Wednesday Weekly Wish List #8

Your weekly dose of new ideas, helpful hints, favorite items, and tidbits of wisdomfrom a trio of lifestyle bloggers who love to share! 

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Before we get to the Wish List, I want to take just a second to thank everyone for your kindness and support when I shared that our little dog, Kelly, had died. I could literally feel the love, and I hope you all know how much I appreciate it. I have read every single comment and email…and I am so grateful for all your stories, advice, and condolences. I’ve have kids and grandkids visiting this week, so that’s been a huge help. Again, thank you…from the bottom of my heart.

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Yvonne | StoneGable

mantel with gather sign from stonegable

1. I’m doing a mini makeover in my sunroom. It’s tiny and gets heavy use. Instead of my sisal rug, we now have this pretty rug. I’m also looking for a new small coffee table and some kind of a small cabinet (see some choices below). I can’t wait to show you what else we did!

2. I’m freshening up my fall stash and I’m just about ready to get busy decorating for my favorite season! I found these beautiful faux cosmos in the prettiest fall color. I’m not sure if I will put them on the white buffet in the living room or the dining area table. And speaking of the dining area table, I’m thinking about this round pedestal table. I love it! What do you think?

3. I feel like the winds of change are blowing through my Tanglewood house! My style has changed and I’m looking for more Traditional/Transitional furnishings and less Farmhouse. I love this chandelier, these stunning King Louis chairs, this chest for the sunroom, and even though this is listed as a nightstand I think it would look pretty in our sunroom.

4. Are you thinking about fall? It’s not too early. Here are 10 beautiful things to do NOW for fall!

5. My hydrangeas are growing like weeds! Soon I’ll be cutting them and bringing them inside to fill our fall home with their moppy-headed beauty. Here is a post about drying hydrangeas the easy way so they last through the season!

6. Every week I share a seasonal menu dinner plan (and more) on the blog. You can see this week’s menu here. On The Menu is a gorgeous Summer Vegetable Torta by Carolyn from I Dream Of Food All Day. I make this Torta last summer and it was scrumptious. And check out Tuesday’s menu for Grilled Peaches with ice cream and granola. YUM!

7. One of my favorite decorating books is A Place To Call Home by James T. Farmer lll. I LOVE his southern style and sensibility and the stories he weaves about each home. Our homes should weave stories! Here is another book by Farmer I just ordered and another beautiful decorating/lifestyle book I love too. I enjoy reading decorating books that have a wonderful tale to tell as well as beautiful and inspiring decor.

8. Make sure you stop back at StoneGable tomorrow and see my new blog design. I have been working on this off and on for months! I think it is much more user-friendly and easy to navigate. The homepage sections posts according to topics. This fall tour of the Tanglewood House is included!

9. I often get asked about my favorite shopping places. Locally I like The Treasure PlaceCocalico Creek HomeDetails, and Festoons. Online I like to peruse Wayfair, Joss And Main, Crate And Barrel, Serena And Lily, the Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, One Kings Lane, Amazon, Overstock, CB2, Cost Plus World Market, Target, Walmart, William-Sonoma, The Inside, and more!

10. A little bit of lightheartedness and laughter does us good! I found a channel on YouTube called Dry Bar. It has comics that are funny and clean! Wow! Here’s a sample of just how funny someone can be without saying one bad word! 

Lory | Designthusiasm

End of summer refresh from Designthusiasm

1. I’m having a little bit of a personal Renaissance, an expression I use for when I’m feeling inspired and creative. While I’m always looking to update my home, when I feel like this, I’m particularly interested in sprucing up my seasonal decor. My mood right now is organic and nature driven, so I’m looking at these charming pumpkins, and I’m also absolutely in love with these. I could see doing a pretty palette to work with them, as they are not limiting at all. Also crazy about these feathery dried grasses.

2. I don’t think I mentioned this yet, but I’ve also been working on improving my health, and so far lost about 17 lbs. The added benefit is shopping in my own closet for things I haven’t worn in a while.  (Although shopping for new things is also now more fun!)

3. My best purchase of the week, or perhaps of the whole summer, was these shoes, which are perhaps the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned! Not kidding. Not planning on taking them off any time soon… 

4. Here’s another new favorite home decor website. It came up on my radar this week and has a great clean, organic, but well designed feel that I’m loving now. Works great with so many different design styles from farmhouse to traditional to modern, and everything in between. A few favorite pieces I’ve bookmarked: This gorgeous sectional that’s a fraction of the price of the Restoration Hardware one I’ve been looking at, this lovely rug that would lighten a room with too-dark floors, these fabulous baskets that are a great alternative to denser rattan, and this wonderful sideboard.

5. A week or two ago I mentioned that we’ll be celebrating our 40th anniversary this coming December. Between the pandemic and it being winter, I’m reluctant to travel to anywhere far or exotic. But I would consider a trip to the Caribbean. If anyone has any recommendations of a special occasion resort, I would love to hear them. Somewhere you wouldn’t normally go to that’s really exceptional. I’m thinking of maybe this place in Nevis, this place in Antigua, or maybe this place in Turks and Caicos, but I’m very open to suggestions and other ideas!

