Are you a member of the blue and white club? And a blue and white contest!

Hello and happy late afternoon….we are having the most spectacular fall weather, loving it! It’s just enough for a light sweater or jacket, perfecto:) If you are like me and love blue and white, then you my friends, have indeed come to the right place!

?I announced the other day the start of my “Blue and white love” contest. This is one contest I am crazy excited about having and I promise to find a glitch free poll to upload when the time comes to make voting easy!! The rules are simple and I hope to any of my fellow blue and white lovers that you will consider sending in your pictures. Today is a perfect excuse to share some more blue and white love….does it ever get old? I say no! I have already gotten in some pretty amazing pictures…….

It is classic, timeless, always elegant and literally works inside, outside in any style home. I have seen it look amazing in more transitional homes as well as it does in very traditional ones. It is just a sure thing. So take a look at some blue and white love that I have been enjoying in many shapes, forms and ways………

?Gorgeous blue and white wall,? J Wilson Fuqua

?My own secretary holding an oversized blue and white planter…..
?My own dining room table always has room for one more ginger jar:)
My own back patio…..where blue and white reigns supreme!

?Love this striking center hall table…..picture perfect!
?I love seeing a blue and white collection on a center hall table…perfection! J Wilson Fuqua
Gorgeous fall vignette, courtesy of Yvonne Stone Gable
?Stunning table scape by queen of elegance, Carolyne Roehme
I kind of need these, Mandarina
How pretty is this! Pierre Deux creates? a picture perfect blue and white bedroom, dreamy!
?Blue and white against the rich blue wall is really something!
?Love this picture…so serene, and a perfect spot for a blue and white collection!
?Talk about a way to wake up every morning…who needs coffee!! House Beautiful
?Rich soft yellows with blue and white are exquisite….
?Bright blues against white make for a dramatic effect
Love the effect of cheery sunny yellow against blue and white porcelain
My own breakfast room setting (and no we never eat like this lol)
?Gorgeous vignette on a center island, Classic Casual Home
Love creams mixed in with blue and white….so timelessly elegant. Asmara

Love this bedroom….cozy and so beautiful! Glam Pad
Bring it on!
?What better way than to be greeted upon entering a home than by a vignette of blue and white! J Wilson Fuqua
?My own vignette on a black French console
?The holidays are a brilliant time to display blue and white with holiday greenery
?Beautiful blue and white papered interior doors of this armoire make this so striking
Gorgeous table setting….white and blue and white flowers go together so beautifully!
Some of my most favorite blue and white goodies!
My motto is there is no such thing as too many blue and white pillows:)
Oh my word…blue and white is sooo beautiful. It is one thing that? always leaves me happy, and I seem to have my blue and white radar on 24/7.? Just love it! How about you? How do you like to use blue and white? So, onto the contest details…..
My contest theme for November is not surprisingly “Blue and white love“. You know what that means..send in your pictures of your blue and white anything…however you love to display it or use it in your home, your favorite vignette, a beautifully displayed ginger jar, your plate collection, your blue and white nails, your pet wearing a blue and white something….whatever it may be.

Max. 2 pictures per entrant, please in subject line of email put “Blue and white love”. I will collect pictures up until Nov. 1st . The contest will run on Nov. 4th for 2 days. Thanks in advance and I cannot wait to start receiving your pictures…I? know they will be fabulous!

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

The lucky winner will be getting something that is blue and white and fabulous!

Thanks for stopping in. Be sure to check back on Thursday,? I have some stupendous steals and deals to announce and new gorgeous fall colors for the Annabel Ingall totes..lots of good stuff! Enjoy your day:)

Are you a member of the blue and white club? And a blue and white contest!

Hello and happy late afternoon….we are having the most spectacular fall weather, loving it! It’s just enough for a light sweater or jacket, perfecto:) If you are like me and love blue and white, then you my friends, have indeed come to the right place!

 I announced the other day the start of my “Blue and white love” contest. This is one contest I am crazy excited about having and I promise to find a glitch free poll to upload when the time comes to make voting easy!! The rules are simple and I hope to any of my fellow blue and white lovers that you will consider sending in your pictures. Today is a perfect excuse to share some more blue and white love….does it ever get old? I say no! I have already gotten in some pretty amazing pictures…….

It is classic, timeless, always elegant and literally works inside, outside in any style home. I have seen it look amazing in more transitional homes as well as it does in very traditional ones. It is just a sure thing. So take a look at some blue and white love that I have been enjoying in many shapes, forms and ways………

 Gorgeous blue and white wall,  J Wilson Fuqua

 My own secretary holding an oversized blue and white planter…..
 My own dining room table always has room for one more ginger jar:)
My own back patio…..where blue and white reigns supreme!

