moving, boxes.

July 14, 2009

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as the months before our big move have turned into mere weeks, i’ve been thinking about ways that we might make our new (as yet unfound) apartment in providence our home. i’ve been daydreaming a lot about creating an office nook for myself, and think that i would very much like to house my collection of books in an assortment of vintage crates. i’ve found these on etsy and think that any of them would do quite nicely. i love the idea of having different textures and depths all in one space. {this way i can organize my books according to height and width}! what do you think?

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  • Reply Thao July 14, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I LOVE this idea, Erin. It'll give your home such a homey feel. Can't wait to see the end result!

  • Reply littlebyrd July 14, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I love it too! I have several old crates I use in sewing space and love the look. Go for it 🙂

  • Reply Stacey July 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    The textures, shape and history will add so much, clever idea.

  • Reply down and out chic July 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    oh nice finds. these are great storage options for just about anything.

  • Reply Amy@OldSweetSong July 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    We might be soul mates? I've started collecting these as well. I only have two so far but I am looking to acquire more. One is a catchall on the coffee table for remotes, magazines and assorted junk. The other is being used to house our shoes that get taken off upstairs and never quite make downstairs to the closest. The only problem is this is usually all of our shoes so we need about 6 crates to properly do this job. Oh, and my BF wears a size 14 so each crate holds about two pairs of his canoe-like footwear.

  • Reply our little love nest July 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    We have a bunch of those and I love them. So nice for organizing tons of things and they are aesthetically pleasing too. I love it! xoxo

  • Reply apriliniowa July 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I think those crates are fabulous for storage! Perfect for a home office.

  • Reply Adrienne July 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    awesome idea! you're moving to providence, ri?!

  • Reply Amanda Nicole July 14, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Vintage crates, yes yes! Someday when I get my books out of storage I want to arrange them by colour. That might look neat 🙂

  • Reply Julia (Color Me Green) July 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    exciting you're moving to providence. i've heard good things about it and have added it to my list of places i would live. and the boxes is a genius idea.

  • Reply cindy : quaint July 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    it's a terrific idea!

  • Reply Melissa July 14, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I actually wouldn't mind packing with those!

  • Reply The Lil Bee July 14, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I really love this idea, Erin. It would look adorable!

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  • Reply Caitlin July 15, 2009 at 1:43 am

    You're moving to Providence, RI? I live there (well, I live in Warren, RI but it's wicked close!) I'm sure you got peeps there already, but let me know if you have any questions about the area!

  • Reply knack July 15, 2009 at 1:47 am

    love it…….I have some crates that I love to hang on the wall and store things in…..great look! xo

  • Reply Joanna Goddard July 15, 2009 at 2:35 am

    so lovely! i think this idea is genius 🙂

  • Reply Fey Handmade July 15, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Ah! you're moving to providence?! i'm so excited! my boyfriend and i were just in boston and we were thinking of relocating.. it is a lovely lovely area!


    i need some of those crates by the way (!)


  • Reply iheartkiwi July 15, 2009 at 5:50 am

    if only my books would fit in these crates! they seem to be taking over my house…

    such a perfect idea for adding a little creativity to the standard "office" look. i think it will add wonderful warmth!

  • Reply My name is Erin. July 17, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Great idea! I have an old Pepsi box that I'll never part with. I also recently spray painted a large produce crate a high-gloss chocolate brown and am using it as an end-table.

    When I was a kid, my parents owned a bakery in a super-market. They would bring home old crates from the produce dept and I'd stack them up and make a Barbie mansion. I was embarrassed by it, but my friends thought it rocked. In hind-sight… it did rock!

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