6 Patriotic Tables for Independence Day

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


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Hunting for Fossils: An Adventure Hike

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


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Ruth’s Summer Backyard Oasis

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Turning Lemons into Lemonade: New Doors for My Screened Porch

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


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

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


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A Bunny-Themed Table Setting for Spring

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


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

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


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

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


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3 Summer Tables for Two

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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8 Whimsical, Creative Father’s Day Table Setting Ideas

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


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

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


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

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


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Spring Outdoor Table Setting with a Carved Watermelon Whale Centerpiece

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


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Where Would You Like to Live for the Rest of Your Life?

If you could live any place in the United States, where would you live? Over the past few years, I've been thinking of moving away from the Atlanta area and finding a cute cottage someplace where fall and winter still happen, but are short-lived and don't usually involve snow. I envision an adorable cottage that looks something like this one, only grown-up size. You may remember when I shared this cute … [Read more...]


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

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


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Incredible Auction Finds & Dining with Faenza Garofano Carnation

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


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

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


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Roving Desk Organizers & Going Pink

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


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A Bag I’m Adding to My Summer Wardrobe & Beautiful Card Holders for Small Bags

If you've been reading Between Naps On The Porch for a while, you know I'm a handbag "hound" as one of the YouTubers I follow often refers to herself. lol. I've always loved handbags, but in the last few years that passion has definitely ramped up, probably from following so many handbag lovers on YouTube and Instagram. I end up typically buying one or two handbags a year, occasionally selling (to … [Read more...]


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8 Spring-Summer Table Settings with Floral Centerpieces

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


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

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


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Springtime Fun: Let’s Go On a Picnic!

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


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

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


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9 Spring Table Settings, Perfect for Mother’s Day, Too!

Welcome to the 607th Tablescape Thursday! Since Mother's Day is this coming weekend, for this week's Tablescape Thursday I'm sharing nine tables I've put together over the years that would easily work as a table setting for Mother's Day. These tables aren't just for Mother's Day, though--they would work well for a spring or summer table setting, too. This is going to be a really strange Mother's Day … [Read more...]


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A New Bag for Walks-Hikes, Gifts for My Son and More Summer Wardrobe Updates

Welcome to the 588th Metamorphosis Monday! Pssst: I'm sharing some awesome deals I've scored on spring clothing the past few days at the end of this post, including some great shirts for the guys. So if that's of interest, check those out at the end of the post. A Bag for Walks and Hiking Whenever I visit my son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, we always go hiking on the weekends and for walks … [Read more...]


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If Ya Gotta Wear One, It Might As Well Be Pretty

Recently here in Ohio, the Governor made a strong recommendation that everyone wears a mask when shopping. Also, a business/shop (if they wish) can require that you wear a mask when shopping in their store. Regular masks have been impossible to purchase locally and online so I decided to look for something handmade (and hopefully pretty) online. I wanted something as cheerful and springy as possible. I … [Read more...]


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A Beautiful Blue & White Vintage and Antique Dish Collection

Welcome to the 606th Tablescape Thursday! A few days ago I shared Phyllis's beautiful living room renovation including the wonderful cabinetry her husband, Jerry, built to display her blue and white china and transferware collection. If you missed that previous post, you'll find it here: Stunning Room Renovation: Perfect Display Space for Beautiful Transferware. After seeing this gorgeous display, I … [Read more...]


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A Spring Visit to Beautiful Smith Gardens, Oakwood, Ohio

Are you getting out for walks now that the temps are warming up? We've had a lot of rainy days but on the pretty ones, we love going for long walks. I love this time of year when the trees and flowers are all blooming. I'm sort of experiencing two springs since the daffodils and a lot of the flowering trees had already bloomed before I left Georgia to head to Ohio. When I arrived, the daffodils weren't … [Read more...]


