Tulips and Butterflies: Entertaining on the Porch with a Spring Tablescape

Welcome to the 655th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! It's been so pretty and sunny all week, including this morning. But wouldn't you know, just as I was finishing this table setting today, it turned quite dark out. It looked more like 8:00 at night than 3:00 in the afternoon. I'm not complaining, though. We did get a nice bit of rain and we really … [Read more...]


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2 Great Ways to Hide Those Unattractive, Metal Swing Chains

Recently when I shared how I've decorated the porch for spring, I received an email asking about the covers I have over the chains of the porch swing.   You got a closer view of them in this photo showing the large egg wreath I hung on the porch for Easter.   I've written a couple of posts over the years sharing in more detail about these covers which are really just electrical … [Read more...]


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The Most Beautiful Vignette–So Much Inspiration!

I love, love, love when I get an email from a lovely BNOTP reader letting me know that something I have suggested has worked well in their home, too! That makes me so happy! Recently, after sharing my spring porch makeover where I mentioned how much I was loving these realistic-looking, faux tulips, I received an email from Sam.   Sam said, "Once again your recommendation was spot on! … [Read more...]


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Build the Porch of Your Dreams

Welcome to the 637th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Porch season is almost year-round here in the south. If you live further north and design your porch with a fireplace, you may even be able to enjoy some time on the porch during the wintertime. The design of my screened porch was kinda serendipitous, coming together after several months of talking with … [Read more...]


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March Favorites, Update on the Curling Shirt Issue & Adorable Spoons I’ve Ordered

Happy Weekend! I'm popping in today to share a few of my favorites from the month of March. As always, this is an eclectic mix and I hope you find these helpful. One night recently, we had a power outage. Fortunately, it didn't last very long but when it happened, I was so thankful for these little emergency lights that I have plugged in all throughout my home. The second the power went out, they … [Read more...]


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A Delightful Alice in Wonderland, Cheshire-Cat-Themed Birthday Celebration

Welcome to the 654th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Last week I shared a delightful, whimsical Alice in Wonderland table setting Elena created in celebration of her daughter's birthday.   There were little ones present at this birthday celebration, too, so Elena set the cutest table for the kiddos going with a Cheshire Cat … [Read more...]


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Fanciful, Enchanting Decorations for an Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

On this past Tablescape Thursday, I shared a whimsical Alice in Wonderland table Elena created in celebration of her daughter's birthday. If you missed seeing that enchanting tablescape, you'll find it here: Alice in Wonderland Birthday Celebration Table Setting.   In that post, I also shared the festive way Elena decorated her sideboard for the party.   I didn't get a chance … [Read more...]


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A Screened Porch and Hutch Decorated for Spring and Easter

Welcome to the 636th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Happy Spring! Happy Easter! It was so pretty here this weekend, I couldn't resist playing a bit on the porch. We're in the height of pollen season now so I gave the porch a good cleaning before decorating it for spring and Easter. Hope you enjoy this little porch makeover!   I love tulips, they are … [Read more...]


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A Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Table Setting Featuring Singing-Talking Flowers from the Garden

Welcome to the 653rd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Almost 5 years ago, I posted this delightful table created by Elena, a lovely reader, now friend, of BNOTP. (View that previous table here: Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Party.)   Elena has done it again! Recently, she created a wonderful, whimsical table for her daughter's birthday … [Read more...]


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4 Cheerful Ensembles for Spring and Summer

I love wearing casual dresses during the spring and summer months because they are so comfortable and cool for our hot, humid days. A dress that I purchased last year and really enjoyed wearing was this Lilly Pulitzer dress below called the Ophelia Swing Dress. I love the patterns Lilly P designs for their clothing so was happy to discover last year that they are now making some of their dresses a bit … [Read more...]


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Adorable Bunny Napkin Fold: So Easy and Fast to Make!

Welcome to the 635th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! I have the cutest bunny napkin fold to share with you! I remember seeing a similar fold years ago somewhere and last night I decided to see if I could recreate it from memory.   This has to be the easiest, fastest napkin fold to make! Seriously! It is so easy and takes just a few seconds to make. … [Read more...]


