Saturday, September 5, 2009

'IMAGINATION IDEATION' ~ vintage suitcases


Vintage suitcases are so functional and can easily be added to any decor. Just look at this collection above and how it adds texture and shape to the space. The first thing I think about when I see a vintage suitcase is STORAGE! They are just perfect to store your winter mitts and hats, magazines, scrap booking supplies, toys...just about anything! Some suitcases will fit nicely under your bed or you can stack them to make a table in your bedroom or family room! Even if you have just one, stand it on it's end and use it beside a chair! If you have a few, stack them on top of an armoire for a pretty display! You can have fun collecting and display them in a tower! All these ideas are great for your home or cottage!

Here is a very unique idea that one of my customers came up with; She purchased this small black suitcase from The Passionate Home and started by repapering the inside.

What a difference! She did an amazing job! Nice and clean and ready to go!

Here is a photo of that same suitcase in its new home! She also purchased a set of black iron brackets and this old industrial metal chair from The Passionate Home and she created this very fun corner! The suitcase is used as a telephone table to write notes and messages while on the phone. The suitcase allows her to keep her pens and paper out of site and it keeps the area neat and tidy! I just love the pay phone! Great job! Vintage suitcases have history and character, they can bring back memories and help make new ones. Maybe you have your Grandmothers suitcase just waiting to be appreciated and put back into action!
Have a CREATIVE week!


  1. OMG! & I thought about this today in an antique shop & passed them up! Argh!!! Love the suitcase idea for storage.

    Have a beautiful weekend.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  2. What wonderful ideas Carrie....such a great post.

  3. I adore old suitcases, too! And I have MANY! Love all your ideas, but that last one of the telephone blew me away. Way to go.

  4. What a great idea (the suitcase shelf on brackets)! I enjoy your blog!

  5. I love old, vintage suitcases. I love the creative ideas that people come up with!

    Have a great week,

  6. I always try to scoop up suitcases when I see them for good - I have an antique and vintage decor business that resells to local shops and they buy them every time. They do have a useful and classy look - love your photos - Jennifer