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Stunning Room Renovation: Perfect Display Space for Beautiful Transferware

Welcome to the 587th Metamorphosis Monday! Good Morning! Hope you are staying well and enjoying some beautiful weather in your area. We've been taking a lot of walks, I think it does us all so much good to get out of the house, especially now that spring has arrived in our area. Last Monday, I shared Phyllis's amazing Before and After of the armoire below. She and her hubby, Jerry, have some serious … [Read more...]


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Loved This Lamp So Much, I Bought It Twice!

If you've been reading Between Naps On The Porch for a while, you know I'm a crazy lamp lady. I don't remember when my love of lamps started, but at some point many years ago, I discovered how much prettier, cozier and better the rooms in my home looked by lamplight--the more lamplight, the better! Overhead lighting can make a beautiful room feel cold and sterile--pretty much the opposite of cozy. For … [Read more...]


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Springtime and It’s All About the Bunnies

Welcome to the 605th Tablescape Thursday! We've been seeing so many bunnies here lately. There are several that live in our backyard and we just saw another during an afternoon walk yesterday. This area feels a bit like a preserve or park with how comfortable the bunnies and squirrels are around the people who live here. It's surprising how many you see and how close they will let you get. Yesterday … [Read more...]


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3 Ways to Decorate a Hutch for Spring and Summer

From reports back home, I know my screened porch is covered in this stuff right now. Ugh.   I'm trying to imagine it looking more like this, though.   There's a hutch on the porch that I always love decorating for spring and summer.   This is the dishware I most often use on the porch: Ma Maison by Tabletops Unlimited, designed by Darrio … [Read more...]


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Amazing Transformation: Beat-up Wardrobe Becomes a Beautiful Storage Armoire!

Welcome to the 586th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently, I was chatting via email with Phyllis who blogs at The Relevant Tea Leaf. She shared pictures of an amazing transformation she and her hubby, Jerry, completed. Phyllis and Jerry, were given this old cedar armoire that was in pretty rough shape. Phyllis had plans for how she wanted to use the armoire, but the original opening was too narrow for … [Read more...]


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March Favorites, New Summer Clothes & How I’m Storing My Shoes & Handbags

I'm late in sharing March favorites. There are really so many I could share since I've purchased a number of things over the past month while setting up a mini workspace and shopping for spring clothes online during the time I've been visiting with my son and daughter-in-law. I've narrowed it down to my absolute favorites and I hope you find these favorites helpful. A few summers back, I put together a … [Read more...]


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A Winterberry Candlelight Table Setting

Welcome to the 604th Tablescape Thursday! If you only read Between Naps On The Porch on Thursdays for Tablescape Thursday, you may be wondering why you haven't been seeing any tables from me lately. I've been visiting with my son, daughter in law and grandsons for the past five weeks, helping to homeschool and watch my grandsons during the day while my son/dil work. Fortunately, they have been able to … [Read more...]


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A Million Daffodils, A Porch Decorated for Spring & A Whimsical Spring-Easter Tree

Within walking distance of my son's home is a home with the most amazing display of daffodils that I've ever seen. It's one of those homes were people stop, gawk and take photos. It's gorgeous this time of year!   I would love to know how long ago the daffodils were planted and how many were planted at that time. They stretch all across the property, you can see them there on the other side … [Read more...]


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Whimsy in the Garden: Beautiful Spring Planters & Surprising Use for Bowling Balls

I love garden art and the delightful whimsy it adds to a garden. During the summer, I love to visit the garden centers in my area to see what new things they have in. I came across these fun pieces in one of the local Pike Nurseries a few years back.   These colorful cows were so funny! I could see a mini herd of three gathered in one part of the garden.   This whimsical pink … [Read more...]


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2 Before & Afters: How My Daughter-in-Love, Nancy, and I Work from Home

Welcome to the 585th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I have an exciting, pretty "Before and After" to share today, actually a couple of Before and Afters! You may remember a while back I purchased this small desk to use when visiting my son, daughter-in-love and grandchildren. In the past, I always brought along my laptop. Combined with an exterior monitor, this set up worked … [Read more...]


