Decorating with Vintage Suitcases

Hey y’all…do you like to use vintage collections in your home decor? Me too! My decorating style always seems to be evolving, but the one constant has been using vintage finds and collections throughout our home. I classify my personal home decor style as “Vintage Traditional”. I sprinkle in some color, rustic wood, aged metal and antiques.

Today I want to share with you how I use my vintage suitcase collection in my house. I’ve curated these cases (and many more) over the past 15 years. I haven’t spent very much money at all on these. I got one entire set for only $10. Below, you will even see a large trunk that was picked up off the curbside!

Decorating with vintage suitcases

Decorating with vintage suitcases

Decorating with vintage suitcases

Decorating with vintage suitcasesTravel used to be so much more luxurious in days-gone-by. Most of these cases are monogrammed with brass initials or hand-painted letters. So much better than the luggage tags we use today.

Decorating with vintage suitcasesI like to imagine who these people were, the places they travelled to and what their lives must have been like. Yes, I have a vivid imagination! I keep a subtle travel theme going…I have saved leftover money and coins from trips of importance to us in this antique wooden bowl.

Decorating with vintage suitcasesUpstairs in the spare bedroom I have incorporated a cosmetic case and an overnight case on the bookshelf. I feel they add interest and instant character to the space.

Decorating with vintage suitcases

Decorating with vintage suitcasesThe globes add color and travel interest…

Decorating with vintage suitcases

Decorating with vintage suitcases

In this same guest room, I stacked larger cases to create a bedside night table. See that trunk on the bottom…

Decorating with vintage suitcases

…someone in my neighborhood threw this out on their trash pile. Can you believe it? And I made Jennifer go down the street, in the dark and pick it up for me LOL. This was several years ago and she was home on break from college. She was thrilled to say the least!

Decorating with vintage suitcasesIsn’t it gorgeous? This trunk is approximately 100 years old…

Decorating with vintage suitcases

We even used vintage suitcases last year for Jenn’s bridal shower…

Decorating with vintage suitcases…and wedding

Decorating with vintage suitcasesHere are a couple of tips to keep in mind if you are going start a vintage suitcase collection of your own:

  • Make sure the closures and latches work
  • Make sure the interior is in good condition.
  • Check for any gross odors. There will be slight musty odor due to age. I always add a couple of dryer sheets to the inside of the cases as soon as I get them home.
  • Make sure there is no water damage. This is practically impossible to repair.

Decorating with vintage suitcases

Thank you for allowing me to show you a bit of my vintage decor obsession! We would love to see what vintage items you collect and decorate with!

Until tomorrow,


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  1. says

    Girl!!! That collection for $10 AND that trunk for free!?! These are amazing! I love the way you’ve used them in your home. They add even more charm to your beautiful home 🙂

  2. says

    hi Ladies, Vicki I love all your vintage suitcases and how you styled them in your home. Oh my gosh I was giggling and imagining Jenn running down the street in the dark and grabbing the suitcase and running back and you two feeling that high of a great find. Love all the beautiful pics too. xo Lisa
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  3. says

    Adorable! And I love the beautiful colors that you use in your decor.
    The though of you making Jenn go out and snag something off the street at night made me laugh! She is sweet for doing it 🙂
    I’m headed out now to look for vintage suitcases!
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