The master bedroom is full of treasures, too, like a traditional loveseat, matching stool and an original Louis Vuitton suitcase that's been repurposed into a table. A pretty platform bed with a studded frame centers the space and encourages the owner to rest after a long day away.
A vintage kitchen cupboard handed down from my parents does double duty in a hallway as storage for gift wrap and shipping supplies, kitchen linens and other items. Figuring out where to store things in a historic home is a perennial problem but not as challenging as in previous homes. A small portion of my vintage suitcase collection on top of the hutch once functioned as a much-needed storage tower of suitcases and room divider in the closet-free two-room apartment where I lived with my husband in New York City's East Village. The "Pray for Atlanta" artwork is by beloved Atlanta artist R. Land. A metal basket holds my son's sports equipment and vintage wooden tennis rackets, which we still use.
For a smaller space, like this Austin apartment, vintage suitcases do double duty as interesting visual touches and handy hidden storage. A pretty blue wall hanging introduces color and a sense of movement.
A home office is easily converted into a guest room thanks to a stylish sofa bed. The coffee table is made from an item in the homeowner's vintage suitcase selection and was placed on wheels to make it easy to move out of the way.
Little ones can sail off to dreamland in this seaworthy nursery built for two. The chalkboard-like wallpaper gives both texture and depth to the room and the vintage suitcases are the perfect substitute for a nightstand without being kitschy. A fanciful star pendant light dangles overhead while a bold, geometric carpet anchors the space.
A wooden coffee table includes a folding element that opens to create a larger table and store a vintage suitcase underneath, adding to the global feel of the living room. Bright, patterned throw pillows add a pop of color to the black chenille sofa, while a round mirror is positioned on the exposed brick wall.
Ultra-stylish, with the dark, moody ambiance of an old school Fifties-era cocktail destination, Golden Eagle in Atlanta's booming Reynoldstown neighborhood specializes in equally nostalgia-inducing sips. A mix of signature drinks is served alongside classics like the Suffering Bastard or the Traveling Suitcase, a twist on the traditional old fashioned stored and served bar- or table-side out of a vintage suitcase.
The loft area in this renovated shotgun home was created to be an office and second living room space. It features custom made suitcase shelving, new wood flooring and custom wall art, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
Because her client admires all-things vintage, Raegan Ford also pulled in unexpected accents like cigar molds, suitcases and even an antique light fixture. A chic black coffee table, dark gray sofa and two armchairs complete the room, inviting guests to sit and converse after dinner.
Upon walking into this striking home, guests are greeted with a spectacular table vignette. The ornate table was acquired at an estate sale; vintage Louis Vuitton Suitcases are neatly tucked underneath. Antique items are arranged in orderly fashion along with a beautiful sketch of a french lady; the bronze melon placed on the table opens to reveal an antique inkwell.
The guest bedroom was designed with travel in mind. It features elegant French Provincial bedding paired with jute accent pillows, vintage-style suitcases and rich woods. The acrylic zebra art piece is by Francis Augustine.