I talk a lot on this blog and in The Old Money Book about the things Old Money doesn’t do and doesn’t spend money on. Don’t buy the latest fashions. Don’t buy new cars. Don’t waste money on this. Don’t spend money on that. Maybe it can all get a bit depressing.
Certainly, we all know the personal rewards of living the Old Money life: health, a solid family unit, financial independence, work with purpose, educational opportunities for your children and grandchildren, a set of values that you can embrace and pass along, a sense of something permanent in an ever-changing world.
But what about the material rewards? Are all OMG’s puttering around in 20 year old cars while sporting threadbare tweed jackets and bombed-out penny loafers? Do they huddle in worn wing back leather chairs and sip bargain-basement Scotch with visions of compound interest dancing in their heads like some modern day Scrooge?
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve decided to pull back the curtain slightly, with a caveat: below are images of material things. They do have a certain dollar value in this world, and they are comfortable, but they are not the be-all and end-all of life’s pursuit. By themselves, they will not bring happiness for an extended period of time.
They are the residue and dividends of non-material things, i.e., the values, priorities, and habits of Old Money. In this particular case, the consistent application of those values over what is now three generations. These non-material things can bring happiness for an extended period of time. They do pay off, both in personal terms and financial terms. They do endure.
So, for insight or inspiration, here are some photos of an OMG’s home.