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August Favorites & an “Autumn is Coming” BOGO Sale

September is halfway over and I just realized today that I hadn't shared my favorites from last month. I spent the first 3 weeks of August visiting my son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons. When I arrived, I was not happy to discover that I had left my toiletry bag with all its contents, at home! Argggh! I had it filled with everything I would need over the next few weeks and I turned right around and drove off without it. I hopped on the computer and ordered a … [Continue Reading...]

Celebrating a Bountiful Harvest, Italian Style

Thankful Napkin Rings

Welcome to 677th Tablescape Thursday! It's still warm here in Georgia and summer is very much still with us, but the evenings are definitely feeling a lot cooler. The cooler evening temps have put me in the mood for an autumn table this week.   I kept my centerpiece very simple using a lantern I've had for many years.   I found this dinnerware in HomeGoods many years ago. It's hallmarked Opificio Etico Ceramisia, Made in … [Continue Reading...]

Another New Lamp for the Upstairs Living Room

Welcome to the 659th Metamorphosis Monday! Looking at this older photo of the upstairs living room/bonus room/frog makes me want to move the grandfather clock back to this room. I may do that today, I miss seeing it here. But that's not why we're in this room today. Notice the large brass lamp at the end of the sofa.   Here's one more photo taken from the opposite end where you can see the lamp a bit better. Until I went on my recent lamp-buying … [Continue Reading...]

A New Bookcase (and Bookcase/Picture Light) for the Guest Room

Books for Hermes Lovers

And just when you thought there wasn't room for one more thing in my guest room... A few weeks back I mentioned in a post about a sagging/bowing issue I've had with the Ikea Billy Bookcases here in my home office.   In the comments of that post, a few BNOTP readers mentioned that Ikea had come out with an all-wood bookcase that was quite similar to the Billy. Thanks, Magdy and Kim for sharing about the Hemnes--I had no … [Continue Reading...]

A Dinner Party in the Garden with Friends

Dining Outside for Summer

Welcome to the 676th Tablescape Thursday! What would you do if you lost your phone and internet connection for 3-1/2 months?! I just recently heard from my friend, Norma, who lives in France. Norma wrote, " Well, you will not believe this but we have only just got reconnected after three and a half months of being cut off from the outside world! What happened was that a car went off the road at the top of our lane and crashed into a field, taking with it a … [Continue Reading...]

The Painting Arrived & I Found the Perfect Place for It!

Hermes Birkin Canvas Art

I can't quit playing in this room. lol Recently I added some cabinets down the left wall of this guest bedroom that's quickly become my "woman cave." lol   I love handbags and have been really wishing for a long time to gather them all together in one spot where I could see and access them more easily. This wall in the guest room was the only wall big enough and the guest room is very rarely ever used since my son & dil prefer sleeping in the … [Continue Reading...]

The Other Lamp Finally Arrived & Starting a New Mini-Project

Large Lamps for Bedroom

Welcome to the 658th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Labor Day! Did you have a great weekend? Do any grilling out? I had a relaxing one, just played around the house and started plotting another small project. It's dangerous for me to have too much alone time, the wheels get turning and that usually means another project. lol Update: Today is the last day for the 70% off Talbots sale. See what I picked up at the sale in this post: This End of Sale is Killin' It! … [Continue Reading...]

This End of Season Sale is Killin’ It! Autumn is on Sale, Too!

I love this time of year when all the end-of-season sales are in full swing while the autumn sales are just kicking off! The end of summer sales are the best right now so this is my favorite time to pick up some great deals for next year. Or, if you live in the south as I do, you can still wear them for another couple of months! I just ordered these earrings. They are normally 29.50 and I got them for $6 with free shipping! Whoo Hoo! That's my kind of sale! If … [Continue Reading...]

A Gorgeous Tablecloth Was the Inspiration for this Beautiful Table Setting

Monogrammed Linen Napkins

Welcome to the 675th Tablescape Thursday! I am often asked where I get inspiration for the table settings I create for dinner parties, family gatherings, and Tablescape Thursday. Sometimes inspiration will come from the season we're in or a holiday that's coming up. Or, inspiration may come from a new set of salad plates, or even something as simple as new napkin rings. It's so fun and exciting when that happens--when a single element sparks joy and get those … [Continue Reading...]

How I Work a 1,000 Piece Puzzle & Answering Your Puzzle Board Questions

Lately, I have gotten quite a few questions about the puzzle board that I always use whenever I work a puzzle. We will soon be moving into the autumn and winter seasons when we tend to spend more time inside, so I thought this might be a good time to answer some of those questions since puzzles are such a great cold-weather pastime. This is the puzzle board I use.  I love doing puzzles on it so much, I've purchased it twice: once for my home and another one to … [Continue Reading...]