Planning Ahead for Christmas: Wreaths on Windows, Snack Center for Delivery Personnel & Lots of Holiday Inspiration

Welcome to the 613th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! When my son was small, I worked in his elementary school library as a Media Parapro for five years. Unfortunately, I pretty much stayed sick with a cold or virus the entire five years since I spent my days interacting with young children all day long--handling the books they checked out and returned, reading to … [Read more...]


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11 Beautiful Advent Calendars for Grown-Ups, Including One Just for the Guys

Every year around Christmastime, my son and daughter-in-law give my grandsons a chocolate Advent Calendar. They may forget to do a lot of things during the day, but they never forget to ask to open another little door on the calendar. lol Did you know there are Advent Calendars out there for the grown-ups? I don't know how I've missed it all these years but I just discovered this when I got an email from … [Read more...]


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7 Tables for Autumn and Halloween

Welcome to the 631st Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions. For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing 7 tables for a bit of autumn-Halloween inspiration. Many of these would be very easy to recreate. Click on the title of any table setting to see more of that table in detail. Happy Autumn! Blue Willow and Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece for an … [Read more...]


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A Cute Retro-Style Refrigerator for My Home Office

Often when sharing an update here in my bedroom, I end up sharing this view of the room. But just around the corner and out of view is another room.   Previously this was a 4th bedroom, or 5th if counting the Bonus/Frog room, but the first owners of my home closed off the entrance to this room from the upstairs hallway, cut a big opening in the wall to connect it to the Master Bedroom and … [Read more...]


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It’s Been a Whirlwind Month: Lots of Cleaning, Painting and the Doors Arrived!

Welcome to the 612th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! If you've been reading BNOTP for a while, you probably know I spent much of summer and the start of the school year helping with my grandchildren in Ohio. School is still just 3 hours a day there so it definitely makes it challenging for working Moms and Dads. Once I returned back home, it was full steam ahead! I … [Read more...]


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Halloween Table Craft Featuring Edgar Allan Poe’s Poem, The Raven

Several years ago I shared this wonderfully creative Halloween table craft by Stephanie at the blog, Brooklyn Limestone. After seeing this idea on her blog, I really wanted to do this for a Halloween table setting. I even went as far as buying the plain white plates to create it. Unfortunately, I never got around to making this clever Halloween design featuring Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven, because … [Read more...]


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Breakfast with Villeroy & Boch’s Melina & A Yummy Fruit Tart

Welcome to the 630th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions. Many, many years ago, actually, it's probably been around 35 years now, I got the itch for some new everyday china. I don't remember now how I came across Villeroy & Boch's Melina pattern, but it was love at first sight. I think I came across it one day while shopping in either Macy's or … [Read more...]


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When Hope Is Not Enough & My September Favorites

A few weeks back when I was visiting with family, I mentioned to my daughter-in-law that I was super annoyed that as I have gotten older, the pores on my face seem to be more visible. I had heard women complain of having big pores or visible pores all my life, but I had never really understood what that meant. As I've gotten older, I've noticed that I have pores on my face, too! lol I know that sounds … [Read more...]


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Decorate for a Spooky Halloween Dinner Party: Cobwebs, Catacombs and a Model Train Village

Welcome to the 611th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! For this past week's Tablescape Thursday, Jackie welcomed us into her beautiful home. There was a big surprise waiting just inside the front door!   Yikes! Jackie will be having a small Halloween dinner party this year instead of the big Halloween party she normally hosts. I love how she has … [Read more...]


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How An Air Fryer Has Changed My Life & Some of my Favorite Air-Fried Foods

A couple of weeks ago I shared a new addition to my kitchen, my Air Fryer. Adding an air fryer to my kitchen has been one of the most transformative experiences in how I cook. The only thing I can't think of that comes close to being as life-changing would be the invention of the microwave. Seriously, if right now you said I had to give up either my microwave or my air fryer, I'd say, "Bye-bye … [Read more...]


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3 Fabulous Table Settings: 2 Spooky for Halloween and 1 Elegant for Autumn

Welcome to the 629th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions. Earlier this past spring, I shared this beautiful table setting created by Jackie. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Incredible Auction Finds & Dining with Faenza Garofano Carnation.   Recently Jackie wrote to say she would soon be hosting a Halloween gathering in her … [Read more...]


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How I Protect My Cashmere-Wool Scarves from Moths & Other Dastardly Bugs

As you know if you've been reading BNOTP for very long, this girl doesn't do cold weather. Not. A. Fan. However, over the years I've come to discover that winter isn't near so bad if you have the right gear, i.e., quality coats, Uggs, warm sweaters, Uggs, woolly scarves, Uggs, wool socks, Uggs--you get the idea. ;) Next to woolly Uggs, my other favorite cold-weather gear is soft, wool or cashmere … [Read more...]