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Decorating and Entertaining for Spring: A Spring-Easter Table Setting for Tablescape Thursday

Welcome to the 603rd Tablescape Thursday! I always love it when BNOTP readers share their beautiful tables with me. It's so inspiring to see how you're entertaining and decorating your home for the seasons and holidays. Today we're visiting the home of Jackie and she has beautifully decorated her home throughout for spring starting right here at her front door. Love the Easter … [Read more...]


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Starting Over: Poor Planning & Building a Summer Wardrobe from Scratch

When it appeared the schools would be closing here in Ohio back in early March, I hurriedly packed my suitcase, loaded up my SUV with a bunch of my son's old, childhood toys and some other gifts I've been meaning to bring up, and I headed north. It was still very cold in Ohio, in fact, it was snowing the day I arrived. I didn't pack quite as many clothes as I normally do. I tossed in 2 coats: a favorite … [Read more...]


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On the Hunt and I’ve Found a Keeper!

Welcome to the 584th Metamorphosis Monday! Back in March 2015, I wrote a post about my search for the perfect sleeping pillow. At that time, I had just ordered a new mattress/box springs for my bed and had foolishly tossed my old pillows thinking I should replace those, too. Unfortunately, the new pillows I purchased were super uncomfortable and I really regretted getting rid of my old ones. I found … [Read more...]


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Spring Cleaning and All My Favorite Cleaning Products In One Post

Recently I received an email asking about the Eye Vac I purchased a few years back. I still love and use it allll the time! It and my Mopnado have made keeping my floors clean so much easier/faster. That email got me thinking about how this is the time of year so many of us would normally be doing our spring cleaning. Since we are all home so much more this spring than we ever have been before, I thought … [Read more...]


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A Beautiful Candlelit Table Setting for a Special Birthday Celebration

Welcome to the 602nd Tablescape Thursday! A few months back around Christmastime, Warren shared some wonderful photos of a beautiful table setting he created for a special birthday celebration. Warren said, "Since Kathie (Warren's wife) comes from a large family, we are always celebrating birthdays." Warren put this beautiful table together to celebrate the 60th birthday of Kathie's sister-in-law. … [Read more...]


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Own the Clothes Doris Day Wore in “With Six You Get Eggroll” & Some of My Favorites are Back

If you're a Doris Day fan, you now have the opportunity to own one of the ensembles or costumes she wore in her movies. In addition to clothing/costumes, there are many other items currently available at auction, including jewelry, furniture, personal items and costumes she wore in her television show, The Doris Day Show. A big thanks to Kelly for emailing me to let me know about the auction! I browsed … [Read more...]


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Repurpose a Beautiful Chest or Dresser Into a Kitchen Island or Bathroom Vanity

Welcome to the 583rd Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I came across this beautiful kitchen on Instagram. I was so surprised to see how they had repurposed this beautiful sideboard, turning it into an island for the kitchen. It appears they had granite cut to exactly the same shape as the top of the sideboard. I'm so happy they didn't paint over it because it's a stunning piece! If I can find the original … [Read more...]


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How I’m Passing the Time and Keeping My Sanity

Do you consider yourself an Introvert or an Extrovert, or somewhere in between? I'm pretty sure I'm more of an Introvert since I can spend days and days at home alone and never get bored. Between books, movies, home projects, puzzles, and online entertainment, I have to really work at it to get bored. If you're finding this time depressing or a real struggle, probably the best antidote is getting out for … [Read more...]


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A Sweet 16 Tea Party with a Fun, Jungle-Jaguar Theme

Welcome to the 601st Tablescape Thursday! A few months back Selma, a reader of BNOTP, hosted a wonderful Sweet 16 Tea for Virginia, the oldest daughter of a dear friend. Selma said, "It was extra special for me because my friend and her girls have been coming over for tea for at least 6 years. The first time they came for tea, Virginia (guest of honor) and Ella (her sister) were 10 and 8 respectively, … [Read more...]


