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Living the Life of Reilly and A Luxurious Gift Idea

Reilly and His Gallery Wall of Art

Recently in a post, I shared some fun ideas for hanging art or small paintings down low where they can be appreciated while sitting nearby. (See that post here: Hang a Little Painting Where It Will Surprise and Delight.) Cindy left this comment on that post. A friend’s cat has his own art gallery at his level. Every visit, I check to see if he has added to his collection. Small pieces that are cat-oriented. Makes me laugh every time. I enjoy your blog. Keep up … [Continue Reading...]

Sea Life Table Setting in Beautiful Colors of Blue and Coral

Pelican Centerpiece for Beach-Themed Table Setting

Welcome to the 513th Tablescape Thursday! I'm super excited to share a wonderful summer table with a fun, beach-sea life theme for this week's Tablescape Thursday! Sandra recently emailed and shared photos of a table she set for a family dinner. I immediately fell in love with the blue and coral color scheme of this whimsical table setting.   Sandra said she found the blue and coral-colored tablecloth while vacationing in Nice, France. What a great … [Continue Reading...]

Hang a Little Painting Where It Will Surprise and Delight

Dormer Window, Upstairs Family Room

Earlier in the spring I shared this wee painting of one of my tablescapes. (View this little teascape in detail here: St. Patrick's Day Tea.) The painting was a surprise painting done by a lovely artist and reader of BNOTP named, Fifi. After she let me know she had created the painting, I purchased it from her but never got around to having it framed.   Life got in the way and I never got around to framing it until recently. This was the frame I … [Continue Reading...]

Wonder If Goldilocks Ever Shopped for a Handbag Organizer

Hermes Evelyne III Handbag, Etoupe

Welcome to the 495th Metamorphosis Monday! Back around Christmastime, I purchased this bag when my SA called to let me know they had gotten one in the color I wanted. It took three tries, but I have finally found an organizer that works beautifully with this bag.   I really like a little organization in my bags, so I went in pursuit of a handbag insert/organizer as soon as I purchased this Hermes Evelyne III in size 29. This was the first organizer … [Continue Reading...]

A Tie for My Son, Summer Sandals & Starting My Christmas Shopping Now

Remember that time I was so obsessed with this polka dot shirt, I had to order it twice? I still love that shirt and wear it a lot, so I'm glad I have two despite the fact it tried its best to run on me. lol Pssst: If you've ever had a problem with colors bleeding in the wash, check out this previous post:  How Color Catcher Saved My Favorite Shirt.   I have a fave shirt for summer this year, so when it went on sale 60% off recently, I purchased a … [Continue Reading...]

Summer Garden Party Table Setting with a Limelight Hydrangea Centerpiece

Spring Tablescape, Kim Parker Floral Charger Plates, Bee Skep Tureens and Bee Flatware

Welcome to the 512th Tablescape Thursday! Announcement: If you are currently subscribed to receive BNOTP blog post updates via a Hotmail e-mail address, but they are not getting through to your Inbox, check your Spam folder. If they aren't in the spam folder, try subscribing with a different e-mail. Hotmail is notorious for filtering out emails that contain photos. Just Google and you'll find a lot folks on forums discussing this issue of emails not getting … [Continue Reading...]

Genius Ideas To Make Travel A Lot Easier

Makeup Travel Bag, So easy to access Makeup

Welcome to the 494th Metamorphosis Monday! I don't have a typical "Before and After" to share this week, so I thought I'd share some products that could definitely transform the way you travel, making your travels a lot easier. Recently Zenda left this comment below on this post: My 5 Essentials for Traveling Internationally. Susan, I wanted to thank you for recommending the anti-theft travel bag. I bought it just before our trip to Scotland in late May. I … [Continue Reading...]

Summer Dresses: Flowing and Oh, So Feminine!

When I was packing to take off to Ireland last summer, it dawned on me that I should take along a summer maxi dress. I wanted something pretty and flowing, a dress that would be perfect for a summer evening or dinner in Ireland. I searched in vain that evening but never found anything I really liked. I ended up buying a navy, floral dress that was really a little too big, but I knew I could camouflage it with a sweater I was also taking along. Navy isn't the best … [Continue Reading...]

A Living Room Table: Great for Reading, Working or a Casual Dinner

Red, White, Blue Bells, Chair Back Decoration

Welcome to the 511th Tablescape Thursday! Marie always sets several tables when entertaining for the holidays. One of my favorite tables in her home is the one she usually sets in her living area in case additional seats are needed. This room is nice and large, so it easily accommodates a large table for reading, working or dining.   Since this table is also used for other activities throughout the week, you'll notice lamps, books, magazines and … [Continue Reading...]

Build a Vision Board: Inspiration & Daily Reminder of Your Dreams and Goals

Vision Board

Thoughts become things, this I do believe. Do you remember when the book/video called "The Secret" was all in the news? Though I couldn't get on board with much of what it espoused, one premise I took to heart was the idea that our day-to-day thoughts do greatly impact almost every facet of our lives. I truly believe, that which you focus on will often come to pass, be it good or bad. Of course, I'm not talking about those things over which we have no control … [Continue Reading...]