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A New Way I’ve Found for Storing Silver or Silverplate to Slow or Prevent Tarnishing

A couple of months back I shared this wintery-themed table setting for Tablescape Thursday. The centerpiece for this table setting was two silverplate ornament trees purchased from Ross Simon around 20-25 years ago.   View this table in detail in this previous post: A Beautiful Bird-Themed China Pattern for Wintertime.   Since the ornament trees are silverplate, they have a … [Read more...]


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Celebrating Spring and Easter in Soft, Subtle Shades of Tan, Beige and Cream

Welcome to the 652nd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! A few months back Diann, a lovely BNOTP reader, shared some photos with me of an adorable table setting she put together for Easter last year. With Easter just a couple of weeks away, I've been looking forward to sharing it for Tablescape Thursday.   This table isn't exactly your … [Read more...]


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Spring Smiles, Favorite Summer Dresses & Need Sewing Advice for a Problem Shirt

Happy Spring! I hope you seeing some nice weather, it's so pretty here right now. Remember the flowers I used recently in a table setting? The lilies are starting to open and they are sooo pretty!   The birds are pretty happy with our spring weather. I glanced out the window of the dressing room upstairs a few days ago and saw this handsome fella perched on the roof of the front porch. I have … [Read more...]


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A Salvaged Mirror Becomes a Memory-Filled Travel Bulletin Board

Welcome to the 634th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! A few days ago I was chatting in the comments with Cyndi, a lovely BNOTP reader, and now friend, about how much we were looking forward to traveling again in the future. Cyndi mentioned she was so looking forward to it, she had created a “travel bulletin board for posting snapshots of former vacations to remember … [Read more...]


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February Favorites & Beautiful Spring Pillows I’m Eyeing for the Porch

Happy spring! I realized earlier today that I haven't shared my February Favorites, so wanted to do that before we got too much further into March. The weather here has been so beautiful! We've had some early spring rains, but we needed it so I'm not complaining. I hope you are seeing spring weather or at least hints of spring where you live. A little less than a week ago I shared how I had decorated my … [Read more...]


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Mischievous Bunnies in a Spring Garden

Welcome to the 651st Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! This Saturday will be the official first day of spring! I know we may have some chilly days still ahead, but I can't help but get excited that spring is almost here! This week I put together a lighthearted table that would work well for spring or for Easter.   I've been looking … [Read more...]


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A Mini Shopping Haul: What I Found Today in Marshalls

I ventured out today for a bit of shopping. Actually, I was out running an errand to pick up some flowers and decided to stop into Marshalls since this is the time of year they often get in really cute spring decor goodies. I picked up these two pillar candle holders with the idea of using them in a future Halloween table setting. Or, they would work great on a sideboard or chest when decorating for … [Read more...]


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St. Patty’s Celebration with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Ginger Shamrock Shortbread & Irish Whiskey Bars

For this past Tablescape Thursday, I shared a beautiful tea party Selma hosted for the staff at the specialty vet clinic that cares for her sweet kitties. Selma humorously called her party a St. Catrick's Day party since the clinic is just cats. Selma set two tables for the occasion, one in her dining and one in her living room.   If you missed seeing the table she set in her dining room, … [Read more...]


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A St. Patrick’s Day Porch: Fun Ideas for Decorating Your Porch for St. Patrick’s Day!

Welcome to the 633rd Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! We've been having the most amazing weather over the last few weeks. It was 78° out on the porch today and I couldn't wait to get out there and play a little. I turned on the fans overhead--love those soft breezes.   After a bit of cleaning and sprucing, I began adding a few touches for St. Patrick's … [Read more...]


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Bunnies, Butterflies and Blossoms for Spring

So, I have this thing for bunnies. This sweet bunny first appeared in a spring table setting back in 201o and ever since then, bunnies seem to always find a way into my spring tables.   Who could resist that face?!   Over the years I've continued adding to my bunny menagerie, they are great as a spring or Easter centerpiece or for any place you would like to add a bit of spring … [Read more...]


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A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with a Twist, In Honor of a Special Kitty Clinic

Welcome to the 650th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Last year I shared a beautiful "Sweet 16" Birthday celebration party put together by Selma, a lovely BNOTP reader and fellow tablescape lover. Selma is definitely one of us--she loves entertaining and setting beautiful tables for her family and friends. If you missed this wonderful table below, … [Read more...]