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The Best Desk Chair I’ve Ever Had: An Update for My Home Office

Welcome to the 610th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Today is going to be a busy day around here. The two screened doors for the porch are being delivered and painters will be here cleaning and painting the front porch and washing the decks and the exterior of the screened porch. The cleaning/painting was actually supposed to be done earlier in the spring but … [Read more...]


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Finally, They are Back in Stock, I Just Ordered Three New Ones Today

I've been meaning to create this post for months but I couldn't because all the puzzles in the whole world were sold out the minute it appeared we were all going to be staying home a lot. Okay, that's a slight exaggeration, but barely. Honestly, 500, 750, and 1000 piece puzzles (my faves) were as scarce as toilet paper for months and months! I guess a lot of folks love puzzles as much as I do! I was … [Read more...]


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Autumn-Fall Table with a Woolly Throw Tablecloth and a Cozy Pumpkin Centerpiece

Welcome to the 628th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions. Hope you like a lot of photos because this post has a bunch! Last week we were chatting in the comments about using throws as tablecloths. I love that look, especially for a fall or winter tablescape. I need to do a round-up sometime soon of tables I've created in the past where a throw was used as … [Read more...]


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How I Store Hermes Twilly and Dior Mitzah Scarves, Visible Storage for Easy Access

I'm busy working on a table for tomorrow's Tablescape Thursday, but I'm taking a quick break to share a little storage idea I recently came up with for storing small scarves like my Hermes Twillys and Dior Mitzah scarves.   In case you're not familiar with these little scarves, they are fun to collect because they can be used in a lot of different ways. One way that's quite popular is to use … [Read more...]


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Black Bean Salad Recipe, A Tasty Side Dish That’s Easy to Make

From time to time my daughter-in-love, Nancy shares recipes with me. Nancy often finds recipes online that sound interesting, then adds or subtracts depending on what she has available or on hand. Recently she made this yummy black bean salad and shared the recipe with me. I noticed it has an ingredient I've never tried: Trader Joe's Island Salsa. Have you ever tried it?  If you don't live near a Trader … [Read more...]


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There’s a New Guy in Town! Love My New Air Fryer with 2 Baskets!

Welcome to the 609th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! There's a new guy in town! Do you see him there on my counter?   Each time I visit my son, daughter-in-love and grandchildren, Nancy cooks up the best meals in her Air Fryer. I've been hoping to add one to my kitchen and I finally did that this past week.   This is the one I chose. … [Read more...]


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A Much-Needed Outing, Cozy Pumpkin Pillows and Buying My First Pair of Embroidered Sundance Jeans

It's been a minute since I've really felt like myself. Yesterday I committed to something that I wasn't sure I was really up to. I'm so glad I did because I think it was the best thing I could have done. I was trying to chase down some of these adorable cozy pumpkin pillows.  You may remember when I shared these in a recent post. I tried to resist them but it was futile. I love anything that even hints of … [Read more...]


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4 Beautiful Autumn Table Settings + A Cozy Made Bed

Welcome to the 627th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions. After being away for over two months helping my son and daughter-in-law with my two grandsons, I'm back home now. The boys are only back in school for half-days but at least they are back in school for the mornings. After being diagnosed with pneumonia on Wednesday of last week, I was not looking … [Read more...]


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How Teresa Protected the Vachetta Leather on her Beautiful LV Croisette Bag

Welcome to the 608th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Sorry, this week's Met Monday is going up a bit late. I'm still fighting a horrible sinus infection and pneumonia so not at my best right now. But enough of that, let's have a little travel adventure and some fashion fun for this week's Metamorphosis Monday! If you are a handbag lover, especially a Louis … [Read more...]


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My Test Results are Back & I Would Love Your Recommendations for a Steamer

Thank you so much for all your caring comments yesterday. I can't tell you how much I appreciated reading those! They were very comforting when I was feeling my absolute worst. I wanted to give you a quick update to let you know I got some good news this morning when I logged on for my test results. Sometime during the night, the test results were posted to the online portal and thankfully, I do not have … [Read more...]


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Not Your Normal Tablescape Thursday

Welcome to the 626th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions. Will make this post short since I'm having to create it on my phone. I've not been feeling well the last few days, thought I might have a sinus infection since I had a terrible sinus headache . Last night I was running a fever and found it really hard to breathe. I visited one of the local hospital … [Read more...]


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Can’t Wait to Visit Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined at the Atlanta Botanical Garden!

