Cozy Fireside Tea

Welcome to the 72nd Tablescape Thursday!

Hey, come on in here out of the cold. I’m so excited that you’ve stopped by! I have a special evening planned for us.

Lenox, Winter Greetings with Hot Tea and Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Sticks in Front of a Cozy Fire


Let’s sit over here by the fire. I’ve made us a nice pot of hot tea.

Fireside Tea with Lenox, Winter Greetings

And some yummy snowball cookies. Would you like a chocolate-dipped peppermint stick? I sampled a couple before you got here…you know, just to make sure they were good.

Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sticks and Snowball Cookies


I hope you know how much your visits and friendship mean to me! As I was getting ready for your visit this evening, I thought how much I’d love to know more about you. I would love it if you would share just your first name, maybe your age, (promise I won’t tell anyone) and what state or area of the country you live in. I’d love to know what type of work you do, outside or inside the home, your hobbies or passions…really anything you’d feel comfortable sharing.

Tell me what you most enjoy seeing when you visit BNOTP? Is there something you’d love to see more of or a topic you’d like to see a post about?

Today is your day…and I want to know all about you! That includes all you wonderful lurkers out there! (To leave a comment, just click on the word “comments” that you’ll see at the bottom of this post.)

Cozy Fire in Fireplace


All my inspiration and love for blogging comes from you! I know you’ve heard me say it before, but lest you forget…YOU are always the focus here at BNOTP! Each post is created with you in mind…so please, tell me all about yourself. Feel free to share as little or as much as you like…whatever is comfortable.

Fireside Tea with Lenox, Winter Greetings
Thanks so much for being such a BIG part of my life. Your visits and friendship truly mean the world to me!

Lenox, Winter Greetings with Hot Tea and Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Sticks in Front of a Cozy Fire
China: Lenox, Winter Greetings

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  1. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    Susan, I wish I could crawl through my screen and be there! You do such a fabulous job every week. You are much appreciated!

    Christi @ A Southern Life
    from: Arkansas
    Age: 47 (yikes!)
    Other life: website design and internet marketing.

  2. The mood and the comfort of your setting tonight is just perfect for the cold freeze so many in our country are feeling tonight! Beautiful and cozy! I am sorry to say my husband has the air conditioning on in our little condo here in Southern California…ugh.
    Thanks for hosting this great weekly meme Susan…

  3. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Looks lovely, Susan! We are in the middle of a snowstorm, this evening. Your fire and setting look very inviting.

  4. Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern says

    Oh Susan, I just adore your blog and have read every single post you've written! My name is Kathryn, and I'm 24 years old. I'm married to a great man,live in Alabama, and teach 4th grade at a small K-12 school.

    I love everything about the home, especially cooking, tablescaping, and colecting and displaying pretty dishes. I'm not your typical 24 year old, but I love my life. Thanks for all the inspiration you share!

  5. Jadehollow says

    Beautiful Susan .. We're sitting by a roaring fire again tonight waiting on that snow to grace us later tomorrow.

  6. Oh that looks soooo inviting! I'll be right over!

  7. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    Hi Susan, Just as you have us in mind when you host a Tablescape Thursday, I am always thankful to you every time I post one! You are thoughtful and friendly- just the perfect host!
    I have met so many wonderful people on TT and this weekly event is better than any decorating magazine!!!! So creative and so much fun.

    Since we are having tea, I can tell you that I am older than 18 and younger than 70.
    I live in Lancaster County Pa, the heart of the Amish country… and no, I am not Amish!I would have to hide all my "fancy" things in the barn!

  8. Michael Lee West says

    Your cozy tablescape is the best place to be on this cold January night. The candy completes the picture.
    I'm Michael, a 50-something southern writer with a passion for Yorkies, cooking, and dish-collecting.

  9. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Hi Susan, like many across the country we are in the middle of a deep freeze. With the snow falling heavily outside our window your fireplace helps warm things up. I so enjoy swinging in and saying hello, some day darling I'm going to surprise you jump on a plane from Missouri and head your way.. many many hugs ~lynne~

  10. Gypsy aka Tam says

    Hi Susan,
    it's been a while since I've played with dishes but I finally was able to.
    I love your inviting setting by the fireplace, it's just perfect for winter time.
    Happy New Year to you and thank you for hosting this great weekly meme.

  11. Hello Susan! I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon your blog!! I am from the Great Smoky Mtns. in East Tennessee. Just turned 50 Yippee!!
    I am extremely blessed with three sons and a daughter, a husband of over 26 years and a sleepy little growing business. I love decorating, cooking, homeschooling and making my house a warm and inviting place. Thanks so much for all your inspiration…..I'm so excited to see all your beautiful handiwork! Blessings! Tamie (Shine)

  12. That looks so inviting..and we have the cold and ice here…here being Southampton, Long Island , NY
    I am a retired teacher, and love home related things, and my family!
    Thanks for hosting this event!
    Amidst a slew of bins and boxes I stopped to do my table.
    DH doesn't even blink anymore..just says, oh, that day again! πŸ™‚

  13. Lady Katherine says

    I Just love the tea setting! So pretty for this time of year! I calling my plate of brownies my Tablescape. lol Love the lantern by the fire. I got out my lanterns and candles as we are expecting a ice storm. You know all my information. So how old are you. lol For those do not know I am 51 years old and live in Mississippi with my husband of 32 years. I live in a Craftsman Bungalow, which we are slowly remodeling. We took a leave of absence from work 3 and half years ago, where we traveled all the South with an Aviation Company 10 months out of the year. We thought we would be home for 3 months. We are happy and hope to get more done on the house this summer. I think that enough info. lol Oh, Susan come see how I make my peppermint brownies.

  14. Hello! My name is Saundra, I'm from Oklahoma, I'm 46 and I work outside the home as an analyst. I love your website because I so much admire your decorating style. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  15. Lady Katherine says

    PS I love to know what snowball cookies are? Anything like Danish Wedding Cookies, they are my favorite! I also just noticed the lovely linen. It so pretty. Wish I was there, by the fire drinking a cuppa tea! It so cold here!

  16. Hi Susan, My name is Mary. I have been reading your blog for almost a year I think. I also follow through facebook. I am a Social Worker in the adult services unit for a city social services here in VA. and I also train foster parents. I love decorating. I especially love linens, dishes, and lately pitchers from the 50's. I am 50 years old, yikes!

  17. Lana K. W. Austin says


  18. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Tea time, my favorite time!! Those snowball cookies are my favorite (I made some last week!) We call them Russian Tea Cakes.

    My name is Katherine and I am a Dishaholic!! We live on the east coast in Central FL.

    I'm retired and love it! My favorite hobbies are: decorating, blogging, and photo albums.

    Promise you won't tell anyone — In May I'll be 70!! Ooops, a typo! A blooper!? No, it's for real! Shhhhh! πŸ˜‰

    I love all your blogging ideas, can't suggest anything, unless it would be a decorating course, or blogging course!!

    Thanks for all the entertainment pleasure you provide for us!


  19. Country Dreaming says

    Hello–Love the fire, I too am among many having (enjoying) a
    snowstorm outside.

    My name is Melinda.
    My blog is Country Dreaming.
    I'm from Kansas City.
    I just turned 47 last November.
    I am a Special Educator
    I enjoy shopping, thrifting, garage sales, holidays, home and family.


  20. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Hi Susan! I so love to visit you each week — it's a highlight of my week. I'm 54, married 34 years, we have two grown children – son, wife and 2 granddaughters live in Decatur, GA and daughter, husband and twin granddaughters live here in Hanover, VA. I work as a registrar/Account clerk for Adult Education in a local school system. Have two rescued pups. I love anything that inspires me in making our home warm and welcoming — and I love to laugh! Thanks for all you share with us week after week!

  21. Hello Susan,
    My name is Dianne, I am a former Home Ec teacher, I now work for the Dept of Education. I am 53, married to my best friend for 30 years and we have two grown sons.
    I love to cook, decorate and sew.
    I really enjoy your blog. I think you stopped by my blog once and saw a picture of my son's dog trick or treating.

  22. food with style says

    so romantic… i adore your birds~ i hope you are curled up reading a good book after~

    thank you for hosting all the fun!

  23. What a lovely tray before a lovely, warm fire. Thanks for this beautiful post, Susan…I love it.

  24. Cathy Miller says

    I love pictures of your home, especially the porch. As you know from my endless emails last spring, we recently screened in our back porch and have enjoyed it greatly. Thank you for the inspiration.

    I am 50 years old, a mom of three boys ages 8, 9 and 17-this is NOT a typo, and I work as a case manager for a mental health clinic. I love blogging and I live in Arkansas! Thanks again for all your beautiful posts! Keep on blogging! Love, your favorite stalker!

  25. Your fire and tea look so inviting, I think I'll go make a cup now and join you. Your blog was the reason I created one of my own, I couldn't wait to join in the tablescape fun – it continues to be my favorite weekly event.

    See you next week!

  26. Susan,
    Looks like we had the same idea this week! I love your tea scape! It makes me want to curl up with a good book, blanket and a cup of earl gray! Now I know what my tea scape is missing.. a plate of yummy cookies!
    Dee Dee

  27. Susan-It almost looks like my same view–without the yummy food! I am a southern not-quite-ready-for-AARP "girl" with a weakness for new recipes, good books, small dogs, babies, dishes, and fabric….and blogging:) What a fun idea! Thanks, as always~~Susan

  28. This is such a cozy setting, Susan. I would love to sit there with you sipping tea and then I'll tell you all bout me, lol. But I think you already know what I do. I used to work as a Medical Technologist but have not worked since we moved to Natchez. I will hit the BIG 60 this year in April. Ooops, did I really just reveal my age? LOL…..Christine

  29. Andrea at Opulent Cottage says

    Thank you for asking about us, Susan! I'm 48 and from Dallas, Texas. My passion is my home, and having it full of happy people! I also work from here, sewing, crocheting and crafting fashion accessories, home decorative accessories and gifts. I started my blog in October 2008 and have really enjoyed becoming part of this wonderful online community. Thank you for hosting us every week, it's become one of my favorite pasttimes!

