How The Blog Began…And A Little Bit About Me

I’m Ann, and I want to welcome you to my home…and my life. On Sutton Place chronicles my days as I try to navigate the ups and downs of being an empty-nester, a self-employed blogger, a mom, a wife, a grandmother, and a daughter. This is where I decorate, bake, and create…and I truly believe that simple is best. I share budget-friendly decor ideas, family recipes,my garden, free printables, and the occasional DIY project. I’m a Midwest girl from Ohio who loves to watch television, spend time in the kitchen, believes that fresh flowers can transform a room, and who would give anything to go back and have just one more day with my mom. 

ann drake in kitchen on sutton place

My husband and I have two grown children who are, without a doubt, my greatest accomplishments. My daughter and her family live a few hours away, but my son and his family are on the east coast. I was a stay-at-home mom until my youngest entered the 3rd grade. At that time, I was blessed to be hired as a secretary at their Catholic elementary school, and remained there for 17 years. In 2017, we were blessed with our first granddaughter. In April of 2019, our grandson was born. Even though they live far away, they are always close inside my heart. Spending time with my family is the greatest joy in my life.

About Ann Drake from On Sutton Place

I’ve been writing this website since 2011. I had no idea what I was doing when I started, but I knew, deep down, that I could do this. After I figured out the technical side of blogging, with our little dog Kelly by my side, the purpose of On Sutton Place shifted from something that was about me…to something that was about you. I hope to inspire you to make your home a place you love…a place that you are proud of, and a place that reflects your family. 

ann drake with kelly from on sutton place

I promise it’s easy. Maybe you are well on your way already, and just need a few fresh ideas. I will try to provide those, as well as real-life DIY projects. I don’t own power tools, and although my husband is wonderful, he’s not the least bit handy. Most projects I do on my own, and on a budget. So nothing will cost an arm and a leg. I promise that too.

You won’t find many elaborate room makeovers here, so if that’s what you are looking for, I’m afraid you are in the wrong place. I’m in that season of life where I want things to be simpler and easier. I do, however, want my home to be fresh and welcoming. I share simple ways to accomplish that, without breaking the bank. Since I’m in Ohio, the changing seasons are a big part of my life, so I share seasonal decor and recipe ideas on a regular basis. 

limelight hydrangeas in front of gray house

My blog has been my full-time job since the summer of 2013. It was a leap of faith I took with the blessing of my husband who has been supportive (literally) from day one. Since then there have been ups and downs. The doubts have crept in many times but I always, somehow, push them away and keep going. I have been challenged by the changes in social media, and the amount of technical knowledge needed to keep a blog going. I’ve also made the most amazing friends…readers and other bloggers who support and encourage me. 

When you come here, my hope is that you feel like you are visiting a friend. I want you to be comfortable, and leave with a smile on your face. I don’t share complicated projects or recipes, because life is just too short for that kind of aggravation! 

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To learn more about the house On Sutton Place,

read The Story of Our House.

Here is my collection of recipes.

My most popular printable ever is
my yearly calendar.

Our biggest transformation was 
installing board and batten
in our dining room.

The easiest porch planters EVER!