Welcome to the 607th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! If I lived in Atlanta--inside the perimeter, I would definitely be a member of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I love visiting the garden so much! Unfortunately, driving into Atlanta through the always horrendous traffic, especially never knowing how long it will take, makes the idea of visiting the garden a lot … [Read more...]


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My August Favorites for Organizing, Cleaning, Fashion, Makeup, Better Sleep + Gifts Ideas

It's that time again, time to share all my favorites from the previous month--the things I really enjoyed and feel comfortable recommending. I rarely wear slides or backless sandals these days but I fell in love with the design of these. They reminded me so much of the turtles I saw on the beaches during a trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago. I've been wearing them outdoors here when the kiddos are … [Read more...]


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3 Summer Tables As We Approach the End of Summer

Welcome to the 625th Tablescape Thursday! With the first day of Autumn only a few weeks away, I thought this would be a great time to look back at some previous summer tables. I'm not sure why, but I'm not dreading the end of summer as much as I normally do. The next few weeks will be very busy as I prepare to return home. The new screened doors will arrive, I'll need to arrange to have those installed, … [Read more...]


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Beautiful Autumn Wreaths in Both Neutral and Fall Colors

One of the first things I'm going to do when I get back home is decorate for fall. I'm busting to get started! I have two wreaths I've used for my front door and over my mantel in past few years, so it will be time to pull those out and access their condition. I have a feeling it may be time for a new wreath or fall basket. I've been wreath shopping today to see what's available and there are some … [Read more...]


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My Screened Doors are Ready and I’m Sharing the Exact Cost

Welcome to the 606th Metamorphosis Monday! I definitely had a case of sticker shock when I saw the bill for my new screened doors. Maybe I should call it invoice shock instead of sticker shock. In any case, it took my breath away! lol A few months ago I shared the damage that was done to the doors on my screened porch last winter when some very bad mice (or was it rats?) decided to take up residence … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Sales For This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend always means lots of Labor Day Sales. I've been shopping my favorite online stores today to see what's on sale that I can't live without. Below you'll find all my faves, some I already own, others I would love to add to my home or wardrobe. Rather than list everything separately which would make this post way too long, I've gathered them together in picture links to make it easier to … [Read more...]


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Answering a Question, 2 Charger Additions & Dishes I’m Eyeing Right Now

Welcome to the 624th Tablescape Thursday! Recently I received a lovely email from Anne who had a few questions about the charger plates I so often use in table settings. Anne wrote: I enjoy your blogs very much because you have so many different subjects. I have bought things you have suggested, enjoyed your home and family. Thanks for sharing. Where do you find chargers? Are some of them plastic? I … [Read more...]


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Two Storage Upgrades, One…Adorable, Both Very Practical!

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going great! I have a couple of small tweaks to share today. One I knew I would love because I just made the same upgrade at home a few months back, but the other one was a delightful surprise! I'm obsessed with how both turned out! You may remember a few months ago I upgraded the old flatware storage organizer I had been using for years to this clear expandable one … [Read more...]


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Two Before & Afters: One a Success, One a Fail–at Least for Now

Welcome to the 605th Metamorphosis Monday! My son and daughter-in-love purchased all new furniture for their living room a few months back. Now that the boys are a bit older, it was a great time to make some upgrades/changes. They purchased beautiful leather sofas, new end tables, new lamps, and donated a few things that no longer worked in the room. Two of the items they donated were a couple of old … [Read more...]


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Armoire-Wardrobe Transformation Including Wallpaper & Beautiful Antique Mirror

Earlier in the spring, I shared a wonderful Before and After of this old cedar armoire. Phyllis and her husband, Jerry, completed an amazing transformation!   If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Amazing Transformation: Beat Up Wardrobe Becomes a Beautiful Storage Armoire.   Shortly after I posted that beautiful armoire makeover, Franki, a BNOTP reader, shared a few … [Read more...]


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From Frying to Baking to Grilling: 3 Very Different Meals, All Delicious

Welcome to the 623rd Tablescape Thursday! Since I don't have access to my dishes, I'm having to get a bit creative with Tablescape Thursday posts. I know many of you have expressed interest in me sharing some of the recipes my awesome daughter-in-love makes during the week. She is such a great cook! As I've mentioned before, she's one of those people who can just open up the fridge, pull out a variety of … [Read more...]


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Cozy Tops I’ve Purchased for Staying Comfortable and Warm This Fall and Winter

Partially as a joke, but mostly to memorialize a year that none of us will soon forget, I purchased this sweatshirt. It's pretty much how I feel about this year, except for the "spending more time with family" part. That part has been great! But the rest--definitely a "1 Star, Would Not Recommend" kind of year! ;) I purposely bought the hoodie above in a Large. I've never done that before--purchased a … [Read more...]


