January is the month for a fresh start and a clean slate. I always look forward to a new calendar and the possibilities that the New Year brings. No matter what the previous year has held, good or bad, I thank God for His good plans for the future, and I'm grateful that we are moving forward with a positive attitude.
Even though it's a small part of the new year ritual, I enjoy the packing away of the Christmas decor, and looking for a few ways to change up my surroundings. We live in a walk-out basement home, and my upstairs (main level) Living Spaces aren't big enough to do much rearranging of furniture, but I can change out some smaller pieces and rework the accessories a bit. When I was clearing out the Christmas decor I decided it was time for something new under the sofa table in the Living Room.
I've had the big white windowbox under it for quite awhile now, and even though I love changing out the seasonal faux florals, I was ready for something different. I thought of just old suitcases, but knew that they probably needed to be white ones so as not to be visually disruptive. I've had the white trunk for years and it holds vintage papers and ephemera. It weighs a ton, so I had to scoot it to a small rug and push it into place. I'm not too good at waiting for Hubbs to help me out if I can come up with a plan of my own. I did need his help with getting down the suitcase from the cupboard in the basement though.
I've had them stacked on the little china cupboard
that's been downstairs holding extra bits of vintage china, pottery, and figurines.
At the old house this stack was in the lower level
sitting area on top of the Holiday Cupboard.
(I really miss having that cupboard to display Seasonal and Holiday goodies)
I painted these back in 2007 and have used them for craft supply storage.
When I decided to paint these pieces of old luggage I made the decision
to take the time to leave the hardware and trim original.
Yes, it was much more time consuming and detailed,
but I love the look, which is much more authentic
than using a broad stroke and painting it all white.
I'm not ready to trade out the Boxwood topiaries yet.
I think they'll work for the rest of the winter,
then I'll do something different.
Here are a few examples of white vintage luggage
and how they are used in contemporary decor.
They make great storage containers
and look good too.
I just adore this white trunk as a coffeetable,
from a Country Living feature years ago.
You can see more examples of antique and Vintage Luggage
by clicking on the link of my Pinterest Board above.
Hope you're off to a good start in the New Year!
Happy cleaning and fluffing!
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