2020 was a strange but very productive year here at StoneGable and the Tanglewood House! Actually, since October of 2019 since we moved into our new home we have been very busy making it the sanctuary perfect for us. Here’s a look at the changes in our home.

2020 found us staying at home and really it was a blessing for Bobby and me because we could hunker (Lancaster Co word) down and work on making our new house a home.

The first project on our list for 2020 was to create an office for me to work in.

Here’s how the room looked when we moved in…

And here’s how it looks now…

We had built in cabinets installed across the back of our office. What a difference!

You can read and see more about OUR HOME OFFICE HERE.

We also added French doors to the office opening. This created a bit of privacy and a pretty architectural element in the foyer part of our home.

Next we turned our attention to the outside of our home and landscaped had new landscaping put in all the way around our home. This was a big job so we did it in three stages.

Sorry, I did not take pictures of our landscaping.

The back of our home was landscaped with plants that would give us color from early spring through fall. Because of my love for hydrangeas and roses we had some beautiful oak leaf hydrangeas planted and red and pink knockout roses.

On the side of our home we planted more hydrangeas and salvia and other ground cover.

The front of our home was a big job!

Here’s how it looked when we moved in.

The landscaping on the right side of our home was so overgrown and the grasses were so messy! They blew their fluff all over the porch and front door.

Hidden behind all the overgrowth was a beautiful little weeping redbud tree that I could only see from the window of my office.

So we had almost everything ripped out keeping the hydrangeas and the redbud and a couple other plants and landscaped the entire front.

We also created a new bend on the right side of the walk going up to the house.

There we added a deep red crape myrtle, winterberries, red slipper hydrangeas and more.

In the spring I’ll do a post and share our landscaping.

Another project is to install what I call “swingy doors”. These are a set of doors that swing instead of opening.

Because we use this door so much it made sense not to have a door that we would have to continually open.

They close in what I also call our “secret passageway”. It’s a hallway/room/mudroom from our foyer to our kitchen. Sort of a shortcut.

In that hallway/room/ mudroom is the entrance to our garage. The washer and dryer is on one side and a big pantry is on the other.

You can see the other door in the kitchen pictures below. And talking about the kitchen…

Our biggest project in 2020 was our kitchen.

Here’s how it looked when we moved in…

We started this project towards the end of July and it ran until the middle of October.

And here’s what our kitchen looks like now…

I decorated the kitchen for fall and then for Christmas. So I have no images of our kitchen without seasonal decor yet. In January I’ll have a kitchen tour on the blog.

Here’s what we did…

  • demolished the backsplash, the countertop, and the bar
  • painted the cabinetry
  • added cabinets above the existing ones that reach the ceiling
  • replaced the center cabinets with glass ones
  • added lights in all the glass cabinets
  • installed a new stove (LOVE my stove)
  • added a new hood and exhaust system
  • reconfigured and built a new bar
  • added a footrest to the bar
  • added a new Calcutta Gold marble basketweave backsplash
  • installed under cabinet lighting, outlets, and USB ports
  • added Ultra White quartz countertops
  • installed a new composite farmhouse sink
  • installed pop-up outlets on the counter
  • put new hardware on the cabinets
  • installed new lighting
  • added banquet seating under the windows

Cooking in and decorating this kitchen is so much fun!

I continue to decorate the Tanglewood House. It’s a steep learning curve.

This home is very open and has lots and lots of windows. It’s light and bright with high ceilings and interesting angles arches.

It takes time to learn a home. It’s personality and it’s moods!

I believe that a home tells us how to decorate it. Our fourth home, Tanglewood is far different than our third home StoneGable.

It’s more contemporary and open. And it has a very airy feel.

I’m still learning. I thought I could take our furniture from StoneGable and put it in our new home. But I’m finding that some of it works like our white buffet.

But a lot of our furniture did not fit. It felt out of place. So we are slowly replacing it with furniture that is the right scale and proportion and feel.

One example of finding the right furniture is in our sunroom.

