Luggage Display for the Travel-Hungry

I like it when practical objects

are used as decorative objects; which is why I wanted to share a single photo with you today for Friday’s short-but-sweet post.

I love this image for so many reasons.

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I have seen luggage used as decor before – in fact, I tried to include a beautiful set of three luggages wrapped in linen with large black leather straps and brass buckles in a client’s  basement renovation project, but the items didn’t fit in with the rest of the entourage. I think I wanted an excuse to buy them since they were adorable (I found them at Decorium in Toronto) but I opted not to for the benefit of the space (and my client, of course).

Now, if the brown leather luggages (especially the one made from alligator skin in the middle) shown in the photo above were at Decorium, they would be snatched up without a moment’s hesitation – and displayed in my own home since they *still* would not look good in my client’s house.

I love the way Sarah Klassen has used the luggage piled on top in decreasing size for added drama (topped with the tiny notebooks that contrast the colour of the luggages nicely). This photo is oozing with texture – surely the rest of the space (that we cannot see) is too. The crumbling paint on the antique furniture below is a nice contrast to the shiny, tight-cornered leather and the luggage buckles. Just beautiful!

For added effect, the gold leaf leather books, the vintage glass vase and the black and white photograph propped up on display in the background really accentuate the “old world” feel that is present in this space.

I don’t know if I could leave the paper tags on the luggage if it were my own space, but I appreciate how they look in the photo. I love everything about this photo. In fact, I think I have just been inspired to find a set of vintage leather suitcases to display in my home office – since travel memorabilia is on display on every shelf (and at the moment, piled up on the floor too!) the luggage set would be right at home sitting on the top shelf of my bookcase. The only challenge would be to resists filling it and booking another travel adventure…but then again, that is a daily challenge I face anyways, so I think I can manage.

Happy Friday, everyone. Thanks for reading, see you on Monday.

Happy Friday, my dear readers!

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  1. I love this photo! And I love using vintage suitcases as decor. I think you should definitely start a collection in your office. It’s a different look, but I have seen a stack of vintage suitcases spraypainted all in white. It looked pretty neat!

    Have a great weekend Tania!

  2. LOL decorium is my customer :) Great article yet again! Love it!

  3. I would love to start a collection – maybe I should take some of your advice and search through eBay or Craigslist :) I need to find some on the cheap! Thanks for reading, Shannon – have a great weekend.

  4. Miss Denise, you’re here reading my blog :) Thanks for commenting! Small world about Decorium…do you get a discount there? ;) I LOVE that store – go there for my clients all the time. Have a great weekend and say hi to Kris! xox

  5. This picture is fabulous! The luggage has so much character! The whole setup is very nicely done!

  6. Thanks for commenting, Holly! I think the luggage is gorgeous… I was actually considering replicating this photo for my next painting (although I still haven’t finished the latest one…). Do you ever copy images/photos for your own work? Would love to see some of it.

  7. Love this look and I LOVE the tags, rounds out the romantic charm for me…Sarah has great style…Loved your words & insight…charming as always!

  8. Vintage luggage is awesome. I’d redo any space to incorporate these cool pieces. Leather baggage/purses that are worn-in, show the pieces have lived a thousand lives. They have bragging rights and I’d love for them to be prominently displayed. With all the travelling you do, one day your own luggage will be used as a decor piece!

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