I’m filled with emotion after restoring my mom’s 50+ year old vintage desk. I put it in storage after she packed up her home & moved to Virginia to care for our grandmother. This 1960’s Danish “Administrator” walnut desk (made by the Alma Desk Co.) is STILL in great condition but what I found INSIDE is priceless!
My mom was a musician, artists and studied theology at Duke University. It’s so ironic to me that I found three items in the BACK of the drawer that reflects her 3 talents.
Drawings as a Youth:
Flutes (I remember playing with these as a child):
Writings from College (drafts) – One thing I will never forget is how much time mom spent writing. She actually STILL writes 85% to 90% of her thoughts (I’m not exaggerating). I grew up with papers & writings EVERYWHERE (even on toilet paper). I can appreciate it now because I know it was her release & form of expression, She is BRAILLIANT:
We would go to grandmothers house every summer and she STILL has every piece of furniture & fixtures from my childhood AND my mother’s childhood! Granny always believed in taking care of things. LOL… she had each day designated for a specific chore: dusting on Monday, washing clothes on Tuesday,cleaning floors on Wednesday, planting/outdoor activity on Thurs, changing linen’s on Friday and cooking Sunday’s dinner on Saturday. Not moment to waste!
Check out some of our other priceless family pieces:
I also restored my mom’s Curtis Mathes “Vintage” Stereo. And it STILL works:
Vintage television set.
This lamp was was given to my grandparents by a man who was 90 years old. It was passed down to him and my grandmother worked for him as a teenager. If i do the math correctly… this piece is about 200 years old!
My mother’s Yamaha piano.
I’m so grateful to have these items from my childhood but even more grateful for family. #SmellYourRoses