Living Spaces: Heirlooms & Legacies

The Apartment of Barbara Counce

Family heirlooms passed down from one generation to the next aren’t mere objects – they’re a window to a person’s history. Barbara Counce has lovingly filled her apartment with heirlooms, antiques and vintage items honoring the warmth, bonds and people of the past. The 1-bedroom Ultra boasts a versatile floor plan, upgrades like custom tilework, and a private balcony view, but it’s Barbara’s treasured heirlooms that are the heart and soul of the place. 

Heavy on the antiques with lots of vintage, Barbara makes use of every square inch of her apartment for a wonderfully put-together look.


From an antique silver service to a kitchen table once transported by covered wagon, heirlooms create depth and interest.


Original paintings by her daughter Carol Counce are inspired by Barbara’s family home in Risen, Ark.


A restored loveseat hails from her dad’s side of the family.


The functional kitchen offers plenty of charm with bright accents from Barbara’s many collections.


Although she retained a few pieces, Barbara passed down most of her Fiestaware® collection.


A portrait of Barbara’s children Carol Counce and Steve Counce is part of the decor.


A headboard with decorative carvings belonged to Barbara’s great-great grandfather.


An upholstered chaise lounge brings a touch of European flair to Barbara’s room.


The intricate knot-work of her mother’s tatting is on display.


With both privacy and a bird’s-eye view, the patio is a comfy retreat for all seasons.