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Carpet Treads For a Beautiful and Safer Staircase

Welcome to the 604th Metamorphosis Monday! Want to know when a new post goes up at Between Naps On The Porch? Subscribe here for free updates: Subscribe for Updates. A few months, back my daughter-in-love, Nancy, added a touch of pretty carpet to each of the treads of the main stairway in their 1920s cottage home.   In addition to being a pretty accent for the staircase, the carpet made … [Read more...]


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Parent Problems? Want Sweets? Need a Vacation? Just Call, Mimi!

When your children have children and you suddenly find yourself a grandmother, it's a bit of a shock. It's a good shock, but still a little surprising to realize there will soon be a little being in this world who can rightly call you, Grandma. As the time for my first grandchild's birth grew near, my daughter-in-law asked what I would like to be called. I had no clue, just knew I didn't want it to be … [Read more...]


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Thinking Ahead to Autumn For This Tablescape Thursday

Welcome to the 622nd Tablescape Thursday! Have schools opened up yet in your area, yet? Here in Ohio, where I'm currently helping with my grandsons, the opening date has been delayed, but it looks like they will opening for half days very soon. Just wondering what you're seeing in your area? I was thinking ahead to fall and Halloween this morning. I love Halloween, it was always one of the most … [Read more...]


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Great End of Summer Sale & 2 New Pairs of Shoes for Less than 1/2 Price

Have you noticed how all the shops are gearing up for the arrival of fall-winter fashions? It's still very much summer here in the south so this is a great time to shop the summer clearance sales. Talbots is having their first-ever Cyber  Warehouse Sale and it's a good one! You can access the sale here: Talbot's Summer Sale.     What have I picked up so far? I couldn't resist these … [Read more...]


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Tomato Veggie Tortellini Soup: Great for a Quick Meal During the Week

Welcome to the 603rd Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your comments on the last post where I shared one of Nancy's (my daughter-in-law) delicious meals that included Marinated Chicken Breasts, a Quinoa-Vegetable Melange and a delicious green salad. This weekend I updated that post with a printable version of the recipe. If you would like to print it out for future use, you'll find the recipe … [Read more...]


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Dinner is Served: Marinated Chicken, Quinoa-Vegetable Melange & Green Salad

Whenever I'm visiting with my son, daughter-in-love, and grandchildren, I'm always treated to some amazing meals. I'm sure I eat a lot healthier than I do when I'm at home because cooking is not a favorite activity of mine unless I have family visiting or I'm having a dinner party. Nancy, my daughter-in-law, has that awesome talent I admire in real cooks. She can conjure up a wonderful dinner on the fly, … [Read more...]


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Ode to Summers Past: Tablescaping in Green

Welcome to the 621st Tablescape Thursday! Green has always been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. When I think of Green, I think of spring and summer, beautiful gardens, forests walks, vibrancy and life. Every year when the calendar turns over to August, I always find myself wishing for the same thing: that summer wasn't going by so fast. I'm currently away from home, visiting family … [Read more...]


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10 July Favorites: One for My Daughter-in-Law, Then I Had to Have One, Too!

I have to kick off this month's Monthly Favorite's post with a surprise purchase I wasn't expecting to make. Back in the spring of last year, I ordered this adorable bamboo bag below. Originally, I thought this bag design was inspired by the Cult Gaia bag that's been so popular the last few years but then I learned these bamboo arc bags have been around for many, many years. I guess Cult Gaia just brought … [Read more...]


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Butterflies for the Wall & The 2 Screened-Door Designs I Chose for the Porch

Welcome to the 602nd Metamorphosis Monday! My daughter-in-law, Nancy, recently added these adorable butterflies to a wall in the downstairs hallway of their home. She liked them so much, she decided to order two more packages. So there will be a lot more butterflies joining these real soon.   They are subtle against this pale yellow wall and sooo pretty! I love how she arranged them, feels … [Read more...]


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Life is Short, Buy the Dish!

Welcome to the 620th Tablescape Thursday! With the big Nordstrom Anniversary sale going on this week, I was curious to see if it included any tabletop items. I'm always on the watch for great sales for kitchen and dishware goodies. I'm not at home this week to set a table so today I'm sharing some of my faves from the sale. I've also included a few items that I really like but may not be on sale right … [Read more...]