 Love this striking center hall table…..picture perfect!
 I love seeing a blue and white collection on a center hall table…perfection! J Wilson Fuqua
Gorgeous fall vignette, courtesy of Yvonne Stone Gable
 Stunning table scape by queen of elegance, Carolyne Roehme
I kind of need these, Mandarina
How pretty is this! Pierre Deux creates  a picture perfect blue and white bedroom, dreamy!
 Blue and white against the rich blue wall is really something!
 Love this picture…so serene, and a perfect spot for a blue and white collection!
 Talk about a way to wake up every morning…who needs coffee!! House Beautiful
 Rich soft yellows with blue and white are exquisite….
 Bright blues against white make for a dramatic effect
Love the effect of cheery sunny yellow against blue and white porcelain
My own breakfast room setting (and no we never eat like this lol)
 Gorgeous vignette on a center island, Classic Casual Home
Love creams mixed in with blue and white….so timelessly elegant. Asmara

Love this bedroom….cozy and so beautiful! Glam Pad
Bring it on!
 What better way than to be greeted upon entering a home than by a vignette of blue and white! J Wilson Fuqua
 My own vignette on a black French console
 The holidays are a brilliant time to display blue and white with holiday greenery
 Beautiful blue and white papered interior doors of this armoire make this so striking
Gorgeous table setting….white and blue and white flowers go together so beautifully!
Some of my most favorite blue and white goodies!
My motto is there is no such thing as too many blue and white pillows:)
Oh my word…blue and white is sooo beautiful. It is one thing that  always leaves me happy, and I seem to have my blue and white radar on 24/7.  Just love it! How about you? How do you like to use blue and white? So, onto the contest details…..
My contest theme for November is not surprisingly “Blue and white love“. You know what that means..send in your pictures of your blue and white anything…however you love to display it or use it in your home, your favorite vignette, a beautifully displayed ginger jar, your plate collection, your blue and white nails, your pet wearing a blue and white something….whatever it may be.

Max. 2 pictures per entrant, please in subject line of email put “Blue and white love”. I will collect pictures up until Nov. 1st . The contest will run on Nov. 4th for 2 days. Thanks in advance and I cannot wait to start receiving your pictures…I  know they will be fabulous!

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

The lucky winner will be getting something that is blue and white and fabulous!

Thanks for stopping in. Be sure to check back on Thursday,  I have some stupendous steals and deals to announce and new gorgeous fall colors for the Annabel Ingall totes..lots of good stuff! Enjoy your day:)

Setting the perfect summer table…..and a tabletop giveaway!

Hello there! Have you gotten your summer party groove on? Whether its a table for two or a party for 20…….there is no denying that summer dining is one of the perks of the summer season. Yep, the season of al fresco eating is upon us! I love nothing more than eating outdoors and the only thing that makes it better is sitting down to a beautiful tablescape. And the beauty of summer entertaining is that it need not be expensive, actually a beautiful table can be created with very little, imagination is the only “must have”. Add a few candles as the crowning touch and you are ready…….

So I have gathered a collection of wonderful and inspirational tablescapes that reflect elegant effortless summer entertaining. I love summer entertaining,  love setting a pretty table and am crazy for flowers, table linens, beautiful china, sterling flatware, and pretty much anything that has to do with setting a beautiful table! What do you like to do when you set up a summer table? Any special tips you want to share? Do tell!

Finally a summer tablescape giveaway to get your party groove on….all details at bottom. In the  meantime, sit back, enjoy and take in all the beautiful details of these gorgeous summer tables!

Lots of pictures and details to take in……so get those Pinterest fingers and notepads ready!

 To me this says “the perfect summer table”. It’s as inviting and pretty as it is fun and partylike. Love the touches from the tiny and inexpensive American flags, and french fries served in mini boats….love it all! Pottery Barn

I do love the idea of mixing elements, metals and woods, flowers and greens…..gorgeous!

The blues are always a beautiful inspiration in setting a gorgeous summer table, so crisp and clean, Centsational Girl
Rustic, simple and totally charming……. French by Design

Sunflowers are like summers flower poster child….they always add so much life to a summer table

 Love the idea of layering rustic elements, the greenery, the wicker chargers against the white plates, and adding a sprig of lavender….all so stunning, Julia Usher
This to me says its not about how fancy the accoutrements are at the table but how they are displayed, this is simple yet so pretty and inviting and festive! Pottery Barn

Love everything about this from the white ginger jars to the gorgeous peaches and pinks that make this a beautiful summer setting, Barbara and Jo

 Love the elegant simplicity of this, a beautiful orange tree against the blue and white……perfection,
Carolyne Roehm

White china and  simple greenery or white flower can be so pretty…….Chelsea Fuss

 Should be no surprise how much I love this inspiration for a tablescape….blue and white with an oversized  hurricane and a bowl of green fruit…..perfection! The party dress

 Ahhhh….the serenity of the all white table, never ceases to amaze and inspire, Lstylebylisa

 This is so beautiful…..love the pink and green theme, spectacular!

 Green and white looks so fresh, add a few pots of greenery and you are done, Mary Carol Garrity

Sunflowers are always a good idea! Carolyne Roehm has shown us once again, just how stunning they can be, love the pewter and antler additions

 Love how vivid and warm this is, and little is required…..bright linens, an urn of fruit, and colored glasses….voila! Media Cache
 Another great example of how you do not need to invest a lot to create a beautiful table. Love the idea of individual potted plants for everyone to take home……
This is great looking and so affordable..adding cord or tie as a napkin ring holder to your blue and white summer table!
Gorgeous!! Love the  mix of colors….and of course the stunning summer flowers. Southern Living

Adding even a bowl of lemons and limes is a quick easy way to create a summer feeling centerpiece!

