Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Find: Reopening a Trunk

After seeing so many old travel trunks during my stay in California, I remembered a post from a while back that seemed apropos:

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.

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

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

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