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2 Big Sales: Nordstrom and Talbots Are Doing It Again

Two of my favorite stores have huge sales going on right now. Nordstrom just kicked off their big Anniversary Sale that they only have once a year. The early access started yesterday and you'll find the sale here: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you're a Barefoot Dreams fan, def check out the barefoot dreams cardigan and throws linked below. Talbots also has a big sale going on with 40% off any 2 … [Read more...]


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Fun Updates for My Home Office: Some Additions and One Subtraction

Welcome to the 601st Metamorphosis Monday! It's been ages since I shared some updates here in my home office. I put this room together many years ago, Over the years it hasn't changed a ton, but there have been some little updates and tweaks along the way. The furniture I chose for this room so many years ago was Pottery Barn's Bedford furniture. Bedford furniture was designed to mix and max to … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Summer Bags and Many Are Currently On Sale or Clearance

I've always had a big love for handbags in woven natural materials like wicker, rattan, straw, and bamboo. Growing up in the south, I saw a lot of those bags being carried throughout my childhood into adulthood. Even today, wicker bags are still so popular, a classic style that I don't ever see going away. I have a small collection of wicker/rattan/bamboo bags and I'm always tempted to add another one … [Read more...]


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A Budget-Friendly Summer Table Setting

Welcome to the 619th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Summer! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I've created a very budget-friendly table setting. If you are someone who thinks you have to spend a lot to set a pretty, eye-appealing table for friends or family, I hope this table will convince you otherwise. We're out on the porch this week and it's another "about-to-rain" kind of day. We've been having a … [Read more...]


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Add Stars to the Ceiling of Your Bedroom, Living Room or Theater Room for a Magical Experience

Welcome to the 600th Metamorphosis Monday! Last week I shared this photo of a bedroom with a star-covered ceiling. I loved the look of this so much, I ordered a few stars to see how they would look on my bedroom ceiling.   After doing a little test run with a few stars, I decided to go for it. I ordered a bunch more stars from different companies and got to work placing them on my … [Read more...]


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I Love These Shorty Pajamas, But If You Sew, Is This Normal?

I always love tweaking things to make them a bit more functional or even just a little most pleasing to the eye. Since I've been staying home a little more than usual, I've found myself noticing even the smallest of things that could use some improvement. One of those recently was the nightclothes I sleep in each night. For winter, it's always heavy flannel PJs because I love the extra warmth and … [Read more...]


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Nautical, Beach & Fish Themed Flatware: Perfect for a Beach House or Lake Home

Welcome to the 618th Tablescape Thursday! I've had this post in my head for a while and summertime is a great time to share it. If you've been following BNOTP for a bit, you know I love a fun, beach-themed table setting, especially this time of year. Over the years I've gradually collected several sets of flatware that would be great for use in a beach house, lake house, houseboat or any nautical style … [Read more...]


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Only Hermes Can Make You Feel This Spoiled When Buying a Book

If you've been reading BNOTP for a while, you know I love collecting books about decorating and gardening. In the last few years, I've also purchased a few books on designer fashion, another topic I sometimes enjoy. I don't buy a lot of fashion books but recently I saw one online that I'd heard about. It sounded really cute so I decided to order it.   This book is a bit unusual because it's a … [Read more...]


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Starry Starry Night, Turn Your Bedroom Into a Starry Haven for Sleeping

Welcome to the 599th Metamorphosis Monday! Have you ever ordered something and when it arrived it exceeded your expectations? That doesn't happen very often, does it? I've been wanting to create a starry sky effect on my bedroom ceiling but my first attempt didn't work out so great.   At first, I ordered one of those machines you see online that projects stars onto the ceiling. I should … [Read more...]


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June Favorites & A Miracle Cleaner That Saved My White Cabinet from Ruin

We're already halfway through July and I just realized I never shared my favorites from the month of June. These Lilly Pulitzer inspired masks are at the top of that list. When I'm out and about these days, it's mostly just for a stop by the grocery store or the bird store for more birdseed. Every single time I wear one of these, someone compliments them. I had to stop by my Endocrinologist's office … [Read more...]


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A Patriotic Tea Party with American Grown Tea from the Charleston Tea Garden

Welcome to the 617th Tablescape Thursday! Recently, Deonna, a BNOTP reader, hosted a wonderful patriotic tea in her home. Deonna loves American history so her beautiful Liberty Blue is a favorite, especially around patriotic holidays like we just celebrated recently.   Is this not stunning?! Wow!   I love this pattern, so perfect for a 4th of July celebration or tea … [Read more...]


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Let’s Take a Virtual Vacation: Hawaii, Ireland, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya and More!

