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 lots of of the residences The Buffalo Information has featured by means of the many years have been home to home furniture, housewares, collectibles and other merchandise – usually repurposed – handed down from parents, grandparents and other relations.

(That does not contain the nifty thrift store, garage sale and curbside finds that people today accumulate.)

Not too long ago, we photographed the South Buffalo home of Elaine and Jude Kawczynski, which includes a glass-topped desk he made using his grandfather’s workbench as the base.

Workbench desk

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

In the kitchen, foodstuff-themed artwork painted by Elaine Kawczynski’s late mother hangs on the wall. An outdated suitcase that belonged to an uncle, proven at prime, is now employed to keep games in the eating space.

In the previous, other householders have pointed out loved ones pieces they cherish: an antique marble-topped upper body passed down three generations old typewriters and sewing machines made use of decoratively platters and other serving items holiday getaway china desk linens and back garden decor.

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We’ve observed a rarely utilized soup tureen reworked into a base for a desk centerpiece a grandmother’s white wash bowl and h2o pitcher accenting a dresser in a guest area a dining space chandelier that after hung in the homeowner’s mother’s dwelling a cultivator from an uncle’s farm now applied as a rustic accent in a backyard a “fainting couch” presented new existence in a young family’s dwelling home a vintage china cabinet turned into towel storage in a rest room and a lot of aged dishes blended with new.


Convert an old soup tureen into a centerpiece.

Inside designer Susan Cherry Redino and her spouse, Rick Redino, have several handed-down things from their families at their Eggertsville house. 

She phone calls their home “the missing and observed house” – which displays the title of her secondhand/classic specialty small business (Cherry Tree Design and style – Dropped & Uncovered). Which is simply because so several parts – she approximated 80%, inside of and out – come with background.

“If it is not one thing from my family or his spouse and children, it is anything that was in somebody else’s family members,” she said.

Her favorite is the baby grand piano that belonged to her late mother.

“I love my mother’s piano, and I adore to enjoy the piano. She acquired it when she was a tiny lady,” Redino explained.

“I also have a large amount of holiday getaway dishes, and I just cherish setting the holiday table and eating on all those very same dishes that we experienced on Thanksgiving,” she explained.

Even the rhubarb, peonies and violets in her backyard garden arrived from the backyard at the property where she grew up – which was appropriate down the street.

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

What will make these items so specific?

“History, nostalgia and recollections,” Redino explained.

“I’m just a sucker for that. I see other people’s points and I see background,” she claimed.

She primarily loves restoring aged dressing tables – and imagining who after sat there.

“Who bought all set for their prom there? What little woman experimented with makeup for the 1st time, and for her full life dressed for exclusive events and dances and her marriage ceremony?” she stated.

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


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