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...]




A Summer Sunday Stroll

I'm making the long drive home today, wish me luck! Last time it involved a bit of drama...read more about that here: Drama on the Drive Home. Hopefully, I won't encounter any 18-wheelers with exploding tires this time. Ugh.   While I'm driving all day, I thought you might enjoy a nice stroll through some of the beautiful neighborhoods in this area. I snapped these photos as we walked to a … [Read more...]




Buying Furniture for a Storybook Cottage & Fall Wardrobe Updates

So, ya know that storybook cottage I dream of finding one day? (Read more about it here: Storybook Cottage.)   I'm pretty sure it will have a chest like this inside someplace.   You may remember, my daughter-in-law and I just added this chest to my grandsons' bedroom. I'm obsessed with the color!   Here's a closer view of the color...just a perfect shade of … [Read more...]




Having Tea at Max Gate, Thomas Hardy Style

Welcome to the 566th Tablescape Thursday! This past Saturday we visited Max Gate, the home Thomas Hardy built after he became a successful writer.   I hope to share additional photos of the home in the future, but for this week's Tablescape Thursday, we're going inside the dining room.   I always appreciate the beautiful homes I visit during my travels, but sometimes I think … [Read more...]




The Cottage Home of My Dreams

Whenever I wish to escape this world and live in an enchanted forest, I tour one of the beautiful Carmel cottages I find for sale online. I wish more builders would build these adorable cottages today for those of us who are getting to the age where we would like to size down. Ready for a bit of enchantment? I'm pretty sure we could run into one of the seven dwarfs during this tour. … [Read more...]




Like a Beautiful Phoenix Rising From the Ashes

Welcome to the 532nd Metamorphosis Monday! Several years ago I created a blog post about this beautiful coastal home that was once located on North Carolina’s Inner Banks (River Dunes) in North Carolina. The home was designed by Historical Concepts, an Atlanta Architecture and Design firm, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Coastal Living magazine.   Historical Concepts designed the … [Read more...]




A Tour of Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal, Ireland

Thanks so much for all your well-wishes over the last few days. I can't speak for all of Atlanta, but my immediate area seems to have fared quite well. Hurricane Irma was mostly a tropical storm when she arrived here, so though we got plenty of wind and rain and the lights flickered a few times, we never lost power. My biggest concern was that a tree would come down, but thankfully that did not … [Read more...]




Tour Historic Dunboyne Castle, A Beautiful Irish Castle

Welcome to the 447th Metamorphosis Monday! Good Morning! It's 7 AM here and I'm writing this on my second morning in Ireland. The first is a bit of a blur since I didn't sleep at all on the plane ride over. Rather than bore you with that, how about a tour of  the lovely castle where we stayed on our first night in Ireland. This is the older section of Dunboyne Castle. I'm not sure if they have actual … [Read more...]




The Wonderful, Whimsical Cottage Style of Designer, Alison Kandler

I absolutely love the work of designer, Alison Kandler! If I ever take the step to downsize to a smaller home, I'll definitely go for a cottage home. I could completely turn it over to Alison for the interior design and I know I'd love it! This is such a comfy living room. Love the built-in cabinetry down one wall. It even includes work station/desk. Notice how beautifully the work area fits into this … [Read more...]




Tour Two Historical Homes & Guest Cottage: Beautiful Estate located on the Mobile Bay

Note: This post would have been up yesterday but my blog had a bizarre hiccup and I lost over half the post after it was completely written. Argggh. I have the best hosting company, though and they did their best to help me retrieve the old post. We got back about half of it, so thankful for that. Tour Two Historical Homes & Guest Cottage oF a Beautiful Estate located on the Mobile Bay Alabama has … [Read more...]




The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour, 2016

Welcome to the 410th Metamorphosis Monday! Was hoping to share my front porch decorated for Christmas, but we've been getting some much-needed rain the last few days, so couldn't snap any photos. So for this Met Monday, we'll go on a Christmas Home Tour in Marietta, Georgia to see how others are decorating and transforming their homes for the holidays. This home reminded me a lot of the cottages you … [Read more...]




Tour the William Root House In Mourning, Oldest Home in the City of Marietta

Recently a friend and I visited the William Root House Museum & Garden. The Root House was almost demolished back in the 1980s because it had fallen into terrible disrepair. Fortunately, some savvy folks realized it was the oldest known home in the city of Marietta and preservation efforts got underway just in time. In 1989, the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society acquired the home and it was moved … [Read more...]




