A Place To Call Home by James Farmer–Proof That Classic Design Is Alive and Well!

Over the past five years, the little decorating/design library in my home office has grown. There's still a little room left to add the occasional favorite book, but I have to be more selective now that space is becoming more limited. Recently I learned about a delightful designer by the name of James T. Farmer. Have you heard of him? I don't know how I missed him all these years, especially since he … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree Details

Please Note: Recently I made a small change/improvement to the BNOTP Library posts: If I've previously shared other books by an author, I've started categorizing that author's books under the author's name. So, if you enjoy a particular author or designer, note the categories shown at the end of each BNOTP Library post. If you see the author's name (like in this case, Charles Faudree) at the end of the … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators

Being a big fan of the work of designer, Mario Buatta, a few years ago I went in search of books about John Fowler. Mario has mentioned many times in interviews and books how greatly influenced he was by his work. He credits John Fowler with teaching him how to use color and how to arrange and use furnishings in a room.   In the BNOTP Library: John Fowler, Prince of Decorators Author: Martin … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Designers In Residence

Some of my favorite decor books are those that take us into the private homes of designers. The book I'm featuring today takes us into the home of 18 designers, including names like Nina Campbell, Rachel Ashwell and Charlotte Moss.   In the BNOTP Library: Designers in Residence: The Personal Style of Top Women Decorators and Designers Author: Claire Whitcomb   3 Things I Like … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s Stylish Weddings

I wasn't planning a wedding when I purchased this book several years ago, but because it's by Mary Carol Garrity, one of my favorite designers and authors, I knew it would be filled with wonderful ideas I could use when entertaining. It didn't disappoint!   In the BNOTP Library: Nell Hill's Stylish Weddings Author: Mary Carol Garrity 3 Things I Like About This Book: Mary Carol … [Read more...]

In the BNOTP Library: A Passion for Interiors

Some of my favorite books are the ones where designers invite us inside their own home, their private sanctum. Carolyn Roehm is taking us inside two of her homes, both very different and equally beautiful. In the BNOTP Library: A Passion for Interiors: A Private Tour Author: Carolyne Roehm Hardcover: 288 pages Book size: 12.2 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches   3 Things I Like About This … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration

About 5 years after Jo Packham wrote the book below, Where Women Create, she launched a wonderful magazine under the same name. Both the book and the magazine were huge hits.   If you enjoyed Where Women Create, I think you'll enjoy Jo Packham's second book, as well.   In the BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration: In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Where Women Create

I noticed this evening as I was working on this book post, Amazon shows I purchased this book on January 20, 2011. That was almost 2 weeks exactly after I began the process of turning my son's old bedroom into an office/craft/sewing room. I was definitely in the zone and looking for inspiration.   In the BNOTP Library: Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women Author: … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Winter House by Charlotte Moss

I knew it was going to be cold here today when just before going to bed last night, I noticed it was already below freezing outside. I awoke at 7AM to 26 degree temps and reluctantly climbed out of my warm bed. Hard to get up on these cold mornings, isn't it? I hurriedly turned up the heat to warm up the house and watched as the birds eagerly swarmed the three feeders hanging from the pergola and deck. … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: French Country Signature

Charles Faudree is hands down, my absolute favorite designer when it comes to French Country design. Traditional Home magazine used to do a full feature on him approximately every two years and I always pulled those issues aside to relish over and over again. No one does French Country like Charles Faudree!   In the BNOTP Library: Charles Faudree's French Country Signature Author: Charles … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Perfect Tables by William Yeoward

William Yeoward is a master in the art of entertaining. You may remember another one of his other books I featured in the past, William Yeoward on Entertaining. Entertaining often means creating a beautiful table setting. In the book I'm featuring today, Mr. Yeoward is spilling all his secrets and tips for setting a beautiful table.   In the BNOTP Library: Perfect Tables: Tabletop Secrets, … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: New York Parties: Private Views

It's almost party time! Hard to believe 2014 is about to be a thing of the past. Have you been invited to any New Year's parties this year? Will you be hosting one yourself?   In the BNOTP Library: New York Parties: Private Views Author: Jamee Gregory Hardcover: 208 pages   3 Things I Like About This Book: The lavish parties featured in this book are wonderful and worth … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Rooms To Inspire By The Sea

After touring such a great beach house yesterday, I couldn't resist sharing a wonderful book filled with inspiration for decorating a seaside home.   In the BNOTP Library: Rooms to Inspire by the Sea Author: Annie Kelly Hardcover: 240 pages   Be sure and check out the "preview" of this book at Amazon. It's a good preview and really gives you a good feel for this book. 3 … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: California Cottages

Yesterday we toured a wonderful California home with tons of cottage style. The book I'm sharing today is all about cottage living in California, covering mountain cottages to beach cottages and everything in between.   In the BNOTP Library: California Cottages: Interior Design, Architecture, and Style Author: Diane Dorrans Saeks Hardcover: 176 pages   3 Things I Like About … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Bedrooms

Pssst: If you would like to be notified of new "In The BNOTP Library" posts, subscribe to have updates delivered to your Inbox via the gray subscribe box at the end of this post. Often when I find a book I love, I search on Amazon to see if the author has written other books. I figure chances are if I like one book by that author, I'll probably like his/her other books, too. That was definitely the … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Sarah Style by Sarah Richardson

It's here! Seems like I've been waiting forever for Sarah Richardson's first-ever book to arrive. Do you know, Sarah? I first discovered her when I caught a series on HGTV where they chronicled the huge makeover she gave to her island cottage. I loved the beach cottage so when I discovered she had a book coming out in June, I did something I rarely do, I pre-ordered it. I got this surprising e-mail from … [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...]

