This past week, a few more pieces of family furniture came to live at the Retro Ranch. This time — Grandma’s orange chairs. I’ve always liked Grandma’s orange chairs — which lived in her formal living room where my brother and I played The Merry Milkman Game during visits. Grandma knew that my favorite color is orange and that I really admired the chairs — so she made a special request that they come to live at my house.
Just like the photos I have showing happy memories on Nana’s little yellow couch — here I am as a baby, being held by Grandma on one of the orange chairs that are now at my house (that’s my uncle on the right).
Another thing that I love about these chairs — Grandma told me that she re-upholstered them herself — after taking a class (she says they were originally aqua, but that fabric was completely removed when the reupholstery job was done). Grandma really was a do-it-yourself type lady — and I think she did a really good job on the chairs.
Eventually (in several years — we have a pink bathroom to build first!) Jim and I plan to finish our basement to include a nice rec room and these chairs will eventually end up down there. But for now, I have one tucked around the corner in the den…
…and the other is in the living room corner. Doesn’t it look nice with the teal rug?
When I look around my house I see a sprinkling of furniture and mementos from both sets of grandparents — with a new twist that is both familiar and uniquely my own. Standing in any room of the house, I can point to things that were my Nana & Bob’s, Grandma & Grandpa’s or even Mom and Dad’s. It is comforting to me — and makes me feel as if family members who are no longer with us, or parents who live far away are always here in spirit.