Decorating: Right at home with hand-me-down decor, inside and out | Home & Garden


Western New Yorkers are no strangers to hand-me-down decor. So numerous of the houses The Buffalo News has featured by way of the decades have been property to home furniture, housewares, collectibles and other things – frequently repurposed – handed down from parents, grandparents and other relations.

(That does not include things like the nifty thrift store, garage sale and curbside finds that people today gather.)

Not long ago, we photographed the South Buffalo residence of Elaine and Jude Kawczynski, which involves a glass-topped desk he designed applying his grandfather’s workbench as the foundation.

Workbench desk

Jude Kawczynski built a glass-topped desk employing his grandfather’s workbench as a base.

In the kitchen, food stuff-themed artwork painted by Elaine Kawczynski’s late mother hangs on the wall. An aged suitcase that belonged to an uncle, revealed at prime, is now applied to shop video games in the eating home.

In the past, other home owners have pointed out relatives items they cherish: an antique marble-topped chest passed down 3 generations aged typewriters and stitching machines used decoratively platters and other serving parts holiday getaway china desk linens and back garden decor.

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We have seen a not often made use of soup tureen remodeled into a base for a desk centerpiece a grandmother’s white wash bowl and drinking water pitcher accenting a dresser in a visitor place a dining place chandelier that after hung in the homeowner’s mother’s home a cultivator from an uncle’s farm now made use of as a rustic accent in a backyard a “fainting couch” presented new lifetime in a youthful family’s dwelling home a vintage china cabinet turned into towel storage in a bathroom and plenty of old dishes blended with new.


Transform an old soup tureen into a centerpiece.

Interior designer Susan Cherry Redino and her spouse, Rick Redino, have lots of handed-down products from their family members at their Eggertsville property. 

She calls their house “the lost and observed house” – which displays the title of her secondhand/classic specialty small business (Cherry Tree Layout – Misplaced & Identified). That is because so quite a few pieces – she estimated 80%, within and out – appear with record.

“If it is not some thing from my spouse and children or his relatives, it’s something that was in another person else’s relatives,” she mentioned.

Her favored is the little one grand piano that belonged to her late mother.

“I really like my mother’s piano, and I really like to play the piano. She acquired it when she was a minor girl,” Redino reported.

“I also have a good deal of holiday dishes, and I just cherish setting the holiday table and having on individuals same dishes that we experienced on Thanksgiving,” she reported.

Even the rhubarb, peonies and violets in her garden arrived from the back garden at the residence in which she grew up – which was proper down the street.

The flagstones on her back garden route and a stone bench also arrived from her childhood house.

What helps make these points so particular?

“History, nostalgia and reminiscences,” Redino said.

“I’m just a sucker for that. I see other people’s issues and I see history,” she reported.

She primarily enjoys restoring previous dressing tables – and imagining who at the time sat there.

“Who received ready for their prom there? What little woman experimented with make-up for the initial time, and for her total existence dressed for particular situations and dances and her wedding day?” she said.

“Things have personalities, and I have a connection with them. Even if it’s not a particular relationship, it speaks to me,” Redino mentioned.


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