Designing Woman

My mother had two hobbies: reading and rearranging furniture. I shared her love of reading, but never understood her passion for decorating. Once I get my furnishings placed appropriately they might remain in the same place for years. The only times I've moved furniture around are when we've been transferred to a new location. I wouldn't do it even then, but I can't afford new stuff every time we change houses, and no one ever seems to want our old stuff.

Mom never had a budget for decorating, so our furniture was about as basic as it could be. We had a sofa, a love seat, and two chairs in varying shades of brown, tan, and black, but by simply rearranging the pieces from time to time and adding a new throw pillow or a crocheted afghan she'd create a completely different look.

Not long after I left home Mom bought a floral sofa. It kind of pissed me off. For all those years I thought furniture had to be a solid color and at the tender age of 18 I discovered florals exist! Had I not been worthy of a floral sofa? Was she making an exchange? Me for a sofa of flowers and leaves?

Studly Doright and I inherited my parents ugly black sofa when we married, but when I had the opportunity to buy a new one, it had flowers everywhere. It was ugly as sin, but at least it wasn't a solid. That'd show 'em.

Honestly, I have no skills in decorating. I never thought of it as something I'd enjoy doing for fun, but recently I was looking for an online game to keep me from overthinking everything in my life, and I found Design Home. Now I'm obsessed.

Here's how it works. Every few hours a design challenge is posted, usually with some criteria attached, i.e. two metal items, three rustic pieces, etc. Players select pieces either from their own inventory, from the inventories of friends, or from the shop, and then try to create a pleasing room. Players also get to vote on other designs. I get a kick out of seeing how others interpreted the challenge.

Here's one of my designs:

Isn't it pretty? My mom would have loved this game. Would she have chosen a floral sofa? I'll never know.

Peace, people. Go hug your mom.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

14 thoughts on “Designing Woman”

  1. My mother has that hobbie too of redecorating or moving furniture from one part to the other of the house, but my situation is different, since a kid……she used me as child labour I was the one moving the freaking furniture and she was the General pointing where she wanted to go…… This is child abuse, should I sue her?

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  2. I could so relate to this post! My mom was a great decorator, too, a skill I did not inherit. She didn’t move furniture so much as she rotated “accessories”. She, too, insisted on solids. My first floral sofa was one that had been set out for the trash at the house across the street from my apartment while I was in college. My roommate and I ventured over to inspect it, a man came out of the house and actually helped us move it to our second floor flat. We became friends with him and his wife after that. đŸ™‚ I moved that old sofa through two other moves before getting one of my own. So your piece brings up many pleasant memories. Thanks!

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