House Guests at Home Sweet Abbey

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Home Elements/Decorating

My brother and sister-in-law flew in from Denver last week to spend a few days with Mom and me. They visit a couple of times a year, and now, after several stays, feel quite at home.

I especially appreciate the Abbey floor plan when house guests arrive. That large second bedroom offers them all the space they want or need. For 50 weeks of the year, the room serves primarily as my office and looks like this.

2nd bed

But for the other two weeks, when I have overnight guests, it looks like this.


As you can see, there is plenty of space for both a bed and my desk. The walk-in closet easily accommodates their luggage and their clothing, and their bathroom is just outside the door. My cat, Angie, lounging on their bed is an extra little welcoming touch.

During waking hours, Craig and Rosie can almost always be found in my sun room — whether having breakfast at the bistro table, checking their messages, reading, knitting, or just gazing out the windows. Mom joins us for lunch each day and spends part of the afternoon. Then in the evening, we’re back at the little table sharing wine and snacks.

One afternoon I got in the mood to rearrange the furniture in my sun room. With three of us, it was an easy job. Within minutes, I had a whole new room, a larger one. Shadow the cat signaled her approval by napping on the ottoman.


On our last afternoon together, I snapped this photo of my family. It’s a nice keepsake of our week together in Home Sweet Abbey.



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