Hi friends! Welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by today! Our new Tanglewood home is still a huge work in progress! But never mind that! I’m so excited to show you around! Come on in…

Before we begin, let me stress again…


And being in a new home has given me lots to write about and tons of new ideas!

Tanglewood is just 10 minutes from our StoneGable home. But a little further in the country!

We live on a golf course! Bobby’s dream! Actually, we are on the seventh tee of the club Bobby plays every Wednesday afternoon from April till mid-October. To say he is thrilled is an understatement!

There is so so much I want to share with you! But this would be a huge saga of a post so how about if I tell you how we got to Tanglewood and why in another post coming soon.

It’s so very quiet here! I love how peaceful and pretty it is! We actually have neighbors but just a few! We haven’t had neighbors for almost 25 years.

I traded cornfields for a golf course and a horse farm. But just down our street is a whole southern end of Lancaster County that is nothing but farm fields and corn!

StoneGable blog will continue to be called StoneGable because we do have a stone gable of sorts on this house too! And StoneGable is not just a house it is a lifestyle!

We have been living at Tanglewood for one week. And what a huge transition! We decided to downsize and I’ll talk about that later. It was such a smart decision for us! There seems to be a trend for downsizers to just sorta rearrange their homes and not truly downsize. Or only downsize a little. We downsized!!!!!

Tanglewood is about two-thirds of StoneGable! And actually, it feels freeing! Who knew?

Ready to go inside?

Here’s the foyer inside the front door!

The basement is the footprint of the house and is filled with boxes! I can’t find anything quite yet! So you won’t see vignettes or curtains or much decor or pretty accessories.

I’ll try to give you images with different angles so you can get a good look at the Tanglewood house.

There is furniture in our home but all bets are off about what will stay and what won’t and what will stay where it’s put now! I think there is a process of living with a new home to get to understand it and know how to decorate it.

Here’s looking up from the front door. The second floor has an open area we call the loft with a living space, two nice size bedrooms, and a bath.

Did you notice the wall and trim color? No more Sonnet! And I LOVE Sonnet. But for Tanglewood with its high ceilings and open spaces, I chose Simply White by Benjamin Moore for walls and trim.

I’ll explain later why I went white! But most of you know Simply White is my white color of choice. It is a wonderful soft white to live with!

Here’s looking from the foyer into the house. There is an open archway leading to an office to the right but it’s so filled with “stuff” it’s not worth showing you just yet. As soon as it gets de-boxed I’ll be sharing it with you.

I’m sure you noticed the tile! At first, I did not like it at all but promised myself I’d live with it for a while and give it a chance. It’s actually growing on me a taddy bit but I am still not sold.

I’m looking for the perfect rug for the foyer and I think once I find it then I can better decide if it stays or goes!

There are SOOOOO many things I really love about this house and just about as many things I’ll be changing! Instead of going through the laundry list of all those changes I’ll be creating many blog posts and sharing all these projects with you!

While I was taking pictures today there were lots of workers here! Electricians, painters, cable folks and my assistant! So I really tried hard to dodge taking pictures of them!

We made settlement on this home the last day of September and our fabulous painters got right to work! The ENTIRE house was painted!!!! Every wall, door, trim etc! It was a big project!

We also had the carpeting removed from the bedrooms and had hardwood installed to match the rest of the house before we moved in!

As you can see we have lots of stairs… and lots of oak!!! YIKES! I’m hoping to paint or replace the railing and spindles etc soon! My thoughts are leaning towards a grey wrought iron. Not fancy. Something simple and quite plain so it does not get overwhelming. What do you think?

The living room is so open and I just love the feel!

I still can’t find throws and trays and books and lanterns and all thing things that make a house look like a home! This weekend Bobby and I will be in the basement unboxing everything and putting what we are keeping on shelves.

The mantel is a bit nondescript! Our contractor will be building a new mantel, surround and hearth very similar to the one at StoneGable in a week or so.

The mantel color was the color of the whole house when we bought Tanglewood. Just imagine everything that yellowish tan. It looked so closed in. Can you see why I chose Simply White?

The open door to our bedroom on the right side of the image below. There were electricians working in there so I’ll show you the bedroom later! Another thing I love about this home is I can come out of the bedroom right into the living room! No stairs for me!

I have to giggle a bit. The summer sunflowers are still in the big urn! It was packed with the sunflowers in them. Note to self, get something fall-inspired in the urn asap!

Let’s head into the dining area. And that’s just what it is… an area!

All the chandeliers and some of the fans will be replaced in the whole house. How fun will that be? I have lots of Pinterest boards filled with pretty ideas for this new home.

Because the dining area is such a focal point I’m thinking about putting a big, drum or a beaded chandy over the round table.

Even though the table is on the small side I think this area needs a statement!

Bobby and I just got curtain rods for this window. Not all the windows at Tanglewood will have curtains. I’m probably going to use the curtains from the family room at StoneGable in the dining area.

You can see into the sunroom from the picture below. It sounds so funny to call a room in my house a sunroom!

The cable man was in the sunroom putting the tv up on the wall so the coffee table was his work area.

Seriously great windows and a very pretty view of the golf course. I have no idea what I’m doing with this room yet!

Although I am thinking about a planked ceiling. What do you think?

I’ve never had ceiling fans in a home before. They work great!!!!! So, I think we will be keeping them although not this exact one! I have a few other fan options that will work better.

