vintage suitcase fall styling vignette

Fall is in full swing around here, and I was inspired to style a little fall vignette in a vintage suitcase. It’s super easy to add seasonal touches to your home in different ways without dressing up every corner of your home. This vintage suitcase fall styling vignette was a fun project to put together.

vintage suitcase fall vignette

I tucked this fall vignette in a corner in our family room to inject some fall goodness. The idea of using a vintage suitcase was inspired by Lora Bloomquist from her {9 fun ways to decorate with Vintage Suitcases} post. If you haven’t read her post, check it out, it’s full of great ideas and inspiration.

vintage train case fall vignette

Lora’s post inspired me to dress up this vintage train case with some seasonal goodies. The idea of using a suitcase is genius. It’s similar to the notion of using a tray or basket to corral all the pieces of a vignette.

vintage suitcase fall vignette

pieces of a vintage suitcase fall styling vignette

I liked the idea of using a train case rather than a larger suitcase since it’s petite and has a compact footprint. The smaller scale makes it easier to style and less likely to get junky or messy with too much stuff

vintage suitcase fall vignette

I started with a vintage French green enamel coffeepot and some vintage books. Feathers tucked into the coffee pot and a bunch of preserved florals adds organic vibes.

autumn decor

A green velvet pumpkin and a striped green pumpkin are tucked in because, uhh, it’s the season of the pumpkin. A photo frame in the background adds interest and frames (no pun intended) the lid of the suitcase.

train case styling

Of course, I had way more things that could fit in the train case (remember what I said above 🙂). Luckily I had a lower shelf to also style to complete the vintage suitcase vignette.

vintage suitcase fall decor

and more pieces for a vintage suitcase fall styling vignette

The vintage plaid thermos I thought tied in nicely with the coffee pot theme. And of course the plaid candle holder compliments the thermos. Plaids, tartans, etc. always catch my eye. Plus add the green color palette, and I am smitten. Vintage books are great risers plus add more texture and interest.

fall vignette

The green berry orb and the feather wreath in the background add wonderful texture. And of course we cannot forget the season with a mini velvet pumpkin.

fall decor

To give the entire vignette a backdrop, I added a thrifted gold frame and draped a felt pumpkin garland to give it a finishing touch.

vintage suitcase decor

details about styling a train case

The train case is deep so I used a few riser tricks to elevate items so they are more visible. The body of the enamel coffee pot sits on a book to give it more height.

The top of the coffee pot, which I removed to insert the feathers, sits on a little pedestal plate. Otherwise, the top would not be visible at all. I love that it’s a two piece top with the built in strainer to brew coffee back in the day.

Although you can not see these items since they are tucked into the suitcase I still used items that I would have used if you could see them. I actually chose the items before I was certain whether they would be visible or not.

vintage suitcase styling

I hope this brought a bit of fall inspiration to your day. Maybe you can take away a small detail to use in your own home or maybe the whole idea spoke to you. Lora’s post spoke to me, and it led to this fun seasonal styling project.

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  1. Joanne says:

    That is such a great idea! I just love old suitcases. They have such character.

    1. I am so glad you liked it Joanne. I know, vintage suitcases are great. We just wouldn’t want to take then through an airport. Lol. Thanks for stopping by & your sweet comment. XO- MJ

  2. Kristine says:

    This suitcase is so pretty and festive!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Kristine! It totally made my day. XO- MJ

  3. Donna says:

    I love the idea of using a suitcase instead of a tray for a vignette! You did a great job styling yours for fall! Thanks for participating in the Fabulous Friday Link Party!

    1. Thanks so much Donna! It was such a fun project! Thank you for the visit too. XO- MJ

  4. Carol says:

    I love how you styled the vintage suitcase in a vignette for fall. The colors, shapes, and textures all combine to make a fascinating decor statement for the season.

    1. Thanks so much Carol! I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by & leaving a sweet comment. XO-MJ

  5. JJ Jacobs says:

    Hi MaryJo – I love the vignette you put together here!! I collect vintage enamelware too and really like the way you’ve incorporated the pieces in the display. The feathers are fabulous, and the green plaid thermos is amazing. We had a red one like it growing up and it brings back memories 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thanks JJ. I stumbled on the plaid thermos thrifting a few years back. Anything plaid always calls my name. lol. Thanks for dropping by. XO- MJ

  6. Super cute pieces and I love all the greens. Happy Fall!

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! Fall is the best. XO- MJ

  7. decorativeinspirationsgmailcom says:

    What a great Fall Vignette. Love the coffee pot with features.

    1. Thanks so much. Those feathers have great texture & interest, always. Have. great day. XO- MJ

  8. Rachel says:

    This is STUNNING!!! Isn’t Lora just amazing?! I’m constantly inspired by her as well!!! First of all, I too collect enamelware and that pot you used is gorgeous. It looks SO pretty with all those feathers! Second, when are velvet pumpkins not a great idea?! Third, that vintage suitcase is perfect for all of those vintage decor pieces. It’s just lovely, MaryJo!!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel! You are my kind of people. Lol. I acquired the enamel coffee pot from a French gal that brings in containers from France throughout the year. She always has the coolest stuff. Thanks for stopping by friend! XO- MJ

  9. I absolutely love your green and brown vignette, MaryJo! I’m green over that plaid thermos and that feather wreath…I want one! Beautifully styled; I love how you talked through how you did it. Maybe I should do a suitcase vignette in my Fall bedroom…still working on that one. Thanks for the shout-out, too!

    1. Thank you so much Lora for the sweet compliments and the fabulous inspiration. Please share if you do create a Fall vignette for your bedroom or anywhere really. Thanks again! XO- MJ

  10. I love your vignettes. The suitcase and and bottom shelf are decorated beautifully. I like the addition of the feathers too. Thanks for sharing at #omhgww. See you next week.

    1. Thanks so much for the visit Clearissa and the sweet comment. Have a great week. XO- MJ

  11. decorativeinspirationsgmailcom says:

    MaryJo, I will be featuring your vintage fall suitcase on Tuesday at the Home Imagined link party! Congrats!

    1. Thank you so much for the love. I’m honored. XO-MJ

  12. Paula @ Gracefilled Moments says:

    MaryJo, this is beautiful! I love your styling.
    Visiting today from Sunday Sunshine #4&5

    1. Thanks so much Paula! XO- MJ

  13. Cara says:

    I love vintage suitcases, and your travel case is perfect! I picked up several years ago, and just ran across one while I was digging in the attic this past week. I am kind of excited to get it out for fall and do a little something with it too. You always have such beautiful vignettes MaryJo!

    1. Thanks so much Cara! Yeah, it normally holds chunky jewelery, sunglasses & other accessories in my bedroom but it was fun to get it out for this project. Thanks for the visit & have A great day. XO- MJ

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