Simple, rustic and so beautiful….the lemon and limes still on their branches with leaves makes a stunning centerpiece against the blue and white
 Shells and ocean themed tabletops are beautiful and so appropriate for summertime entertaining, Between Naps on the porch
Love this eclectic setting, different chairs, all kinds of interesting tidbits as centerpieces…this illustrates beautifully that your imagination is your only limitation! Brandon Kidd Photography

How pretty is this? Love the idea of a vintage crate filled with beautiful colored fruit against sherbert colored flowers…..add white plates and you have yourself one beautiful table! Picture perfect for you

Do not underestimate the power of a big bunch of sunflowers, a stack of white plates, a simple table linen and a pretty tray holding some goodies. Case in point is shown here!
 For a casual yet beautiful setting, patriotic napkins, wicker chargers, red and white flowers and cute touches like beer in Mason jars are a wonderful way to jazz up a casual summer table, PB
 Love the simple idea of gingham napkins with a sprig of rosemary (never underestimate the power of using an herb or greenery as a decorative element)! Mimi Coco Poppy
Blue, white and hydrangeas are a trio made in heaven! Stonegable
Wow! The power of the almighty monogrammed napkin…..fabulous! Southern Living
 Beautiful rustic elements, like wicker chargers, a linen table runner, a bit of greenery are always sure things for a summer table, Pottery Barn
 There is nothing that a cluster of soft pink peonies cannot cure…..so so beautiful! Wedding Illusions

Gorgeous idea for  a summer centerpiece….this is an old trough would work great with a dough bowl too, Nina Foutch

Here is a simple and easy idea…fill a bunch of glass containers with lemons and limes, perfect for summer, adds a pop of color and so simple!

And if you really don’t want to bother with china and fancy glasses….you can always go for the gorgeous new melamine that looks like the real deal! These are all from the newest line I am carrying and I absolutely cannot wait to set up my first tablescape, you can be sure I will be sharing it with you!

 YES….all of it really is plastic! Heavy too…people are so surprised when they pick it up, its amazing!

Here is a look at all the patterns/colors, click here to visit the line at my online shop.….

Finally the giveaway, one lucky winner will receive 8 of the fleur de lis plastic unbreakable dishwasher safe high ball glasses to get your summer party mood started……..

To be eligible…..

Just leave a comment here telling me your favorite pattern from my online selection of summer tabletop patterns. Click here to go to to my online shop. Want a second chance? Visit The Enchanted home on Facebook and tell me your favorite pattern.

Winner to be announced Saturday morning. Good luck and remember all anonymous commenters, you must leave your name and last name initial in the body of the comment. Good luck and thanks as always for stopping in!

Setting the perfect summer table…..and a tabletop giveaway!

Hello there! Have you gotten your summer party groove on? Whether its a table for two or a party for 20…….there is no denying that summer dining is one of the perks of the summer season. Yep, the season of al fresco eating is upon us! I love nothing more than eating outdoors and the only thing that makes it better is sitting down to a beautiful tablescape. And the beauty of summer entertaining is that it need not be expensive, actually a beautiful table can be created with very little, imagination is the only “must have”. Add a few candles as the crowning touch and you are ready…….

So I have gathered a collection of wonderful and inspirational tablescapes that reflect elegant effortless summer entertaining. I love summer entertaining,? love setting a pretty table and am crazy for flowers, table linens, beautiful china, sterling flatware, and pretty much anything that has to do with setting a beautiful table! What do you like to do when you set up a summer table? Any special tips you want to share? Do tell!

Finally a summer tablescape giveaway to get your party groove on….all details at bottom. In the? meantime, sit back, enjoy and take in all the beautiful details of these gorgeous summer tables!

Lots of pictures and details to take in……so get those Pinterest fingers and notepads ready!

?To me this says “the perfect summer table”. It’s as inviting and pretty as it is fun and partylike. Love the touches from the tiny and inexpensive American flags, and french fries served in mini boats….love it all! Pottery Barn

I do love the idea of mixing elements, metals and woods, flowers and greens…..gorgeous!

The blues are always a beautiful inspiration in setting a gorgeous summer table, so crisp and clean, Centsational Girl
Rustic, simple and totally charming……. French by Design

Sunflowers are like summers flower poster child….they always add so much life to a summer table

?Love the idea of layering rustic elements, the greenery, the wicker chargers against the white plates, and adding a sprig of lavender….all so stunning, Julia Usher
This to me says its not about how fancy the accoutrements are at the table but how they are displayed, this is simple yet so pretty and inviting and festive! Pottery Barn

Love everything about this from the white ginger jars to the gorgeous peaches and pinks that make this a beautiful summer setting, Barbara and Jo

?Love the elegant simplicity of this, a beautiful orange tree against the blue and white……perfection,
Carolyne Roehm

White china and? simple greenery or white flower can be so pretty…….Chelsea Fuss

?Should be no surprise how much I love this inspiration for a tablescape….blue and white with an oversized? hurricane and a bowl of green fruit…..perfection! The party dress

?Ahhhh….the serenity of the all white table, never ceases to amaze and inspire, Lstylebylisa

?This is so beautiful…..love the pink and green theme, spectacular!

