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I got invited to an Heirloom Party from Emma Calls Me Mommy. We are supposed to go get our camera and take pictures of treasures that have been handed down to us by family members or friends that have special meaning to us.

It was really hard to try to focus on just one heirloom. My home is decorated with a zillion hand-me-downs. But when I thought about it this is what came to mind…

That brown secretary desk was my husband’s great grandmothers. Tim’s grandpa actually remembers his mom sitting at that desk in her room when he was a boy. We figured it is over 100 years old.

Unfortunately we have moved over 10 times since having this and it had taken a beating. I thought about refinishing it and restoring it back to its original state but then I realized I wanted to showcase it. Therefore, it needed to be black to match my family room. I also changed out the knobs to crystal ones.

Who knows maybe one day when my decor changes I may refinish this back to the original wood. I love the detail on it and it is a solid, well-built piece. It also has a cool skeleton key that locks it which gives it even more character.

Oh and I just thought of one more thing. It hasn’t necessarily been passed down quite yet. However, I am hoping this will one day be an heirloom treasure.

I had Tim’ grandma Betty make Kayla a twin-size quilt for her one day soon “big girl bed”. Since Kayla is only 6 months old right now it hangs on her wall waiting to grace that bed one day. The special significance for us is that Grandma Betty is who Kayla Elizabeth was named after.

(Kayla meeting her Mimi for the first time last week in Atlanta)


Do you have any special heirlooms? Come to the party, it isn’t too late. See you there!

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14 Comments

  1. I love furniture with memories attached to them. I'm trying to think of one that I have and the only things I can think of are Christmas decorations! 🙂

    Oh, and I think it's really special that your grandma has met your kiddos. I have a grandma that passed before I was married and I wish she could have met my husband and kids.

  2. The desk is beautiful as is the quilt! What a luck little girl to cuddle up with that. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Such a pretty quilt for your daughter! And I love what you did with the desk – it looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing your heirlooms with us.

  4. what a sweet secretaire..it looks fabulous painted black!!..i'm sure that quilt will become a priceless heirloom for your sweet little daughter 🙂

  5. Hello – thank you for joining the party! That desk is so pretty! I love it painted black. How cool to have the skeleton key too! The quilt is so sweet. How special to have that for your daughter. It will no doubt become an heirloom for many others to enjoy down the line.

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

  6. I just love that you painted your secretary black! I've been trying to muster up the courage to do that very thing–and the piece I'm considering painting isn't even an heirloom; it's just old!

    How wonderful that you have a quilt for your little one made by her namesake. Now that WILL be an heirloom, for sure!

  7. Great furniture packed with memories. What a sweet picture of your Grandma with your child. Love the quilt too. Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.

  8. Is it even possible to take a picture of your baby girl that isn't fantastically adorable? Generation pictures are so meaningful….

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