Sentimental Fool: When Furniture Has Meaning

Sentimental Fool: When Furniture Has Meaning

Jason Loper
Jun 24, 2011

Sometimes furniture is more than just a functional object. There are also those pieces we keep around for their sentimental value …

Sometimes furniture hand-me-downs can be more curse than blessing. And then there are those pieces that we absolutely cherish.

When my husband's mother passed away, we loaded this sewing cabinet into our car and brought it back to Chicago. For my husband, it's a piece of furniture that he grew up with. The sewing cabinet had been an early gift to his mother from his father and he remembered it always being a staple in their home. For me, the sewing cabinet is a wonderful reminder of a woman who embraced me into her family. My mother-in-law was very proud of my crafting abilities and pulled me aside one day to tell me that she would like me to have it someday.

In our small apartment, I appreciate the double duty quality of this cabinet. When not in use, it's a simple table that resides in the bedroom. Then, when I'm feeling crafty, I open it up to reveal the blue Precision Deluxe sewing machine. And the best part? The matching chair has storage under its seat, perfect for my sewing supplies and, of course, my mother-in-law's collection of buttons, to which I've added my own.

While the style of this particular piece may not match our own and it's not like this cabinet is some sort of heirloom, for us this is one of the pieces that will remain with us no matter what.

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