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

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 … [Read more...]


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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 … [Read more...]


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11 Favorite Christmas Decor Books + Two On My Wish List

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 … [Read more...]


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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 … [Read more...]


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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 … [Read more...]


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

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 … [Read more...]


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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 … [Read more...]


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Sharing New Dinnerware and Chargers for This Holiday Table Setting

Welcome to the 686th Tablescape Thursday! Happy November on this beautiful autumn day!   It's not often I have new dinnerware AND new chargers to share with you on a Tablescape Thursday, but I have both to share this week! Since the lighting wasn't the best when I took these photos yesterday, I've added a few photos to the end of the post that were taken in just the light coming in through … [Read more...]


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I Think I Finally Found the Perfect Frame, What Do You Think?

Last November, now a full year ago, I was hot on the pursuit of a frame for this beautiful Chuck Pinson painting named, The Governor's Party. The painting depicts the Governor's Palace just as guests are arriving for a Christmas party. I remember touring the Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg many years ago. It was a wonderful experience and I would love to visit again and see it dressed this way … [Read more...]


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How Have I Not Ever Noticed This Before?!

Welcome to the 668th Metamorphosis Monday! Last night I finally got around to changing from my spring/summer bedding...   ...to my tartan fall/winter bedding. I'm slow getting it done this year, normally try to make the switch in early October. I think I delayed this year because I was still really enjoying the summer bedding--but it was time. One of the things that always drives me … [Read more...]


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Affordable Dinnerware, Perfect for Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas & All Winter

Popping in with a quick post to share a super affordable dinnerware that I just purchased. It's perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or really it would be great to use all fall and winter long. I saw this pattern online recently and fell in love with the design! I love the toile design around the outer edge of each plate, but what really got me were the lit houses and the beautiful winter … [Read more...]


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Beautiful, Sparkly, Red Christmas Chargers, Should I Buy Them in Green, Too?

Welcome to the 685th Tablescape Thursday! I wasn't able to complete the table I was working on yesterday in time to take photos--just got too late of a start. But I did pick up some new chargers that I'm sharing in today's post. Would love your thoughts on if I should also buy them in the green color, as well! I can't wait to use them in a table this holiday season. Before I share the chargers I … [Read more...]


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Awesome Sales, Hostess Gift Ideas & Gifts for Your Special Loved Ones

I love this time of year! I can feel the excitement of the upcoming holidays in the air, especially when I visit some of my favorite places to shop this time of year. I have a lot of different things I want to share today, so we'll be jumping around a bit in today's post. I think that's the way my brain works anyway. lol A while back I set a fun, mystery-themed table for Tablescape … [Read more...]


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All This Furniture Moving–What Has Happened to Me?!

Welcome to the 667th Metamorphosis Monday! I've never been one to move furniture around but I've done that more in the last couple of years than all the previous years combined. Many, many years ago, 1994 to be exact, I fell in love with the soft colors in this room featured in Traditional Home. I love old clocks so the beautiful Bornholm tall-case clock in this room definitely caught my … [Read more...]


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My October Favorites

It has been a busy, busy weekend! I've been storing the Halloween goodies back up under the eaves and somehow, I found myself rearranging furniture. I have never been one to move furniture around, mostly because when I buy furniture, I buy it go in a certain spot in my home. But I've certainly been moving it around this weekend! I'm looking forward to sharing that for Metamorphosis Monday. What have you … [Read more...]


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A Weekend Stroll Past Beautiful Historical Homes

How about a weekend stroll? Did you bring your water? How about a sweater, it's chilly out today. Actually, I think I took these photos on a warm, summer day but just never got around to sharing them with you. Often when I'm visiting family in Ohio,  on the weekends we will walk to nearby restaurants for dinner. The view along the way is always wonderful because we pass by so many beautiful, old homes … [Read more...]


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8 Ways to Use Spode Woodland for Thanksgiving This Year

Welcome to the 684th Tablescape Thursday! When autumn comes around each year, I can't wait to pull out this Spode Woodland pattern.   I could use it throughout the year but I love saving it for fall and winter. It makes those seasons feel that much cozier and special when I get to pull it out for dinners with family or friends.   Do you have a favorite dinnerware that you … [Read more...]