Let’s head back through the dining area and go into the kitchen. Did you notice the Ruggable carpet on the floor? So sassy!

I love the openness of this space!

I’m hoping by the New Year to start the kitchen makeover. I really like the cabinets and they are very good quality but they have to be white! I am a white kitchen girl!

So getting those painted is a must! Also, that backsplash! Gone!

There is a really nice little niche just off the kitchen and I’m going to have built-in banquette seating there.

The granite will also be changed out and the step up on the countertop gone. I can’t wait to show you how I think I’m configuring the island!

Something that really works in this kitchen is the long wall of cabinets! It extends the kitchen and makes it a whole lot bigger! And those cabinets are prime kitchen real estate!

This has got to be the most efficient kitchen I have ever worked in! It’s so so easy!!!! And there is lots of storage in this U configuration!

The microwave is probably going and will be replaced with a hood.

I love that I can cook and see what’s going on in the house!

I call this little walk-through my “secret passageway”. It’s my pantry and laundry room. And I’m so okay with this small space. My big laundry room was often a collection area for lots of other things than laundry!

There are heavy doors that swing open and closed on either end to keep this area tucked out of sight.

If we go through the secret passageway we end up…

…back in the foyer! Love this little shortcut!

I’ll show you the rest of the house just as soon as the workers clear out!

I hope you have enjoyed your first look at Tanglewood! We love our new house and I thought it would take me a while to say that!

Please stop back often and see how we make this new house our home!

If this move is a big surprise to you, you might want to read A BIG SECRET REVEAL AT STONEGABLE.

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  1. Beautiful home! Looking forward to your future posts with your changes. You always ha e great ideas! You mentioned getting rid of the step up in the kitchen. I also recently moved into a home with a step up and considered getting rid of it for a flat surface. However, . I decided to keep it because it does hide kitchen messes from the view of the other rooms. Wishing you many happy memories in your new home!

  2. Absolutely beautiful…I knew it would be. Excited to see more.

  3. Ruth Newton says:

    Congratulations Yvonne! I’m so excited for you. I’m sure your beautiful new home will bring you so much joy as you work to make it your own.

  4. Your new home is beautiful! It’s so bright and airy…and surprising how huge it feels even though you said it was smaller than your previous home. I can’t wait to see you work your magic and make it more your style. It must be so nice to have golf course view – and a sunroom! Enjoy all the fun of decorating all these new spaces!

  5. We’re thinking of downsizing also. Look forward to your future posts. Lovely new home, so fun to decorate new surroundings, esp at Christmas.

  6. Well, you did it!! Look forward to seeing the process of making this place truly home. Linda

  7. Hi Yvonne, Tanglewood is a pretty house and I know you will make it a beautiful home. Yes to painting the stairs,they are beautiful but that’s a lot of white. The microwave over the stove is a pet peeve of mine, glad it’s going. My counters were cut down to one height, best decision we ever made. I’m excited to see the transformation of you new house.

  8. Sherli Morgan says:

    What a lovely new home Tanglewood is so thrilled for you. Every room you’ve shown so far is great – love that kitchen as well & the nook.

    Can’t wait to see the rest & watch it come even more alive. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love your new place! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. It is like a clean slate just waiting for you to transform it!

    1. Micheline says:

      I was so excited to wake up and see your post this morning!
      I was so sad to hear you were leaving StoneGable. I grew to love everything about it. I have tried to incorporate so many of your decorating ideas into my own home.
      But you new home is adorable. I can’t wait to see you make it your own!! I’m just worried I’m gonna be spending more money collecting more of your beautiful ideas
      But it’s so fun!
      I wish you and Bobby lots of love , happiness and good health in your new home!

  10. What a beautiful surprise! Your new house has some great features, but best of all you will have so much fun making changes to your new “Stonegable”. I am missing your beautiful stone dining table, where oh where did that go? Do love the idea of the planked ceiling in the sunroom, that sure will bring some of that farmhouse feel to the new house. I simply love your blog, decorating style, craft ideas, recipes, and now can’t wait to see how you change your new home. Congrats!!

  11. I also downsized to a condo on a golf course You will have so much fun making this house a home.
    Enjoy….look foward to your upcoming post!

  12. Wow, I’m so happy for you! It looks like a lot of work so I’m wishing you lots of energy and can’t wait to see what you do!

  13. Beautiful Home, and yet I know will look even more Gorgeous and Beautiful with your touch to it!
    Thanks so much for the tour.
    I really did enjoy it.
    Wishing you and your family many blessings in the days ahead as you settle down in your new home!
    Take care!

  14. You’re on the other side! Thank you for the tour. It’s easy to see that Tanglewood has great bones, and I’m pleased that it has joined the ranks of StoneGable. I love the idea of wrought iron railings on your stairs. There are so many designs to choose from, and they will add a subtle elegance. Ceiling fans! I have two, one in my sunroom, and one in the kitchen. Even with central AC, the sun room is warmer that the other rooms because of the TV and the windows, so the ceiling fan is a life saver during those steamy northeast summer days and nights. Same applies to the kitchen, I even use the fan in the winter to circulate the air when I cook. I can imagine how beautiful those kitchen cabinets will be when they are white. So much to look forward to in making StoneGable Tanglewood your own. Congratulations, and enjoy!

  15. Lovely home, Yvonne! That’s still a big house and landscape, and I can’t wait to see what magic you spin on it. I know it will be grand.

