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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Updates for the Master Bedroom and Guest Room, Expanding Storage

Welcome to the 648th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Ages ago, I ordered three Billy Bookcases for my home office. FYI: I don't recommend the Billy for book storage unless you are 1. Storing only paperback books or 2. Will be mixing in lots of tchotchkes on the shelves with your books. The shelves can't handle a lot of weight and bow easily when loaded down with … [Read more...]


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Williams Sonoma Shopping Trip & A Bag You’ve Asked About Is Back in Stock

Happy Weekend! Yesterday, I headed out to do a little shopping in some of my favorite homeware stores and I snapped some pictures to share. Before I share those, if you were one of the dearhearts who contacted me after I shared this Lady Dior handbag that I purchased a couple of years ago, I noticed recently that the shop where I found mine has gotten another one back in stock. You rarely see them available … [Read more...]


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An Exciting Book-Movie Themed Table Setting: Godzilla Strikes Again!

Welcome to the 665th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! When Elena has family over for a birthday celebration, in addition to setting a beautiful or whimsical table for the grown-ups, she always creates a special table just for the kiddos in the family. During a recent gathering, she created an amazing table that captured the fascination of both the kids … [Read more...]


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A Comfortable and Very Functional, “Forest-Themed” Desk Update

Several years ago, I had this fabulous, extra-large mouse pad on my desk. I love a super large mousepad because you never run your mouse off the pad, plus, it provides extra cushion for the arms and wrists.   When I shared this photo in a recent post, a BNOTP reader asked about that mousepad. I chose one with a large world map design back then because I had just started traveling a good … [Read more...]


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Amazon’s Prime Sale: These are My Favorites and Best Finds

Have you been shopping the Prime Day sales? The sale started yesterday and is still going through today. I'm pretty sure today is the last day and there are quite a few goodies that are tempting me. Some of the items I'm sharing below are included in the Prime Day sale and some are just things I've been eyeing that have great reviews. Several of the items I'm sharing are things I've purchased in the past … [Read more...]


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How to Gain Back Inches If You Shrink a Linen/Cotton Tablecloth or Napkins

Welcome to the 647th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Have you ever accidentally shrunk something in the wash or while drying? Cotton and linen seemed to be especially prone to shrinking. Recently Elena shared with me an awesome trick she discovered online for regaining some of those inches that can be lost when a cotton/linen item gets shrunk during the washing … [Read more...]


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So About Those Pierced Chargers–Here’s The Skinny, Plus a Sale Update

I came across something recently that I thought those of you who enjoy following Tablescape Thursday, would enjoy seeing. It's a receipt from January 2008. Over the years as I've created table settings for Tablescape Thursday, the most often asked about item that I use in many of the tables I set are these cream, pierced chargers. (Table setting below can be viewed here: Limelight Hydrangeas in a Summer … [Read more...]


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Beautiful, Fragrant Gardenias in the Last Spring Table Setting for 2021

Welcome to the 664th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! The gardenia shrub just outside my garage is blooming up a storm right now. If you've ever smelled gardenias, you know how wonderfully fragrant they are! This shrub almost died during an ice storm a few years back. It has taken a while to recover but it seems to be fully back now, laden down with … [Read more...]


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Uptalk: How to Make It Less Annoying When Listening to a Video on YouTube

Have you ever heard of Upspeak or Uptalk? Do you know people who talk this way? I've often mentioned how much I enjoy listening to handbag and perfume reviews on YouTube while working here in my home office or just whenever I have some downtime. Unfortunately, a growing trend I've been "hearing" a lot on YouTube is the occurrence (or should I say scourge?) of Uptalk, also referred to as Upspeak. Merriam … [Read more...]


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How I Use 3 Monitors to Work and Play in My Home Office

Welcome to the 646th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Over the years, my monitor/desktop setup has changed several times. I've been using two monitors for many years. When I'm traveling and working from my laptop, I really, really miss having two monitors. Many years ago when I had cable TV, I purchased a Smart TV to place above my monitors thinking it would give … [Read more...]


