I know that I mention interior designer Sarah Richardson often. She is featured often on HGTV. One of the reasons that I like Sarah’s design is that she goes shopping in thrift stores and antique shops. She is not afraid to buy something that is weathered and maybe even chipped. I think that this is a great idea because it instantly adds some degree of validity to a room. If everyhthing in a room looks like it just came from the store, then the room really has no “soul.” The photo below was featured in a series of shows that Sarah did when she was designing and decorating her 100 year old farm house. This room was an addition. They did not build rooms with this much volume in farm houses a hundred years ago. I love everything about the room, but what I want you to notice is the coat of arms over the mantel.
She and her assistant found it in an antique shop. The paint is almost all worn off but it has great presence and it looks just spectacular in this place of honor.
Sarah Richardson design
Then, I got to thinking about other ways you could use a coat of arms in your own home. One of the reasons that this kitchen is so beautiful is that the family coat of arms is carved in wood over the range. Today, the cook top has taken the place of the hearth and matel.
Sarah Gilbane Interiors.com
The family coat of arms was incorporated into the window leading into this study. Since the coat of arms is a symbol unique to an individual person, and to his family, corporation, or state, displaying it on the door to the home office would be just perfect.
Michael Matrka Inc.
I just love the photo below. This is a true throne room!
My grandfather’s sister was a genealogist. As early as the 1920’s she was doing genealogy for families in Iowa. Her research for the Wood family took her back to England and she found our coat of arms. Centuries ago, our name was, Woods. The family joke is that we lost our “s” in 1929! This coat of arms is molded from plaster of paris. Unfortunately, it was broken in one of our many moves but I put it back together and love it anyway. It sits on a plate stand in our home office.
The family motto is, “Labore et perseverante.” I think that means that we should work hard and never stop. You are welcome to borrow our motto…seems like a good one for all people!
Our youngest daughter married a wonderful young man whose last name is, “Levesque.” His brother and wife gave them this beautiful crest for a wedding present. It has gold embroidered thread and features the crests of both our branch of the Murphy family and of the Levesque family. What a wonderful gift for any time of the year.
I searched for a few minutes and I found many sites that will help you to find a coat of arms for your family. While I cannot confirm or deny any specific site because I have not used it, I do think that you could have some fun checking for your family name.
We all cannot have carved wood or stained glass coats of arms. But, think about ways that you can use the coat of arms for your family in unique ways in your home. Create and be happy!