A Little More Spring Fluffing…

When I posted this pic of my front door, I received several comments and e-mails asking where I bought the white basket and the daisy flowers.The basket came from a little antique shop on the Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia, called Willow Antiques, Too. When there is another decoration or wreath on the front door, like now...I move the basket of daisies to one of the doors off of my screened-in … [Read more...]


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Renovation of the Entry Foyer

Welcome to the 10th Metamorphosis Monday! Ok, hold on to your seats.  We're going for another ride this week in my time machine...back once more to the year 1991. Yep, I've been at it again, playing with that ancient VHS tape that shows the interior of my home before we ever made an offer and bought it. I paused the tape, took some pics and this week I'm sharing a "before" glimpse of the Entry to my … [Read more...]


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A Little Secret To Delight Your Dinner Guests

If you're like me, you rarely iron these days. I tend to iron a lot more in the spring/summer months since that's when I'm wearing a lot of cotton and linen clothing. It's perfect for those hot, balmy days and evenings here in the south. When it comes to ironing my tablecloths and napkins, I have a little secret I thought I'd share with you today. Shhhh, don't tell anyone, but I love to use scented linen … [Read more...]


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Fiesta Tablescape

Welcome to the 30th Tablescape Thursday! Recently, I was “chatting” via e-mail with my friend, BJ, who lives in Austin, Texas...you may remember her as RMSHGTV on Rate My Space. BJ doesn't have a blog, but she enjoys seeing the great Tablescape Thursday posts each week. Recently, BJ mentioned she would be hosting a a big birthday bash for two special family members, her brother, Joe Allen and her niece, … [Read more...]


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Spring Fluffing…Just Getting Started…

I haven't done a lot of fluffing for spring just yet, but I did change the basket of flowers on my front door for a bit of fun! Come on up on the porch for a little closer view... Some spring time silliness! Found this wreath at Pier 1 right around Easter, two years ago... I'm getting sooo excited...you can really see spring popping out all over here in Georgia! Happy Spring Fluffing! … [Read more...]


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A Princess and the Pea Master Bedroom

  Welcome to the 9th Metamorphosis Monday! When I first entered the foyer of this home, 18 years ago, it was pretty obvious why it had been on the market for over a year. The carpet throughout was a burnt orange color and the interior had not been painted in 8 years. On our second walk through, we videotaped many of the rooms so we could remember it as we shopped for a new house. Please bear … [Read more...]


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A Master Bedroom and Dressing Room…

A Tease... See you for "the reveal" on Sunday evening at 9:00 PM, when Mr. Linky goes up for Metamorphosis Monday. … [Read more...]


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St. Patrick’s Day Tea Party

Welcome to the 29th Tablescape Thursday! St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner...let's celebrate with some tea out on the porch!   And of course, we must have green tea, since we are celebrating St. Paddy's Day. (The green tole tray was a wedding gift 30 years ago.)   I picked fresh flowers from the garden..  Ahhh...their sweet, sweet fragrance is … [Read more...]


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For the Love of Art…Meet My Friend Annie and Artist, May Cao…

Last September, three weeks after I first began blogging, I posted about a friend of mine, Annie and a talented artist by the name of May Cao. Recently, Annie told me May's work is now available in a local studio called, Two Doors Art Studio and Gallery, located in Roswell, Georgia. I've repeated the post below but have also added additional information at the end about an upcoming "Artist Reception" … [Read more...]


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A Beautiful Mary Frances Purse

Today, I thought I'd share a little Mary Frances handbag I bought a few years ago. It's the only Mary Frances bag I own. I always carry a small purse because I don't like the weight of a heavier one. This Mary Frances bag is my favorite for an evening out. You can dress it up or down. It looks great with an evening dress or with jeans...I've carried it with both. Front view...I love all the little … [Read more...]


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Tablescaping with Blue Willow

Welcome to the 28th Tablescape Thursday! Recently I was asked where I get my inspiration for the tablescapes I put together. I've gotten this question before and truthfully, I'm not sure I have a good answer...the reason being because my inspiration comes from a different source almost every time. If you have participated in Tablescape Thursday a few times, you probably know what I'm talking … [Read more...]


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Front Porch Addition

Welcome to the 7th Metamorphosis Monday! The metamorphosis I would like to share with you today, that of my front porch, was more than just a metamorphosis for my home...it was a dream of mine finally becoming a reality. For years I carried around a page I'd torn from an old issue of Southern Homes Magazine. The page showed a picture of a front porch I really, really liked. Periodically, I pulled it … [Read more...]


