Saturday, September 27, 2014

Creative Storage Ideas for Vintage Lovers! ♡


I am ready for a little show and tell!  

My new apartment reminds me of being on a large boat/yacht...and I like that. I've got three funky little windows in my new "cabin studio". (which is also my living room, library sewing room and study/office @ about 12'8" x 14'8") They remind me of portholes,  only rectangular in shape.  My ceilings are low at 7', giving it a cozy "boat" feeling.  :) 


Storage is at a premium, to say the least.   In this photo,  I've got a group of four vintage suitcases stacked under one of the portholes. The beauty on the top was given to me as a moving gift by my friend,  Dana at dapoppins(Thank you, dear friend!) It's an old sample suitcase from Samsonite, which highlights the different colors that were available at the time.  Pretty awesome, huh?

To the left of the suitcases is a vintage little accent table with a drawer.  A tower of 13 vintage jewelry boxes is stacked atop.(I found 3 more to add to the collection since these photos were taken, yippee!)
Yes, the suitcase is upside-down. :) I'll deal with that later! 

Under the table are three plastic sewing boxes from the 70's in avocado green & harvest gold. Gotta love those! ♡


So, all in all, in this in one little bit of square footage,  I've managed to add 24 pieces of storage to my cabin studio,  without sacrificing the cuteness that inspires me!


I'm loving this HUGE to tiny downsizing adventure more and more every day.  It's a challenge for sure,  but I've always enjoyed a crafty challenge of any sort! That's how I'm framing this new phase in my life.


Do you have any small living storage tips?  I'll take all the ideas I can? Thank you so much, friend.


Nancy
xoxoxo

22 comments:

  1. You're doing an awesome job Nancy, you got style!

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  2. Why, thank you! Thanks for putting up with my craft chaos with a style all your own! ♡

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  3. Nancy I love it! So much! I can see you are already doing amazing things. One idea a I saw a friend use, is under the bed storage. Lift the bed up higher so you can get more stuff under there, and then if you need to, use a step stool to climb in. Other then that, I can't think of anything, but I know you will!

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    1. We bought the risers for the bed and I'm going to use the sturdy Samsonites as steps. I'll let you know how it turns out! ♡ Thanks, Dana, for the idea!

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  4. David is right.....you've got style girl! Great use of space and fabulous combination of vintage, color and creative flare! SO many possibilities! I can't wait to see more! I especially love the cactus in the window! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Carol! I'm really loving this little apartment! ♡ I've got a different cacti in every window (3). The work is going slow but steady! : )

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  5. Inspiring as always and so cute!

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    1. Thanks Miss Trish! They are really saving my butt, with regard to storage and such!

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  7. So pretty and charming! I've seen stacks of vintage suitcases in photos in magazines and on Pinterest, but I haven't created a stack for myself yet.

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    1. I love them! I picked most of them up a few years ago for only $1 or $2. That made me very happy! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. Assalaamu Alaikum, Sis! Thank you sew much! ♡

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  9. I love it! you really do have awesome style. I love the cases, the colors and you :) Keep up the awesome work sis. I am so in love with that multicolor samsonite, they really made those things to last. I will continue to check out your blog for more ideas.

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  10. You, my dear friend, are my inspiration! I look forward to the day when we can have a crafting and sewing marathon! : ) Isn't that the cutest suitcase ever? ♡

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  11. Loving every bit of this!! That sample suitcase! *swoon*. So glad you are embracing this new adventure. xo

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  12. I'm so happy we made this move! It's kind like living on a boat. It is an adventure and then some! That suitcase is a star! I hope it stays grounded like Frank, ya know? ♡

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  13. Hi Nancy, you have such a pretty collection of suitcases! I love seeing them all stacked up. It's good to hear you're enjoying the space-challenge too!

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  14. Hi, Ellen! Sorry for my delayed response. Thanks for your kind comment. You know, I truly am enjoying it, but, oh my word . . . I'll be ever so glad to be done with it! :)

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  15. I just love your vintage style and how it is seamlessly flooding all over your apartment!

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    1. Thanks so much, Patricia! You hit the nail on the head . . . it still feels like a flood, but not so seamless yet. I'm going to visit my sister in 2 weeks for 4 weeks & need to have the place somewhat "shipshape" for hubs. I'm in overdrive now! Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you around a lot!

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