ann drake in kitchen 2023


I’m Ann Drake, the creator of On Sutton Place. I want to welcome you to my life! I love to decorate, bake, and create…and I truly believe that simple is best. Here you will find uncomplicated recipes, understated ways to refresh your home, and unlimited seasonal inspiration that won’t break the bank. I’m a Midwest girl from Ohio, and a wife, a mom of two, a grandmother of three, a daughter, and a friend.

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.

My blog has been my full-time job since the summer of 2013. Never in a million years did I think that what I began back then would turn into something so amazing. Writing this blog, sharing my life, and becoming friends with all of you has truly been life-changing. It doesn’t even matter that most of the people in my life don’t really understand what I do. You all understand.

There have been many challenges, but the biggest one, by far, has been learning the technical side of blogging. Even though there have been moments of total and complete frustration, they have never outweighed the moments of pure joy. It’s the joy that I’m grateful for, and it’s the joy that makes me want to wake up in the morning and get to work.


In the fall of 2021, we made the life-changing decision to sell our house on Sutton Place, and move to a smaller home. It all happened quickly, but from the very beginning, I knew it was the right thing to do.

I had built my blog around this home, and we were leaving it. I worried about how to continue, and how OSP readers would react. In the end, there was absolutely nothing to worry about. You all surrounded me with support and encouragement, and this blog didn’t miss a beat!

Here on the blog, along with the Sutton Place house, I now feature the Sugar Maple House. When we moved, I felt I needed a way to distinguish between the two houses…so since our new street is Sugar Maple Court, it made sense to name the house after the street.

A Little Bit About Me

I’d rather be

in the garden

favorite pastime

watching tv

biggest blessing

my family

Favorite movie

Sense + sensibility

biggest goal

simple living

favorite book

Coming home

ann drake with millie the schnauzer from on sutton place

Meet Millie

Like many of you, animals hold a special place in my heart…especially little miniature schnauzers. Our first dog, Kelly, was featured here on the blog many times. When Kelly passed away, we waited several months, and then welcomed a little puppy named Millie into our lives. She quickly stole our hearts, and we love that she’s feisty and funny. She joined our family at a time when we sorely needed some laughter in our home!

Some of my favorite Projects


You can find absolutely everything on my homepage. The menu bar at the top reflects the categories, with links to more specific posts throughout the page. I literally have a charcuterie board of content, so I promise there is something for everyone.


I’ve been there. I know how you feel. I can help.

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