My Favorite Antique Pieces

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post for Mohawk Homescapes about incorporating antique accents into your decor.  And in the midst of my work on that post, I realized how many wonderful antique pieces I have in my own home.    And so I thought I’d share my favorites with you…

antique accents

This is my all time favorite — my grandmother’s buffet that sits in my dining room.  And one of the reasons it’s my favorite is that she wrote me a letter shortly after I received it, giving the details of how she and my grandfather chose it together, from a Louisiana furniture store owned by the brother of my grandfather’s commanding officer (did you follow that?).  I still have the letter…

from Nana

It will forever stay with this buffet if I have anything to say about it.

Can you imagine?  Having the history of a piece in writing?  She even recommends a particular furniture wax to keep its luster in place.

There’s also this wonderful painting…

foyer music cabinet

painted by my great-grandmother.  I’ve had it quite a long time and marvel not so much at the quality of the painting, but the hands that rendered it… and knowing that they were related to me!

CK Owens painting

We’re also blessed to have this wonderful buffet from my hubs’ grandparents…

mom cave buffet

I’m smitten with the lines and details of this piece and you wouldn’t believe the storage it gives us in my Mom Cave/home office.  It was quite dry when it came to us, so we keep it wiped down with furniture oil.  I see these pieces painted all the time and every once in a while am tempted, but I do so love the variations in the finish and it’s in really good shape.  I won’t ever paint her. 🙂

You know how much I love a good piece of vintage silver…

silver pitcher

and then there’s my antique Oriental rug…

foyer toward door

I’m longing to find one for my kitchen.  The more worn the better, don’t you think?

And I can’t forget my precious antique books…

mantel left

Some of these belonged to family members and some of them I’ve selected at antique shops simply for their beautiful covers and patina!

I just love the stories these pieces tell… some of them I know and some of them I can only daydream about.  For Five Ways to Add Antique Accents into your home, click HERE. 🙂

Do you have a favorite antique piece with a story attached?  I’d love to hear!

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  1. I have an awesome birdseye maple dresser that my mother bought me when I was 8, a really beautiful mantle that my mom bought from the Salvation Army many, many years ago (just need to find a fireplace to put it over/around), and a little card table – also something my mom picked up either at an antique or thrift store. I cherish these thing too! You have some great ones!

  2. so many gorgeous pieces- i adore that rug!

  3. Love that buffet and picture. Gorgeous pieces!

  4. Oh how so very special is that buffet of your grandmother’s. I hope that my granddaughter will want to have and treasure some of my furniture pieces as you treasure yours…You are so fortunate to have pieces from your family…and they are fortunate to have you taking care of them and treasuring the sentiments.

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