As we began the journey of building a new home, we found ourselves frequently visiting older properties. Our primary interest was the lots these homes sat on, but each visit turned into a but if a treasure hunt. I always make it a point to observe everything in these older homes, from furniture and art to the smallest trinkets on display.

Often, these homes are being sold by families of loved ones who have passed away, or by elderly couples moving in with family or into retirement homes. In many cases, they can’t take everything with them. When families are cleaning out these homes, they usually prefer to sell or give items to someone who wants them, rather than donating them.

This process reminds me of the saying, "one person's trash is another person's treasure."

When we purchased our home, the family was in the midst of packing up their parents' belongings, because the house was being sold due to their passing. During one of our visits, I spotted a set of vintage crystal wine glasses that immediately captured my heart. I just love their shape and overall look!

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Additionally, two antique cabinets caught my eye. I plan on transforming one into a powder room sink - I've already dreamed up the perfect wallpaper to pair it with too! The other cabinet doesn't have a designated spot yet, but I'm excited about the potential DIY projects in my (aka Joes) future.


I have been having so much fun dreaming up ideas and sourcing inspirational images of how I can transform these special pieces.

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Though I didn’t get a chance to snap many photos, the previous owner was a huge sports enthusiast. Joe purchased all of his collectibles—everything from signed jerseys and sticks to art and books. These treasures will make perfect decor for Joe’s office and Jack's room.

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The family who lived here had five children, and I felt an immediate connection to their home and their legacy. Even though I never met them or saw photos, it felt as if they were passing the torch to another big family to fill the house with new memories. I’m a sentimental person, and it brings me joy to preserve pieces of the home's history as we make it our own.

Keeping these cherished items allows us to honour the past while building our future. It’s a beautiful blend of old and new, and I couldn’t be happier with the treasures we've found.