Monday, May 9, 2022

My Un-Designer House .... by Christine Bush

I admit it. I’m a bit old.  Aside from the physical aches and pains of aging, I’m not complaining.  I’ve had a good life.  I’ve been through a lot, good and bad.

It would be nice to turn back time and be able to play tennis again. But I can’t.  Instead I hang out at the Y and do aqua aerobics. And it’s ok.  The truth is, I’m happy to have experienced all I have in this wonderful long life. I don’t want to pretend to be young.

I have lots of young people in my life. As a college professor, I get to hear the hopes and dreams and ups and downs of the younger generations. They think differently than we did. Their life is different than ours, and I accept that. I would never lecture them about their likes and dislikes, or tell them how much better it was “back in the day.” It’s just different.  I respect their right to find their way and make their choices.

But I have to laugh.  We’re constantly being bombarded by eye catching articles in magazines and on Facebook about the changes we “Oldsters” should make in order not to appear old. 

For instance, in decorating, they seem to believe that we all aspire to the styles and designs that suit them today. 

                           “Your Designer House”

“Fifteen design ideas to eliminate in your home that show your age.”

“Ten items to avoid in your house that scream “Granny’s House”

What? It’s a bad thing to look like a Granny’s House?

The lists include things like:

No floral furniture.

Get those family pictures off the wall and off the buffet. Minimalism is in.

No nick- knacks. They make clutter.

No flowered wallpaper. Neutral, neutral, neutral. Everything.

No doilies, even if created by your grandmother.

That crocheted afghan blanket on the back of the chair has to go.

That farm theme in your kitchen shouts old. Sleek is in.


My undesigner house is a demonstration of experiences, memories and love. I like my "Granny House"!

The doily under the lamp was made by my Irish grandmother, a treasured person in my life, long gone.

The pictures celebrate the people I love, both old and young. They are symbols of family and connection.

The knickknacks are mostly souvenirs, reminders of beautiful places I’ve been.  And some are primitive art projects made by young grandkids.

My elderly aunt made the afghan. I miss her.

I love my floral couch. Curtains. Wallpaper. I guess I just like flowers.

Neutral leaves me a bit cold.

Yes, I’m older.  But my tastes haven’t changed, and I can’t really see why they should. 

So I’m going to sit in my un-designer (but comfortable) recliner and contemplate my un-designer house.

Then I might learn how to make a doily.  And keep celebrating life and its many memories.

How about your house?  I’d love to hear!


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Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!







  1. Hi Christine, I love the doily. It's beautiful. I have a crocheted runner and a lace runner that belonged to my mother-in-law that we keep on our chest and dresser in our bedroom. I also have a lace tablecloth that belonged to my mother, and it covers a small table in one of our spare bedrooms.

  2. I love doilies. I have a whole box of them.