Decorating & Design

November 30, 2011

Handsome Vases

I’m often on the hunt for nice vases — I think they’re great accessories for any room. While they don’t need to steal the show, they can definitely add some character to a dining table, mantle, kitchen counter or bedroom corner. I leave the ones I really love out on display when not in use, instead of hidden away on a top shelf in my kitchen.

Here are a few I’ve been eying lately:

The Sweater Vase from Crate & Barrel. I love the cosy, knitted texture of this otherwise simple vase. A few sprigs of little evergreen branches and you’re ready for winter!

These coloured glass vases from West Elm have a lovely, organic shape to them. This style has a nice, wide neck that is handy when you’re working with thicker stems. I think the frosted smokey grey colour is my favourite, but they’re all so pretty.

The Diamond Cut Egg Vase is a delicate number from DwellStudio. I think I would keep the kids away from this one. The textured ceramic surface is glossy and reflects light in a nice, sparkly way.

This recycled glass vessel from Anthropologie is actually meant for pillar candles, but I think it would also be smashing as a vase. It’s quite substantial (12″ high and 6″ wide) so could handle a large arrangement. Or fill it with bare branches and hang white and gold ornaments from them. So pretty.

Last but not least is the Mali Vase by 18Karat. It’s made of concrete (eco-stone composite) and is 25-1/2″ high so it’s also quite substantial. The colour is the selling point for me though, and I like the simple lines. This one needs some room to breathe but would make a pretty dramatic statement — with or without anything in it!

Learn how to make your own DIY vases, or how to use other items around the house as vases.

Photo credits:
1. Sweater Vase, Crate & Barrel
2. Coloured Cylinder Vases, West Elm
3. Diamond Cut Egg Vase, DwellStudio
4. Bubbled Drum Hurricane, Anthropologie
5. Mali Vase, 18Karat