I'm sure this isn't the summer you planned or the one you envisioned. Instead of a relaxing beach trip or a trip to the mountains, instead of traveling across the country to visit friends or family, instead of a trip to Europe or other far-flung places, most of us are staying home away from the airports and crowds. Home feels safer right now, at least it's familiar. So how about today we take a few … [Read more...]


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Making a Few Changes and Upgrades, From the Kitchen to the Bath

Welcome to the 598th  Metamorphosis Monday! It's funny all the things you notice when you're home a lot! I've been making a lot of small changes, little updates in both the kitchen and bath that are really long overdue. For example, a while back I noticed the wood tray I store my flatware in had somehow gotten stained over the years. I'm guessing something splashed or dripped inside the drawer … [Read more...]


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A Fabulous Sale & A Surprise Find for 1/3 the Cost! Could It Be The Same?

Happy Weekend! This whole past month I have been working on tons of little mini-projects here around the house. Ever since I returned from Ohio, I've been deep into spring cleaning, actually more like spring clearing. I've been going through bathroom closets, replacing the old, warped, brown-stained wood shelving with bright-white, wide, flat melamine shelving. I've been clearing out drawers, … [Read more...]


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Imagine Dining Seaside by Candlelight

Welcome to the 616th Tablescape Thursday! I was so in the mood for setting a table with a nautical, beachy feel. I was envisioning a table setting in soft, aqua colors. Not sure exactly sure how it happened but the next thing I knew, I was setting a red, white and blue nautical table.   It was a beautiful day to play on the porch. Later in the evening, we had the most ferocious storm, so … [Read more...]


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Sharing Before These Sales End, A Little Christmas and Back-to-School Shopping

July is when I normally start picking up a few Christmas gifts here and there for family. I've bought a few sweaters for my grandsons recently. They came today and they were so nice, I decided to go ahead and create a post to share the sale before it ends or before the sizes are all gone. Unfortunately, these items sell out quickly. This sweater arrived today and I love it! I can't wait to give it to my … [Read more...]


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A Front Yard Landscape Update, Green Beauty Boxwoods Growing Like Weeds!

Welcome to the 597th Metamorphosis Monday! Over the past few months, I've had several requests to give an update on the front yard landscaping I completed back during Spring 2016. I've been meaning to share an update because I'm absolutely stunned how much the Green Beauty Boxwood shrubs I planted back then have grown! Here's a before photo taken that May not too long after I planted all the shrubs. … [Read more...]


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You Asked and I Found ‘Em! Happy Summer & 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day! I hope you are having a great 4th! I had planned this weekend to work on a fun project but that got postponed when I couldn't get the item I needed from the Atlanta Ikea. When I drove down on Friday, there was a monstrous line coming out the door, going around the building and down the side of the building. I'm guessing there were at least 100 people (probably more) standing in … [Read more...]


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6 Patriotic Tables for Independence Day

Welcome to the 615th Tablescape Thursday! With Independence Day just two days away, I'm sharing some festive red, white and blue inspiration for your upcoming 4th of July celebrations. Cue the fireworks! Click the title of each post below to see more of that particular table setting. Happy 4th of July to you! Patriotic Table for Two   4th of July Table with a Patriotic … [Read more...]


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Hunting for Fossils: An Adventure Hike

Whenever I visit my son, daughter-in-love and grandsons in Ohio, we always go on hikes. When my son was growing up, we used to go on hikes as a family, but not near as much as my son, dil and grandsons do now. They go almost every weekend unless it's raining or snowing. I love that! It's such a great way to get in some good exercise while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. The area my son lives in … [Read more...]


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Ruth’s Summer Backyard Oasis

Welcome to the 596th Metamorphosis Monday! How can it be summer already, where did spring go? It's all going by way too quickly. I want it to slow down so we can enjoy every moment of our warm weather days! Since we are all spending so much more time at home these days, I was thinking recently about how important it is to make those places we like to hang out during the summer as relaxing and … [Read more...]


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Answering Your Questions & Recent Purchases Including One That’s a Bit Over the Top

I started to save this post for tomorrow's Metamorphosis Monday, but I have some great eye-candy I'll be sharing in that post. Today, I'm answering some of the questions I've received on recent posts and sharing a few purchases that are making me ridiculously happy. When I posted about this cute desk caddy/organizer, someone asked about the mercury glass balls in the background.   Some of … [Read more...]


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Chasing Away the Gloom with a Festive 4th of July Celebration

Welcome to the 614th Tablescape Thursday! I've had this 4th fo July table setting planned for a few weeks and during that time, I never imagined setting it on such a raining, dark day. The floods came last night as I set this table and it got super dark, very fast. This morning was not much different. Hopefully, I'll be able to add some sunnier photos to this post later on today.   A … [Read more...]


