The Undeniable Charm of an Heirloom

Its funny how old things come back in style. What once was considered outdated and conservative is now highly sought after. The nostalgia, the undeniable charm associated with an heirloom is a feeling that can’t be put in words. An heirloom makes us feel connected to our grandparents and relive the bygone era. One such prized piece of history that I recently came across was this beautifully hand carved antique brass platter. Belonging originally to my Grandmother (Naniji), and dating back to the 1930s, it was passed onto my Mom who had preserved it beautifully till I set my eyes on it. I requested her and she was only happy to give it to me. Weighing close to 2 kg and spanning over 1.5 feet in circumference, it was a tough call fitting it into my baggage, but I managed it somehow. Styling the platter in my home  as a decor accent wasn’t easy as it had to be treated with respect and care.


Perched against the grey stone wall in the living room with the Buddha and shimmering brass lamps laced with chrysanthemums for company, I am all set to ring in the evening in style. Although, I do admit that I have to get an easel-cum stand to make the platter stand vertically. 


Here’s another view…


For those of you, who would like to see the intricate details on the platter, here’s the image. As for me, I just couldn’t stop marvelling at the sheer amount of detail displayed here.


I always wanted to pair this amazing brass kalash with a black tray and now I have the perfect partner for it! Colour pops from bright gerbera and eclectic cushions provide much needed relief from monotony.


Another view…


My Lovely MIL has a knack for finding beauty in unexpected places and things, yet another thing that I got to learn from her…she loved this old kalash and promptly bought it for me…I love the details on it too…

Platter 1

I loved the way this image turned out…there’s light, there’s colour, earthiness from the tiny terracotta votives, a hint of nature, and metal…and this platter accommodated everything so beautifully…


And the last one with my favourite Ganpati Bappa!

This platter isn’t just any decor accessory for me, its a piece of heritage being passed through generations. Its an ode to my Grandparents. And if anything, it makes me feel closer to my Nani (I loved her immensely and I lost her last year). The only regret being – I couldn’t meet her.

Do let me know if you liked this short edition full of nostalgia, charm, and the unconditional love of grandparents trickling through to their future generations. Did you also come across heirlooms that were passed down to you? I would love to hear about them!

Have a great week ahead!



  1. Love the way you have styled and preserved the precious treasures passed on to you dear Neha! These treasures are what make a home perfect!


  2. Love the way you have decorated the place. Some people just have the eye and knack for things and some inspite of owning such things wouldn’t know how to display it. Would be really nice to get connected with you. Till then keep writing and inspiring us 🙂


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