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Toni’s Elegant & Practical Solution to Upgrade Her Desk Space and Closet Storage

Last year, while I was staying with family and helping with my grandsons for a couple of months, you may remember that I purchased a desk to work at while I was there. I actually purchased a couple of desks during that time. The first one turned out to be a bit too shallow for my needs so I ended up purchasing a second one. My daughter-in-law and l were both desk shopping around the same time and I sent … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Products for the Best Shiny & Clean “Afters”

Welcome to the 632nd Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Over the last couple of weeks, I've received several emails from BNOTP readers asking about the various cleaning products I use and have mentioned loving in previous posts. Since it's almost time for some serious spring cleaning, for this week's Met Monday I'm sharing all the products I love and use in my home. … [Read more...]


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Dreaming of Travel to Faraway Places

I'm reminiscing today...dreaming and reminiscing about travel to faraway places. If you are craving a little travel excursion today, check out the following posts. (Click the title of any post to view it.) A Visit to the Giza Plateau, the Last Remaining Member of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World   Dining at Mama's Fish House in Maui, Hawaii   Tour the Belleek Pottery … [Read more...]


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Why I Never Get Anything Done…

A recent morning... Awaken. Need to make bed.   Start to make bed but notice lint on duvet cover.   Go to closet to get lint roller, but find the buffalo-plaid, wearable blanket bought this past winter folded on top of the basket where lint rollers are stored. Oh. Yeah. Remember never got around to finding a good place to hang the blanket after returning from … [Read more...]


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Tablescaping Inspiration for Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Welcome to the 649th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! St. Patrick's Day is less than two weeks away! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing a few of the festive tables I've put together in the past for this very green holiday. Hope they provide inspiration for any St. Patty's celebrations you have planned this year.   ☘ … [Read more...]


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Big Sale on Favorite Spring Fashions + Adorable Bee-Themed Dinnerware

A few days ago I took you shopping with me in Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma. There were a few more items I saw and snapped photos of that I didn't get to share in that post, so I'm back today with those, plus some spring clothes inspiration that I think you will love. They even brought back my favorite goes-with-everything polka dot shirt! Do you ever watch Shark Tank? This cutting board was … [Read more...]


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Nancy’s Beautiful Porch Addition Helps Keep The Snow at Bay

Welcome to the 631st Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! I love it when I open up my e-mail Inbox and find emails like this one I received recently from Nancy, a reader of BNOTP. Nancy wrote: Dear Susan: I hope all is well. I'm one of your fans and blog subscribers. I have owed you this thank you letter for a long time. I moved into my current house 5 years ago in … [Read more...]


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Shopping the Spring-Easter Dinnerware in Two of My Favorite Stores

I ventured out yesterday to a couple of my favorite shops to see what's new in for spring. The first place I stopped was Pottery Barn. I was surprised to see that they only had a couple of tables set for spring.   I remember this cute floral, Peter Rabbit pattern featuring Peter running and jumping through the flowers from last year.   Doesn't this make you long for … [Read more...]


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Crowing for an Early Spring!

Welcome to the 648th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! A few months back during a long drive home, I stopped into a Cracker Barrel for a break and to stretch my legs with a little walk through their shop. During my visit, I spied this handsome guy and decided to bring him home to join the mini-menagerie of critters I've gradually collected over the … [Read more...]


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Recipe: Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Last week for our Tablescape Thursday party, I shared this beautiful table setting created by Phyllis who blogs at The Relevant Tea Leaf.   Phyllis prepared a wonderful meal for her dinner party, including a delicious Earl Grey Tea Cake served with a London Fog Latte. (A printable recipe for both the Earl Grey Tea Cake and the London Fog Latte are available here: Earl Grey Tea Cake and London … [Read more...]


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London Fog Latte

Last week for our Tablescape Thursday party, I shared this beautiful table setting below created by Phyllis who blogs at The Relevant Tea Leaf.   Phyllis prepared a wonderful meal for her dinner party, including a delicious Earl Grey Tea Cake. (A printable recipe for the Earl Grey Tea Cake is available here: Earl Grey Tea Cake.) Phyllis made each of her guests a delicious London Fog Latte … [Read more...]


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Earl Grey Tea Cake

Welcome to the 630th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! This past Tablescape Thursday, I posted this beautiful table setting created by Phyllis who blogs at The Relevant Tea Leaf.   Phyllis prepared a wonderful meal for this dinner party, including a delicious Earl Grey Tea Cake for dessert. Several BNOTP readers asked about the recipe so I e-mailed … [Read more...]


