this time of year. But stay tuned...they just may be back in the spring since they nested in there three times this past spring. If you would like to see some cute pics of the bluebirds feeding … [Read more...]


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Cranberry Trifle

As promised, here's the recipe for the Cranberry Trifle I made for my neighborhood cookie party. The recipe comes from the current (December 2008) issue of Everyday Food. If you want a copy of the magazine, I found it in the check-out isle at Publix...it's about the size of a Reader's Digest.Cranberry Trifle2 bags (12 oz each) cranberries, fresh or frozen (I used fresh) 2 1/4 cups granulated … [Read more...]


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Christmas Table Setting, Lenox, Winter Greetings: The 17th Tablescape Tuesday!

Welcome to the 17th Tablescape Tuesday!The table is set for a Christmas feast...China is Winter Greetings by Lenox. The pattern features classically rendered holly branches, mistletoe, chickadees, cardinals, berries, and ribbons. It was designed by artist Catherine McClung who is beloved by collectors for her accurate and vibrant bird portraiture.When I came across this Lenox … [Read more...]


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Christmas in Miniature, A Sweet Dollhouse

While out antiquing in December two years ago, I came across a wonderful old doll house. The exterior was already decorated for Christmas with garland strung across the banister rails and wreaths on several of the windows. It stole my heart but it was priced at $250, so reluctantly, I walked away.All during Christmas I kept thinking about the house. I knew absolutely nothing about doll houses, having … [Read more...]


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