  16. New home looks beautiful! Looking forward to seeing it become yours.
    In 42 years of marriage, we have moved 6 times (not including interim houses waiting for new house to be built!) I love moving- such fun exploring the new spaces! Four years ago we downsized to a villa on a golf course in a wonderful rural farm community. It was our first “used” house; 8 years old built by snow birds,
    It was a pretty blank slate & we have enjoyed making it ours. Totally re-do kitchen & master bath, new floors, paint, landscaping, finished basement & more. Next project is replacing the staircase- like yours, it needs to be updated! Some changes in the master bedroom, still some lighting to change. All the bathrooms have been updated. Last piece of the dining room is window treatment; hopefully done for family Thanksgiving. It has been a wonderful journey!
    Blessings your new home!

  17. Judy Kastner says:

    I LOVE your new home! It’s gorgeous as it is, and once you make your changes, it will be stunning! I’m so very happy for you and Bobby. My husband and I downsized 7 years ago, and it was the best decision we ever made. Congratulations. I know you will be very happy in your new home!

  18. So lovely to see touches of Stone Gable already in your lovely new home. Looking forward to seeing you turn your new house into a beautiful home. Enjoy Yvonne

  19. Congratulations!! What a beautiful home you have, no wonder you love it just as much as you did StoneGable ! Every room is already beautiful but I can guess you’re filled with exciting with all the decorating and changes you will be doing!! Happy loving your new home to you!!

  20. I am so excited for you! A new adventure. ? Can’t wait to see the banquette seating in the nook. White cabinets in the kitchen for me as well. And yes! to a planked ceiling in the sunroom. ? It is all going to be so beautiful!!

  21. Mary Huddleston says:

    How exciting to see your beautiful new space!
    My first thought seeing the sunroom, oh she has a place for a gorgeous fiddle leaf fig! Enjoy the process of making it HOME!

  22. Congratulations on your beautiful new home! I look forward to watching your progress as you make it your own. Warm Regards, Louise

  23. We are downsizing in the spring and I am very interested in seeing how you repurpose and edit your decorating. We will not have basement for storage, just 1/2 of a double garage! I love holiday decorating and this will be my challenge, storage. Happy unpacking? My new home will be in Mechanicsburg, closer to lots of Home shopping options!!

  24. The first thing I noticed were the lovely hydrangeas right next to the entryway. They are gorgeous. I look forward to seeing how this new home unfolds. I wonder if you considered single story homes? That’s what I have in mind for what is next for us.

  25. Your house has great bones. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Have fun!

  26. Jo Ann Bohannon says:

    Hello and thanks for inviting us in. It’s easy to see your vision. I agree about the wrought iron for the stairs. But where is your beautiful newer dining table you had at StoneGable? And is that a window over the fireplace? I really love that. How fun to see how you make that area come to life. So happy for Bobby to be on the 7th.
    Can’t wait for all the progress.

    1. Hi Jo Ann,
      Sadly, I sold the dining room table. It hurt quite a bit to see it being moved out. It just would not fit! I’ve been looking for a smaller similar concrete topped table for the new house but have found nothing at all. The round table is really growing on me in the dining area. We will see!

      There is a mirror above the fireplace, the same one that was above the fireplace at the StoneGable house.

  27. Bonnie Gutierrez says:

    I had to go back and read the announcement post because I missed it and you had me with the baby baths in the kitchen sink! My mother did the same with me as a child and with my children and now I am repeating with my grandies.
    Yvonne, I wish you and Bobby health, happiness, and God’s grace as you settle in your new home!
    You are an inspiration for me today as we are engaged in the process of downsizing and moving out of state to be with family.

  28. Congratulations Yvonne! Tanglewood is simply charming. You have so many great ideas to make it complete. I love the idea of the wrought iron railing. I’m planking my little sun porch in our new home and can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

  29. Congratulations! Lovely home. Looking forward to following along on your adventure.

  30. Beautiful home. I loved everything about Stonegable but am looking forward to seeing what you do with this home. I understand downsizing. It is difficult especially when leaving a home with so many memories . Did you consider going to a one story home. You have a lot of stairs and I seem to remember some health issues that impacted your ability to walk. When we did our small addition, the first thing I wanted was to get our laundry up out of the basement. And I wanted to add on not up.

    1. Hi Carole, everything we need is on the first floor. The upstairs is primarily for our family or guest.

  31. It’s very nice. Can’t wait to see it after you put your touch on everything. I’m not a fan of the tile in the foyer.

    1. I know! However, it does serve a good purpose. We will see. I’ll give the tile till spring to convince me it stays!

      1. I love your new home! I know you are considering replacing the tile, but I can tell you first hand it’s perfect in entry ways that get used a lot. We have in ours and I have never regretted it. It makes the area look bright and open.

  32. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see what you have in store! So much fun! When I read the post earlier in the week, it made me tear up! I enjoyed hearing all the memories of each room! My husband and I had a similar Christmas experience when our daughter took her first job the week of Christmas and moved 12 hours from home! But you are right, you pack up your memories and take them with you! Tanglewood looks like a great, new adventure! We will all enjoy taking this adventure with you!

  33. What a beautiful home sweet friend! I will be following your progress closely as Mr. Decor and I are edging towards downsizing everyday!

    1. Downsizing is amazing. You just have to commit to letting go of a lot of things! I feel quite liberated! And I love that feeling!