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January Favorites and How I’ve Been Passing These Cold Winter Days

I'm sooo happy right now. I just looked out the window and though it's almost 5:30 PM, it's still bright and sunny outside! That means the daylight is staying with us longer and longer each day! No wonder the birds have been so happy and singing their little hearts out today--they know spring is on its way! I'm late as usual but wanted to share the few things that made it to my "favorites" list for the … [Read more...]


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Winter Table: Blue Madrid Depression Glass, Earl Grey Tea Cake & London Fog Latte

Welcome to the 647th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Recently Phyllis, a BNOTP reader, had her cousins over for a lovely dinner. I was so excited when she shared these beautiful photos from that event and knew I had to share them for an upcoming Tablescape Thursday.   Phyllis said, "It's very much winter here in Michigan with snowflakes … [Read more...]


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Every Year They Sell Out, But This Year I Caught Them + They’re on Sale!

Seems like every year I miss out on these! For the past few years in early spring, Talbots gets in these pretty jeans that are in the most beautiful shade of pink, and almost every year I miss out on getting a pair because they always sell out so quickly. For once, I've caught them early--plus they are on sale 30% off today in a Pop-up sale! They call this soft pink color, French Rose and it is sooo … [Read more...]


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Kissing Booth, This Way Please!

Welcome to the 629th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Hope you had an awesome Valentine's Day yesterday! If you didn't get to spend it with a special someone, I hope you spoiled yourself and spent the day doing whatever you enjoy most! Elinda, whose lovely tables I've featured previously for Tablescape Thursday, shared some delightful photos with me yesterday of … [Read more...]


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Sparkly Beading is the Star of this Beautiful Valentine’s Day Tablescape!

How about one more Valentine's Day table before we head into Valentine's Day weekend! Maureen recently shared some photos of the beautiful table she has put together this year for Valentine's Day and I'm in love with all the beautiful beaded pieces she's used in her table.   Love the beaded table runner down the center, you'll see a closer photo of it a bit further down in this post. Maureen … [Read more...]


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Porch Dining: A Valentine’s Day Table on a Warm February Day + A Tree Update

Welcome to the 646th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! It was sunny and 70 degrees out on the porch yesterday! Since I stay inside hunkered down this time of year, I discovered it purely by accident when I walked outside to refill all the bird feeders. I was astonished and couldn't pass up the chance to set a table outside. It happens every year, the … [Read more...]


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Beautiful Antiques and Wonderful, One-of-a-Kind Lamps

Recently I noticed one of the lamps on my desk had become a bit wobbly. The next day I dropped it by my favorite lamp shop, Flourish Antiques, to have it repaired. David Puffer, the owner of Flourish, has his lamp shop inside the Marietta Antique Mall. To fill the time while David was repairing my lamp, I took a stroll up and down the aisles inside the mall, snapping photos of some of the beautiful antiques … [Read more...]


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Valentine’s Day Craft: Make a Valentine’s Day Garland or Banner for Your Home

Welcome to the 628th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! A few weeks ago I shared Jackie's beautiful Valentine's Day table along with her dining room all decorated for Valentine's Day. I loved the darling Valentine's Day garland/banner she had hanging in front of the window in her dining room.   You may remember these two close-up photos that I shared of … [Read more...]


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The Weirdest Thing, A “Shocking” Experience & How I Finally Solved It

So I've had the weirdest thing going on the past few months. At first, I thought it was a fluke but when it wouldn't stop I had to seek out a solution. I thought it was worth sharing because 1. It strikes me as kinda funny now looking back and 2. In case you've experienced this, maybe this weird little tale and how I solved it will help somehow. Update: I'm getting a lot comments asking if it's an … [Read more...]


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3 Unexpected Valentine’s Day Tables

Welcome to the 645th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! I was feeling a little nostalgic this morning as I was looking back through some of my previous Valentine's Day table settings. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration for your upcoming Valentine's Day, you'll find all the tables I've set over the past 12 years for Valentine's Day here: … [Read more...]