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Birds & Bees Living in the Dovecote & Beautiful Summer Tops on Sale

A couple of days ago I went outside via the garage door and cut through a little path behind the magnolia to get to the front porch. I'm currently not using the front door since there's a sweet bird nesting in my front door wreath.   As I passed by the dovecote in the front yard, I noticed a bee flew out? Ummm, I've never seen a bee fly out of the dovecote. The bee flew out of the opening … [Read more...]


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Beautiful Spring Table Set with Charming Ma Maison by Dario Farrucci

Welcome to the 663rd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Years ago, I would often stop by HomeGoods just to see what new dinnerware they had in stock. On one of those shopping trips, I came across the most charming dishware: Ma Maison, designed by Dario Farrucci for Tabletops Unlimited. Oh my gosh, it was love at first sight! I envisioned using Ma Maison … [Read more...]


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May Favorites, Preventing Holes in Shirts & Replacement Filter for Aprilaire SpaceGard

I've never received a reply back from Lilly Pulitzer about the holes that have appeared in all of my Etta shirts. I'm disappointed that they haven't replied back to my email. In the meantime, I've pretty much figured out that the holes were probably made by the button on the shorts that I love to wear all summer since the holes are near/around where the button is on all my Talbots shorts. It's a little too … [Read more...]


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So, How Did That Metamorphosis Work Out?

Welcome to the 645th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Still very badly missing my main computer. You get spoiled quickly when you normally work with two large monitors.  Once I get my new computer, I should have three monitors--looking forward to that. In the meantime, I'm still working from my small travel laptop.   So, I got an idea last night. I was … [Read more...]


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Have You Ever Had Your Roof Cleaned?

Have you ever had the roof of your home cleaned? In November 2019, I shared this photo of my home shortly after adding wreaths to the windows for the holiday season. When I took that photo, I think that was the first time I had noticed some blackish streaks on the roof.   I figured the streaks were some type of staining caused by the trees that surround my home and I wondered if there was a … [Read more...]


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10 Beehives at Peaceful Valley Farm Inspired This Delightful Bee-Themed Table

Welcome to the 662nd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Thanks so much for all the comments you left on yesterday's post. I spent much of the afternoon at Vision Computers (an hour away from my home) planning and designing a new desktop computer. It has been 10 years since I had a computer built, with just the occasional update made to my old computer … [Read more...]


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My Lilly Pulitzer Etta Shirts Are Turning Into Swiss Cheese!

I love, love, love me some Lilly Pulitzer! Lilly Pulitzer is one of my favorite brands because of their fun, happy, Palm-Beach-style prints.   Last summer and the summer before, I purchased a bunch of their cute Etta shirts. I started out by purchasing two and after they arrived and I saw how light-weight and comfortable they were, I had to have more.   Over the past two … [Read more...]


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A Landscaping-Garden Before and After & A Sweet Surprise

Welcome to the 644th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! It's hard to believe that it's been five years since I completed this little landscape makeover for the front of my home. You may remember I had a small Japanese Maple moved from the front area of my home to another spot in the yard. It's doing great in its new spot, I'll have to take a photo sometime soon to … [Read more...]


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Favorite Summer Fashions and Memorial Day Sales: Part II

There are so many amazing sales going on right now for Memorial Day weekend, I decided to do a Part II post to share my faves. Brooks Brothers has a great sale going on right now. I just purchased these beautiful madras shorts for my son for his birthday which is just a few days away. They are on sale for almost half price and of course, that excellent Brooks Brothers quality. They are on sale here: … [Read more...]


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Beautiful, Custom-Designed Macarons for Any Celebration or Themed Table Setting

Welcome to the 661st Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! A few weeks back I shared Warren's beautiful spring table setting for Tablescape Thursday.   Warren created this table with a peacock theme in mind and these peacock dinner plates were his inspiration. I love the napkin rings he chose for this setting!   Warren created … [Read more...]


