I have been ahead of my time for about 20 years now. That’s how long it has been since I started to collect old suitcases. Especially Samsonite suitcases. And now….they are a thing. But they were a thing to me a long time ago and they still are a thing. So much so that I have them all over my house. I can’t even tell you why I love them so much. I think it’s the history and the idea of travel a long time ago.
When you enter my house you will see a pretty aqua blue suitcase under a handmade wooden table. I love to display my favorite things on top of them like my vintage leather camels. I painted this one with chalk paint and sealed it with white wax because it was a not so attractive brown color with stains. Looks great I think, and it was easy to do.
I also used two smaller cases under my buffet/tv console to hide wires. Not the ones to the left though. 🙂
Another fun thing I do is place a small case on top of my dresser and then place pictures and other items in a small vignette.
My last home had 18 ft. tall ceilings and my dining room had a wall with a ledge on top of it so, I would display a couple of my suitcases up there. I opened one of them and placed some old cameras and an oil painting in it along with other items to create another vignette. As you can see, I’m all about vignettes. I worked as a showroom designer in a furniture store so I can’t help myself.
These are not all of my suitcases. I have several more in storage just waiting to be used. Whenever I’m out at yard sales, estate sales, or flea markets and I see one at a reasonable price I snap it up! They’re uses are limitless. But…they are getting harder to find. I have seen them in a lot of design magazines recently so I think they are catching on. Darn!!!