Basketry is an ancient craft that’s older than pottery and stone carving. Humans have been making baskets since 8000 to 6000 BC. Baskets were used to contain and store almost everything. Perhaps this longevity, along with the artistry of the craft, is what makes baskets a never-ending part of our daily lives.
The laundry room is a popular spot for baskets. Above, a wire basket corrals green bottles while woven baskets keep towels neat and tidy so they don’t fall over onto the floor.
You’ll find a variety of weaves which adds to their appeal. Some have handles, some don’t. Some are woven into unique shapes, others are quite simple.
A trio of small baskets on a bathroom shelf store small toiletries and other items needed for personal hygiene. This looks much more attractive than a bunch of bottles or containers piled up.
Baskets always look pretty tucked into a shelving unit. Even a pretty, Victorian style living room makes use of the utilitarian vessels. Games, books, CDs, remote controls – you name it. Keep things tidy and out of sight.
When I was in college, I babysat for a young family who lived on a budget as most new families do. I told the mom that I loved her decorating style and wondered how she stretched her dollars so well. She confided in me that all of her pretty baskets were purchased at garage sales or thrift shops. She almost never spent more than a dollar on a basket.
I like to keep extra pillows and blankets in baskets where it’s easy to grab extra comfort and softness when needed.
Have you ever turned a basket upside down and used it as a table? This makeshift table comes in handy at a picnic when you want to elevate food away from ants.
A painted white basket makes the perfect base for a pretty spring flower arrangement. Wouldn’t this look fabulous hanging on a front door?
Perhaps my favorite way to use baskets is to hold plants. They add natural texture which adds to the organic appeal of a plant. This is my philodendron shortly after I purchased it. Several months later I thought it was going to die – it looked pretty sick. I put it outside for the summer and it rebounded and is doing quite well again. Makes me happy!
What’s one of your favorite uses for baskets in the home?
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