Friday, 26 August 2011

Bag a beauty!

I absolutely adore vintage suitcases. I spot them all the time at antique markets and vintage boutiques. There’s just something about the worn leather, the old buckles, the colours that reflect a different time, another era, the stitching and so many more details that you just don’t see on luggage made these days. Unfortunately, more often than not they do come with a pretty hefty price tag, so for now I just dream about the many suitcases I am going to have one day and how I am going to use them in my home. Without further ado, here’s some inspiration I have compiled for you…

Photo credits in this collage: Girl standing on suitcase from Wedding by Color, pile of many suitcases and stack of suitcases with fan by Quote a Gentleman, close up image of suitcase by mmmaythe, stack of blue and beige suitcases by ApartmentTherapy.com via Live the Fancy Life and stacked brown and beige suitcases by Elements of Style.

“…suitcases carry adventures, fairytales and great stories from around the world. Stickers, secret pockets, forgotten personal belongings, the shape and colour all tell us something…” Quote a gentleman.

I couldn't agree more. While they do possess a large degree of old world charm, these bags are more versatile than you’d think. They can be incorporated into both vintage and modern settings. If used in a modern setting the outcome will be eclectic, which is one of my favourite styles.


There are a million ways of incorporating them into your home. Simply place your beautiful bag in a nifty corner of a room and use it as a decorative item, as illustrated in the above most image from Lonny Magazine’s July/August issue. I love how the suitcase just brings this room to life and gives it a retro feel.


Stack a few on top of each other and use them as a bedside table as shown above and below. I LOVE the simplicity of this!!!


If you have a few more, you can build the base for a coffee table, place a leaf of wood on top and viola! Use them for storage that is not confined to the attic, basement or hallway closet. You could also screw some funky legs onto your sturdy suitcase and use it as a funky bed end as illustrated below.

William Henry for infobarrel.com

However you choose to use and display your vintage suitcase, just know that if you happen to see one that is in good nick, you have several very good reasons to take that baby home with you! There…purchase justified!

Love, Holly

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