  34. Thanks so much for the tour of your new home. (You could have tipped me over with a feather when I read your “secret news” earlier this week!). I certainly look forward to the sharing of your progress as you transform this new space. I love the idea of gray iron railings, planked ceiling in the sunroom, hood in the kitchen, and removal of the step up edge. New sink in the kitchen? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Linda, yes new sink in the kitchen. Probably a hand-hammered stainless steel farmhouse sink.

      1. We updated our kitchen this past winter. Wanted a stainless farmhouse sink. Was advised by the person helping with the Reno that buttons on blouses/shirts and belts can scratch the outside of sink when you’re using sink. Never would have thought of that.

  35. I love your new home. We downsized three years ago and it has been a challenge. We went from 7,00 sq feet in Maryland to 2500 sq feet in Florida. A totally different vibe. I want to redo our fireplace and repaint the kitchen cabinets. We have cherry I want white. The quality of cabinets is great but can’t get my husband on board to paint them he wants to replace. ugh! Don’t want to spend that money. Looking forward to seeing your changes love the simply white color!

    1. I made a deal with Bobby before we moved. He had to agree to changes (and done soon) or I was not going to move! Thankfully he is on board!

  36. Theresa Kleinschmidt says:

    Love your new home Yvonne. I sure what ever you do as far as decorating,you will make your new home warm and inviting for family and friends. Thanks for sharing and have a great Friday.

  37. Deb Wostmann says:

    Such a lovely home already. Can’t wait to see you work your magic on it and make it really shine.

    1. You are so sweet Deb! Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve put so much physical and emotional energy into this move that your encouragement helps me so so much!

  38. Tanglewood is perfect! So excited to go along with you on this design ride. A bit of advice – ensure your new fans are large enough for the area they will be used. I was a little trepidatious of going big, but going by the manufacturer’s recommendations is so worth while. Have fun Yvonne, it looks like your home already and I LOVED your Stone Gable home so much.

    1. Thanks for the great advice about fans!!!! So important! We still love StoneGable and always will, but I think we will love Tanglewood too!

      1. Yvonne,
        When researching new ceiling fans, an important fact is the cubit feet per minute of air the fan circulates. That is more important than the size. If you have a large fan that doesn’t move very much air, the size does not help. Living in Texas, we have ceiling fans in almost every space, including the back porch. No affiliation… but I have found Hunter fans to fit my needs best.

  39. Donna Marie says:

    I am so happy for you!!! Looks like a lot of fun ahead!!! Glad you have the funds and imagination for the job(s)!!!

  40. In love with the openness & high ceilings +++ THE GOLF COURSE ❤️❤️???????

    1. Marsha! How nice of you! I do love to hear your approval. You are the queen of good taste, my dear!

  41. Thank you for sharing your beautiful new home. Looking forward to many new ideas , but I must admit I was floored by the move. We are in our 70’s and we are also thinking of downsizing, you have inspired me. Prayers to you, thoughtfully, Penny

    1. Hi Penny,
      This move was quite a surprise to us too! But when God tells you to go, you go!

  42. I love the exterior of your new home and the interior is so open.You have done quite a lot of work in a week.I like your idea about replacing the railing, chandeliers and fans and am loving the sunroom. Our homes are always a work in progress.Looking froward to seeing the changes.Much happiness to you and Bobby in your new home.

    1. Thank you so much Doreen! This house “lives easy”! And it is so open it feels big!

  43. We were in Lancaster in early September and we looked up your house because I couldn’t be in Lancaster and NOT see it in the flesh! I was so shocked to see a For Sale sign out front! I’ve been dying to hear the story, but kept it on the QT 🙂
    I’m sure you’ll make your new home as lovely as the other. It will be fun to see some fresh ideas!

    1. Julie Briones says:

      Well, I HAVE to say… that was very discerning and kind of you to keep it to yourself, Paula! You rock!

    2. Congratulations on your new crib!!! I can’t wait to see how you decorate it. I love all of your posts and all of your beautiful decorations!!!

  44. Oh I love this so much, and am very happy for you. It all looks beautiful now, and so promising. I just downsized last week, new home will be ready in January and you KNOW I will be watching your updates and selections with GREAT interest. Best wishes to you and yours!!!

  45. Christine says:

    Congratulations on your new home! I love the Simply White and know you have magnificent plans for Tanglewood. After moving around the country our entire marriage, it was nice to retire and downsize. I sold a few pieces of furniture to the new owner of my last house but put everything in storage until we bought our “forever” home. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten rid of things before moving, only to wish I had them at the new place. Once we are done with this house, I am having a huge yard sale!

  46. I love your new house. So beautiful. I agree about the tile issue, if it still bothers you in a month consider changing it.

  47. April Sharayko says:

    I have to tell you that I think you are off to a very good start! You have an absolutely positive attitude and the new house is simply beautiful. It will be so much fun for you to make your changes and will be fun for us to watch and read.

    Agree, a drum shade over the dining room and white cabinets!! : )

  48. Marie Batson says:

    Another beautiful home for you and sending congratulations on such a difficult decision. When my husband and I down sized over twenty years ago the most important factor we dealt with was finding the right home that had not only had main floor laundry but having our master bedroom and full bath on the main floor as we age. I love having extra bedrooms and bath upstairs but am happy that I don’t have to do the stairs if my arthritis warns me to take it easy! We did have ceiling fans installed in all bedrooms and library and so glad as it saves on needing to use the A/C as often. I personally love your staircase the way it is and would not change the railings. Enjoy the fun of redecorating!

