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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...]

Noritake Xavier Gold: Perfect for an Autumn or Holiday Table

Noritake Xavier Gold in Autumn Holiday Table Setting

Welcome to the 474th Tablescape Thursday! Too cold to create a table setting on the porch this week...   ...or, on the new seating area on the deck.   Since we're inside in the dining room for this week's Tablescape Thursday, it's the perfect time to share a candlelit table with a cozy, autumn feel.   This table wanted to become everything. It wanted to be a fall table, but it also wanted to be a Thanksgiving and … [Continue Reading...]

Critters on My Feet, Part II

Chipmunk Eating Peanuts

Recently I shared a photo of some adorable scuffs I had purchased for my daughter-in-law and for myself. I got the raccoon version for myself and the kitty version for her.   I've enjoyed these scuffs so much, I couldn't resist buying one more pair. This time I went for the moose! I took this photo outside because they are a subtle forest green that's hard to capture inside. I love wearing these scuffs when I'm home, they go on pretty much the minute … [Continue Reading...]

Deck “Before And After” with “Lodge Brown” Solid Stain for the Deck and Railings

Bottle Tree for Deck

Welcome to the 456th Metamorphosis Monday! Sorry this is going up a bit late. The painters are here finishing the staining of the basement door so I've been downstairs working with them this morning. The makeover of the two decks on the back of my home is complete. I like the brown railing a lot more than I ever thought I would. The stain color is Sherwin Williams, Lodge Brown.   Before, when the railing was white, it showed … [Continue Reading...]

A Closet Update: Hacking Shelves for Boot & Shoe Storage

Boot and Shoe Storage

Years ago, shortly after my home was built in the early 1980's, the first owners turned the bedroom that's beside the master bedroom, into a dressing room/closet area. (Read more about that in this post: If These Walls Could Talk: A Mystery Alcove. The bedroom was around 12 x 13 feet and they closed off the door/entrance from the upstairs hallway and cut a large double opening from the master bedroom, into the room. They added two long closets with bifold doors … [Continue Reading...]

3 Halloween Table Settings & A Halloween Craft

Inspiration Setting for Halloween

Welcome to the 473rd Tablescape Thursday! Things are still a bit crazy around here with furniture still piled into the breakfast room and the deck furniture piled onto the porch. Fortunately, they are coming today to put everything back onto the deck now that it's dry. Looking forward to getting everything back to normal! Update: Sorry this post is going up a bit late...painters arrived while I was creating it and I had to help with moving the deck furniture … [Continue Reading...]

A Visit to Marie’s on All Hallows’ Eve

Halloween Lantern Lit Up at Night

I'm working on a little project inside one of the closets in my bedroom, and as usual, I've run into a little snag. It wouldn't be one of my projects without at least one complication popping up involving a need for a mere 1/4 inch. It's always those little quarter inches that get me! lol Looking forward to sharing this little update soon.   In the meantime, let's go visit my friend, Marie! Marie decorates her home for Halloween in the most amazing … [Continue Reading...]