HEIRLOOMS Most people find it daunting to include heirloom pieces or family hand-me-downs in the design of their modern homes. “Sometimes, we’re apprehensive about using old pieces or heirloom pieces because our idea is modern. We throw away what our parents or grandparents give us, and we have this tendency to ‘disrespect’ these pieces,” says interior designer Wilan Dayrit.
Here, he offers some tips on how to work with such storied items in a modern setting. 1. Let your pieces float. In the living area of this
home, for instance, the use of sheer white curtains create an airy vibe that makes room for the heirloom pieces to stand out and take centerstage. Choose pieces with interesting silhouettes. A ballerina sculpture in mid-twirl and a hundredyear-old sewing machine both add a layer of soul to the home because of their history and their unique silhouettes. Use heirloom pieces
sparingly. “In effect, they will shine,” Wilan explains. “These are pieces that add value to your home that store bought pieces cannot match. Don’t be afraid to mix them into your modern home.”