  30. Kelley Taylor says

    Your tablescapes are so inspiring, I look forward to them every week. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the rest of the world. You are greatly appreciated.

  31. Denise Adams says

    Hi Susan, I am a faithful follower of bnotp! I live in Oklahoma and work for Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. Your blog is often a topic for our breaks! I am listening to the wind howl outside, but am warm and cozy sitting by the fire.

  32. Hi! Thank you having this party.It's great to find other dishaholics. My name is Monica. I live in far far west Texas. I am 38 yrs old. I have been following your blog for a few months.

  33. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    Your pictures are just lovely. You really have a warm and welcoming blog.

    The peppermint sticks look SO good.

  34. You know, Susan, I'm really a newbee here, but I have been a decorator for years. I feel so grateful to have found your blog and so many others who enjoy decorating the way I do.

    Thank you for taking the time to host this event and I hope you will continue to do so for many years to come while I pay my dues and play catch up to the many wonderful ladies who participate.

    Please come for a visit and leave me a comment so that I know you have dropped by.

    the Bella Casa

  35. Hi Susan,
    Well! My favorite is when you show pictures of your home. I love how you decorate.


  36. Oh Susan, how I would LOVE to come have a cup of tea with you in front of that roaring fire with those beautiful cups! It is all so beautiful and thoughtfully done! YOU are a blessing to all of us each and every week. I don't get on here til late as every Wed. I go to a meeting. I am 62 years young, a floral designer who recently left my job for reasons that are sad to me cause I LOVED my job. I have 2 grown children and my daughter is engaged to be married next Sept.! I have been married to my love for 42 years now! AND, I have not stepped on a plane in 35 years but on 1/21 I am flying to FL.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I decided I am tired of missing out on things and have to trust God to be with me. WHOO HOO!!! (Is this more info than you wanted????LOL! XO, Pinky

  37. Susan, your home always feels warm and inviting. I wish I could be sitting there by your cozy fire.
    To answer your question . . . just keep on doing what you do. You seem to be full of creative ideas. I love seeing photos of your home and your tables are works of art. I don't know how you continue to top yourself.
    As for me . . . I think you already know most of this
    Sarah @ Hyacinths for the Soul lives in TX, 62 and retired from teaching

  38. Forgot to say: I live in Landenberg, Pa. which is the very southeast tip of Pa. I am very near Yvonne at Stone gable as I see she is in Lancaster county which is about 30 minutes form me!!!! Would love to meet her sometime! Will have to jump over to her blog!

  39. You have such lovely pieces to show us each time, Susan. Glad I visited tonight and participated.

  40. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    Susan-what a welcoming setting! I can honestly say that your blog and Tablescape Thursday has really gotten me back into doing something I love. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy "fussing". I'd really gotten a bit lazy about how I was doing things once my kids left home.

    I left my job when we moved 6 years ago, so I stay busy with house, computer, books and travel. I'm in Illinois.


  41. Love, Love, Love the dishes! I am a dish fanatic! I don't own a lot. I have the Franscian collection,and another of my favorites is a gold teapot/matching creamer/sugar jar,on the bottom is stamped -made in occupied Japan-I have never seen another one like it. I have a small teapot collection, but a small house can only hold so much! I have a blog, but it a hobby only.I think your style of decorating is beautiful! Your blog is 1st class and I love how you can manage to keep it diverse without straying to far off the path. You are first on my favorites! Thanks for tips! I live in North Alabama and just turned 55

  42. Anita @ Far Above Rubies says

    What a lovely post! It looks so warm and cozy and beautiful as always!! I am 45 and settled down now as a minister of music/worship leader after having traveled all over the world as a performer in the Air Force Bands. My husband is from Puerto Rico, 34, and a world-class classical and jazz guitarist, and a private pilot. We met while entertaining troops in Europe:-) I have two girls 10 and 7, and we have one little boy who is 3. We love music, furniture designing, landscaping and just being with family.
    Thank you Susan for hosting this wonderful event each week and for inspiring us all!!

  43. Hi Susan – First of all, Susan is my favorite female name. My favorite doll was named Susan because I thought anyone named Susan was beautiful and very nice.

    My name is Bonnie and I live in the northwest suburban area of Chicago, Illinois.
    I'm 71 years old, retired, and love to quilt, do counted cross-stitch, knit, read, and volunteer at my church. I also spend way too much time reading blogs and yours is on my Google Reader list.
    My favorite thing on your blog is the pictures of homes – inside and out.
    Thanks for maintaining such a superior blog.

  44. Angela, 44, Illinois. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 22 years. We have three children, twins age 10 and a 12 year old. I enjoy creating spaces for my family that I hope will inspire them, make them feel comfortable, peaceful, and loved and generate many fond memories that become traditions for them some day. In my professional life I am an economic developer which is exciting and rewarding too. I love your blog and have been inspired and moved by it more times than I can count. Your spaces are so inviting and beautiful that I could linger for hours admiring them. You've inspired a whole new dimension for me in hostessing and decorating and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I'm even creating a couple of 10 year old dish lovers and thrifters. THEY now call my attention to blue willow or transferware or Spode, etc. when we see it in an antique store or department store. I'm thrilled when I ask them if they want to help set the table and they ask me, by pattern name, which china we're using. I can't wait until they have their own dining rooms some day and I can help them select, create and entertain. Seems only fair though to thank you for this new dimension in our lives as yours is the first blog I ever visited when I found it after staring endlessly at your RMS posts. It is the blog I eagrly await each new post and though I don't know you at all beyond this form of communication, I feel like you are a friend. Again, many thanks for all you do for your blogging friends.

  45. Annesphamily says

    Your blog is so inviting. I love to stop by and feel warm & happy. I think you do a fantastic job on your blog and I want to thank you for sharing. Stay warm this week! We are having a bad cold spell. Thank you.

  46. Susan, That is a beautiful tea set and what a setting you created. Just beautiful.

    I am from Arkansas and an elementary school teacher for the past 10 years. I am quickly approaching the big 50. But you're only as old as you feel right?

    I am new to blogging and tablescaping and look forward to decorating my home during 2010. I am counting on using the beautiful homes of all the wonderful, sharing bloggers out there for ideas and suggestions.

  47. Susan,
    I'm Lauren, 41, and a neighbor (P'tree Corners)…I have discovered many new "haunts" I didn't even know existed in my own back yard by reading your blog! I love all the beautiful tablescapes, and ideas you have to share. I am sooo looking forward to incorporating some of your ideas on "my" back porch next spring.

  48. Aunt Nutty says

    Hi Susan: I just love your blog and all your beautiful tablescapes. I got married 20 years ago, this April and I have had the same dishes, French Country by Mikasa, since the day I got married and never thought about getting new dishes… Until I discovered your wonderful blog. Now I am at Home Goods once or twice a week just to check out what new dishes they have! Actually I just picked up some really pretty dishes on Saturday! Am planning my next tablescape, but I don't think it will be this week. Thank you for all your inspiration.

    Well let's see what can I tell you about myself…
    My name is Tracey
    I am 46 years old
    I live in Central California, between San Francisco and Los Angeles
    I work as an account manager at a large insurance brokerage company. Not a very creative job, tablescaping has been my new creative outlet lately

  49. gigharborscrapper says

    My name is Valerie and I found your site from my high school friend Kim's blog. Your site has been such a bright spot for me, nurturing my love of dishes. My husband however does not like the amount of money I have spent on new dishes. But I look forward to each Thursday so much and have referred so many friends to you.
    I am 47, a mother of two children Victora 6 1/2 and Adam 8. I was a corporate exective until I retired LOL to have kids. I live on Fox Island in WA in my dream home. I love to do all kinds of crafts, scrapbook, learn about the Lord and do all things related to my kids ( traditions, parties, outings etc).
    Thank you so much for this site, it is truly a haven for me.

  50. Ah, Susan … what could be nicer than soothing hot tea, the temptation of sweet treats, and the company of a dear friend … all shared in the comforting warmth of a flickering fire?

    We'll all adore whatever you decide to do next!


  51. Susan,
    My name is Pat. I have just turned the big 50 and I live in South Carolina. I LOVE your blog! I haven't been following very long but I have spent a lot of time reading your older posts to bring me up to speed. We share the same interests and tastes. My 19 year old daughter and I were looking at photos of your home the other day and pointing out all of the same things that are in our house! We have several of the same fabrics! I am a former school teacher but I currently have a very small business which I operate from my home office and a warehouse. As a dishaholic, I designed and produced a set of Christmas dinnerware that tells the Biblical Christmas story. You will have to surf by the website to see it ( Keep up the good work and thanks for all the inspiration.

  52. Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) says

    Very lovely! So warm and inviting.

    Each post is a surprise and I like it that way!

  53. Melissa Miller says

    Hey Susan,
    You are warming me up this evening looking at your cozy fire and yummy tea. Brrr….It is so lovely at your home!

    I'm turned forty four this past August. I haven't worked outside the home for over five years now and LOVE it. I worked in retail jewelery sales for almost twenty. My poor feet…Yikes!

    Stay warm. ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  54. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    Susan, It's Yvonne again. I am having such a blast reading everyone's comments. It is so wonderful to get to know some details about so many of my blogging buddies! Well… we haven't heard from you?

  55. I love the tea by the fireplace. And the treats too … lovely.

    (I don't always post but I always checked out your settings … just wanted you to know that)

  56. The Quintessential Magpie says

    Love that cozy setting, Susan.

    Let's see, I'm over the hill, more than half way toward being a true antique. πŸ˜‰

    I live in Florida and am currently a homemaker and community volunteer. I formerly worked professionally in economic development. I also did some freelance writing.

    My current hobbies are blogging, genealogy, and antiques. I enjoy tablscaping and have started to enjoy photography.

    Tablscapes and your lovely photos are what I enjoy SO much about your blog. BTW, Mr. Magpie said you had a beautiful blog header when he was online with me one night. I had forgotten to let you know that, Susan!


    Sheila πŸ™‚

  57. Brooke & Kallie@ says

    Love your tablescape. I accidentally put a link to one of our projects on your tablescape linky. Could you remove it? Thank you.

    It's 75 Cent Shabby chic mirror number 60.

