The Many Antique Collections In My Mom’s House

by Dagmar Bleasdale on July 10, 2015

I have to be honest: this post was going to be named My Mom’s House and Cottage Garden.

But after I started writing it, it became clear that I had to rename it. I had so much material about my parents’ many collections of antiques and vintage items alone, this post would’ve been way too long to also write about the garden.

We came back from visited my mom in Germany a couple of days ago. I made a point to take a lot of pictures of her house because it’s beautiful, and I wanted to show it to you.

She still lives in the house I grew up in until age 23. That’s when I packed two suitcases and moved from my childhood home all the way to Los Angeles to study acting.

Can you say huge adventure? Gosh, the stories I could tell…

Antique Collections in My Mom’s House

When you see the decor in my mom’s house, it’ll become clear why I’m such a fan of everything vintage and antique, with a touch of quirky.

I didn’t take pictures of the tiles in the four bathrooms — I should have. They are so out there, it makes me wonder what my usually conservative parents were thinking when they picked the finishes for this house. Those tiles make me smile every time I see them.

081aMy father was an architect, and he turned this two-family house into a home for just the four of us — my parents, my brother, and me.

This is what you see when you enter the house: a collection of framed antique maps of Bremen, our town, and my mom’s collection of bronzed antique baby shoes and bells.

Antique collections, framed antique maps, DagmarBleasdale.comAnd umbrellas, apparently.

083aI think half of these baby shoes and bells are from me. I keep buying them for my mom even though she says she has enough.

That tiny shoe there? I just had to buy it for her when I saw it at the Country Living Fair.

Antique collections, antique bronzed baby shoes, DagmarBleasdale.comWhen you turn right, you see this room, the living room, and the sun room. There is a powder room and office to the right, and that left door leads to the kitchen, which overlooks the garden.

Why are there so many antiques in our house? My parents owned an antique store, and they kept their favorite pieces. My father collected antique books, and they also collected antique weights.

Yes, weights.

088aThere are weights everywhere — even on the wall! I don’t think they have moved since my childhood — they have always been there.


097aMore weights.

095aAnd more weights. Oh, and my mom’s collection of elephants and antique irons.

098aWho collects weights? It’s such an odd thing, when you think of it. We have many more — huge ones that you can hardly move — in the party room in the basement.

I’ve never asked my mom what made them start to collect weights. I assume it’s just what happens with every collection, it starts with one and then two, and when you are a collector at heart, all of a sudden weights (or vintage teacups or milk glass in my case) keep appearing in your life, not to be ignored.

Antique collections, antique weights, DagmarBleasdale.comOr paintings. See that large oil painting there?

101aIt’s in this picture of my parents and Landon that I love.

I think this armoire from 1770 is stunning.

090aThese two have watched me most of my life.

091aWould you hang antique portraits of strangers in your living room? :)

So there you go, the many antique collections in my mom’s house. Look out for my post about her cottage garden.

What do you collect?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Ann January 5, 2016 at 9:35 PM

Okay I have a cultural question for you– why is the party room in the basement?


Dagmar Bleasdale January 5, 2016 at 9:46 PM

Hi Ann, that’s just what they decided to make out of the extra room we had in the basement. :) It has a little wine cellar and a fireplace, so it’s really cozy.


Brother Oliver July 27, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Thank you for pointing out what a wonderful home we have. I also never thought about why our parents collected weights :-) We nned to ask!

Kisses to all, Oliver


Dagmar Bleasdale July 28, 2015 at 12:27 AM

Danke fur Deinen Kommentar — ich habe mit Mama gerade daruber gelacht am Telefon :) Mama ist Wage und fand eine Wage toll und hat sie gekauft, und dann wurden es immer mehr Gewichte :)

Alles Liebe nach Bremen von uns Dreien, Dagmar


ann July 10, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Just love that you grew up in home that ‘treasures’ were displayed.


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