The Week I Took a Staycation

Have you ever taken a Staycation? This past week I took my first and it was truly a lot of fun! From time to time I get e-mails from folks who are headed to the Atlanta area and are looking for ideas on what to do and where to go during their visit. I'll definitely be referring them to this post in the future. :)   FRIDAY My friend, Linda, flew in on Friday, September 30th, and we wasted … [Read more...]




Take a Tour of Beautiful Mimosa Hall

Pssst: I've been sharing pics on Instagram from my trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the wonderful Chihuly Exhibit. You'll find those here: BNOTP on Instagram Back in May of 2010, I was out for a walk in Roswell with a friend and we passed by historic Mimosa Hall. I've never really been able to get a good look at Mimosa Hall because the front yard is so wooded. Even in winter it's impossible to … [Read more...]




11 Impossibly Romantic Homes That Made My Heart Beat Just a Little Faster

This morning I fell down the rabbit hole. It started out innocently as I revisited (and drooled over) a home I had previously shared. I fell in love all over again. Then I visited another and another. I've posted tours of some really wonderful homes over the years and you'll find them all under the "Home Tours" category at the top of the blog. I chose a few this morning that have a romantic storybook … [Read more...]




Tour a 1730 Historic Stone Cottage That’s Storybook Perfect

Welcome to the 387th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? I think a lot of folks must be on vacation around here because traffic has been much lighter for the last few days. Maybe they got a head start on the long 4th of July weekend that's coming up. I don't have a Before and After to share this week. If you saw my "list" in Friday's post, you'll know I've kinda been on a "Before … [Read more...]




A Storybook Cottage Home Tour: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Happy Weekend to you! I'm a happy camper today. Got my computer back and the issue was a bad graphics card. So I'm back in business and so happy to be working from my real computer with full size screens instead of my small, travel-size computer. Has it been as gorgeous where you live as it has been here? This wonderful spring weather has me motivated to get cracking again on the landscaping I've put off … [Read more...]




Own an Antique-Furnished, Historic 1891 Queen Anne Victorian Home for $422,000

Your name is Emma Hamlin. The year is 1885 and you're marrying the esteemed Rev. John McCandless.   Your father, Henry Hamlin, a local merchant and banker has decided on an especially wonderful wedding gift: a beautiful Victorian home built in the "High Queen Anne" style. The interior will be filled with gorgeous moldings and trim in beautiful cherry and oak woods. The home will have all the … [Read more...]




Cottage Living for Young Couples or Empty Nesters

Recently someone left a comment on one of my older posts titled, "Dream Towns, Fantasy and Real" (Thanks, Orchid Girl!) In the comment she shared a link to an adorable cottage and in doing a bit of research, I discovered the cottages were designed by a company called, The Cottage Company. They've built several communities (eight so far) in the Pacific Northwest and they are all designed around the concept … [Read more...]




Adorable Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage With Beautiful Gardens

It's January and January is doing what it does best, being cold and rainy and even snowy in some places. I envy our friends in Australia right now who are most likely basking in warm days and sunshine. If we can just hang in there a couple more months, spring will be here! I am so looking forward to that. Today, to help get us through this cold January day, we're off to tour an adorable cottage and … [Read more...]




The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to the 362nd Metamorphosis Monday! Happy New Year! How were your holidays? I hope you were able to spend them with those you love most. I was away for a while, visiting my son, dil and grandson. It was wonderful seeing them! Unfortunately, the trip back home was an adventure, and not in a good way. I'll share that story very soon, complete with pictures, because there are lots of lessons to be … [Read more...]




A Storybook Nursery at Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville Louisiana

A while back I took a trip with a friend to Louisiana and we toured a number of the beautiful, old homes there. One of the homes we toured was Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville seen in this photo from Wikipedia. The oak alley leading to this home is enchanting. If you're ever in the area, stop by and see it in person.   Rosedown is located in West Feliciana Parish was the home of Daniel … [Read more...]




Going On Safari: 3 Beautiful Cottages

Do you ever have something on your mind, then everywhere you turn the universe conspires to surround you with it? As you know, I've had travel on my mind a lot this year. Recently, I was thinking again about amazing Giraffe Manor and how I'd love to visit it one day.   While searching for some additional information, I came across this delightful video on YouTube where two friends visited the … [Read more...]




Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home, Rebuilt After a Devastating Fire

Yesterday we toured the outside of this beautiful Victorian home belonging to Christy and Don. You may remember the original home was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike. It's really scary to think that lightning can cause such destruction, isn't it?   We'll start our tour here in the entry and a grand entry it is with a beautiful curving staircase. I think it may have been around … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Victorian Home Rises From The Ashes

Welcome to the 338th Metamorphosis Monday! In 2008, the unthinkable happened. A storm came and lightening reduced this beautiful Victorian home to charred rubble. The owners, Christy and Don, began a new, determined to rebuild their home following the design of the original house as their guide.   It took two full years to bring it back, but oh my gosh, is it wonderful!   I … [Read more...]




Like Living In a Novel

The listing described this home as "like living in a novel" and I couldn't agree more. It's over-the-top romantic and if it's this beautiful and enchanting in pictures, I can't imagine what it must be like in person. (Psst: Press Ctrl + 2-3 times on your keyboard to view the pictures in bigger form and Ctrl 0 (zero) once you're done.) Whoever built this home was definitely a romantic at heart to hang … [Read more...]




A Historic Mississippi Farmhouse Gets A Stunning Restoration!

If you wanted a special getaway, maybe some acreage for hunting, fishing and enjoying the good life with your family and friends, what would you do if it came with this house? Most folks would probably tear it down, especially after seeing the inside and finding out the foundation was a complete wreck. Though Mac Thomas joked, "It was nothing that a match couldn't cure," he and his wife, Terre, took on the … [Read more...]




Pixie Nook: A Storybook Cottage Reminiscent of Rosehill Cottage in “The Holiday”

Remember Rosehill Cottage, the adorable cottage in the movie, The Holiday that stole our hearts only to break them when we discovered it wasn't a real house but a faux house created just for the movie. At least Rosehill still lives on in our hearts, even if it doesn't physically exist anymore.   Recently I came across a darling cottage in Warleggan, Cornwall, United Kingdom that made me … [Read more...]




Prepare To Be Charmed: A Walking Tour

Last week when I was visiting family in Ohio, I drove around through some of the nearby neighborhoods. The majority of the streets are tree-lined with sidewalks on both sides. So charming! I noticed new trees had been planted in a few spots, probably where a tree had died. I love that the folks who are living here today care enough about their lovely city to preserve it for future … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: New Rooms for Old Houses

I must be an old soul because I've loved old homes for as long as I can remember. Historical homes are truly special and the author of this book, Frank Shirley, totally gets it. He speaks my language and I love the way he cares about the subject of renovating or adding on to an old home in a way that does no harm.   In the BNOTP Library: New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the … [Read more...]




A Screened Porch For Ocean Breezes

What better place to have a screened-in porch than at the beach! When Carla and her hubby were building their beach home, Carla came across BNOTP. Carla said, "We just finished our house at the beach last summer. While we were building, I found your blog, and you convinced me that we needed to make our back porch bigger. I am SO glad we did!"   I asked Carla for a tour of her wonderful … [Read more...]




Tour A Historic Savannah Row House On Beautiful Monterey Square

The exterior of this wonderful historic row house in Savannah reminded me a little of Carrie's apartment in Sex and the City.   I think it's the steps that had me thinking of Sex and the City, well that and the door. But wait until you see the inside!   So elegant and beautiful!   Just look at that newel post! I love a beautiful newel post. I was once told on a … [Read more...]




One Of My Favorite Homes Is No More

One of my favorite houses is this wonderful home that was once located on North Carolina's Inner Banks (River Dunes) in Oriental, North Carolina. It was designed by Historical Concepts, an Atlanta Architecture and Design firm, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Coastal Living magazine.   Historical Concepts was inspired by nineteenth century coastal design and envisioned a home that could … [Read more...]




Cozy Lake House With A Fabulous Screened Porch

Remember this beautiful beach home we toured recently? As dreamy, light-hearted and ethereal as it is, I have discovered its equal in the "cozy" department.   Located in North Carolina on the shores of Lake Toxaway, this home is everything a lake cottage should be. The interior design was done by Kathryn Long of Ambiance Interiors and it reminded me a little of the work of the late designer, … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Creating A New Old House

Old homes have so much character and charm. Unfortunately, they also require a lot of repairs and updating to make them comfortable for every day living. The book I'm featuring from my Decor library today offers an alternative for those of us who love old homes but not so much the expense of maintaining them.   In the BNOTP Library: Creating a New Old House: Yesterday's Character for Today's … [Read more...]




