Have you asked me a question lately? Every day I get lots of emails from my fabulous readers asking questions. Some personal, some decor related, some about seasonal things, some about cooking or diy’s. I get all sorts of questions! I love interacting with all of you. I keep track of the questions you ask and every now-and-then I answer them on my blog. Well, today’s the day to answer 5 most asked questions lately.
I am so honored that you are curious about my life and my view on so many topics. Here are the top 5 questions asked!
1. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR FRONT DOOR.
This is one question I can’t answer! Bobby and I went to Lowe’s a couple of years ago to buy a new paint color for our front door. We chose a nice, safe graphite grey door color. It must have been mixed wrong. When we opened the can to painted the front door were we ever surprised. After a few minutes of do-we-like-it-or not, we decided that we loved it. It works with our Pennsylvania limestone. I will never play it safe with a door color again!
Depending on the light of the day this door can look very blue or a soft blue/gray slate.
But we have a problem! Our door will probably need to be painted again this summer and we hope to paint it the same color it is now! I hope Bobby saved the old paint can! And I hope the paint store an match it!
2. WHAT PATTERN ARE THOSE WHITE DISHES AND WHERE CAN I GET THEM?
This question is still one of the most asked. The dishes that are so popular? These…
I call them the LEAF AND BERRY DISHES (bottom charger and second dish down) and the SCROLLY DISHES (bowl, 1st and third dish down).
I didn’t know much about them except their marking on the back…
A wonderful reader found information about the “LEAF AND BERRY DISHES”. They are actually called “HOLIDAY BOUGH” from Barreveld. Thanks so much Cindee for sharing this with us!!!!
The “SCROLLY” dishes are also from Barreveld but I am not sure of the pattern. If you know something about this pattern let us know!
I got the dishes over a couple of years at HomeGoods. I have not seen them for awhile thought!
3. HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR SOAPSTONE KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS AND HOW DO YOU CARE FOR THEM?
The short answer is I love love love them! Many readers want to know about upkeep and how they are holding up.
So far, our the soapstone counters have worked wonderfully in our farmhouse kitchen. Here are a few facts that made them the right choice for us. Soapstone is totally inert. In other words, it is not porous and will not stain, acquire any kitchen odors, and is totally heat proof. I can put my hottest pots and pans right on the counters. They are very forgiving!
About once a month I lightly rub my counters down with a little mineral oil to keep their sheen.
Soapstone can dink and scratch, but you have to be awfully rough or use a knife on it for it to be damaged. If a scratch appears it can be buffed out with a fine grade sandpaper. We have not had to do that yet and I use them HARD!
4. HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED AT STONEGABLE?
We have lived at StoneGable 19 years and 4 months! We built our home on an acre of land surrounded by the bucolic farmland of Lancaster Co. Pa. StoneGable is our third home. Because of the farmland all around us we build a farmhouse inspired home with a big wrap porch.
About 3 years ago our home was looking a little tired so we decided to take one room at a time and make it over… literally from the floor up! So far we have updated the kitchen, family room, living room, dining room, breakfast room, mud room, powder room and 3 guest bedrooms. We also updated and expanded our patio and garden. This upcoming year we will be working on two more bathrooms, another guest room and the laundry room. The porch also will be painted and some landscaping updated.
I’m sure you know what I mean when I say that you are never “done” when it comes to a home!
Because we are diy’ers we do most of the work ourselves and it takes a good while for each project to be finished. Right now I am putting the decorative touches on our downstairs powder room and hope to have a reveal in a week or two!
If you would like to see a little bit of the history of StoneGable and the land it sits on click HERE.
5. ARE YOU AN INTERIOR DECORATOR? DO YOU DO DECORATING CONSULTATIONS?
I am not an interior decorator. I have no formal training. Just decades of loving to decorate and reading decor books and magazines and blogs and working on my homes… and now writing my own decor and lifestyle blog and book!
I love love love researching for a post! I often do a lot of research when I write posts like 5 NO FAIL TIPS FOR ARRANGE PILLOWS LIKE A PRO or 5 TIPS FOR STYLING A COFFEE TABLE. So I’ve learned a lot and am so passionate about sharing what I’ve learned with my beloved readers! I also play with decor to get it right! It’s so important to work and play with what you have in your home… to try new things and keep learning about all things home and decorating! It builds confidence and skill and creativity! I adore being inspired and inspiring others!
I’m so happy to announce that I will be starting to do decorating consultations in May. If you are interested in a one-on-one consultation please email me and I’ll give you all the details. Let’s decorate your home together!
Thanks for being the best readers and friends EVER!!!! I hope I’ve answered a question or two for you today!
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