Belle Decor

Decorating with Trunks

By Haskell HarrisNovember 16, 2010

When I was about ten years old, my Mom gave me a beautiful antique metal trunk for Christmas. She also gave one to my older brother Haze and my younger sister Chandler and explained to the three of us that they were for storing things we wanted to keep forever.

I didn't really know what I wanted to keep then, but pretty soon, I'd filled mine up with drawings and photos and journals and collections of this and that. And to this day, that piece of furniture remains a time capsule of my childhood. 

So you can see why I have a bit of a soft spot for trunks of any description.

Whether they're made of wood or leather or metal or upholstered, they serve both a decorative purpose and a functional one (after all, in addition to keepsakes, there's no better place to store games, blankets, sweaters, and the like). And they just feel Southern. Hope chests, quilt chests, and even steamer trunks were part of the fabric of Southern life at one time. And I love that that they add a sense of that regional flavor to any room you put them in, particularly some of the more primitive wood examples. 

Here are a few of my favorites at the moment:

1) Every single trunk from Timothy Oulton. I especially love the new side-table-sized design that's covered in vintage flour sacks.






2) An antique, rustic wooden trunk that's so bleached by time and age that it looks like as if it's made of driftwood. It's also the perfect shape and size for a coffee table.


3) Metal-wrapped trunks by Vagabond Vintage in Atlanta. I like the idea of putting two of these at the end of twin beds in a guest room.



Where do you use trunks in your house?