Welcome to the Sugar Maple House

After 28 years in the house on Sutton Place, we took the plunge and moved. Welcome to the Sugar Maple house…let me show you around!

Sugar Maple House 18

Before I introduce the Sugar Maple house, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who commented or emailed when I shared the news that we were moving. I was utterly overwhelmed by the good wishes, and I could literally feel the love. You are all so supportive and kind…and I want you to know how much I appreciate it. I loved hearing your own stories, and I’m so grateful that you wanted to share them with us. Now…it’s time for the tour!

sugar maple house entry before

Our Must-Have List

There are so many things about this house that made it the right choice for us. From the floor plan, to the finishes, to the yard…it’s all just perfect. In regards to my must-have list, never in a million years did I think a house would appear that met all my conditions…but it happened. I had no desire to move unless it was 100% worth it. I can now say with certainty that it definitely was! This was my list:

  • the house had to be less than 5 years old
  • one floor, open concept
  • split bedroom design (meaning the master bedroom is on one side of the house and the guest rooms are on the other.)
  • first floor laundry
  • kitchen island that seats at least 3
  • very small yard
  • no trees
sugar maple house entry and office door

The items above were very much non-negotiable for me. Two other things that I wanted, but could have lived without, were a front porch and a concrete driveway. The Sugar Maple house has both!

sugar maple house great room
From the entry, there’s a clear and open path to the great room and kitchen.

My husband and I didn’t necessarily have the same must-have list. He would have liked a bigger yard, and he couldn’t care less where the laundry room is located! The thing that sold us on this house in the end was the fact that it meets the needs of our adult children and grandchildren when they visit. There’s an amazing basement (I’ll show you later) that has a bedroom for the grandchildren, a bedroom for their parents, a full bathroom, and a very fun lounge area. All the other must-haves were important, but providing our kids with a comfortable place to stay was at the top of the list.

sugar maple house hallway
This hallway leads to my husband’s den, a guest room, and a guest bath.

There are a few other things I want to mention that sealed the deal for me. When we renovated our bathrooms at the Sutton Place house, I chose navy blue KraftMaid cabinetry. The huge island at the Sugar Maple house is the same color (Midnight) and style. When I walked in for the first time and saw the island, I could not believe it. The SMH front door is exactly like the one on Sutton Place, and the porch railings are almost identical. There is an office space for me, and a den for my husband. The landscaping at the SMH has limelight hydrangeas, and the walkway to the front door is slightly curved. The very first time I set eyes on the Sugar Maple house, I felt at home.

sugar maple house navy island
sugar maple house pantry doors
Those two closed doors are pantries! The open door goes to the laundry room and then through to the garage.


Because I had been saving and saving for a kitchen renovation, I had some money available to make this house feel more like ours. We painted everything a lovely neutral color called Snowbound, from Sherwin Williams. I ordered shutters for all the windows, and I picked out some new ceiling lights. The biggest change is in the master bedroom. The navy blue feature wall is gone! It was just not us, and it had to go. It was replaced with a stunning shiplap wall that I’ll show you as soon as I can.

This feature wall is gone!
sugar maple house master bath
The doorway on the right is the toilet room, and straight ahead is the closet.
sugar maple house master bath vanity
We’ve removed the builder grade mirror and replaced it with two mirrors centered over the sinks. I hope to replace the light as well.
sugar maple house shower and bathtub
The shower and tub are directly across from the vanity.
sugar maple house basement railing and kitchen

A kitchen island with seating was very important to me. I wanted a place where my family could gather together and be comfortable. If I close my eyes, I can imagine my three grandchildren sitting at this island, while I’m in the kitchen. The possibilities for making memories are endless!

sugar maple house hallway to bedroom
The master bedroom is through the doorway pictured above. To the right is our entry, and the front door.

Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye to the house on Sutton Place was very bittersweet. Although I know moving was the right choice, there are so many family memories that were made on Sutton Place. It’s where our kids grew up, and it’s where we brought home a little puppy named Kelly. As some of you know, leaving a family home is sometimes necessary, but never without emotion.