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My Favorite Hairstyle and Anxiety at the Hair Salon

I've never enjoyed going to a hair salon, I find it a huge anxiety-producing experience, mostly because I rarely walk out with a haircut that I like. Many years ago I had a stylist that did cut my hair just as I liked it, but the salon went out of business and I have no idea where she went or if she just retired. She was consistent and always cut my hair the same way without me having to do a full rundown … [Read more...]


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Sharing All My Favorites for a “Spoil-You-Quickly” Home Office

Welcome to the 582nd Metamorphosis Monday! Whenever I visit my son, daughter-in-love and grandsons, I'm usually here for a few weeks. Initially, I worked from my small travel laptop at their dining room table during my visits, but one day it dawned on me that I could fit a smallish desk into a corner of the guest room. I purchased a large monitor thinking it would help take the place of the double … [Read more...]


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My Go-to Easy, Delicious, Filling Breakfast & A Project I’ve Been Working On

Thanks so much for all the lovely emails and the comments on our 600th Tablescape Thursday post! Appreciate those so much! It's been so busy around here with two little ones home fulltime, I haven't had a chance to reply but I will be doing that very soon. I had hoped to post yesterday but I spent the day putting a desk together and setting up a little office space here in the guest room of my … [Read more...]


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Celebrating 600 Tablescape Thursdays!

Welcome to the 600th Tablescape Thursday! Happy 600th to you! I'm often asked where I get inspiration for the table settings I share here at Between Naps On The Porch. Sometimes the inspiration is a new set of salad plates, a holiday that's coming up or just something I think would work great as a centerpiece. But my biggest and most important inspiration is really always YOU! If it weren't for you being … [Read more...]


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Beautiful Spring-Easter Dinnerware & My Last Trip Before The Stores All Closed

Day 3 of my captivity. This self-isolation stuff reminds me of the "Cat's Diary." Such strange times we're living in!   Just before I left for Ohio, I stopped into Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma to check out their spring dinnerware and decor. I'm so glad I did now since almost all the stores have closed their doors. It's really weird to imagine all the stores out there filled with … [Read more...]


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Living In Unprecedented Times…

Welcome to the 581st Metamorphosis Monday! This morning I awoke at 4 AM and couldn't go back to sleep. I retrieved my phone from my bedside table and opened the tab for my e-mail. I noticed an e-mail from Delta Airlines, the airline I almost always use when I travel. It was from Ed Bastain, the CEO of Delta and it began with the sentence, "We are in unprecedented times." Boy, are we ever! I'm in Ohio … [Read more...]


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A Festive St. Patrick’s Day Birthday Celebration & Delicious Irish Cooking

Welcome to the 599th Tablescape Thursday! I have the loveliest St. Patrick's Day table to share with you for this week's Tablescape Thursday! Phyllis hosted an early St. Patrick's Day luncheon and tea for her 92 years old aunt, her aunt's two daughters and daughter-in-law. Since Phyllis's aunt is Irish, she knew she would enjoy a St. Patrick's Day theme for this momentous birthday celebration. Phyllis … [Read more...]


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Because We Could All Use a Good Laugh Right Now…

This past week has been pretty crazy around here! The madness started last Thursday evening when all at once every single toilet in my home blocked up and would no longer flush. I've lived in this house for 30 years and that definitely goes down in history as a first! I called a plumbing company with excellent Google reviews and two plumbers showed up bright and early the following morning. I guess not … [Read more...]


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Tour Beautiful Brookfield Plantation, There’s Even a Party Barn!

Welcome to the 580th Metamorphosis Monday! I was hoping to share a little cabinet Before and After with you for this week's Met Monday, but as usual, there was some kind of glitch with the delivery. CabinetGate continues. I never even got to see and reject the chipped and broken pieces this time. After staying home the entire day to await their arrival, they never showed up despite tracking showing … [Read more...]