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The Best Memorial Day Sales & My Favorite Spring-Summer Fashions

There are so many great Memorial Day sales going on right now for beautiful vacation/resort fashions for summer. I've been checking them all out and today I'm sharing a few of my favorites below from the new spring offerings. I adore this beautiful eyelet shirt that's currently on sale 30% off. There's just something so feminine and beautiful about eyelet. You'll find this shirt on sale here: Beautiful … [Read more...]


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5 Ideas, Crafts and Recipes for Your Memorial Day Weekend

The 4th of July is just over a month away. I was thinking today, this would be a great time to work on some patriotic crafts because they could be used for Memorial Day this upcoming weekend and you would be all set for our 4th of July celebrations a month from now. One of the most fun projects I've ever completed was this wood flag. It was easy to make and actually a lot of fun!   You'll … [Read more...]


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A Growing Hermes Perfume Atomizer Collection & A Cozy Addition for My Bath

Welcome to the 643rd Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Is there something you love to collect? Maybe you have a beautiful doll collection. Or, if you love handbags as I do, perhaps you have a growing handbag collection. If I were a guy, I think I'd have a big necktie collection. lol I love shopping for ties for my son--both Hermes and Vineyard Vines make really fun … [Read more...]


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My Bookcase Decision and Several Fun Ideas and Tips I’ve Been Meaning to Share

Good Saturday Afternoon! I hope your weekend is going awesome! Today I thought I'd create a quick catch-up post. I have a little folder on my computer that I occasionally drop pictures into when there's something I'd love to share with you that I think you'll find helpful or interesting but perhaps isn't worthy of a full post. Periodically that folder gets a little fat and I know it's time to pull those … [Read more...]


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We’re Having Sweet Watermelon for Dessert!

Welcome to the 660th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! This has been such a beautiful spring here in Georgia. It's felt like a long, full spring--not one of those springs we sometimes have where we get cool, spring weather for a week and then BAM, it's 85 degrees outside. lol No, this spring has been the perfect spring. I would love it if it was this … [Read more...]


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All the Perfumes Currently in My Fragrance Collection

Back in November 2015, almost six years ago now, I shared my small perfume collection with you. I love, love, love perfume and with very little trouble, I could easily become a hoarder of all perfumes. lol If I awake in the morning and find I'm in an okay-whatever mood, with just a few sprays of a favorite scent, my day will suddenly feel sooo much better! Perfume has that effect on me, it's definitely a … [Read more...]


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Would You Do This? A Big Change for the Upstairs Living-Bonus Room!

Welcome to the 642nd Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! In Saturday's post, I mentioned that I was contemplating making a pretty big change here in my upstairs living/bonus room.   This room is a bright, airy room with four windows: two windows at the end and two dormer windows that face the front of the house.   One … [Read more...]


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Do You Ever Move the Furniture Around in Your Home?

Do you ever move furniture around? I was texting with a friend recently who was moving furniture into different places in her home and she asked me that question. I replied back that I rarely ever did because in most of the rooms in my home, the furniture really only fits in the room one way. I have to eat those words because I ended up doing exactly that, moving some things around. One minor change made … [Read more...]


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Patriotic Table Settings and No-Sew Crafts for Your Memorial Day

Welcome to the 659th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! I was looking forward to sharing a table this week but yesterday I came down with a horrible stomach virus, complete with really bad muscle aches and pains. I rarely get a stomach virus so have no idea what brought that on. I never like the taste of most drinks that are supposed to replace … [Read more...]


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Problem Solved: Hide Those Not-So-Attractive Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

Earlier this week I shared some new additions to my master bath. I'm hoping to fully renovate at least one of my baths next year but in the meantime, I'm appeasing myself by adding little improvements and touches that make my heart happy. For example, I ordered this adorable birdie-themed tissue holder for the counter here in my master bath. Apparently, it's my favorite tissue holder since this is the … [Read more...]


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It Happened Again! Arggh! Time for a New Dovecote for the Garden

Welcome to the 641st Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Do you ever go on spring garden tours? I love garden tours, they are sooo much fun and provide so much inspiration. For many years, whenever I would go on a garden tour, I would see these magnificent birdhouses in many of the gardens that we toured. Eventually, I found out who made them and dreamed of one day … [Read more...]


