Friday Fictioneers: Decorating

Late again, but here’s my hundred words of Friday Fictioneering for this week –


I don’t much care about interior decorating. I try to be polite, though. The other day my friend Kath showed me her place. New kitchen, what great cabinets, living room, LOVE the rug.

“But now I’ll show you the best part,” Kath announced. “I thought I’d never figure out what to do with this little corner.”

Books. Oh, the books. “It’s wonderful,” I said, and I meant it.

“Isn’t it cute wallpaper?” Kath said. I stumbled across the tiny room, reaching. Flat. Only pictures of books. “I can tell you where to get it.”

I shook my head. “I’d just have to build shelves in front of it.”

37 responses to “Friday Fictioneers: Decorating

  1. Hi Sharon – I’m late as well…right behind you. Enjoyed your story. I never knew they sold wallpaper depicting fake books. I’d build shelves also. Well done.

    • Well, welcome to the latecomers! Thank you – glad you like it. I don’t know if they sell fake book wallpaper either, really, though one wall of my dining room is a “forest”.

  2. I love it, I laughed, I would build shelves too, I have books everywhere.

  3. Thanks for a great story! And when you reach for a book? Wallpaper may be cool to look at, but with shelves, you can feel the books, open the, read them. 🙂

  4. What a great take on the prompt. You may be late but you’ve lost none of your originality!

  5. me too, me too 🙂

  6. Very clever, does it exist? what on earth would be the point?

    • Actually, I don’t know if it exists or not – I have seen photographic or trompe l’oeil wallpaper with other subjects, though. And the point? Well, if you don’t actually like books, I suppose you might think “Oh, original and eyecatching, and you don’t have to bother dusting all that junk!” (Meanwhile, I’d be trying to figure out how to make myself two-dimensional so I could read the poor flat books!)

  7. Reminds me of those people who buy old books ‘by the yard’ to fill up bookshelves! Very original 🙂

  8. Dear Sharon,
    Oh yeah…books. Those things you put on the coffee table to impress guests and hope they don’t ask for a review, right? Entertaining take on the prompt.

    • Of course I have books on my coffee table! It’s a flat surface, isn’t it? And I can’t imagine what else flat surfaces are for 🙂 Thanks, Rochelle – glad you like it.

  9. She may be a nice woman, but you might consider finding a new friend. 🙂 What was really funny was that I wasn’t paying attention and thought this was a real story when I clicked on it, until I saw the picture. Good job, Sharon, but that’s what I expect.


    • Well – they’re both made up people, though I’ll admit the narrator and I have a lot in common. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Janet, and I’m looking forward to taking a look at yours soon (now that I managed to write mine 😉 )

  10. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it.

  11. This is a brilliant take… and sad too. Such wallpapers exist… should be banned,

    • Oh well, I wouldn’t actually ban them – at least the “Kaths” of this world are living with pictures of books, even if they don’t want the real thing cluttering up their homes 😉 But I’m glad you like the story!

  12. when my boss retired and moved south, the house planner had him remove all his built in bookshelves. People don’t want them she said. He removed them and sold the house in a week.

  13. Oh that was good! What a surprise, and how disappointing it was wallpaper!

  14. My belated paternal grandmother was always very dismayed by my blind eye when it comes to decorating and fashion.

  15. I never saw that coming…you have a fake forest…hehehe

  16. That was lovely 🙂

  17. Very funny. I saw something on TV I think about some guy who had pictures that looked like the real deal from certain angles. So you’d see a cup and a phone on a table, then when you moved closer you would realise the cup was a cutout picture (but the phone was real)

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