  58. Brooke & Kallie@ says

    Love your tablescape. I accidentally put a link to one of our projects on your tablescape linky. Could you remove it? Thank you.

    It's 75 Cent Shabby chic mirror number 60.

  59. Brooke & Kallie@ says

    Love your tablescape. I accidentally put a link to one of our projects on your tablescape linky. Could you remove it? Thank you.

    It's 75 Cent Shabby chic mirror number 60.

  60. Brooke & Kallie@ says

    Love your tablescape. I accidentally put a link to one of our projects on your tablescape linky. Could you remove it? Thank you.

    It's 75 Cent Shabby chic mirror number 60.

  61. LOVE your blog…perhaps because it's a reflection of your beautiful home… LOVE your home (and tablescapes)as well. You do classic, traditional to perfection! I am always intrigued to see how you mix the more "costly" with the gems you've found at The Classy Flea, GW, and Homegoods. I always love the "pretties", but love a bargain as well.
    I am: a widow, age 66, retired from television production. I have 3 grown step-children (& 6 grandchildren) all in different states. Our home is in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN (you Southern girls don't know COLD). I enjoy: decorating, walking, gardening, reading, needlepoint, scrapbooking, making cards, boating (but sold the boat), and of course, you, Susan. You are inspiring !

  62. I just love Thursday! I feel like I get to take a peek inside everyone's homes! I am kind of new to the game, and have not posted my own yet…working up to it. Maybe now that the holidays are over.

    Now for the facts…
    I am Holly, I am 38 and live in Coastal Central California (But I am a L.A. native). I am a fashion designer-turned wedding planner-turned author and mommy. I have two blogs, a wedding and a lifestyle/home one.

  63. Pearl Maple says

    You have woven together a beautiful setting to curl up and enjoy a quiet winter evening, with those darling cardinals what could be better.

  64. I enjoy looking at all your decorating adventures since your style epitomizes what I would love. I am recently retired and enjoying getting into missions to orphans and widows in Kenya. It has taken me into the website design and blogging world..have a look here at the missions, and which I built for the youth pastor Jonah in Kericho, Kenya.

  65. vignette design says

    Hi Susan,, I look forward every week for Tablescape Thursday. I'm a new blogger as of the first of November. It has been a wonderful addition in my life as it has given me a creative outlet I so need. I am almost 56 (Feb 4th), happily married, mother of 4 grown children, one granddaughter and one due in Feburary.
    I am semi-retired from my career as an Interior Decorator and Antique Dealer. I am dedicated to my new "job" which is volunteering at the local food pantry one to three days a week. Life is good and I'm looking forward to 2010 as a year of peace, serenity and growth. Thank you for hosting. You are such an inspiration to me and your blog is amazing. –Delores

    PS: Sorry but I posted twice accidently. The first time there was an error in my entry. πŸ™

  66. Life on an artistic shoestring says

    You have a special gift of making us feel like intimate friends – thank you for the wonderful pictures and your warm, comfortable conversations with us. You give me inspiration.

  67. Hi Susan,
    I love everything that you blog about – I wouldn't change a thing! You were my first introduction to blogging – discovered your beautiful home on HVTV RMS. I love all your tablescapes and seeing your beautiful home.

    About me: I'm 63, hubby and I both retired 2 years ago this month (me from group health/dental insurance industry), married to my college sweetheart 36 years this May, no children but 3 (each) wonderful nieces and nephews, raised in Ohio (Cleveland area), lived first 26 years married life in IL (Chicago area), moved to SE PA 10 years ago this month (hubby's job transfer), teleworker (work-at-home) last 8 years of my career (Loved it!).

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

  68. Maria Berg says

    I want to sit there next to the fire with that candy and with you, and just relax.

    My father in law did the table this week!
    Maria Berg, Sweden

  69. Acanthus and Acorn says

    It is crazy cold here in Virginia!
    This looks so inviting. Thanks for posting about about x-mas storage a few weeks back and the tip. I ordered some of the boxes!

  70. Susan, I am 57 years young and live near Boston, MA. I have three grown daughters and one grandson. I love to read. I also scrapbook and make cards. I think of your blog as dessert. Beautiful, rich and satisfing. I wish I had your sense of design.

  71. Hi Susan:

    I've been following your blog and a few others for the past six months. I do not have a blog myself, but always enjoy yours. My name is Judy Raffl Hartman, avid gardener and reader, birder and antiquer. Just a few months over the age of 51, still can't believe that! I live in Alexandria, VA with my husband and am a consultant with the Navy and State Deptment. Recently got a few books for Christmas from your recommendations – loving them and love your blog!


  72. Raggedy Kingdom says

    Susan I love your blog. It inspires me to do a bit better with my husband and son, when he's home from the Army.

    I'm 63, retired and a collector of raggedy anns, dolls, miniatures, elephants. I do oil painting, jewelry making, ceramics and mixed media art.

    I've been blogging for about 2 years and love it. Your blog has inspired me to do more blogging and I'm enjoying it more and more.

    Sheila @

  73. Susan — we, too, are in front of the fire at Linderhof! Love your china and your sweet treats! Beautiful pictures!

  74. Hi Susan, My name is Suzy, I live on a farm in Australia. I am 52yrs old, married with 3 children and 1 grandson. I work at our local school but am on holidays until the end of January. Life is pretty good at the moment!!
    Love your blog,

  75. Susan, I just LOVE reading your blog and wish I could come join you for that cup of tea. We are having a snowstorm here in central Indiana. I am 56 yrs. old and moved here from southeastern PA 7 yrs.ago due to a job transfer for my husband. My three children are back in PA and I have 1 grandaughter (4 yrs. old) I love seeing all the pics of your house on your blog; love your decorating style.


  76. One Pretty House Interiors says


    LOVE LOVE LOVE this week's tablescape! Thanks so much for starting this wonderful party for us all to share in and connect with.

    We are happy happy to be included!

    One Pretty House Interiors

  77. I love visiting you and your beautiful home almost every day. I get such decorating inspiration from you. I live outside Cleveland, Ohio and I'm about to become a "Nana" for the second time. I've also been teaching preschool for 14 years.

  78. Dearest Susan, Your blog is so unique and a joy to read. Your photos are so well done. I especially enjoy every Thursday and seeing all those creative tablescapes. My name is Peggy, age 65, from western PA. I'm a retired teacher and have taken up blogging and am trying to learn to be a better photographer. I'm working on using programs like Photoshop and Corel to enhance photos. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

  79. Susan-Just love your blog. Found out about it on a QVC forum and have been hooked for the last few months. I am a 50 year old hospital administrator living in Westchester, NY. I am married and have one 15 year old son. I love to shop, cook and decorate. Unfortuately with my work schedule I do not have enough time to do the things I love. You have inspired me to buy some new Syracuse china which I told you about in an email.

    As for new ideas for your blog, I would love some storage ideas for all the china, glassware etc. List of decorating books or courses would be nice. Some of my Facebook friends are also now following your blog. Keep up the good work. So thankful to have found out about you. Feels like we are old friends. Adele

  80. Just chanced upon your site – so inspiring. I am a 38 year old mum from the south-east coast of England – stealing a moment of browse time while my toddler has a nap. Please keep up the good work and a very happy new year!

  81. Susan,

    It's my first tablescape post…can't wait for the next!

    I love to see each creative tablescape. They are each so persoal.

    Happy, Warm, 2010!


  82. Susan, I love to read your blog. Everything is always just perfect! Please keep up the good work, and please know that you bring joy to many of us nonbloggers. We really appreciate your efforts.

    I am a 63 year old retiree from PA, have been married for 40 years (yikes!) and have 2 grown children.

    Love to see your decorating/home ideas and also enjoy the creative ideas you share with us.

    Hugs, Carole

  83. This was SO much FUN! It's almost like having "pen pals"…anyone remember those days? πŸ™‚ You are my first morning blog with my first (of many) cup of coffee. Truly a great way to start the day so keep up the wonderful writing (AND PHOTOS!) I live in Arlington, VA (VERY COLD TODAY) am 66 years old, VERY happily married and LOVE tablescapes. Even my two 4 year old and two 2 year old grandchildren comment. BLESSINGS!

  84. ~CC Catherine says

    Hey Friend! πŸ™‚ I've stepped out of the cold to come in by your lovely fire today to visit. What a welcoming scape today! πŸ™‚ Well, you know my name, "~CC, Catherine, or whatever you want to call me". πŸ˜‰ You know where I live, because you've come to my home. teahehe! GA of course. One thing you may not know about me is that before I went into banking 8 years ago I worked for a Direct Sales company and traveled the world with visiting over 35 countries in 15 years. I miss the travel, but not the sales. My all time favorite destinations that I enjoyed are Australia/New Zealand and France. πŸ™‚ Hugs Friend! ~CC Catherine (Totally loved this Lenox China and warm glowing Scape today!)

  85. Hi Susan,
    You were one of the very first blogs to read and you inspired me to start blogging. I just love your style, keep up the good work.
    I live in Central Pa with my husband of 20 years and 2 teenagers. I will be 45 in March. I like to decorate,craft and travel. One of my goals for this year is to learn how to be more Blog savvy and show my creativity.
    Well, I probably shared too much.
    Blessings in 2010!

  86. Am a 59 year old fan of your blog from Kansas. I check your news daily to see what you've conjured-up and I'm never disappointed. I enjoy everything about your blog so just keep on keepin' on! PAM

  87. Susan, I have been inspired by your beautiful tablescapes and decorating ideas! I love to visit BNOTP from here in CT. Thank you!

  88. I have been lurking on your blog for a coule of months now and LOVE it. Your home is an inspiration. My passion is my home and my garden. We live in a cottage style home in Knoxville, TN that we have been restoring since we purchased it in March of 2008. I
    am 60 years old, (no wait I can't be that old!!!) and am currently be downsized out of an office manager postion that I held for the past 5 years. I live with my husband and best friend, as well as, two rescued dogs and a rescued cat. Love your ideas!

  89. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says

    Susan~ ~I am having such fun. I have been browsing your comments for gals from my area near Lancaster County, PA. I'm having much success so Thank you. I think it would be fun to have a local meet up so we can see each other face to face and really chat it up! So far I have found 4 but only 2 of us have blogs. I'm hoping the others will see this and contact me so we can make plans. Wouldn't it be fun to meet for lunch at a restaurant convenient for everyone?