?Green and white looks so fresh, add a few pots of greenery and you are done, Mary Carol Garrity

Sunflowers are always a good idea! Carolyne Roehm has shown us once again, just how stunning they can be, love the pewter and antler additions

?Love how vivid and warm this is, and little is required…..bright linens, an urn of fruit, and colored glasses….voila! Media Cache
?Another great example of how you do not need to invest a lot to create a beautiful table. Love the idea of individual potted plants for everyone to take home……
This is great looking and so affordable..adding cord or tie as a napkin ring holder to your blue and white summer table!
Gorgeous!! Love the? mix of colors….and of course the stunning summer flowers. Southern Living

Adding even a bowl of lemons and limes is a quick easy way to create a summer feeling centerpiece!

Simple, rustic and so beautiful….the lemon and limes still on their branches with leaves makes a stunning centerpiece against the blue and white
?Shells and ocean themed tabletops are beautiful and so appropriate for summertime entertaining, Between Naps on the porch
Love this eclectic setting, different chairs, all kinds of interesting tidbits as centerpieces…this illustrates beautifully that your imagination is your only limitation! Brandon Kidd Photography

How pretty is this? Love the idea of a vintage crate filled with beautiful colored fruit against sherbert colored flowers…..add white plates and you have yourself one beautiful table! Picture perfect for you

Do not underestimate the power of a big bunch of sunflowers, a stack of white plates, a simple table linen and a pretty tray holding some goodies. Case in point is shown here!
?For a casual yet beautiful setting, patriotic napkins, wicker chargers, red and white flowers and cute touches like beer in Mason jars are a wonderful way to jazz up a casual summer table, PB
?Love the simple idea of gingham napkins with a sprig of rosemary (never underestimate the power of using an herb or greenery as a decorative element)! Mimi Coco Poppy
Blue, white and hydrangeas are a trio made in heaven! Stonegable
Wow! The power of the almighty monogrammed napkin…..fabulous! Southern Living
?Beautiful rustic elements, like wicker chargers, a linen table runner, a bit of greenery are always sure things for a summer table, Pottery Barn
?There is nothing that a cluster of soft pink peonies cannot cure…..so so beautiful! Wedding Illusions

Gorgeous idea for? a summer centerpiece….this is an old trough would work great with a dough bowl too, Nina Foutch

Here is a simple and easy idea…fill a bunch of glass containers with lemons and limes, perfect for summer, adds a pop of color and so simple!

And if you really don’t want to bother with china and fancy glasses….you can always go for the gorgeous new melamine that looks like the real deal! These are all from the newest line I am carrying and I absolutely cannot wait to set up my first tablescape, you can be sure I will be sharing it with you!

?YES….all of it really is plastic! Heavy too…people are so surprised when they pick it up, its amazing!


Here is a look at all the patterns/colors, click here to visit the line at my online shop.….

Finally the giveaway, one lucky winner will receive 8 of the fleur de lis plastic unbreakable dishwasher safe high ball glasses to get your summer party mood started……..

To be eligible…..

Just leave a comment here telling me your favorite pattern from my online selection of summer tabletop patterns. Click here to go to to my online shop. Want a second chance? Visit The Enchanted home on Facebook and tell me your favorite pattern.

Winner to be announced Saturday morning. Good luck and remember all anonymous commenters, you must leave your name and last name initial in the body of the comment. Good luck and thanks as always for stopping in!

Bloggers beautiful abodes….Yvonne of StoneGable!

Good morning. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Ours was so relaxing, and the day of rest we all needed. Before I begin with this fabulous home, I want to announce the winner of the Madhouse setting for eight! Congrats goes to…..

charmed by the twig cutlery!

what a lovely collection of blossoms, tina. you are blooming lovely over as usual. and we love it!

smiles.

michele

(Please contact me Michele so I can get your shipping info)
  

Moving along…….I am so excited to be here today with another fabulous blogger and her stunning home for my “Beautiful bloggers abodes” series. I am having so much fun getting a peek into these exquisite homes and learning from those in the know. Say hello to the ridiculously talented……….

Yvonne, to me is the absolute QUEEN not princess of tablescapes. I have never seen anyone with the talents that she has in creating the most scrumptious presentations….seriously droolworthy. And lets not even get started on her recipes. Get your pen and paper ready….this has more inspiration and knowledge than many books! When she has a new post, I know its a “do not miss”. I am always telling her she must put out a book, I would be the first in line. Her talents extend to her entertaining,her decorating and of course creating a beautiful home. She drives home one heck of a beautiful argument for refined country living. I think the pictures will do all the talking and by all means if you do not follow Stone Gable…you are missing out! Click here to visit her. The inspiration is just over the top. Enough of me, lets hear from talented Yvonne……

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1.How long have you been in your present home? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would change if you could?
I had the idea of StoneGable in my mind 5 years before we ever started to built it. It is nothing too grand or elaborate… but it is comfortable and roomy and perfect for transforming itself from a home to a hotel at a moments notice! People gravitate to StoneGable… and it is at it’s best bursting at the seams and full of loudness and laughter and antics! This is a home that wraps it’s arms around your heart!

