Thursday, November 26, 2009

Treasures from Grandma's Attic~ Around the House

For this , the fifth, installment of "Treasures from Grandma's Attic", I'm showing some of the wonderful items I see and use on a regular basis around the house. I feel very fortunate to have these daily reminders of my grandmother and her interesting life.


The most prominent item is no doubt the large armoire in the living room. Although Gram did have a couple of furniture pieces that may have been considered "nice antiques", it was the more rustic/shabby/cottage/quirky items that lived in the attic that I was drawn to.

This particular piece was in a corner of the attic with a broken door and painted three different colors...but I could see it fitting right in at my house. :-) It did eventually receive some additional crown moldings and a coat of cottage white paint.On the inside of the door are scribbles made by my dad and his brother when they were youngsters, this just made it all the more special.



On to the dining room... In here I have a fun old kitchen cabinet that houses my cookbooks, wine glasses and serving pieces. Extreme care is needed when moving this piece as the top and bottom appear to be attached by only a thick coat of paint. LOL

And in the bedroom...

Atop the vintage dresser sits a lovely baby picture of Gram tinted the most beautiful robin's egg blue. And in front, an antique bisque baby doll. Gram had quite an impressive antique doll collection. Although I'm not really a "doll person" (even as a kid, their fragile nature made me nervous), I do like this sweet little girl. Thankfully, the majority of that collection is being curated by other family members.


I also have a fun trio of vintage alarm clocks on the mantel headboard.I'm not sure if Gram kept these because she knew of their potential collectibility or if in her frugal nature she thought someone might fix them to use. Either way, I'm glad she did! :-)

Thanks for sharing another walk down memory lane with me!

11 comments:

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

I really enjoyed walking down memory lane with you. the pieces look divine in your lovely home, white paint is so IN at the moment and the pieces look fab in this colour. thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

I love the yo-yo tablecloth. Did you make it?

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Thanks!
Isn't it pretty, Elizabeth. No, I didn't make it. It was a gift from my Mother-in-law. She found a bag of old yoyos at a yard sale and she stitched them together one summer.

Kimberly :-)

goldenbird said...

I love the armoire and the kitchen cabinet. Isn't is wonderful having your Grandmother's treasures in your home? I have my grandmother's dining room table where we had many family dinners and I don't think I will ever be able to let go of it. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving, Kimberly.

Gale said...

I love the Grandma's attic posts you've been writing. In my case, it would be my 85 year old mom's attic and basement and garage. She has started dividing stuff up, but still just has walkways through those areas. She has 10cent garage sales with stuff I see in vintage shops. Her comment is that it isn't old..it's only from the 60's. She did give my daughter a great vintage brouch to wear on her wedding dress.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Goldenbird, how wonderful to have your grandmother's table! A new generation of family memories around the same table.

Gale, that's priceless! I want to come to one of her yard sales. :)
Gram worked to divide up her things while she was still alive, too. I think she was afraid we would fight over it, but in reality, I think we were all more worried about who would have to take it all. LOL

Melody said...

What great treasures!!! Missed ya at the craft show. Someday I really hope we meet in person. so we can put a face to the e-mail. Hope ya had a great Thanksgiving.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Isn't it wonderful to have treasures from the family? Especially when they are as gorgeous as the ones you have!

Cathy said...

Hi Kimberly,

I'm really loving those old vintage clocks. Grammy was a wise old woman. Everything is so chic again, it's wonderful, isn't it?

Have a great week.

xo Cathy

tammyCA said...

Sweet! Isn't it great that the previous generations kept everything...so different from today. It's great you have these treasures - I don't really have anything 'cuz there was never much and too many family members taking stuff or selling them or things breaking down. At least, my sister was able to get a cherished oak buffet.

Jessica said...

How wonderful to have those reminders of someone you love. What a lovely idea blogging about them! I enjoyed browsing your family heirlooms. =)