What will I miss the most? I love the finishes in the SMH bathrooms, but I will miss our newly renovated navy blue bathrooms on Sutton Place. I’ll miss my garden, especially my peonies, and my birdhouse. I’ll miss our dining room. Because the SMH doesn’t have a dedicated dining room, we passed on our furniture to our nephew and his wife. We felt strongly about keeping it in the family, and it has definitely found a good home.

on sutton place house

Something one of my readers pointed out to me that I hadn’t considered was that by moving on, we are “making someone else’s dream of beginning a new chapter in a beautiful home a reality.” I hope and pray that the young couple who chose our home will be happy and content. It’s the perfect place to raise a family.

As soon as we’re settled, I plan to jump right into Christmas preparation. I’ll be sharing our front porch decorated for Christmas, as well as our great room, there are new printables, and hopefully a new recipe. After that, probably in the new year, I will be sharing much more of the Sugar Maple house.

Until next time…

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  1. I love your new place but will miss looking at your dining room. I also miss your dog pictures. Can’t wait to see your changes and your recipes.

  2. Congratulations on your new home! I can’t wait to see what you do to make it your own!

  3. I am late to catching up, but wanted to say congratulations. I really look forward to your updates on the new home. We spent a year moving, downsizing and totally redoing a much smaller bungalow home. Unfortunately I find the smaller one story home boring, and cannot find a way to make it seem more than a box with a lid on it. I am certain you will have lots of ideas for me. Again congratulations.

  4. Hello!
    I really enjoy reading your posts and searching through your site. You appear to be very authentic and your kindness shows through. I admire that about your site.

    I am retiring in the next year or so and have entertained the idea of starting a blog as a hobby that can lead me into retirement. I would love to hear how you got started, what motivated you and any other tips for a beginner blogger.

    Thank you!

  5. Diane Vasti says:

    Like you, we will be moving and downsizing soon too. The home also has an open floor plan too and I also will no longer have a formal dining room. I will also have much less kitchen cabinets. How are you dealing with this, especially for kitchen storage and a table big enough to entertain?

    1. Hi Diane…I didn’t have much cabinet space at our house on Sutton Place, so our new kitchen actually has more room. Plus, I have 2 pantry closets and before we didn’t have even one. Is there a basement or spare bedroom where you could store some of your kitchen items? As far as the dining room, I don’t miss it. We rarely used it and now, we have a kitchen island that seats 4. So together, our dining nook and island stools seat everyone. Our family isn’t huge, including my dad there are 10 of us. That includes the kids! Honestly, living here is so much easier, and even though it was stressful during the move, it’s such a relief now. Just keep reminding yourself that it gets better!

  6. Carolyn Stone says:

    I truly believe God made everything work out in such an orderly, perfect way. What a story! I am so excited for you and your husband in this journey. I look forward to continued posts about SMH house. It looks so lovely already!

  7. Lou E Gipson says:

    How did you arrive at the name Sugar Maple Home?
    Please explain?

    1. Hi Lou! I felt I needed a way to distinguish between the house on Sutton Place and our new home…so since we live on Sugar Maple Court, I named our new place after our new street. Thanks for asking!

  8. Ann, I’m so happy for you that you & your husband moved into a new home. I hadn’t had time to read your posts for a while & when I saw the picture of the kitchen, I had to go back & catch up. I’m so glad you got the kitchen you always wanted. I know you will do a great job of decorating your new home. I’ve always loved it that you have incorporated farmhouse style & use a lot of blue & white as those are my favorite colors to decorate with also.

  9. HI Ann, I am so happy for the two of you! I recently sold a friend’s home after 20 years raising their kids. They shared a similar sentiment as one of your readers it was time for a young family to move in and raise their family! The home is gorgeous. Congrats on getting a home in this market! Happy New Year, laura in Colorado

  10. Ann, wish I had read this post before my husband and I had to downsize. He had a bad fall and we couldn’t have stairs anymore. We have moved now but not completely. Your post would have been a great help but we are doing ok. Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to see the new house reveal. Jean

  11. Someone early on asked for tips on how you made the move so quickly and how did you decide what to take and what to dispose of. My husband and I are planning another downsizing move in the next couple of years and the process is overwhelming again. Any tips would be deeply appreciated!