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A Great Sale & A Tactic for Getting the One You Missed

Have you ever come across a shirt or dress that you liked so much,  you didn't wait for it to go on sale for fear it would sell out? That's what happened to me with this beautiful shirt below. I loved how it looked so much, I bought it the day I came across it, not waiting for a sale. I wish I had taken the time to read the reviews because after it arrived, I discovered it ran quite large. I had ordered my … [Read more...]


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Turning Lemons into Lemonade: New Doors for My Screened Porch

Welcome to the 595th Metamorphosis Monday! You know that old saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade? Well, today's Before and After is definitely a case of me trying to turn some pretty sour lemons into some delicious lemonade. But before I pour you a glass of lemonade, I want to share some napkins I'll be using later this week in a patriotic table setting, in case you are in need of napkins … [Read more...]


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I Went Antiquing and the Prices I Found Blew Me Away!

It has been ages since I've been antiquing. I used to go all the time. I miss it, it's such a fun, relaxing way to spend a few hours. Yesterday I stopped by Flourish Antiques which is located inside the Marietta Antique Mall. I had three lamps that needed small repairs. One lamp was kinda wobbly and needed tightening up and the other two were doing that weird thing where you have to turn the switch … [Read more...]


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A Bunny-Themed Table Setting for Spring

Welcome to the 613th Tablescape Thursday! It's been a minute since I set a table here on the porch. Hope you enjoy this springtime table with a bit of a bunny theme. I've encluded a lot of photos for those who enjoy that. Happy Spring to you!         I found these adorable bunny planters in HomeGoods in early spring. I had planned to use them in a table … [Read more...]


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A Low-Cal Indulgence, A New Floor Lamp for My Bedroom & Puzzles are Back!

Working on a table setting for tomorrow's Tablescape Thursday, but thought I'd pop in with a few goodies and ideas I've been wanting to share ever since I arrived back home. One of the first things I needed to do upon my return was head to the grocery store to stock up on a few things. If you've been reading BNOTP for a bit, you may know I'm not the biggest fan of hot coffee, but I do love iced coffee, … [Read more...]


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This is What Happens to a Porch When You Abandon it for 3 Months! It Ain’t Pretty!

Welcome to the 594th Metamorphosis Monday! It was a long drive back home, but it actually passed quickly as I listened to the book, My Friend, Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress, via Audible. I think the book is going to be made into a movie. Actually, it would probably make a better movie than it did a book--the book definitely drags at times where I think the movie would be pretty … [Read more...]


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3 Summer Tables for Two

Welcome to the 612th Tablescape Thursday! I'm heading back home to Georgia today after spending the last three months in Ohio. It's going to be a long drive but weirdly I'm looking forward to it. I think I'm really just looking forward to listening to some of the books I've recently downloaded on Audible. It's been a long time since I've done that--listened to books on my phone. For today's Tablescape … [Read more...]


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Create a Beautiful, Arched, Balloon Garland for Birthdays & Other Special Occasions

During the first part of June, it's Birthday Central here at my son's home. My son's birthday is immediately followed by my youngest grandson's birthday, which is followed a few days later by my daughter-in-law, Nancy's, birthday. So there was a lot of decorating, partying and cake-eating happening over the past week or so! For my youngest grandson's 4th birthday celebration, Nancy decorated in a … [Read more...]


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How I Remove Dirt & Scuff Marks from the Corners of My Leather Handbags & Boots

Welcome to the 593rd Metamorphosis Monday! It has been Birthday Central here this past week. In just a 7 day period, we've celebrated my son's birthday, my youngest grandson's birthday and today is my daughter-in-law's birthday. For this week's Met Monday, I had hoped to share some of the decorations, including some info about how I made this balloon arch, but I couldn't get all the pictures ready in … [Read more...]


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May Favorites: A New Book & A Beautiful Dress I Bought That’s Now $22.95!

Happy weekend! It's sooo pretty here and finally, the weather has warmed up. Hope you are seeing blue skies and sunshine today! Last month, for my Monthly favorites, I did a switcheroo and shared all my daughter-in-law's favorites. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Nancy's April Favorite and the Ones I'm Buying for Myself.  This month I'm again sharing my favorites, a few items I've … [Read more...]


