Saturday, October 5, 2013

Salesman Sample Bag for Fall

I've had this big brown leather bag for I don't know how long. It's always sat at the bottom of the stairway, and often it's just been something to trip over. It's pretty worn in some places, so it's been better at gathering dust and being in the way than being a focal piece.

But I  was determined to do something different downstairs for the coffee table in my little sitting area, so I decided I would try to make this work. These are often confused with doctor's bags, but these salesmen's sample bags are bigger. Doctor's bags are most always black, and have a lower profile even though they are similar.

I wedged an old book between the metal frame of the hinges and stashed in some Faux Fall flowers and bushes. That's one thing I love about Fall, you can take bits and pieces of Fall leftovers and group them together, those wonderful colors and textures are so forgiving!

That's my ceramic pumpkin from the early 80's. 
It's seen better days, but I drag it out each Fall to enjoy one more season.

My red floral sofa is now sans slipcover,
as I was tired of it looking messy. 
Better red than sloppy.

Hope you're off to a great weekend,
rainy and cool today,
The Holiday Cupboard tomorrow!

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  1. Debra,
    What a great old bag! It looks so pretty filled with Fall colors! I like the sofa in red. It looks like a great place to cozy up with a great book! Beautifully done!

  2. Love that bag and it's new use:) Have a blessed day dear Debra, HUGS!

  3. I love the way you did that! Sometimes I'm a little stumped trying to figure out how to use an item, and that's a great idea. Also I love your red sofa!!!

  4. Oh Debra, I love your salesman sample bag all dressed up for Autumn!... and your sitting room is beautiful!... I am not sure if I have seen that before?... what a cozy spot to relax in... love your red floral sofa... and I can't wait to see your Holiday cupboard tomorrow... always a fav of mine!... happy weekend to you!... we are at 32 degrees right now... brr!... Ghouls Day Out today... hope it warms up... love you!... xoxo Julie Marie

  5. This was a great way Debra to use this great bag. How charming. You know how I love that holiday cupboard so I am excited to see what you do with it.

  6. Very pretty, Debra. I love the red sofa and how you added it in the other pieces too. The cupboard is a gorgeous piece and I really like the collected look with the suitcases and accessories.

  7. That made a gorgeous arrangement. You are so clever!!


  8. It all looks so beautiful Debra - and your couch is the perfect colors for fall - looks so warm and inviting!

  9. Your room looks so cozy! Great use for your leather bag. I've seen them at estate sales, but didn't know what I'd do with one. Now you've given me food for thought. The red upholstery really warms up your room for the colder months ahead. The long cold months. brrrrrrrrr

  10. I like how you "decorated" the salesman bag with the floral arrangement. I would have mistaken the bag for a 'doctor's" one too - learned something!


  11. I don't think I've ever seen one of those. Cold here today too.

  12. Love the sales bag.....and thank you for explaining the difference between it and a doctors bag....I wouldn't have known that and just assumed it was a doctors bag.

    What you did with wonderful! Love that you thought out of the box...

  13. Very unique use of that great bag! Isn't it amazing when something we see everyday can become something new! I have so much stuff like that that I tend to neglect! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Debra, that's interesting...I never knew the difference (I thought they were all 'doctor's bags')
    I love what you did with yours-so clever! :)

  15. Well done! Great size, color and texture to hold fall decorations.


  16. Love how you filled it with those gorgeous faux florals....looks so beautiful on the table....Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Absolutely love the bag. I have never seen one. Looks great! Janice

  18. Love the bag! The fall colors really go well with it. ; )

  19. This is a good time of year for your red to appear...:)


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