    Susan, What have you started?! Life is good isn't it? You are such a doll and I love your blog and appreciate all your efforts. May all your DREAMS~ ~Come True!
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  90. The White Farmhouse says

    I love this setting. How perfect in front of the fire. I do have to say that you are the inspiration for one of my resolutions. You and Yvonne. I want to make my tables prettier. Even if it is just us and the kids.

    Let's see…. My name is Maggie and I am 47 and live in Hartland, MI with my husband, 3 kids and a Great Dane. We have an 1890 farmhouse that I am currently working on

    Please come by anytime! I just love your style and would love any input you have.

  91. Carolee in Kansas says

    Hi Susan – Tablescape Thursday is my favorite day of the week! Your post today was especially cozy and I would love to sample one of your snowball cookies. I am retired, live in Kansas and love collecting dishes – mainly Candlewick and Vernonware Gingham, which I inherited from my Grandmother.

  92. Beansieleigh says

    Oh I LOVE your china tea set! I love the birds, and loved feeding them when I had a front porch to feed them from. Now I have an apartment with NO front porch so I miss that, and wonder if any poor cold hungry birdies are missing me this year. I suppose I could still go to the park to feed them, but I'm a little leary about looking like the bird ladies from Mary Poppins or Home Alone! (0; Oh well, not that I don't LOVE those characters!!… Hmmmm.. I think I'll just take one of those snowball cookies as I run along to see the other tablescapes! Have a wonderful week and stay warm! ~tina

  93. grammie2maddie says

    Love, love, love you blog – I just found it last week – I love everything about it. My name is Betsy, I live in Atlanta, and I am 61 (Dec 31st!). I am an RN working in a large, private OBGYN practice here. We recently moved from the house that we have lived in for 30 years – I threw out everything I hated, and I kept just the things I really love – love my house now, but am still collecting sort of shabby chic stuff. Please keep blogging!

    [email protected]

  94. I DO DECLARE says

    Tablescape Thursdays are my favorite!!!!

    32 – Washington, DC

  95. Here's the scoop on one of your biggest fans—I'm Patty Ann, I live in Tulsa and I look pretty good at 59. When I grow up, I'm going to be an interior designer but for now, I'm the sales manager of a large cemetery monument co. So, yes, I get to design monuments and love my job. I've always loved beautiful table settings and you are the best of anyone I know. I look forward to each Thursday and my visit to BNOTP. Thank you Susan for the time and the talent you share with us. Good Bless you in 2010.

  96. Southerncook says

    Gorgeous and intimate Tea Table setting. I love you teapot, cream and sugar and teacup. Where did you find it? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  97. Plum Thicket says

    I love the coziness of your blog especially on this colder than normal day in Texas and I always know I will be comforted when I visit with you. I am retired and live way out in the country. I make cloth dolls and epatterns. At age 68, I still play with dolls.

  98. Noel Giger says

    Noel of [ReDeemed] unique art
    from: TEXAS!
    Age: 35
    I'm a multi-media artist using recycled and repurposed materials. I have 4 children (3 on earth and a lil' investment in Heaven), I've been married for nearly 14 years to my best friend! I enjoy junkin' and thriftin' and creating beauty from discarded things.

    This is my first visit to your lovely tablescape Thursday, and I just love it! I'm looking forward to browsing around and finding more of my favorite things here!

  99. Hi Susan
    I have been enjoying your blog for almost a year now. I love your home and have read many of your posts several times. I am a CPA in Kentucky working in private industry and just turned 60 the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We live on a farm in a house built about 1880 and have spent the last several years doing some extensive remodeling. I have articles clipped from Southern Living for inspiration also. In addition to decorating our home I love to garden.
    Sue Ellen

  100. Hello Susan,

    I am a "lurker" most of the time, but I really enjoy reading your blog. You are very creative and I adore your porch. I especially appreciate the large photos and I am absolutely in love with your Christmas Village centerpiece. How very clever!

    My name is Theresa and I will be 40 this August. I live in Arlington, Texas which is smack dab in the middle of Dallas and Ft Worth. I have been married for 20 yrs and have 1 son who will be 15 on Valentine's Day. I also have a step-son who just turned 28 and will celebrate his 5th anniversary in May. And I can't forget our "adopted" son. He is an international student from China and he lives in the dorm during school, but comes to our home on holidays and occasional weekends.

    We live in a little house that doesn't have a porch, but it's on my 'someday' list. =)

    Thank you for your inspiration and for encouraging us to share about ourselves. I don't have a blog as of yet. I have considered it, but I'm not sure. I take terrible photos! Hmm, maybe I will put that on my 'someday' list too.

    Blessings to you!

  101. Hi Susan, it's me, Carol. I am a 62 (ouch) yr old woman that decided after 29 years in real estate that I wanted to do what I loved, so I went to school became accredited as a home stager. re designer. I have been decorating all of my life, so choosing this profession was natural. I so love home staging, along with my clients and all of my blogger friends, especially you. πŸ™‚ I think the most important thing is to always listen first, then ask questions and of course listen again. My new business is named Designs for You, and is located in Buffalo, NY.
    The main reason we all love you Susan is that your caring shows. Thank you,

    Carol J. Harris

  102. Judy@cutest-little-things says

    How very pretty, welcoming, and tranquil! I'd never want to leave!

    Love your blog – it's darling…very soothing to the spirit πŸ™‚

    I hope one day you can visit mine. I'm fairly new to blogging so bear with me!

    Warm winter wishes,


  103. Blondie's Journal says

    Your cozy fireside tea is much needed here where it has been snowing heavily since last night!! Both scenes are gorgeous.

    I live in Chicago and I have worked on and off in the legal profession while raising my 4 children. I enjoy reading, gardening, cooking, water sports, decorating…the list goes on!!

    Your blog is always a treat to come to not just for tablescapes but for all of your creative ideas presented in such a friendly way.! I enjoyed reading everyone's comments today…great idea!


  104. MyJourneyBack says

    Oh how warm, inviting and yummy. Love this.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a warm day.

  105. Susan, I stumbled across your blog somehow and ever since I have, I am in awe of your tablescapes and decorating style.

    I am 57 and reside in suburb of New York City. I was a former antique dealer specializing in china and crystal. I found there was a lack of interest in my area of Westchester so I retired but I have not lost my enthusiasm and you have sparked it in me!

    I enjoy all your creative ideas and I have come to realize that there are a lot of you out there that love what I love! So, I find this refreshing!

    Keep the passion alive!


  106. Hi,
    Your photos look so inviting! Such a great post when it is so cold outside.
    I am in the Kansas City area and enjoy your blog. It is obvious that you spend a lot of time and thought on it. Thanks for making it fun for so many people.

  107. amariaf2000 says

    Angela ~ 30 years of age ~ married for almost 2 years ~ moved into my husband's home when I got married, and I'm always trying to "girlify" it. ~ Love your blog!

    ~angela @ peonypatch

  108. Fifi Flowers says

    Sorry to be sooooo LATE to the party! LOVE this sitting my the fire tablescape… looks PERFECT!!!

  109. Julie Henderson says

    Adorable blog. I have only just found it and cannot wait to see it all. Thanks for sharing.

  110. Hi Susan,

    It's Faye from Alabama who asks all the questions about your china, house, linens, etc….I really enjoy reading your blog each day and as someone else said "it is better than any magazine I buy".

    Some things I would like you to blog about:
    Entertaining/serving large crowds (10 or more), how to recognise a good antique when you see one, what do you consider your decorating style to be?, how and where do you store all that tablescaping stuff?

    Thanks for sharing your home, style and knowledge with us.

    God Bless,

  111. Susan, Your blog is one of my favorites and I wanted to thank you for putting together such an lovely and inspiring blog. Tablescape Thursday is my favorite post of the week.
    I just turned 50 (yikes!) and live on Cape Cod in MA with my 14 yr old beagle. I am an unemployed HR person but I am also a jewelry designer (working mostly in fine and sterling silver). My blog is which mostly focuses on being a working artist as well as artistic inspiration. I own a ton of vintage tea sets and depression glass as well as vintage linens, so your blog is an inspiration for me to use my pretty stuff more often.
    I would love to see more tea services like today's post . . . it really got my mind thinking. Thank you so much for your inspiring posts!


  112. Dear Susan,
    It was QUITE felicitous that you should ask us to come out of the woodwork for this post, because I am one of your regular lurkers and finally decided to start a little side blog project of my own, comment on your post and become a follower, all today!
    About me: I live in DC, 26 years old, do genetic research, and a HUGE fan!
    Thanks for all the great eye candy over the years!

  113. Hello Susan – I am Debbie, just turned 50 (New Year's Eve). I live in the Atlanta area – Douglasville to be exact. I currently do not work, but am going to school (college) for the first time in April. I long to be a blogger, but am not quite there yet. In the meanwhile I SO enjoy your blog!!! Keep up the good work!

  114. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Oh Susan, I want one of those chocolate cover peppermints badly enough to drive to Georgia!! Did you make them or buy them? Surely, I can find some around here. Your setting in front of the fireplace is just so cozy and inviting (not to mention your chocolate covered peppermints-oh! I already did mention them). You and BNOTP are such a special and beautiful part of my blogging life. Wishing you and yours the best in 2010! laurie

  115. I am retired woman in Ocala, Florida. I am inspired by your blog to enjoy the finer things in life. I have children in the Atlanta area and enjoy your references to that area. I have sought out some of your haunts. Thanks for inspiring us.

  116. Hi Susan! My name is Jeanette and I am from New Jersey. I actaully found your blog by going onto another blog. Yours is my favorite though :). We redid our kitchen and dining room last summer and it was a huge project. I now have the kitchen of my dreams and a dining room. The house is a 1950's cape and the previous owners did nothing to it. So the house was clay waiting to be molded. I spend so much time in our home and I always knew how I wanted it to look. You have given me some fabulous ideas and tips. I love coming here. Everything always looks so inviting. I love the winter gatherings patern from Lenox, I actaully got a teapot for Christmas. Hope to build up some of those pieces.