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New Purchases for the Holidays & An Item You Asked About is Back

Before I forget, wanted to let you know this adorable Christmas Vacation Wrapping Paper is back in stock. I had several folks ask me about it last year and I couldn't find it in stock at that time, but it appears to be back for this year. This has to be my favorite Christmas wrapping paper ever!   I love the whimsical design plus, it's really nice quality paper. There's also a lot of paper on … [Read more...]


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A Fun Halloween Night!

Welcome to the 666th Metamorphosis Monday! I feel a bit jet-lagged this morning from all the fun and festivities last night. I was working at my computer yesterday afternoon and suddenly realized it was four o'clock and I didn't have the spiders up on the porch columns, didn't have the pillows out on the benches, and hadn't lit the gas lantern. I usually light it for Halloween and let it burn all through … [Read more...]


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Shopping Ahead for Christmas & My Fave Cashmere Shop is Having a Big Sale!

I always start my Christmas shopping a bit early. This year, I've been hearing about all these cargo ships that are stuck off the coast of CA and how there could be shortages of some items. That got me motivated to go ahead and get my shopping done for my two grandsons just in case the shortage rumors turn out to be true. I've been eyeing this awesome robot for them for some time. When their dad was … [Read more...]


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Do You Ever Get The Feeling You’re Being Watched?

Welcome to the 683rd Tablescape Thursday! Halloween is just a few days away now. Are you all ready for your Trick or Treaters? I have my little treat bags filled and ready so I think I'm all set. I have such a fun Halloween table setting to share for this week's Tablescape Thursday. Jackie has a blast of a Halloween party every year for friends and family. Recently, I shared a few photos of how she … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Fall-Winter Clothing Hack

We've been having beautiful autumn days here in Georgia. The nighttime temps are a bit chilly but then the days warm up so nicely--definitely the kind of weather where layering is in order. I tend to do a lot of layering even in the dead of winter because I don't like wearing a coat unless I'm going to be outside for an extended period of time. I don't normally find a coat necessary if I'm just out … [Read more...]


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Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: A Star Trek Themed Halloween Party!

Welcome to the 665th Metamorphosis Monday! Are you a Star Trek fan? When I was growing up, we didn't have a TV for many years and when we finally got one, it would only get two channels. So I missed out on a lot of the shows I would hear my friends talking about. Sadly, I've never seen an episode of Star Trek, but in doing a bit of online research this morning, I discovered that Star Trek was a science … [Read more...]


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Buying My First Ever Book Cart–What Color Did I Choose?

I have always admired these adorable little carts and I've always wanted to add a small TBR book cart to my office area. I'm not sure why book carts are sometimes called TBR carts. I'm guessing TBR stands for To Be Read. Does anyone know if that's what TBR means? I tried to search online to see if that's what TBR means, but couldn't find anything about that. Anyway, I love these little rolling carts! … [Read more...]


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Invasion of the Crows: An Autumn Table with a Bit of Spooky for Halloween

Welcome to 682nd Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: Would you like to know when I share a new post? Sign up for email updates HERE and whenever I post, you'll get an update in your email Inbox letting you know a new post is up. It was a tad chilly on the porch yesterday so I decided to set this autumn table inside here in the breakfast room.   I had plans to set a Halloween table since … [Read more...]


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Taking All the Stress Out of Halloween Night

If you live where you have a lot of Trick-or-Treaters stopping by on Halloween night, you know how hectic it can sometimes be. I'm like a Jack-in-Box on Halloween evening, popping up every minute or two to answer the door. I love seeing the little ones in their costumes. Halloween and Trick-or-Treating with friends is one of my fondest childhood memories. Back then, we didn't buy fancy costumes, we wore … [Read more...]


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Come Into My Parlour, Said the Spider to the Fly

Welcome to the 664th Metamorphosis Monday! Okay, I may have paraphrased that first line of the poem, The Spider and the Fly, just a little. I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to position all these legs! This was a bit of a dress rehearsal for Halloween night.   Getting dark now...   Would you brave these creepy crawlers and trick or treat at this house on Halloween … [Read more...]


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Advent Calendars for the Tea, Coffee, Chocolate & Wine Lover

A couple of days ago I shared some of my favorite Advent Calendars that have just come out for the holiday season. Most of the ones I shared in that previous post were beauty-themed, although there were a few surprises like this over-the-top beautiful Wedgwood Advent Calendar. If you missed that previous post, you'll find it here: They are Here! The Most Beautiful Advent Calendars of the … [Read more...]


