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This picture is necessary to explain why I decorated the Merrimack’s rec room the way I did.  My grandparents’ beautiful mid-century home had a rec room in the basement.  The floor was linoleum tiled, although they had a tweedy black-and-white room-sized rug down over it most of the time.  The walls were this odd, light green paneling, textured to look like wood but of a softer, cork-like material.  My grandparents tacked souvenirs from their travels up on the walls—photographs, menus, cocktail napkins, event programs, and the like.  This picture was taken on New Year’s Eve, 1961.  By the time I was old enough to notice and remember, they had added more things, including a sandalwood fan, a pencil caricature that someone drew of my grandfather golfing, framed pictures, Japanese fishing floats, and  (my favorite) a pair of black lacy panties from a stripper in New Orleans.  The rec room also had a red brick fireplace, a black sofa, red and gray plaid chairs, and, at one end of the room, a wet bar that was finished in tufted red leather.  There was actually a little kitchen area in behind the bar, with the sink and a retro refrigerator tucked in behind a wall.  Over the refrigerator there was a mask (from Bali? Thailand?) that used to scare the bejeezus out of me when I was little.  I wish I could include a little kitchenette like that, but there is no room.

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What a great story! I love this! What a great life it sounds like your Grandparents had. :D The best inspiration for a dollhouse room imho. 

I love that you have a fan, a mask & that menu on the wall.. From your description you have built a faithful tribute room in the Merrimack. The floor with the tweedy rug & linoleum under, the black sofa, the bar, it's all lovely. 

Thanks for sharing the backstory! I really like these kind of rooms. :)


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