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What’s Old is New: The Appeal of an Heirloom

February 28, 2013

Isn’t there a soothing, inherently comforting about the thought of an heirloom? Be it jewelry, art, or furniture—our personal favorite—something that’s been passed down through generations makes its owner feel that it’s special and unique. While you can easily purchase a new chair, desk, or sofa, a piece of heirloom furniture carries with it a history and a sense of family that you’ll never find in a store or catalog.

By definition, an heirloom is an article that has been passed down for generations through family members. The word actually originates from old English, and in fact, throughout history English laws mandated the passage of these goods, and restricted their sale or inheritance to specific family members. While you may now be free to do what you wish with your heirlooms, the sentiment is still the same.

Why do we hold on to these treasures, beyond the sake of sentimentality? If a piece of furniture has lasted through decades and generations, chances are it’s exceptionally made. We all know the saying, “they don’t make ‘em like they used to,” and we know the truth in it. Additionally, many of us are getting more and more into green living, and using heirloom furniture is really another form of recycling.  Why buy a new piece, or throw away something old, when a little bit of TLC can breathe new life into that desk or chair and make it useful again?

And, if it’s outdated, just get creative! That old leather desk top or chair could be new again by choosing from our range of leather upholstery hides in 8 categories of colors with 140 shades. Want something trendy and modern? Go for the au courant color, such as Emerald Green, chosen by the Pantone Color Institute as the color of 2013 (see our last blog post for more information).  Do you have a favorite family heirloom? We’d love to hear all about it!

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