In The BNOTP Library: William Yeoward At Home

It's been a few days since I shared a book from my library. I'm still working on the logistics of setting up a separate "subscribe or sign-up" for the BNOTP Library posts. So, look for that soon. I'll make a big announcement on the blog and try to remember to mention it several times so if you enjoy the decor, gardening and entertaining book-post-reviews, you'll still receive those when they are published … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Nicky Haslam’s Folly De Grandeur

My main computer, the one where I store all my photos, is at the computer doctor getting worked on. It feels like I'm missing my right arm. Hopefully I will have it back in the next day or two. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a beautiful book from my decor library. If you're new to this series I started a while back, you'll find all the books I've shared on the topics of Decorating, Gardening and … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Nell Hill’s, Rooms We Love

I'll be back a little later today to share a home I think you will find intriguing, fascinating and haunting. At least, that's the effect it had on me when I toured it in Natchez, Mississippi a few weeks ago. In the meantime, I'm sharing a book I purchased recently that I'm so enjoying! It's by Mary Carol Garrity so of course, you know it's going to be good! I've never been disappointed in one of her … [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...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Painted Home by Dena

Happy Sunday! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Recently I shared the book, Essentially Lilly by Lilly Pulitzer. It's perfect for summer reading with its bright cheerful colors. It reminds me so much of another book I came across in a home decor store. I glanced through it, loved it, then came home and bought it on Amazon where I found it for a lot less.   In the BNOTP Library: The … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining

When I sat down to write this BNOTP library post, I couldn't remember exactly when I had purchased the book I'm sharing this evening. I looked it up on Amazon and it was on February 19th of this year. Seeing that made me smile because it made perfect sense. I was undoubtedly looking for some relief from the cold, drab days of winter, a reminder that summer would be here again in all its vibrant beauty. … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Feather Your Nest

A few times a year, Mary Carol Garrity, the owner of Nell Hill's, a well-known home furnishings store, opens up her 130 year-old Greek Revival home for tours. One of those times is always around Christmas. Her home is absolutely beautiful any time of year, but at Christmastime, it's over-the-top amazing! I've noticed a few other bloggers posting tours on their blogs after attending one of her home tours … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Mario Buatta, Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

I discovered the designer, Mario Buatta, kind of late in life but loved his work as soon as I saw it. I immediately Googled to find a book by him and couldn't believe there were none! What?!!  I was beyond excited when I read someone finally convinced him to do a book. Of course, when you're an Interior Designer for 50 years and never write a single book, when you do, it's a whopper! A 432 page … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home

I used to love watching P. Allen Smith when he was on TV. He may still be on TV, does anyone know? Many years ago when he was the speaker at a spring garden tour in Macon, Georgia, I drove down with a friend to attend the tour and hear him speak. I was so impressed with how down-to-earth and nice he was. Over the years I've purchase a number of his books and the one I'm sharing today is my favorite because … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Chris Madden, The Soul Of A House

Chris Madden, The Soul of a House, is the first book of Chris Madden's that I ever purchased. I liked it so much, I immediately ordered two of her previous books. Isn't it wonderful when a book is so good, you can't wait to buy others by the same author. I love that and I do it often when I find an author or designer I really like.   In the BNOTP Library: Chris Madden The Soul of a House: … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: One Man’s Folly by Julia Reed

We interrupt this weekend with a book alert! :)  Soooo excited, I can't help myself. I rarely pre-order books, usually wait until they've been out a while and buy them used, but this one sounded so amazing in an article I read recently, I just knew it was going to be wonderful..and it is! My copy just arrived in the mail today and I'm in love!   In the BNOTP Library: One Man's Folly: The … [Read more...]

In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Carolyne Roehm

At Home With Carolyne Roehm was the first Roehm book I ever purchased. It definitely made me a fan and I've since purchased almost all her other books. If I had to choose one word to describe her books, it would be "Gorgeous!" In the BNOTP Library: At Home With Carolyne Roehm Author: Carolyne Roehm Hardcover: 320 pages Book size: 12.3 x 9.3 x 1.2     3 Things I Like About … [Read more...]

In the BNOTP Library: Designers At Home

I'm nosy, I admit it. I love, love, love getting a peak inside the homes of well-known designers. It's so fascinating to see how they really live. I wonder, have they used a lot of color in their home or is it decorated in all neutrals? Do they have pets? Is their home pristine and perfect or does it look lived-in? I want to know, do they decorate their own home the way they do the homes of their … [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...]

In the BNOTP Library: An Affair With A House

I had to kick off our very first BNOTP Library post with one of my all time favorite decorating books. It's the first book that always comes to mind when I think of my faves. It's one I pull off the shelf at least once a month to enjoy all over again. In the BNOTP Library: An Affair with a House Author: Bunny Williams Published: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2005) Hardcover: 240 … [Read more...]