New Drapes for the Bedroom, What Do You Think?

Worn Green Velvet Drapes for Bedroom

A few weeks ago I shared this Chuck Pinson Giclee painting that I added above my bed. Not sure how it comes across in the photos, but in person, it completely transforms the feel of this room. It adds so much beauty and warmth to this space and I love seeing it every time I walk into the room.   As I mentioned in that previous post, if a painting can do that to a room, maybe it was time I got serious about adding drapes to the windows in this room, … [Continue Reading...]

What I Bought at the Talbot Sale & Humongous Lawn Ornaments for a Bargain

When I was visiting friends in Texas recently, we stopped by their local Costco and look what I saw!   When I've shared my friend, Marie's Christmas decorations in the past, I always get a lot of questions about her huge lawn ornaments.   I think Marie purchased her ornaments from Frontgate or Grandin Road. When I've looked at those sites, the large lawn ornaments were always super expensive.   These were around $79 if … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful Equestrian-Themed Table Featuring Ralph Lauren’s, Wedgwood, Balmoral-Hunt China

Autumn Equestrian-Themed Table Setting

Welcome to the 688th Tablescape Thursday! I have a beautiful table setting to share today, one I couldn't wait to see as soon as Elinda, a lovely BNOTP reader whose tables I've shared before, first told me about it. Elinda and I both have a love for all things "equestrian." I've never had a horse but I just love the beautiful clothing, collections and accouterments normally associated with horses and the equestrian lifestyle. Elinda used to ride before she had a … [Continue Reading...]

Handmade Christmas Ornaments, Inspired by the Colors of a Beautiful Peacock

Handmade Ornaments Ready for Decorating

I have a wonderful Christmas DIY decorating idea to share with you today. Norma, a lovely BNOTP reader who has become a friend over the years, makes the most beautiful handmade ornaments and flowers each year at Christmastime.   You may remember Norma from this post when I shared a beautiful table setting she created for friends where she decorated the entrance to her French cottage to look like a fabulous Greek Taverna. (See that table setting here: … [Continue Reading...]

Decorate a Tree for Your Home Office–Love the Snowman Tree Topper!

Welcome to the 670th Metamorphosis Monday! Every year, my friend, Teresa, decorates a Christmas tree for her home office/study.   It's filled with a mix of colorful, fun ornaments, many collected during Teresa's many travels around the world.   I love a full tree, one filled with a plethora of ornaments. It makes it even more special when the ornaments carry so many memories from travels past.   I love the ribbon … [Continue Reading...]

11 Favorite Christmas Decor Books + Two On My Wish List

Christmas at Highclere

Do you have any favorite Christmas or Christmas-decor-themed books that you love pulling out this time of year? I have several that I always relish looking through to get the ideas flowing for my holiday decorating. I've gathered all my favorites together below in case you could use a bit of inspiration for your Christmas or holiday decor. The only one I was hesitant to include in this post was Martha Stewart's Christmas because some of the photos in that book … [Continue Reading...]

Christmas-Winter Favorites are on Sale, Awesome Gift Ideas, Too!

How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was relaxing and wonderful! Mine was great--I had so much fun visiting with friends in the great state of Texas. I managed to squeeze in a bit of Black Friday shopping while there. I love that we don't have to get out in the fray to shop on Black Friday (unless, of course, we want to) but can stay snuggled up in our jammies and shop the sales right from home. One sale I took advantage of was the sale L.L. Bean is having on … [Continue Reading...]

Gathering with Friends for a Beautiful Thanksgiving

Welcome to the 687th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I'm blessed this Thanksgiving to be surrounded by friends in this beautiful setting.   My friend, Teresa, put together a beautiful table for this year's Thanksgiving celebration. Her hubby, Frank, is in charge of the turkey and it's been brining away all day today in a special mixture he prepared. I'm looking forward to the feast he and Teresa are … [Continue Reading...]

A Painting Completely Changed The Feel of This Room + A New Purchase for the Bed

Bedding for Birders, Chickadee Bedding

Welcome to the 669th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? I hope it was great! Mine was productive as I got a few things done here in the house that I've been hoping to do for a long time. Around this time last year, you may remember that I was shopping for the perfect frame for this beautiful Chuck Pinson giclee canvas print/painting. I ended up not getting it framed because after finally choosing a frame, the frame shop realized the company from whom … [Continue Reading...]

20 Toys They Will Love Getting for Christmas This Year

Do you have little ones on your shopping list? In today's post, I've put together a list of both play and learning toys that I've given to my grandsons in recent years. These are the ones they always ask me to play with them whenever I visit. If you've got little ones on your shopping list, I hope you find these ideas helpful. My oldest grandson has always loved this game, now the youngest one really enjoys it, too. It's a great way to help them learn their site … [Continue Reading...]