Friday, September 2, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday: #53 Stacked Suitcases

Who could imagine that stacking vintage suitcases
could be such a difficult endeavor.
I've had a hard time finding just the right combination,
and I'm sure I'm not finished yet.

I've been collecting vintage suitcases for quite awhile,
but recently while working on the Master Bedroom
I needed some storage for books,
so my brilliant little mind found it's way to the basement
where I loaded up some of my collection
and toted it upstairs.

These two specimens are my latest,
as I'm really being drawn to the linen-y masculine look.
I have several of these train cases in my studio for holding art supplies,
but I knew any stack needed to be topped off
 with just the right little number.

Lovin' this 30's brass plate.

So here they are in the bedroom...
someday I'll do a post on the whole space,
until then just bits and pieces.

Wonderin' why one is backwards...?
well, there are a couple of slanted ones,
that otherwise won't set level.
Who's bright idea in the luggage industry came up with that one?

and one is missing it's leather handle.

Short story here:
Last Thanksgiving we were "babysitting" the grandpuppy (french bulldog)
We were watching TV and I couldn't find Vinnie.
Hubbs said, "Oh, he's right here chewing on one of his bones."

know where I'm going?

Well, it wasn't a bone!
Heck, it was my suitcase handle!
Well, I couldn't be too mad
cause if you think of it,
it was on the floor and smelled like stinky old leather.

Pictures are never good in here because of the low light.

and here are a few other images for inspiration,
all from Pinterest.

the perfect bedside table

And one of my favorite photos from my friends,
Meloney and Brian, from The Seed Box

And speaking of inspiration, here's some from last week:

 Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch 
has a hammock that I could just crawl right into and spend an afternoon.

shows us her book page walls in her Great Room re-do.
I'm a sucker for anything "book page"!!

Melanie from The Frosted Gardener has me all excited about
painting metal chandeliers!

And Faye from Wild Rose Vintage,
just took my breath away with this image.
Doesn't it look like something out of a Ralph Lauren ad?
(fab photography!)
Oh my gosh that scenery!!

If you've ever been featured on VIF
just grab a "Featured on VIF" button on the sidebar.

Linking up with these great parties.
(Links on sidebar buttons)

and a new Potpourri Party
with Honey at 2805.

If you haven't entered the
Romantic French Style Give Away,
you can still enter HERE

Hope you'll link up to the party,
"anything vintage or vintage inspired"

Please link up to
 Vintage Inspiration Friday
within your post or a photo button.
Thanks so much!

Hope you have a fun and safe weekend!
love ya bunches,


  1. Love stacked suitcases. Thanks for hosting.

  2. What great inspiration these photos are! Like you I have a small collection of vintage suitcases, but it never occurred to me to stack them into such a high tower. Won't my cats enjoy the climb!

    May I say too, that I enjoy reading your blog and find the Design Challenge especially fun. Thanks for all the time, energy and thought you pour into these pages. I always look forward to seeing what's new!

  3. Good morning Debra... love all of your vintage suitcases!... they look just perfect there!... too cute the puppy chewed a handle, and of course I would never get mad either... love that you love animals so much too!... xoxo Julie Marie

  4. looks like a wonderful combination! If your like me you love getting it all put together but are always hoping for one more find!

  5. Debra, great inspiration so I'm headed to the attic as soon as the weather cools. I have my grandparents old luggage up there, and if I remember correctly it looks a lot like these. My old pieces are up there too. Now I want to see what I can do with them ! Thanks for always sharing your beautiful designs. Great features from last week, I love the day bed too.

    The French Hutch

  6. Love these vintage suitcases! Great images!

  7. Yummm..... stacked suitcases!!! They make the best storage! LOVE LOVE your stack in your room!!! And the Pinterest ones are fun too!

    Your header rocks - but then, so do you!!!

    Have a wonderful evening!!!

