Hello! My name is Ann and I created the blog On Sutton Place almost three years ago. It's named after the street where I live and chronicles my life as I attempt to create a classically vintage home on a budget.
I'm very happy to be here today. Pamela has always been gracious and so generous with advice or help. Blogging can be overwhelming at times and Pam is always, always there with words of encouragement. I feel very blessed to call her my friend.
Like all of us, my decorating style has evolved over the years. Some things have stayed constant from the very beginning. The color blue. Traditional furniture. Heirloom pieces. Now I would say my style is classically vintage (that's my tag line too!) with a little farmhouse flair.
I love to incorporate vintage linen into my décor as well as silver and natural elements. I try not to be boxed in and enjoy mixing styles. I think it's fun and adds interest.
It took me a while to find my decorating style. I made a lot of mistakes and got off course many times. I think I found my style when I finally came to the realization that I didn’t have to decorate my home for other people. It wasn’t about what people would think…or if they would like it. It was about making a home that my family could be comfortable in and that we all loved.
That’s when I really came into my own and realized I could get the look I wanted on a budget. It took a little longer and I had to be creative…but nothing was out of reach as long as I was willing to roll up my sleeves and make it happen.
My most treasured find really isn't a "find." It's an inherited piece that I didn't even want at the beginning. This chest belonged to my husband’s family.
When we were emptying out my father-in-law’s condo after he passed away, this was one of the last pieces not spoken for. My husband told me I better find a place for it because we were not giving it away. So home it came and it ended up in my living room.
It is now the star of the show…I adore it. It’s added a little extra storage and is a perfect place for seasonal vignettes. I briefly considered painting it but was quickly talked out of that by my wonderful readers!
Creating a beautiful home happens when you decorate with things you love. Incorporate your collections and interests. Make your home a reflection of you. A beautiful home is not something that happens overnight. It takes a while and you have to be patient. If you keep plugging away, one day you will wake up and realize that you are surrounded by lovely things and they all mean something.
Every once in a while when I mention something I like…or have acquired something new…my daughter will say “That’s very you.” That’s what you should strive for and it’s what will make you happy.
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|Ann you truly have a beautiful home! I enjoy all of your many projects and love that you are always ready to share tutorials so we can accomplish some of those same projects ourselves. Thank you for stopping by today and visiting with us!|