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Strawberry Cheese Ring Appetizer

Today, I'm sharing a yummy appetizer I've made several times and it is always a big hit. It's super easy and fast...can't beat that! The recipe comes from Paula Deen's cookbook, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook.  Love this cookbook!  It's filled with lots of good Southern cooking.  I've also linked to one more of her yummy recipes at the very end of this post...Sweet Potato … [Read more...]


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Fireside Dining in the Library with Spode Woodland

Welcome to the 27th Tablescape Thursday! When I came across this room in a magazine, the thing that really caught my eye stopping me dead in my tracks, was the gorgeous tablecloth. It was just so over-the-top and impractical, which of course, was exactly why I loved it! I started pricing lace tablecloths online and quickly realized I would not be buying one any time soon--some were over $1,000! A … [Read more...]


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Creating a Perennial Garden

Welcome to the 6th Metamorphosis Monday! My Metamorphosis for this Met Monday is a perennial garden I "built" many years ago.  I want to apologize in advance for the quality of these pics. They were taken many years ago, long before I'd ever heard of this thing called blogging. Plus, I had to take pictures of pictures to show you this transformation...but I think you will still be able to appreciate the … [Read more...]


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Questions…Do You Have Questions?

Do you have a question for me? I often have this nagging feeling that I've missed answering a question someone has asked. One day when I was surfing Blogland, I noticed another blogger had a "Question Day"...so to speak. So here's your chance! :-) Do you have a question for me? Would you like to know where I purchased something you have seen on my blog? Are you curious what I do all day that … [Read more...]


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Popcorn Party & Game Night with Trivial Pursuit

Welcome to the 26th Tablescape Thursday! It's game night, grab a Coke and come join in. In pursuit of some fun, I'm hoping you won't think it too trivial if I share this little tablescape, and a little tale of a night I'll never forget.   Many, many years ago, when my DH was a Captain in the U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG Corps), we were invited to dinner at the home of one … [Read more...]


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Hiding Metal Swing Chains

Welcome to the 5th Metamorphosis Monday! Of all the transformations I've ever made in my home, the one I'm about to share may be the easiest and least expensive for the largest impact or improvement. While my screened-in porch was under construction, I searched high and low online and locally for a white, outdoor wicker, swing. I finally found one I loved online at Wicker Paradise.   When it arrived, it … [Read more...]


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Valentine’s Tablescape

Welcome to the 25th Tablescape Thursday! Last week I posted a Valentine's tablescape that was fairly traditional...with lots of that bold color, RED. You can view that post by clicking HERE. This week's table is all about the color, PINK, and I'm going for silly and whimsical. I pulled my inspiration from this little dish I found on sale right after Valentine's Day last year at Kohls. Do you see … [Read more...]


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A Kitchen Renovation

Wecome to the 4th Metamorphosis Monday! Welcome to my modest kitchen renovation.  Okay, if you have a weak stomach, you might want to look away at this point.  This was my kitchen before renovation...dark and dreary. This is the only "before" pic I have to share...but it really tells the story of what the kitchen looked like prior to renovation. You can't see it in this photo, but the genuine … [Read more...]


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Herend, Rothschild Bird…My New Obsession

So, there I was, on yet another historic home tour, minding my own business when Herend's, Rothschild Bird bit me in the nether regions! It all started out innocently enough.  We (me and two friends) had made the trek to Newnan, Georgia for what The Georgia Trust calls a "Ramble." And ramble we did...in and out of some of the most beautiful historic homes and buildings you've ever seen, not to mention a … [Read more...]


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Valentine’s Day Table Setting with Yummy Heart Cakes

Welcome to the 24th Tablescape Thursday! Ok, I know it's really the first Tablescape Thursday...but I didn't want to start the count over just because our tablescaping day moved two days down the week. I'll be sharing a Valentine's Tablescape today and I'd love to know where you think it looks best...the breakfast room or the dining room.  I put together a little Valentine's table to share today. I … [Read more...]


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Adding Curtains or Sheers to Your Porch

  Welcome to the 3rd Metamorphosis Monday! Not long after the screened-in porch was completed, I made a simple change that had a large impact on both the appearance and the "feel" of the porch. The total cost for this change was only around $100. Here's a pic of the porch before the change... And here's after...do you see the change? :-) Another before... And … [Read more...]