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Updating My Spring Wardrobe & A Designer Inspired Purchase I Made

This morning I had a $25 Talbots Reward Certificate that was burning a hole in my pocket. lol The weather has been sunny and beautiful the last few days so I decided it was time to use that certificate and shop the awesome spring sale they have going right now. The sale gives you 30% off everything at the site, including all sale items. I also received an email with a code for 40% off any one item that's … [Read more...]


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11 Tables for St. Patrick’s Day & An Easy-to-Make, Edible Shamrock Cookie Tree

Welcome to the 598th Tablescape Thursday! With St. Patrick's Day just 12 days away, I thought it would be fun to put together a little round-up of some of my St. Patrick's Day tables through the years. One isn't actually a St. Paddy's Day table, but it totally could be. That table is easy to spot in this collection below because it's the only tablescape where there are leaves on the trees in the … [Read more...]


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My February Favorites

Yay, for March! Once March arrives, I feel like spring can't be too far behind. I know many of you still have weeks of cold weather left (as we do here in Georgia) so you may find this post especially helpful since I'm sharing a lot of my fave winter pieces that have made winter a lot more tolerable, if not enjoyable. My go-to pants for the past few fall/winter seasons have been my Talbots straight-leg … [Read more...]


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A Dining Room Update That’s Been a Long Time Coming

Welcome to 579th Metamorphosis Monday! Many years ago, long before I began blogging, I had the walls in my dining room papered in a pretty, yellow and blue (with touches of raspberry red) wallpaper. These pictures, taken just before a little dinner party with friends, do not do the wallpaper justice. The paper was a beautiful, elegant pattern and I loved it for many years.   Back then, I … [Read more...]


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Working On So Many Spring Projects, Including Additional Cabinet Storage

Happy Leap Day! I hope your Saturday is going great! I must have an incredible case of spring fever because I have been cleaning out closets and the garage like a madwoman. I've made two trips to Goodwill and will probably make one more on Monday. I've made one change in the dining room and I can't wait to share it with you! It's a small change that has made a pretty big impact. I'll share it on Monday … [Read more...]


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Spring Fever!

Welcome to the 597th Tablescape Thursday! Our 600th Tablescape Thursday is just 3 weeks away! Can you believe it? Wow, I wish I could slow down the passage of time, so scary how fast it's going by. Do you feel that way, too? I finished this table late yesterday evening. The sun was just starting to go down and I caught a little of the Blue Hour. Some of the photos in this post were taken last night … [Read more...]


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See The Christian Dior Exhibition For Yourself in This Exciting New Book!

Last summer I traveled to England for the first time. During that trip, I was fortunate to be in London at the same time Christian Dior Exhibition was taking place in the Victoria and Albert Museum.   The exhibition was an in-depth look at many of Christian Dior's designs spanning from 1947 to the present day.   It was a truly wonderful exhibition! If you missed that previous … [Read more...]


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Planned Porch Updates & All the Deets (Including Cost) for Adding a Porch To Your Home

Welcome to the 578th Metamorphosis Monday! The first day of spring is less than a month away now. I'm so excited it will soon be here! For this week's Met Monday, I'm sharing an update I'm working on, as well as linking out to some previous posts that I hope will be helpful for anyone who may be considering adding either a screened porch or a front porch to their home. I added on this screened porch … [Read more...]


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Birthday Shopping for Kids, Gift Ideas & Trying Another Tinted Foundation

I have fallen down a Toy rabbit hole lately. I haven't bought any kid's toys since well before Christmas when I was shopping for grandsons, but in the past few weeks, I've bought several. I thought I'd share what I've been purchasing in case you will need a birthday gift for a little one sometime soon or would like to start your Christmas shopping early. Also, I have a foundation question for you at the end … [Read more...]


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A Spring-Easter Table Setting and Beautiful Inspiration for Your Spring Decor

Welcome to the 596th Tablescape Thursday! We are in monsoon season here in the Atlanta area. Seriously! I'm surprised all the trees in my yard haven't fallen over from being water-logged. If you're in monsoon season where you live, too, this is the perfect time to stay inside, snuggle by a warm fire and start planning for those spring gatherings and parties. The first day of spring is just a month away … [Read more...]