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8 Whimsical, Creative Father’s Day Table Setting Ideas

Welcome to the 611th Tablescape Thursday! Just wanted to say again, thank you SO MUCH much for all the great comments left on my recent post titled, Where Would You Like to Live for the Rest of Your Life? Comments continue to be coming in each day on that post and I appreciate each and every one because I have found them to be incredibly helpful. Hearing about your experiences has taught me so much and I … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Bag Organizer and One So Poorly Made, I Will Never Buy It Again

Welcome to the 592nd Metamorphosis Monday! A well-designed, well-made bag organizer or bag insert can be one of the best purchases you'll ever make to protect and support your favorite handbag, but a poorly designed or constructed organizer can actually do more harm than good, damaging or warping the shape of your bag. Today I'm sharing my favorite places to shop for bag organizers and one organizer I … [Read more...]


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Buying ALLLL the Dresses! Obsessed with These Great-Fitting Styles!

Last week I mentioned that Lilly Pulitzer had come out with a line of dresses that was figure-flattering for all body types and surprisingly budget-friendly. I'm not sure if this is the first year these have been available or just the first year I've noticed. I think it's the first year they've had them available because I'm obsessed with their fun summer prints and often check their site during the … [Read more...]


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Spring Outdoor Table Setting with a Carved Watermelon Whale Centerpiece

Welcome to the 610th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all the comments on yesterday's post: Where Would You Like to Live for the Rest of Your Life. You gave me so many awesome ideas and suggestions, I have a lot to think about. I LOVED the idea of renting for a while in any place I may be thinking of moving--brilliant idea. I know from the comments that so many of you are also struggling with … [Read more...]


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Beautiful Screened Porch with Seating, Dining, Sliding Windows, Even a Vented Grill

Welcome to the 591st Metamorphosis Monday! One of the things in life that makes me the happiest is when I get an email from a reader saying they have added a screened porch to their home and found my previous posts about my porch to be helpful. Recently Nancy emailed to say, "As we were building our porch, we tried to incorporate the 9 things you recommended. We were able to include all 9 things plus a … [Read more...]


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Incredible Auction Finds & Dining with Faenza Garofano Carnation

Welcome to the 609th Tablescape Thursday! I wish I lived near Jackie so she could teach me her ways. During this lockdown we've all been experiencing, Jackie scored some amazing deals on both furniture and dinnerware via some of the auction houses in her area. She had been hoping to update her dining room table and chairs. Jackies was able to acquire the beautiful table you'll see in today's table … [Read more...]


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New Additions to My Summer Wardrobe and Big Changes at Lilly Pulitzer

Since I left Georgia with only cold-weather clothing in my suitcase, I've been gradually building a small summer wardrobe. It's given me a good excuse to do some spring/summer clothes shopping, so I'm not complaining. Over the past few weeks, I've purchased quite a few casual summer dresses. I love casual dresses for hot summer days! While shopping online, I was thrilled to discover that Lilly Pulitzer … [Read more...]


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Roving Desk Organizers & Going Pink

Welcome to the 590th Metamorphosis Monday! Running a tad behind this morning due to internet issues. We changed cable/internet providers after my son's previous provider couldn't deliver anywhere near the service/speed promised. Unfortunately, the technician for the new provider arrived this morning just as we all sat down to work at our computers. We (the 3 adults in the house) are back up and … [Read more...]


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8 Spring-Summer Table Settings with Floral Centerpieces

Welcome to the 608th Tablescape Thursday! Since I'm not at home with access to my dishes, I thought this week I'd share an outdoor setting using this beautiful picnic basket I ordered recently. Unfortunately, it still hasn't arrived. I hope it arrives soon because I can't wait to take it on a picnic. (See more of this basket here: Picnic Basket.) So instead of a picnic, how about a floral … [Read more...]


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Nancy’s April Favorites and The Ones I’m Buying for Myself

Each month I share my favorites from the month before, the products/ things I love and that add significant value to my quality of life. For this month's favorites, I thought it would be fun to share my daughter-in-law, Nancy's favorites. I ask Nancy for a list and after reading about some of her favorites, I've ordered quite a few of them for myself. Several of Nancy's friends have been singing the … [Read more...]


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Springtime Fun: Let’s Go On a Picnic!

Welcome to the 589th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently, we went picnicking in beautiful Smith Gardens. We had sooo much fun, we are hoping to do a lot more picnics this spring and summer.   I thought it would be fun to upgrade our picnic supplies, so this weekend I went picnic shopping and found the cutest baskets! I wanted a picnic basket that would work for four adults and found several … [Read more...]


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How We’re Zooming (and Escaping) While Stuck Inside

If you're stuck inside, my philosophy is you might as well have some fun with it. Over the past few weeks, my grandsons have had a few virtual meetings with their classmates, hosted by their teacher. After a couple of those, I got an idea. I ordered some fun backdrops for their meetings like the one shown below. I also ordered a couple I thought my daughter-in-law, Nancy, would enjoy for some of the Zoom … [Read more...]


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