If you're Blair Waldorf, it's only natural that you have a luggage rack to prop up and display your luxe Louis Vuitton suitcase. But for the rest of us who own less glamorous nylon Samsonite-style rolling bags, a luggage rack isn't exactly a decorative item, but merely a functional one! After a trip, I'm definitely guilty of the drag and drop in my house. In any case, do you own one?
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Still reeling from the parade of friends and family in your home this Summer? Prepare your house for the next busy season by outfitting guest rooms with the Pottery Barn Rattan Luggage Rack ($59.99, reduced from $89). The durable rack, made of thick rattan poles and wrapped with rattan strips, will host a revolving door of suitcases and seasonal gear.
Don't get many visitors? I'd transform it into a chic side table by having a glass top cut to fit, or even just setting a leather, rattan, or metal tray on top it. A portable tray top would be great for cocktail parties. Or you can buy two, and use them as bedside tables. What do you think?
Hopefully, you've learned to pack by now. But once you've rolled up your socks perfectly and handed your suitcase off to an airport employee, you don't have much control over where it goes. Sometimes luggage disappears, and when that happens, Is This Your Luggage is there to save the day. The mysterious person behind this website collects lost luggage, photographs it, and then tries to find its owners.
Where does the luggage come from, you ask? Well, apparently, after a bag sits at an airport for a certain amount of time unclaimed, and its owner can't be identified, the airline will auction it off and send the profit to a charity. Then this odd, voyeuristic, web-savvy person, goes to these auctions and buys those suitcases in hopes of returning them to owners through the site. So, if you've lost luggage and the airline has had no luck in tracking it down, check out Is This Your Luggage.
Perhaps a grand, continent-crossing voyage isn't on the itinerary for you this year, but you can still evoke the look of a frequent flier in your home, for a fraction of the price. The Sundance Continental Suitcases ($32-100) will pack your paperwork, collections, art supplies, or what-have-you with nostalgic, adventurous style. Made of recycled cardboard, I wouldn't trust them for genuine travel, but I would surely use them to store odds and ends, DIY a planter, or stack them to build a side table.
This set of four, brass-studded, Leather Bound Trunks ($15,000) likely once served as travel storage for a sophisticated lady on a worldly voyage like Angelina Jolie in Changeling. But, as these How Would Yous tend to go, I'm not interested in offering up suitcases to you. I want to know how you'd use these elegant antique suitcases in your home as décor. Would you use one as a coffee table? Stack them beside a reading chair as a side table? Turn them into planters? Hang them on the wall? Turn them into pet beds? Paint them? Fill them with old love letters? I know you can come up with a creative use for these ancient beauties. Tell me by commenting below!
Sarah from Modern Roost shared this Suitcase Planter that her brother made, and I think it's perfect for Renewal month. It's also fit for that green-thumb dude in your life. What an inventive way to give new purpose to the dusty, old suitcase sitting in your attic!
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Bedbugs are just plain gross. They haven't been a big issue since WWII until now.
It's being reported that bedbugs are making a comeback across Manhattan. Why are they back? Some theories claim that the recent rise in world travel is bringing the bedbug back. Bedbugs aren't discriminatory in where the stay, so don't think the nice hotels are free of them.
To check a hotel before staying there, go to the bed bug registry, which is an online site devoted to keeping track of known places infested with bed bugs (this includes apartments and hotels).
Fit's Tip: When staying at hotels anywhere, always use the suitcase stand provided in the room. Those little buggers can (and will) travel into your luggage especially if it is sitting on the floor or on the extra bed you're not using. Before snuggling in, check the bed for signs (they like to hide in little crevices) and before leaving, check your luggage. If you notice bites, contact the hotel's customer service and consider seeing a dermatologist.