By Kitty Golding
Kitty & Company will be conducting a series of short interviews with Chelsea Residents for 52 weeks, bringing to light differing personalities and design styles in our community. Perhaps you will meet someone new through these weekly interviews or perhaps it will be YOU! Stay tuned and follow us each week – we now introduce you to Mrs. Patricia L. Stebelton.
What is your profession and for how long? Homemaker, Artist, Author
Your family members:
My husband of 58 years, three married children, six grandchildren plus married spouses and one great grandchild.
People may think of me: as being a totally outgoing person, but really I tend to draw away to myself and my projects more often, though I push myself to be more social. Once out there and involved, I completely enjoy myself.
When did you move to Chelsea? Where did you live before moving to Chelsea?
My husband and I moved from the Redford Township area when our children were quite young over fifty years ago.
What do you love about where you currently live?
Besides the obvious beauty of the Chelsea countryside area with hills, valleys and several lakes, I love the small town feel of Chelsea and the friendliness that comes with knowing many people over the years and being known
If you could have a second home anywhere, where would it be? *
On a quiet nearby lake
What three words describe your style?
Light, colorful and comfortable (A few antiques, comfortable traditional)
Who or what do you believe influenced your style the most?
Many years of life.
As you think about the home in which you grew up, what elements did you like and do you think you have incorporated some of them in your own home?
Open coffee pot and open door policy with warm, welcome, and comfortable surroundings for family and friends.
What is one trend in design you do not like?
chrome, metal, stark design--though it might be an attractive design, It gives me a cold feeling.
Have you ever sought professional help with the interior design of your home - if so, what did you find most helpful?
No, I have not. I picked colors and objects that I find pleasing, that are warm and have good memories
What is the one biggest interior design issue you struggle with?
Having too much stuff. Because of my projects I tend to collect too many pieces of furniture and objects.
Which room in your home gets the most use? Please give any explanation as well.
Kitchen/Living'/dining area. I do a lot of baking in the kitchen area space and my computer is by my chair in living area space, along with some collected books. Now that we are living in a condo with limited area, it is the only place I have to set up to do some of my art projects. It’s also where the TV is located.
If you were moving and could only pick one item from your home to keep, what would it be and why?
It would be my Bible, next would be my art backpack.
No room is complete without:
windows---lots of light.
If you are a pet owner, how has that influenced your choices in design, if it has?
Yes, we now have extended family with several dogs and are now considering durable wood-type flooring.
I am an admitted collector of things.
Which do you prefer?
economically priced furniture and accessories so I can change them often
higher end furniture and accessories that can stay with me a long time
A mix of both - but I lean toward the economical option
A mix of both - but I lean toward the higher end option
A few of your favorite things!
Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Historical Place You Have Visited:
Favorite Song, Artist or style of Music:
Old Hymns/Praise Songs/Folk music
Ribeye steak/roasted vegetables/Strawberry Rhubarb pie
Favorite Travel Destination On Your Bucket List:
Favorite Things to Collect:
I guess you could say books but I now use my Kindle to read to save space around the house.
Toledo Art Museum/Greenfield Village….. I have too many to list
I surround myself with fall colors but adore Periwinkle Blue, Cream & White
Favorite Design Style:
Watercolor on site/Read/Bake for family and friends
Kitty’s note: Patricia and I met each other about 10 years ago in the church we attended and her grandson’s went to school with my older son. She has a creative flair for painting and writing. She has authored many books, some of which may be found at the Chelsea Library. She and I would visit occasionally and I enjoyed those times together hearing about her life and the projects she was involved in. Patricia is a beautiful caring woman that I am so fortunate to know.