Dining room furniture - buy or inherit?
We are building a new house and we will have a dining room, which we've never had before. So we don't have any furniture for it.
It just so happens that my grandmother is moving out of her house into a retirement community in the next year or so. So she is not taking her set with her.
Her set is very good quality, but maybe not quite my style. It was purchased new in 1969 at Paine Furniture company in Boston and cost about $5000 then. So would obviously be a very nice set, and I could not afford something comparably nice today.
The chairs are upholstered and have wicker backs. My mom thinks it may be cherry. She also has a big hutch that goes with it, and a custom made pad. I think I've probably never ever seen it without the pad, so it's in pristine condition.
My grandmother is going to bring pictures so I can make my decision. I am kind of thinking that I may always regret it if I let my grandmother's furniture go and buy a cheap set at Pottery Barn that I don't like in 5 years anymore anyway. Even if this doesn't go with the style of my house now - who knows how styles change in the future?
My grandmother says she will not be offended either way, but I'm sure she would rather me have it than sell it.