Not all heirloom plants are antiques – yet. Many modern hybrid plants, including cannas, ferns, and this Stella d’Oro daylily, can quickly become heirlooms within just one or two generations of gardeners who see their value and who know how to divide them to get more to spread around.
Vintage hats provide the perfect conversation piece, an almost sculptural look and a wonderful Heirloom moment. Collections of vintage items are a great way to bring the Heirloom trend into your home and lend personality to your space.
This pristine pair of swivel chairs was passed down from Micah’s grandmother. They’re a perfect way to inject a little generational history into a young family’s home. Family heirlooms are always a good idea. You’ll notice that below the white painted crown molding is a white picture rail. In many older homes, the walls are plaster as opposed to drywall. Plaster is much harder and more difficult to repair; therefore, a piece of molding/rail is used as a surface to attach hardware and wire, and then your artwork to. Preservation is key in caring for older homes. The Stansells cleverly repeated the teal color on the drapery panels, but used white sheers on the window’s interior for semi-privacy while still allowing light in.
One way to bring the Heirloom trend into your space? Patina. Objects with a beautifully aged, timeworn element achieved by designer Julia Buckingham with this oversized vessel and table, bring an air of integrity and elegance to your home.
Not all heirloom tomatoes, including most of the heavily-ribbed varieties such as Beefsteak and this rare Zapotec Pleated variety, are pretty and smooth - but they make up for looks with exceptional flavor. After washing the sticky jell off tomato seed, I dab them onto paper towels to dry, then cut the paper into small bits, each with a seed, to plant the following spring.
The easier a plant is to grow, the more different people will enjoy it. Heirloom potted plants tend to tolerate low light and low humidity of indoors, especially those with thick leaves such as Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) which is one of the most durable for low-light apartments and offices. Its stems are very easy to root in water.
My grandmother’s garden lit up late every afternoon and through the night with fragrant four o’clocks (Mirabilis jalopa), which Thomas Jefferson grew and called “the marvel of Peru.” Its big seeds are easy to save, and in the late afternoon hummingbirds gorge on them, followed by giant hovering sphinx moths at night.
Timeworn but timeless, Heirloom celebrates the enduring beauty of classic design while showcasing surface imperfections earned over time, like this old schoolhouse desk found at the Brimfield, Massachusetts [Brimfield Angique Flea Market](https://brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com/) many years ago that just seems to get better with age. Add a woven throw (this one by [Studio NYC](https://www.studionycdesign.com/)) in a slub weave for more layers of warmth and coziness.
To update the fireplace, designers replaced the original hearth tile with tile that feels effortless, as if it had been there forever. To make the feature special to the homeowners, it features a family heirloom painting that completes the design's natural feeling for the family.
In this corner of the living room hangs a piece of art that holds special significance for the family. Although not a particularly famous piece, the work has been in this family for three generations. Designers replaced the frame and mat with ones that would complement the colors of the artwork more. They then added a console and chair to ground the piece without taking away from it. The fresh flowers on the console help to make the colors of the painting pop.