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 homes The Buffalo News has highlighted through the several years have been household to home furniture, housewares, collectibles and other merchandise – often repurposed – handed down from moms and dads, grandparents and other kin.

(That doesn’t contain the nifty thrift keep, garage sale and curbside finds that people collect.)

Recently, we photographed the South Buffalo household of Elaine and Jude Kawczynski, which consists of a glass-topped desk he made applying his grandfather’s workbench as the foundation.

Jude Kawczynski manufactured a glass-topped desk applying his grandfather’s workbench as a foundation.

In the kitchen area, food items-themed artwork painted by Elaine Kawczynski’s late mother hangs on the wall. An aged suitcase that belonged to an uncle, shown at leading, is now made use of to retailer games in the eating room.

In the past, other property owners have pointed out family members items they cherish: an antique marble-topped upper body passed down a few generations outdated typewriters and sewing machines applied decoratively platters and other serving parts holiday china table linens and backyard garden decor.

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We’ve witnessed a almost never applied soup tureen reworked into a foundation for a table centerpiece a grandmother’s white clean bowl and drinking water pitcher accenting a dresser in a guest area a eating home chandelier that when hung in the homeowner’s mother’s home a cultivator from an uncle’s farm now applied as a rustic accent in a back garden a “fainting couch” given new everyday living in a young family’s residing space a classic china cupboard turned into towel storage in a toilet and loads of old dishes mixed with new.


Transform an aged soup tureen into a centerpiece.

Interior designer Susan Cherry Redino and her partner, Rick Redino, have a lot of passed-down products from their people at their Eggertsville dwelling. 

She phone calls their house “the dropped and discovered house” – which reflects the identify of her secondhand/vintage specialty business (Cherry Tree Style and design – Dropped & Found). Which is since so several parts – she estimated 80%, inside and out – come with heritage.

“If it’s not anything from my family members or his family, it is some thing that was in a person else’s loved ones,” she said.

Her favorite is the little one grand piano that belonged to her late mom.

“I adore my mother’s piano, and I like to perform the piano. She received it when she was a very little woman,” Redino reported.

“I also have a lot of vacation dishes, and I just cherish placing the holiday getaway desk and consuming on these exact dishes that we had on Thanksgiving,” she reported.

Even the rhubarb, peonies and violets in her yard arrived from the backyard at the household exactly where she grew up – which was appropriate down the road.

The flagstones on her backyard garden route and a stone bench also arrived from her childhood residence.

What helps make these matters so exclusive?

“History, nostalgia and reminiscences,” Redino mentioned.

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

She in particular enjoys restoring previous dressing tables – and imagining who after sat there.

“Who bought all set for their prom there? What small lady experimented with makeup for the first time, and for her total everyday living dressed for unique occasions and dances and her wedding day?” she claimed.

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