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Fall Wreath Idea, A Porch with a River View & Dreamy Fashions Inspired by Fashion Week

Fall Autumn Door Decorating Ideas

I have quite a few fun things to share today, starting with this beautiful fall wreath Carol created for her front door this year. Carol said, "I saw your fall wreath and wanted to share with you my fall wreath. I am always finding something new and I add to it every year, so it has morphed into this now." I love this idea! What a great way to update an older wreath. I especially love the monogram pumpkin and pheasant feathers Carol added! If you already have a … [Continue Reading...]

The Away Bigger Carry-on Bag: Lydia and Instagram Made Me Do It!

Away Bag, Aluminum Bigger Carry-On

Welcome to the 505th Metamorphosis Monday! Over the past three years as I've traveled abroad, this adorable bag has always been my carry-on bag. There are many things I love about it, including its two interior pockets. One is perfect for carrying a laptop and the other, a zipper pocket, is great for smaller items like electrical cords, mouse, Rx, etc... I always get so many comments/compliments on this bag each time I travel. Never once have I seen anyone … [Continue Reading...]

Packing for Travel to Egypt and a Cruise Along the Nile River

In a few short weeks, I'll be heading off on a new adventure. I'll be leaving for a 16-day trip to Egypt. This will be my third time visiting the continent of Africa--somehow it keeps drawing me back. It's going to be quite hot in Egypt, I'm guessing very much like the summers here in Georgia but with less humidity since it's really a desert environment. Today I'm sharing the wardrobe I plan to pack, although I'm sure there will be some last minute additions and … [Continue Reading...]

Tablescape Thursday: A Halloween Setting by Candlelight

Halloween Cat Wine Glasses

Welcome to the 522nd Tablescape Thursday! We had storms this afternoon and it got quite dark as I finished setting this table to share for today's Tablescape Thursday. I decided to go with it--embrace the cloudy, moody afternoon and photograph this Halloween only table by candlelight. As it got even darker out, I turned on a few lamps.   Love dining by candlelight!   It may be a little early for a Halloween tablescape but I couldn't … [Continue Reading...]

Vacation in The Bastle, a Farmhouse Reminiscent of Rosehill Cottage in the Movie, The Holiday

Lovely Bedroom in historic The Bastle

Imagine traveling to the northern part of England and staying in this 16th-century storybook home! This is The Bastle, a farmhouse built during the time Elizabeth I was Queen. Can you imagine?!   A nighttime view... This storybook stone cottage reminds me so much of the home in the movie, The Holiday. (Take a tour of that movie house here: Tour the Home in the Movie the Holiday.)   Remember the living room in the home in The … [Continue Reading...]

Did Those Boxwood Shrubs Bounce Back? Sharing a Few Landscape Updates!

Snow Covered Green Mountain Boxwood Shrubs

Welcome to the 504th Metamorphosis Monday! Back in May 2016, I redid the landscaping directly in front of my home. I chose Green Beauty Boxwood shrubs as my foundation plants and this was how they looked on the pallet at the store just prior to having them delivered.   Here's how they looked after I planted them over the course of a few days. It was a challenge keeping them watered until I could get them all in the ground. Fall is the better time … [Continue Reading...]

From Broken to Better, This Project is Done! Well, at Least for Now.

Broken Fence on Dept. 56 House

I'm considering this little project complete for now. When I last shared this room, one of the little Dept. 56 lit houses I had purchased on eBay had not arrived. There's a story about that--I'll share it toward the end of this post. For the picture below, I had the shutters in the office closed and all the lamps in the office turned off. I lit a couple of candles to help my camera capture the lit houses. Unfortunately, photos don't really show how pretty they … [Continue Reading...]

Welcoming Autumn with a Colorful Table Setting in Shades of Red, Gold and Brown

Bird Napkin Rings

Welcome to the 521st Tablescape Thursday! With the official first day of autumn just a couple of days away, I'm  sharing a fall-ish table setting for this week's Tablescape Thursday. Still very warm here--reaching the 90's each day (which I love) but I know the cooler temps will be headed this way before too long.   I kept the centerpiece simple, using a red lantern I've had for several years. Don't remember now where I found it but if I had to … [Continue Reading...]

12 Cleaning Products I Would Never Want To Be Without

Therapy Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish

A few days ago I received an email from Jane, a lovely BNOTP reader asking about the furniture polish I use on my furniture. Today I thought I'd do an updated post sharing a lot of the products I use around my home for cleaning, maintenance and such. The ones I'm sharing are all products I truly love and enjoy...dare say, couldn't do without! This is the furniture polish I've been using now for several years. I discovered it a few years back while antiquing. The … [Continue Reading...]

Cozying Up The Office with Dept. 56 Lit Houses and a Few New Bookcase Additions

Sweater Weather Pumpkin for Fall

Welcome to the 503rd Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! For this week's Met Monday, I thought I'd give you a quick update on what I've been up to with the bookcases here in the office. There have been a couple of additions but also quite a few subtractions.   Can you tell I've reduced my collection a bit? I took a huge stack (probably a shelf's worth) to Goodwill this weekend. Since then I've culled out a few more books. These … [Continue Reading...]