An abundant inventory of fancy wastebaskets is there to handle our trash.
Confession time. I have only one wastebasket in my home that is not hidden in a sink cabinet… but this is about to change. Who knew wastebaskets could be so beautiful! The decorative selections, above and below, are not the utilitarian nightmares from yesteryear. These wastebaskets are wrapped in lively patterns and textures for visual appeal. Made of wood, metal or durable woven materials, finding a suitable candidate is a dream. Gorgeous Marye-Kelley designs are handmade decoupage wood or metal wastebaskets, available with a scalloped or flat top edge. The pair from Frontgate has intricate designs hand painted on reverse glass.
Top, L to R: MK Hummingbird, MK Peacock, MK Antique Books, MK Pointers
Middle, L to R: Container Store(CS) Makati Flared Green, MK Rabbit, MK Black and Gold Asian Toile, MK Rome Map
Bottom, L to R: MK Antique Tapestry, CS Pandan Siena, MK Rooster, Victorian Trading Co Rose Bouquet
Top, L to R: Marye-Kelley(MK) Antique Bird, Accents in the Garden Sullivan, MK Peony, MK Antique Northeastern Map
Middle, L to R: Organize it Online Wicker, Frontgate(FG) Casbah, MK Frog, FG Gemstone
Bottom, L to R: MK Royal Blue Damask, MK Fern, MK Mod Mum, MK Boats
Foil printed patterned artwork wrap Umbra’s Graphic Cans from the Container Store. Vibrant interior colors accent these eco-friendly cylinders.
Playful designs highlight decorative wastebaskets for children. Marye-Kelley decoupage and hand painted designs from Dimples & Dandelions will brighten up an otherwise dull corner.
Top, L to R: Dimples & Dandelions(DD) Blue Star Monogram, DD Shabby Chic Boutique, DD Green Stripe Monogram
Bottom, L to R: Marye-Kelley(MK) Cowboys, DD Black and White Polka Dot, MK Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Skillful artisans create hand painted Mexican talavera wastebaskets for Tierra y Fuego. The combination of rich vivid colors with unique patterns create a truly functional piece of art.
If shiny and new is not your thing, think outside the box when browsing antique stores, flea markets and estate sales. Look for objects you can reuse as wastebaskets. I purchased a wooden Chinese rice scoop to use in the powder room. Vintage accessories from J Peterman are similar online finds. From left to right, the 20th century French grain measure is made from peeled tree bark. I love the ironwork on this piece. An early 1900’s Chinese water bucket has intriguing joinery and iron hardware. I currently use one in the great room to store dog toys. The wording on the 1903 vintage French tin bucket, “eau potable,” clues us to its original use – holding water safe to drink – while the patina adds character.
Now the hard part – deciding which decorative wastebaskets to order!
(Sources: Marye-Kelley, Accents In The Garden, Organize It Online, Frontgate, Victorian Trading Co, The Container Store, Dimples and Dandelions, Tierra y Fuego, J Peterman)
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