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January Favorites & My Absolute Favorite Cozy, Warm Shoes for Indoors

Definitely one of my most favorite purchases during the month of January was a new pair of Ugg boots. I love wearing Uggs inside, especially when I'm working at my desk because they keep my feet sooo warm. And if your feet are warm, that's half the battle to staying warm all over, at least it is for me. I had a pair of pink Uggs I purchased a year or so ago, but shortly after I purchased them, they began … [Read more...]


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Celebrate Valentine’s Day (and All the Holidays) with a Decorated Tree Year-Round

Welcome to the 577th Metamorphosis Monday! Many years ago, I used to race to get my Christmas tree down before the strike of midnight on New Year's Eve. Growing up here in the south, I used to hear folks say, "It's bad luck to keep your tree up beyond New Year's Eve." Pshaw! Who started that rumor anyway? lol Now I leave my tree up well beyond New Year's and I'm always sad when it's time to take it … [Read more...]


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An Awesome President’s Day Sale & Some Great Transition Pieces Going Into Spring

I've been waiting for the end of season sales to kick in and they have! On top of that, there are some awesome President's Day sales going on right now. Wait until you see the discounts, I was shocked by how great they are, so many of the things I like are close to 75%  off! For example, this adorable polka dot shirt was $44.50 and now it's only $11.99! You'll find it on sale here: Polka Dot Shirt. I … [Read more...]


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A Woodland-Themed Valentine’s Day Table—Not Your Usual Valentine’s Day Table

Welcome to the 595th Tablescape Thursday! With Valentine's Day tomorrow, I thought it would be appropriate to place this week's tablescape here in my very red dining room. lol   This table is not your usual Valentine's Day table.   But there are definitely some red hearts here and there.   The idea for this table popped into my head a few weeks ago when I came … [Read more...]


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Hidden Away at the End of the Lane…

To date, the best historic home tour that I've ever taken (and I've taken a lot!) was a ramble (that's what they call them) I took with The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation to Newnan, Georgia. I've never seen so many beautiful old homes in a single day as we did on that trip. I'm used to historic home tours where there's one or two knock-your-socks-off homes on the tour, along with 3 or 4 other … [Read more...]


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What Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day, Plus a Couple of Ideas for the Guys

Forget the flowers and the chocolates, I love a gift for Valentine's Day that truly lasts, not one that's consumable or will wilt within a few days. Today I'm sharing a few of my faves that I think any woman would love getting either from her sweetheart (or for herself) on Valentine's Day. I'm also sharing a couple of ideas for the guys because they deserve a special gift on Valentine's Day, too! For … [Read more...]


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Valentine’s Day, Easter & Spring Dinnerware Shopping, Plus a Sneak Preview for Next Christmas

Welcome to the 594th Tablescape Thursday! In yesterday's post, I shared this photo of some adorable Grinch salad plates I missed when they were available in store but was luckily able to find a few on eBay. After missing those, I decided to stop into some of my fave dish stores to see what they currently have in for Valentine's Day and Easter.   But before we go shopping for Valentine's … [Read more...]


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What I Brought Back From Egypt and Other Random Bits of Fun

I'm always saving photos of neat things to share with you, but sometimes I never get around to including them in a post. Sometimes it's just a single photo or a little idea, so not quite enough to create a whole post about. Today, I've pulled a bunch of those little moments/ideas together. We'll be jumping all over the place in this post so there should be something fun or interesting in here for … [Read more...]


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Tips On Using a Sweater Shaver & How I Almost Ruined My L.L. Bean Boots

Welcome to the 575th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Monday! I hope you had an awesome weekend! Before I get into my Met Monday post, I wanted to share a few thoughts I had this weekend about the sweater shaver I just purchased a few days ago. I know several of you have shared stories from the past where you used an electric shaver/pill-fuzz remover and ended up having the device cut your sweater. I used … [Read more...]


