Fine china, stamps, clothing, bibles, books and baubles; family heirlooms come in all shapes and sizes. As family curators and caretakers it is our duty to collect and preserve these precious mementos for future generations. But that doesn’t mean they need to hide in dark attics and drawers. With a little creativity, family heirlooms can be incorporated into any home decor and can inspire less enthusiastic family members to ponder and appreciate their ancestors.

Here are some of the best ideas for creating beautiful and interesting displays of common family treasures:

Framed Doilies - Country Living Magazine

Framed Doilies – Country Living Magazine

 

Enlarged Postcards - Southern Living (photo Tria Giovan)

Enlarged Postcards – Southern Living (photo Tria Giovan)

Photos in Bottles

Photographs in Antique Bottles

 

Vintage Clothing Display - Brabourne Farm

Vintage Clothing Display – Brabourne Farm

 

Framed Plates - Better Homes & Gardens

Framed Plates – Better Homes & Gardens

Displaying Vintage Jewelry - Mix and Chic

Displaying Vintage Jewelry – Mix and Chic

 

Stamp Art - Brooklyn Burrow

Stamp Art – Brooklyn Burrow