  49. Tanglewood is very pretty, and you’ll make it as beautiful and love-filled as Stonegable. I’m in the process of selecting paint for my walls and have decided to paint my railing black and the spindles white like Stonegable. I’m having a hard time selecting the paint for the walls. I know I want it light, just not sure what color–want something creamy white. Before I move forward with my colors, I’m hoping you can tell me about painting the woodwork and the walls the same color in Tanglewood. Thank you Yvonne, and I am looking forward to your future posts. (I miss your Stonegable dining table and bench…and your darling lamp with the little ruffle)!!

  50. Congratulations, Yvonne! The switch to a new home will give you all kinds of new motivation and blog ideas, I’m sure. Have fun!

  51. Congratulations! I look forward to see how the new house changes!

  52. So happy for you & Bobby on your move. The area is beautiful and so quiet. Can’t wait to see what changes you make along the way. Because of changes in our life I think downsizing is in our future also. God always has a purpose in all that happens to us in our lives. Will miss driving by Stonegable it was a beautiful home but I know Tanglewood will be just as beautiful when you are finished making changes. Much happiness to you & Bobby!!

  53. I LOVE the empty tour! And the color made such a change from the original. Love it! You’re right, that fan in the living room is a bit tiny, but I love the style of it. The one in the sunroom actually looks a LOT like the one I used to have in my bedroom. Yep, I think a different one is in order! 😉 Did you recently get the Ruggable? So pretty! Can’t wait to see what you do with the kitchen! LOVE the cupboards… white is a YES! Hugs… and I love Tanglewood!

  54. Hi Yvonne, I was like a kid at Christmas after your announcement yesterday! I could hardly wait to see your new place! It is beautiful and will become more so with your magical touch! It will be nice living on a golf course! It will be nice having neighbors too and with how you like to entertain I think you will enjoy it! I will miss your Stonegable home…it was so comforting to me to see it decorated for each season and holiday, but I am excited to see this home too and to hear more about the process of deciding to downsize and the logistics of paring down. I know some day, not too far away, I will be at that point and I hope I can do it gracefully and filled with grace! Can’t wait to see more! Blessings!

  55. Just had to comment again. My hubby just called to check in from a road trip he is on….I was bursting to tell him about your new home. We are planning to downsize in the next two years once we know where our sons end up teaching after grad school. I have shed many tears knowing we are coming to an end in the home we started our life in and raised our family. When I read todays post…I could feel your excitement and I started to get excited for the process. I told him it is just like Stone Gable with a “twist”. Yvonne thanks for opening your home and heart to all of us. You have so many wonderful ideas. Maybe someday you will squeeze in time to write a book.

  56. You are an inspiration! I,too, was shocked when I read your announcement you were moving. Reading your posts are always a favorite!
    Of course I enjoy your decorating inspirations but find lots of treasures in your words of faith that intertwine throughout your life.
    I have experienced a similar experience of leaving my dream home and following God’s word “it’s a time to leave”. It’s not an easy thing to
    do! You will miss Stone Gable for sure. And making your new space a new “love” will take time. When I’m missing my other home I remind myself
    that I’m following His word and acknowledge the new blessings in our lives. Just when I thought we had it all figured out…it changed! Learning to
    “stay in the moment” and trust. Blessings!

  57. Congratulations!! It is beautiful and will be even more so once you add your touch.

  58. My sister had her sunroom remodeled this past spring.. She had her ceiling planked and painted a beautiful blue. I will send you a picture. Again, congratulations on Tanglewood. Looking forward to reading and viewing your fingerprints all throughout your new home. God bless.

  59. Congratulations on your new home! How much fun you’ll have decorating and making it your own.

  60. Judy Hubbard says:

    This house is just beautiful and seems so suited to you & your husband with downsizing. The front facade reminds me of Stone Gable. I have been a reader for a long time. Congratulations on your new home! What a big decision!

  61. I love the idea of a drum shade in your dining area. As a matter of fact, our painter is finishing up our dining area today, and he will be hanging our new drum shade so we have some light. We used his huge work light last night so we had some lighting. All the other lighting will be installed ASAP – bought all new more transitional pieces. Our old, but expensive, brass chandelier is in the garage waiting to donate. I think we all need a bit of more transitional pieces in our homes as we “mature” in age. I don’t want anyone to ever walk into our home and think an old person lives there. Enjoy your new home – looking forward to seeing you put your magic touch to work.

  62. Hi Yvonne – How exciting for you. Downsizing is a wonderful feeling. Your new home looks beautiful, bright and cheery. I can’t wait to see how you add your style to it to make it perfect for you.

  63. I love your new home! Beautiful and can’t wait to see how you decorate and change things as you go along. Ill bet your just bursting with ideas!

  64. How exciting! A move can be crazy and exciting at the same time! Tanglewood is beautiful, bright, and airy. Enjoy every moment. Looking forward to the future posts!

  65. Rebecca Neustel says:

    I think it’s wonderful that you will have a first-floor bedroom. It really makes a difference when you’ve had serious ankle problems if you don’t have to go up and down stairs every single day. I can agree that new lighting fixtures, and fans, are in your future! It’s too bad your kitchen cabinets don’t go all the way to the ceiling, but at least they are level and not up and down. It’s beyond exciting to anticipate all the wonderful things to come!!

  66. Barbara Cohan says:

    I love the downsize (jealous) and the preview of Tanglewood! Wishing the two of you many many wonderful years in your new home.
    Can’t wait to see the progress!