We replace the sofa in there for a low profile sectional that would not hinder the view of the golf course.

There have been a hundred little decorating projects here at the Tanglewood House in 2020 and there will be just as many in 2021.

I hope you have enjoyed this recap of the things we have accomplished this year. I think the biggest one is just feeling like Tanglewood is our home.

We are blessed to have a second forever home that works for our lives now. I wake up every day and tell Bobby, “I love our home”.

Now let’s see what some of my friends have accomplished in their homes this year…

end of year accomplishments hop

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  1. Everything you do is stunning, Yvonne. And you’ve gotten a lot done in just over a year! We are several steps behind you in giving our kitchen a facelift. Can you share which spotlights you chose and how you figured out the number and wattage you would need?

    1. Hi Debra, our contractor did all that. One tip… use a soft white light for the spotlights in any cabinets. Some cast a blue light and that is so unattractive! Hope this helps.

  2. I too am an empty nester. Live on a small 5 acre homestead (mini donkeys, steers, goats, chickens, and one fat cat named Bob. We have grands in and out on a regular basis. We completely gutted our farm house clear to the rafters 12 years ago and remodeled the entire thing from plumbing, heating, air conditioning and the works. I am now in the process of repainting the entire interior white and decorating with color in my accents. Have one room down and 7 more rooms, 1 1/2 baths left. I love redecorating (hubby rolls his eyes, but is very accommodating) and we are in the process of building built in cabinets in our family room (hubby has a huge wood shop). It’s fun and challenging, but the rewards are fantastic!
    You have given me many ideas throughout the years. Simple but elegant. Thank you!
    Many blessings for the New Year!

    1. Oh, I would love to live in your home! And have a wood shop for Bobby! What a blessing. I’m so glad you are finding many useful ideas here at StoneGable! Just the reason I blog!!!! And you are right about my style. I say it is simple and elegant. Blessings to you and your family in this New Year.

  3. Cassandra Murphy says:

    I love what you did with the kitchen. The ‘before’ was neat and well laid out, but absolutely NO personality.
    Your renovation is bright, tasteful and stunning.

    1. Oh, what a lovely thing to say! Thank you Casandra! This is such a great kitchen. The layout is wonderful. And now we love how light and bright and peaceful it feels.

  4. Your home is inviting and beautiful! I hope you’ll tell us where you’re hiding your microwave in your new kitchen design!
    Blessings in the New Year to you and your family!

  5. Jhana Rix says:

    Love what you did in the office. The built ins made such a difference.

  6. Wow! That was a very fun recap of all your projects and how nice everything turned out in your new home. Thank you for all your detailed posts and the beautiful photos. I want you to know that I appreciate your posts and all the hard work that you put into them each day. I always enjoy them. May God always bless you and your family!

    1. Hi Diana, thank you so much for seeing all the work that goes into creating StoneGable. Happy New Year and God bless you and your family too.

  7. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Yvonne, you and Bobby have accomplished so much in your beautiful home since you moved in. Just love all the personal touches you have added! Hope you can relax and enjoy your home a bit more this year!

    1. We will try, Mary Ann! Actually, we love doing projects together. Happy New Year.

  8. Laura Corbett says:

    I love that you have done to your home! I am anxious to see what you do with the oak railings! We have the same issue!

    1. Me too, Laura! I’ll keep you posted… literally! Happy New Year.

  9. I love the sectional in your sunroom, would you mind telling me where you got it?

  10. Yvonne, every change you’ve made is so well thought out and perfectly expresses your personality and taste. It’s a joy to watch you turn your already lovely home into one that says ‘Yvonne’ in every nook and cranny! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for 2021!

    1. Lory, you are just so sweet. I am so thankful for your friendship and collaborations!

    1. Hi Vicci, the microwave is in the cabinet to the left of the refrigerator.

  11. Tammy Stedman says:

    Do you ever do any bathroom remodels. I would enjoy seeing those.

    1. We are working on a powder room remodel now. I’ll share it when it’s done.