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Clark Griswold Is At It Again! Get Your Back-up Power Source Ready!

The Griswold Holiday House, Dept. 56 Lit House in Christmas Table Setting

Welcome to the 476th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all the wonderful suggestions yesterday regarding where to shop for a Christmas tree. I am going to check them all out over the next few days. I'll be sure to let you know what tree I end up buying. All this talk of Christmas trees has me dreaming of Christmas. Years ago, we used to collect Department 56 houses. I still have them all, though I haven't put them out in recent years. Since I haven't … [Continue Reading...]

This Fraser Fir Christmas Tree Isn’t What I Expected

Balsam Hill Tree with dull, not very bright lighting

After reading so many great reviews over the years about Balsam Hill Christmas trees, I decided this year to splurge and spend the $700+ to get my very own. It arrived earlier in the week, and I got it out of the box to check it over to make sure the lights worked and all was okay. The tree I purchased for $719.74 was the Balsam Hill BH Fraser Fir. It is from Balsam Hill's "Most Realistic" Collection. For reference, this is a photo from their website of how the … [Continue Reading...]

Closet & Door Updates: Small Storage Bench for Putting on Boots and Shoes

Storage Bench for Small Closet for Putting on Boots

Welcome to the 458th Metamorphosis Monday! So what do you think? This door was a struggle! I'll spare you all the details, but here's the final finish.   This was the "Before" with a cat door that was no longer needed and the other side badly scratched up by a previous home-owners dog.   The new door was installed, and unfortunately cut too short by the installer. So sadly, it had to be replaced again. ~~~Big … [Continue Reading...]

Finally Chose a Christmas Tree and We’re Shopping in Sundance!

Happy Weekend! Well, I finally did it! I finally pulled the trigger and ordered my very first Balsam Hill Christmas tree. It arrived yesterday and is currently setting on the floor of my entry, awaiting its unboxing. I'll do that today to make sure everything works. Not sure when I'll decorate it, there's plenty of time for that still.   After much angst, this was the one I chose, the Balsam Hill BH Fraser Fir. Balsam Hill's most popular and highly … [Continue Reading...]

3 Wonderful Halloween Tables & Tips for Creating a Spooky Mist with Dry Ice

Halloween Table with Spooky Dry Ice Mist

Welcome to the 475th Tablescape Thursday! Over the last few days I've received some wonderful photos from BNOTP readers, sharing the amazing tables they put together for Halloween this year. Norma's Spooky but Elegant Halloween Table Norma created an elegant black and white table with beautiful silver accents.   Notice how she used simple, white dinnerware. If you've got a basic set of white dinnerware, you can create a table for any occasion … [Continue Reading...]

A Time Saver, A Comfort Addition & A Bit of Whimsy for the Christmas Holidays

Halloween Porch, Black Cat Pillow, Ballard Designs

Hope you had a fun Halloween evening! I had a lot of Trick or Treaters, as usual. I think it grows every year. I had over 75 last year so I purchased even more candy this year. I lost count, but I think I exceeded last year's numbers. The ones who are trick or treating for the first time are so adorable! Halloween has always been one of my most favorite holidays because I have such good memories of Trick or Treating from my own childhood. One of my favorite … [Continue Reading...]

How to Get a Sample of Any Paint Color, Even Older Colors No Longer Available

Welcome to the 457th Metamorphosis Monday! Have you ever come across a great paint color online, perhaps on a blog or on Pinterest, only to discover it's an older color that's no longer available? I often get emails or messages from BNOTP readers asking how they can get the color formula for the yellow paint I've used in so many rooms of my home.   This yellow is an older Duron color called, Sugar Cookie. It's a bit of chameleon, changing from a … [Continue Reading...]

Cozy Inside this Rainy, Blustery Weekend

It's been a cold, blustery, rainy weekend, definitely feels like winter has arrived, even though it's still just fall. After putting out suet for the birds and making sure the feeders were all filled, I've been doing a bit of online shopping for myself and for Christmas.   I always like to get a head start because Christmas gift shopping and wrapping is the one thing I can always get done ahead of time. The holiday season is so much more enjoyable and … [Continue Reading...]