Showcasing Family Heirlooms in Your Decor

Oh my goodness, I am so grateful for all the love you’ve shown on my chalk painted hutch! Thank you for the comments and for the chalk paint tips as well!!

In that post, I showed you this photo of what was behind the glass doors:

Today I thought I’d share a few details of the display.

On the top shelf: basket from Marshall’s, urn (from a friend), and some of my grandparent’s glassware.

We actually do use some of the glassware on special occasions. The wine glasses in the back have my grandparent’s names engraved and were gifts from their 25th anniversary celebration. .

Second shelf: My grandmother’s dishes, and a crystal candy dish. When I was an infant, my grandmother retired from her full time job to take care of me while my mom went back to work. This candy dish was her retirement gift from her company. The dishes were a 25th anniversary gift from my mom and uncle.

Third shelf: More dishes, utensil holder from Target (Privet), and a metal box that belonged to my grandfather. Guess what I found inside?

It’s his pipe and lighter and even still has his tobacco. {Disclaimer: I absolutely do not promote or condone smoking one bit. In fact, I’ll be removing to contents because God forbid my kids get a hold of it.} Despite my feelings on tobacco, I thought this was a pretty cool find, and another piece of my family history. My grandfather died in 1986, and my grandmother kept it, in a closet, just like this for 22 years.

Bottom shelf: More dishes, including matching tea cups in a basket (TJMaxx), sugar & creamer set and vintage spoons. The sugar cup still has sugar in it that my grandmother filled. No, I didn’t empty it. Yes, even I find that a little weird.

So that’s it! You’ve seen a little glimpse of what’s displayed inside my hutch. Yes, there are several more doors, and no, I will not let you see what’s in them. That scares even me.

This is one of the things I’ve learned in the past year (that I shared here), that I love to showcase my family history and heritage in my decor. What about you?



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  1. says

    I love how you have placed such precious family pieces in your hutch. I love the teacups in the basket. It’s all so very pretty.


  2. says

    I love all my old things and it’s so wonderful when I see younger people appreciating vintage and antique things! They all have a history and it’s wonderful to keep that alive! Your hutch is wonderful!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  3. says

    Seeing your grandfather’s pipe reminded me of my grandfather. I don’t care for smoking either but if I could have one of his things it would be a pipe. The smell of pipe tobacco reminds me so much of him. He passed away when I was 8 so this is a very fond memory for me. Thanks for sharing.

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