    1. I’m working on a post right now…it’s taking longer than I thought it would. It’s coming though!

  12. Ann,
    Do you know the paint color on your island? I am wanting to paint my island and that color would do well in my kitchen.

  13. Christine Johnson says:

    Before you leave the story of your move, would you do a post on how you cleared out all your stuff and decided what to bring with you to your new home. Many of us are downsizing yet are struggling with the process. You seem to have tackled the job in record time! Your new home is perfect for this new chapter! Eager to read your new story in 2022!

  14. Congrats on your new house. What an exciting time for you and your family. I am excited to to see all your ideas for this house, it is going to be a real adventure. I love your blog. Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. I’m very happy for you! It’s a lovely house. Enjoy!

  16. A beautiful new home! We are also trying to make that transition! I love your thoughts about Sutton Place providing another young family with a place to make many memories. We are in hopes that our house will provide the same! Anxious to see the basement area! Enjoy settling in!

    1. We have been thinking of making the move to a split ranch for a few years, but still haven’t pulled the trigger. I am so over 2 stories with a basement laundry! I will be looking forward to seeing your ideas. Who knows, maybe it will inspire me to build the home for the next phase of our lives.

  17. Sue Knight says:

    Oh Ann, it’s just lovely!

  18. Linda Nicastro says:

    I truly appreciate that you have intimately shared your home to all of us. I’m sure you’ll fascinate all of us with your classic sense of style as you add your furnishings and elegant touches. I’m looking forward to each new issue. Thank you.

  19. So happy you’re happy! Looking forward to watching you make it your home.
    New Beginnings for you and your loved ones…Happy Holidays!

  20. Congratulations, Ann! Your new home is lovely and I’m very excited to see how you will decorate it. I hope you and your husband enjoy many wonderful years in your beautiful home!

  21. The Sugar Maple home looks perfect! I am thrilled for you! And, excited for all of us, in that we get to see how you style this home. Congrats on making the move….I hope you and your husband will be very happy in your new home! ;)

  22. It’s beautiful, Ann! Wishing you many happy years and memories in SMH! It’s amazing that you got everything on your wish list. It certainly was meant to be!

    1. What a beautiful home! I am breathless with anticipation to see all the ways you will make it your own. Congratulations again on your new adventure!

  23. I’m so excited for you! Your new home is lovely and I can’t wait to watch as you put your very special touches throughout!

  24. Sheila DelCharco says:

    Looks lovely! So happy for you!

  25. Nancy Kelley says:

    What a wonderful new home to start a special time in your lives beginning with the upcoming holiday season! May it soon be filled with warm memories to cherish along with your fondness for your previous home!

  26. Phyllis Groce says:

    Change is always difficult. Congratulations on your new home. As we all know you will make it beautiful and comfortable. I can’t wait to see whats to come. Best Wishes!

  27. Ann, this new house looks lovely and I am looking forward to seeing how you make it your own.
    I also was hesitant about moving from our family home when we discussed downsizing. I spoke with both of our sons individually, and each one said “it’s not the house, it’s the people in it.” That was just what my heart needed to hear.
    We still have guest rooms for adult children and grandchildren!

  28. Jeanie Nichols says:

    I can’t wait to see how you make this home your own! I am so excited for you.

  29. Beautiful new home. I know it is an exciting time. Can’t wait to see all your special touches to make it your home.

  30. Anne Gabany says:

    It is lovely, friend. God bless you in your new Sugar Maple Home. I love the name. We own an old stone home in Pennsylvania and have large sugar maple trees on the property. Think I’ll borrow the moniker and have a sign made for it, “Sugar Maple Home”.

  31. Ann—Sugar Maple is simply divine. Congrats and wishing you and your family many beautiful years to come.

    1. It’s beautiful and I’m excited to see how you make it your home! Congratulations!

  32. Your new home is amazing. Especially since it clearly is perfect for the most part just the way it is. Lucky you. I’m in the process of cleaning up a new to me home and look forward to the “projects” down the road to upgrade some of the rooms. Still, I love a good project. I know you’ll have fun putting your special touches on your new home. Have fun.
    Karen B.

