Monday, July 19, 2010

Family Heirlooms




So often a matter of the heart.

I admit, I give very little thought to the future, outside of myself, when I purchase things. I consider beauty, purpose and placement—three basic factors taken into account when buying something, whether it be new, vintage or antique. Some things are too gorgeous for words, and there is little care of purpose, and no need to stress placement, and while others are more of a utilitarian nature, where all three factors are equally vital. I find that buying pieces that I adore—not just like or love—adore, is truly a matter of the heart. A personal connection is often found in an object... it could be a memory, something that reminds you of your childhood, something you identify with, or a promise/connection of where you see your future, perhaps. The object reflects you, as you in turn find meaning in it...










As I look around, I see a few things that I consider true treasures... some items have a humorous story, or were purchased with months and months of saved babysitting dollars. Some were gifts. Some are worth a great deal, and others, not monetarily valuable in the least. So are these things heirlooms? They are important to me, but will they be appreciated and loved by future family members? I certainly hope so, as I hope that my children also possess an appreciation for vintage and antique pieces, for artistry and individuality, for beauty. Perhaps it would be helpful to make a little list or notebook of the items, along with where they are from, who they were from, why they were purchased, and why they are so special.

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Roughly a dozen things instantly come to mind, which brings me ahead to the future, and has me thinking of what sort of investment pieces I would like to purchase down the road... I feel a Summer project coming! Have you given thought to what you would like to pass down?

( images: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 + here, 06 + here, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11 )

22 comments:

  1. So very important not to like it, but to LOVE it!

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  2. It is very difficult to purchase things with passing them on to the next generation in mind, as the next generation may not want or value the same things that you do. You also don't want your things to be a burden to your children. It is such a delicate balance. As you can guess, yes we have thought about this topic. It's a difficult one.

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  3. Oh what a lovely post Sarah... I started collection antique flatware with mother of pearl handles... they're just so detailed and beautiful, I hope it's something I can continue to collect and maybe pass on... who knows! It's a nice thought though.

    Gorgeous post as always!

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  4. Grace -- that is very true! I am thankful that my Mother has beautiful taste, and so, I love everything she has... but there are other members of the family with different taste :)

    Daniella -- oh, they are lovely!

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  5. love the idea of writing about the things I adore and the history behind them.... love it!! What a beautiful post.. you actually inspired me to look around my own possession and think about what I truly value...! Thank you so much for the inspriation..!!

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  6. That is such a great idea to write down the details, I wish my Nana had so I knew more of the history in some of the pieces I have of her's. I'm also a collector of antique silverware, china etc,I just love vintage things.
    xoxo Dj

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  7. I too hope that my children will appreciate the things I treasure that I pass down to them one day! My mom always tells a funny story of the day I was born and the doctor proclaimed 'It's a girl!'; her first thought? 'Oh, thank God, someone to take my jewelry!!' Too funny :)
    Nancy

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  8. I love this because it is so much a disposable society now, that definitely heirlooms can mean so much!

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  9. Beautiful post Sarah and definitely food for thought. Like your idea about writing things down, I should probably start a list. Hope your having a fab week xx

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  10. Beautiful images here...and the sentiment I completely agree with. I have been through stages of buying items because they had a 'look' that I wanted but didn't really mean anything to me. Over time they became expendable and got replaced. I have a thing about chucking stuff out that is perfectly usable but that I have just got bored with. Makes me worry about where in the world that stuff all sits now? In some landfill?! Anyway...I now try to only buy i) very good quality, ii) stuff that has meaning, iii) things that are classic...my current 'want' is an Eames rocker chair. So - all in all a very thought-provoking post! Lou x

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  11. i just adore this post sarah. every single image is amazing! especially love hte bed side table.

    i like the idea of passing my art works down to my sons. usually art really resonates with someone and i hope they each have at least one piece that will bring them memories in years to come.

    jxx

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  12. Love, lust, lush ... I want to live in the life these photographs offer.

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  13. I save stuff all the time in hopes that someone else will enjoy them sometime in the future. Inspiration books, clothes, handbags, art, writings.

    Odd thing is, I have never wanted children. Hopefully, there will be somebody who will love the things that I have loved.

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  14. Marcus Design -- that is HILARIOUS!

    Jules -- that's wonderful :)

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  15. Guardo tantas cosas con amor, una pequeña servilleta con iniciales bordadas, unas cucharillas de plata antigua, unos encajes de familia...adoro los pequeños-grandes detalles, no se si para mi hijo serán algún día objetos tan valiosos como para mi...!! Bss

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  16. I always want to buy something purely for its beauty, but hold myself not to. however, sometimes I think that every beautiful thing has a purpose in it

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  17. That is so true! Thank you for your sweet comments :)

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  18. love this post! just look like a fairy tale!

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