What's in your best room or 'special occasion' room?

@thea09 (18328)
Greece
September 4, 2009 8:49am CST
Lots of people have a room for best, the clutter hidden elsewhere, but the best room mainly used for visitors. In a Greek special occasion room one would see icons and lots of gaudy gold things, plus momentoes relating to something special to a family member such as ornamental cloths or football memorabilia. So what's in your best room?
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
4 Sep 09
I don't think we have a "special room". There is a room nobody sleeps in and that it's usually locked, and it holds the book shelf with the family library, some porcelain objects we got as gifts and the money stash
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
4 Sep 09
I don't want to be rude or anything, but I think you should stop posting discussions under this topic if they have nothing to do with the Panathinaikos interest... It's just that it would be a pity for perfectly good discussions to be deleted for this reason. This discussion for example can easily be deleted if reported... And it's a pity... It's a pity for the idea you had of starting the discussion and a pity for the people that spend a bit of time responding it.
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
4 Sep 09
I justified it by mentioning football memorabilia in the introduction as obviously my son keeps his Panaithinaikos memorabilia in his best room, but i will be more careful in future stvasile, point taken.
@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
4 Sep 09
I think a locked room full of money and porcelain objects counts indeed as a best room stvasile. Now I really thought that your family would have some icons, is that not the case?
@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 09
Hi thea, There is no best room here in my house. This house has 4 rooms but every room is occupied. If someone or a visitor come, we can share our room with them. Or he can sleep at the living room.
@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
4 Sep 09
Hi akuler I can understand that, best rooms tend to be stuffy old places anyway full of far too much gold which needs dusting all the time. But where do you keep your icons then? This is a serious question of course. And in your case where do you keep all your football momentoes, your poster of Panaithinaikos for example?
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@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 09
I hide it under my bad. Keep it there until I need it. I do not have any poster on my wall because I do not like someone stare at me when I sleep.
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
4 Sep 09
Thanks akuler, you just made me spill my hot coffee
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@jb78000 (15178)
4 Sep 09
my best room is as much for me to live in as for visitors. (then again i live in a little flat and not a house). so it's kept tidy but is full of my study materials, books, magazines and cds and dvds. the pets live in it because it's the warmest room.
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
4 Sep 09
So you too do not retain a special room for your icons, this is a most strange habit I'm beginning to see. Do your pets welcome visitors or do they serve as useful deterrants for you, especailly as you appear to have no icons for your vistitors to admire.
@jb78000 (15178)
4 Sep 09
icons go in the kitchen or bathroom, or shed. the pets like visitors, perhaps a little too much especially given what they are. by the way how many icons do you actually have? bet it's no more than one. or one and a half.
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@jb78000 (15178)
4 Sep 09
ooh, no disrespect to icons but there is not enough space in the best room for any of my collection
@dbutheking (2347)
• India
5 Sep 09
There is no such best rooms in my House. We have one bed room which is for my mom and dad. I sleep in the hall room. & in another room is my computer and other storage things for the cooking. As, i am in my computer room most of the time, i may tell it is my best room... Have a great day..
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
5 Sep 09
Hi dbu, like many of us here you don't have a separate room to store either your visitors or your icons in. What I don't understand though is why you don't just move all the cooking paraphenila into the hall room so that there would be room for you to sleep with your computer. Then also when you acquire your icons they could go in there with you as well.
• India
6 Sep 09
Because my Computer room is very near to the kitchen and living room is little far from the kitchen. So, only the cooking things are stored here. If guests come here, we have room in the upstairs in first floor. We can make use of it for visitors. I don't use that room. We don't maintain it properly. Only if visitors come, we clean that room properly and make ready for visitors to stay there.
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
6 Sep 09
Hey dbu, like your new avatar.
@mysdianait (64082)
• Italy
4 Sep 09
No best room here. I have a small flat/appartment with a living area and another room which I made into the bedroom and the entrance. Then of course there is a bathroom. The living area is 'L' shaped and everything is there, both old stuff and new, stuff I use daily and other that I use once a year or even less. Then I have a huge basement where I store things that I rarely have need for. I visit other homes where there is a 'best room' and sometimes feel uneasy about even setting foot inside it. I like to see places that looked 'lived in' and not just closed up as showrooms. To each his own
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
4 Sep 09
Hi Mys, I read about those Italian best rooms which I believe are a bit on the gloomy side as so much furniture stands in front of the windows and barely enough room on the floor to put a foot down, no wonder they prefer to sit around outside. So do you keep your icons in the living room or store them in the basement. Around here the animals used to kept in the basement areas.
@mysdianait (64082)
• Italy
4 Sep 09
I have everything visible here in the main living part. I'll get some photos up as soon as I can find them. Down in the basement I have things like the suitcases and a put-up bed and stuff that I never need on a regular basis. My home is not typically Italian though. It is mixture but it is how I want it and I love it. I moved here three years ago and it is the first time I have really felt 'at home' in a long, long time.
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
4 Sep 09
It's nice to feel really at home somewhere and it's good that you have things as you want them. I can never understand these terribly neat as pin places without a single book in evidence, books are the heart of a home for me and lie on every surface here, plus my son has inherited the habit too so there's always masses of running round and trying to hide them quickly in cupboards whenever an estate agent shows up with only a moments notice.