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They Are Here! The Most Beautiful Advent Calendars of the Season!

Last year I put together a list of some of my favorite Advent Calendars but unfortunately, many of the ones I had wanted to share were already sold out. Every year they go quickly! In August when I shared a post about a book I was purchasing and a few gift ideas I had for Christmas, Barbara kindly left this comment on that post. Thanks so much for the reminder, Barbara! I'm getting this post out early this … [Read more...]


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Double the Autumn Beauty and Color for This Week’s Tablescape Thursday!

Welcome to 681st Tablescape Thursday! I have two wonderful autumn treasures to share with you for this week's Tablescape Thursday. Sheri has set a beautiful table setting for fall. Sheri said, "I have my house ready for the fall and wanted to share some photos with you."   Sheri's tablecloth for this fall table goes with her lovely Heartland dinnerware. She paired this Heartland pattern … [Read more...]


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It’s 1921! Let’s Shop the Newest Fashions: Silk-Taffeta Dresses, Oxford Boots & Floral Straw Hats

How about another trip in my time machine? This time we're headed back to January 1921 to check out the news, the movies that are playing at the Capitol Theater, what's on sale at the Piggly Wiggly, and how much the latest styles in hats and shoes will set us back. Actually, some of the prices are a bit higher than I expected. You may remember a few weeks ago I shared this unique end table in my upstairs … [Read more...]


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Finally Sharing All Those Photos, Ideas and Tips That I’ve Been Saving

Welcome to the 663rd Metamorphosis Monday! Throughout the year, I'm always taking photos of things that I want to share with you that I think you'll enjoy. I've been going through photos this morning, and I thought it would be fun to share an assortment of random pictures and ideas for this week's Met Monday, especially since one of two of these are Before/After ideas. Hope you enjoy! During one of my … [Read more...]


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I Had My Car Windows Tinted: Here’s How They Look & How Much It Costs

Have you ever had your front car windows tinted? I have never had that done with any car that I've owned, but I decided to do that with the car I purchased recently. My main goal in having the two front windows tinted was to get some of the sun that streams in through the windows off of my arms. That's the one part of my body that I think has suffered sun damage over the years. As with most things we do … [Read more...]


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Celebrating October with a Colorful Halloween Table Setting

Welcome to 680th Tablescape Thursday! It's been raining for days and days, but it's been so warm it didn't stop me from setting a table here on the porch this week.   It still looks like summer in my Georgia backyard. Are you starting to see some fall color in your area?   Last March, I found these candle holders in Marshalls and could totally see them in a future Halloween … [Read more...]


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My September Favorites & A Long-Needed Pillow Upgrade

I have just a few favorites to share from September and among them I definitely have to sing the praises of these corduroy pants I ordered from Talbots. I love their cords because they don't add inches/lbs to your body like some corduroy pants tend to do. They hug the body just right. I always buy their  "curvy" fit in pants or jeans--that just works best for my body shape. The curvy fit is super … [Read more...]


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In the Mood for a Little Autumn-Halloween Decorating

Welcome to the 662nd Metamorphosis Monday! Still nice and warm here and the trees are all still green, at least in my backyard, but I decided this weekend that it was time to do a little bit of fall decorating. Last year I purchased the white pumpkin in the photo below from HERE. Or, maybe it was the year before, I think it was the year before. Anyway, I loved it so much when it arrived, I ended getting … [Read more...]


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Autumn-Fall Entertaining: 3 Autumn-Inspired Table Settings

Welcome to 679th Tablescape Thursday! I had planned to create a table setting this week but life had other plans. I've been working on replacing my 14-year-old hybrid SUV for the past several months since the hybrid battery could go at any time and that would be a very expensive repair in the ballpark of $7,000 to $8,000--definitely more than I would want to spend on a car of that age. So a few months … [Read more...]


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A Fashion Book Collection & Prada Marfa, A “Shop” in the Middle of the Desert

Welcome to the 661st Metamorphosis Monday! It's always dangerous when I start a new project. Usually, I start out thinking that it's going to be a gradual process, something I'll be working on for a while. Then before I know it, I want to see it completed. Right now! Once I get a vision in my head, I can't seem to put the brakes on or slow down. Anyone else have that problem when starting a … [Read more...]


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I Can’t Live Without This Thing–Keep Finding New Ways to Use It!