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April Favorites, Plus 3 Pairs of Earrings I Just Purchased

Today's post is an April favorites post that sorta ended up morphing into a summer earrings post. I'm really into earrings right now. I think it started when I bought these adorable daisy earrings that I literally find myself wanting to wear every single day.   But before we get to that, here are a few of the other items I've really enjoyed over the past month. Last winter when random … [Read more...]


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A Beautiful Blue and White Table Setting, Perfect for Mother’s Day

Welcome to the 658th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! One of my favorite color combinations is blue and white. I love a room decorated in a blue and white color scheme and love a table setting dressed out in blue and white. Sheri, a lovely BNOTP reader, recently shared a beautiful blue and white table setting she created in blue and white using her … [Read more...]


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Two Small Bath Updates to Appease My Bath Renovation Yearning

I had a little eye scare recently--it started a couple of days ago. I had something floating across my vision and was seeing flashes occasionally at the top right corner of my right eye. The first time it happened, I thought it was sunlight glinting off my glasses, but then I noticed it happened when I didn't have my glasses on. I called the eye doctor today and they had me come in right away. They … [Read more...]


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Changing Out My Winter Bedding for Spring-Summer

Welcome to the 640th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Changing out the bedding from fall-winter to spring-summer is not for the faint of heart. lol  Usually I wait until someone (like my son) is here to help me. My previous mattress was sooo much lighter and stiffer than my current one and changing the bedding was pretty easy. But my current mattress purchased a few … [Read more...]


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Springtime Dining on the Porch with Dario Farruccci’s Ma Maison

Welcome to the 657th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Happy spring! As you can see in the background, the trees are have all fluffed out! I love seeing all the spring green, such a beautiful time of year! I hope you are seeing fluffy trees in your area now, too!   Yes, I'm back with tulips again this week. lol I'm a little hooked on … [Read more...]


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Here’s the List–Books Recommended by Awesome BNOTP Readers

Thanks again for all the wonderful book suggestions you left on my recent post where I was trying to remember the name of a book I had read many years ago in high school. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Trying to Remember the Name of a Book I Read Many Years Ago. I now have an extensive list of books I want to read this summer! Comments continue to come in on that post so check it out if … [Read more...]


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Fast, Easy Recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps

One of my favorite parts about visiting with my grandchildren is I get to eat the awesome meals my son and daughter-in-love prepare. My son is the Grilling King and my daughter-in-law, Nancy, creates some incredible recipes from scratch. She's one of those great cooks who can open up the fridge and put together an incredible meal with whatever she finds waiting inside--no recipe needed. I, on the other … [Read more...]


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Restoration Begins After Snowmageddon Wreaks Havoc on This Backyard Paradise

Welcome to the 639th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! This past year has been pretty unprecedented in many ways. Sometimes life feels like a giant test and you never know what it's gonna throw at you next. I don't think anyone could have predicted the crazy Snowmageddon that hit Texas in February. My friend, Teresa, who lives in the great state of Texas, was … [Read more...]


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25+ Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day–Dad Would Probably Like Some of These, Too!

Wow! Thanks so much for all the great book suggestions you left in the comments of my last post! I'm really looking forward to checking out all the books and authors you recommended! Sooo many great recommendations! Also, thanks so much for trying to help me figure out the name of the book I read back in high school that I would love to find again. There was one particular book that was suggested that I … [Read more...]


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Trying to Remember the Name of a Book I Read Many Years Ago

When I was in high school in the 70s, aka the dark ages, and working as a Library Assistant in my school's library (see ancient photo below taken for our school annual) there was a book I read that I would love to find again. Unfortunately, I can not remember the name of it. I think it had the word Nightingale in the title...maybe something like Song of the Nightingale-- something like that. I've Googled a … [Read more...]


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A Beautiful Peacock Inspired Spring Table Setting

Welcome to the 656th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Have you ever fallen in love with a beautiful china or dishware pattern, but then had a difficult time using it in a table setting? Then one day it happens--all the elements just click and come together perfectly! That happened to Warren when he came across this beautiful peacock-designed … [Read more...]


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