  67. Carla Reeves says:

    Great move Yvonne! I downsized to less than half of the house we built and am now living in a planned unit development. I have grown to love it. We did a lot of work when we moved in, but I’m still wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets white. Like you, I love white kitchens. I can’t wait to see your updates.

  68. Congratulations and best wishes. I have been a fan of yours for several years. I have a suggestion for future posts.
    Perhaps you could share how you approached moving into your new home in terms of what you set up first, priorities of which
    rooms will be decorated first, etc. How you are approaching this new home. I think this would be great for your loyal and loving
    fans. I for one can’t wait to follow along on this new journey. God Bless.

  69. Nancy Davies says:

    I can just see you and Bobby having a wonderful life in this house. I will be checking in on a regular basis to catch up with your alterations and how you decorate with your treasures. I wish you all the best here and you will be able to sit in the sunroom and watch Bobby play!! Lots of love and blessings!

  70. Congratulations on such an important move!! I’m sure you’ll love taking on all the new challenges in making Tanglewood your new hone. I too am in the process of a huge remodel called “downsizing”. Creating a new home for a new life. Wishing the Lords blessings along the way!

  71. I loved getting a tour of Tanglewood and look forward to following along as you and Bobby make it a home.

  72. Yuvonne, so loved your new home tour! Congratulations to you and Bobby in your beautiful home. I can’t wait to see you work your magic, although it’s beautiful I know you have wonderful ideas in the works.

  73. Tricia Ann Rieger says:

    Congratulations Yvonne & Bobby- best of luck to you both in your move and all of the amazing renovations that you will soon embark on! I can’t wait to see what happens next! I’ve followed your Blog for years now and am often inspired by your decor and tips and recipes and….OK, now I sound like a stalker! In the middle of a kitchen redo myself right now and going from Maple cabinetry to White is a huge difference- but I was for sure inspired by your beautiful Stone Gable! Keep the sneak peeks coming 🙂
    God Bless!
    Tricia Ann

  74. I am super excited for you and the hubs! I can see the grin on his face now being right on the golf course. James and I have been wanting to truly downsize but the thought of not having much room to spread out makes me nervous. I look forward to hearing how it goes for y’all. And I’m so excited to see how you decorate it! I know it will be gorgeous! Aaaaahhhh! I’d love a clean slate.

  75. Annmarie W says:

    Yvonne, Your new house is beautiful and I so look forward to see how you are making it your home. Blessings to you friend. Annmarie

  76. Put your own special magic in your new house and then it will be a home. It,s amazing and so are you.

  77. I positively LOVE Tanglewood…I know you and Bobby will love it once you “put your touch” on it.. I know you will have wonderful updates to it and I can’t wait to see them all.. Bless your heart and looking forward to seeing all of your changes…Downsizing is always good especially at our age…So very happy for you!!!!

  78. Francis Moore says:

    I love the house as it is. I understand why many changes will be made and you will blog about it. I wonder why you didn’t build from the ground up. I hope that you donate items you are getting rid of to something like Habitat for Humanity.

  79. Carmen Wiker says:

    Welcome to the neighborhood! Although I do not live at Tanglewood I drive by it everyday to go to work. I live at the Buck. I have been following your blog for quite some time and thoroughly enjoy it. It’s such a blessing. I pray you will love your new home and I know you will make plenty of wonderful memories there.
    God Bless,
    Carmen Wiker

    1. Oh, thank you so much, Carmen! We love our little neighborhood and our new home.

  80. Congrats to you and Bobby! Beautiful new space for you both…and your family. Must say, I burst out laughing when you exclaimed, “No more Sonnet!” We just finished a repainting of our kitchen and dining room THIS WEEK. And after a major sampling process we landed on Sonnet and Atrium White. LOVE both rooms!! Now you’re done with it and I find that just so funny! You have been such a trusted advisor, very confident nothing about that will change. Congrats again!

    1. Marcia, I still adore Sonnet! But for this house, it just won’t work downstairs. Maybe in a bedroom.

  81. Oh Yvonne – I love it love it love it!!! Congratulations.

  82. Gerry Walton says:

    Your new home is already pretty and will be stunningly beautiful after you incorporate all your lovely ideas. We’re looking forward to going on this journey with you! I, personally, would love if you included some cost analysis along the way which just might incentivize some of us to make some changes of our own.

  83. Yvonne,
    Your new home looks wonderful, and I can hardly wait to see the first post with decor. A side thought: the new comment reCAPTCHA is difficult to use.


  84. What a lovely house. Can’t wait to see how you make it your home!

  85. Can’t wait to see your ideas come to fruition! Congratulations on your new house!

  86. So wonderful to read your exciting news and see Tanglewood! So glad you love it and are happy with the move and downsizing! It will be very exciting to follow your blog as you decorate and make Tanglewood exclusively yours! I love the fact that it is even further in the country, and that you have stayed in PA! You and Bobbie are going to love having your master bedroom on the main floor. It will be so convenient and handy. Plus, no more up and down stairs. I am looking forward to your upcoming blogs as you share your new decorating ideas and furnishings!

  87. Why did you call your new home Tanglewood? It’s beautiful!

  88. Yvonne, Your new home is lovely . I think a drum shade light would be
    Wonderful above your round table . I can’t wait to see how the story of your new
    Home unfolds ! You and Bobby are on a new life adventure and I’m so happy for you !

