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Happy Housekeeping: Cheerful Storage and Laundry Baskets from Mexico

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Happy Housekeeping: Cheerful Storage and Laundry Baskets from Mexico

May 7, 2024

While poring over pictures for house tour a while back (Before & After: An Environmentally Sensitive Rehab of a Cotswold Bungalow), my eyes alighted upon what I thought was a stylish planter. Turns out it isn’t a planter, though it’s certainly been repurposed as one; it’s a storage basket from Milagros, a store in London that, according to its website, “works directly with individual makers and workshops in Mexico to create quality handmade products, combining traditional techniques with contemporary design.”

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Above: A green storage basket from Milagros used as a planter in a Charlie Luxton-designed home. Photograph by Ed RS Aves, courtesy of Charlie Luxton Design, from Before & After: An Environmentally Sensitive Rehab of a Cotswold Bungalow.

Milagros’ well-priced baskets do exactly that: marry modern style (think stripes and bright punches of color) with traditional craftsmanship (each is hand-woven in Mexico using the Loyd Loom method). One thing to note: They’re made of plastic, a material we’re usually not fond of. But it’s easier to make an exception when it’s for something this well-designed and durable.

Here are some favorites from their website.

Photography via Milagros.

Above: Milagros has several types of laundry baskets, including Ironing Baskets (pictured at top; $60.31) and these Conical Laundry Baskets (currently sold out).
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Above: The Large Laundry Baskets (shown here in cream and green) are each $123.13.
Above: Perhaps the most versatile size, the Storage Basket works great as a planter or even shoe bin; $65.
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Above: The Paper Baskets, shown here in chocolate and cream, are about 12 inches high; $37.69.

For more baskets we admire, see:

N.B.: This story originally ran on March 6, 2020 and has been updated.

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