Not Just for Travel

There’s something wonderful about a vintage suitcase. I spotted this great stack of them last week:

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There’s a ton of fun things you can do with them – a stack of them makes a great nightstand or a side table next to a sofa and also provides great storage. Just one suitcase can also serve as a little table, too – just add legs! (A piece of plywood concealed inside the suitcase adds stability and provides an anchor to drill into to attach legs.) Legs are easy to come by on websites like – I think their McCobb or Wegner legs with metal tips would look amazing in this application.

Or you could turn a vintage suitcase into a shelf!

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Just saw in half (ever so carefully – tape area to be cut with blue tape to avoid marring it!) and slip over wall brackets from the hardware store to hang. To give it more stability, add a wood shelf on top of the brackets and secure suitcase over it with a few small nails.

Spotted at:

Stack of suitcases: DC Big Flea

Shelves: Sage Style, Kensington MD

Hanging With Our Shelf

Hello! I know I’ve been sharing a lot about my recent trip to London, and I’m not done yet, but I wanted to show you a project that I  did before I left.

We had a big empty wall in our living room:


The wall is between the laundry room (where we enter the house via the garage) and the front hall (where guests enter the house). I wanted a place to drop the mail, and a mirror so we can see our beautiful selves and also to give some depth and interest to the space, which is right next to the new kitchen. I started out by shopping for console tables, but was having trouble committing to one for some reason. Then my husband suggested the idea of using a shelf instead. I turned to my trusty friend,, and found something that fit the bill perfectly – a thick substantial shelf of reclaimed wood with amazing industrial chic hardware. The wood was reclaimed fir, just like our dining table, which you can see here. I emailed the craftsman (Kevin Anderson of Silicate Studio) and he agreed to make me one in the custom length I was looking for. I love working directly with craftspeople – not only do you support small businesses and get unique products, you can get exactly what you need because things can be easily customized.

And now comes the part where I am so grateful for my husband, who has hung one zillion things for me over the years. I could not make any of my ideas come to life without him!



Using one of our adjustable kitchen stools to hold the shelf at the perfect height!


Installing the hanging hardware.


Here it is! (Before cleaning up the drywall dust.) It doesn’t show too well in my pictures, but the wood has a lovely sheen and beautiful depth of color. It also has wonderful markings – great reminders of its previous life. I just love reclaimed wood.


After the shelf was hung, we added the mirror, basket, and hurricanes.


The basket is a vintage industrial wire basket, and it’s where we now put the mail. The hurricanes are filled with black glass beads, which hide the battery packs for the lights!





We could not be more pleased with how it turned out!



Mirror: Pottery Barn

Glass Hurricanes: Homegoods

Glass Beads: Michael’s

Lights: Starry Lights – Restoration Hardware

Wire Basket: East End Trading Co. at Lucketts Store

Kitchen Stool: Design Within Reach

If you’d like to see how we covered up the black hole in the wall in the first photo, see here.