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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. Mavis Graves says:

    An heirloom is an inherited treasured possesion from a family member that has sentimental memories of the
    past. It is pleasing to the eye and will be a link with family history.

  2. Ron Miller says:

    generallyh a piece that defines a period prior to the present, it could be from disco as easy as davinci!

  3. Joni says:

    An heirloom piece of furniture or decor is someting that will stand the test of time, to be loved and cherished. Frank Lloyd Wright, Tiffany, Sarisan, and others come to mind with style, function, and of course, craftsmanship.
    I'm not fortunate to have any of their pieces, but I do have some silver and dishes that bring me back to loving family times when my parents, grandparents and other family were alive.These things are not just objects, but feelings and memories for me to pass on.

  4. Theresa says:

    An heirloom is a treasured possession that is passed from family member to family member. It does not need to be valuable, it should just be special and recognizable as "part of the family".

  5. Susan Krisch says:

    An heirloom is a piece of family history. A piece that is treasured and holds many family memories, it is irreplaceable.

  6. angela says:

    In my mind, an heirloom peice is one that holds warmth and time worn character, a peice that has scratches or stains that are not flaws, but are memories. An heirloom chest is a chest full of memories of what it once held, from grandmother's dishes to newborn baby items, to your great-grand-daughters wedding dress and boquet.

    An heirloom must evoke a sense of past time and the possibilites of the future.

  7. Cheezwhiz100 says:

    Define an heirloom is something that says a connection with "family". I have one of those pieces its a simple piece and not an important one. But everytime I look at it the memories kick in. It brings me closest to the people that I miss and think of often.

  8. rosieGirl2 says:

    An heirloom is something incredible that has meaning and memory. I believe an heirloom should speak of a persons past, tell a story, encompass a snapshot in time.

  9. Great article and lots of information. thanks for sharing.

  10. Kathleen G says:

    An heirloom is a prized object handed down to another. It carries with it the love and respect that the giver has for this object as well as for the 'givee', a time line of special stories, but most of all, an intense passion for survival and the need to be nurtured.

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