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Seasonal Table Settings

Welcome to the 23rd Tablescape Tuesday! ANNOUNCEMENT: Tablescape Tuesday will be moving to Thursday, beginning, Thursday, February 5th. That means we will not be tablescaping Tuesday, February 3rd. You will have a couple extra days to get your next tablescape post ready. The poll that was runnning on my sidebar indicates the majority of you are looking forward to this change. I personally would … [Read more...]


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Painting Furniture: A China Hutch Transformation

When my screened-in porch was nearing completion, I happened across a little hutch for a great price: $95.  It was just what I had in mind for storing dishes for dining out on the porch. After getting it home, I got down to work. This was B.B. (Before Blogging) so taking pictures almost didn't happen. Somewhere in the midst of sanding the piece, it dawned on me that it might be nice to take a "before" … [Read more...]


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Dreaming of the Outdoors

Ok, I know it's cold and you don't really want to venture outdoors a whole lot right now. After all, it's still January...or is it?  In Blogland it can be summer anytime we want. Just think of Blogland as a magical time machine. Ok, get your garden clogs or tennis shoes on...whatever you like to wear when you're out puttering around in the yard. Let's go see what's blooming in my garden on this Outdoor … [Read more...]


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Beach Themed Table Setting

Welcome to the 22nd Tablescape Thursday! I've been under the weather for about 2 weeks with a bad cold that seems to be getting worse instead of better, especially today. So, hope you won't mind, but for this week I thought I'd re-post the first tablescape I ever created for Tablescape Tuesday. It's a Beach themed tablescape and honestly, I think we could all use a little "escape" from the cold right … [Read more...]


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Building a Screened-in Porch

Welcome to the very first Metamorphosis Monday! When I moved into my home 18 years ago, I knew one day I would want to redo my deck. The previous homeowners had never properly cared for the existing deck, and it was in a sad state. I tried cleaning it with an incredibly strong deck cleaner and "painting" it with a solid color stain for decks, but the solid stain didn't hold up well. It was time to make a … [Read more...]


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Celebrating the Winter Blues

A little birdie told me you had the winter blues... So I was thinking...since Old Man Winter is here to stay for while, instead of fighting those winter blues, why don't we just embrace them. Come on over here; I have the perfect spot for you...a comfy blue chair... And a nice, hot cup of tea, served from a Blue Willow teapot... How about a fluffy, soft pillow... With a … [Read more...]


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Breakfast in a French Cafe

Welcome to the 21st Tablescape Tuesday! A Scene from a French Cafe... Speaking in a heavy French accent, you are greeted by your waiter, Jean Claude...who with a grand wave of his right arm, says, "Right this way Madame and Mademoiselle, I have your breakfast all ready and waiting for you. Please excuse this napkin...I mean scarf, the boss is making me wear. She insists I coordinate with the … [Read more...]


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Plantation Shutters: Versatile Window Treatment

My favorite, favorite window treatment has to be the plantation shutter. Don't get me wrong, I love other types of window treatments, too. I love the way drapes soften a room and would love to one day add gorgeous silk taffeta drapes to my dining room. But I'd still want plantation shutters underneath those drapes. Why do I love shutters so much? Well, there are a lot of reasons, one being their … [Read more...]


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Welcome to the Porch!

Today I thought I'd share a little about the porch that is the namesake for this blog, Between Naps on the Porch.   First, take a look at the "Before" picture.  The deck shown below is what used to be, where the porch is now. It was an original deck that had been added onto by a previous homeowner. Unfortunately, the addition wasn't done properly and many more supports were used underneath than … [Read more...]


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Winter Greetings by Lenox

Welcome to the 20th Tablescape Tuesday! A couple of weeks back I posted this tablescape... You may remember the china I used, Winter Greetings by Lenox. I wanted to share a bit more information about this china for this Tablescape Tuesday. This beautiful wreath and bird design was created for Lenox by wildlife artist, Catherine McClung...click HERE to access her website and see more of her … [Read more...]


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The Porch

Recently, I've had several requests for larger pictures of the "room" this blog is named after...The Porch. Can you believe I've been blogging for 4 months and I've never shared the porch with you, other than a few small pics on my sidebar. Well, it's time to fix that. On Wednesday, I will post a whole slew of porch pics and you will be able to click on them and enlarge them for an even better view. The … [Read more...]