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10 Favorites, Must-Haves, & Time-Savers for the Kitchen

Carrying on in the theme of Monday's post where I shared some changes I've made that have enhanced my life in both small and big ways, I thought I'd share a few more tips/ideas I use on a daily basis that I've found to be super helpful-- only this time we're in the kitchen. Some of these I have touched on in previous posts but with all the staying in we're doing more right now, this seems like a good time … [Read more...]


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3 Changes I’ve Made: 2 Time-Stress Reducers and 1 Just for Fun

Welcome to the 627th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! From time to time as I'm working around the house, I will see or think of something that I think would be a great little idea or tip to share with you. Often it's not anything that's worthy of a full post, but just an idea I think you may like or find handy. I've been thinking about writing this post for a … [Read more...]


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Beautiful Necklaces Crafted from Broken China & A Shirt I Need in My Wardrobe

Recently when my dear friend, Teresa, was in town, she and I got together for dinner. We had so much fun catching up that evening. I had forgotten what it was like having dinner out with friends!   Teresa and I are ready to go back to Egypt--what a trip that was!   You may remember our crazy "Lucy and Ethel" adventure when we tried to have dinner in the Old Cataract … [Read more...]


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Valentine’s Day Table: Adorable and Budget Friendly!

Welcome to the 644th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Jackie, whose beautiful tables I've shared a few times in the past, has put together a fun table for Valentine's Day this year.   I love how Jackie always adds a little something to her chandelier for her holiday dinners. The roses are the perfect touch for a Valentine's Day … [Read more...]


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Best & Easiest Way to Save or Preserve a Puzzle Without Using Messy Glue

Welcome to the 626th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Over the last few weeks I've had several questions about what I do with all the puzzles I complete and if I ever save them. In today's post, I'm answering that question and also sharing exactly how I preserve a completed puzzle that I wish to keep. Typically when I complete a puzzle, if it's one I especially … [Read more...]


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My November and December Monthly Favorites (Better Late Than Never)

With all the busyness of the holidays, I never got around to sharing some of my favorites for the months of November and December...and here we are in the last week of January! Below you'll find just a few of my favorites, hope you find this helpful! A few months back I purchased a sampler Discovery Set of Frederic Malle Perfumes, mainly because the set included two perfumes I've heard reviewers rave … [Read more...]


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A Beautiful, Bird-Themed China Pattern for Wintertime: Lenox Winter Greetings

Welcome to the 643rd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Recently I was chatting with a lovely BNOTP reader about our mutual love of a wonderful, bird-themed Lenox pattern called, Winter Greetings. I realized during our email exchange that it's been years since I used that pattern in a table for Tablescape Thursday. I don't know why I never think to bring … [Read more...]


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Making My Bed Like a Pottery Barn Bed

Welcome to the 625th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Over the past month, I've been getting regular emails from Pottery Barn reminding me that I have a $25 credit that's soon to expire. There's nothing that I particularly need right now but after about the 3rd time that email arrived, I decided to click over and check out their spring goodies. The first thing I … [Read more...]


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A Birthday Present & A Few More of My Favorite Finds

Being a serious handbag lover, I typically purchase a new bag every year or two. Sometimes I purchase it new if I can find it in the color I want, other times I will buy it pre-loved from the only site I really trust for preloved bags, Fashionphile. I like buying from them because if the bag isn't what you expected once it arrives, you have 30 days from the date of purchase to return it for a full refund. … [Read more...]


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Celebrating a Special New Year’s Eve with a Snowy, Star-filled Table Setting

Welcome to the 642nd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! I've been working on a table to share this week but it's not quite ready for prime time. Yesterday was my birthday so I gave myself the day off to relax and play a little. As you get older, seems like celebrating each birthday becomes a bit more important--know what I mean? I'll share in another … [Read more...]


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My Winter Survival Favorites: Part 1

Welcome to the 624th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Each year I love to put together a post with my favorite winter survival goodies, those things that help make the winter season a lot more comfortable and maybe even a little fun. If you've been reading BNOTP for very long, you probably know that I pretty much go into hibernation come wintertime. Has this … [Read more...]


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A Fun Find During My Drive Back Home

A few years back I stumbled across a big, fat turkey in Pottery Barn. He was a bit on the pricey side so I didn't buy him that day, hoping to catch him in a sale later on. Well, much to my dismay he sold out faster than you can say Jiminy Cricket!   Amazingly, Pottery Barn brought him back the following year. I was so surprised! I remember a sales representative in Williams Sonoma once … [Read more...]