In the past, I've shared this awesome little desktop vacuum with you. It is amazing! I like it so much, when I set up a desk in the guest room at my son's home, which is also a great workspace for my oldest grandson when I'm not there, I immediately purchased a second one since I use it so much at home.   I use it at least once a week to vacuum my large desk mat that does double duty as a … [Read more...]


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Planning Ahead for Autumn and Thanksgiving Holiday Tables

Welcome to 678th Tablescape Thursday! Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma are having some of the same issues a lot of companies are having right now, they are having trouble getting stock into the stores. When I visited Pottery Barn yesterday, I didn't see nearly as many holiday-themed goodies as I would normally expect to see.   I thought these pumpkin-shaped bowls were really cute! There … [Read more...]


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8 Ways to Stay Warm and Cozy in the Fall-Winter Home

Tomorrow is the first official day of Autumn. Though the mid-day temps are still in the 70s and lower 80s here in the Atlanta area, you can sense that fall is just around the corner. Not sure why, but for once I'm not dreading the cooler weather as I normally would. Maybe I'm just relishing the return of all the hunkering-down coziness I associate with fall--like woolly, soft, throws, snuggly sweaters, … [Read more...]


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Hop in My Time Machine! Destination: January 1957!

Welcome to the 660th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Monday to you! I hope your week is off to a great start! Last week I shared a new lamp I had added to the upstairs living/bonus room.   In that post, I also shared a little about the "end table" on which the lamp was sitting.   As mentioned in that previous post, my sister, Glenda, used to work as the bookkeeper for a … [Read more...]


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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 … [Read more...]


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Celebrating a Bountiful Harvest, Italian Style

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. … [Read more...]


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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 … [Read more...]


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

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 … [Read more...]


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A Dinner Party in the Garden with Friends

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 … [Read more...]


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

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 … [Read more...]


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

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 … [Read more...]


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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 … [Read more...]


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A Gorgeous Tablecloth Was the Inspiration for this Beautiful Table Setting

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 … [Read more...]


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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, … [Read more...]


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Musical Lamps

Welcome to the 657th Metamorphosis Monday! Did you ever play the game, Musical Chairs, when you were little? Well, it's been like musical lamps around here lately. lol I may end up with one odd lamp out in the end, not sure at this point. Last week I shared a new lamp I had purchased to use in my home office. It turned out to be much larger than I had expected so not a good fit for the office. Lesson … [Read more...]


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Going Waaay Outside My Comfort Zone

So I did something a little crazy today. See that white shelf on the right wall of the guest room? I ordered a new picture for that spot.   I also moved the trunk out of this room that had gotten shoved over onto that wall when I added cabinets down the opposite wall. I moved my vintage dress form from the office back to that spot, although it's not visible in this photo except for a small … [Read more...]


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A Special Book Inspired This Post, Starting My Holiday Shopping Now

Recently I was scoping out books on Amazon and I came across a book that looked amazing and was available to be pre-ordered. Extraordinary Voyages combines our love of fashion, particularly Lous Vuitton fashion, as well as our love for travel. That makes a lot of sense since Louis got his start in 1854 making beautiful trunks designed for travel. How wonderful it would be to own a vintage or antique LV … [Read more...]


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Seaside Dreaming for Tablescape Thursday

Welcome to the 674th Tablescape Thursday! It's a dreary day out so I decided to set this table in the breakfast room this week. If we get some sunshine today, I'll take a few pics in natural lighting which is always so much nicer and prettier.   With summer slowly coming to an end, I was in the mood for a beach/nautical/seaside-themed table setting.   I brought out the shell … [Read more...]


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After I’m Gone, Will Someone Keep and Treasure This Piece?

Recently when I shared a new lamp I had purchased, you may have noticed a large, colorful bowl that was sitting nearby.   I collected that bowl several years ago during a trip to Morocco when we visited Poterie de Fes, a place where they hand-make and paint tiles that they create from their local clay. The tiles are then used to make beautiful pottery and lovely fountains for gardens. I … [Read more...]


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2 Beautiful, New Lamps–Unique in Color and Size, Crazy About Both!

Welcome to the 656th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your input on Friday's post! Appreciate all of your suggestions so much! After three weeks in Ohio, I'm back home now. The weekend was spent unpacking, going through mail, washing clothes, and all the catch-up stuff that usually needs to be done after a few weeks away from home. The two lamps I ordered prior to my trip arrived and I'm … [Read more...]


