Displaying Family Heirlooms in Your Home

Have ya’ll seen the HBO Documentary “Nothing Left Unsaid” where the social icon, Gloria Vanderbilt, is interviewed by her son, Anderson Cooper? I am constantly drawn to it and seem to watch it every few months. I am positively in awe and fascinated by Gloria Vanderbilt. Her innocence, style, love and honesty is completely charming. You can tell through the hardships she has endured that she has done a tremendous amount of soul searching and is such a strong woman.

(And as a mother of a son, it is about the most precious thing ever to watch how much Anderson not only loves but ADORES his mother.)

One of the things you learn in this conversation is how she uses her art as a form of therapy. One of her most striking mediums is what she calls “Dream Boxes” where she assembles these fabulous acrylic boxes with items to display an emotion or tell a story.

This one stopped me in my tracks.


If your family is anything like mine, we have boxes of old letters that are of importance to us.

Perhaps obvious to you, it never occurred to me to use these display boxes for family heirlooms. Signed baseballs and footballs….sure. But not a teacup!

I immediately ran out to Micheal’s and purchased this and this. For


Wouldn’t it even be fun to line the bottom of these boxes in a fabric to add an additional pop of color?


While I was at the store I found a few glass terrariums and thought these would be perfect for some small pieces like jewelry or even silverware!


The options are endless!

What are some of the ways you display your family heirlooms in your home?