Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Find: Teach an Old Trunk New Tricks

When thrift shopping, we are often attracted to items that we dream up all kinds of creative ideas for repurposing, but often never actually get around to doing. One of those common finds is an old trunk -- one that looks chic and sophisticated and reminds us of the easier days of glamorous travel.

I've heard trunk ideas ranging from decorative accents and storage, to actually using the old piece of luggage for travel. As gorgeous as old trunks are, most of the ones I see have interiors that I would never want to store prized possessions in, they rarely offer a useful, level surface for a table, and I most certainly would never haul one on a plane. That's why if find Turquoise's Vanessa De Vargas Lucite artist Jordan Cappella's take on an old trunk is so innovative and appealing. Why not enclose the whole thing in a transparent Lucite box? Their new, level box looks like a time capsule zapped into the modern age, and creates interest in a room the duo decorated for Jennifer Siegel's Office of Mobile Design house in Venice Beach, California.

For more of Vanessa's creations, pick up a copy of my book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.

Feeling a little boxed in -- but in a good way!

The Elegant Thrifter -- Always Frugal, Always Fabulous

1 comment:

  1. Hello Stan!! This lucite box solves many of the problems that come with vintage trunks, but maintains their wonderful beauty!

    Yes, Sharleen's shop is special and so is she. My friend Bonnie and I have been fans of hers for a few years now---I love her newest location on the opposite side of The Square.

    Several of us are planning on attending your book signing on the 19th. Your book is wonderful---I look forward to meeting you in person!




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