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Old 07-15-2014, 12:45 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:55 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Years ago I was in the furniture game and those with money/style updated about every seven years.
We'd see them like a clock every seven years.

On the other hand, my parents, who certainly could afford it, haven't updated in fifty years.
I downsized ten years ago and don't even want furniture any more.
Less is more.
My parents were the same way. When they died roughly 25 years ago hey still had the bedroom and dining room sets they purchased when they were married 45 years before. They had tables, a desk and other pieces they'd purchased while we were living in China in the late 40s and Japan in the mid-50s. Like us, they had the attitude that if it ain't broke, don't fix it or, when it came to furnishings, if it's broke and you can't fix it, it might be time to replace it but not before. Their home was comfortable, they liked it and that's all that mattered. Sadly, my very much younger brother, whom I don't claim, emptied their house and sold everything when my father died a year after my mother.
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:11 PM
 
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Most homes need to have some updating but I don't think casegoods need to be replaced very often unless you have something that screams out of date.
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:27 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Most homes need to have some updating but I don't think casegoods need to be replaced very often unless you have something that screams out of date.
So much for restoration of Victorian and Craftsman homes.
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:03 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Most homes need to have some updating but I don't think casegoods need to be replaced very often unless you have something that screams out of date.
If you have it long enough, it comes back into date
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:47 PM
 
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We live in a big old Victorian money pit and I love her. Over the years we've redone the woodwork, replaced the windows and done as much of the restoration as we've been willing to do.

She's freshly painted and shingled and I suppose we'll keep up with the maintenance. My flower beds have been, for the large part, converted to perennials over the years. I'll fill them in as needed.

Over the years we've managed to accumulate some good pieces and it's all things we're happy with. So, like a favorite pair of slippers, unless something breaks we'll probably keep what we have.

To me a home is supposed to be comfortable for us and, only secondary to that, acceptable to others. All four of us have that value. I've never had a desire to live in a home that I can't have animals in or track garden dirt through. (I draw the line at storing the Harleys indoors. Heh.)

When the kids were nine and twelve we voted: landscape and sod the lawn or go to Disneyworld? It was unanimous in favor of traveling and the kids spent the next summer digging out the dandelions one by one for a penny apiece.

Just writing this makes me realize how much attachment I have to this home we've lived in since 1978.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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How often do you do mini renovations or updating of you home and furnishings?
When something breaks or is damaged. I rent in a modern suburban apartment complex so I can only speak to the inside items. A home to me means comfort. My TV, for example, is from 1995. I've got nothing against flat screens and I can easily afford to replace the old one but the one I have works fine. However, this past weekend I broke one of my lamps so I'll be buying new ones.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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You are very smart to have held onto that Henredon sectional!!!! Quality that can no longer be purchased!!!
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My sister and I fought like cats and dogs over that sofa until my mother threatened to sell it if we couldn't come to terms. I ended up guilting my sister into letting me have it.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:49 PM
 
Location: CO
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We completely redid our house 23 years ago with quality cabinets, etc.
I get a kick out of giving a tour. Then asking the person how old they
Think the renovation is.
The guess is never over 5 years old.
We were forward thinking.
You must have been the first ones to jump on granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Our home is comfortable, the furniture is contemporary and I think will last.

I'd like to re-do our kitchen cabinets and floor, but having lived through serveral kitchen re-vamps, I'm just too adverse to the mess and confusion again..so I tell myself I'm fine with it as is. I've made some great meals in thi kitchen, so it works fine.

We've painted the entire interior, replaced major appliances as needed, and refreshed some asscessories and added in local art. It's cute.

Other than someday updating pasts of our kitchen, I'm very content with our cozy and comfortable home. My real challenge is too many books!
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