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Metamorphosis Monday…What do you think?

Stand back, I have an idea!  Do you see the smoke coming out of my ears? Can you hear the creaking and squeaking of those rusty gears turning in my brain? lol On Friday, I posted about a minor renovation I completed recently in my dining room. I received more comments on that particular post than any other I've done so far. So, that got me thinking, we all seem to really enjoy seeing a "Before" and … [Read more...]


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Adding Picture Molding to the Dining Room

A couple of months ago, I decided I was tired of my dining room being painted all red, above and below the chair rail. The room isn't overly large, so all that red made the room feel even smaller. This photo below is the only pic I have of how it looked when it was painted all red. I had just decorated the room for a birthday party I was having for a good friend.   Once I made the decision to … [Read more...]


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Williamsburg Apple Tree Centerpiece for Your Christmas Table

Welcome to the 19th Tablescape Tuesday! When I posted a Christmas tablescape a few weeks ago, I received several questions about how I made the fruit tree centerpiece. Even though Christmas is over, I thought it might be helpful to see how it's made, just in case you would like to make one next year. Honestly, I think this would be beautiful for any occasion, not just Christmas. So for this Tablescape … [Read more...]


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A Champagne Punch Your Guests Will Love

When I have a Christmas or New Year's Eve party, I always serve this easy to make, Champagne punch.   This is the recipe but you'll find a printable one at the end of this post. Champagne Holiday Punch Ingredients: 1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 3 cinnamon sticks 4 whole cloves 2 cups cranberry juice 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1 bottle champagne (Korbel Brut works great) Small amount of Grand Marnier (or any … [Read more...]


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Christmas Table Setting, Cottage Style

Welcome to the 18th Tablescape Tuesday! Christmas is only two days away...hard to believe! This is an exciting Tablescape Tuesday for me because two very special ladies, who are also dear friends of mine, have graciously agreed to let me post some of their wonderful holiday tablescapes. You most likely know them from their beautiful postings on Rate My Space...they are Carol, Cedwards55 and Linda, Mom of … [Read more...]


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Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree…

Over the years, I've added a tree here and there, throughout the house. This one is in the family room and it's decorated with just glass-blown ornaments. A few of the ornaments on this tree...you can see the beaded garland that drapes the tree... One of the Christopher Radko ornaments... Since I have kind of a "hunt" theme going on in my judges paneled family room, I decided to carry that theme … [Read more...]


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Mischievous Christmas Mice

I caught them...in the act! It's Michael's mice! Last night I curled up for a good read of that wonderful Christmas classic by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Sipping on a steaming mug of hot chocolate, with a crackling fire close by, I must have dozed off. I couldn't believe my eyes when I awoke! After stuffing themselves silly with tea and scones all night at Gollum's, these two … [Read more...]


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Decorating with Wreaths for Christmas

I'm not sure what it is about wreaths, but I just love them! I think it's their "wholeness"...the way they feel so complete. The circular shape is said to represent eternity--no beginning and no end. When I first moved into my current home 18 years ago, I continued a tradition I had started at my previous home...that of hanging wreaths outside on the windows at Christmas time. I was the only one in my … [Read more...]


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Decorating the Front Porch for Christmas, 2008

Today, I'm sharing a bit of my outdoor Christmas decorations. If you come see me, as you pull into the driveway, you'll see the Lazy Hill Dove Cote on your immediate left. Sadly, there are no bluebirds nesting there this time of year. But stay tuned...they just may be back in the spring since they nested in there three times this past spring. If you would like to see some cute pics of the bluebirds feeding … [Read more...]


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Cranberry Trifle

As promised, here's the recipe for the Cranberry Trifle I made for my neighborhood cookie party. The recipe comes from the current (December 2008) issue of Everyday Food. If you want a copy of the magazine, I found it in the check-out isle at Publix...it's about the size of a Reader's Digest. Cranberry Trifle 2 bags (12 oz each) cranberries, fresh or frozen (I used fresh) 2 1/4 cups granulated … [Read more...]


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Christmas Table Setting with Lenox, Winter Greetings

Welcome to the 17th Tablescape Tuesday! The table is set for a Christmas feast... China is Winter Greetings by Lenox. The pattern features classically rendered holly branches, mistletoe, chickadees, cardinals, berries, and ribbons. It was designed by artist Catherine McClung who is beloved by collectors for her accurate and vibrant bird portraiture. When I came across this Lenox … [Read more...]


