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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. ann says:

    To me a heirloom is something that no amount of money could buy that you cherish with your whole heart..

  2. Rina says:

    An heirloom piece is…..all in the family <3

  3. Linda Amerman says:

    For me an heirloom item is something that has been loved and cherished in the family for many years. Something that is meant to be continually passed down through a family and has great stories to be told about it. A piece that family members fight over!

  4. Sheryl says:

    For me an heirloom piece of furniture is one that has special meaning to it. Something that connects the current owner to the previous owner(s). For me it is a pie safe that belonged to my Mammy (grandmother). I only got to see her a few days a year because we lived in another state. But I remember her giving me peppermint stick candy from her pie safe when I would visit. Now it sits proudly in my living room with a picture of my Mammy & Pappy on top and a jar of peppermint stick candy inside.

  5. Jenny Greba says:

    An heirloom comes with a story and you make it part of your story. It needs a little "hands on" in its creation where the love and character are born. It could be big or small but it contains something unique that pleases your eyes, heart and soul.

  6. Laura Turner says:

    What an exquisite piece of furniture! I certainly hope it becomes a fixture in our house!

  7. My definition would be a piece of furniture that has been handed down through it's life, it doesn't have to to stay in one family, as many pieces are split up during estate settlements and the such. It should however have a history from which it's maker can be identified, professional or not.


    I have the perfect spot for the heirloom piece. I love it.
    Heirloom to me means a treasured peice of LOVE with a lot of history behind it.!! Something so special and sacred to have and pass on for a lifetime.

  9. KellyAnne says:

    An Heirloom is anything You Love very much,that You want to save to pass on to people that You Love !
    What a beautiful piece of Furniture ! Anyone would be happy to pass this beautiful piece down , with love from generation to generation. <3

  10. Kim Womack says:

    To me an heirloom wether handed down through the family or purchased at a tag sale is a piece with that something extra, a zing, a flair, one of a kind feeling. It's something you love, and it's timeless.

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