  89. Yvonne Pace says:

    Looking forward to watching the transformation of your new home! Congratulations. Oooh, and you got a Ruggable, been thinking about those, let me know how that works out too.

  90. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    What a lovely house and the arches are my favorite. I am looking forward to seeing you transform Tanglewood into the loving and cozy home that you did with Stone Gable. XOXO

  91. Your new home looks awesome!!! Congrats!!

  92. Congratulations on your new home. …can’t wait for the magic to happen. …looking forward to seeing it all come together. .
    Walls makes a house,but Love makes a home, may all the days in your new home be filled with love, happiness and laughter ….
    God bless you always

  93. Oh my goodness, I am so happy for you. I want to wish you many happy memories to come in your new home. It is beautiful. I can not wait to take the tours that you will avail us as you begin to do your thing! Your fabulous decortation gift is a gift to us also as you teach us and share with us all that God has given to you. God Bless you and good luck!!!

  94. Yvonne, I’m so excited to watch the transformation of your new home. I’m positive that it will be as gorgeous as Stonegable was.

  95. Irene Bailey says:

    Blank walls, boy are you going to have fun…….looking forward to seeing what you are going to do! You give me so much inspiration, enjoy, and have fun!

  96. ??Congratulations! Looking forward to see how you continue making your new home a beautiful place to live! Love the house
    & grounds! Enjoy making new memories. ?????

  97. Tanglewood is beautiful but I am so looking forward to following along as you apply your “Stone Gable” style to it! I know it’s going to be stunning!!

  98. Bobbi Duncan says:

    Big congratulations , Yvonne and Bobby, on your beautiful new home! When you mentioned Tanglewood in your ” I’ve got a secret to share” post, I knew just where you had moved –I’ve played the golf course on several occasions. Know Bobby is excited to have the course just steps away. Although you downsized, you have separate areas where you can go to have your own space if need be, so it still lives large. I think you are really going to enjoy not having to care for a big home. Although the home we moved to six years ago isn’t our retirement home yet, we still downsized, from over 7,800 sq. ft. to just under 2,500, just to get away from all the upkeep. It was hard to get rid of several items, but soooo freeing at the same time. I can’t wait to see all your ideas come to life, and know it will all look “Stonegable perfect”. Many blessings for even more happy memories to come! Hugs!

  99. Sooo exciting! I look forward to your future posts.

  100. Linda Tozier says:

    I love your new home, I can’t wait to see what the kitchen will look like when it’s completed. I agree with you about removing the step up on the counters, I prefer a nice open work space. I think I’m a little jealous, I would love to make the move to downsize. Maybe we will re-visit the idea next year after we finish all the update we’re doing to our gardens and hopefully a few project in our home. God Bless you and Bobby in your new home.

  101. Carol Lawley says:

    Congratulations Yvonne on your beautiful new home, Tanglewood looks amazing. I look forward to watching your new home be transformed. God bless you and your husband in your new home and fill it full of blessings and wonderful moments.

  102. I just LOVE your new home…I can not wait to see what you do with it in the coming months…It truly is a “stone gable” house and it will be filled with all your love and talents…so looking forward to your post and shares…God truly has led you to this place, and I know he can’t wait to see what you can do with it too!!! God Bless you and your future life at Tanglewood!!!!

  103. Yvonne congratulations on your new home. I’ve followed you on Pinterest and admittedly read something you have shared probably on a daily basis. Your new home is literally minutes from where I grew up, I had no idea you are also a Lancaster county gal. I love the southern end as we call it, and Tanglewood is a lovely area.

  104. Frieda Polk says:

    Dear Yvonne, love everything about your Blog!!!!I have been following you for several years now and the same thing has happen to us this summer!! We moved in a hurry just like you and Bobby. I prayed and cried , cried also so I know exactly what you have been going through!!! Love your new abode, God Bless You and your continued journey in the Lord, your sister in Christ. Frieda

  105. Yours has been my favorite blog since I found it several years ago, and I feel like we are friends even though we have never met! I have learned so much from you and have used so many ideas I have gleaned from your posts. I was so sad to read that you have sold Stone Gable! It must have been so hard to leave it, but I love the way you prayed and followed the Lord’s leading in doing so. And what a beautiful home Tanglewood is! I can’t wait to read your new blogs, and see how you decorate it! Thank you for all that you share with us. Blessings to you and Bobby in this next chapter of your lives!

  106. We are downsizing, too, so i would be interested in following along and seeing how you are doing that. We went from 5 bedrooms to just 2, so i have considerable less wall-space but still have considerable amount of family pictures! And grandmothers love to display pictures! Lol! I-have not hung my first picture yet, still unboxing and want to finish up curtains before we begin trying decor on the walks. But we do love our new small craftsman space! Congratulations to you!!

  107. Thank you for the shoutout, Yvonne! We’re so happy you’re loving your Ruggable rug. Your house looks lovely!

  108. Congratulations ! This will be great to see what else you can do ! I love your style and guidance.

  109. Anita Hughes says:

    Hi Yvonne, Thanks for sharing your story of selling your beloved Stone Gable home. I’ve just sold mine and moved into our son’s home while he and his family are relocating. Our home is being built and should be done after the first of the year. We’ve definitely down-sized and I had to purge many things from my collections, after having been in our old house for 23 years. It was definitely a process! Your new home is beautiful and I can’t wait to see how you put your touches on it!

  110. Karen VanLoo says:

    Love your new home! I can’t wait to see how it all plans out. I have lived in my home for almost 18 years, and I have beautiful dark oak cabinets and have contemplated painting them a creamy white. I would love to see how you guys change yours. It just might inspire me.

