Nothing makes me smile more than a dusty old item repurposed with an inventive new use. That said, I just must get my hands on a vintage railway luggage rack to use for storage in my home. Ideally I'd love to use one in my front entryway to set my purse on and hang my umbrella from. But I do also love the idea of using them in the kitchen for pots, pans, and tools. They'd also be great in the bathroom to use as a towel rack. British retailer Trainspotter has created a true-to-form reproduction of racks salvaged from UK trains, after selling out of a large quantity of the originals. UK shop The French House also sells a coat rack inspired by those seen in old train carriages. And, Pottery Barn has four different train racks for sale, but they seem more simply just inspired by train racks and fairly different from the originals. I won't settle though; I want the real thing!
I've had some mornings recently where I've shivered my way through the morning shower, and I admit that a warm, fluffy towel would've been a great way to subdue the shiver factor. Still, I am not a gadget girl. I like to keep it simple and can't really see myself using this in my home. But Thermique's freestanding heated glass towel warmer ($1000 to $1500, available in January) is a pretty crave worthy bathroom item.
So, if money weren't an issue, would you buy it?
I'm always coming across porcelain glove molds in antiques stores, junk shops, and flea markets. These handy finds, originally used for making gloves, are very versatile accent pieces. You can use them to display jewelry and other trinkets, or screw them into the bathroom wall to serve as clever towel racks. Or, you can simply display them alongside other pottery, as in this home I saw featured on Apartment Therapy San Francisco.
Incorporating natural elements into your decor — whether it's a houseplant or a woven grass rug — really adds life to a room. This charming tree-branch towel rack I spotted on Design*Sponge would be a really easy way to bring a touch of nature to your kitchen or bathroom. Just find a smooth piece of driftwood or sand down a stick you've scavenged and secure it to the wall with screws.