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

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 … [Read more...]


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Designer, Mary Carol Garrity Has A New Cottage Home!

Are you as big a Mary Carol Garrity fan as I am? If so, I have some really big news. You may have already heard but Mary Carol Garrity has moved! Yep, she has moved from her beautiful, Atchison, Kansas home featured so often in her books, the same home she has graciously opened up for tours over the years. Mary Carol and her husband, Dan, have decided it's the perfect time in their life to downsize to a … [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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Tour A Dream Carmel-By-The-Sea Cottage

Prepare to fall in love. You've been warned! ;) This  house proves a 1970's home can be made-over and given lots of cozy, cottage feel. I thought when I looked at the build-date for this home, it was going to be from the 1920s or 1930's. It has that much old-house charm.   Though different and certainly more modern, it has the same warm, inviting feel of the adorable cottage in the movie, … [Read more...]


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Carmel Oceanview Home: Bright & Airy With A Touch of Romance

Carmel is such a beautiful area, I love the easy and relaxed interiors of so many of the homes in this little spot of paradise. This oceanview home is bright and airy with happy interiors that speak of sunny carefree summer days.   From here we see views of the Valley below and the view continues all the way to the ocean beyond. Wow!   I love the huge stone fireplace and the … [Read more...]


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A Tropical Cottage in Coconut Grove

Have you ever been to Coconut Grove? It's one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami, Florida.  Wasn't there a song that mentioned Coconut Grove or am I imagining that? Today we're touring a wonderful, historic, 1910, Coconut Grove  cottage that's been fully renovated/restored.  It had me at the screened-in porch! I know you're surprised! ;)   Do you feel the breezes from Biscayne … [Read more...]


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A Fantasy Second Home, A Place to Escape the World

Do you have a second home, a home away from home? I don't but I dream sometimes of having one, a place to get away from everyday life  and just sloooow down for a bit. If you had a second home, what would it be? Are you the "cabin in the mountains" type, the "beach cottage" type or the "anywhere-but-here" type? A few years back I purchased this Better Homes and Gardens book on Amazon. It's filled with … [Read more...]


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