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A Beautiful Idea to Keep Those Spirits Up Through the Cold Winter Months

These long dark days of winter can sometimes feel a bit drab. Personally, I'm not too prone to feeling sad or depressed during the winter because I love snuggling up inside reading, puzzling, or just plotting little decor updates for the spring season. But I know winter can be hard on a lot of us, especially after the rush of the holiday season has passed and we put away all the holiday decor. Sandra, a … [Read more...]


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The Last Christmas Table Setting of the Season

Welcome to the 641st Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! It was a long, long drive but I'm finally back home now. I'll be spending the day taking down the cedar garland and removing the wreaths across the front of the house. It makes me a little sad to do that since I was gone almost the entire month of December, so I didn't have time to get used to or … [Read more...]


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When Night Becomes Day! Does It Do This Where You Live When It Snows?

Since I've been visiting family in Ohio, it has snowed several times. We even had a white Christmas this year. A few days ago, after another relatively light snowfall, I was working at my computer late at night when I got thirsty and decided to get something to drink. I walked into the kitchen, flipped on the light, got my drink, and as I was standing near the sink I noticed the house next door was clearly … [Read more...]


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Two Beautiful Transformations, All Through the Magic of Paint

Welcome to the 623rd Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! A few weeks back I shared how Lorelei transformed her dining room with paint. Lorelei liked the color I used in my dining room, Benjamin Moore, Raspberry Truffle and decided to use the same color in her dining room.   Beautiful transformation!   Here's a picture showing Raspberry … [Read more...]


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Beautiful, Festive Tables from Kansas, Maine and Mexico!

Thanks so much to all the lovely readers who shared their holiday tables with me over the past few weeks! Before we say goodbye to Christmas for another year, I thought I'd share some of the lovely tables the BNOTP readers shared with me over the last few days. Sheri's Christmas Table Setting with a Beautifully Hand-Crafted Centerpiece Sheri, who lives in Kansas, created this beautiful table for her … [Read more...]


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This Beautiful, Elegant Table is Perfect for Christmas or New Year’s

Welcome to the 640th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Jackie shared so many beautiful tables with me this season, I loved, loved, loved her cozy kitchen table!   When I saw her beautiful dining room table setting, I knew it would be perfect to share with you for New year's Eve! It's absolutely stunning!   Jackie dressed … [Read more...]


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A Festive Drink and Delicious Appetizer for Your New Year’s Celebration

I know most of us won't be throwing a big New Year's party this year, but the two recipes I'm sharing today are awesome for any size gathering, be it small or large. This is my absolute favorite punch recipe ever! At Christmastime, I dip the champagne rims in colored sugar for a festive look.   When I make it for New Year's, I dip the rims in these adorable nonpareils. I love how festive … [Read more...]


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If Santa Didn’t Bring Everything You Wanted…

A couple of my favorite stores are having big after-Christmas, end-of-season clearance sales. Even though winter is still with us for several more months, the new spring clothes are already appearing in-store and online, so it's time for some great winter sales! I've been eyeing this adorable snowflake sweater all winter! It's currently on sale 2/3rds off! You'll find it on sale here: Snowflake … [Read more...]


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So Whatever Happened to Those Peeling, Bubbling Columns…

Welcome to the 622nd Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Last October, I shared some photos of my front porch columns and the developing issue I've had with them over the past year. It has been quite a few years since the porch was last painted. Trying to remember--I think I may have had it painted once since it was added on in 2008, but maybe it was just pressure … [Read more...]


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Jackie’s Beautiful Home Decorated for Christmas & Her Putz House Collection

A few months back I shared some photos of Jackie's beautiful home decorated for Halloween. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Decorate for Halloween.   Today Jackie has invited us back for a little Christmas home tour. Sadly all the Christmas home tours in my area were canceled this year. I hope they will be back again next year since I truly missed them. Thanks so much to Jackie … [Read more...]


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Special Christmas Dinner with Spode Christmas Tree & the Sweetest Birdie Linens

Welcome to the 639th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays! I have another wonderful table setting to share with you from a BNOTP reader. I love it when you share your beautiful table settings, you give me so much inspiration with the tables you create for those you love! Recently, Maureen and I were chatting … [Read more...]


