I share a lot about heirlooms and pieces that add character to a space. Items that tell a story. It is said that we are living/raising the Ikea generation. Now don't get me wrong I LOVE Ikea and I believe that there is a place for everything. Your heirlooms and Ikea pieces can and should live together. Happily! The problem lies in the fact that that "generation" is not interested in the décor from the past. I believe STRONGLY that this is what makes your house a home. The very thing that keeps it from looking like a "display". Help, encourage, and teach those around you to incorporate history into their design. Someday they will thank you.