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DEC­O­RAT­ING WITH

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.”

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