This Gave Me Goosebumps! 1956 Time Capsule GE Kitchen

A while back I posted about an apartment in Paris that had not been lived in for 70 years, all of its contents left completely undisturbed. It was literally a time capsule dating back to just before the second World War.   Another time capsule has come to light, this one dating back to either 1956 or 1962, depending on which source you read. Apparently, after the home was built, the owner … [Read more...]




Beach Home on Tybee Island With A Fabulous Screened Porch

Grab your bathing suit, sunscreen and straw hat, we're headed off to the beach for the weekend! Ever been to Tybee Island? Tybee Island is an island located just off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. I've been there a few times over the years while vacationing in Savannah. You can't go to Savannah without driving over and having breakfast at The Breakfast Club. There are some absolutely stunning homes … [Read more...]




The House Behind The Beautiful Entrance

Wednesday it was 75° here, this morning I awoke to snow. Welcome to Georgia, a state where you can experience all four seasons in just 48 hours! As I type this, the snow covering the top of the screened porch this morning is long gone and we're back up to a balmy 47°. Remember this beautiful entry I shared a couple of days ago? It turns out, there's a gorgeous house attached to it. ;) I thought you might … [Read more...]




Tour A Wonderful Carmel By-The-Sea Cottage, No High-Heels, Please

What is it about a Carmel cottage, they lure you in with their simple charm and the promise of sunny days and ocean breezes. Recently, this sweet Carmel-By-The-Sea cottage caught my eye with its beautifully landscaped front yard and overflowing window boxes.   I did a little googling and was going to share some of the history of this area, but decided to share a fun little fact I came across, … [Read more...]




In Case You’ve Forgotten, This Is How Summer Looks

So cold! I hope this is Old Man Winter's last hurrah, his last 1-2 punch before he makes his retreat for another year. I could use a little reminder that spring is coming, soon to be followed by warm summer days. How about you? Last May a friend who loves old homes as much as I do, took me on a wonderful tour of some of the beautiful historic homes in Louisiana. I took way too many pictures on that trip … [Read more...]




Designer, Mary Carol Garrity Has A New Cottage Home!

Are you as big a Mary Carol Garrity fan as I am? If so, I have some really big news. You may have already heard but Mary Carol Garrity has moved! Yep, she has moved from her beautiful, Atchison, Kansas home featured so often in her books, the same home she has graciously opened up for tours over the years. Mary Carol and her husband, Dan, have decided it's the perfect time in their life to downsize to a … [Read more...]




Tour Beautiful Westview, A Classic Greek Revival Designed For Today

Last night as I was working on this post, I kept thinking, "I know this house!" You know that feeling when you see someone in passing and you just know you've met them before. It nags and nags at you all day, until finally it dawns on where you first met. This morning as I continued working on this post, I decided to watch the video at the site where I found all the wonderful pictures I'm sharing today. … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: The Great American House

Later today I'll be taking you on a tour of a beautiful "new" old house at Between Naps On The Porch. As I was working on that post last night, I kept thinking the house looked so familiar. Then I realized why; it's a home that's been featured in one of my favorite books!   In the BNOTP Library: The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now Author: Gil Schafer III Hardcover: … [Read more...]




Giraffe Manor, A Unique Travel Adventure

The older I get, the more I dream of doing a little traveling. Recently, a friend sent me a link to the most amazing place, a place where giraffes stop by daily for head scratches...   ...or just to say hello.   They are also more than happy to join you for breakfast, of course served on giraffe plates.   Welcome to Giraffe Manor, home to 10+ endangered … [Read more...]




A Dream Fairytale Cottage Comes To Life

Welcome to the 303rd Metamorphosis Monday! Have you ever thought of downsizing to a smaller home? Tonita who blogs at Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat first got bit by the small-house bug when she walked into a tiny straw bale home at the California State Fair. Giving up her cell phone, Tonita took that money and began to save a $100.00 each month. After 7 years she had saved up enough to buy her own small … [Read more...]




Tour A Real Storybook Cottage

So, you know how we sometimes talk about how we would love to live in a "storybook" house...a cottage so wonderful you would think it came right out of a fairytale? Well, now you can! Someone has built a real, live storybook home and we're going inside today to see it in all its adorable whimsy.   A view of the outside and you already know this house is special. Look at that roofline! I'm … [Read more...]




