Something to Anchor To: Family Heirlooms

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Yes I've had issues with all the stuff I inherited and had nowhere to put. But I also really love and appreciate the furniture I was given when my grandmother passed away. They're some of the most well constructed things I own and, at the end of the day, they help make my apartment feel like a home. And the way things are going, I'm going to have this furniture for a very long time:

Having these pieces around that remind me of my family give my home more dimension and certainly help with a more eclectic look. And when I'm cleaning things out (for the cure!) and ask myself if something is useful, if I love it, or if it's beautiful, I know that it's a yes. And having things in my home that are beautiful and that I love is at least 90% of what makes it feel like home.

When I appreciate what I have been given and what I have, I feel less like I need to run out and buy something else. And if I get bored, I can always rearrange my furniture. So in times that can feel a little scary, I like to focus on how to anchor into my home to get comfortable. Being reminded that things are older, that they've survived generations, helps to maintain some perspective.

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(Image: Laure Joliet)