10 Books On My Decorating-Entertaining Book Wish List

I'm always scoping out the latest decorating, gardening and entertaining books and oh my goodness, I've come across some scrumptious ones lately! Click the title of any book to read more about that particular book. The Gentleman's Farm: Elegant Country House Living If the book is anything like the room pictured on the cover, I can't wait to get my hands on this one. The reviews look good, … [Read more...]


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My Decorating Book Wish List Just Got A Little Longer

I've just discovered another talented designer on Instagram whose pictures are like something from a fairytale or a movie. Check out the Instagram account of nicolasdepompadour. Nicolas has a beautiful home and is very well-traveled, so he shares some absolutely gorgeous photos of stunning rooms and gardens. He also has an adorable doggie named Sophie who is completely devoted to him and often appears in … [Read more...]


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10 Books On My Decorating, Gardening, Entertaining Wish List

Pssst: By the time this post goes live, I'll be in Italy. I'll be sharing photos from there regularly on Instagram and would love to have you follow the fun! You'll find BNOTP on Instagram here: Between Naps On The Porch Instagram Normally when I share a decorating, gardening or entertaining/table setting book with you, it's always one I already own. I have a "Wish List" of books I would love to … [Read more...]


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In The BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators

Being a big fan of the work of designer, Mario Buatta, a few years ago I went in search of books about John Fowler. Mario has mentioned many times in interviews and books how greatly influenced he was by his work. He credits John Fowler with teaching him how to use color and how to arrange and use furnishings in a room.   In the BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators Author: Martin … [Read more...]


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In The BNOTP Library: Coming Home

For as long as I can remember, I've said to anyone who would listen, I'd love to live in an old house one day. I love the architecture and sometimes quirky personalities of older homes. I especially love their anything-but-cookie-cutter design. One friend used to always say to me, "Don't buy an old home, build one!" She would remind me if I built a new-old house, I could get all the features I wanted and … [Read more...]


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In The BNOTP Library: Getaways

This morning we toured the resort-like home of model and entertainer, Heidi Klum in this post: Tour Heidi Klum's Beautiful Home With To-Die-For Views & Gardens  Ummm, what book from my decor library could I possibly share to follow that dreamy paradise?  I could think of only one.   In the BNOTP Library: Getaways: Carefree Retreats for All Seasons Author: Chris Casson Madden Hardcover: … [Read more...]


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In The BNOTP Library: Feather Your Nest

A few times a year, Mary Carol Garrity, the owner of Nell Hill's, a well-known home furnishings store, opens up her 130 year-old Greek Revival home for tours. One of those times is always around Christmas. Her home is absolutely beautiful any time of year, but at Christmastime, it's over-the-top amazing! I've noticed a few other bloggers posting tours on their blogs after attending one of her home tours … [Read more...]


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In the BNOTP Library: Waterside Cottages

With warm temperatures finally arriving and summer on its way, it's time for a summer cottage book. If you saw my Monday post, you know I've got beach fever these days big time.   In the BNOTP Library: Waterside Cottages Author: Barbara Jacksier Published: Gibbs Smith, August 2009 Hardcover: 160 pages Book size: 10.5 x 8.1 x 0.8   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]


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In the BNOTP Library: Antiques For The Table

Someone asked me in a comment a while back how I kept up with which books I've already purchased, so as to avoid accidentally buying the same one again. Most of the time I know immediately if a book I come across is one I already have, but over the years it is easy to forget and occasionally buy one you already own. When I very first fell in love with buying new and used books on Amazon (after realizing … [Read more...]


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In the BNOTP Library: Designers At Home

I'm nosy, I admit it. I love, love, love getting a peak inside the homes of well-known designers. It's so fascinating to see how they really live. I wonder, have they used a lot of color in their home or is it decorated in all neutrals? Do they have pets? Is their home pristine and perfect or does it look lived-in? I want to know, do they decorate their own home the way they do the homes of their … [Read more...]


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In the BNOTP Library: An Affair With A House

I had to kick off our very first BNOTP Library post with one of my all time favorite decorating books. It's the first book that always comes to mind when I think of my faves. It's one I pull off the shelf at least once a month to enjoy all over again. In the BNOTP Library: An Affair with a House Author: Bunny Williams Published: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2005) Hardcover: 240 … [Read more...]


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Book Sale: Bring Your Rolling Cart!

So many beautiful table settings were posted for yesterday's Tablescape Thursday. If you haven't had a chance to visit them all, just scroll on down and enjoy! You'll find so much inspiration for fall and fun Halloween tablescapes! This morning I got up bright and early and did something I've never done before. No, not exercise...that would be way too practical. ;) Well, I did get a little exercise, now … [Read more...]


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Favorite Decorating and Design Books

I started collecting decorating and design books many years ago when I discovered I could buy books online for around the same price (sometimes less) than a magazine.  I still love decorating magazines, but who can resist a great design book for just pennies on Amazon and half.ebay.com. Recently I added a mini-library along one wall of the office. I gathered books together from all around the house, … [Read more...]


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