The Way Neighborhoods Used To Be

This past weekend I took a little trip to visit family in Ohio. I always feel at home when I'm there because the older neighborhoods are very similar to those you would find driving through any of the older cities and towns in Georgia. The homes are anything but cookie-cutter. As I drove down the streets oohing and ahhhing over the architecture and beauty of the older homes, I wondered how we ever … [Read more...]




Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis Bungalow Makeover

Welcome to the 300th Metamorphosis Monday! Wow, 300 Met Mondays...where have the weeks and years gone! Oh second thought, let's not think about that, too scary! lol Do you ever watch the show, Rehab Addict on HGTV? I don't catch the show as often as I would like but I always love seeing the latest old home Nicole Curtis, the star of the show, is saving from demolition. Nicole has a big soft spot in … [Read more...]




Tour Nottoway Plantation, South’s Largest Remaining Antebellum Mansion

Pssst: Postcards From The Porch, the BNOTP newsletter will be going out tomorrow. If you aren't currently subscribed, you can subscribe HERE (it's free) or via the subscribe box at the end of this post. Touring Nottoway Plantation Back in May of this year, I spent an entire week in Louisiana and Mississippi touring 13+ plantation homes. I've never taken a whole week for the sole purpose of touring … [Read more...]




Real Storybook Cottage Reminiscent Of Rosehill Cottage In Movie “The Holiday”

When you picture a "storybook cottage" what comes to mind? Do you envision a darling cottage with a high-pitched roof and gingerbread-house gables? Is there a white picket out front, covered in beautiful roses? As you open the gate on that white picket fence, do you pass underneath an adorable arbor and down a meandering path past a fragrant cottage garden?   Welcome to Fig Tree Cottage, a … [Read more...]




Tour Laura Plantation, A Creole Plantation in Vacherie Louisiana

Today I'm taking you inside Laura Plantation, another one of the many plantation homes I toured with my friend Linda on our trip to the New Orleans area back in May of this year. Laura is a Creole plantation located on River Road in Vacherie, Louisiana. It is midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I've heard the word Creole many times over the years but I never knew exactly what it meant. Per the … [Read more...]




Tour Designer Carolyn Westbrook’s Home, The Oaks

Have you ever been looking at homes online and suddenly thought, "I know that home!" That happened to me recently when I came across Designer, Carolyn Westbrook's plantation home, The Oaks. I recognized several of the rooms from having seen them in one of her books, Carolyn Westbrook Home. After living there for many years, I guess she is ready for a change because her home is now on the market and … [Read more...]




Tour A Historic Waterfront Lodge on Lake Placid

It's a conspiracy, I'm convinced. I really am doing my best to just enjoy these last warm days of summer. After all, this is how the weather in Georgia looks during the month of September. Fall doesn't even really think about arriving here for another month.   But try as I may, I keep stumbling across beautiful scenes like this and I'm suddenly thinking of autumn. Doesn't this room just lure … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Coming Home

For as long as I can remember, I've said to anyone who would listen, I'd love to live in an old house one day. I love the architecture and sometimes quirky personalities of older homes. I especially love their anything-but-cookie-cutter design. One friend used to always say to me, "Don't buy an old home, build one!" She would remind me if I built a new-old house, I could get all the features I wanted and … [Read more...]




Tour The Studio Apartment Where Frances Parkinson Keyes Wrote Her Novels

Yesterday we toured the Beauregard-Keyes home, the home American author Frances Parkinson Keyes purchased and restored with the help of architect, Sam Wilson. (To see a full tour of this home, check out yesterday's post here: Tour The Beauregard-Keyes Home )   During the restoration process, Mrs. Keyes lived in a little studio apartment on the property behind the home.   I was … [Read more...]




Tour The Beauregard Keyes House & Garden, New Orleans Louisiana

Back in May I traveled to New Orleans where I met up with my friend, Linda and we had the most amazing week touring some of the beautiful old historic homes in Louisiana and Mississippi. One of the homes we toured was the Beauregard-Keys home located at 1113 Chartres Street in New Orleans. The Beauregard-Keys home was built in 1826 by architect Francois Correjolles for Joseph Le Carpentier, a wealthy … [Read more...]