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Christmas Decorating on the Porch

I'm coming up for air!  I've been running around like a chicken with it's head...well, you know... getting ready for the neighborhood cookie party. Last count...expecting around 25 people. I've been grocery shopping, vacuuming, cleaning, cleaning some more, dusting...did I mention I've been cleaning! I've been de-furring the chairs...Max has his favorite spots for his afternoon naps and I don't think my … [Read more...]


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A Christmas Tree for the Porch

I've been busy this last week decorating for Christmas and preparing for the neighborhood Ladies Cookie Party that will be at my house Sunday afternoon. Even though the weather is a bit chilly for hanging out on the screened-in porch, I thought I'd dress it up a bit since it's visible from inside. And maybe, just maybe, Sunday will be nice enough to venture out for a bit. Last week was in the 30's and today … [Read more...]


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Three Tablescapes

Welcome to the 16th Tablescape Tuesday! I will be posting a Christmas tablescape next Tuesday...don't have it ready just yet. So for this Tablescape Tuesday, I thought I'd post 3 pics of each of the tablescapes I've created over these past weeks for Tablescape Tuesday. The title of each tablescape is also a link to the actual posting, in case you want more information or wish to see more of that … [Read more...]


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Christmas in Miniature, A Sweet Dollhouse

While out antiquing in December two years ago, I came across a wonderful old doll house. The exterior was already decorated for Christmas with garland strung across the banister rails and wreaths on several of the windows. It stole my heart but it was priced at $250, so reluctantly, I walked away. All during Christmas I kept thinking about the house. I knew absolutely nothing about doll houses, having … [Read more...]


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Weekend Antiquing Trip

Recently, when I was out antiquing in Roswell, Georgia, I came across a Christmas tree and yes, it was  pink!  Beverly, at How Sweet the Sound is hosting Pink Saturday so stop by and check it out. Look at all the wonderful vintage ornaments I found nearby...and yep...some were pink. Check out these forks! Can you guess why they are shaped this way? Here's a little sign that … [Read more...]


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Stairway Banister Decorated for Christmas

During the month of December, I will be posting more pics of some of the holiday decor I have in my home. But today I wanted to share pics of a wonderfully decorated staircase that belongs to a good friend of mine, Joy. Joy lives in the beautiful state of Oregon. Unlike me, she actually enjoys cold weather and that white stuff we so rarely see here in Georgia. Can you believe she gets out and goes … [Read more...]


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China Storage: Wishing for a Butler’s Pantry

Welcome to the 15th Tablescape Tuesday! I often get questions about where in the world I store the china I've collected over these past 30 years.   Well the answer to that is easy. Everywhere! Unfortunately, I do not have a "butler's pantry" like Interior Designer, Bunny Williams, though I desperately want one! In her book, An Affair With a House, Bunny writes this about her pantry pictured below, … [Read more...]


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A Plate for All Seasons

In my kitchen, I have a little plate holder that for years held a red and white "rooster" plate. A while back I decided to make it more than just a plate holder with a decorative plate...now it's a fun way to mark the changing of the seasons, as well. So when February rolls around, it's time to think about cupid... And as it get closer to Easter... Once Easter has past, it's time to … [Read more...]


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A Thanksgiving Table Setting with Spode Woodland

Welcome to the 14th Tablescape Tuesday! Recently I had a "china" panic attack! A china panic attack is what happens when you hear or read that a particular china manufacturer is trying to sell their business because they are fast headed in the direction of closing their doors. Unfortunately, there's a lot of that type news going around these days. The company I heard about was Spode and my little … [Read more...]


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A Purr-fect View from the Porch…

Does anyone remember this? It was the main pic for my screened-in porch posting when I posted it on Rate My Space. This is the summer view. {{{BIG SIGH}}} When I stretched out on the settee this past summer and looked up, this was the view... For the past few weeks, the view has been changing with each passing day. The green has given way to yellows, reds, browns and golds....and before long, it … [Read more...]


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Decorating for Christmas

Over the years, I've collected a good many vintage Christmas ornaments. I had originally planned to have a "vintage" tree, but this year I decided to group a few of them together in a footed glass container here in the family room. Instead of the expected tassel...I hung a little berry wreath from the key. Merry Christmas! … [Read more...]