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Fastest Way to Remove Fuzz and Pills from Winter Sweaters

Since we're deep into sweater weather where I live, I've been very tempted to try out one of the battery-operated sweater shavers, the kind that removes pills and fuzz from sweaters. I've been using a sweater comb and it does work just fine, but with the number of sweaters I have, and wear (I wear one almost every day) it can take a while to de-fuzz them all.   Recently, I ordered the sweater … [Read more...]


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Birthday Celebration in a Blue and Gold Peacock Theme

Welcome to the 593rd Tablescape Thursday! Hope your week is going great! Can you believe January is almost behind us?! I can't believe how fast the days go by! Kinda scary, isn't it? Just before Christmas, I received some wonderful pictures of a beautiful table Warren created for two special family member's birthdays. Warren said, "This “Peacock” tablescape, set in celebration of our daughter and her … [Read more...]


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Compact Leather Cardholder Wallet in a Cute Bee, Deer and Fox Motif, Perfect for Smaller Handbags

I have two full-size wallets that I enjoy using, but occasionally when I'm carrying one of my smaller handbags and need to carry a few more things along with me that day, I'll downsize into a compact wallet/cardholder. I have one compact wallet in a pretty blue color but would like one in a more neutral color to go with my other smaller size bags. I was leaning toward buying a black Chanel cardholder, … [Read more...]


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The Secret(s) to Keeping My Favorite Sweaters Looking New for Many Years

Welcome to the 574th Metamorphosis Monday! A few days ago I blogged about a unique company that specializes in making beautiful cashmere sweaters at affordable price points. I loved the story behind the company and ended up purchasing several of their sweaters. If you missed that previous post, you'll find it here: Two Hilarious Videos & Ordering Cashmere from a Company with a Sense of … [Read more...]


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A Snowy, Winter Themed Tablescape in Tartan

Welcome to the 592nd Tablescape Thursday! A few days ago I mentioned in a post that I had purchased several tartan tablecloths while they were on sale. One of the tablecloths I purchased was a 70-inch round tablecloth to use on my breakfast table. In that same post, I pondered how this previously shared Christmas table setting would have looked atop a tartan tablecloth. (See this previous table in this … [Read more...]


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Two Hilarious Videos & Ordering Cashmere from a Company with a Sense of Humor

I can't remember where I first discovered Naadam, it may have been via an Instagram ad. Anyway, for some time now I've been looking for a really long cashmere sweater, the kind that's about the length of a coat. The only problem was, the ones I was finding were quite pricey...in the $400-600 range. Then I discovered Naadam's long cashmere sweater and the price was much better! Unfortunately, a lot of other … [Read more...]


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A Beautiful Wintry Tablescape in Navy, White and Gold

Have you ever thought about creating an "After Christmas" table? Darlene, a lovely BNOTP reader has had this table in mind for many years and this year she made it come true. Darlene said, "Wanted to show you my "after Christmas table." For several years I have wanted to do one, but this year I made it happen.  I was in our Big Lots prior to Christmas and saw beautiful table linens in navy blue with gold … [Read more...]


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8 Ways to Brighten Your Home (and your Spirits) During These Cold Winter Months

Welcome to the 573rd Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I was chatting via email with Selma whose beautiful table setting I featured a few weeks ago. During our email conversation, Selma asked if in a future post I'd share some ways we can brighten our home during these cold winter months. I know our homes can sometimes feel a bit empty and sad after we've put away all our festive holiday decorations. One … [Read more...]


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Where Are the Magical Un-decorating Fairies & Buying ALL the Tartan!

Happy Weekend to you! How is your weekend going? It's raining here today so it's a great day to stay inside and read, do puzzles or watch a good movie. I've been running hither and yon since I returned home from my month-long visit to Ohio for the holidays. My son and daughter-in-law asked that I stay through my birthday, just as they did last year. That helps them with babysitting needs for the school … [Read more...]


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