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…
STONEGABLE BLOG IS WELL AND ALIVE AND I HAVE SO MANY FABULOUS THINGS PLANNED FOR IT AND YOU!
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.