    ;-D robelyn

  8. Hi Debra! I love old suitcases! Yours are terrific. Good choices! I especially love your fancy opening shot! I have to learn how to do that. I have found that when I stack my suitcases when they are full of stuff that my lower ones get all munched! So maybe those beautiful TALL towers should only be for looks. But they look fantastic that way. I have plenty of empty ones too! Haha! Thanks for hosting!

  9. Oh, I love the suitcases. So many different ways to use them. Love the photos.

    Hugs Bente

  10. Your suitcases look fabulous. Great collection and I love all the different styles. Love it next to the armoire. Hugs, Marty

  11. Love your stack of suitcases!
    They look great and I love the red ones in the group too.

    Great post!

  12. Love your growing suitcase collection! The colors work beautifully with your room, and it's a clever way to fill an empty corner.

  13. fun displays, our airport has fabulous HUGE posts out of "lost luggage".

  14. I hope vintage suitcases never go out of style for decor! Great idea on flipping the slanted one around...I will have to remember that. I had one like that not too long ago, and it was always a challenge.
    Thanks for hosting! Love partying here!! :)

  15. I love the vintage suitcases. They really are a great accent to a room. Love this post!!

    'Please visit our new website'

  16. I love the look of stacked suitcases. Course, I can't find ONE to save my life unless it is blue. I cannot have blue...I need the blacks, creams, tans,, my collection, well, it hasn't yet started. I think you were very gracious not to yell at the dog...I probably would have!! But then, that is why they are so you won't get mad at them!!

  17. Love those stacked suitcases. I've admired the photo in Country Living magazine. Recently on the cover of flea Market Style magazine, they used half-suitcases for wall shelves! Linda

  18. Debra,
    Your suitcases look fabulous! I agree, totally...why did they slant those suitcases??? I would love to us mine to hold a an end table...but they slant! I have the twin to your suitcase in the middle of your grouping! I adore the old suitcases! Thanks for all the inspirational photos. Be kind to the puppy!

  19. Hi Lovey, the suitcases are stacked liked pancakes but oh so better. I have one nice vintage leather one, slanted, that weighs about thirty pounds. No way I could travel anywhere with that gorgeous relic! I am on the prowl for more of course. Thanks bunches for hosting. hugs♥olive

  20. Debra- your suitcases are ...well never mind- lets just say I`m totally envying you..LOVE THEM- and their colors- they looks fantastic -what a gorgeous stack,you have collected, dear.
    Thanks for theinspiration-also the great ones from Pinterest-
    I`m going to visit your links given.

  21. Love those stacked vintage suit cases, now I want some!
    Have a great Friday!
    XXX Ido

  22. I tell ya Debra, I get so inspired seeing all of your fabulous ideas before I even get to the inspirational features! You are one talented lady my friend. Thank you for hosting the party and for being so good to us gals at the picket fence! Love ya!


  23. Love your suitcases. I have only two and need to find more before they will work.

    Thanks for being a gracious hostess and a good friend!

  24. This is my first time at the Vintage Inspiration Friday party~looks like a lot of partying going on over here! Thanks for hosting.

  25. Hi Debra, Thanks for hosting. Love your 'tall' stack of suitcases. I need to replace some we've sold. They are still just so pretty stacked together. Love that picture too from Wile Rose Vintage. It's amazing!
    ~ Julie

  26. love your suiycases- funny, I was just painting one white last night- love the ones that are striped-

    do not think I have entered your cool giveaway- would love to if I still can,

  27. Debra, your stacked suitcases are fabulous. I like the dog story. Sounds like what Bailey does around here. Thanks for hosting.

  28. Those suitcases stacked are awesome, and such a great idea. Thanks for featuring Cedar Hill Ranch. You are a DEAR. And I love the photo of that iron daybed on the prairie. I agree that looks like a high-end magazine ad.

  29. i do adore all that yummy vintage luggage...and your new autumny header...all linked up!


  30. I love the old suitcases. I've got a couple that were my parents. The stacked ones are so great used as a table!

  31. Thanks for the suitcase inspiration, Debra - I have a number of them in my basement storage that I used as props for a show - had not thought of using them stacked like this - but not sure I have a spot, either . . .

    Something to keep in mind, though!