A Christmas Story Movie House, Part IV: The Upstairs

We're headed upstairs today, touring all the rooms upstairs in the home featured in the movie, A Christmas Story, including Ralphie and Randy's bedroom and the bathroom where one of the funniest scenes in the movie took place. During my visit to Cleveland, Ohio to tour the home, I also visited the A Christmas Story Museum, as well as the gift shop across the street. The pictures I took inside those two … [Read more...]




A Christmas Story House, Part III: The Living Room

Welcome to the 288th Metamorphosis Monday! Bob Clark, the Director and a co-writer of the movie, A Christmas Story, had trouble finding funding for this now iconic Christmas movie when he first set out to make it. He had an extensive history of making horror films so none of the production companies felt comfortable funding him in the making of a comedy/family oriented movie. His next movie was Porky's … [Read more...]




Inside The Kitchen of “A Christmas Story” Movie House

Welcome to the 306th Tablescape Thursday! A visit to the 19th-century Victorian home used in all the exterior scenes of the movie, A Christmas Story, is an interactive one. As we stepped inside the front door for the tour, our guide immediately invited us to have a seat in the living room. Whaaat? That's not something you normally get to do while touring a home! I knew right then this wasn't going to be … [Read more...]




Tour A Christmas Story Movie House: The House & Neighborhood

Recently I took a trip to Ohio to visit family and while there I decided to do something I've been wanting to do for ages. I hopped in the car one morning and struck out for Cleveland to tour the home featured in the movie, A Christmas Story.   This wonderful old Victorian home located at 3159 W. 11th Street in Cleveland Ohio, was used for all the exterior shots of the … [Read more...]




Where Am I?

I'm traveling today, headed back home. I can't wait to share pictures of where I've been the last few days. This photo is a big hint! Can you guess? :) Update: Check out THIS POST to see where I was when this picture was taken. … [Read more...]




Rosedown Plantation: In The Butler’s Pantry

Welcome to the 305th Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: My content area is wider now here at the blog... so horizontal photos are going to look a lot bigger/better. Yipee!  But, I have a question for you about the size of the vertical pictures. You'll find that question part way down in the post. Please leave a comment answering the question regarding the size of the vertical pics you'll see in this post. Let me … [Read more...]




The Lost Dreams & Ghosts of Longwood Plantation

No matter how much you hear about Longwood Plantation before you actually visit for a tour, nothing can really prepare you for what you find inside. This six-story, 30,000 square foot mansion was designed by Samuel Sloan, a well-known architect from Philadelphia for cotton baron Haller Nutt and his wife, Julia. Construction on Longwood began in 1859. It came to an abrupt halt in 1861 when word reached … [Read more...]




In The BNOTP Library: Home Sweet Home: A Journey Through Mary’s Dream Home

Did you know Mary Engelbreit wrote a book where she shared her storybook home and gardens? I was late in learning this, her book had already been out a few years. I've always liked her whimsical, spirit-lifting art and I enjoyed her magazine when it was available, but I had no idea what to expect when I ordered the book she wrote sharing her own home. After it arrived, I loved it so much I immediately … [Read more...]




The French Quarter Home of General L. Kemper and Leila Williams

In early May, I spent a week in Louisiana and Mississippi touring beautiful historic homes with my friend, Linda. Almost all of those homes allowed photography, except for two. One home Linda and I toured was the home of General L. Kemper and Leila Williams, located at 712 Toulouse Street in the heart of the French Quarter. This historic 1889, 2-story townhouse is actually hidden from street view. The … [Read more...]




A Formal Dinner Party in New Orleans, Kemper & Leila Williams Style

Welcome to the 301st Tablescape Thursday! When I was in New Orleans the early part of May, one of the homes I toured with my friend, Linda, was the home of Kemper and Leila Williams. Their home, located in the French Quarter at 712 Toulouse Street is actually behind another home, the Merieult House at 533 Royal Street. The Merieult House (shown below) serves as the entrance to several buildings, … [Read more...]




Tour Beautiful Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana

You can't visit Louisiana without a trip to iconic Oak Alley. It's the plantation home that so frequently appears in magazines and almost any advertisement for Louisiana tourism. You may also recognize it from having appeared in a number of movies, music videos and other productions. It's this view! Oak Alley's famous "alley of oaks" captures your heart and draws you toward the beautiful, Greek Revival … [Read more...]




Dining in Beautiful San Francisco Plantation, Garyville, Louisiana

Welcome to the 298th Tablescape Thursday! While on vacation in Louisiana and Mississippi a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour San Francisco Plantation in Garyville, Louisiana. Linda and I were really lucky because the day we toured it was the absolute last day it would be open for the whole summer. San Francisco is going through a restoration all this summer and will reopen for tours on … [Read more...]




Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana: Part II

Earlier this week we toured the downstairs rooms in Greenwood Plantation, a plantation home located in St. Francisville Louisiana. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana: Part I. You may want to read that post first and then come back to this one. You'll find a link to this post at the end of that first post about Greenwood. Greenwood saw a … [Read more...]




Greenwood Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana: Part I

Greenwood Plantation, A Greek Revival Home in St. Francisville, Louisiana Greenwood Plantation, a Greek Revival home in St. Francisville, Louisiana, was one of my favorite homes of all the homes my friend, Linda and I toured on our trip to Louisiana. Greenwood is located in West Feliciana Parish which is about an hour's drive north of Baton Rouge.   In 1960, something terrible happened to … [Read more...]




The Colorful Shutters of New Orleans, Plus A Video

When I was in New Orleans last week, I had a love affair with their colorful shutters. They were everywhere in the French Quarter, as were lots of pretty wrought-iron balconies decorated with window boxes spilling their flowers out into the streets.   Color!   Vivid beautiful color!   I was fascinated by all the shutters--shutters with real working parts that … [Read more...]




Dining in Rosedown Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana

Welcome to the 296th Tablescape Thursday! Last week while touring plantation homes across Louisiana and Mississippi, I was happy to discover photography was allowed in almost every home we toured. Today we are venturing inside the beautiful dining room of Rosedown Plantation. As you can see in this picture from Wikipedia below, Oak Alley Plantation isn't the only Louisiana plantation home with a … [Read more...]




Historic Arlington, Home To Raccoons Now

I've been going through the thousands of photos I took last week while touring 13+ historic, plantation homes in the states of Louisiana and Mississippi.  As I was looking through some of the pictures today, one particular home still haunts me from the trip, Historic Arlington. Arlington is a Federal style home located in Natchez, Mississippi. It was built in 1816 by John Hampton White and his wife, Jane … [Read more...]




The Enchanting Dutch Door

They are enchanting aren't they! Dutch doors are the best of both worlds, they keep the pets and little ones inside while letting the sunshine and fresh air flow through. I love the Zuber wall paper featuring "Scenes from North America" in this entry.  Such a beautiful foyer! Source If you live in the sunny south, this would be an early spring or late fall happening since during the warm summer months … [Read more...]




Tour Historic Shakenhurst Estate in England

Recently, I received an email from Linda (thanks Linda!) with a link to the most amazing home, a large estate in England. The estate dates all the way back to 1349. Shakenhurst Estate is so old, it was mentioned in William the Conqueror's thousand-year-old Domesday Book!  Shakenhurst Hall, the main residence of the estate, was rebuilt in the late 1700's.   One of the most amazing things about … [Read more...]




Bliss Cottage: Tour The Guest Cottage At Happy Hollow

We toured Happy Hollow yesterday and I really wanted to share the guest cottage nearby but that post was getting a bit long for touring a second home. The cottage is the adorable home we saw off to the right with the cupola on top.   The cottage, known as "Bliss Cottage"  is decorated in a very different style from the main house.  It has a "country cottage meets folk art" look to me. Let's … [Read more...]




Happy Hollow, A Storybook Home With Beautiful Gardens

Every now and then I get an e-mail with a link to an amazing house. Recently, I got an e-mail from Pam and I could tell from the excitement in her voice, this was going to be a fabulous house...and it was! One look and I was totally smitten. So much charm and so not like the cookie-cutter homes we often see today. This storybook home dates back to 1901 and was designed in the Gambrel style which … [Read more...]




Restoration Of Historic Ski Cabin In Switzerland

Welcome to the 270th Metamorphosis Monday! Do you have your passport handy? We're heading off to Switzerland this morning to visit our friend, Cornelia! Cornelia has invited us on a tour of her historic 1853 ski cabin located in the Swiss mountains. It's was being restored all last summer and was done in time for this past winter's ski season. You've heard of ski-in and ski-out? This cabin is the … [Read more...]




In the BNOTP Library: Martha Stewart’s New Old House

Pssst: I've created a new category at the top of BNOTP called Library so if later you're trying to remember the name of a book I featured from my decor library, you'll be able to click on that category and find it there. I also dropped the rating scale because I realized that I'm only going to be sharing those books that I own and really like.  So if I'm sharing it here, you know it's one I … [Read more...]




