Reupholstery Regret & Reclaiming "Grandma"

Reupholstery Regret & Reclaiming "Grandma"

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Tess Wilson
Aug 17, 2015

Q: I thought the floral fabric I picked was more Anthropologie than grandma. I was wrong. The chairs clash with the colors and feel of the room. The upholstery was expensive, so I can't revisit another fabric. Throws don't seem to help, but maybe I haven't found the right throw. Help. -Sent by Lori

Editor: First off, I propose we eliminate the use of the word "grandma" to mean fussy, flouncy, old-fashioned, doily-covered, figurine-filled, and/or sickly-sweet. Grandmas have all different sorts of styles, and grandmas are (often) the best so the word should never be used as an insult.

My proposed replacement: Dolores Umbridge. That right there is what we mean when we disparagingly refer to something as "grandma", and I have zero issue with using "Dolores Umbridge" as an insult. Any other suggestions?

As for Lori, what should she do about her chairs? Is there any way she can adjust her decor and/or her chairs to make them feel more edgy, modern, and boho-chic?

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