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Pretty in Pink Cottage Tablescape

Welcome to the 13th Tablescape Tuesday! I've been busy caulking and painting in my dining room so I didn't have a chance to put together a brand new tablescape for today's Tablescape Tuesday. But I thought you might not mind too much if I posted a Pink and White tablescape I put together a couple of months ago for a Pink Saturday which is hosted each week by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. One day, … [Read more...]


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A Feather Christmas Tree for the Guest Room

Recently I found this cute feather tree at Michaels.  Wasn't sure how I'd use it but once I got home, I knew just the place. I placed the tree in my Guest bedroom. When I have guest during the holiday season, I always plug it in just before it gets dark. That way, when my guest are ready to retire for the evening, they are greeted by this view as they enter the room. Last year, I bought this … [Read more...]


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Winter Table Setting with Swarovski Crystal Ornament Centerpiece

Welcome to the 12th Tablescape Tuesday! Let's celebrate the approach of the holiday season with a tablescape that has the feel of a snowy evening. I've dimmed the lights and lit the candles...so glad you've stopped by this chilly winter night. The centerpiece for our winter-scape is a silver "tree" covered in 17 Swarovski crystal ornaments. I've been collecting them since 1991, when Swarovski … [Read more...]


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Photography That Will Make You Hungry…

Take a look at these amazing pics! Nice, huh? Well here's the shocker...all the items shown in these pics are actually FOOD! These scenes are the work of Carl Warner and they are all created using only food! If you look closely you can identify the food used to create them. Is the river (or ocean) chocolate milk? Can you imagine the time it took to do all these?! I read at the artist's website … [Read more...]


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A Magnolia & Lemon Centerpiece

Welcome to the 11th Tablescape Tuesday! On one of my trips to A Classy Flea this past summer, I came across this happy daisy china.  It was love at first sight! I used place mats and matching napkins I already had. The faux bamboo flatware is from Big Lots...very inexpensive but I love it. This is an American made dishware and it dates back to the 1960s. It was made by Metlox Potteries out … [Read more...]


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Blue and White Tablescape

Welcome to the 10th Tablescape Tuesday! Your's truly wasn't able to post a tablescape this week since I was out of town visiting a friend in South Carolina all weekend and didn't get in until late tonight. So I thought I would repost a beautiful setting that I posted a few month's back, in case you missed it the first time around. This beautiful tablescape was done by Lynne who blogs at Lynne's Gifts … [Read more...]


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Five Minute Wreath Spring Summer Wreath

There are two doors leading from my screened-in porch into my home. One takes you into the family room, the other into the kitchen. During the summer, I tried to find a pretty wreath to hang on the door to the kitchen, but the prices I kept seeing were way more than I wanted to spend. One day as I was bumping around inside a store we have here in the Atlanta area called Old Time Pottery, I came across … [Read more...]


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Tour a Beautiful Historic Victorian Home in Newnan, Georgia

I'm a member of The Georgia Trust and twice a year (Spring and Fall) they host a "Ramble." A ramble is just that...rambling around through the town where the tour is being held and rambling in and out of some amazing historic homes. The ramble, which took place a couple of weeks ago, was in the town of Newnan, Georgia. Fortunately, Newnan was largely untouched by the American Civil War due to its status … [Read more...]


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Seashell Chest

My birding vacation got in the way of shopping at the Flea for a couple of weekends...but I made a trip this week.  You won't believe what I left behind that I really wanted! I did buy two things that I'll share at the bottom of this post. This adorable chest was probably my favorite treasure this week at A Classy Flea...but alas, it was already sold. I took six pics of it though because I thought this … [Read more...]


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Dreaming of Lace…

I came across this picture in a magazine and unfortunately, I can no longer remember the name of it now. It stopped me dead in my tracks. Does that ever happen to you? It doesn't happen to me very often. I have perused so many decorating magazines and books over the years that it takes something really different to grab my eye. After I closed my mouth before a big honking fly flew in, I drooled over the … [Read more...]


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A Springtime Table Setting with Ma Maison

Welcome to the 9th Tablescape Tuesday! My screened-in porch was finished in early spring. Just before the work was complete, I went on a serious shopping spree for "stuff" I would need for this new space. One of those items on my shopping list was china...something special for those summer dinners on the porch. One day while shopping in Home Goods, I found the china of my dreams. Let's just … [Read more...]