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A Cozy Christmas Table Setting Dressed with a Johnson Brothers China That’s Been Tempting Me for Years

I have a very special table to share with you today! Jackie recently shared photos of the beautiful table she created for her kitchen and it has stolen my heart! Love everything about this table starting with the wonderful antler chandelier hanging above. I've always wanted an antler chandelier made with shed antlers for my paneled family/living room.   For this cozy table setting, Jackie … [Read more...]


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The Magic of Paint: Lorelei’s Dining Room and Entry Transformed

Welcome to the 621st Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I have a wonderful transformation to share with you today for Metamorphosis Monday! Lorelei, a lovely BNOTP reader, recently shared a big change she made in two of the rooms in her home. Before we go inside, I have to share how beautifully Lorelei has decorated the exterior … [Read more...]


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21 Christmas Stocking Stuffers-Gift Ideas in All Price Ranges

The countdown is on--just a few more days until Christmas. In today's post, I'm sharing some of my favorite Stocking Stuffers, some are actually nice enough to be given as full-on gifts. Hope you find these suggestions helpful as you finish your Christmas and holiday shopping! I always drool over these beautiful hand warmers when a Sundance Catalog arrives at my door. They are wool (not polyester) so … [Read more...]


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Warren’s Beautiful Table Settings & I’m Loving Franki’s Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold I know this Christmas will be a bit different for some families depending on where you live, but no matter if you'll be celebrating Christmas with just your closest family or a larger gathering, we can still choose to celebrate with a beautiful table setting for our Christmas feast. Several Christmases ago I set a table that included a cute Christmas tree napkin … [Read more...]


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A Winter Forest Centerpiece for a Beautiful Christmas Table Setting

Welcome to the 638th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Today Jo Alice has invited us into her beautiful home for a pre-Christmas dinner. Such a beautiful entrance!   Jo Alice set a beautiful Winter Forest Table for Christmas this year.   I love the candlelit centerpiece with glittering forest trees of different … [Read more...]


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Gift Ideas for All Ages, Including Cashmere on Sale! These are Some of My Faves!

How is your holiday shopping going? Are you all finished? Is it all wrapped. I have mine all wrapped but I've purchased a few more last-minute gifts, so need to get those wrapped over the next few days. I bought one of these wearable blankets for myself a month or so ago with plans to take it with me the next time I visited family in Ohio. I showed it to my son one night when he was watching TV and was … [Read more...]


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Delightful Christmas Train Village & Decorating the Living Room for Christmas

Welcome to the 620th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! A few months back I shared Jackie's beautiful home all decorated for Halloween. The Halloween decorations are long gone now and Jackie has her home beautifully decorated for Christmas. I love her decorations here in the living room! Do you see the extra special decoration there in the center of the coffee … [Read more...]


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Favorite Winter Fashions And They Are All On Sale!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I've been doing a bit of online shopping this weekend and two of my fave stores are having great sales. If you're in need of some pretty winter clothes, all the items I'm sharing below are currently on sale 50% off. In fact, everything is on sale, 50% off. Love these straight leg cords! They are available in several colors, including neutral colors, but I do love … [Read more...]


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Sometimes Small Changes Can Make Your Heart Happy

A few weeks ago I shared a little addition to my office space. If you look closely, you can just see it there to the side of my left monitor.   I'm not sure how, but I came across this clear tissue holder online and loved it. I liked how modern it looked, which is surprising since I normally don't care for modern decor pieces. I liked that it didn't fight the other patterns/colors in the … [Read more...]


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Dining Poolside for Christmas

Welcome to the 637th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Jackie, whose beautiful tables I've shared before here at Between Naps On The Porch, recently set a wonderfully festive, holiday table outdoors. Jackie said, "This is the perfect setting for the Holiday Meal - outdoor dining social distancing with your family. (Hopefully the weather will cooperate - … [Read more...]


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A Christmas Porch

Welcome to the 619th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! I had so much fun this weekend decorating the front porch for Christmas.   It was just starting to get dark outside as I finished, so I hurriedly grabbed my camera from inside and snapped a few pics before all the light was gone.   As I snapped, it got darker and darker and that magic … [Read more...]