StoneGable, circa 2009… lots of changes since then!

front porch sitting


back door

 StoneGable is a farmhouse inspired home with a big wrap around porch which compliments the beautiful bucolic farmland of Lancaster Pa. We have no close neighbors and are surrounded on all sides by farms and lots of rolling farmland. It is peaceful and private and is my favorite place to be.
looking out the back door
corn surrounding StoneGable in the summer
summer sunset looking across the field

 I think of living here as rural life at it’s best! Lancaster County is a strange-bird-of-a place. It is really a through back in many ways to a softer, simpler, less rushed way of life. There is just something wonderful about living here! I am not a native Lancasterian, but have lived in this area for over 30 years.

Family croquet game on the side lawn

 We live eight miles south of the county seat which is steeped in culture and history. Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC are all within a couple of hours from us.

Lancaster Central Market, the countries oldest farm market
StoneGable is our third family home and I would have a hard time leaving it… but eventually it will be too big for us and then StoneGable will need another family to fill it. I hope that is a long long time from now!
I have lists of things to change about StoneGable! Don’t we all? We are literally taking one room at a time and remodeling and freshening them up. We have lived hard and large at StoneGable for 18 years!
Right now we are working on the living room, dining room, foyer and front stairs at StoneGable. We do almost all of the work ourselves… so it is a very slow process… and very satisfying!
A weekend project… laying new floors in the dining room
Bobby starting to paint the dinning room trim
Aren’t I a brave one for holding a bridal shower when the dining room was not yet done?
If I could change 3 things right now I would add more light to our family room by knocking out a wall and adding a few french doors…I would build a bigger patio and put in an outdoor fireplace… and I would remodel our master bathroom now, and not next year!
2. If you could live in two rooms in your house what would they be?
My favorite place at StoneGable is my kitchen… no surprise to most. Our kitchen was built in our garage out of boards. Our builder’s father was an old fashioned cabinet maker and he fashioned our kitchen to reflect a farmhouse style… and then kicked it up a notch!

Cabinets made in my garage
Again, it is roomy and not too fancy, but has lots of charm.  Two years ago it went through a face lift… we were very careful not to ruin the integrity of the cabinetry or it’s overall look.
My other favorite place is the swing on our back porch. I have never photographed it before! Maybe because it is a little part of my life I keep to myself! You can find me out there on many mornings with coffee and a bible in hand… or swinging in the dark marveling at the fireflies!
3. How do you describe your decorating style?
Oh my goodness!!! Is classic, farmhouse, casually elegant a style? If left to my natural inclinations I would be pretty formal. I love beauty and the stateliness of formality… but I also love comfort. Being able to flop down and not worry that I will ruin something! So there is a tension there, for sure!
The J&J guest room
Aprons on hooks
Gable Room, lots of antiques in here
 It just might be design hierarchy to admit that I am not all that enthralled with the current popularity of french decor. I guess it just does not suite where I live and I am a little too saturated with it.
4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? 
Always… but it changes and evolves like my tastes. Right now I am in love with neutrals and the play of texture. But my all time favorite is blue and white…just like you Tina!
Fabrics and colors for the living room and dining room
new living room sofa with neutral pillows
My love for blue and white is reflected in many tables I set

5. Favorite room in my house?
Kitchen, it really is the heart of my home! And reflect our lifestyle the best.

6. Best two tips you can give anyone looking to decorating their home? Best two things not to do?
This question is tailor-made for me!!! As I said earlier, Bobby and I do almost everything ourselves.
I think the first tip when looking to redecorate is to have an overall vision. Spend time dreaming and looking through magazines and blogs and books. Have pictures of what you love… make lists of what needs to be done. DON’T  go into any project without spending a lot of time planning it out. I guess that is the first don’t!
The second thing to do is to take your time and do it right! I am repainting and reupholstering eight eighteenth century mahogany chairs. What a job! But in the end it will  be so worth it!
Here is the before… You can see we are also painting the living room in the background!
It was a saga getting the old fabric off!
And here is a peak at the new finish on the chairs. Come back later this week for the reveal of two chairs completed!
Another what not to do tips is… don’t be overly influenced by trends. So many trends are here today and gone in a year or two, so don’t sink a lot of money… time … or labor into things that you will get tired of. That is why I am so drawn to classic styles. I can add less expensive trendy accents and replace them when they look tired or out of style.
7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?
Well… some I don’t have! When we remodeled our kitchen I desperately wanted a double oven and warming tray because I LOVE to cook! But, we could not fit it in without disturbing the integrity of the existing cabinetry. So I chose the cabinets that are such a treasure in StoneGable’s kitchen over the convenience of a double oven. I’m surviving just fine!
no double oven… only a cook top and one oven