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Blue and White Guest Room

My guest room was one of the first rooms I ever furnished/decorated after we moved in. I love blue and white so when I found this Ralph Lauren comforter set called, "Porcelain" I decided to go with a blue and white theme. In March 2010, I added a secretary to this room.  When I was working on adding some things to this room, I knew I wanted to mix it up a bit. I fell in love with this floral Sanderson … [Read more...]


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Vintage Copeland Spode

Welcome to the 8th Tablescape Tuesday! The following tablescape is one I posted on Rate My Space many months back. I didn't want to use a typical floral centerpiece, so I scouted around the house for something I already had that might work well with a red and white tablescape. This vintage china is made by Copeland Spode and the pattern is 'Tower'. The centerpiece is a bunny that was hand-made … [Read more...]


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Beautiful Bras!

Recently, I was talking with Carol...some of you may know her as cedwards55 on RMS. Carol told me about a unique fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness that was about to take place in her area. This event had special significance for Carol and she explained, "October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Fourteen years ago (in October) I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My two sons were 3 and 7 at the time. … [Read more...]


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A Love Story…City Girl Meets Country Boy…

Earlier in the summer, pics of the most amazing home appeared on RMS. I knew right away that the person(s) who lived there was special because this particular home was unique, exuded warmth and was positively enchanting. This wonderfully cozy home turned out to be the home of Laura (Tomarie on RMS) and her real, live cowboy husband, Tom. Well, being the incurable romantic that I am, I asked Laura if she … [Read more...]


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Crocheted with Love

Welcome to the 6th Tablescape Tuesday! A few months back, I put together a tablescape using a crocheted luncheon set created by my Mom in 1956. Gollum did a wonderful posting about it on her blog, Designs by Gollum. I thought I would post it here on my blog in celebration of this week's Tablescape Tuesday. My Mom crocheted this luncheon set during the period she was awaiting my arrival. Despite many … [Read more...]


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A Trip in my Time Machine: Here we come, 1921!

Remember these from my Bonus Room posting a few days ago? They are bound copies of old newspapers from the Macon Telegraph and News, the local newspaper in Macon, Georgia. My sister, Glenda, saved them from being destroyed when they were being discarded. I turned them into an end table for the bonus room. :-) Thought I'd share some of the advertisements and articles that were published in some of … [Read more...]


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A Surprise Package From Sweet Diane!

On Monday, after a long, stressful day at work, I pulled into my driveway, hopped out of my car, opened my mailbox to get the mail and...SURPRISE!!! A package! I LOVE packages!!! :-) Look at this adorable box...it even has cute little pansies decorating all the sides! Could this be the package a dear, sweet friend, Diane, recently told me she would be sending my way? Diane, who has her own blog, Four … [Read more...]


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A Fall Table Setting

Welcome to the 5th Tablescape Thursday! Recently, I asked Lynne (Decorator101 on RMS) if she had put together a fall table setting? Fortunately for all of us, the answer was, YES!   She sent me these beautiful pics and they were just too good to keep to myself. I ask Lynne for some information about how she put her fall table together and here's what she shared: "I am so honored to be asked once again … [Read more...]


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Gloria (HappyToBe) and Dreams of High Flight…

A little while back I discovered Gloria (HappyToBe on RMS) has led a most fascinating life. We all know from visiting her RMS site, she has collected some of the most gorgeous antiques you have ever seen! But, there's another part to the story...you'll never guess how Gloria got so many of those beautiful antiques home from the places where they were found. I asked Gloria if she would share this facet of … [Read more...]


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Sisters

Today, my post is about a special gift I received for my birthday this year. My sister, Glenda, and I have always been very close and she surprised me with this beautiful angel from the Jim Shore Collection. "One's Sister is a part of one's essential self, an eternal presence of one's heart and soul and memory." Susan Cabill Isn't she beautiful? I love her little halo and all the detailed … [Read more...]


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Bonus Room Becomes an Upstairs Family Room

A fter a little tease,  it's time for the reveal. A little background first... In Georgia, when a builder finishes the room above your garage, your home is said to have a "bonus" room. When I first walked through this house, that was to become my home, I was happy to see it did, indeed, have the oft desired bonus room. Then, surprisingly, the room sat almost empty for 3-4 years years while I stewed … [Read more...]


