Friday, 29 July 2011

My Grandmother's Secretaire

My grandmother had a funny little 1950's style secretaire in her house.  When I was young I remember sitting at it whenever we went to visit.  The front pulls down to become a writing desk and inside there were compartments where she kept all her writing sets and postage stamps.





When my grandmother passed away, and my mother was clearing out her house, she asked me if I wanted anything. I asked for two things. The little secretaire and a Lladro figurine that my grandmother bought on a family holiday to Norfolk Island, as these were the two things I had strong childhood memories of.



When I got the secretaire, it was painted a dusty gold colour, had angled feet with discs on the bottom and the same style of discs on the drawer handles.  I painted it white and changed the feet and knobs.








The secretaire is in my master bedroom.  I use it to store all my jewellery and bits and pieces. 





 I have lined the drawer and shelves with some pretty paper.





I like that I have pieces of furniture that have a family history and that mean something to me.  I'd like to think that Gran is happy that the desk she sat at for so many hours of her life is still being used and loved.


Sharing my family treasure at

French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Perfectly Imperfect - All Things Furniture
My Romantic Home - Show & Tell Friday
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday

10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous post! Stunning pics too. Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  2. That is a very sweet story and I feel the same way about my granny. We also took her to Norfolk Island in the late 70's and she bought Lladro. Can't believe the similarities.

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  3. That is a very sweet story and I feel the same way about my granny. We also took her to Norfolk Island in the late 70's and she bought Lladro. Can't believe the similarities.

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  4. such a pretty piece. I love that it has become a new piece for you. I have a few things of my grandmother's- I recently got a jewelry box with her watch and a pair of earrings I liked to try on when I was little. Mostly I love it because it still smells like her :) have a great day. Visiting from Show and Tell Friday.

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  5. I am visiting via Romantic Homes.

    What a wonderful treasure!

    Have a happy weekend!

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous!!!...glad to meet you....pls visit me as well....xo, Mariaelena

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  7. Hi Kylie,
    I am one of those people who put a lot of emotional attachment to items once own by family memembers. For me, it just keeps their memory alive. Your grandmother's secretaire is beautiful. So happy you got to keep it and enjoy. I know she is happy. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  8. What an adorable little secretarie. So neat to have such a treasure from your grandmother.

    - The Tablescaper

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