One of the first things I baked in my new oven

I also am a huge fan of gas cooktops. I have never cared for electric.
Another must for me is a big pantry… and lots of room for dishes!
Pantry!
Lots of room for dishes!
But I think the most important thing to me is lots of counter space and lots of room for people to join me in the kitchen. Really, every gathering in my home begins and ends in my kitchen!

a favorite place to sit in the kitchen!
8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table or console in the living room.
I’ll let you know… we gave away or sold ALL the furniture in the formal living room and right now only our new sofa is in it… actually tomorrow the chairs and the end tables are coming.
I have two gorgeous tall oriental brass lamps that my father brought back from Japan in the early 60’s( when I was just a wee girl)… and my mother has given them to me, so they will be a special part of my table decor.
I’m still working the rest of the details out… I’ll keep you posted!
here’s an old buffet I just painted for the dining room that is still a work in progress. It is ready for Spring!
here’s my family room coffee table decked out for summer

9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?
YES! NO overhead lighting!!!! Most people use far too little lighting in their homes… or the lighting is all on the same level. Lots of light and lots of levels. If you MUST have overhead lighting make sure it is on a dimmer and keep it LOW!
And I crave natural lighting! I would love to have more windows… and far less window treatments.

10. Have a favorite paint color, do tell?
We have just painted our living room and dining room Sonnet by Benjamin Moore. It is a very soft, light reflective white with taupe undertones. We have lots of white wainscoting and trim in those rooms and it looks marvelous with Benjamin Moore Atrium White.
looking at different colors 
I have the hardest time with picking out wall color… but I got Sonnet right!
Sonnet on the walls
11. What are a couple of really inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?
Pillows!  Pillows are like the love language of the house! They say, “let’s cuddle”!
 Pillows don’t have to be expensive. I get down inserts and make my own. I just change out the covers and keep using the inserts!
I just made these pillows this spring
fall pillows in the family room
gable room pillows
I think there is nothing more homey than a great smelling house!!! I love food scented candles and homemade simmering potpourri. Our very first home sold after being on the market for a very short time because the buyer loved it’s smell! I would simmer cinnamon sticks and cloves before each showing! How easy is that?

And it’s important to have a welcoming front door… clean, painted… a nice wreath. Your front door sets the mood for your home!

12. Fill in the blank… if money were no object the very first thing I would buy for my home is…
I am going to answer this question a little differently than it was asked.
I have a list in my head of home projects and things I would love to have that will take the next 10 years to complete. My home is really never done… and that’s as it should be!
 I think it is an important thing to cultivate contentment and gratitude for what I have. I try not to overlook all the work we have already put into StoneGable and the joy it brings us on a daily basis. There are so many homes that are more beautiful and better made and have more… but StoneGable is OUR haven… our gift from God. I feel very very blessed!

My front door is always open to friends old… and new!
Tina, thank you so much for asking me to share with you and your wonderful readers today! I am by no means a decorator or have your eye and talent for design… so this is a very big thrill for me to come by and visit at the ……….
THE ENCHANTED HOME!!!

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Bravo Yvonne! I am so impressed with how beautiful yet warm and cozy of a home you have created for you and your family.  Those family pictures are incredible! And the country has always beckoned  to me and your home could be a single reason for someone to take the plunge….so idyllic!
You can almost smell the wonderful scent of homecooked goodness and feel the love and warmth! I love all your touches, your excellent advice from someone who knows and so agree about the power of pillows, gas ranges, taking your time with decor and making sure a home smells good.

Thank you so much for opening up your wonderful home to me and all my readers and to everyone for stopping in. Now….Yvonne is not getting off the hook so easily, she was way too modest about her insane talent in tablescapes and entertaining so I am going to just have to boast a little for her! Take a look at what this dynamo has done……..

And I remember when I found her….it was with this post of this most beautiful tea party for two!

OK, now do you see what all the fuss is about? And why I just had to do a little bragging on her behalf? Yes, she really is that good. I bet Marthas shaking in her boots:) Yvonne, you continue to inspire and amaze….all at the same time! I could go on and on but you will have to visit Yvonne to check out more of her wonders over at her blog. Click here to visit her and sign up and be a part of her beautiful world. Thanks again everyone! Wishing everyone a wonderful Monday and a good start to your week.

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Bloggers beautiful abodes….Yvonne of StoneGable!

Good morning. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Ours was so relaxing, and the day of rest we all needed. Before I begin with this fabulous home, I want to announce the winner of the Madhouse setting for eight! Congrats goes to…..

charmed by the twig cutlery!

what a lovely collection of blossoms, tina. you are blooming lovely over as usual. and we love it!

smiles.

michele

(Please contact me Michele so I can get your shipping info)
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Moving along…….I am so excited to be here today with another fabulous blogger and her stunning home for my “Beautiful bloggers abodes” series. I am having so much fun getting a peek into these exquisite homes and learning from those in the know. Say hello to the ridiculously talented……….