  111. I am still dumbfounded that you moved from StoneGable, but I love Tanglewood. Very different, and exciting. I can’t wait to see the changes to Tanglewood unfold. Congratulations!

  112. Oh wow Yvonne!! How exciting!! I loved your last home but can not wait to see you transform your new one. We down sized a tad when we built a few years ago. Now all of our main living is on the first floor and it makes a huge difference. As soon as I saw your cabinets I said I bet she is going to paint those. LOL.

  113. Joanna Malczewska says:

    Hi Ivonne! I am still trying to find my jaws dropped on the floor 🙂 Congratulations with the new house and I am definitely going to follow the next steps of you and your husband living in Tanglewood House!
    This moment is always both great and difficult, sometimes even sad but I can see that with God’s help you have gone through this smoothly. Thank you for your words about the prayer – I really appreciate it! We are also early empty nesters and thinking about changing a house into something smaller and totally different than we have now: from a cottage house in the country into some small contemporary house with a sunny terrace. Keep your fingers crossed … the planning has started 😉 Joanna, Poland

  114. Congratulations on your new home. Many blessings ahead, I’m sure. I’ve missed your blog for over a year, d/t my busy, caregiving duties with elderly mother, and other matters to care for.
    I saw your post on Pinterest about 10 things to do now for Christmas. I’ve always enjoyed that & the podcast that went with that. So, I popped in to your blog to see what’s new – WoW am I surprised that you downsized & moved! Enjoy getting to know your new home.

  115. Nancy McHale says:

    I love your new home! Very exciting!
    Just waiting to be loved!!!!
    I had a small dining room with a round table. I ordered a drum chandelier from Wayfair! It is perfect!
    I can’t to follow this journey!

  116. Tina Carlson says:

    Although I will miss Stonegable, I can’t wait to watch you do your magic on Tanglewood! It’s a BEAUTIFUL home! I had one question, Sonnet! and you answered it right from the start!

  117. Just love your blog, love your decor. I’m trying to lighten and brighten while holding on to some more expensive pieces of furniture. In looking at your past Christmas decor, I noted you had darker colors. Can you offer any tips on lightening decor? Thank you!

    1. Hi Laura,
      I had to be willing to let go of the darker furniture to change. It all started with a neutral sofa and it has taken over six years to have everything in my home coordinate in a neutral color palette. It is a process and a deliberate one. Hope this helps.

  118. Awesome indeed. God provides! I will be watching how it all comes together for you.

  119. Jan Fusco says:

    I miss Stonegable. Sniff, sniff. But I know I’ll love Tanglewood just as much as you do before you know it. Give me time. You’ve got some great plans for it.

  120. Noelle M Harralson says:

    Congratulations Yvonne! I’ve been following Stone Gable for years and I can’t wait to see what you do with your new home; especially the kitchen.
    “Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s what’s in the middle that counts. So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.”

  121. I love it already! You may have downsized, but still LOTS of space, and I can’t wait for updates and makeovers.

  122. Debbie Thicksten says:

    What color is the front door at Tanglewood??
    Thank you

    1. Hi Debbie, I’m not sure! The six villas here have the same door color. Honestly, I’m not fond of it for photography but it looks great with the whole house.

  123. You may have down-sized, but your house is still bigger than mine. I’m new to your blog so I have no idea what Stone Gable looks like, but this house would suit me very well. Is the property a good size? I couldn’t live without my yard and garden!

  124. Barbara Smith says:

    Yvonne, I love this house! It has a beautiful layout. I am also a Simply White girl, but that’s because of YOU! I am the “reader”, a friend, I’d like to believe, that has followed you for about 6 or more years. I replaced my kitchen counter tops with soapstone BECAUSE of you! I am still in love with them. I haven’t commented in forever, but still enjoy your blog. I loved listening to you on DTT, and miss you there. Oh, didn’t mean to write a novel. Blessings to you as you make this house your home. God bless, and I hope to be better at commenting now that I’m retired!!!!

    1. Hi Barbara, yes you are a friend! And I’m so glad you love soapstone. I would have loved to put it on the counters in our home but the style did not quite fit! I adore soapstone!!!!!!! So glad to hear from you!

  125. Katie paxton says:

    I read a post on downsizing that was so good and now I cant find it.
    I am downsizing extremely.
    Help me find it again

  126. Your advice was just what I needed. I have bungalow and decorating it has been trial and error. Pieces I’m not fond of and captured by pieces that don’t work and then return. Sounds like you’re in my head…where do I start???
    I like all white and i like blue. Never have painted walls all white. But love to paint and repurpose in white or blue n black. My happy place is the beach and sand. So is that my clue? I wonder? When I moved in, all trim went white(westhighland white SW) (light French gray SW on walls everywhere). White dr table n white slipcovers on all chairs DR n LR. I painted all the floors white. It’s the accents I have problems with. I love jute and linen too. I’m trying to create light and airy now. But I have a chocolate lab and that’s where I freeze when it comes to rugs. How do blend practical floor cover? As for the slipcovers, they’re great cause.they can be washed. I ha e even thought of dying or.tea staining. Pottery barn has has always been my style. Im stuck when it comes to accessorizing. Bottom line…all of your advice is so helpful and your posted pics are inspirational.

    1. Sounds like you are on the right track. I would LOVE to paint my floors white! Good for you!