Looking back on our childhood, the good silver and china was off limits (meaning we only used them at Thanksgiving dinner). As a child, it didn't make sense to us to only use the the expensive dinnerware once a year (didn't we want to get our money's worth)? The same went with the furniture in the formal living room. It was off limits except when guests came over so as not to extend wear and tear to the nicer digs...
We were reminded of this notion when we spotted Ninainvorm's prized tea towels that are displayed (but never touched). Wanting to keep them pristine because they are nice (and beautiful), Ninainvorm's friends protest. They are with the school of thought that a tea towel (no matter how amazing) should be used for its intended purpose--getting soiled. While we don't set limits in our own home, we understand wanting to keep items in pristine condition so they'll last.
How about our Apartment Therapy Readers--are some items in your home off limits? Are your nice silverware and wine glasses reserved only for guests? Are there other items on your "off limits" list besides tea towels, silverware and furniture?
- Off Limits: Your Home's Hidden Zones
- What Are Your House Rules?
- Fit Your Home to Your Life, Not Your Life to Your Home