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Collection #6: Boxes

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I may have opened Pandora’s box when I decided to blog about my collection of boxes. I kept finding more and more boxes. So here they are.

 

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My dresser is topped with jewelry-filled boxes—a Florentine box with drawers, an wood marquetry box, Italian maiolica boxes. I just have to remember what is in which.

 

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More Italian boxes share the top of my lingerie bureau with a box of French soaps.

 

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Welcome to my funky pink bathroom—on the bottom shelf, a ceramic Capodimonte (probably faux) box with gaudy little cherubs; on the middle shelf, sparkly little India boxes with a Florentine wooden box; on the top, a box of Chanel No. 5 (okay, that’s kind of a stretch).

 

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Enough with Europe and on to some real Americana: Cedar Souvenir Trinket Boxes from the 1950s. For some reason, I began collecting these many, many years ago and now I have a box of unused boxes. I had planned to use them for craft projects, but here they still sit.

 

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I did use one of them and painted on a cow—one of my favorite graphic motifs.

 

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I also gathered up cigar boxes and painted this one for my mother—a sewing box with a drawing of my parents’ house.

 

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Before email and fax machines, we actually wrote letters on paper. I saved the stamps off letters from a world-traveling friend and decoupaged this cigar box.

 

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While working for an antiques magazine, I discovered Penwork, a type of decorative art in the 1800s. I’ve always loved pen and ink, so I decorated this box in an Italian style box (although real antique penwork usually mimicked Chinese motifs).

 

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And finally, let’s look at tins—those boxes that pile up in your basement after the holidays. But these are my favorites: A 70s kitschy Fiorucci box, a tin of Australian biscuits, and a bittersweet commemoration of a royal wedding.

 

Until next time, embrace your clutter!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Collection #6: Boxes

  1. I LOVED all these boxes. Adored the box that you drew your parents home on….love it. And all the others! So pretty!

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