I have spoken earlier in the week about visiting my late Great Aunty Joan’s home to collect some treasures for us to keep and remember her life by. It was not an easy day by any means but I wanted to share some of her things.
You will see that both her and my Great Uncle Jack had great taste. They kept everything, valuing its function and it’s worth rather than spending loads of money on new un-needed things. I suppose they were frugal, but what they had was of great quality and probably not cheap. Their house was full of mid-century furniture in immaculate condition. They looked after their things which for me is fantastic….as I have some real treasures that can continue to live in my home and be appreciated by my family going forward.
My Aunty Joan was very intelligent, she had a degree in Horticultural Studies…which back then was rare for women to be educated. She worked for ICI using her studies as well as enjoying her garden in her spare time. She was a private lady, enjoying reading and her cats. What was interesting in her home was the lack of flamboyant “stuff”. There was not hoards of handbags and shoes, makeup and jewellery..which means the items that were there were treasured and used.
I have her dark green leather Ackery handbag with matching leather gloves and purse. It would have been a non showy piece back in the late 40s/early 50s. I love the colour (how rare is it to find dark green?) and grey silk lining. It oozes quality yet simple elegance.
I saved some soft toys for the children. The home-made elephant is so Cath Kidston isn’t it with its ditsy flowers on a soft needle cord. Paddington bear stands tall above the simple rag doll. I love things like this for our children: traditional and non plastic.
I have 2 pairs of curtains from their home. My Uncle Jack’s bedroom had these 1950s curtains hanging..they will go so well with our kitchen and Ercol day bed which will be in there too. I may hang them or make cushions.
I had ordered brown curtains for our new lounge from Next. But these high quality teal silk curtains are amazing in our new room. They don’t totally match the colour of the room but I think they are perfect.
This patchwork rug/throw is hand knitted and backed on to a quilted base. It was in her bedroom over a table…I think it will be lovely in my little girls room.
Then there was so much retro there too. I wrote about the 1960s bubble vase earlier, which now sits on our Arkana table. I work here so its fabulous to see in the morning when I start work. It has no chips and even its original sticker on.
The 1960s yellow glass mushroom light will hang on the landing.
And the cat, Peach, seems to have laid claim on the red vinyl footstool.
The Ercol chairs will be added to our collection (check out in our blog Ercol-lection).
She had lots of books but I was drawn to this one…what amazing reference material for my writing. I look forward to reading it.
Finally, I brought home my uncles shoe cleaning kit for My YVL. I love this old-fashioned styling.
And here are is a photo of my family. This is my Great Grandma and Granddad, my Grandma, my Great Uncle Jim and Aunty Lily and my mum aged about 10??? On the right is my Great Uncle Jack and Aunty Joan..she is the one holding the dog. My whole family. Minus my Granddad who I presume is taking the photo.
I am so glad that we took the time on Monday, however hard it was. The 3 generations of girls that are left…my mum, me and Kitty…went to see the house one last time.
I’m also so glad I am the person I am…who values possessions for their history, their style and their beauty. These treasures will live on in our home and our hearts.
Treasured things, treasured lives, treasured memories.
These are true treasures indeed – so beautiful. I’m glad that you have these as they serve as living memoirs for you and your family now. The Ackery handbag and gloves are so gorgeous. Thank you for blogging about these xx
Thanks for your kind words. The bag is truly lovely. x
What a lovely post Kate. It’s so great that you’ll be adding your aunt’s treasures to your own home to enjoy for many years to come. And the family photograph is priceless. 🙂
Thanks Louise. We are truly blessed, and I love the photo. We have a whole box of photos to trawl through..I cant wait! x
Thanks for your kind comments. People think I’m a little mad with all my old stuff. But I love it whether it represents my history or someone elses. Yes the bag is lovely..every one is loving it, it seems! Ps the cat is still on the footstool! x
Lovely post, that is a gorgeous bag. I adore the gloves in that picture.x