There are some things that I have integrated in our home décor that serve as a reminder of people, places and events that have special memories. Hopefully it will prompt your to showcase some of your favorite pieces too. If you have an extra room or space you might use it for this purpose.
Grandfather clock – This clock was a part of my husband’s family. It was retrieved when his father passed away. A friend of ours took it upon himself to clean and polish it. He also made it so that it could tell time properly.
A brick from my childhood elementary school – It saddened me to know that the neighborhood school that I had attended was going to be demolished. That school was a part of the community in which I grew up. My father took it upon himself to get a few bricks and sent one to me. I then had it engraved with the name of the school. It reminds me of having received a good education as a youngster from teachers who cared.
My parent’s wedding picture – There is nothing like a classic black and white photo. I took my parents’ wedding photo and had it enlarged and put on a canvas background. It was then framed in a bold black color. It is the centerpiece of the room. When I see their smiling faces, it is a reminder of the love they shared with each other for 62 years.
My mother’s Bible – I can still see my mother resting in bed with her Bible on her lap. When I read from it I can get an idea of some of her favorite Scriptures because she has marked them with handwritten notes. It’s priceless to me.
An old writing desk – This piece is probably over sixty years old and still in good condition. It belonged to my husband’s paternal grandmother. The wood is a testimony of the many days spent writing letters long ago. I have often thought of restoring it but decided against it because I want to preserve it in its original state. It is now a table that I have placed near a window where I can use my laptop.
Camouflage hat and picture of platoon – My husband was a proud marine. Semper fi is a phrase he often echoes even years after his honorable discharge. It is a reminder of his service and those of many men and women who have and are presently wearing the uniform of our Armed Forces.
Writing satchel case – This piece belonged to my grandmother. In it are writing notebooks of many things she wrote about. To look through her articles in her handwriting places me at the meetings she led as president of a woman’s auxiliary. It also contains some of her original poetry.
Conclusion – When I look at these pieces they give me a feeling of warmth and coziness. Decorating with sentimental pieces or things passed down through generations is sure to add a unique design touch to your home. So whether it’s a family heirloom or a copy of your first check, try finding creative ways to integrate it into your home décor.
Take them out of hiding and display them for your enjoyment and pleasure.
SOURCE: Personal experience