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
4 Sep 09
Hi Thea! The best room in the house is mum's room! She likes to go in there away from father and the noisy television for some peace and respite, she keeps it wonderfully clean, not to say she keeps the house clean but that is one room that stays immaculate! When she wants to do her jigsaw puzzles, ring her friends and family or listen to music or watch television that is 'her' room, dad is banned from smoking in there, in actual fact he never goes in there unless mum has visitors. I use it sometimes for my reading room. It's the coolest room in the house. Mum has all her photos out on display of the family and it's kept so nice. There is no clutter or anything in there and there's a wonderful smell in there, mainly because it's a smoke free room!
@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
4 Sep 09
Hi wolfie, so mum's got her own special best room but lets others hang out in there when they are being good. Does she let your dad into sleep in there? I expect being English she doesn't have to many icons lying around, you should think about getting her one for her birthday, no best room is complete without an icon you know. I think it's amazingly generous for her to let anyone else at all in, every room in mine is invaded by my son whenever he feels like it, trailing piles of clutter behind
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
4 Sep 09
Ah but I am her icon ;0) And no she doesn't let father sleep in there, he's persona non grata! Only I have special permission!
@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
5 Sep 09
But he can hide in there when visitors arrive, this is beginning to sound like a very strange setup. I'm glad you are your Mum's icon, which bit of Greece did she originate from?
@iamsolucky (1243)
• Philippines
5 Sep 09
Hi there and smile. My best room is my bedroom. The wall is decorated with 26 butterflies stickers, more than 10 glow in the dark snow flakes and 7 flowers. My room is a place for me to relax and spend time for myself. I love it to be so lovely. My husband have the right to enter my bedroom and no one else, hehe. happy mylotting and smile always!
@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
6 Sep 09
Hi iamsolucky, smiling indeed. So visitors and clutter aren't allowed in your best room and butterflies and snow flakes take precedence over icons. Bedrooms should indeed be places for relaxation, I've actually taken to mine for the last several weeks as it is the only room in the house where a slight breeaze sometimes enters though it refuses to do so at the moment.
@23uday (2998)
• India
5 Sep 09
Hi friend, Most people like the rooms their own choice.I mostly like the bedroom in occassion time i will be in a visitors room.I mostly in a bedroom only. I will think in my bedroom only. have a good day.
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
5 Sep 09
Hi uday, it seems that where people do have a visiting room as such they are not exactly welcoming to either visitors or the people who have them, but appear most handy in keeping visitors out of favourite rooms, such as in your case the bedroom. It's good that you have a place especially to go and think in so I hope you continue to enjoy the freedom of your room.
@malpoa (1218)
• India
5 Sep 09
I am selfish person in that hi hi...I love my bedroom the most and it is our best room here...I spent most of my waking hours in my bedroom and i have kept all those things which are dear to me on the walls and shelves here in the bed room. In the visiting space, we have kept it well and clean. All the medals, trophies, memoirs are kept there for public display!!! My criteria for the best room are airy(cross ventilated), well lighted and a good view from the window also it should be spacious enough...Our bedroom has it all... I am very particular about not cluttering things somewhere out of sight and keeping the rest space usable and neat.
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
5 Sep 09
Hi Malpoa, I rather suspected with you that your best visiting area might not be your actual favourite room but rather as you say a public showcase for those many vistitors you need to constantly prepare food for. I'm glad that you have your own best room away from all that where you can keep your more personal things well out of display.
• Philippines
5 Sep 09
the room where we entertain our guests is our sala or living room. the living room is where most of house decorations are. unlike the affluent where they have their separate rooms for each purpose (i.e., music room, family room), our living room is where u find most of the house decorations, tv, piano, best couches and other entertaining appliances. but my best room for me would be the bedroom. it is where u have the privacy of relaxing and doing more personal things.
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
5 Sep 09
Hi moneymakingtoday, I much prefer the word sala to living room. I don't believe that many these days can afford to keep a separate unused room for all their best things to be dispalyed in and when I have seen them they are often too formal and cold and make one want to go and sit in the kitchen. Very glad to hear that you get to enjoy the privacy of your bedroom so much.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
4 Sep 09
Hey thea~ That sounds really nice to have a best room for visitors! I wish I could have one too! But, I live in a small apartment with only three rooms to begin with! So, I guess the "best room" would have to be the living room! That would be the only room that I have to entertain guests! And it is far from being a "best room"! I am still in the middle of trying to fix up my apartment and I need to get rid of my old carpeting and get new carpet, but that is going to take quite a long time! So right now I don't even want anyone to visit! I will have to save money for a very long time to get enough money to replace the old carpet and until I do I am really embarrassed to have anyone over!
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@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
4 Sep 09
Hi Opal, perish the thought, I don't have one of those best rooms and woudn't want to but am used to them. Many people in the UK of the older generation used to keep a best room, sometimes called a parlour, which they only used on Sundays and for visitors and was invariably formal and stuffy. I'm not at all stuffy around here but I do not encourage unannounced visitors, but most people here meet up at a cafenion anyway rather than at one anothers homes. I'd be mortified if someone just dropped in right at this moment, the kitchen area is full of unwashed dishes as the water went off about 3 hours ago and I'm hanging round in my underwear due to humidity, with messy hair, dying for another shower. As for your carpeting who needs it, I have not a single one. The house is tiled. You should never be embarrased by your home, people come to see you not your housekeeping abilities.
@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Sep 09
We have a living room that we hardly ever use. It has a sofa, a chair, two tables, two lights, mom's piano and a couple of pictures on the wall.
@thea09 (18328)
• Greece
5 Sep 09
Hi dawnald, you actually have a real live hardly used best roomDo you have many icons in there?
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Sep 09
No icons at all... I actually have a living room and a dining room that I don't use, although the kids use the dining room for homework. I'd rather have another bedroom...