Family Heirlooms Are Always in Style

April 17, 2014 by  

vinyl1Design trends come and go, but there is one constant in the world of home decorating; family heirlooms never go out of fashion. Nothing personalizes a home like the items that are passed down from generation to generation. The things that are unique to your family will be cherished for as long as they exist.

There are many ways to incorporate the old with the new. In fact, a mix of modern decor and older pieces usually blend beautifully, creating a more interesting look than opting entirely for one or the other. Don’t be afraid to blend furnishings and accessories from different time periods. It creates depth and personality that is lacking in rooms that look like everything in them was ordered from the same catalog.

Common Family Heirlooms That Look Great in Any Room

1. Old Photographs – Your family photographs are one of a kind and irreplaceable. Rather than tucking them away in photo albums where they’ll rarely be seen, display them out in the open and enjoy them on a regular basis. Not only will you and your family members love seeing them, friends and acquaintances will, too. The first time you visit someone’s home, is there anything that captivates and catches your attention quite as much as a wall of black and white pictures?

2. Quilts and Afghans – If anyone in your family was crafty and you’re lucky enough to have some of their handmade quilts or afghans, by all means, use them! Yes, they might last longer if they’re tucked away in a storage box, but who is enjoying them while they’re there? I imagine that if your great grandmother had a say in the matter, she’d be much more delighted to know that you wrap up in her handiwork while you relax on the couch than she would to know that you had it safely sealed away in a box under your bed.

3. Antique Furniture – Whether it’s a farm table that’s survived more than a century of use, it’s surfaces bearing the scars and nicks of thousands of family dinners, or a mid-century sofa that looks brand new because your aunt kept it wrapped in a plastic dust cover, there’s something almost magical feeling about living with the same furniture that filled your family members’ homes so many years ago. It also makes a great conversation starter when you invite friends over. No one will care where you got your furniture if it looks exactly like the stuff they have in their house, but if you’ve got an original Eames rocking chair, the questions will fly!

vinyl24. Collectibles – Maybe your great uncle collected cast iron trucks or model airplanes. Perhaps your granny left behind a porcelain dolls or fine china. Whatever collections your relatives favored, you can find a way to work them into your home decor. Old toys look charming on the shelves out of reach in your toddler’s room. The delicate teacups that have survived passage from generation to generation will add instant charm to your dining room.

5. Everday Objects from Generations Past – It’s amazing how the things one generation considers completely ordinary have a way of becoming the most interesting and lovely to the generations that weren’t yet born when it was brand new. Think about metal bread boxes, sugar and flower tins, radios, record players, clocks, and lamps. Let a few decades pass, and suddenly these things that might have been simply average at the time, no different from anything the neighbors had, are now objects of curiosity and delight. There’s a reason we tend to favor these things over the incredibly rare and unusual. We know that these are the things the people we came from used on a regular basis. They give us a glimpse into their average days, forging a sense of connection.

Displaying objects passed down from the people who love us helps to transform a house into a home. No matter how much money you spend on a sofa or TV, they’ll never be as valuable as the black and white photos of your grandparents when they were young, or the quilt your aunt made when you were born, so show them off like the priceless works of art that they are.

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