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HomeGoods Shopping Trip: What Would You Keep & What Would Go Back?

A few days ago when I visited HomeGoods, I was surprised by how many things they had in for creating pretty tables and decorating for the holidays.  It felt like old times as I walked through and checked out the new offerings for fall. When I shop for items I may want to use in table settings or my holiday decor, I love to find pieces that aren't necessarily holiday-themed so that I can use them all … [Read more...]


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Tablescape and Holiday Shopping for Autumn–So Many Temptations!

Welcome to the 673rd Tablescape Thursday! Hope you are staying well and haven't caught this yucky summer cold that seems to be going around. Thankfully, my cold is much, much better now. Whenever I visit family in Ohio, I love venturing out to check out the tablescaping goodies in this area of the world. I made a fun and very productive trip to HomeGoods yesterday and picked up quite a few goodies that … [Read more...]


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When I Move One Day, These Are Going With Me

Many years ago when I used to go out antiquing almost every weekend, I ran into a good friend in a local antique shop. I was so surprised to see someone I knew in this large, but kinda off-the-beaten-path shop. She was headed out the door with a big brass chandelier in her hands. I complimented her on her awesome find, it was a beautiful chandelier! As she made her way toward the door, she shared that … [Read more...]


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Bow Lipstick Case Repair & A Tale of Two Throws

Welcome to the 655th Metamorphosis Monday! A few years back I shared these absolutely gorgeous lipstick cases by the House of Sillage. I think I first came across them in a post on Instagram and I was smitten!   House of Sillage periodically comes out with new additions and they are always beautiful. Over the last few years, I've added to my collection and I use them all the time. I use … [Read more...]


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2 Summery Table Settings & 1 Beach-Themed Hutch Makeover

Welcome to the 672nd Tablescape Thursday! Happy Summer! I hope you are staying well! Unfortunately, I'm sick with a yucky cold. When I arrived at my son's home, my youngest grandson was sick with what appeared to be a nasty, summer cold. I've been watching him this week while his parents are working so guess who has a cold now. Ugh. I had planned to go out somewhere yesterday to check out the … [Read more...]


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Warehouse Sale, Up to 75% Off, Ending in 6 Hours–Wish I Had Found It Earlier!

I just discovered a few minutes ago that some of my favorite stores have a huge Warehouse Sale going on and many things are 50-75% off! I wish I had seen the sale earlier since there are only a few hours left (6 hours left as I write this) and the sale ends today. Below I'm sharing a few of my faves and I'll add to this post as I continue to shop the sale.   I've always wanted a piece of Le … [Read more...]


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A Hike to Possum Creek & Can You Identify the Vegetables Growing in the Garden?

Welcome to the 654th Metamorphosis Monday! Since I'm currently visiting with family, I don't have a Before and After to share from home. So how about a hike to Possum Creek today? My son, dil, and grandsons love going for long walks and hikes and I love it, too. This is the bag I always use when we head out. Last night we walk to a restaurant that's around 1-1/2 miles from the house and this was the bag … [Read more...]


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My July Favorites & Today is the Last Day of the Sale!

Today is the last day of the Nordstrom sale, only 13 hours left and the sale will be gone for another year. I ended up purchasing these Mother-of-Pearl heart earrings after a friend of mine purchased them and said they were beautiful! (Thanks, Susan!) That was all the push I needed. Can't wait until they arrive! They are available on sale here: Mother-of-Pearl Drop Earrings. The other item I am still … [Read more...]


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Planning Ahead for Autumn-Fall Dining and Entertaining

Welcome to the 671st Tablescape Thursday! Thanks for all your input on yesterday's post and all the wonderfully kind comments you left! Those are much appreciated and it's so nice to know that many of you still love the classic design styles as much as I do. If you ever wonder if you're alone in your love for traditional, classic decor, check out the comments left on yesterday's post HERE and you'll find … [Read more...]


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Is it Time to Ditch Those Floral Valances in the Guest Room?

In some of my recent posts, we've been playing here in the guest room a lot. In one post I shared a new lamp I had purchased for this room. (See that post here: New Lamp for the Guest Room.)   A week or two later, I added some Ikea Oxberg cabinets down one wall as a fun, attractive way to corral all my handbags into one area. The guest room is so rarely used since family prefers the larger … [Read more...]


