Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tip: If you ever buy storage baskets, get square ones, not decorative round ones. They take up less space. I learned this the hard way. -- Naomi Seldin
I totally agree with Naomi; square or rectangular containers make the best use of space.
But if making the best use of space isn't a big concern - or if you have a hat to store - you just might want to look at those lovely round hat boxes. OK, the Lady Diane hat box above sells for $450 - and the clear, see-through ones from the same company cost $195 - but you don't need to spend that much money to get a nice hat box.
Sarah's hat boxes are made in New Hampshire using recycled chipboard and a variety of fabrics - both solid colors and patterns. They're available in a wide range of sizes. The company also provides us with a list of 101 things you can do with a hat box. (Well, 101 things is the goal; the list has 77 ideas right now.)
Hannah's Treasures makes bandboxes in various sizes - this one is a bonnet box - using vintage wallpaper. [via Such Pretty Things] Update on April 28, 2013: Hannah's Treasures no longer sells bandboxes.
Over on Etsy, Tactile Books has some nice hat boxes. I love that the interior of this one is as special as the exterior.
Restoration Hardware Baby & Child has this set of hat boxes. Update on April 28, 2012: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child no longer carries hat boxes.
And yet another source is Queen of Hats. Update on April 28, 2012: Queen of Hats no longer sells hat boxes.
Jumping across the ocean to the U.K., Kate Forman Designs has some lovely hat boxes.
I've mentioned Pandora's Boxes a couple times before - here and here - but the company is worth another mention now that I'm doing a "hat box" post.
The Empty Box Company also has some nice-looking hat boxes. The company says its boxes are made from "pH neutral board (that is made from 100% recycled pulp) designed to protect, preserve and prevent yellowing of any item enclosed."
And finally, while we're focused on preservation, I wanted hop back to the U.S. and point out this archival hat box, even though it's not round, just in case you need that type of storage.