Well, I think everyone has a little extra baggage we’re lugging around. But, let’s be careful about what we consider other people’s baggage. Am I right, Bachelorette Emily?
When I got an email from Houzz asking if they could guest post on this here blog, and I knew they had their vast website as a resource to access a wide variety of ideas that you wonderful readers would enjoy, I thought if they could share a few creative storage ideas, all us breadbox sized house lovers would unite and rejoice! We’re singing kumbaya as we dance hand in hand around our baggage right now. ;)
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Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Karah for having me!
Karah asked me to talk about two things that are close to my heart: sneaky storage solutions and repurposing. So, are you old enough to remember lugging heavy suitcases that didn’t have wheels on them around? I do. It was back-breaking! Most of us (or our parents or grandparents) still have those old Samsonites up in the attic or the storage unit even though we have no use for them. In other words, we’ve got baggage, but we hold off on that call to Dr. Phil! I love the way people have been using them around the house, and I credit design bloggers for making this such a popular trend. Here’s a look at three ways to make your old luggage work for you.
Over at Home & Harmony, these charming old suitcases form the perfect side table in the living room. If you’re a magazine hoarder like me, it’s the perfect place to store that entire collection of Domino you can’t let go of. It’s also a good spot for those extra throw pillows you rotate, the excess coffee table books you’re not currently reading, DVDs … anything that usually clutters your living room or family room.
If your luggage doesn’t have a cute patina, why not paint it? I love the way A Beach Cottage has whitewashed her excess baggage and repurposed it as a nightstand in the bedroom. Use it to store extra linens, out-of-season PJs and those novels you haven’t had time to read yet.
If you’re crafty, take a note from Decor Demon. He took a retro red vintage suitcase and turned it into a comfy dog bed for the lovely Gidget.
Do you have an old suitcase gathering dust somewhere? Look at it with fresh eyes and put it to work!
Find more storage inspiration from closet and home storage designers and organizers at Houzz.
Thanks for the great ideas, Becky! You all know I love that dog bed idea. Maybe one day we’ll get a small dog … or find a really big ol’ suitcase. :)
Do you decorate with your baggage? I’d love more ideas … I’m always in the market for creative storage solutions. :)