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Lorelei’s Beautiful Laundry Room Makeover

Welcome to the 653rd Metamorphosis Monday! Last year, just before Christmas I shared some wonderful updates Lorelei made in her home shortly after moving in. Lorelei transformed the entry and her dining room with all new paint and the result was beautiful! If you missed that previous post, you'll find it here: The Magic of Paint: Lorelei's Dining Room and Entry Transformed.   Recently, … [Read more...]


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Antiquing at the Queen of Hearts.

I hadn't realized how much I missed antiquing until recently when I ventured out to one of the nearby antique malls. Having really enjoyed that trip, a couple of days ago I stopped by a Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors shoppe. As I entered the store, this was the first thing I saw and I could feel the anticipation and excitement coming back that I used to feel during a fun antiquing excursion, … [Read more...]


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Magic Bee Dinnerware & Iridescent Flatware-A Mesmerizing Shopping Trip!

Welcome to the 670th Tablescape Thursday! Yesterday I stopped by HomeGoods to see if they had a particular book I would like to find at a discounted price. They didn't but I enjoyed checking out the dinnerware and flatware they had in stock. I haven't shopped inside a HomeGoods in a long, long time because I noticed a few years ago, they seemed to be carrying fewer dinnerware sets. I took some photos … [Read more...]


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Finally! The Anniversary Sale is Open to Everyone! Here are my Faves!

Today is the day that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale finally opens up to everyone, including those of us who are not cardholders. The first thing that caught my eye today while shopping was their cubic zirconia earring sale. When it comes to jewelry, obviously I prefer real diamonds, but for earrings, I love wearing cubic zirconia because I have a tendency to lose earrings or misplace them. Cubic … [Read more...]


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Handbag Lovers & Fashionistas: Here’s a Great Way to Organize Your Favorite Bags!

Welcome to the 652nd Metamorphosis Monday! Last week I shared a new lamp I had just added to the guest room. This week I'm sharing another update for this room, something I've wanted to do for a long time but could never figure out all the logistics.   I have a smallish handbag collection and I've always wanted to gather it all together in one spot, as opposed to having it spread out over … [Read more...]


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2 New Lamps I Just Ordered & A Sale on a Sale on a Sale!

Ever since I ordered a new lamp for the guest room, I haven't been able to get this new lamp source I recently discovered out of my mind. Lamps are one of my favorite things in the world! Seriously! I always cram as many into a room as I can reasonably use, preferably one in every corner or area of a room. It usually works out where I end up with 4-5 lamps in each room.   The lamps I normally … [Read more...]


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Heirloom Vintage China is the Star of this Beautiful Table Setting in Blue and Gold

Welcome to the 669th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Warren created the loveliest table this year for Mother's Day! Though it's long past Mother's Day now, this table would be perfect for any occasion. For this special table, Warren brought out beautiful vintage china that was passed down through the family to him and his wife, Kathie. Warren said, … [Read more...]


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How are My Ameriwood System Build Kendall Cabinets Holding Up 3 Years Later?

If you've been following BNOTP for a while, you may remember approximately 3 years ago I set up these cabinets in my garage so I could corral all my dishes into one place instead of having them spread out over several cabinets/closets. My fine china is still stored inside, but these cabinets have worked great for my everyday dinnerware. (See that previous post here: The Great Dish Storage Experiment, Plus … [Read more...]


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New Lamp for the Guest Room & Contemplating a Change

Welcome to the 651st Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Hope you had a wonderful one! Last week I shared a lamp I had ordered for my guest room. I've had the same lamp here in the guest room for many years and had been hoping to eventually replace it with something that better suited the colors/fabrics in this space.   You may remember this photo of the lamp from that previous … [Read more...]


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My Favorite & Best Finds in the Once-a-Year Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I have had so much fun reading the answers to the "Questions/Answers" post I shared a few days ago! If you missed that post and could use some inspiration right now, you'll find that post here: 10 Questions & My Answers...Can't Wait to Read Yours! And Shelia, if you see this post, everyone wants your Pineapple Casserole Recipe! (See Shelia's answer to Question #6 below.) 6. Something you cook or … [Read more...]


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Nautical-Themed Table Setting with Patriotic Vibes

Welcome to the 668th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Yesterday was super busy so by the time I was able to set a table for this week, it was already late evening. When I started taking photos, I was happy to see the Blue Hour had arrived. Do you see it there peeking through the treetops? (Read more about the Blue Hour in this previous post: The Secret … [Read more...]


