Thursday, February 07, 2013

Home Treasures

It is fashionable to streamline home decor. Simple lines, few objects, and not much to dust has its advantage. I would love a home like that! It would be a bit like living in a fancy hotel. But, I know I would miss the little treasures that surround me now. Yesterday I spent time reading through a journal handwritten by my great-grandfather many, many years ago. And my husband, while cleaning out his desk drawer, came across a button that he found when he was a child. Its markings indicate that it was once part of the Civil War era uniform of a soldier. Not only does this little button take him back in history, but it also connects to an excursion he took with his family when he found the button in a farm field in Pennsylvania. There must be a balance, as it is our past, our heritage, and experiences that help us connect in a healthy way to our future.

Emilie Barnes, an author who balances the beauty and meaning of home decor with a super organized home, talks about the charm and romance of treasured memories. According to Emilie, treasures can be found in your home, or your mother's, or even your grandmother's home. Sometimes they are stashed away and simply need to be looked for. Over the years, my mother was good about saving and stashing treasures. The simple treasures from our family have been passed along to me. They are probably things that others would not see now value in; items like my grandmother's astronomy book, great-grandfather's journals, dad's  LaCrosse sticks from his teen-age years, and mother's high school class ring. Each has a meaning attached to it. And each meaning deserves to be cherished and held because of their connection to our roots and heritage. Those who came before us are who make us into who we are today.

So, take a look around. What treasures do you have stuck in a drawer, a box, or on an upper shelf?

~ recipes ~ antique utensils ~ aprons ~ dish towels ~ grandmother's china ~ napkin rings ~ tea sets ~ photo albums ~ family photos ~ musical instruments ~ buttons ~ books ~ knick-knacks ~ salt & pepper shakers ~ oil lamps ~ quilts ~ trunks ~ love letters ~ sachets ~ costume jewelry ~ wooden toys ~ dolls ~ games ~ teddy bears ~ sun hats ~ watering cans ~ sea shells ~ first-edition books ~ children's books ~ paintings ~ framed art ~ buttons ~ boxes ~ thimbles ~ needle covers ~ sewing machines ~ needlework ~ samplers ~ lace tablecloths ~ heirloom dresses ~ lingerie ~ hats ~ bonnets & booties ~ hatpins ~ shoes ~ boots ~ gloves ~ tools ~ farm implements ~ enamelware ~ embroidered pillowcases ~


  1. You're so right about having balance in our homes and Emilie Barnes is one author who helps teach us this. I like having things organized but it's so nice to have the special touches and memories in your home as well.

    Great post LaDonna!

  2. All of the above, but this post has helped me think about it a little differently. How cool is that that your husband found a Civil War button in a Pennsylvania field! Wow. I know the trend as I see it daily on some of the big decorating's not a trend that I'll be participating in. :D

  3. Ohhhh, that was a nice post, La Tea Dah. Yes, you are right. Some treasures are treasures because of WHO they are connected to. My cranberry glass collection started with my Mom. She gave me many lovely pieces because she knew I loved that glass and couldn't afford to buy it.

    I have some of my godmother's dishes and table cloths, too.

    While I wish I had a super organized home, like Emilie, I do enjoy surrounding myself with things I consider lovely.

    Take care and enjoy each treasure! Susan

  4. By the sounds of it you've got a lot of history in your home - that's wonderful.

    My home wouldn't be my home without the beautiful treasures my mother passed on to me.
    I'm no minimalist - I need my clutter around me too!
    Shane ♥

  5. Love the thoughts here. I have family quilts, but the small treasure that is tucked away I found in my mother's jewelry box. A little green Scotty dog broach with the backing missing. I really must get a new back for it, so I can wear it.


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