  33. Your new home is absolutely beautiful! We too are looking to downsize, but have not found the right home! Congratulations on finding yours!

  34. Congratulations on your new home Ann! A newer house has it’s own challenges, but such an opportunity to start fresh! It’s lovely, and I’m so happy for you! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It will be exciting to see how you make this house into your home.
    Best Wishes, Penny

  35. Vivian Colemire says:

    What a lovey home…congratulation!!! I can’t wait to see your touches on each room. May you and your family enjoy this home as much as Sutton Place.

  36. Love it! Thanks for sharing

  37. Congratulations Ann. Your new home is lovely and I can’t wait to see your personal touches that will truly make it ‘home’ for you and your family.
    We have moved many times over the years. All of our moves have been in our hometown city and all were built by my husband after we planned and designed together. One thing I have learned is that home is wherever you are…as long it is with your loves.
    God bless you and your new home.

  38. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations on your new home! It is lovely and I know you will be turning it in to your home with all of your little touches. The family who purchased your Sutton Place home got a real gem because of all of the special things you had added to that home. Best wishes as you begin to make this house into a home for you and your family to enjoy. Have fun!!!

  39. Congratulations! The future is bright!

  40. You have a new, beautiful home to start with. I can only imagine what it will look like once you start working your magic on it! If you ever start missing your old home, I will send you pictures of mine as I loved and incorporated almost every design element you generously shared! (Thank you!) We left our home of 35 years to move to a new city to be near our children, and I understand the mixed emotions you must have. But starting again in a new home is a wonderful adventure. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  41. Ann,
    Congratulations! It is uncanny, but your layout is nearly identical to our home we just built in 2020. We moved due to a fire that destroyed our home and community two years earlier. I find this home’s layout extremely convenient. And I totally love seating my three granddaughters at the island…crafts, play dough, drawing and painting…I ALL happens there❣️

  42. Congratulations on your new home! All the kitchen & organizing posts you have written over the years, and now you have storage galore! So happy for this exciting time for you.

  43. Teddee Grace says:

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to seeing not only what you decide to do for this first Christmas in this house, but all of the projects to come.

  44. Jane Dr Cheverry says:

    Your new house looks lovely but out of curiosity why no trees ?

  45. Your new home is lovely, and your story reminded me to be patient. God does make a path, often when we least expect it. I’m looking forward to your continuing story and wish you all good things.

  46. Nellie Goodman says:

    Your new home is lovely! I look forward to seeing how you make it yours and I’m sure that will be a labor of love for you. Thank you for including us, your readers, with this wonderful new chapter of your life. God Bless.

  47. I can hardly wait to see your Christmas decorations in your SMH!

  48. Debbie Meyer says:

    Your new home is absolutely gorgeous! I wish you and your family many wonderful years in Sugar Maple House. Sometimes you just need to move on. We took the plunge back in 2007 and now live in our country dream home. We are now retired and living a dream!

    I can’t wait to see your Christmas decor! I plan on repurposing some decorations, moving others around the home to create something new and fresh this year! I always kept it the same, but this year will definitely be different!

    Debbie Meyer
    Espyville PA

  49. How wonderful and exciting…for you and your husband to find the perfect new home! We experienced a similar situation six years ago, after being in our previous home for 32 years! It all fell into place (as did yours) and we couldn’t be happier. Congratulations on the move! Im excited to follow your updates.

  50. Joan Osten says:

    Wishing you God’s richest blessings in your beautiful new home. I know it will be absolutely stunning when you put your special touches on it. Hugs ❤️

  51. The blue kitchen island would seal the deal for me too! 😊 A new journey and season begins. Enjoy!

  52. I’m so excited for you. This is a zero judgment question: why no trees? I’m just curious…

  53. Congratulations on you new home! I know that you will make many new memories in this house and I look forward to seeing all you do to make this house your home.

  54. Janice Boucher says:

    What a lovely home you’ve chosen. Best of luck! It seems to have ticked all your boxes. Now the only thing left to complete the warmth of the household is a little fur baby. I can’t imagine anything better than sharing this beautiful house and life with the unconditional love of a new pet.

