Month: April 2009

A Flair for Vintage: Old Trunks and Suitcases

Vintage trunks or suitcases are ideal storage pieces to put clutter out of sight, keep personal memorabilia in a safe place, organize things and decorate a room.

I don’t think I ever laid eyes on an authentic vintage trunk or suitcase, I just see them in the movies. I found these fab vintage pieces here and there (some from online shops and some are from Etsy) so I put them together into a post. Hope you’ll enjoy the visit:)

via: Pedlars

These are vintage trunks and suitcases sold at Brettuns Village.

Some of these date back from the 1940s. 1950s and most of them look really used and worn-out. I was surprised to see the Before and After photos sent by buyers who bought them as junk and refurbished them into clean, shiny, stylish, expensive-looking vintage pieces.

photos via: apartment therapy

Not so much into pink but I’m sooo in love with these adorable pink suitcases from nanacompany. I wish I have a room with white walls to put them in. *sigh, I wish I could buy this:)

via: nanacompany

via: moxie thrift

Love this hat case from
high street market

I like the yellow one please 🙂

via: jessjamesjake

vintage doll case from: bellalulu

via: get ready set go

I love these. Especially the red with poppies!
And the photos!

A suitcase in vintage print is great too.
This one I found from a shop called soulful hues.

via: scottieina canoe

via: shopworthy

Vintage trunk sets from: Target
Suitcases are piled on top of the other for functionality and decor.
But here are other fabulous ideas to do with old trunks and suitcases:

Suitcases turned to a wine rack and vanity shelf from vanity case.

Bitter Betty turned an old suitcase into a car tool kit.

What about a comfortable yet stylish vintage bed for your dear feline? If I had a cat I would definitely get one of these from vintage rennaisance. Would you?

Here’s a how-to video by Tracy Porter on how to make a stylish shelf made out of vintage trunk or suitcase. Do you have a vintage trunk or suitcase? Do you use it or would you like to get rid of it? Do you have other ideas on how to make an old, worn-out trunk into a functional and artsy piece?

I Want to Ride My Bicycle With You

One small way to help save our environment is to minimize riding cars. Riding a bike is the green way to go. For me, looking at these photos bring a sense of nostalgia. When my bestfriend B. came to visit, one of the most memorable things we did was learn how to ride a bicycle. Yes, we don’t know how! After a few hours of tries and bumps, we finally learned how to pedal. It’s been a while since I rode a bike and I’m not sure if I can still remember how. My friend now lives in Canada but I wish we can ride bikes together again. Well, one of these days=)
Photos by Mitch Prior
via Oh Joy’s (via Oh Happy Day!)

bicycle prints from The English Muffin Shop

Catalog cover for Club Monaco
Spring & Summer 2009 Collection

photos via handsomecycles

love this poster from MADSEN Cargo Bikes

(There’s a cool contest going on there too.
If you live in the US,you could win 1 of 2 MADSEN Cargo Bikes that they’re giving away ’til July 15th, 2009)

photos of

I’m so in love with these fabulous bike photos from Velorbis. (Thanks Oh Joy!)

Love Hue: They Were All Yellow

This post is dedicated to my bestest and dearest friend in the world…miss you!

look at the stars : look how they shine
for you : and everything you do : yeah they were all
yellow : i came along : i wrote a song for you : and all the things
you do : and it was called yellow
do you know i love you so : you know i love you so
it’s true look how they shine for you : look how they shine for you

kathy panton

Inexpensive Spring Decorating Ideas from Martha Stewart

Martha has some really good advice on decorating the home with her Spring Decorating Ideas. They’re practical, inexpensive and most of the items used for decorating are recycled from something old. I picked a few which I intend to integrate in my own home.
Old stools were covered with coiled rope to give it a new look. I’m thinking that coiled papersticks may work too!

Love this one: Table runners used as placemats for two.


Old milk pails used as pots for plants.


These lattice frames which are normally used in the garden are sooo cute as wall frames.


This is so smart. Old handkerchief turned into a window curtain. Perfect for kitchen windows or smaller window frames.
This is so timely. Our bed has two cushions and only the first cushion is covered by the sheets. I’ve been thinking about covering the exposed mattress with a fabric exactly as shown here. Now, i need to look for a large fabric to make this.

Inpirations from my Bloglist:: Joys, Green and Giveaways

Been doing a lot of catching up and I like to share some of them again:

I discovered the photography of Martin Lof from Oh Joy! Really, the photos on her blog is a joy to behold and this amazing abode is truly breathtaking.

Patchwork Harmony is a new online shop from the UK which I found through Tea for Joy’s blog. The shop offers adorable accessories for the home and I love how the items are so artfully photographed.

Mostly Mod featured Paper and Twine, a shop owned by a young designer named Casey (who’s now part of my blog list) She offers handmade cards, inspiration logs, gift tags and paper goodies.
Heather Knitz Designs is having a Yeart Sale over at Etsy with free worldwide shipping for orders over $50.

Luphia Loves is hosting her weekly giveaway with dreamy photos from Kristybee Photography.

Sycamore Street Press is giving away this limited edition letterpress print on her blog.

Jen of the Haystack Needle has kicked off the Green Swap edition of her blog with 2 great interviews from green bloggers, Lillie in the City and Good n’ Planty. Both interviews are worthy reads and very practical ideas on how we can help our planet by doing our little share. Abby of Good n’ Planty is also offering a free subscription of the Organic Gardening magazine to one lucky commenter.

Decor8 posted her 12 recommended links on the web and everyone is sharing their own recent favorite link to visit. More on giveaways and blogs worth checking out over at SITS.

Etsy Love: Be Inspired By Sayings On the Wall

Sayings on a wall can truly inspire!

It’s written on the wall and it warms the home.

David V. Moore is the artist behind papermoth. You can also find colorful drawings of trees, birds, rabbits, owls, and flowers from his shop.


Let someone know how much you appreciate them with this letterpress card from sycamore street press. Love the orange lettering, it just makes you smile=)



Countryworkshop offers hand painted signs, and tie-on ornaments with messages or words that inspire. Get to know Pat, the lady behind the shop by visiting her blog.

Paige Tyler has wall frames, hand painted signs and monograms in her shop. She also blogs.

These sweet drawings with heartfelt messages are from a shop called Lovely Sweet William. Three sisters Shelley Gardner,who lives in Wellington New Zealand; Paula Mills and Jeanine Mills, who are based in Melbourne Australia are brought together by their online shop and their love for handmade. They also have a lovely blog that is now part of my list. And don’t forget to visit Paula Mill’s blog for more beautiful illustrations.

Vinyl wall art from Home sweet walls

Even eggs can inspire from Paloma’s Nest

Stars Sans Fards from French Elle

Check out this interesting read by Jennifer Romolini from Yahoo’s Shine page. French Elle celebrates the stars’ natural beauty, minus the make-up and retouches for its April issue.The French magazine features eight female European celebrities including Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova and Sophie Marceau against a plain gray background, simple clothes, with no make-up, just a simple pose amid great lighting.Looking at these beautiful faces is a refreshing change from the usual all-made-up, glamorous themes of fashion magazines. I’m not really sure if they’re totally not wearing any make-up at all like a nude foundation or lip gloss or an eyeliner maybe. There is after all such a thing as the no-make-up look. I think it’s an interesting issue. What do you think?

photos from: Shine