A couple of weeks ago I found myself house- and dog-sitting for my son Matt and his wife Taylor. They have two adorable dogs--a little black pug named Brodie, and a spunky little black miniature Schnauzer named Bailey. I love my "granddogs," as I call them, and they love me! They were excited when I arrived to stay with them for a few days, but they were ecstatic when I returned a couple of weeks later to stay with them a few more days!
|Bailey and Brodie in the backyard on a hot day. I did water those wilted plants!|
|"Wake up, Grandma!" says Bailey on a late morning sleep-in.|
|"Whut?' says Brodie, just waking up.|
I didn't have a lot to do since they have a yard guy and a housekeeper so I spent my time reading, writing a little, eating, and watching TV on their giant flat screen, when I wasn't out thrift store shopping! Their decor is minimal and very Restoration Hardware, which of course made me want to declutter as soon as I got home. Of course, after I talked to my mom, she said,
"April, you can't get rid of all your stuff. It's you!"
Which, of course, is true. The longer I am back at home, the more truly I am at home, in my own what-some-would-call-cluttered little nest.
Matt and Taylor's home is a sprawling 1960's ranchstyle home with updated everything, and they are still looking for the perfect home decor items. I just had to take some photos and share. Taylor has impeccable taste, in my opinion! Like I said, staying in their home made me want to declutter, paint, and redecorate my own home, which I plan to start doing very soon, no matter what Mom said. As soon as I can figure out what to do with all my stuff. . .
|The dining area with mason jar chandelier from Etsy.|
|The Craigslist leather sectional in the front room, or Matt's man cave, as he calls it!|
|Don't you love those shutters? Every window in the house has those!|
|Front entry metal art from First Monday Trade Days in Canton. Custom paint job by Matt.|
|Elegant master bedroom.|
|Even the vintage built-in at the end of the hallway looks stylish and serves as a great place for photos.|
|China cabinet in breakfast nook with French art. Love the shade of green on the walls!|
|The bar in the man cave. Taylor made the chalkboards herself!|