  117. Cottage Rose says

    Hi Susan; What a lovely table scape. Just perfect with all this cold and snowy weather… Every thing looks so cozy and warm.. Your Tea set is so pretty, and the cookies and chocolate dipped candy cane's yummy yummy… I have read a few of the comments these lovely ladies have left, and they are all so amazing and gifted and sweet… As for your blog, I say don't change a thing, I just love it that way it is…. I thank you for the wonderful company and great tea…


  118. Hi Susan….what a wonderful idea to hear about your blogging friends….you know pretty much all about me…so I will just skip that part and let you know that WS at the Avenue is having a massive dish sale….ofcourse I bought so much stuff that there isn't too much left….three big tables of goodies…I spent $180.oo and left with three huge shopping bags….also over 50% off on cooper molds…they are beautiful….We'll be going to Scott's this Saturday morning I heard you may be there with the Bloom Girls….maybe we will run into each other….if not I will see you at Joyce's tea on the 5th…Sue.

  119. Hi Susan…what a fun idea…been enjoying reading everyones comments…looks so warm and cozy at your place…it is so cold here in Texas…that fire and pot of tea look very inviting…

    I'm 47…..

  120. Hey there! I'm Tracy, I live in central FL where, yes, it's cold here too right now. All my hibiscus died off last night due to frost (though it'll come back next year if I cut it down to the ground). I'm 42, and adore thrift shopping and decorating. Husband and young son who will be starting preschool this month complete the family. I'm a SAHM, and love to read your blog for ideas on how to make my house more "homey"…

  121. chanteusevca says

    Hi Susan,

    My name is Victoria and I'm a 50-something wife, mother and grandmother to seven (all under the age of 5!). I was a paralegal in a large international law firm here in the Dallas area, but left that job last year due to illness. Now that I am recovered, I am looking for a new career and have spent a lot of my time this past year enjoying so many wonderful blogs, including your beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing your lovely and inviting home with us and inspiring us with gorgeous tablescapes and interior design.


    Victoria in Texas

  122. Susan, I love visiting your blog. Your home always looks so comfy and inviting. You capture everything I love about keeping a mome. I am Ginny, I will be 63 on Jan. 14, married for 41yrs., 2 adult children and 3 grandkids. I live in Michigan where it is so cold and snowy right now.
    I always loved making my home comfortable, warm, inviting, and pretty. Didn't know what a tablescape was until I started blogging. I love the pictures of your home. You have given me so many ideas. I learned when I was first married how to make a home look wonderful even on a small budget. I love to thrift store shop, loooove dishes, tea sets, and candles.
    I also tried one of your recipes last year for a fantastic cranberry trifle and everyone loved it so much, I made it again this year.
    I am glad to be a follower of your blog!

  123. Hi Susan — I've been following your blog for a few months & always get ideas & inspiration from them — you are so creative..!
    Name is Jane, 67 years young, from Ohio — fan of The OSU Buckeyes!!!

    Have thought about blogging — but just haven't taken that step yet..

  124. I write from SNOWY and COLD Wisconsin! I would truly enjoy joining you this evening and sharing tea and company! You are a bright spot that I visit often for inspiration and kindness. Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing your gifts of chat and photos! Val

  125. Hi Susan, thank you for the lovely welcome beside your fire. You never fail to inspire and provide a new idea or three to make me want to pamper family and myself. As for me, my body is pushing 50 but my brain still thinks it is a tea-party-playing little girl and I'm here in the Pacific Northwest enjoying an El Nino winter with very little snow. We had enough last year for a lifetime! You keep warm with your fire and stay safe. Thank you for the wonderful blog and keep up all the great posts!


  126. Hi Susan,
    I have been following your blog and absolutely love it! It has given me the opportunity to actually take out my dishes, crystal, silver, linen,… and see it in a different light…and use it!!! It gives me joy to sit at a table with my Hubby and enjoy dinner…adds more to the ambiance! Thank you!

  127. I am a lurker – I love your tablescape Thursdays!
    I am 26, Canadian but living for a few years in NYC

  128. Hi Susan
    thank you for the invitation! What a beautiful setting in front of the fire!! Perfect on this cold winter night.
    I am Sara from West Tennessee. I am a children's heirloom clothing designer and seamstress.
    I first fell in love with your fabulous porch but soon discovered that your style in the rest of your home really speaks to me. I love the warmth and coziness you have projected throughout the entire house. I just love it!!! So, I enjoy any aspect of any room that you choose to show on your blog.

  129. When I stumbled upon your blog I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. Not only did I fall in love with your beautiful tablescapes, but then I realized that others linked to their wonderful blogs and tablescapes, too! Truly nirvano for me, My sweet husband of almost 30 years bought me a netbook for Christmas since I was spending so much time "looking at tablescapes" on our desktop; Bless his heart, he wanted me to be in the same room with him and missed me. He's a keeper.

    I have always loved dishes and have several complete sets that I have collected over the years. Until finding your blog and learning of fellow dish lovers, I thought my passion a little weird. Thank you for sharing your creativity and hosting the TT for others to share their creativity.

    I am an almost 50, full-time executive secretary, mom to one daughter, happily married for almost 30 years, caretaker of two Scotties who lives in VA.

    I, too, would love to see a post on storage ideas for dishes and accompanying lovelies. I also love to read about the menus (and recipes) that people serve when entertaining.

    Thank you for giving me hours of joy each week!


  130. Hi Susan, Though I delight in the beautiful pictures and table scapes in your home, I appreciate your warm, humble, spirit that comes through in what you write and how you say it. I can't wait for your new posts each week. I've concluded that these blogs are the new "coffee clatches" of the 50's….only in cyberspace!
    I don't have a bog, but it has become my new favorite pasttime…."lurking around! I figure that's what they are there for! I'm 59, love my husband of 36 years, have 2 sons, only lovely daughter-in-law and one precious grandson. I work part time as a Personal Assistant which means is I work assisting two women in the running of their homes (not childcare or cleaning though)….just everything else! After many years of doing administrative, secretarial work I decided homemaking was always my first love and decided that would be my next "career"!
    I love entertaining, cooking, creating theme events/tablescapes, photography, hiking, antiquing and thrift/garage sale shopping, friends and "lurking"! Toni

  131. Hi! Love your blog. I am 52 y/o, work full time as a nurse and partime as a cake maker. I am married. Love victorian and vintage. Hobbies are gardening, reading, decorating.A friend told me about your blog and now I am hooked! Can't wait for Thursdays to come. Thanks for all your hard work and ideas. Love all your tablescapes.

  132. Susan, I love your blog! I stop by a couple of times a week and sit and ponder, it's good to know there are others out there with a love for beautiful dishes and tablescapes.
    I live in Louisville, KY, I am 55 years old mother of 2, a daughter and a son and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I work part time at Allstate and counted cross stitch is my passion, but I also love cooking, quilting, scrapbooking and cardmaking. Thanks for sharing and inspiring

  133. My dearest Susan,
    You have got to be my all time favorite blogger! You are absolutely awesome in everything you do! I almost feel that I know you personally and I love it! What a friend! I hate to tell you this, but I'm 67 years old – feel like 25! Oh well, keep up the wonderful entries. I know this requires lots of time and thoughtful effort, but it is appreciated by more people than you will ever know! Love Ya!

  134. Gorgeous as always, Susan! The fire looks so cozy, and the desserts look yummy!

  135. Oh, and let's go shopping at the Classy Flea again! You always find the best stuff there, and virtual shopping/looking is much cheaper and clutter-free for me! ;O)

  136. Miss Janice says

    I need a fireplace inside "The Roost!" It's 38 degrees here tonight…that's unheard of in South Florida. {I'm COLD!} Love your setting by the fire…very cozy-looking!

  137. Oh yeah I probable could eat about 1/2 dozen or so, thanks for invite inside, it's alot cold out, we ain't custom to this much cold in long period of time, I'm in southeast Ga, and I don't think I can get custom to the cold,love this "tea time" tablescape.

  138. Good Morning Susan! I love visiting BNOTP because you are very welcoming and you are a extraordinary decorator! I get tons of ideas from you! I am 30 and I live in Pensacola. I do not work outside the home, so I get visit your blog often! Thanks for all you do and for all of the inspiration!!

  139. Sweet Daisy Mae says

    Hi Susan, I just stumbled on your blog…and LOVE it! I live in Wisconsin where it's white from November till April. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 33 years. We have two children, two special in-laws and are blessed with 3+ grandchildren (No. 4 due in late in May from Son/Daughter in Law). I am very lucky as I work parttime as a floral designer 8 months of the year, 4 month as a greenhouse grower/mgr and still manage to squeeze in babysitting for my grandkids 2-3 days a week. Both my kids are teachers, so grandma here has summers off from sitting. I have been following tag sales for 30+ years. I am VERY new to this blog thing, stumbled on it just over the holiday. Its seems I have a passion for a great many things and try (unsuccessfully) to squeeze them all into my 24 hour day. My love of cooking/baking has only increased with age (proof of my weight gains from 20 yrs. to 50 yrs., my love of the outdoors feeds my gardening and landscape projects, and my creativity is fed from browsing through decoratig magazines and blogs like yours. I am forever adding to my growing collectin of vintage finds. I love ANYTHING vintage, but find myself drawn to the farmhouse look with finds like enamelware, wood chairs, fences and yard pieces, garden items, linens and kitchenwares. I wish I had someone near me to share my finds with…all my friends are more the IKEA gals and don't share my passion for the shabby chic πŸ™ but with YOU only a click away I feel as if I have found a new friend (or two.) Looking forward to sharing with you in 2010…Donna

  140. HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS says

    I have been visiting your blog for several months now, and it is one of my favorite. I love your creativity and your stunning photos.

    I live in Texas and am an office mgr at an oil company. I am married with two adult children and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

    Hope you have a blessed 2010!!

  141. The Bramble Patch says

    I have been following you for quite sometime and loving every single post! I have a demanding career and visiting your blog is a great respite in my day. Thank you!

    Smoky Mtns/East Tennessee
    Married to my best friend for 11 years (he's a Texan!)
    2 college aged children
    Director of Oncology (Cancer) Services for a large healthcare system
    Now that we ar empty nesters we are getting ready to buy a smaller house on acreage with a stream and pastureland!