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10 Questions & My Answers–Can’t Wait to Read Yours!

Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I had this idea for a fun post.   Below you'll find 10 questions that I came up with (and answered) but the main reason I thought of these questions is because I really want to hear your answers! (I've relisted the questions at the bottom of this post so you can share your answers in the comments.) I really struggled with a few of these, they … [Read more...]


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A New Lamp for the Guest Room–Love All the Designs!

Welcome to the 650th Metamorphosis Monday! We're playing in the guest room for this week's Metamorphosis Monday. The guest room doesn't see a lot of use, just the occasional friend visiting. Even when family is here, they usually prefer to sleep in another room that has "Queen size" sleeping accommodations.   These photos were taken early this morning so the room is still filled with that … [Read more...]


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June Favorites + Christmas Came Early for My Son

I almost skipped creating favorites post this month since I didn't really buy or come across anything super exciting last month. I did buy one gift for my son that was a big hit. I'm always asking my daughter-in-love for gift ideas. She recently texted me that my son had mentioned how much he would love a Yeti cooler but it was one of those items that she knew he would never buy for himself. I thought … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Beachy Nautical-Themed Flatware Sets & Where to Find Them

Welcome to the 667th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Though I'm 5 hours from the nearest beach and completely landlocked here in North Georgia, I really do love a beach or nautical-themed table setting.  Maybe it's because it makes me think of adorable beach cottages and the gorgeous aquas and blues we so often see in beach house decor. It's … [Read more...]


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What’s on My Bedside Table?

A popular themed video on YouTube among handbag lovers/collectors is a "What's in my handbag" video. Apparently, women are often curious about what other women carry around in their bags during the day.   A few nights ago as I crawled into bed, I thought, "I wonder what most people keep on their bedside table?"   So today I thought I'd share with you the things I normally keep … [Read more...]


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How I’m Preventing Additional Holes in My Lilly Pulitzer Etta Shirts

A few weeks ago I shared a shocking discovery. I looked down and found lots of tiny holes in one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer shirts.   I had no idea what had caused them, but it prompted me to look at my other Lilly Pulitzer Etta shirts.   They alllll had holes--every last one of them!   In reading many of the reviews on the Lilly Pulitzer website, I discovered … [Read more...]


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A Tip for Getting Faster Deliveries & A New Purchase I’m Already Using & Loving

Welcome to the 649th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I mentioned in a post that the Ikea Billy Bookcases here in my home office, make lousy bookcases. They really do! Unless you only own/read paperback books or wish to fill your bookcase shelves with a lot of tchotchkes, the shelves are going to bow. They do not hold up well under the hardback books at all!   Magdy, a lovely BNOTP reader, … [Read more...]


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What I’m Eyeing in the 50% Off 4th of July Sale Today

Talbots has a great sale going on, it's 50% off almost everything on their site, including the new arrivals! You don't see that very often so I had to check to see what new items they have in.   I LOVE these shorts! I've found over the years that a busy pattern like this is very flattering on the hips. Love the green and white palm leaf design! They are on sale 50% off here: … [Read more...]


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A Picnic on the Porch for the 4th of July, Complete with Ants ;)

Welcome to the 666th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! It was pretty hot and humid out on the porch yesterday, so I waited until later in the day to set this table. Then a big storm came along so it got quite dark. It looked like it was 8:00 pm when it was really closer to 5:00! So it may look a bit dark out in some of the pictures in this … [Read more...]


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Let’s Go Antiquing–There Was a Table That Really Tempted Me!

I still really, really miss A Classy Flea. I think every antiquing post I ever write will probably start out with those words. Why do all great things eventually have to come to an end?! Sometime soon, I'm going to get in my car and drive to allll the old haunts I used to frequent back in the day when I used to go antiquing almost every weekend. I can think of 5-6 places right off the bat. I wonder if … [Read more...]


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Patriotic Inspiration for Your 4th of July Celebration–Love the Bandana Tablecloth!

The 4th of July is just a few days away! Do you have any special plans for this year? Sheri, a lovely BNOTP reader, shared the awesome table she has created for her upcoming Independence Day celebration with me and I love it!   Sheri said, "I decked out our dining room in Patriotic decor for the Fourth of July. Usually, I go from Spring to Patriotic decor in Mid-May and keep it until Fall … [Read more...]


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