Sunday, November 17, 2013

How I Found My Style Sundays- On Sutton Place

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. 
Ann Drake photo

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. 
Decorating With Hydrangeas
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.
Vintage Mangle Cloth Slipcover

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. 
Decorating With Hydrangeas

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.
Summer Front Porch

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.
Fall Kitchen Decor

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. 
DIY Acorn Wreaths on Personalized Plate Wall
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.
Reversible Fall Christmas Banner

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!
Neutral Thanksgiving Tablescape using Natural Elements
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.
On Sutton Place Master Bedroom
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. 
I'd love for you to follow me on Pinterest, Facebook or Google+. Thank you Pamela...I enjoyed being here!
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!


  1. Ann,
    I have followed you for awhile and love your style. It beautiful and comfy and I love how you put things together. Ann was a great choice Pamela.

  2. I love Ann's style and my favorite is her fabulous plate wall.

  3. Always love to see Ann's beautiful home! This is one of my favorite blog series :-)

  4. I just love Ann's beautiful home and style!! She is full of talent and I am happy to say I have many of her beautiful
    creations in my home! Great feature Pamela!

  5. Dear......can I be your new BEST friend???? Just lovely!!

  6. I love Ann's style! Everything is so beautiful but also clean and uncluttered. That's my favorite look.

  7. I always luv seeing your home and style Ann. Thanks for letting us peek in ladies.
    Hugs, Gee

  8. I have always loved Ann's style. Thank you for featuring her!

  9. Beautiful home. Love your style.

  10. Pam...thanks for having Ann over, she is an inspiration for all of us. Ann, your home is always evolving. My daughter often says, "This is so you!", just like yours, and I take that as a compliment because there is a method to our madness! I just love how you follow your own sense of what fits, you have a good eye. And I love your sewing creations!


  11. Her home is so beautiful and classic <3 In Love!

  12. Love you home, you style and your decorating attitude! Always a pleasure to get to peek at your home :)

  13. Thank you for sharing Ann's beautiful home and how ie evolved through the years. I agree with you 100%, a home is done over the years, with things you love and heirlooms as well. Every part of this home is lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs,


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