Orange Boxes

Hermes is one of my favorite brands, though due to the limitations of my wallet, I typically have to worship from a safe distance. I received these two orange boxes as a gift and I love them – they have a beautiful hand poured, lacquered finished and are the exact same shade of Hermes orange. I placed one of my own Hermes boxes on the bottom to complete the trio.

The boxes are velvet lined on the inside. Now the question is: do I need a third one to go on the very bottom, or should I keep the little real Hermes box I have on the bottom stack below? My decorating skills are close to nil.

Also a side note: did you know that during World War II, a shortage of materials forced Hermes to use the only paperboard available – which was orange? Prior to that, boxes were cream and mustard colored.

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  • vanda
    September 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Loved the Hermes information! Didn't know!!I love the way the boxes are in the first picture(the 3 together).So nice!!!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    September 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I had no idea! Goes to show that you can fashion anything from cheaper materials if you have a fantastic idea and product.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    September 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I had no idea! Goes to show that you can fashion anything from cheaper materials if you have a fantastic idea and product.

  • Make Mommy Chic
    September 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    HI Katherine, not only is your blog extremely fashionable, but educational as well. I did not know that tidbit about Hermes- I'll use it next time I'm at a dinner party πŸ™‚ It's amazing how something as simple as boxes could really make a statement. The colors are beautiful (and orange is perfect for fall). I have a problem with throwing out my designer goody boxes so I use them as decoration in my closet. That's about as creative as I get πŸ™‚ Thanks for the post!

  • Samantha
    September 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Those lacquered boxes are so pretty – and so similar to the Hermes box!

    I think it would look great if you got the third matching box (or just stick with the two)! I feel like the size of the Hermes box is perfect, but the texture (not as shiny) and the outline (only on top versus on all edges) make it a little less consistent. HOWEVER, I probably would have thought they all matched at a quick glance!

    I don't know if that helps!
    xo, sam

  • The Blonde @ Stylish3
    September 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Loved hearing the origin of the orange! I like having the real Hermes box stacked underneath.

  • India
    September 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    woow so beautiful!

  • Jaztee
    September 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    The boxes are such a great gift! I love that the real Hermes is on the bottom, I never throw away my boxes, so this seems like a perfect use for yours. πŸ™‚

  • Jane Alisa
    September 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Love this! Like you said very Hermes xoxo

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)
    September 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Wow so cool! I don't even pretened to know anything much about high end designers, love that you are educating me! And how cool that they boxes are themselves works of art!

  • breakingrumours
    September 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Being a perfectionist, I think a 3rd similar 1 would look better πŸ™‚ but thats just me.

  • Cindy
    September 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Hmm the matching box for the bottom would probably look more…well matching haha. But then the Hermes-factor of the Hermes box just adds that extra oomph!


  • Michelle
    September 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    i have a zero decorating skillz as well so i am of NO HELP. however, i had to pop in and comment/drool over the orangy goodness. πŸ™‚

  • Tara @ Haute Lunch
    September 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Lovely boxes! What a great gift! I think they look fine as is, but if you can find a third and have the money to spend, go for it! Thanks for the fun fact- very interesting!

  • Plami
    September 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I love Hermes as well! These boxes are beautiful!


  • audrinajulia
    September 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Sorry I can't help you with this one cause I have a minimal decorating skills, what I only have is an eye for beautiful things.:)I also have a problem in disposing my designer paper bags so just planning to put it as a decoration of my closet instead.:)

    Your trivia is amazing! Thanks for the wonderful information regarding Herme's.Your post is really outstanding!Regards!

  • janettaylor
    September 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Pretty boxes, darling!


  • tiffyama
    September 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Love those orange boxes with the black trim! Looks so chic and I like how it has that glossy finish. I think it would look better without the hermes box, or with the matching one to replace it (if there is such a size). ^^

    September 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I love those boxes – Gumps right?

    I suggest making a MASSIVE box sculpture. I'm trying to build a tiny orange tower.

  • skippysays
    September 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Love me some trivia! That's some good cocktail conversation right there πŸ™‚
    Unfortunately I'm not the best decorator either, but I can say that I love how you have it right now!

  • C'est La Viii
    September 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Ooh that's awesome!

  • homestilo
    September 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I cannot even imagine an Hermes box being anything but orange.

  • DSK Steph
    September 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Awesome fact!!

  • Kym
    September 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    funny, i was just reading a blog post about the Hermes movie… amazing how they craft their goods! i love the trivia as well… isn't it funny how "accidents" turn out to be something great and something you are known by!? haha!

  • lesouefsbrouilles
    September 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    simply. gorgeous.

  • Michelle
    September 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Love those boxes. I have seen them in store here in Welly and have always loved them. I like how you have the Hermes one with them. Oh and thanks for that bit of Hermes history!

  • Tanya
    September 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    These are gorgeous! and thanks for the trivia – i didn't know that πŸ™‚

  • Manding.
    September 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    yes, you need a third one ! absolutely love this stack in so many ways !

  • cryskay
    September 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    what a fun fact regarding the orange boxes! i think it looks good with 3! the rule of 3… xx

  • Liz {Sequins And Stripes}
    September 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Wow, these boxes are amazing. Just browsed through your blog and you have quite the taste, lady. Such gorgeous things to drool over! Happy to have found your blog πŸ™‚

  • Bad Joan
    September 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Great idea. As is looks pretty cool. Love that little topper!


  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    September 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Those boxes are lovely! I would keep them separate from the Hermes box though you could always have a separate stack for them.

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  • Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex"
    September 21, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Love the color! And keep the Hermes on the lowest level, it looks great! Fabulous!

  • Lamb
    September 21, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I love it just the way it is! I love those lacquered boxes, a boutique down the street from me carries these and I have been dying to get them.

    xo lamb loves

  • Lynnette
    September 21, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Love those boxes! I would keep the Hermes box in there, looks cute


  • Mary and Dyer
    September 21, 2011 at 2:29 am

    sooo beautiful! That color is just gorgeous & I love how you have it – don't change it πŸ™‚

    Hope that you have had the chance to enter our Tiffany & Co. necklace giveaway!

  • higirl
    September 21, 2011 at 2:36 am

    i like the hermes box, but if you want to go more 'classy', from an interior design majors pov, get a third lacquered box. but i like the hermes b/c of the story you can tell ppl πŸ™‚


  • Ale e Elis
    September 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Love the boxes, they look perfect together!

  • Katrina
    September 21, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I say keep the original Hermes box on the bottom because visually it gives a difference in color and texture. In comparison, the Hermes box is matte and looks beautiful against the high gloss boxes….just a suggestion πŸ™‚

  • Steph
    September 21, 2011 at 4:07 am

    learned a new fact today =D but i like the orange ~

    hm… if you decide to put some sort of figurine on top then no 2 boxes should be good… but if it's in a more open space 3 looks better…?

  • adele
    September 21, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Hey Katherine! Thanks for stopping by to see me..come follow me hun & I'll follow you right back!
    Go for the 3rd box to get a matching trio xoxo

  • Mai
    September 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Hermes box are so gorgeous. Too bad I don't own any πŸ™

  • Mindyβ™₯
    September 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    One day… I will be able to see one in person. lol. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • nujie
    May 28, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I love your blog – so informative and lots of fun!!!