  32. Ok Debra, you make me want to run out and buy a big stack of vintage suitcases! Love yours. Just think of the miles they have travelled:)

  33. Hi there Debra!! Well... thanks to all your gorgeous suitcase inspiration- I know what I will be keeping an eye out for while junking! :) lol! Thanks so much for hosting! :)

  34. Debra, you make me sad I didn't keep all the old pieces that were in my mom's attic for years and years. Who knows what happened to them. Love the one used as a night stand.
    Thanks for hosting! Happy September! ~ sarah

  35. I love your collection of vintage suitcases! I have one and it's used as a foot stool. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

  36. Thanks for linking up and having us over too!

  37. This is a great post Debra!
    I love your first photo as well as your first pinterest photo!

    I also loved Faye's photo...looks like she escapes to a little piece of heaven doesn't it!

  38. I am totally taken with your suitcase collection!

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you!

  39. I absolutely LOVE your suitcases and the story about the dog chewing the handle. You have a nice collection and it tells me I need to dig out what I have and find someplace for them and maybe add a few more to my collection!
    Thank you so much for featuring my baby bed today! Being compared to a Ralph Lauren ad is pretty cool!!!
    Thanks so much…xoxo…Faye

  40. That could definitely happen around here. The bassets have eaten a few of my vintage treasures. Old baby shoes are a favorite. lol Love your suitcases and the inspiration pics. Thanks for hosting.

  41. Thanks for hosting! Thank you for the info about your photos! Love suitcase stacks!

  42. Hi Debra! Wow look at all your suitcases a mile high! I'm giggling over the little doggy mishap! :)
    Thank you for hosting and I'm playing today!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  43. Oh those vintage suitcases are Beautiful..I have one that was my Mothers when she was a little girl and I cherish it...Thank you for another great linky..

  44. Oh those vintage suitcases are Beautiful..I have one that was my Mothers when she was a little girl and I cherish it...Thank you for another great linky..

  45. ...hi Debra!
    wow! that is alot of uniqueness of travel luggage!
    If you ever need to travel by train you will be ready!

    i think i would forget if i stored anything in them!!

    xo, Rosemary

  46. Thanks for the feature, Debra! What an honor---have a blessed evening!

  47. I just started collecting old suitcases, Debra - and just love the look of them under the coffee table and armoire or stacked in the corner. Such a cozy look! Love your collection. Wow! :)

    xoxo laurie

  48. Love the vintage suitcases, Debra! And they look so great stacked! Have a great weekend!..hugs...Debbie

  49. I have been using old suitcases for storage and stacking them for a good while now....I love them and what few times I have left the home for a period of time...I always take one with me to carry my things in. My son thinks its funny! Blessings to you dear Debra

  50. I have a weakness for vintage suitcases too. I love the look and they are so practical! You have a lovely collection Debra!

  51. Love the vintage suitcases, I have just one under an open bottom dresser. I think you have inspired me to collect more. Will become your newest follower, thanks, Laura

  52. Wow! what an awesome collection...I found one tiny suitcase months ago, it cost me only $2 at Goodwill. The amazing part is that it was in pretty good conditions and even had the keys in a plastic bag along with the originals papers of it. We used the suitcase to place my son's (old) teddy bear inside, and save it for later on in life for when he has children so they can play with it.


  53. Debra,
    The suitcases look great...nice job! I'm hoping to join in on vintage inspiration Friday one day soon. It looks incredible.
    Blessings & Hugs,

  54. Hi Sweetie
    Loving the suitcases!
    Hope all is well with you, me... I am buried in the studio and hoping to come up for air soon.

  55. I love the look, Debra. I love your armoire too!..Christine

  56. Hi Debra, what is it about old suitcases that just makes everything seem right? I love 'em! You've got some pretty ones. Thanks for the party. I'm joining in today.

  57. Oh Debra, what a lovely collection of suitcases you have! i also love the look of stacked suitcases!
    Thanks so much for hosting!
    Have a great night!
    hugs, Cheryl

  58. Debra, does it really matter how old suitcases are stacked or where they are placed? Just to own them is bliss enough - I love your blog so much and the suitcases...well I would love to own them....

