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: Southern Living Style

This book was suggested by a reader of BNOTP earlier this year. After checking it out and reading the reviews, I ordered it. It's by Editors at Southern Living Magazine so I knew it was going to be filled with beautiful rooms!   In the BNOTP Library: Southern Living Style Author: Editors of Southern Living Magazine   3 Things I Like About This Book: This is definitely a … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Paula Deen’s Savannah Style

Recently we took a tour of Paula Deen's home in Savannah. I mentioned in that post, that though I like Paula's current home a lot, I really loved the home she previously lived in. I had seen photos of that home in Paula's magazine many years ago. Also, Paula wrote a book in 2010 and when it arrived, I was happy to see she did include lots of pictures from her own home in addition to tours of several … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Equestrian Style

I've never ridden a horse, although I think they're beautiful, and I would starve to death if I had to hunt for my food, but there's just something about the whole equestrian and hunt lifestyle in design, decor and clothing that I find so appealing and intriguing.   In the BNOTP Library: Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant Author: Vicky … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: The Well-Set Table

Every year the Atlanta Botanical Gardens hosts a garden tour called Gardens for Connoisseurs. It's always on Mother's Day weekend and for many, many years, Ryan Gainey's beautiful cottage garden has been on the tour. His garden has been a staple of the tour, a garden you could always count would be there to enjoy. The last time I took the tour, I was told it would no longer be included each year. I was … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: A House in the South

I've been awaiting warmer weather to share this book. It must have been the cover that made this feel like a book best shared on a warm, springtime day.   In the BNOTP Library: A House in the South: Old-Fashioned Graciousness for New-Fashioned Times Author: Frances Schultz Hardcover: 160 pages 3 Things I Like About This Book:  A House in the South takes us inside 22 homes located … [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: 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: Southern Christmas

Though the book I'm sharing today is filled with beautiful pictures and wonderful scenes of Christmas, it's also jam-packed with information and the history of why we decorate the way we do, all the way from Maryland down to the most southern states. If you love an old fashioned Christmas filled with tradition, you'll love this book.   In the BNOTP Library: Emyl Jenkins' Southern … [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: Sentimental Living From the Porch

Sharing another one of my favorite porch books today. This one is chock full of wonderful ideas for decorating and entertaining on the porch. I noticed tonight, I purchased it from Amazon in December 2007. That's exactly when I was knee-deep in the middle of adding a screened-in porch and front porch to my home.   In the BNOTP Library: Sentimental Living From The Porch: four seasons of … [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: Southern Cocktails

After Linda and I finished touring Stanton Hall in Natchez, Mississippi a few weeks ago, we headed for the gift shop. Almost all the homes we toured had gift shops and visiting those was so much fun because so many of the items in the shops were home and entertaining related. Several of the gift shops had a nice selection of books. I loved looking at the titles and jotted down bunches I wanted to … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Southern Lady Gracious Tables

While we continue visiting and enjoying all the wonderful tables linked for Tablescape Thursday today, here's a great book from my library, filled with lots of inspiration for setting beautiful tables.  You may recognize the author, Phyllis Hoffman; she's the President of Hoffman Media which produces so many great lifestyle magazines including Southern Lady, The Cottage Journal, Tea Time, Bliss … [Read more...]

In The BNOTP Library: Southern Style

In this BNOTP Library feature, I'm sharing the book that started me on the quest to collect lots of colorful bottles. Can you guess why?   In the BNOTP Library: Southern Style Author: Mark Mayfield Hardcover: 208 pages Book size: 11.5 x 9.5 x .8 inches     3 Things I Like About This Book: This is the book that made me fall in love with bottle trees and convinced … [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...]