posted by on 2011.02.08, under Shopping Guide

Using trunks as home decor is a clever way to add style while concealing your stuff. These can be moved around and are often seen used as a coffee or bedside table, or placed by an entry way. Some examples and where to find them below…

Images: Decorpad, Design*Sponge, House Beautiful, Bloesem

This Cedar Trunk from Trunks Depot is a truly unique find, yet versatile enough to stand in any room.

Cedar Trunk, $139.95

These Veneto Suitcases from ZGallerie would go nicely with modern decor.


Veneto Suitcases - White Set of 2, $59.95

The Quilted Vinyl Trunk from has a really nice vintage feel to it.

Greek Key White Quilted Vinyl Trunk, $119.99

Another vintage style set of trunks gives off that old world appeal.

3 Piece Nested Trunk Set, $159.60


Pottery Barn makes a no-frills country style wicker chest…

Pottery Barn Cottage Trunk, On Sale $149

You can’t go wrong with this classic from Ikea. Excellent as a bedside hamper, line with fabric to conceal what’s inside.

HOL Storage cube , $59.99



posted by on 2011.01.19, under 1stDibs Picks

Should you ever find yourself in the market for a 1955 Frank Lloyd Wright lounge chair (to the tune of $15k+), 1stDibs is most likely where you’ll want to look first ( This online middleman for luxury antique and vintage items has a dizzying selection of beautiful things, making it a daily destination for interior designers on the hunt for special pieces. Not surprisingly, 99% of the things listed on 1stDibs on any given day are beyond the reach of most mere mortals. But he who seeks shall find, and FM has managed to find some absolute steals for $150 or below, no schlepping to the flea market required.

Old, beat up trunks make great coffee tables and  entry-way shoe receptacles. This 1900’s version is to be had for $95.

Early 1900's American Trunk, $95

A vintage gas mask certainly doesn’t scream “practicality,” but it would look pretty awesome displayed on a shelf, wall, or casually hung on a coat rack.

Vintage Rubber and Metal Gas Mask, $100

Stack this set of three wooden carrying crates and you’ll have a makeshift media storage unit far cooler than anything you could find at IKEA for the same price.

Wooden Baskets, $110 for the set

Cool storage possibilities abound: stash smaller items in this set of five mid-century industrial galvanized aluminum bins.

5 mid-century industrial galvanized aluminum bins, $45

Bring a hallway or bathroom to life with this red carved wood piece with mirrors, drawers and shelf.

Carved Wood Wall Piece with Mirrors, Drawer, and Shelf, $150



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