When everyone was little I gravitated towards soft storage containers because I was freakishly afraid of accidents. I am still freakishly afraid of accidents, but I think everyone is getting to the point where they are coordinated enough that such accidents are becoming less likely. The soft containers tend to not hold up as well and get pretty dingy and mucked up way too quickly. Baskets are more durable, don't show chocolate finger prints (of which we are way too prone to) and can go anywhere and not look out of place. So, I'm moving on up to mixing baskets in more and more. We have some very lovely vintage baskets, which I love, but here are a few new baskets that I also think are really lovely.
I have this first basket from IKEA and it's fabulous. Way less expensive than our vintage apple picking and french laundry baskets, but it still makes me happy. I'm using it as hamper right now, but being on the softer side, it's a great basket for toys too.
I could write a whole post on Serena & Lily baskets, but I'm going to pick just one (which is hard). This set of 2 has a lovely shape, great size and can also be sued for oh so many things in any room of the house. (These are very backordered, so I can use that to work in a few more- also check out the Mercado set of 2 with it's great colors, the lovely Seagrass with it's wood handles and the lovely Lagunas in a set of 3, just to pick a few more)
West Elm also has a slew of lovely baskets and this is my favorite. The shape and pattern are very pleasing to me and I'd love to look at it daily.
Technically, this is a "bin" rather than a traditional basket, but it's woven paper, so I'm throwing it in because I really love it. Think of it as a basket alternative with great style and a great price.
This is a new one from land of nod and I love it. Yes, it is designed for toys, but it would look great anywhere. I love the yellow. land of nod is always great for finding items designed for toys that you'd jut love to use anywhere.