If you grew up in London and were a regular commuter on the Metropolitan Line, you may well remember their high back seats and capacious 1960’s luggage racks with umbrella hooks. When the trains were decommissioned last year the clever folk over at The London Transport Museum decided to rescue the racks, scrub them up and are offering a limited number in three different sizes. Available from March, you can own a little piece of London history in your own home…

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What a novel shelving solution! Made from aluminium they are super lightweight but sturdy. Perfect if you need a little extra storage in the hallway or kitchen. Other memorabilia includes a reproduction of the original 1960’s poster that introduced the newly modernised line 50 years ago…

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and not sure I’d want to be reminded of the tube this much in my own home, but made to order cushions and cubes are also available in a unique moquette (woven in Yorkshire) based on the Metropolitan line’s distinctive purple and navy, geometric design. – Alice

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Project: vintage suitcases

September 28, 2009

A pile of vintage leather trunks and cases, stacked neatly at the end of your bed or on top of a wardrobe can provide handy storage space for bedding, towels and blankets, as well as looking pretty flippin’ fabulous. But, such delights often come with a hefty price tag – a vintage 1950s leather suitcase will set you back a cool £80 in Cabbages and Roses, for example. Ouch!

vintage suitcasesTo get the look for less, head to your nearest car boot sale. Old suitcases and trunks can often be bought for next to nothing – I recently picked up a fabulous metal trunk and two 1940s leather suitcases for just £20! They needed a bit of a clean, but look lovely after a bit of baby-wipe action. To give cases an authentic, well-travelled look, you could buy a set  of reproduction luggage labels from the Italian stationery gurus at Cavallini & Co, then leave the labels spread out next to a window for a week or two of sunshine to fade them so they look aged. Decorate your cases with a few of the stickers, and tie a traditional brown card luggage label (make your own or buy some from Hobbycraft) to the handle with some rustic-looking string, so you know what’s inside and to complete the retro look. – Ellie

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