6. Favorite squares on Instagram this week: This simple but stunning entrywaythis bath is perfection, this room with a view.

7. Three healthy recipes I want to try soon: this enticing chicken stir fry, this colorful pasta salad (although I’m not eating carbs right now… ;-)) and these delicious looking zucchini crisps that I can’t imagine can really be healthy.

8. After years of switching all over the place and trying different brands, I’m sharing the flawless foundation I can’t live without and my absolute favorite I-won’t-use- anything-else blush. You have to get the color ‘Orgasm’. Yes, that’s what it’s called…

9. This week on the blog we looked at 5 Ways to Refresh Your End-of-summer Patio to extend the outdoor season. I also shared this DIY Furniture Painting tutorial, this Bedroom Bench Shopping Guide, and this Complete Guide to Kitchen Organization.

10. That’s all for today!

Ann | On Sutton Place

blue teacup printables from on sutton place

1.) I just watched a good movie on Netflix called The Last Letter From Your Lover. It stars Shailene Woodley and Felicity Jones. It flashes back and forth between now and 1965…and it’s worth watching just to see the amazing clothes from the 60’s that Shailene Woodley gets to wear! Another one I enjoyed was the The Master Butcher. It begins at the end of World War I in Germany, and then moves to the United States. Some of it’s in German, and some in English. If you like period dramas, this one is good. It’s available to stream on Amazon Prime with a PBS Masterpiece add-on subscription.

2.) Have you heard of the new homemaking trend called laundry stripping? I’ve seen it done a couple of times on Instagram stories…and it’s pretty shocking. Learn what it is, and if it’s for you, by clicking {HERE.}

3.) This recipe for Honey-Lemon Roasted Asparagus looks delicious!

4.) FAVORITE BLOG: Kelley is a down-to-earth, practical, and stylish blogger who shares home decor ideas and incredible room makeovers. She’s just finishing a master bathroom renovation and it’s beautiful!

5.) Even though it’s pretty hot here in Ohio, I am thinking about fall. Shipping seems to be taking longer than usual, so it’s a good idea to order your fall decor items early. I want to update my living room plate wall, so I ordered these plates, and this platter. I can’t wait for them to arrive…I’m really in the mood for a change!

6.) As you know, I love plate walls…gallery walls…basket walls. This kitchen has the coolest wall grouping made up of wooden spoons and framed prints. You could do this for next to nothing if you used free printables, and thrift store wooden spoons. I have a boatload of free printables available in the OSP Members Only Library. Just a few examples are these vintage botanical prints, these blue teacup prints, or these watercolor flowers. If you aren’t on my list, join {HERE.}

7.) FAVORITE QUOTE: “Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” ~L. R. Knost

8.) FAVORITE PURCHASE THIS WEEK: I have been fine-tuning the decor in the room where my grandchildren sleep when they visit…and I just purchased this rug. It’s from Safavieh, and it’s beautiful. It’s thick, comes in several different sizes & colors, and looks way more expensive than it is! I also chose these quilts, and these twin trundle beds. It’s not finished yet, but it’s coming along!

9.) Are you tired of coming up with dinner ideas? Here are a few suggestions: ham and cheese sliders, chicken parmesan for two, if you are in the mood for homemade soup, just click {HERE.}

10.) See you next week!

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  1. Dear Ann, I really enjoy your blog. I especially liked your favorite quote. You seem to have the right balance of creativity and commercialism in your words of encouragement.

  2. Barbara M. says:

    Dear Ann,

    I follow a young man in Iowa who has so much in common with you. His name is Kaleb Wyse and he can be found at His little French Bulldog, Kip, who is only THREE years old is suffering with an autoimmune disorder that has paralyzed his back legs. It’s heartbreaking to see a pup so young incapacitated. Kaleb is dealing with as best he can and his community are all rooting for Kip. He is also a cook, baker, canner, gardener, decorator (self-taught) and has a love of family. Check him out if you get the time.
    Love your site and so glad I found it!

  3. Somewhere along the way I missed that your beloved Kelly has died! I’m
    so sorry. They are not pets they are our babies and we grieve them like family! You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

  4. Laura Miller says:

    Dearest Ann and family,

    ALWAYS in our HEARTS!
    We lost our precious “Bailey” (bichon) 3 years ago and we still miss her everyday! She was 15 and made our life so happy and full. It’s so hard but we can now smile talking about her!
    Kelly was a beautiful girl and I’m sure she will always be in your prayers!

    Laura Miller
    Calgary Alberta
    Canada is

  5. Gael Fawley says:

    I read your post on your beloved pet. It isn’t easy but remember all dogs go to heaven!

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your sweet dog Kelly. They become so much a part of our lives. I pray God would comfort you and give you peace.

  7. Love all your choices for your grandchildren’s bedroom ! Thanks for sharing all the things you do!