Yvonne, to me is the absolute QUEEN not princess of tablescapes. I have never seen anyone with the talents that she has in creating the most scrumptious presentations….seriously droolworthy. And lets not even get started on her recipes. Get your pen and paper ready….this has more inspiration and knowledge than many books! When she has a new post, I know its a “do not miss”. I am always telling her she must put out a book, I would be the first in line. Her talents extend to her entertaining,her decorating and of course creating a beautiful home. She drives home one heck of a beautiful argument for refined country living. I think the pictures will do all the talking and by all means if you do not follow Stone Gable…you are missing out! Click here to visit her. The inspiration is just over the top. Enough of me, lets hear from talented Yvonne……

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1.How long have you been in your present home? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would change if you could?
I had the idea of StoneGable in my mind 5 years before we ever started to built it. It is nothing too grand or elaborate… but it is comfortable and roomy and perfect for transforming itself from a home to a hotel at a moments notice! People gravitate to StoneGable… and it is at it’s best bursting at the seams and full of loudness and laughter and antics! This is a home that wraps it’s arms around your heart!

StoneGable, circa 2009… lots of changes since then!

front porch sitting


back door

?StoneGable is a farmhouse inspired home with a big wrap around porch which compliments the beautiful bucolic farmland of Lancaster Pa. We have no close neighbors and are surrounded on all sides by farms and lots of rolling farmland. It is peaceful and private and is my favorite place to be.
looking out the back door
corn surrounding StoneGable in the summer
summer sunset looking across the field

?I think of living here as rural life at it’s best! Lancaster County is a strange-bird-of-a place. It is really a through back in many ways to a softer, simpler, less rushed way of life. There is just something wonderful about living here! I am not a native Lancasterian, but have lived in this area for over 30 years.

Family croquet game on the side lawn

?We live eight miles south of the county seat which is steeped in culture and history. Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC are all within a couple of hours from us.

Lancaster Central Market, the countries oldest farm market
StoneGable is our third family home and I would have a hard time leaving it… but eventually it will be too big for us and then StoneGable will need another family to fill it. I hope that is a long long time from now!
I have lists of things to change about StoneGable! Don’t we all? We are literally taking one room at a time and remodeling and freshening them up. We have lived hard and large at StoneGable for 18 years!
Right now we are working on the living room, dining room, foyer and front stairs at StoneGable. We do almost all of the work ourselves… so it is a very slow process… and very satisfying!
A weekend project… laying new floors in the dining room
Bobby starting to paint the dinning room trim
Aren’t I a brave one for holding a bridal shower when the dining room was not yet done?
If I could change 3 things right now I would add more light to our family room by knocking out a wall and adding a few french doors…I would build a bigger patio and put in an outdoor fireplace… and I would remodel our master bathroom now, and not next year!
2. If you could live in two rooms in your house what would they be?
My favorite place at StoneGable is my kitchen… no surprise to most. Our kitchen was built in our garage out of boards. Our builder’s father was an old fashioned cabinet maker and he fashioned our kitchen to reflect a farmhouse style… and then kicked it up a notch!

Cabinets made in my garage
Again, it is roomy and not too fancy, but has lots of charm. ?Two years ago it went through a face lift… we were very careful not to ruin the integrity of the cabinetry or it’s overall look.
My other favorite place is the swing on our back porch. I have never photographed it before! Maybe because it is a little part of my life I keep to myself! You can find me out there on many mornings with coffee and a bible in hand… or swinging in the dark marveling at the fireflies!
3. How do you describe your decorating style?
Oh my goodness!!! Is classic, farmhouse, casually elegant a style? If left to my natural inclinations I would be pretty formal. I love beauty and the stateliness of formality… but I also love comfort. Being able to flop down and not worry that I will ruin something! So there is a tension there, for sure!
The J&J guest room
Aprons on hooks
Gable Room, lots of antiques in here
?It just might be design hierarchy to admit that I am not all that enthralled with the current popularity of french decor. I guess it just does not suite where I live and I am a little too saturated with it.
4. Do you have a favorite color scheme??
Always… but it changes and evolves like my tastes. Right now I am in love with neutrals and the play of texture. But my all time favorite is blue and white…just like you Tina!
Fabrics and colors for the living room and dining room
new living room sofa with neutral pillows
My love for blue and white is reflected in many tables I set

