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sneak peek: best of luggage in homes

by Amy Azzarito


Grace and I are about to become intimately acquainted with our suitcases as we pack our bags and hit the road for the West Coast leg of the Design*Sponge book tour. Although my carry-on bag may be hidden away in a closet, I do have a couple vintage suitcases from my grandmother that make the perfect bedside table. I’m not the only one who loves the look of vintage suitcases for added storage. I combed our Sneak Peek archives to find the best examples of luggage in homes. I hope it inspires you to hunt down a vintage suitcase (or two!) of your own! — Amy A.

Image above: A vintage suitcase provides extra storage in this Manhattan bedroom from Sneak Peek: Susan and William Brinson.


Image above: At the end of the black couch, a vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk acts as a side table. From Sneak Peek: Andrew and Gemma of Ingalls Photo


Image above: There’s virtually no storage space in this Parisian apartment, so this 19th-century steamer trunk gets put to good use. From Sneak Peek: Gabriel Wick and Olivier


Image above: Stacked leather suitcases stand in as side tables in Greg & Grey’s Portland apartment.


Image above: Trunk coffee table in Emma Cassi’s London home


Image above: The suitcases in Johanna Clark’s Philly home were once carried by her husband’s grandfather, who was a traveling lingerie salesman.


Image above: Vintage leather luggage in a 1795 home in the Hudson Valley. From Sneak Peek: Sisse Jonassen


Image above: A leather briefcase in Helsinki, Finland, from Sneak Peek: Vera & Riikka Sammalisto.


Image above: A vintage trunk from “Capitaine Castets” bought at an auction in this Parisian apartment from Sneak Peek: Morgane of Les Composantes.


Image above: Travel bags in Sweden from Sneak Peek: Maja Atterstig.


Image above: A vintage suitcase provides storage at the foot a bed. From Sneak Peek: Raymond Biesinger and Elizabeth Hudson


Image above: A wicker trunk as toy storage from Sneak Peek: Nineteen Seventy Three


Image above: The suitcases under this desk in Melbourne, Australia, were found on the side of the road and now provide office storage. From Sneak Peek: Charlotte Swiden and Clem Stamation


Image above: Thrifted suitcases in Sweden from Sneak Peek: Hilda Grahnat

Image above: A vintage trunk under the stairs in northeast England. From Sneak Peek: Di Overton of Ghost Furniture


Image above: Vintage luggage as a nightstand in Mississippi. From Sneak Peek: Erin Austen Abbott


Image above: A trunk for display in Paris from Sneak Peek: Ma Mamie Hippie.

Image above: The vintage suitcase was once Alethea Morrison’s sample portfolio. It now has a new life as her son’s bedside table. From Sneak Peek: Alethea Morrison


Image above: This old Hungarian trunk was found at an estate sale in Australia for a song. It had been used by a couple of refugees fleeing Europe just after the war. They shipped their whole life in this one trunk and arrived in Australia without speaking the language, far away from home with this one piece to their name. The trunk had been kept in pristine condition since unloading from that ship. It’s now filled with keepsakes from the homeowner’s family — tiny baby shoes, photos and children’s drawings. From Sneak Peek: Sarah of A Beach Cottage


Image above: Hatboxes in the New York home of Amy Sedaris

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