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A Tease…

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A Table Setting to Welcome Autumn

Welcome to the 4th Tablescape Tuesday! Fall is definitely in the air here in the Atlanta area. I blew all the leaves off the deck on Saturday and was shocked to see how many more had accumulated by Sunday morning. This will be my first fall on the porch, since the porch was just finished in early spring. So you know what that means...time to go shopping for some fall goodies for the porch, including fall … [Read more...]


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Pretty in Pink Table Setting

One day, while shopping for china on eBay, I found a set of Homer Laughlin china with a pretty floral pattern. I bought six, 5-pc place settings and a serving bowl for around $36, including shipping...gotta love that eBay! Several months later, while out antiquing, I came across another set of china made by International. I loved the pattern, Glenwood, which has a wide pink band with a beautiful … [Read more...]


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Feels like Home

Do you remember the day when you first stepped through the door of your home? Maybe you had just spent days trekking through house after house. Or perhaps it was the first home your realtor showed you. Either way, I bet as soon as you crossed the threshold, your heart said this is it--this is home. And sometimes there's a room that really seals the deal. I vividly remember the day I walked through … [Read more...]


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Friendships…

Friendships made on RMS are unique, because often times, we never actually get to meet each other face to face. We share so much in RMS land...the good times (front page) as well as the bad (troll, trolls, trolls). And sometimes bonds are made that in some ways feel stronger than many of the friendships we have right here at home. Then, every once in a while, if you're lucky, you get to meet face to … [Read more...]


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A Nature Lovers Table Setting

Welcome to the 3rd Tablescape Tuesday! While on a little shopping trip a few months back, I found the red candlesticks shown below. I loved the bold red color and accents of iron. I've been asked to always share the source of the pieces I use in my tablescapes, so I will list all that information in mice type at the end of each tablescapes posting. I wasn't exactly sure how I would use them. … [Read more...]


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In Appreciation of Art, Meet my Friend, Annie and Artist, May Cao…

Recently, when I was chatting with Annie, a dear friend of mine, she mentioned she had done a "sitting" that day. I asked what a sitting was and Annie told me she occasionally sits or models for artists here in the Atlanta area. How interesting, I thought! I asked a lot of questions and Annie patiently answered. Annie told me, "Modeling for an artists is generally called "modeling" and the real title of … [Read more...]


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Breakfast Table Setting with Blue Willow

Welcome to the 2nd Tablescape Tuesday! Recently, I asked Lynne (you may know her as Decorator101 at RMS) if she had any tablescape photos she would allow me to post for a Tablescape Tuesday. She sent me these amazing pics...they just took my breath away! I asked Lynne how she came to collect all the pieces in this wonderful table setting? Lynne said, "A few years ago, after I got through the green … [Read more...]


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Decorating a Staircase with Vintage Photos and Mirrors

For many years after moving into my current home, I occasionally pondered the decorating dilemma of the long, seemingly endless wall that runs the length of the main stairway of my home. Eventually, a creaky little cob-webbed door opened ip in my befuddled brain and I recalled a visit to a friend's home many years before. I could see it now, her stairway wall was much shorter than mine, but is was covered … [Read more...]


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Bluebirds Nesting in Lazy Hill Dovecote

For many years I've attempted to attract bluebirds to my yard. My interest in bluebirds started when I worked as a volunteer with the Chattahoochee Nature Center. During that time I learned bluebirds had in years past, (1960's and 70's) dramatically decreased in number. (Image from Wikipedia) This decrease was found to be due to use of pesticides and a loss of their natural habitat (natural nesting … [Read more...]


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Sand and Sea: Beach Themed Tablescape

Welcome to the very 1st Tablescape Tuesday! (Pssst:  Tablescape Tuesday eventually became Tablescape Thursday when the tablescape party moved to Thursday.) I know summer is almost over, but I'm just not quite ready to let it go. I found some adorable shell candlesticks recently and put together this "beach" themed tablescape. Found the sea-blue flatware at Pier 1 recently and it was half … [Read more...]


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Friends are the pillars of your porch…

Welcome to my first ever, blog! Many thanks to all of you who have poked, prodded and assisted me down this long, winding corridor that leads to Blogville...you know who you are! :-) Now having finally gotten up the nerve to dip my toe into the fast moving current of Blogland, it seems only fitting to begin a blog titled "Between Naps on the Porch" with quotes about, and views of, some great porches. I'm … [Read more...]


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