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Design Inspiration: Add Some Vintage Luggage To Your Decor

My entire life I’ve loved artifacts from days past. When my grandparents were alive I tried my hardest to get them to leave me one of their old things {now antiques}-Grandpa’s old trunk or Grandma’s treadle sewing machine. Looking back I should have tried for something that was in less demand since I didn’t end up with anything.  For example, I now wish I’d asked for their old luggage. Especially now that vintage trunks and suitcases are resurging in popularity — not for travel, but for home decor. So if you happen to have old luggage-because you were smart and asked your grandparents for theirs- you might consider using them for the following.

via apartment therapy


IDEA 1:  Unique and distinct shelves. I love these shelves by Ki Nassauer, the “Martha Stewart of the Junk” as well as editor and chief of Flea Market Style Magazine. These are in her own living room. She certainly practices what she preacheds. Check the link below for more information on Ki-who is living my dream life.

decor-design-ideas-luggage-vintage-shelvingvia Ki Nassauer


IDEA #2: Decorative accessories. Have a corner in your house that looks a little blah? Get out your collection of old suitcases and stack them in this area. That’s all you need to do. The old luggage is all the decor  you need.

suitcases-entry-ideas-antique-country-decor-design inspiration

vintage-luggage-picture-decor-design ideavia the locker


IDEA #3: A Coffee Table. How easy is this idea? Find yourself an oversized trunk and add some hairpin legs. Then place it in front of your sofa or against a wall. The added bonus is that this piece of furniture piece has storage.


via etsy


IDEA #4: A Side Table. Stack several at the side of a bed, sofa or between chairs. Or if you only have a couple of pieces of luggage then stack them on a chair. These are sturdy enough that you can add lamps and decorative accessories-just like you would any regular table.

decor-design-ideas-white-shabby chic-luggage via a beach cottage

decor-ideas-design-suitcase-bedroom-shabby chicvia desire to inspire


IDEA #5: Bed Foot Stool. I saved my favorite idea for last. This is hands down the cutest way that I seen to add extra storage to your bedroom. And it’s a showpiece as well. Notice in both pictures that the beds don’t have headboards-which I think would take away from the look of the vintage luggage.

suitcases-antique-bedroom-storage-decor-ideas-design inspirationvia good housekeeping

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via design sponge

Note to FHR Readers: Check out the Design Sponge link above which will direct you to a great DIY tutorial by Ashley Poskin showing how to make the above coffee table that was used at the end of the bed.

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