Charming Features of Older Homes

Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the weekend? I have some projects to work on so it will be a busy one. I have a little catching up to do around here. I was out of town visiting family (my son and his family) and I just returned last night. It was a fun trip and the days flew by. My son and DIL purchased a beautiful, older home a while back and this was the first time I've visited since they … [Read more...]




Tour Thayercrest, a Beautiful Historic Home in New Hampshire

I love taking you on home tours, especially when I come across a hidden gem and today's home is truly a special home! This historic home known as Thayercrest, is located in Farmington, New Hampshire. It was built in 1915, thus making it almost 100 years old! I was surprised to read that in its 100 year history it has never been on the market! Isn't that amazing?! It's not often one can buy a … [Read more...]




Tour a Beautiful Historic Home in Savannah Georgia

One of my favorite places to visit in this big old world is Savannah, Georgia. I love the history, the wonderful old homes and the unbelievably beautiful squares. I've taken you on several home tours in Savannah in the past. I'll link to some of those at the end of this post in case Savannah captures your heart the way it has mine. Today were touring a beautiful Greek Revival home that overlooks one of … [Read more...]




A Fantasy Second Home, A Place to Escape the World

Do you have a second home, a home away from home? I don't but I dream sometimes of having one, a place to get away from everyday life  and just sloooow down for a bit. If you had a second home, what would it be? Are you the "cabin in the mountains" type, the "beach cottage" type or the "anywhere-but-here" type? A few years back I purchased this Better Homes and Gardens book on Amazon. It's filled with … [Read more...]




Stone Grist Mill Becomes Beautiful Bed and Breakfast

I love it to see old homes saved from the demolition ball. Really that goes for any old structure. They are a part of our history and it always kills me to see some beautiful old home or building torn down. One of the structures you often see abandoned and going to ruin are old mills so I was excited to come across one that had been saved in a beautiful way, turned into a lovely home and Bed and … [Read more...]




Gail Claridge’s Country Meadow Equestrian Ranch

What do you see in this picture below? Just an ordinary old barn, right?   Gail Claridge, an Interior Designer and the owner of Gail Claridge Interiors in Westlake Village, CA envisioned much more for this modest 50+ year old barn. Much more! Talk about a transformation! As amazing as this exterior looks, it doesn't compare to the inside! Let's go inside and take the … [Read more...]




Touring the Beautiful Hill-Huggins Home in Madison, Georgia

There was one more home we toured in Madison during the Town & Country Holiday Tour back in December: the Hill-Huggins Home built in 1832. It was late evening and just before dark when I took these photos.  This beautiful Greek Revival has a really fascinating history.   While on the tour we were told that the home belonged to Senator Joshua Hill during the time of the Civil War. He … [Read more...]




Madison Town & Country Holiday Home Tour

Back in December, I went on a holiday tour of homes in Madison Georgia. I had planned to share these photos before now but I've been unable to download them from my phone. Does anyone have a Samsung Galaxy III? Got an easy method for downloading pics to your computer? In the past, with all the other phones I've ever owned, I just connected them to my computer via a USB cable and my computer automatically … [Read more...]




Tour Oak Hall, Waterfront Country Estate & Greek Revival Manor Home

What goes through your mind when you pass by a driveway like this? Does your heart yearn to know where it leads, if there's an amazing house at the other end? Well, today you get to find out because we are traveling down this beautiful driveway and what we'll find on the other end does not disappoint!   See what I mean...Oh. My. gosh!   Historic Oak Hall was built in 1918. … [Read more...]




10 Dream Kitchens: Cottage, French Country and Traditional At Its Best

Recently, I came across a picture of a kitchen I absolutely loved. It led me to a site called Plain & Fancy Cabinetry. Don't you love that name. It's like kitchen heaven, looking through their website. I found so many beautiful kitchens! I chose a few of my faves to share with you today. Do you have a bib on? You will need one because we're entering serious drool territory! Let's start off with my … [Read more...]




Paris Apartment, Another World Frozen in Time

Imagine walking into an apartment filled with beautiful treasures that no one has seen or touched in 70 years. This lovely Paris apartment was literally frozen in time for seven decades, abandoned by Mrs. De Florian when she fled to the south of France just before the Second World War. Amazingly, she never returned.   It's like something out of a movie. The contents was left undisturbed all … [Read more...]