5. Favorite room in my house?
Kitchen, it really is the heart of my home! And reflect our lifestyle the best.

6. Best two tips you can give anyone looking to decorating their home? Best two things not to do?
This question is tailor-made for me!!! As I said earlier, Bobby and I do almost everything ourselves.
I think the first tip when looking to redecorate is to have an overall vision. Spend time dreaming and looking through magazines and blogs and books. Have pictures of what you love… make lists of what needs to be done. DON’T ?go into any project without spending a lot of time planning it out. I guess that is the first don’t!
The second thing to do is to take your time and do it right! I am repainting and reupholstering eight eighteenth century mahogany chairs. What a job! But in the end it will ?be so worth it!
Here is the before… You can see we are also painting the living room in the background!
It was a saga getting the old fabric off!
And here is a peak at the new finish on the chairs. Come back later this week for the reveal of two chairs completed!
Another what not to do tips is… don’t be overly influenced by trends. So many trends are here today and gone in a year or two, so don’t sink a lot of money… time … or labor into things that you will get tired of. That is why I am so drawn to classic styles. I can add less expensive trendy accents and replace them when they look tired or out of style.
7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?
Well… some I don’t have! When we remodeled our kitchen I desperately wanted a double oven and warming tray because I LOVE to cook! But, we could not fit it in without disturbing the integrity of the existing cabinetry. So I chose the cabinets that are such a treasure in StoneGable’s kitchen over the convenience of a double oven. I’m surviving just fine!
no double oven… only a cook top and one oven

One of the first things I baked in my new oven

I also am a huge fan of gas cooktops. I have never cared for electric.
Another must for me is a big pantry… and lots of room for dishes!
Pantry!
Lots of room for dishes!
But I think the most important thing to me is lots of counter space and lots of room for people to join me in the kitchen. Really, every gathering in my home begins and ends in my kitchen!

a favorite place to sit in the kitchen!
8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table or console in the living room.
I’ll let you know… we gave away or sold ALL the furniture in the formal living room and right now only our new sofa is in it… actually tomorrow the chairs and the end tables are coming.
I have two gorgeous tall oriental brass lamps that my father brought back from Japan in the early 60’s( when I was just a wee girl)… and my mother has given them to me, so they will be a special part of my table decor.
I’m still working the rest of the details out… I’ll keep you posted!
here’s an old buffet I just painted for the dining room that is still a work in progress. It is ready for Spring!
here’s my family room coffee table decked out for summer

9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?
YES! NO overhead lighting!!!! Most people use far too little lighting in their homes… or the lighting is all on the same level. Lots of light and lots of levels. If you MUST have overhead lighting make sure it is on a dimmer and keep it LOW!
And I crave natural lighting! I would love to have more windows… and far less window treatments.


10. Have a favorite paint color, do tell?
We have just painted our living room and dining room Sonnet by Benjamin Moore. It is a very soft, light reflective white with taupe undertones. We have lots of white wainscoting and trim in those rooms and it looks marvelous with Benjamin Moore Atrium White.
looking at different colors?
I have the hardest time with picking out wall color… but I got Sonnet right!
Sonnet on the walls
11. What are a couple of really inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?
Pillows! ?Pillows are like the love language of the house! They say, “let’s cuddle”!
?Pillows don’t have to be expensive. I get down inserts and make my own. I just change out the covers and keep using the inserts!
I just made these pillows this spring
fall pillows in the family room
gable room pillows
I think there is nothing more homey than a great smelling house!!! I love food scented candles and homemade simmering potpourri. Our very first home sold after being on the market for a very short time because the buyer loved it’s smell! I would simmer cinnamon sticks and cloves before each showing! How easy is that?

And it’s important to have a welcoming front door… clean, painted… a nice wreath. Your front door sets the mood for your home!

12. Fill in the blank… if money were no object the very first thing I would buy for my home is…
I am going to answer this question a little differently than it was asked.
I have a list in my head of home projects and things I would love to have that will take the next 10 years to complete. My home is really never done… and that’s as it should be!
?I think it is an important thing to cultivate contentment and gratitude for what I have. I try not to overlook all the work we have already put into StoneGable and the joy it brings us on a daily basis. There are so many homes that are more beautiful and better made and have more… but StoneGable is OUR haven… our gift from God. I feel very very blessed!

My front door is always open to friends old… and new!
Tina, thank you so much for asking me to share with you and your wonderful readers today! I am by no means a decorator or have your eye and talent for design… so this is a very big thrill for me to come by and visit at the ……….
THE ENCHANTED HOME!!!

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Bravo Yvonne! I am so impressed with how beautiful yet warm and cozy of a home you have created for you and your family.? Those family pictures are incredible! And the country has always beckoned? to me and your home could be a single reason for someone to take the plunge….so idyllic!
You can almost smell the wonderful scent of homecooked goodness and feel the love and warmth! I love all your touches, your excellent advice from someone who knows and so agree about the power of pillows, gas ranges, taking your time with decor and making sure a home smells good.

Thank you so much for opening up your wonderful home to me and all my readers and to everyone for stopping in. Now….Yvonne is not getting off the hook so easily, she was way too modest about her insane talent in tablescapes and entertaining so I am going to just have to boast a little for her! Take a look at what this dynamo has done……..

And I remember when I found her….it was with this post of this most beautiful tea party for two!

OK, now do you see what all the fuss is about? And why I just had to do a little bragging on her behalf? Yes, she really is that good. I bet Marthas shaking in her boots:) Yvonne, you continue to inspire and amaze….all at the same time! I could go on and on but you will have to visit Yvonne to check out more of her wonders over at her blog. Click here to visit her and sign up and be a part of her beautiful world. Thanks again everyone! Wishing everyone a wonderful Monday and a good start to your week.

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