Have you got any belly baskets yet? If not, prepare for a revelation. Cheap, versatile, and oh-so-stylishly on trend, belly baskets are what your home has been waiting for. Your problem will not be wondering what to do with one, it will be stopping yourself from cramming so many into your home that it could pass for a stall at the Grand Souk.
This week I am the proud new owner of a gloriously shimmering gold belly basket, sourced from Violet & Thistle for a mere £21.59 + p&p (discount offered for first time buyers too). Here are my favourite four ways of making it useful and beautiful around the house:
1. Plant container
The jungalow trend has encouraged more of us than ever before to find space for houseplants in our homes. While plants are relatively inexpensive I have discovered that, unfortunately, stylish plant pots are not. My belly basket though was half the price of other options I’ve seen for floor standing plants, and it’s large enough to take even my biggest pot.
2. Cotton ball string lights display
You can’t beat fairy lights for adding warmth and sparkle into your living space. With their natural texture, cotton ball lights are perfect for a belly basket display. They come in all different colours though the simplicity of plain white will work in every scheme. At just£7.99 plus p&p from Lights4fun, they won’t break the bank either.
3. Bathroom storage
Until now I have struggled to find an acceptably stylish solution for storing loo roll. As a result I have endured years of keeping our supply hidden in a hall cupboard, quite remote from the bathroom. While this has maintained a happy style scenario in the loo, it has created the very acute necessity of always thinking ahead when it comes to the household’s toilet roll needs. The versatile belly basket has squished comfortably into the bathroom’s awkward floor space corner, and will see to it that we will never be caught short again. All without losing a single style point. Phew.
4. Throws and things
I don’t know about you but I am never without a throw or two within arm’s reach of my sofa. In the winter there are all the draughts and chills which come with living in a period home to contend with. In the summer, with the heating off, the evenings can be chilly. Belly baskets are the perfect repository for throws when they’re not in use, keeping sofas neat and tidy.
There are tons of other possible uses for belly baskets too. Stashing shoes or toys for example might help you banish clutter. And belly baskets come in different finishes including a range of metallic and sequinned options too if you fancy a little bling; there’s bound to be one just right for your home.
So what will you do with your belly baskets?