  142. trishkel327@yahoo says

    Hey Susan! It's me Trish. Yep I admit it I've been lurking and enjoying every minute ;-). Your blog is just so wildy successful! I'm so happy for you. It is a wonderful place to come.
    As you know I've been a professional designer for *&^%!!( too many years now) but my cients wouldn't let me go even after we moved to NC! But I finally finished my doctoral degree and am starting the next phase of my life I've traded in my Jones of New York and am now knee deep in wetlands! I' working in water resouce managment for NOAA. My husband still thinks I'm crazy but like I said, he's adjusted well….
    Please keep up the good work…I need a place to park my waders at the end of the day!
    Hugs, Trish

  143. Susan,
    Tea in front of the fire.. so cozy and my favorite tea, "Prince of Wales". How did you know? Ü

    Your blog was a "happy Google", when this past Oct. I was searching for decorating ideas and your blog appeared. What an awesome "find" you are!
    I'm 66, been retired for two years and loving every minute of it. I've been married for 41 years, have a wonderful son and DIL and the cutest 19 month old grandson ever.
    The Atlanta area has been home for most of my life.
    I hope to start a blog soon, but am soooo enjoying yours and so many others that I never seem to find time to begin. Actually, I'm a bit intimidated because my computer skills are "iffy", but that's my challenge for the new year. Susan, you and all the other bloggers are wonderful inspirations! Hopefully, I'll soon be a blogger instead of a "lurker".

  144. Hi Susan,
    Thank you for inviting us to come sit by the fire and enjoy a cup of tea with you. I've been visiting your blog for sometime now and thoroughly enjoy each and every visit.

    I am 56 (at least for another week) and live in Ontario, Canada. I am married to my high school sweetheart and together we enjoy life with our daughter and her wonderful family.

    I find it interesting to note that like many of your followers, we all share very similar interests. I am also curious to know how you manage to keep track of and store all your lovely china, silverware, and accessories. By the way, I had never heard the term "tablescapes" until I started visiting BNOTP.

    Thank you for always sharing your thoughts & ideas with us and I look forward to another exciting year visiting BNOTP. Sheila

  145. Susan,
    I don't where I stumbled upon your site, but your back porch renovation and pictures inspired me to redo my sunroom. I still look at those porch pictures at least once a week!
    Love your site!
    I am Lisa.
    I am a 46 year old happily married mother of 6.
    I am a 5th grade Language Arts teacher.
    I live in Houma, LA.
    I love to decorate my house for the seasons!
    Thanks for the time and energy you put into this site!
    Loved the fire today!

  146. Hi Susan, I to am a lurker of your blog, my name is Chris and I live in sunny ever so hot at the moment Australia, I love reading your blog and usually sit and drool, such a beautiful home you have. All I can say is keep it up as I never get bored reading your blog.
    Happy New Year to you.

  147. Hi Susan –

    The fire feels terrific and the treats are very tasty! Hope you are staying warm and safe with your unseasonably cold weather.

    I'm Candy
    *Married 46 years – you do the math, I was either 2 or 20 when I married! πŸ™‚
    *2 grown children, boy and girl
    *4 grandkids, 2 boys and 2 girls
    *Retired from our family business
    *House in the country on the fringe of the San Francisco Bay Area since 2006
    *Avid gardener
    *Avid collector of many things, mainly dinnerware

    New to blogging at The Little Round Table
    since Aug 2009, but a long time fan of BNOTP.

    Thanks so much for the hospitality, but I need to go look at all the frozen plants in my garden…..Mother Nature has not been gentle with us here in Northern California this year either.

    Cya for Met Monday … if I can think of something to transform!??

  148. Oh the snowballs are quite delicious ~ thanks for taking the time to make them ~ I'll pass on the peppermint stick. I'm Judi ~ I'm fiftysomethingorother ~ I live in Pennsylvania between Valley Forge and Philadelphia! Thanks for inviting me into your beautiful home and your interest in little ole' me! Judi

  149. Hokie Grandma says

    I really enjoy the different things you post. I am 50 and live in central VA. We have 2 daughters married to wonderful men and 3 grandchildren. We moved a little over a year ago and I have put off looking for a job for the time being. I worked for a large school system in northern VA for 20 years so I am enjoying some time for myself.

  150. Hi Susan, Had a very crazy last few months and am still trying to catch up on blog reading. It would be great if we could all enjoy a fireside…maybe that's what the event should be called – A Fireside, maybe in Blairsville, which could be temporarily called Blogsville!

    Jojo – 53 – East Point
    Pro Bono/Community Service Manager for a law firm.

  151. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Thank you Susan for such a beautiful blog that you share with all of us! Your home is beautiful! When I started blogging over a year ago, you were one of the first to visit, and you have been so very helpful when I sent out a "I need help" flag. πŸ™‚ I really appreciate the time you took to email me with info to solve a problem. Your tutorials have been wonderful for us "beginners" – you don't know how much you are appreciated! Keep up the good work.

  152. Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien says

    What a lovely and cozy scene! I just want to curl up by that fire and never leave!
    I'm so excited to have found your blog and the Tablescape Thursday! I have had an obsession with table ware and table linens and creating lovely tables for years. People use to laugh at me about my "crazy table obsession"!
    I am 39 yrs old, married to a wonderful husband for almost 3 yrs. We live in Wisonsin (or WisCOWsin, haha) and I work full time as a dental assistant. My hubby and I have lots of interests; antiquing is just one of the many we share. I also garden and do many crafts, like crocheting, embroidery, floral arranging, stamping… I've been in love with the Victorian Era since I was a teenager and have been collecting things slowly for 20 yrs!

  153. Susan, how warm and cozy, something it isn't in Kansas, right now! I followed your blog long before I recently became a blogger.
    I am a retired claims examiner who loves to shop the thrift stores in the area…or any area I happen to be in! My other interests are cooking/baking, and reading.

  154. Allie and Pattie says

    Susan, you were one of the inspirations for our mother-daughter blog. Unfortunately, right after starting, I had a severe health issue and we got sidetracked. But we're ready to slowly wade back in.

    Pattie, recently 50 (WOW!), decorator/stager. personal trainer, loves anything home-related, teaches some cooking classes and does some catering
    Allie, soon to be 16, high school sophomore, loves anything creative, animals, friends and family, wants to learn cake decorating

  155. I just want to thank you for making this wonderful blog! I have so enjoyed it! I love the tablescape's and your decorating!

    I'm a housewife living in NM, but formerly from the South.

  156. Love your blog—I love dishes! I only wish I had room to store all that I want. I have worked in special education for 21 years. The
    rewards are not monetary, sometimes
    it is the one small step of a child. I am a christian and have taught 4 and 5 year olds in sunday
    school for over 20 years. That is my passion–to help them know that God loves them. I love all the blogs that celebrate home.
    Carolyn Duggan Etowah Tennessee

  157. Nancy @ Live love laugh says

    I am late to the party after putting away all of my Christmas decorations! I used to get it done quickly, but this took so long! Your setting is so inviting I just want to plop down and reach for a cookie!
    I am 51,from Long Island, NY Married 27 years, 3 kids 1 yellow lab
    Taught for 10 years and had kids and now have been a substitute for several years. Love to read blogs, create, search for home goodies, read, cook…
    Love BNOTP!!

  158. Nancy @ Live love laugh says

    I am late to the party after putting away all of my Christmas decorations! I used to get it done quickly, but this took so long! Your setting is so inviting I just want to plop down and reach for a cookie!
    I am 51,from Long Island, NY Married 27 years, 3 kids 1 yellow lab
    Taught for 10 years and had kids and now have been a substitute for several years. Love to read blogs, create, search for home goodies, read, cook…
    Love BNOTP!!

  159. Nancy @ Live love laugh says

    I am late to the party after putting away all of my Christmas decorations! I used to get it done quickly, but this took so long! Your setting is so inviting I just want to plop down and reach for a cookie!
    I am 51,from Long Island, NY Married 27 years, 3 kids 1 yellow lab
    Taught for 10 years and had kids and now have been a substitute for several years. Love to read blogs, create, search for home goodies, read, cook…
    Love BNOTP!!

  160. Nancy @ Live love laugh says

    I am late to the party after putting away all of my Christmas decorations! I used to get it done quickly, but this took so long! Your setting is so inviting I just want to plop down and reach for a cookie!
    I am 51,from Long Island, NY Married 27 years, 3 kids 1 yellow lab
    Taught for 10 years and had kids and now have been a substitute for several years. Love to read blogs, create, search for home goodies, read, cook…
    Love BNOTP!!

  161. bskthound1 says

    My name is Theresa and I just love your blog. I discovered the land of Blogdom when my husband had to relo us for a new job. We moved from Nebraska to Louisiana. What a change!! I left my job as a nurse and my family. Sooo…because of my lifelong love of decorating, antiques, cooking and homemaking..I found these wonderful blogs. And what company and comfort you all have been for me!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and wonderful ideas with all of us.

  162. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    My name is Melinda and I am 55 years old and from NC. I have 2 daughters. One is married and is an accountant. My other daughter is a junior in college. I majored in Home Economics Education, was a stay at home Mom for many years, taught preschool for 16 years and now work as a professional Nanny to a wonderful family. I love to quilt, knit, make cards, travel, read, go to Bible study, bake sweets, thrift shop, etc. I never run out of anything to do. Love & blessings from NC!

  163. Hi Susan. I 'met' you through RMS last year and have loved your blog since you started it. I am 47, a mother of an 18 year old in college and a 16 year old in high school. I love gardening, decorating and shopping! I am currently in Salt Lake City, as we just moved here this summer from Oregon. I am excited about decorating and gardening in this new house.
    I think you're an amazing blogger. I've gotten so many ideas from you!
    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  164. Susan,
    Another wonderful tablescape, I could have sat down infront of the fire there and then and just dozed off after tea and cookies.I love your blog and feel inspired to refurbish the house this year. My lovely husband is needing to sit down clutching his pockets as I write. I am 55yrs (Ugh)a retired Police Officer with three stepchildren and we live in the north of England near to York. We are currently having the coldest winter for 30 years so plenty of time for the home. My main passions are embroidery, quilting and knitting which I mainly do to raise money for charity but have decided to do some for our home as well.
    Having just spent the last 2 years decluttering I can now see that I will be haunting china and thrift shops πŸ™‚
    Thanks so much for your inspiration.

