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My Friends Have Baggage

January 18, 2011
by thenestinggame

Since moving into the Nest, we have had a good amount of guests/visitors. Of course, Taylor’s kids come about once a month, but we’ve also had other friends and family popping in frequently. Which we love! One of my favorite travel finds is a luggage rack. If I stay at a hotel that doesn’t have one in the room, I always call and they’ll bring one up to me. It’s just more civilized than throwing the suitcase on the desk or on the floor. And I’m all about civilized.

I snagged this from my grandparents’ house a few years ago. It’s pretty standard issue. In fact I think I’ve seen the exact same one out and about somewhere. Here is a link to a similar one. P.S. and by the way, I would likely not spend $65 on this if I didn’t already own it…

Anyhoozit, I’ve never been exactly wild about the ribbon straps and they were fraying, so while Taylor and I were at the insane Gail K Fabrics this weekend on a wedding-related outing, I peeked at the trim they have there and found this Greek Key goodness.

Me likey.

So, I bought 2 yards of it for about 12 bucks. Sunday morning, I pulled out my handy dandy flat head screwdriver and staple gun and got to work removing the old ribbon and attaching the new stuff.

It took all of 15 minutes to get it done.

And here’s the new and improved luggage stand:

Even though the room is on the warm side, I really love the black and white of the ribbon against the black stand. And we have a few black accents in the room, such as the framed artwork above the stand and on the etagere and a black and white enamel barber’s chest for a nightstand. (And I guess the crummy television set.)

It’s the little things like this that keep me sane while doing wedding stuff.

You and your baggage are welcome anytime.

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  1. Elaine permalink
    January 18, 2011 8:54 pm

    For years had one just like your grandmother’s.
    Before the holidays I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to purchase another one. The salesman convinced me that the straps that go completely around and not stapled are the best. Of course it was around $79 and not attractive. One is now on my wish list, so the hunt is on.
    Love the new black and white straps!

  2. lucyglib permalink
    January 18, 2011 8:57 pm

    Elaine – we have fully functional (but not attractive) ones from the Container Store. They were $39:

    Our place is more on the modern/spare side, so they work well enough for us. At that price anyways!

    Looks like they also have a more attractive hardwood variety for $49:

    As for Molly – thanks for all the past hospitality! But the luggage rack isn’t quite as appreciated as the baked Cheetos …

  3. jule1 permalink
    January 18, 2011 11:07 pm

    Lovely. I liked the old fashioned look of the original ribbon, but have to say the black and white Greek key design is much more modern and it really adds a nice graphic touch. Good job.

  4. January 18, 2011 11:09 pm

    Looks good! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  5. January 18, 2011 11:46 pm

    Molly, I love your choice of fabric/ribbon. I have enjoyed reading your blog!

  6. January 18, 2011 11:50 pm

    This is such a great, super cute idea! If I find some sturdy & nicely designed fabric + the stand…. maybe i’ll give it a go someday. Thanks for sharing!

  7. January 18, 2011 11:56 pm

    As I am Greek I loved the key design fabric and I like your blog …..

  8. January 19, 2011 12:10 am

    Welcome WordPress readers! Thanks for visiting the Nest and all your thoughtful comments. Happy to see you!

  9. January 19, 2011 12:17 am

    I love the new pattern. Super cute! I kinda want to get a luggage rack now-haha!

  10. January 19, 2011 1:16 am

    Neat idea! I often wish for a place to put my suitcase when I am visiting family or friends. The bending over to rummage in your luggage is, exactly as you say, uncivilized. :-)

  11. January 19, 2011 1:19 am

    What a great idea & how civilized! I love it. It’s the little things that make us happy & comfortable… Thanks for sharing & Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  12. January 19, 2011 1:29 am

    It’s great! Love that ribbon. You’re right, it matches wonderfully with the black frame of the stand. Don’t you just love it when you can do something so simple and quick and get such a good result for immediate gratification?! I know I do.

  13. January 19, 2011 1:40 am

    A real improvement. It’s more modern looking.

  14. Jackie permalink
    January 19, 2011 2:59 am

    Love the ribbon, and the luggage rack was great bonus to us during our stay!

  15. January 19, 2011 4:13 am

    Well done!!

  16. myBITblog permalink
    January 19, 2011 4:34 am

    Gorgeous, truly!

  17. January 19, 2011 4:39 am

    Nice job

  18. January 19, 2011 5:28 am

    Congrats on being freshly pressed!!! Your title was brilliant.

  19. January 19, 2011 8:38 am

    The changed ribbon has really spruced up the luggage rack and looks good as new. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  20. January 19, 2011 8:47 am

    hmm interensting thanks ;D

  21. January 19, 2011 10:39 am

    I gotta get me one of them, but I never think about it when I shop.

  22. January 19, 2011 11:15 am

    that is very cool…good job!

  23. January 19, 2011 11:48 am

    Yeah really cool, I like the ribbon pattern – it inspires me for my graphic design class. Thanks! –

  24. January 19, 2011 12:13 pm

    Woah!! Is that really strong enough to hold the TV?

  25. January 19, 2011 1:35 pm

    They say every room needs alittle black. And I think you accomplished that! Nice work!

  26. January 19, 2011 1:55 pm

    About five years ago, I started to be very concious about making sure that my houseguests were comfortable and had everything they needed. I made some great changes/additions to the gurest room, like providing a small basket with lotions, toothpaste, etc. I have one items left to get, and that’s the small luggage rack! Thanks for reminding me, and congrats on being FP.

  27. January 19, 2011 1:59 pm

    I loved the transformation of the stand!
    I need a luggage rack. Maybe because of the reason that I’m too organized for my own good. It keeps my luggage nicely, and it looks clean and tidy, which is why I love luggage racks. I have one at home too, for my suitcases and other stuff like that. I travel a lot, so a luggage rack is a must for me. Fortunately, I don’t carry too much luggage, only the essentials.
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
    Ashley, aka TheEverydayMuser

  28. January 19, 2011 2:13 pm

    I love the ribbon, great job! What I Wore: Bright Blue Balanced out with Heather Grey

  29. January 19, 2011 3:03 pm

    What a really pretty room = great job :-)

  30. January 19, 2011 3:41 pm

    VERY stylish and chic! Looks like you bought it from some really expensive interior design store! Great job!

  31. January 19, 2011 3:47 pm

    I love the look! Though I don’t mind the original either. :) Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  32. Tony permalink
    January 19, 2011 6:00 pm

    Molly, I have been reading your blog and it’s great. Forget Julie and Julia, I’m thinking Molly and Martha…………..

  33. Kerri permalink
    January 21, 2011 4:21 am

    Love the Greek Key!! Just did this for a client in 2 rooms – they had a similar luggage rack, then we changed the straps!! Very nice – love it!!

  34. She Started It permalink
    January 26, 2011 7:51 pm

    Love the luggage rack! My guest bedroom has been used so often in the past three years. I need to get one myself!

  35. Fiona permalink
    January 30, 2011 9:11 am

    What a simple, elegant improvement. I really need you on Surrey Lane. Compensation package: unlimited champagne, laughs and no wedding talk (unless you want to). :) XO

  36. February 17, 2011 7:35 pm

    Love it! (Made my way over from Young House Love.) I have a $5 garage sale luggage rack with stained straps that I need to fancy up (, and seeing what you did with yours is great for inspiration.

  37. November 8, 2011 12:28 pm

    Your luggage rack looks great! Lucky you to not have to paint it. Great minds :)


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