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Beautiful Christian Dior Exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2019

Christian Dior Exhibition, 2019, London England

Well before I left for my trip to England, Nicole, a personal shopper I follow on Instagram who often travels to England, posted a video highlighting the Christian Dior Exhibition taking place in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I checked the dates of the exhibit and was disappointed to see it would be ending the day before our arrival in London. When we arrived in London, I was so happy to discover that due to its popularity the dates of the exhibition had … [Continue Reading...]

Bedroom Makeover: Dinosaur Themed Bedroom for Two Dinosaur-Loving Boys

Orange Lamp, Boy's Bedroom

Welcome to the 549th Metamorphosis Monday! In a previous post, I shared some plans my daughter-in-law, Nancy, and I've been working on for the bedroom belonging to my two grandsons. The boys, ages 3 and 5, were ready to graduate from their convertible crib/toddler beds to big-boy beds. I had saved my son's childhood bedroom furniture all these years, so I loaded the two beds into my SUV and headed north.   Thanks so much for your comments on my … [Continue Reading...]

Dining at 35,0000 Feet & the Huge Mistake I Made When Flying Delta One

What's it like to fly Delta One

Welcome to the 567th Tablescape Thursday! I'll be leaving for Ohio tomorrow and though I had plans to set a table yesterday, I found my self totally distracted thinking about the last element I needed for this little makeover my daughter-in-law and I are planning for my two grandson's bedroom. I had everything we needed except for one thing: a great lamp. A friend suggested I check At Home, a store she loves to visit whenever she's home visiting family here. … [Continue Reading...]

Do You Own a Barefoot Dreams Cardigan?

Beds and Bedding

Thanks so much for all your comments and ideas on Monday's post, I appreciate them all so much! I spent the better part of yesterday doing this. Wow, what an all-over-body workout!   The two beds you see below in this photo, including the two riser sections...   ...are now inside my SUV. I loaded, unloaded and reloaded my SUV about 5 times yesterday, trying to find a way to fit the chest-of-drawers in with the beds. There was just no … [Continue Reading...]

Designing a Bedroom for Two Dinosaur-Loving Boys

Pottery Barn Dinosaur Bedding for Twin Beds

Welcome to the 548th Metamorphosis Monday! If you've been following BNOTP for a while, you may remember when I turned my son's old bedroom into my home office. This collage below shows the various parts of the room prior to taking the beds apart and moving everything out of the room. (See how the office turned out in this previous post: Designing and Creating a Home Office.) My son was in undergraduate school at the University of Georgia when I undertook this … [Continue Reading...]

Two New Dresses I Loved Wearing During My Time in England

English Cottage and Garden, 2019

I was only gone 10 days, but it feels like I was away for months! It's such a strange feeling, returning home and driving down the old familiar streets. One minute you're in London and just beginning to adapt to where everything is and finding your way around, then that very same afternoon you find yourself back home, and it feels like you've been away for ages. I'm always overjoyed to see home again. No matter where you go, home is where your heart longs to return, … [Continue Reading...]

Having Tea at Max Gate, Thomas Hardy Style

Thomas Hardy's Max Gate, Dorchester

Welcome to the 566th Tablescape Thursday! This past Saturday we visited Max Gate, the home Thomas Hardy built after he became a successful writer.   I hope to share additional photos of the home in the future, but for this week's Tablescape Thursday, we're going inside the dining room.   I always appreciate the beautiful homes I visit during my travels, but sometimes I think I appreciate them even more once I'm back home and have … [Continue Reading...]

A Beautiful Way to Hang Pictures for a Balanced, Attractive Grouping

The Duchess of Cornwall Inn Picture Wall Arrangement

Welcome to the 547th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Monday! Hope you are experiencing a wonderful start to the new week. Since I'm currently in England on holiday and not actively working on a "Before and After" project, I thought I'd share a striking feature in the room where I'm currently staying. There's a rather long entry hallway just inside the door of my room here at The Duchess of Cornwall Inn in Poundbury, Dorchester where we are currently staying. I was … [Continue Reading...]

Following in Jane Austen’s Footsteps: The Dining Room & Butler’s Pantry at Goodnestone Park

Goodnestone Home, Goodnestone Park

Welcome to the 565th Tablescape Thursday! It's almost 1 AM as I write this. We returned much later than planned from our dinner at Stanford's Cottage in Worthing, the cottage where Jane Austen's family stayed during their vacations on the Sussex coast. In the two days we've been touring, there haven't been any blog-worthy table settings, well, at least not any in places where I was allowed to take photos, but we did see a wonderful dining room today when we … [Continue Reading...]

June Favorites: A Polish to Restore Old Bath Fixtures and an Adorable, Floral & Bee Bag

Bee Clasp, Clutch Shoulder Bag

Since today is the final day (ends at midnight) of the Amazon Prime sale, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my June favorites in case any of these are included in the sale today. At the top of my faves list for June, I have to include these sandals pictured below. I have enjoyed wearing them so much, I've ordered them in almost every color, including white. My daughter-in-law liked mine so much after trying them on, she ordered a pair in the "Light … [Continue Reading...]