A friend recently shared a styling conundrum: She’s started a collection of pretty vases and urns, but is not sure what to put in them. “Oh, why do you think you need to put something in them?” I asked her.
It’s true — I love a faux stem. And I’m guilty of cutting seasonal branches from our yard on the regular. But a beautiful vase, urn, or vessel can be a showstopper all on its own. (Hold our attention without holding any flowers, if you know what I mean!) And a collection of vases? Now, you have the opportunity for some classic layering.
I’ve bought three large-scale vases in the past two years, and they feel like the gifts that just keep on giving. I keep moving them all over our house: styling them on the dining room table, in the entryway, on the front porch. They’re workhorses! Like pretty sculptures, they look substantial and classic — Even when there’s nothing in them! It’s a simple lesson I realized and when it clicked: The vase is the art, it’s the focal point and the greenery or leaves or flowers or whatever you want to put in it only enhances the pottery–it was freeing and too life-changing to keep to myself.
I’ve gathered some inspiration from interiors populated with vases, urns, pots, and jars that look anything but empty. (See: Polished — without a plant in sight!) And I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites, by size, so that you can start a collection of your own.
Source: ATELIER AM
Source: All Sorts Of
Source: McGee & Co.
Source: Zara Home
Source: Croft House
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Truth be told, you’ll still see me sporting freshly clipped branches and faux stems, too. But I hope it takes some of the weight off being reminded that these pots carry a beauty on their own.
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