My parents have had much of the same furniture my entire life. This is especially true for the dining room, which has looked exactly the same for about 18 years. We’ve been eating at that dining set for as long as I can remember. But my favorite part is the china cabinet, which my dad inherited from my great-grandfather. We keep my mom’s ancestral teacups in it, as well as old family photos, fragile childhood keepsakes, and other delicate items passed down through the family. Every now and then I like to open the glass doors and look at what’s in there, because it’s like exploring some of my family history.
Obviously, it’s a really big piece of furniture; it’s solid wood. But I like that about it. It was built not only to protect delicate objects, like china and glass, but also to last so that multiple generations could use it. It’s sturdy and stable, which is exactly what you would want from a piece of furniture that’s going to hold some of your most fragile possessions. It doesn’t draw excess attention to itself, so it fits in perfectly with any Walnut-stained furniture. And it’s easy to care for, so I rarely need to dust it.
One day, I am going to inherit that china cabinet, and I’m going to fill it with memories and heirlooms. I’ll tell my kids about it and explain how it’s been in the family for almost a hundred years. I’ll put it in my dining room, where my children and grandchildren will see it at every meal. And one day, one of my descendants will inherit it and pass on the history of our family to their children.
However, if something terrible were to happen — like if there was a house fire, or a flood — and the china cabinet were destroyed, I would definitely buy a new one. I’ve lived so long with a beautiful piece like this that even though I would never be able to really replace this family heirloom, I would want to begin the legacy all over again. It’s important to have family history, and it’s special to start your own.
FurnitureCrate has some absolutely spectacular cabinets — ones that I would certainly consider buying if something happened to mine. They’re made of the best materials and with the best craftsmanship so that you also can start a family legacy with a piece like this.