In The BNOTP Library: Classic American Decorating by Rosemary G. Rennicke

This book is a wonderful time capsule. If you loved the magazine Colonial Homes (which later became Classic Homes) you'll enjoy this book.   In the BNOTP Library: Colonial Homes Classic American Decorating Author: Rosemary G. Rennicke   3 Things I Like About This Book: I miss Classic Homes (previously Colonial Homes) so this book gives me a small way to hold onto one of my … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles

If you have an interest in the architectural history of the homes we see all across America, you'll love this book. Many of the homes featured in this book are of historical significance and you'll probably recognize the architects and often the owners of these beautiful homes,   In the BNOTP Library: Great American Houses And Their Architectural Styles Author: Virginia & Lee … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Finest Rooms in America

It was the title of this book that first caught my eye, but the "Editorial Reviews" and the reviews on Amazon prompted me to take a chance and buy it.   In the BNOTP Library: The Finest Rooms in America Author: Thomas Jayne 3 Things I Like About This Book: This is another one of those books that let's us take a peek into the homes of some very famous people. They come from all walks … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Nantucket Garden and Houses

After touring Sarah's lovely island cottage yesterday, it's time to share a favorite book filled with beautiful homes and gardens on another well-loved island.   In the BNOTP Library: Nantucket: Gardens and Houses Author: Virginia Scott Heard 3 Things I Like About This Book: Great photography with tons of close-ups. Plenty of antiques and nautical, ship-themed art, paintings, … [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...]

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...]

In The BNOTP Library: Lee Bailey’s Southern Food & Plantation Houses

When I visited Natchez, Mississippi last May with my friend, Linda, we toured Stanton Hall, a beautiful Classical Revival mansion built during 1851-1857. Linda had toured Stanton many times before and couldn't wait for me to see it. I couldn't wait either! It was very grand inside and I was looking forward to taking photos to share with you here on the blog. Imagine how disappointed we were when the … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House by Mark Girouard

Yesterday we toured Highclere Castle, the Victorian country house where the popular British drama, Downton Abbey is filmed each year. If you have an interest in learning more about Victorian country houses like Highclere, today's book is a good one to consider. You can tell the author has done his research.   In the BNOTP Library: The Victorian Country House Author: Mark Girouard Hardcover: … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Martha’s Vineyard Gardens and Houses

After touring HGTV's 2015 Dream Home on Martha's Vineyard, I knew exactly which book I wanted to share today from my decor/gardening library. I've always been intrigued by Martha's Vineyard and became even more curious about that area when I discovered one of my favorite author's, Susan Branch, lives there. She talks about MV a lot on her blog. So I ordered this book a few summers back and love … [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...]

In The BNOTP Library: Savannah Style

A visit to Savannah is a unique experience. It's one of my favorite places to visit for the architecture, the beautiful homes and gardens, the historic squares and for Savannah's rich and sometimes haunting history.   In the BNOTP Library: Savannah Style: Mystery and Manners Author: Susan Sully Hardcover: 208 pages   I love the title of this book, Savannah Style: Mystery and … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Adventures With Old Houses

Adventures With Old Houses was one of the very first books I ever purchased on Amazon. I don't remember now why I bought this book but I'm sure it had something to do with the title. I had never heard of Richard Jenrette but I had a feeling I would like him because anyone with the passion and fortitude to take on the restoration of an old home, and not just one but 14+ old homes, knows a whole lot … [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: 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...]

In The BNOTP Library: At Home in Nantucket

After touring a wonderful waterside home with an island feel this morning, what better book to share from my library than one about another popular island rich in history and beautiful homes: Nantucket. I've never been to Nantucket but this book has made me want to visit there more than ever.   In the BNOTP Library: At Home in Nantucket Author: Lisa McGee Hardcover: 204 pages Book size: … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: A Field Guide To American Houses

I used to get so frustrated when I'd see a house and couldn't figure out its architectural style or design. Some homes are pretty obvious, I can spot a Greek Revival a mile away and I bet you can, too. But some are a blend of architectural styles and can be difficult to pin down. This is one of those books you'll find yourself using again and again. I keep mine about two feet from me here on my desk. … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Cottages By The Sea

After our Carmel cottage tour this morning, I had to share a book I purchased about the area several years ago. If you love Carmel, this is definitely a book you'll want in your library. In addition to photos inside many of the homes, it really goes back into the history of the area, so it's an interesting read.   In the BNOTP Library: Cottages by the Sea, The Handmade Homes of Carmel, … [Read more...]

In the BNOTP Library: The English Country House

After our tour this morning of  the grand Shakenhurst Estate in England, I thought I'd share a book I purchased back in August 2011 that is one of the most comprehensive and best books I've ever found on the English country house.  The English Country House by Mary Miers is truly in a class of its own.   In the BNOTP Library: The English Country House: From the Archives of Country … [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...]