  165. Hi Susan! Your tablescapes are always inspirational. I was a reader long before I entered my first tablescape back in September, through encouragement from Susan at Black-eyed Susan's Kitchen.I enjoy doing tablescapes, but with my schedule I'm only able to do one a month. I am awed by how you all do it every week! I am a 49 year old Master Floral Designer, mixed media fiber artist, and decorative artist in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thanks again for inspiring us and giving us a venue to hopefully inspire others.

  166. Susan,
    I am coming out of lurkdom to tell you how eager I am for Tablescape Thursday each week! I so enjoy savoring all the creativity throughout the weekend.

    I love seeing how you've decorated your beautiful home. I especially love the judge's paneled family room and the upstairs family room.

    I am 38 and a former high-school English teacher and South Carolina native. I am currently a stay-at-home mom homeschooling my six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. One of our new year's resolutions was to have a family night each week, complete with dinner, game, and devotional. Your tablescapes have inspired me to try to make at least that night's table special each week.

    I've taken my first pictures of a table set with my great-aunt's china, and I hope to join TT next week.

    Thanks for all the inspiration!


  167. Susan, I first met you on RMS.
    I am 57.
    Florist by trade; wedding planner too.
    I have been married for 40 years and have two beautiful daughters and five grandchild.
    I work full time at our two business + my wedding business.
    I enjoy decorating, shopping and collecting of china (Lenox pieces), stemware and flatware.
    I still enjoy reading your blog each time you post. Can you post some information about yourself.

  168. Susan…although late, I thought I would join in and tell you that I am 56 year olds, medically retired from being a Legal secretary. I worked for years assisting Victims of Violent Crime. I live in AZ now, born and raised in Michigan. You know I love tablescaping and decorating my home, when I am not spending time with my husband on his days off or my wonderful 2 grandchildren.

  169. Hi Susan, This was so much fun to be able to read about others that enjoy BNOTP. I love your tablescapes and have become quite a dishaholic because of it. My sweet husband just laughs as I come out with new dishes. I love your style of decorating, it has been so motivating.
    I am 59 yrs old, live in Dublin, Ohio, we have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. I don't have a lot of time to look at blogs so enjoy being able to get the updates on my email and facebook.

  170. I googled "tablescape" this summer and ran across your blog. Your blog has opened a new world to me. I'm a ministry partner (pastor's wife)in Kentucky. I live in a empty nest. There were 3 birds that flew away and built their own nests. I love to entertain and make my guests feel special. You are so creative and talented. Your tablescape pictures should be put in book form. I have just set up a blog tonight and I'm trying to learn about the blogging world. Thank you for your inspiration.

  171. Dear Susan,

    I truly enjoy your blog, but the best surprise of all was to find that you are a neighbor. My house is very similar to yours, and we have very similar tastes in dishes! In fact, I had never even heard of blogging until I did a google search for dishes one day in 2009, and your site popped up! Wow! I was really taken in by the photography, and the next thing you know, I was hooked! Now I enjoy several blogs regularly (that I found thanks to you), but yours is home base! I plan to paint my kitchen cabinets this year and enjoyed the posts about your kitchen redo. By the way, you mentioned that you painted the inside of your cabinets yourself, but had a company paint the doors. Would you mind giving me the name of that contractor? I'd like to do the same. Anyway, I know you get lots of fan mail, so I'll go now. I would truly LOVE to meet you some day and maybe have lunch some Saturday. Oh – you asked about occupation: I'm an office manager by day and piano teacher by evening. You've given me lots of inspiration, and most of all, it's nice to know that I'm not the only dish-loving person out there. For Christmas I got my first DSLR and I plan to learn to take photos to document my upcoming projects to use on perhaps my own future blog, who knows! THANKS FOR ALL THE INSPIRATION! It's a crazy, at-times-ugly world out there, and your blog is a breath of fresh air – I APPRECIATE YOU!

    Lisa in East Cobb

  172. Susan…Like I said before, I LOVE your blog…have been reading it for years. Your profession is near-and-dear to my heart, as my 89-year-old mother has alzheimer's and is in a wonderful facility. Sadly, my father was abused in another facility before his death.

    -I am 61, a doll and jewelry artist who has 'restarted' my business after caring for mom for 6 years. I sell on Etsy and at major art shows in Ohio, my home.

    -I created my line of cloth Ragamuffin Dolls 21 years ago. They can be found in homes all over the world!

    -Married 40 years to my college sweetheart…and LOVE to blog and visit my favorites.

    -I taught 2nd and 3rd grade, and nursery school and raised 2 sons: one is a physical therapist, the other a computer engineer. 2 grandbabies so far!!

    -I love my home, decorating, my poodle, dishes, anything vintage and books. Never enough books.

    This was a great idea! I'm printing off the comments to read while visiting my 'sleeping' mom!

    Fondly, Carol in NE Ohio

  173. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Lisa,
    Great to meet you! πŸ™‚ E-mail me at [email protected] and I'll give you the info. about the kitchen cabinet renovation.

  174. Hi, Susan!
    I cannot express how much joy you and your blog gives me every week. You are indeed talented when it comes to the decorating gene! I live in SC, am a retired first grade teacher and am 59. My hubby and I have been married for 38 years and we are blessed with three beautiful daughters, two of whom are married. No grandchildren yet! I love thrifting, browsing antique malls, reading and all things decorating. I adore your choice of blog post subjects but would love to see a post on decorating a bookcase with accessories and one on just decorating with accessories in general. Keep doing what you're doing, friend! Love it!

  175. Andi's English Attic says

    I began blogging last September having come out of four months of bad times. I think yours was the second blog I discovered (Southern Hospitality was first). I loved your blog from the start and have had so much inspiration from it, you wouldn't believe. I did a post on my new china cupboard a little while ago. The cupboard only came about because of your post about transforming yours.
    I was born in Hackney, London from a long line of Hackney ancestors. I'm a child of the sixties and I love hunting for treasure in flea markets and charity (thrift) shops. I love looking at your photos (you take great pics) of your home and your tables etc, and have found other lovely blogs through links on yours. I really believe you and other bloggers like you have helped me out of the black cloud that was a good part of last year and made me see the joys in life again. Big, big sincere thank you. xx

  176. Hi Susan,

    I am totally new to this bloggin world! I have admired your posts on RMS for sometime now. I just started my own blog as well. I took a different spin on mine, and hoping it goes well. Thus far I am happy. With that being said I will paste your table scape to my page, and plan to participate in the future. Your home and flair is wonderful. Thank you so much. I do hope you take a glance on by.

  177. Susan OMG! Tea in front of the fireplace with Christmasy teacups and Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cakes or Snowballs, whatever YUM!!!! If only I could teleport, I'd be there in a nano second! Thanks for the always beautiful blog.Sincerely, Kae(sister of M at Tales From an OC Cottage)

  178. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Kae,
    Girl, you come right on…would so love having you come by for a visit! Just love your sister, so I'm delighted to meet you! πŸ™‚ If either of you are ever in ATL, stop by and I'll be sure to have a fire in the fireplace…or if it's summer…we'll be drinking sweet tea on the porch! πŸ™‚

  179. Hi Susan,
    I just found your blog today and have been reading some of the archives. I am in love with and want your screened porch. I have a tiny one with only room for a small table and 4 chairs and ledges for my cats to sit on. I also love how you include Max in your pictures. What a pretty boy. Your photos are gorgeous and your decorating talent reigns!
    I love decorating and when I was a little girl I just loved rearranging furniture for my mom.

    Now I'm 57, recently retired from full time teaching in a dental hygiene program. Loving life and making good use of my time volunteering, learning the harp and of course decorating. We have 4 kitties that enjoy our porch. I live in Oklahoma. Thanks for all your tips and inspiration.

  180. Hi Susan!
    My name is Kay, and I just turned 49 yesterday! I have been reading your blog since last spring, and I enjoy all your pictures. I live in Ohio, but I have been to Georgia many, many times! My sister lives in northeast Georgia, and my middle daughter just went back to her college in northwest Georgia! My oldest daughter is in her last year of college here in Ohio, and my son just started high school this year. I just went back to work as a nurse in a neonatal unit, after being a "stay at home mom". Thank you for sharing all your beautiful pictures!

  181. I have just today stumbled upon your blog and I am HOOKED! I am 30 years old, from North Florida/South Georgia, raised and schooled in the South, but recently transplanted to the crazy life in New York City. Although I spend my days slaving away in the corporate world, I find a happy retreat in all things silver/china/crystal. Some evenings on my walk home, I'll stop in at Scully & Scully on Park Ave just to look at all of their beautiful tables. I collect and "play" with my china constantly, limited only by the lack of storage space in my small NY apartment (and price tags, of course). Give me a butler's pantry over a five star custom shoe closet any day! During the holidays this year, I set with Herend Chinese Black (Halloween), Lynn Chase Winter Game Birds Chestnut (Thanksgiving), and Vera Wang Holly Wreath (Christmas). This sping I can't wait to break out the Queen Victoria and the julep cups! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations. I can't wait to come back and visit on Thursday!

  182. MaryEllen Dadds says

    I am a lurker.And I do not have a Blog.But I have been coming by your place for sometime.
    I am 60 now and I live on the eastern Shore Of Maryland.
    Your whole House is stunning,but I think the thing I like best is posts about your porch.
    But I have to say,I really enjoyed seeing your lovely teaset .
    Thank you so much for being such a gracious hostess.

  183. Hi Susan,

    You have such a lovely blog. I guess for awhile now I have been a lurker – – – I may have left some comments in the past but can’t remember. I love your house and all your decorating and your ideas have inspired me so much! Thank you!!!

    OK – so here is the info you asked for…

    My name is Mary and I am almost 55 years old. I live in the Texas Hill Country (central Texas between Austin and San Antonio – – – we’re closer to Austin) near Lake Travis. I am married to a wonderful man and we have one child, a son, who I have homeschooled for the last 8 years. He’ll be starting high school this fall, attending a nice Catholic high school in our area. He’s so excited and so am I! πŸ˜‰ I am looking forward to using some of my free time to devote to my hobbies.

