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You know that sound you just heard? That’s the same sound I heard when I first laid eyes on this week’s Freebie Friday. My jaw hitting the ground. (I’m trying not to drool on my keyboard as I craft this post.)

Some of us are blessed to inherit a family heirloom passed down through generations. Others of us may have the opportunity to gift a loved one a newly made unique piece of handcrafted or couture-quality furniture that is an instant heirloom. Modern History furniture offers exquisitely designed modern antiques that are works of art and are guaranteed to become treasured additions to any family’s decor.

Decorated Venetian Chest - Modern HIstory - HGTV design blog freebie friday

This week, one lucky winner will receive Modern History’s Decorated Venetian Chest. For a chance to win this stunning piece, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, September 19.

This week’s question: Forget what the dictionary says, how do you define an heirloom piece of furniture or decor? What are its essential qualities?

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557 Responses

  1. kathy says:

    wow what a nice piece of furniture. I collect antiquest & heirlooms

  2. Debbie Alltop says:

    An heirloom is any item that was beloved by a member of a family and passed on through generations along with its story.

  3. Shannon says:

    "Heirloom" definitely means family to me. Anything that qualifies as an heirloom means it's value is worth more than money; it invokes memories. Holding something that my grandmother once held, or touching a piece of furniture that a distant relative once polished means more to me than the visual aesthetic. My most treasured items came to me by way of family and friends and they are irreplaceable in both my home and heart.

  4. diane kruslicky says:

    i think an heirloom peice of furnture is one that everyone in your relation wants,but you were lucky enough to get. it has love, memories,stories and taste. it is wanted by everyone.

  5. Debbie Gothberg says:

    A powerful piece.
    An heirloom can bring memories to mind. Makes a statement in a room or stands mute. It's traveled through time and many lives. It can denote pain and sorrow or happiness and joy.

  6. Becky Carothers says:

    a perfect definition of an heriloom piece of furniture is like in the velveteen rabbit. "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." a piece of furniture that has been truly loved by everyone who comes in contact with it.

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  8. jcooper54 says:

    I inherited a set of Hurricane Lamps from my mother, passed down from my Grandmother, they are part of very early memories of both of their homes. When I look at them shining on my mantle I feel their love and grace surrounding me. That is my heirloom.

  9. Judi says:

    any piece that touches your heart

  10. margaret merckle says:

    It could be anything….something as simple as a barette left in a drawer of a desk that you inherited when your mother passed, or it could be something built by grandpa for each child to pass on, such as a cradle or a chopping block table…something that a parent remembers seeing or using when they grew up..and the children remembers it as something that always had a story behind it…an heirloom is something you would die before parting with it….no matter what…

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