Sent by Rachel
Editor: Rachel- with a mom who hails from Dublin, I can relate to your problem! First, definitely pull the crystal out of the closet- it was made to be used so use it. I toasted the new millenium with Waterford flutes at a beach picnic- mom was horrified of course, but it made for a great memory for me!
I think the key to avoiding a grandma look is to pick a streamlined modern display cabinet if possible, rather than a more traditional china cabinet. Also consider alternative uses for pieces you may have- I've got mom's sugar pot holding cotton balls on my bureau because I love the look of it, and if I'm ever planning a tea party, I can wash it out and fill it with sugar.
Do any readers have advice displaying heirloom crystal in a modern home?