Monday, April 20, 2009

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I think trunks are a great addition to any room. Whether they are leather, wood or cane, they add texture and character. They are great for stowing away the 'stuff' we don't necessarily want out for all to see - I'm thinking cushions, throw rugs, magazines and toys (but be careful of little fingers!). They also make great coffee tables so they are a real all rounder.
I've got two trunks in my home - one of them is a wooden one and was the first antique I ever bought. My boyfriend at the time and I picked it up in his orange Combi Van many moons ago. The other trunk is a cane one which sits in my son's bedroom. Both are full of toys - but only large things like board games and cricket bats - I learnt the hard way that small stuff just falls to the bottom and mixes up with other small stuff to turn into one big mess!
Best wishes,

22 comments:

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Fabulous post once again. I can't decide which I like best. Any of these beauties would make me happy. Your recent posts are definitely swaying me towards the neutral tones.

Lee said...

I have an old wooden trunk at the end of my bed - it's full of work papers & tax returns!! But unfortunately it doesn't look as pretty as any of the trunks you've shown us in this gorgeous post. Lee :)

Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I adore trunks! love all the ones you picked! gorgeous!
xoxo

the7daggetts said...

I would love to get a trunk to use a coffee table. They are so cool.

Claire Jackson said...

Another divine post Catherine! I totally agree, chests are a fabulous accessory, regardless of whether timber, leather, old, weathered, painted or treated, they are such a veratile piece. I too have one in my bedroom, one in the living room and one in my study and like you use yours, mine are very multi purpose! I love your images, always so inspiring! Many thanks, Claire

Marie said...

Oh...luv all those rooms, especially the one with the
Audrey screen. J'adore trunks...I have two in my house. I use one as my coffee table and stores all my old magazines that I never want to throw out. The other one is so old, it's still in my garage and have to clean it up.
-marie

Tanya said...

I love trunks and chests. I have a couple of them that I just recently bought. One is being used as a coffee table but I think it's going to migrate to the end of my bed.

Chrissy said...

Oh yes I do love trunks, suitcases, baskets with lids you name it...what a lovely post, so much to absorb!! Hope you are well my friend, Chrissy

vicki archer said...

I love chests - all shapes and sizes. These are a wonderful selection, xv.

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

Great trunks! I live in a small cottage and always need pieces to do double duty. Trunks are perfect as end tables and night stands.

Leigh said...

I'm also a huge fan of trunks - they're such a nice change from coffee and side tables. Gorgeous!

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Catherine great 'trunk' post. They all look fabulous but my favourite photo has to be the one with old timber trestle table.
Alison

abeachcottage said...

i love chests, in fact i have two out in the garage waiting for some love, the only thing is sometimes they are a bit musty inside, i must find a way to get rid of that - i have a huge brown one, very nautical feel but it stinks of mothballs, left it opend on the deck for ages and no change!

great post, love the inspiration

sarah

Blair said...

Oh, love the double chests in the third picture! Great idea for a post. Such beautiful and fresh interiors!

manon 21 said...

belle ambiance!

manon

Millie said...

Brilliant post Catherine! Trunks are such a versatile accessory - & the ones you've featured are simply wonderful.
Millie ^_^

My name is PJ. said...

Love the trunks, love the color palette (especially), and feel right at home with the textures. I'm also a big fan of black and white graphics and I own that Audrey Hepburn screen. Kidding! Wish I wasn't. We have the trunk that Chef's Stu's grandparents and father came to the US from Scotland with all of their worldly possessions in (1923). It's a treasure, to be sure. How is Angus. We are just going to keep him on the prayer list. What's your husband's name? I have Angus, Catherine and her husband on the request line...I know God knows his name, but I feel like such a dweeb. :)

ness lockyer said...

I love the first one, the one from Gaynor Groomes home and the last one. We have 4 trunks, a big wicker one, a camphor wood one, an old metal one from WW1 and a white washed T&G one my Dad made. I couldn't live without them. Great post,
Ness xx
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Love Where You Live said...

Love your collection of images. I have trunks. I'm going to do something with them now!! Thanks for the ideas, -susan

Draffin Bears said...

What a wonderful post Catherine.
I love all the trunks and old chests you have picked.

I have a carved camphor chest, my parents gave me when I turned 21 that was my hope chest that I filled with some lovely things.

Hugs
Carolyn

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Tamlyn said...

hi! Gorgeous decor, love it. Where can I find an art print like the number canvas in one of your photos? Thanks!