    I am an attorney by education, but when I met my husband and got married, I became a stay-at-home – – – or I guess I should say, “stay-at-home-mom-to-be”. I got pregnant a few weeks after we got married so I became a stay -at-home-mom since I was about to turn 40, and my doc told me to get a lot of rest πŸ™‚ After working such long hours for so long, I welcomed the rest…I loved every minute of it! πŸ™‚

    For my hobbies I absolutely love to read cookbooks and to cook…and to eat. Oh my! It is such a passion for me – and I have the waist to prove it. πŸ™‚ I also love to garden which is interesting for me here in Texas since I am a former East Coaster. I also enjoy fixing up /decorating our home for which I get so much inspiration from you.

    All the best and Happy New Year to you.


    • Mary, so great hearing from you! This was one of my favorite posts because it recharges me and makes blogging that much more fun when I can picture the dearhearts who’ll be reading those posts. My sister and you would hit it off. She also loves reading cookbooks and loves cooking. She also enjoys watching all the cooking shows that come on. I love the eating part. πŸ˜‰

  184. Hi Susan I’m Miriam and I enjoy your blog from a little green rain soaked country called Ireland. I’m 44 and I work as an accounts administrator. I have one daughter she is 23 and my proudest achievement ever.
    I wish I understood more about how to connect with blogs, Google circles etc etc but I am technically challenged πŸ™‚ I’m sure the more I try the more I’ll succeed.
    Your cozy fireside tea looks ready to step into.

    Take Care

  185. *sigh* Lennox Winter Greetings is the most beautiful holiday pattern I have ever seen. I was merely content with the pieces I had… and now I have to get the tea set. *sigh again*

  186. Lisa Thomas says

    I love your blog. This fireside tea looks so cozy. Wish I could pull up a chair and join in. It’s cold, dark and raining here in the Vancouver, BC, Canada area. Just had my snow tires put on……A warm cuppa and a special treat would be lovely….Are the goodies homemade?

    Thanks for the great daydream material!
    Warm thoughts to you,

  187. I love reading your blog every day. Love your beautiful pictures of your home, especially your table settings. You inspire me with your holiday decorations. I am 62 years old. I was a stay at home mom and entered the work force when my children went to college. I was a secretary at a large (2500 member) church. I did powerpoint presentations and 2 weekly newsletters. It was a great creative outlet for me. I had great friendships with the other 9 secretaries. When my first grandchild came along I retired to become a full-time grandma. Life is good!

  188. Hi Susan! I have been reading your blog for a few years now and absolutely love your style, projects, and dΓ©cor for the seasons! My name is Lindsey and I am 29 years old. I was recently married in October and work as a Cognitive Therapist. I LOVE interior design and am a fan of traditional homes. I have my heart set on buying a Storybook Tudor someday πŸ™‚

  189. Every time I tune into your Blog, I leave Inspired and go straight to my table and start layering. I am 54 years old and live in Hampton Cove, Alabama. My husband (of 30 years) and I have 2 children, 24 and 18. Stepping back in time I will tell you when the boys were little 2 and 6 we moved into our forever house which we designed. At the time a new thing was the rage: a thing called a “bonus room” usually over the garage…where the kids could play. I wanted my kiddos where I could peep in so we put in a bonus room off of the kitchen and breakfast area with a very large toy closet. I loved having my boys and their friends to play at our house. When they grew older it was hard for me to say goodbye to that room but now it is one of my favorite rooms, completely changed into now a keeping room where we watch TV sprawled on the sofa or read a good book while tucked under a warm throw. BUT, the best part is I took out the wire shelving in that toy closet and had a carpenter install built ins from floor to ceiling and now it is my “Dish Closet” When I get Inspired by your blogs I can walk into my “Dish Closet” and see everything. I do miss those boys and their toys, but this is MY time and I enjoy Playing House. Any suggestions on a better name than “dish closet” (I already have a “Pantry” in the kitchen and a “Butler’s Pantry” beside the dining room) “Dish Closet”……hmmm
    PS, tomorrow I’m going to call in a few neighbors for Tea. It’s fall so I am going to serve Russian Tea-a pretty orange color with cinnamon. Thanks ONCE again for the inspiration!

  190. Hi, Susan, I’ve been enjoying your posts since I came across it a few weeks ago. I like your enthusiasm and all the tips you provide. Your pictures are so good and you have wonderful ideas. I am a tea lover so I like the lovely Tea by the fire. I live in S.C. and am a retired teacher. I’m 64 & my husband & I became empty nesters May of 2012 when our younger daughter graduated from college. I’m redoing some rooms now so it’s fun and helpful to see your ideas. You have a lovely home.

    • Leigh, great to meet you! So glad you are here reading! I’m an empty nester, too so I know that feeling well. It’s very bitter sweet…when they fly the nest. Thanks again for your sweet comment. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  191. Susan, I just want to tell you how much I love your blog! I am a nester at heart, but I work full time as a secretary. It’s winter here in New Jersey and your beautiful pictures have brightened many of my days; your running comments with your winter tablescapes are so cheerful and inviting! Many times I find myself wishing I could live in your house! I’ve been “visiting your home” for a couple of years now, and have used many of your ideas in my own home. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent and hospitality!

  192. Ann Harrison says

    Annie-73-retired. My passion is finding a new place in life for used, older, inexpensive things. I shop mostly in thriftstores for these. I also find props for photo shoots of a national needlepoint magazine from these same sources.
    My favorite relaxation is stitching needlepoint and hand knitting. Some of these things are saved to my Greatgrandma box for when those babies begin to arrive (in case I’m not around then they will know I loved them!)

  193. Susan, I just read your 2010 post with the beautiful Lenox tea set, snowball cookies, and fireplace! Three of my favorite Holiday “must haves.” We have a large fireplace in our family room! Love it in the winter. I also have been collecting the Lenox “Winter Greetings” for years now! I think I started the first year they were introduced. I have settings for around 30 at this time. My daughter borrows them for Thanksgiving, and my grandchildren love them. My goal is to continue adding to the pieces so I can leave some to all of my children and grandchildren some day. They have grown up using these especially at Christmas, so I’m hoping to leave a “Memory” for them. I am a retired Elementary School Counselor, married for 54 years to Bob, we have two sons and one daughter. . . and they have blessed us with 11 grandchildren! Life is wonderful, my family is awesome, and we constantly make “memory maker moments” to bind our family close forever! I love your post and I’ve commented on here many, many times! Don’t ever stop posting!

    • Thanks, Rosie! I love that idea, what a lovely gift to leave to all your family! Winter Greetings is my most favorite holiday/winter pattern. I just love it with all the birds! You are truly blessed with a wonderful family! β™₯

  194. donna zoltanski says

    Hi Susan! Donna from NJ! I so enjoy your blog — everything about it is so much fun and inspiring. Tablescapes, Valentine’s day, your porch and Christmas are my favorites. I am not sure if I already commented on this post, but still enjoyed it just the same. We enjoy our home and reading your blog continues to inspire us each day. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much, Donna–you made my day with your sweet comment. πŸ™‚ I am itching to get back out on the porch…can’t wait for spring!

  195. Steven L. Martinez says

    Very nice designs and very inspiring, I loved the way it is so romantic and interesting article. Continue making inspiring thoughts Miss Susan!

  196. Love the tea parties. There is something so cozy about the idea and when it’s paired with a fire and a beautiful, welcoming setting, it’s heavenly. Like a soft warm blanket for a chilly soul.

    Maybe an autumnal tea setting is beckoning…

  197. Glenda Lagasse says

    Hi Susan!
    I live in Vancouver, B.C. Canada and my mom has been telling me about BNOTP for years now. I’ve peeked in now and then but now I’m completely hooked on your blog! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I took a house tour of your “nest” – my home office is very similar to yours – 3 large bookcases side by side, computer/2 desks and a sitting area (I have a narrow sofa from IKEA), though my colors are fallish – browns, greens, burnt oranges, etc. I decorated 2 picture frames with seashells several summers ago while visiting my sister in California; now I want to tackle some chargers with seashells, like yours. Our kids are now in High School, I’m 52 and applying to go back to university for Ph.D. Trying to balance left brain academics, family responsibilities, and creative right brain! We’ve recently invested in white PB every day dishes but am coveting your Copeland Spode Tower in Pink. I have owned Spode Holiday dishes for years but have always LOVED Lenox Winter Greetings. Sigh. So many creative juices to satisfy, so little time πŸ™‚ Keep up your amazing blog!

    • Thanks so much, Glenda–and please thank your Mom (for me) for sharing BNOTP with you. πŸ™‚
      What an exciting time for you! So wonderful that you’re going for your Ph.D.! This sounds like a great time to do it now that your children are older. I admire you for taking that on! Your office sounds like the perfect spot for studying, too. πŸ™‚

      Spode Holiday is a great Christmas pattern! I have a few pieces, I think just salad plates and love it! Regarding the Copeland Spode pattern in pink, eBay is a good place to look for it if you decide to collect a few pieces or place settings. That’s where I found it many years ago. The seller was selling 6 place settings and I had to work to get it since so many folks were bidding on it. My heart was pounding at the end of that auction! lol
      I emailed the seller afterward and told him if he ever came across more of the pattern, I would love 6 more place settings. Turned out he had 6 more, he just hadn’t listed them all. So I ended up buying those from him, as well.
      Thanks again for your lovely comment, Glenda. So great “meeting” you! Say “Hi” to your Mom for me! πŸ™‚

  198. Kimberly Talbert says

    Hi Susan, My name is Kimberly, from Indianapolis where is it cold but not much snow. I am a snow bird and travel to North Palm Beach in the winter so see the sun and feel warm. I love your blog for your dishes, table settings. I love your screen porch. It inspired me to turn mine into a sunroom. Also, I enjoy when you show us your favorite or really good buys for our homes. Although I am retired, I still enjoy making my home a better nest. I look forward to reading your blog each week. Love the tea set in front of the fireplace. You have such good ideas for settings in your home.

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