I recently had some local blogging friends over to visit our new Tanglewood house and one of them said, “Oh, Yvonne! You StoneGabled it!” I had to laugh out loud because she was right! I took the furniture and colors I love and moved them 8 miles away to Tanglewood. Come see where I put things!
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StoneGable and Tanglewood are very different homes. And they are different styles too! But I found much of the furniture I had at SG would work at our new home. Why? Because most of it is classic! Classic furniture work with almost any style!
And my colors are all neutral and work together!
One of the biggest mental exercises for me was knowing what would work at Tanglewood and what wouldn’t. I can’t tell you how many times I made the trip to our Tanglewood house to measure and think and remeasure and map out.
One of the hardest things I had to do when downsizing was to let go of some of the items I dearly love! It was HARD to give up iconic StoneGable furniture, but alas, some of the things I love would not fit! Thankfully all those beloved things went to wonderful families!
So let’s take a look at what I call Furniture Musical Chairs!
We’ll start in the dining room at StoneGable.
The absolute hardest thing to let go of in my home was my beloved concrete topped dining room table. Oh, I tried to make it fit in our eating area at Tanglewood but the math does not lie!
I was not going to be emotionally sentimental and make mistakes! So my concrete table found a home in a lovely family’s huge kitchen! And the head chairs wanted to stay with the table so they went too!
I must admit, a little piece of me will forever miss the table. Sigh!
The French chairs came with us and we are using two right now in a tiny nook that we are making over soon. So before long, they will join their mates in the basement until the basement is finished and we will use them downstairs.
The mirror is also down in the basement but I am letting it go too. I am so determined not to keep what I no longer need.
The one piece of furniture, besides the armoire in our master bedroom, I was h–l bent on keeping was the white buffet.
Here it is in the dining room at StoneGable…
And here it is in the great room at Tanglewood…
Thank goodness for that long beautiful wall!!!!
The other items in the dining room that were let go were the bench (ouch, I know!) and the black chair.
An update about the black chair… I actually just found the black chair in the basement, to my surprise, when I was looking for spring faux flowers. Sneaky thing! It made its way here all by itself! LOL!
The bar cart now lives in our eating area. I’m not too happy with how it’s styled but I’m still thinking about it!
The more I look at this image the more I’m sure the lamp is ALL wrong!
I kept two beautiful pictures (framed vintage flower tea towel I found at Luckett’s) and will use them in the basement once that is is finished.
The rug in the dining room is down in the basement and I am planning on putting it on our roofed patio in the spring.
Now how about taking a peek at StoneGable’s foyer!
The buffet went to my son and daughter-in-law’s home to be used in their family room! This just thrills me!
The mirror from the foyer is in my Tanglewood office. And you might recognize the cute stylized floral chair. It was in my StoneGable living room.
We had a lot done to the study so I won’t spoil the surprise I’ll be revealing soon!
The foyer sisal rug now lives in my study!
The painted floor cloth from inside our front door is in the kitchen, but the makeover won’t probably be done until August. I’m really anxious to get the kitchen made over! |I should be making a final decision on the kitchen design firm and will share the plans as soon as I get them.
Now to the StoneGable living room!
My favorite Curlacue chest did make the cut! Phew! It almost did not! But we found a little corner in the great room that seems like it was made for our Curlacue!
Here it is at StoneGable…
And here it is at Tanglewood…
Like most things that have moved with us to our golf course home, I’ve decorated the Curlacue chest about a dozen times. And I’m still refining it.
Because we lived at StoneGable for 24 years I almost knew instinctively what would work and not work in my home. But I’m still trying to figure it out at Tanglewood.
It’s becoming so so obvious to me that my style has really changed. It’s still TRANSITIONAL but it is a bit less layered, a bit more minimal and a lot less farmhouse.
Look for a post soon about how to change your style!!! And I’m speaking from experience!
Back to the living room…
The “bubble” chairs (spindle chairs) came from the living room and now flank the new Tanglewood fireplace.
Here they are at StoneGable…
These chairs are just so classic and really define my style. Time-honored styling with updated finishes and white upholstery!
And here’s how they fit into the great room at Tanglewood.
One reader recently asked where the tables were next to the chairs. A great question! Not all chairs need end tables. And in this room end tables would not fit. But then we did not have end tables for them at StoneGable either.
The sisal rug from the SG living room is here in the Tanglewood great room.
You can go HERE to see the fireplace before and how we built it and see the before and after!
Right now the living room sofa from SG is in the sunroom but we are waiting on a very cool, low profile, sleek winter white sectional with a chaise from West Elm.
Here’s the sofa piled up with pillows at StoneGable…
And here it is at Tanglewood…
Oh, wow! Sorry! Bad picture!!!! But it’s the only one I had that sorta showed the sofa.
So Chris and Abby are going to get the sofa for their home. Lucky, kids because this Pottery Barn sofa is down wrapped and so so comfortable! It was a fabulous investment piece! And I am thrilled my kiddos are taking it.
We have such fun, pretty plans for the sunroom! Because it has windows on three sides and gorgeous views of the golf course and ponds we are keeping everything simple and low but we are planking the cathedral ceiling! Really excited to share it with you!
Okay, back to StoneGable’s living room…
The coffee table from the SG living room is now in the Tanglewood great room.
It works! And the proportions are perfect. Proportion is always a big concern when moving furniture!
You can learn about the importance of SCALE AND PROPORTION IN DECORATING. It’s really worth reading about.
And you can see the floor lamp made it from the SG living room to the Tanglewood great room too! You can see this pretty chunky pole lamp HERE. It’s on sale! What a bargain!!!!
The breakfast nook table, chairs and hanging chippy gray shutters at StoneGable became the Tanglewood eating area furniture.
It’s a bit strange not to have a big, fancy dining room. But it is also freeing! I love all the openness!
The rug is new (ruggables HERE) and I LOVE it! More on that later too! The sisal rug in the eating area at StoneGable gave us everything it had and was trashed! Literally!
The pendant light is new and the white linen curtains came from the family room at StoneGable.
Speaking about curtains…the rods and hardware are new too. We left all the rods and hardware at StoneGable. They fit the windows and would not work here.
Rods and hardware are pricy, but thankfully we do not have many window treatments on our windows at our new home. The views are just too pretty! And honestly, there are just not a whole lot walls on either side of the windows.
You might like to also read WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HANGING CURTAINS.
The basket pendant light in the eating area is new. What a great buy! I wanted something textural to break up all the white.
It’s been a very busy four months since we moved from StoneGable to Tanglewood. But a very good four months too!
I’m learning even more about decorating and finding my style in our new home.
And I have so much more to show you! But for today, we’ve played enough musical chairs with the furniture. Look for upcoming posts to see how we are using more of our SG furniture in our new home!
Thanks for taking this exciting journey with me as we both learn to be better decorators and create beauty in a home we love!