Whenever we rent or buy a new home, there always seem to be plenty of problems to inherit — terrible paint colors, damaged wooden floors to be refinished, tacky light fixtures — but occasionally we might get lucky and find something wonderful left behind by the previous residents… In a post entitled "More Ours", Elisabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day wrote about the many household good left behind by the previous owner of her summer home. The inherited goods (such as the leather hangers and the Moomin pillow in Elisabeth's lovely photo, above) are so in tune with her family's own style, they find themselves asking each other where they acquired such cool objects. They were just there, waiting for them! I find that so sweet, that the pillows and pitchers get to stay in the home they've grown used to.
On the How I Met Your Mother episode, "No Tomorrow", Marshall and Lily buy a new apartment, only to find it has a major flaw. Fortunately, they also find a colander and a skateboard left behind by the previous tenants, and the sport of "Apartment Roller Luge" is born.
The only thing I can remember finding in an apartment were two tiny crystal birds, on the top shelf of a bathroom's little linen closet. How did they get there? Crystal birds are not generally my style, but when one was sweetly epoxied to a clear plastic ring for me, it became a treasured (but very fragile) accessory.
Do you have any beloved possessions that simply came with the place?
Image: By Elisabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day