Talking about StoneGable is like talking about love! Our home seems to have a life of its own. Our big wrap porch is like someone wrapping their arms around you in a hug! So, today I’m sharing how StoneGable came to be and why I love it so much. Hope you will love it too!
Today I’m part of a very exciting blog tour. We are to answer two questions about our homes…
- how did you choose your home and
- why do you love your home
A big thanks to Jennifer at Town And Country Living for organizing our tour! And look for more homes and their stories all week!
Today’s post is very long with tons of never before seen part of StoneGable and lots of new images. Enjoy!
StoneGable started out as a dream. A dream I kept secretly in my desk drawer of our second home. It stayed secret and still for five years until one day Bobby said, “I think we have outgrown this home. We should move”.
Then the secret was a secret no more. I pulled out some rough plans I had hidden away for “someday” and we decided that the dream needed to become real.
That was 24 years ago.
Making a dream come true might seem like a hard thing to do! But this dream almost brought itself to life! There was something so earnest and true and beautiful about each step of StoneGable’s becoming.
The first time I stood on a plot of beautiful, bucolic Lancaster farmland on Fieldcrest Drive I knew it was home!
And then over the next eight months, we watched our dream take form!
You have seen the inside of StoneGable hundreds and hundreds of times. So today I’m sharing the outside of our beloved home! I’ve tried to take panoramic pictures so you can get a real feel for what we see every day.
StoneGable has been the hub of our family and extended family for over two decades. It has seen twenty-three Christmases and Thanksgivings and Easter every other major holiday!
You see, StoneGable is at its very best when it is busting at the seams with people! Our home loves to love people! And so do we!
You see a front door in the image above and I see it too but I also see all the memories loitering about calling out my name to be remembered. And what wonderful memories!
First day of school pictures were taken in front of this door every year! And my son walked out of this door, shoulder’s square and eyes forward to join so many other brave men and women serving our country. A very proud and teary moment for this mamma!
StoneGable has seen its share of birthday parties. We have celebrated first birthday’s here and ninetieth birthdays too!
We’ve celebrated graduations from high school and colleges and weddings and babies at StoneGable.
We’ve hosted hundreds of dinners, picnics, brunches, luncheons, coffees, late night snacks and more!
Playdates and ball practice and cheerleading stunting and plays and ballets and musicals and recitals have filled our home with music, activity and laughter and fun!
Teenagers have gathered for homecomings and proms and bible studies and parties and sleepovers and we have loved it all!
Lots of people have lived with us too! Missionaries, relative and friends! We feel our home is such a big blessing and we always want it to bless others too.
StoneGable knows all our stories. Ones that make us laugh until our sides hurt and ones that make us cry! Tall tales and the smallest of details, StoneGable knows them all!
StoneGable holds onto our heartstrings and faithful guards our memories!
One of our most precious StoneGable memories was when our daughter, Jacqueline dressed in her wedding gown on her wedding day here with her 13 (yes, that’s right) bridesmaids! Beautiful girls dressed in clouds of pink with chatty, excited voices! And my sweet Jacqueline in white lace and satin covered buttons!
I’ll remember how we prayed together in my bedroom and how I held her and kissed the top of her head just like I did when she was little.
I’ll always remember the look on her Daddy’s face when she walked down the front stairs to greet him in her wedding dress!
The porch was the perfect place to take some of Jacqueline’s wedding picture. If this porch could talk! We had so much fun on that special day!
As the year passed StoneGable became more and more quiet. And eventually what used to be a bustling home became a calm and still place.
Life moved on but it did not move out of StoneGable. It has become a haven for grown children and a wonderland for grandbabies. Family still come and loves being here but Bobby and I have found a lovely sanctuary for the two of us! It is a more graceful place now. StoneGable has changed as we have!
Let’s take a look around StoneGable…
StoneGable is a magical place to live!
It sits in the middle of Lancaster Co. farmland. All by itself. And it pretends to be a farmhouse! And it is… sorta!
