It is certainly a niche book topic, dealing with “two important trends: first, that the value and significance of certain types of objects has changed in the past 30 years, and second, that those relegated objects symbolize a change in the meaning of value, especially with regards to what makes a comfortable home” (note: authors opening quote, page 8, advance review copy).
Much of the focus felt to be on items that are thought to hold monetary value as ‘antiques’ or collectibles versus what is more common, has sentimental value, and likely more lasting quality. The author certainly captures sentimental but focus a lot more on tips like knowing how to look up value of old books or china, and the challenges when dealing with furniture. The illustrations and photos also feel dated. I would have liked the book’s content to reflect more of a mix of antique versus heirloom and more varied perspectives to connect with the older generation (giving) and younger generation (receiving), but the book feels predominantly one sided towards older generations with potentially expensive items.
There is also not much, if any, mention of ideas to re-purpose/update/DIY items to have them fit into younger generation home (again, because of the antique slant). There are so many ways to take something and integrate it into a different design aesthetic beyond its original use. I am certainly in the ‘receiving type of generation’ but I do treasure heirlooms, but also think about how to incorporate them into my home and life. I think the advice in this book can be helpful to people, but more likely for a targeted audience, as part of interaction with the author if you have engaged her appraisal services or used her website/blog content.
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