  55. Wow, this is a very livable floor plan! I agree with you on the split bedroom design and no trees, although some ornamental ones would be nice ( rose of Sharon, redbud, crape myrtle).
    Congratulations Ann!!

    1. Thank you for sharing your new home with us! I just love it. Your story really moved me as we are looking for a new home after being in our home for 28 years. We are just a few short years from retirement and really don’t want to take on a huge mortgage. Prices in our area have been out of control for almost two years now. Your story reminded me that God does indeed have a plan and will provide for us as well as place us where He wants us to be. Blessings in your new home!

  56. Congratulations Ann, your new home looks perfect for you! I’m looking forward to following along as you make it as warm and inviting as Sutton Place!

  57. Congrats to you/hubby re this new chapter in your lives! No doubt an added blessing this Thanksgiving! And please promise yourself no imposed stress in getting the home ready for your family/guests and readers this holiday season. Next year our expectations will be higher! ha ox

  58. Even the cabinets were there waiting for YOU! Oh what fun lies ahead.

  59. Congrats! We made the exact same type of move in 2018. We wanted a new house and to be closer to our grandkids. We found a new build on our first day! Things happen the way they are meant. If we had not made the move, we would not have been able to facilitate online learning at our home for our grandsons last year.
    We have spent the last three years personalizing our main floor and are currently finishing the basement. So happy we made the move and gave a lovely young family a home that was meant for raising children.

    Enjoy the journey to make this home your own and treasure the memories from your former home and the ones you make in your new abode!

  60. Beautiful new home! Congratulations!

  61. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your new home. I know you’ll give it all the right touches to make it “yours” – it already has the “bones” that are perfect for you. I can imagine the emotions – bittersweet and joy all at once. I’m anxious to see how things progress. Thanks for mentioning the color you had the interior painted. I don’t see Snowbound mentioned a lot when people tell their paint colors, but I really like it!

  62. Congratulations! Your new house is beautiful! Two pantries – you lucky girl. Can’t wait to see pictures when you are all settled in.

  63. i love this story! Enjoy Ann. I am a long-time follower. I can’t wait to pin new images! Enjoy!
    laura in Colorado

  64. The house is so beautiful and I am so happy for you and your family!
    When God opens a door he opens it wide!
    Your website is like a fine meal. Every delicious morsel is so satisfying and enjoyable!

  65. Congratulations Ann on your beautiful new home ! It sounds perfect for you and your family. Can’t wait to see your vision for the house come to life.

  66. Congrats! I can’t wait to see more pictures. We are at the same stage in our life. Considering selling our family home and moving closer to our daughter and family. Would balls be leaving a newly renovated ensuite, all new windows and doors. Difficult decisions to be made. Kudos to you. Looks like you’ve found a beautiful new home!

  67. Ann I’m so excited for you, it seems this house was sitting there waiting for you!!

  68. Well CONGRATULATIONS ! It looks beautiful!! & look forward to more tours as you complete yr projects & decorating !

  69. Jan Fusco says:

    I love it! It’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things you’ll do in this home.

  70. Ellen Sorce says:

    Having that navy island in your kitchen is so YOU, Ann! I’m sure you will create wonderful new memories with your family.

    Did you stay in the same growing zone? You can always put in some peonies. I’m excited to see your yard next year. But I really can’t wait to see how you decorate, both inside and outside, for Christmas.

    Blessings to you!

    1. 5 stars
      Love, love the new house. Thank you for sharing. It looks like you and I can’t wait to see the new decorating ideas to come.
      Kristi B

  71. Beautiful new home! Best wishes in it!

  72. Beautiful new home for wonderful memories. Congratulations. I look forward to sharing your new adventures with you.

  73. Carol@Blueskyathome says:

    Ann, I remember the final hours in our big home. I walked into each kid’s room and cried. Walked through our master bedroom and cried. Heck, I walked through every room and cried. I knew moving was the right thing. We no longer needed a 5 bedroom house with 3 living areas and huge upkeep and taxes. But moving into a new home is exciting. And, yes, there are new memories to be made. This is the house our grandchildren will remember; we still have a swimming pool so they are happy. We’ve been in our “new” home now for eight years, and I still miss my old backyard but this is now home. I can’t wait to see how you decorate SMH.