If you pull up to StoneGable this is what you will see. The first door you come to takes you to my office! And our front door opens to the living room.
StoneGable has gone through so many changes over the years. We try to tackle a home improvement project on the outside and something on the in every year or so to keep it updated. Every inch of our home has had a makeover except our master bath. It’s still original and desperately needs an overhaul! It’s next on our “list”!
Last year we replanted the small garden around the light post and had a new lantern installed. Most of the shrubs around the house have been replaced over the years.
Let’s head to the back porch and yard…
In years past I have decorated sitting areas around the porch with rugs and curtains and planter of flowers. But this year I just felt like StoneGable needed to breathe! So it’s very stripped down and natural. I think StoneGable is happiest this way!
The zelkova tree shades the patio from the afternoon sun. It was so small and frail when we first planted it! Now it is the queen of our backyard, offering shade to our family and homes to our resident bird friends (who often make a mess of our table)!
We originally had a much smaller patio so about 6 years ago we expanded it and added stairs and a lower patio with a firepit and a sitting wall.
The patio is the perfect “dance floor” for dancing with the fireflies on warm summer evenings!
This year corn is our next door neighbor. I love when the farmer plant corn!
It’s been a great year for corn, lots of sun and just the right amount of rain! In a month or so the corn with begin to take on a golden color and become dry.
One of my very favorite things to do in the fall, here at StoneGable, is to swing on the porch swing with a big cup of coffee and listen to the wind blow through the golden corn. It sounds just like the rustling of a taffeta ball gown! I could listen to that sound for hours!
Our big outdoor project last fall was painting the entire floor of the wrap porch. It is marine grade mahogany and originally looked like a polished hardwood floor but it showed every speck of dirt. So after years of sanding and restaining, we decided to paint it.
In the light of late afternoon, the floor looks blue but it is really a gray. Painting the porch was such a good decision! I think the color of the floor works so much better with the rest of the house.
And just recently all the outside doors got a fresh coat of paint too! Even the basement doors!
From the porch swing, I look out onto the raised bed garden and fruit trees. This is country living so we are not so concerned about pristine lawns as we are about places to play lawn games and making sure the grandbabies go for tractor rides!
This is the first time the raised bed garden is primarily a flower garden. I should have done this years ago! The butterflies and hummingbirds are so happy here! And so am I!
Now, let’s go inside and see StoneGable in ways you might not have seen before…
StoneGable is a laid out like a traditional farmhouse. Formal areas in the front of the house and informal in the back.
The front windows are arched and there are lots of architectural elements like wainscoting and fluted columns.
You will see transoms throughout our home. Above windows and doors alike!
StoneGable looks very different than it did when we first built it. Slowly we ripped up the carpeting and laid hardwood floors and painted the golden oak banister a classic black and white!
I sometimes joke that StoneGable is built like two bowling alleys laid side by side because our house is long!
I’m standing in the foyer taking this picture. Behind me is the living room.
Our kitchen has gone through one big makeover and a couple of smaller “freshen up’s”!
It is in the back of the house which is less formal, just like most true American farmhouses.
Our kitchen has its original cabinets. They have been repainted twice. This kitchen was built in our garage as the house was being built by the son of a cabinet maker. Everything was made out of boards right from our garage!
Our cabinets have magnets to close them and they go “click” when they close. Just like old farmhouse cabinets. So authentic! I love that!
We have tried to keep the integrity of the original kitchen while updating it to look fresh!
Over the years I’ve planted almost 20 hydrangeas! And right now I’m cutting Limelights and Pee Gee varieties to bring inside.
The farmhouse sink is a workhorse! And perfect for bathing babies and holding hydrangeas!
The kitchen is probably my favorite room at StoneGable! But don’t tell that to my dining room. I often tell the dining room I love it the best! Fickle me!
Looking through the kitchen to the family room.
I have more to show you upstairs but let’s save that for another day! I have a bathroom makeover to share too!
I was asked why I love StoneGable…
There are so many reasons I love StoneGable! How could I ever choose! StoneGable is not just a house but a way of life! Our life!
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