  59. You have some great vintage suitcases! I love mine too, what few I have. They're all stuffed full of things that I needed to store away.

  60. Debra, I love the suitcase photo's and always am inspired when visiting your site, I must say what really blew me away this time though was Your beautiful pops of orange on your new blog banner, bold daring hip yet romantic and vintage I JUST LOVE IT!!

  61. Your stacked vintage suitcases look really great! I only have one vintage suitcase so far. I'm keeping my eye out for some more cuties though, so I can stack 'em up too!

  62. All of the suitcases are so gorgeous..
    Thanks for hosting.
    Have a great holiday weekend.

  63. I love this! The vintage suitcases are amazing!

    Would love for you to link it up to Fabulous Friday!

  64. I love, love, love the look of stacked suitcases! I have several and after looking at your photos I think I'm going to gather them all together in one place and make a nice high stack. I'll let you know how it goes!

  65. I love these stacks of beauties! So many pretty ones but the reds are my favorite:) Enjoy your weekend dear Debra, HUGS!

  66. Debra this is a great post, I adore your little mishap with the dog and his bone (Suitcase handle) Smiling with you girl not at you :)

    Oh my gosh that scenery YES!! and that rustty Iron bed speaks to me!!

    It would go great with my Galvanized look!
    Please coem for a visit soon check out my grat find ...all things galvanized and zinc :)


  67. LOVE old suitcases, not only do they look great, but they can be used for extra storage as well. Great pics and great finds. Lovely as always!


  68. Thanks so much for having me today and for also sharing those great suitcase ideas and pictures. I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to vintage suitcases so will be adding a couple of these to it-thank you!!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  69. Hi again Debra!
    I here you girl...I wish it came with the whole cabinet, in any shape it may have been in. I see drawers like this going for alot online in French shops way over $100.00 each.

    I olny salvage one drawer and it was a guy tossing it from his yard sale. I think he thought I was a bit crazy :)
    see you soon.

  70. Debra,
    You have a great collection...I see a couple of them that I also have:) Now look at that new header...LOVE it!!!


  71. Oh gosh, just when I decided to pull the plug on my mother's vintage 1950 samsonite, you come up with these great looks! Now I will be surfing the shops looking for complimentary cases to stack with mom's old set! Thanks. (I think?)

  72. I love old suitcases, Debra! I've gotten rid of a handful of mine, kept a handful - but now wishing they were a different color. I might start looking around for more. ;)

    Thanks for hosting!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  73. I Love my Vintage Suitcases, so lovely AND useful for storage and arranging vignettes in or upon!

    Yours are exactly the kind I look for to add to my collection. I'm enjoying all of the inspirational photos of the stacked Suitcases... there are some of the colors I haven't seen available around here.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  74. To be perfectly honest, I like your suitcase vignette better than the other photos. They look great next to the cupboard - the size balances it all out!

  75. Debra

    Your party is amazing as always but your heart had my skipping a beat LOve the pops of Orange!!!

    Have a beautiful week!!


  76. Love all the images of favorite being the bedside table. Love your pretty cases, too.

    I have only belonged to my daddy.

  77. oops, just remembered I have an olden wicker suitcase. cool..I'll be doing a post on them soon.:)

  78. great suitcases. Stopping by for a little inspiration and to leave some hugs!

  79. I LOVE your suitcase stack. So inspiring. Thanks for hosting.

  80. Your stacked suitcases are great! I wish I had more room in my house to do something similar. They are so nostalgic and charming. Thanks for hosting!

  81. I LOVE a good stack of vintage cases!!The examples are so awesome! Thank you for sharing!!


  82. Debra, Love your blog. Your pictures are awesome and I love your writing style. Thanks for hosting vintage inspiration friday.

  83. I just love love love vintage suitcases. And your collection is awesome, even the missing handle...the dogs in the dog house...

  84. love the suitcases, i never get lucky enough to find any of these.


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