  74. What a beautiful new home. It will be fun to watch you make it yours!

  75. Wow!!!! You must be loving your new kitchen. Your home is perfect.
    So happy for you Anne.
    What made you move?

    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Much love,

  76. Libby Hopkins says:

    Ann, so very happy for you. Your new “house” is gorgeous and will soon be a treasured “home” for you and your family. Looking forward to seeing photos and stories about all the new changes.

    Also, I’ve already printed your 2022 calendar. I’ve added tabs and some personalized forms. I believe this is the 4th year I’ve used this beautiful planner. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. You’re one of the best!


  77. Jami Boys says:

    So lovely, Ann- I’m so excited for you! What a blessing to have all your dream wish list met for a house. Can’t wait to see how you’ve made this new home yours.😀

    1. Both homes are sooo cute – the similar colors are wonderful. Christmas will be fun and new memories. I love seeing all the pics – thank you! Happy Holidays!

  78. Thrilled for you and your family.
    The home looks looks lovely and I am excited to watch all the touches that you will be able to create.
    Love your style and decor.
    Blessing to your family

  79. Congrats to your new home! I know exactly why no trees, less yard work. I can’t wait to see your old furnishings in your new spaces. Looking forward to see how you arrange your furnishings in your open concept. You will make so many new memories with your family. Your new home will bring you so much joy.

  80. Ann,
    I love seeing your new home and the excitement from all that happened to let you know it was the right move for you and your family. It is beautiful and I can’t wait to see more. God’s timing is always perfect.

  81. Mary from Virginia says:

    For some reason this post made me tear up, happy tears of course! I am thrilled you have a new home and it truly looks like you! I already love everything, but I knew I would. 😁
    You mentioned painting g everything snowbound, but I thought I saw a blue color in that hallway. May I ask if it’s blue and which blue?

    Thank you, and wishing you tons and tons of happiness!

  82. Jackie Julian says:

    It’s so exciting to see your new home and follow you as you move in and decorate. It seems very modern, the fixtures, especially. Do you have plans to decorate in a more modern motif, or continue to use the way you’ve appointed your house OSP?

  83. What a lovely new place to call home! I think it’s rare to find everything on your must-have list and I’m sure that made the transition easier. I know you will be happy here and are already making new memories. Thanks for sharing with us!

  84. Sandra W. says:

    Your home is beautiful, Ann. I look forward to seeing how you “settle in”. Enjoy making new memories in you Sugar Maple Home.

  85. How fun to decorate a new space and call it your own. Can’t wait to see the progress.
    I do have one question….why did you not want any trees? No trees… no shade or birds.

    1. Congratulations to you Ann and your family on the purchase of your Sugar Maple house. I will enjoy watching you make it your style! I’m sure you will be sharing many wonderful ideas.

  86. I’m fairly new to your blog so I missed all the work you put into your last home, but I’m looking forward to watching you make this new one your own. What a wonder it is to find such perfection that checked all your boxes! This may sound odd, but do you happen to have the original house plan by any chance? We’re always looking for the perfect retirement configuration…my husband and I always put house plan magazines in each other’s Christmas stockings! I would love to look at yours! Enjoy every minute in your new home.

  87. I can see why you love this house! Looking forward to your posts in this lovely place!

  88. How did you find the time to move and write the blog is beyond me. You are a superwoman. So happy for you and your family.

  89. Congratulations on your new home. Looking forward to seeing how you make it your own

  90. So happy for you and your husband on finding this lovely home. Can’t wait to see your new porch decorating. Your neighbors are in for a treat to see your porch throughout the seasons. Such a lovely home.

  91. Carol Vickery says:

    Your new home is lovely. Looking forward watching you “charm” it and make it even more yours. And…after all, isn’t it all about the “grands”?

  92. Sue Daugherty says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful new home. I can’t wait to see how you make it your own. We are moving in about a year from the home we raised our family in to our retirement home. I am looking forward to my adventure and will be following you as you share your journey in your new home. You inspire me.