What’s on the inside isn’t necessarily more important than what’s on the outside. Case in point: decorative containers. They come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes and whether you want them to hide the unsightly, highlight a site to see, or just store the stuff of life, today’s boxes, baskets and bins will accomplish the task in style.

Pot Shots
Clockwise left to right: Striped cachepot, American Aquatic Gardens; Antique Italian kitchen jar, St. Romain Interiors; White garden cachepots, Pottery Barn; Red metal flower pot, yellow ice bucket (with scoop), Target; Green, orange and purple flower pots with saucers, American Aquatic Gardens; Kathryn Arnett “love in bloom” hanging metal wall basket, Utopia; White party pail, Pottery Barn. Artificial daisies, Pier-1 Imports.

Well ContainedBasket Cases
Clockwise from left: Green sea-grass basket with lid, American Aquatic Gardens; Pandau hamper with canvas liner, Belladonna; Canvas storage basket, Target; Green sea-grass basket with handles, American Aquatic Gardens; Green box with handles and lid, Target; Yellow, green-and-white plaid basket and basket with liner, Pier-1 Imports;
Round pink basket with lid, Target.

Well ContainedPut A Lid On It
Clockwise from left: Metal storage tin (cat food) with scoop, Belladonna; black leather Designer’s Guild box black-and-white and patterned Neisha Crosland box, Stationer of New Orleans; Metal/enamel storage tin (dog food) with scoop, Belladonna; Leather magazine tote, Hugh Martin Home; Isaac Mizrahi box with flower motif, Target; Red-and-white patterned Neisha Crosland box and red leather Designer’s Guild box, the Stationer of New Orleans. •