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Decorate for Christmas with Whimsical Christmas Pillows

Do you love decorating with pillows? I really love it when a pretty decor item is also functional and pillows definitely fall into that category. In addition to lamps, cozy throws, art, and books, I love, love, love using lots of pillows in all the rooms of my home. They can add so much whimsy, not to mention a ton of cozy during the fall and winter months. I guess in a way, they are like the scarf or … [Read more...]


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A Grinch Christmas Table Setting That’s Super Kid Friendly

Welcome to the 636th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! A couple of weeks ago I set this fun Grinch-themed Christmas table setting in the breakfast room.   Here's a bit better view of that table.   I set that same table again in the dining room the first evening my son, daughter-in-love, and grandsons were here. I knew the … [Read more...]


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A Thanksgiving Recap with a Few New Ideas for Christmas

Does an idea ever come to you in the form of a picture or an image? You're just going about your day and suddenly an idea comes to you out of nowhere, but it doesn't come to you as a conscious thought. Instead, it pops into your head as a picture or an image. Has that ever happened to you? That happened to me about two weeks before Thanksgiving. I had been picking up a few goodies for my grandsons in the … [Read more...]


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25 Beautiful Ways to Decorate & Dine for Christmas + An Insanely Awesome Christmas Punch

Welcome to the 618th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was awesome! My son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons were here so that made it extra special. I need to do a post sharing some of the things I did differently this year, especially regarding the turkey. Both my son and dil commented that this year the food was the best ever and … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

If you didn't do any shopping for Black Friday, I discovered today while I was shopping online that there are still a lot of BF sales going on. In some places, Cyber Monday is already underway. I get a lot of emails/comments asking about my office furniture. It's currently on sale for Black Friday.   The corner desk is currently on sale here: Corner Desk with Drawers. Plus, I think the … [Read more...]


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Thanksgiving by Candlelight

Welcome to the 635th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Sorry our Tablescape Thursday party is going up a day late. Hope you enjoy it even though I'm running a bit behind this year. Pssst: I'm sharing my three fave Black Friday sales at the end of this post in case you're doing some shopping today or this weekend. Just before everything was about to … [Read more...]


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Which Frame Do You Like Best with The Governor’s Party by Chuck Pinson?

Welcome to the 617th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! I had planned to share some holiday decorating on the porch today, but I didn't finish the decorating since I stopped to wash the swing covers. That's an older photo below from a previous summer when I removed the covers for washing.   So instead of a decorated porch, how about looking at some … [Read more...]


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Christmas Decorating, Door Updates & Keeping the Little Ones Busy this Thanksgiving

Will you have little ones visiting your home for Thanksgiving? With two wiggly, little boys headed my way, I've been thinking about fun things to keep them from getting too bored while they are here. I still have a few of their dad's toys here, but the majority of those have already been taken to their home during my previous visits. I picked up a few things over this past week that I think they will … [Read more...]


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9 Thanksgiving Table Settings, Plus a Colonial Williamsburg Centerpiece

Welcome to the 634th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Wow, Thanksgiving is just one week away! Wasn't Halloween just yesterday? Do you ever feel like life is flying by way, way too fast! The older I get, the faster it seems to go. I know everyone says that, but it really does feel that way. For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing links to 9 … [Read more...]


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Spreading Bits of Whimsy

I'm currently in the "overwhelmed" stage of holiday decorating--you know, that stage where you have everything out, yet nothing is really finished yet. I know it will get better but at present, it looks like utter chaos in the upstairs family room where I've pulled out all the decorations. The downstairs living room isn't looking any better since the tree is in the process of being decorated. We're going … [Read more...]


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Two Small Updates That I’m Loving!

Welcome to the 616th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! I'm running behind this morning. I have painters here to do some touch-up work on the front porch columns that were painted recently. They are also going to be painting the new screened doors that arrived a few weeks back. Then it will be time to get those installed.   Two New Purchases: Small but … [Read more...]


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Christmas Tree Shopping Tips, Hanging Wreaths on Windows & A New Addition to the Bedroom

A few years back, the Christmas tree I had been using for many years lost a big section of lights. I spent hours and hours over several days trying everything to get the lights working, replacing fuses, using a little handheld device to try and detect which light or lights were not working, all to no avail. Since the tree was pretty old, I guess the lighting has just deteriorated over the years. Realizing I … [Read more...]


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