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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. katie says:

    essentail architecture… a loved and prized peice, something with both historyy and flair.

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  3. Jan says:

    an heirloom piece of furniture to me is a piece or pieces that mean something to your family, it could even be first generation like a crib made by a family member for your first born child.

  4. Mary says:

    A piece handed down for generations… one with meaning attached.

  5. Yvonne says:

    I think that a heirloom piece is one that is sturdy. Because furniture used to be made that way! lol Also, I think it will have stories to tell, and papers hidden inside ready to be discovered generations later!

  6. Tracy R says:

    For me it has to have sentimental value and uniqueness. It could have family value or a piece of remembrance.

  7. Debbie Traynor says:

    I consider an heirloom piece to be something, within our family, that has history attached, and will always have special meaning…beyond the actual piece that it was intended. I have several "hand-me-downs" from my beloved family that have passed on…and I get great pleasure from these items! ♥

  8. Jenniffer Taylor says:

    An Heirloom is something with history and memories. A 100 year old chest of drawers is an antique. The 100 year old chest of drawers that was in yoru grandmother's house that she used a drawer from for your mother to sleep in as a baby is an heirloom. It is only valuable as long as the collective family memory remebers why it is. Once the stories are forgotten then they return to being just furniture.

  9. A Fillmore says:

    I think an heirloom piece is something that either has classic styling that are timeless or it could be something that is significant to it's owner. A chair that was your grandparents or a mirror that's an heirloom to the family it belongs to. The pieces in my home that were passed down to me are some of my favorites. It's nice to have them around, they remind me of my family.

  10. Linda Pottenger says:

    My definition of an heirloom is a piece of furniture or accent that I love so much that I must keep it in the family. Some of my heirlooms are my Great Grandmother's wooden rolling pin and cut glassware that belonged to my Mothers Mom. On my Dads side, I treasure a handcrafted wooden toy that my Grandpa "Pop" carved from his rocker on the front porch. I guess memory, love and tradition are elements that speak heirloom to me.

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