I think we all can agree that home decor is certainly a matter of personal taste. How we accessorize inside our castle’s walls reflects who we are, what pleases us, what we find meaningful, and the kind of company we like to surround ourselves with. It’s all the things we do to our homes that bring us personal comfort and happiness — our personal sanctum crafted to suit our individual psyche. And as we discover in “Home, Neat Home” (pg. 12), personal taste and individual psyche is exactly what you don’t want shining through when trying to sell your home. It can be hard to let go, for sure, which is why there are professionals called home stagers to lessen the pain — and increase the gain — of de-personalizing your space for sale. I think it’s safe to say that Grandpa’s Bass (above) is one of those rare one-of-a-kinders that belies any definition of “taste.” It’s also safe to say that it is the embodiment of what home stagers would quickly remove with a gentle suggestion to find it a temporary home elsewhere — say, the crawlspace. This cherished memento belongs to Lee Busby, who opened Front Street Deli 35 years ago (pg. 26). Grandpa’s Bass was created by Lee’s paternal grandfather, who was both a dentist and an avid bass fisherman — hence the mounted trophy fitted with a pair of old dentures, spectacles, and a plastic derby hat. Lee finds Grandpa’s Bass pleasing and meaningful, a well-traveled member of his family for decades. The bass is good company, hanging high on the restaurant wall, grinning widely at customers as dust silently gathers. In short, Lee is quite fond of Grandpa’s Bass. Which is really the bottom line for all of us and the Grandpa Basses we each have in our own homes. It’s whatever it takes to make our space a home, sweet home.
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