Vintage Vases: They’re Hot, Hot, Hot!

I’ve been doing a little bit of internet trawling in an attempt to gleam whatever inspiration I can for the current design scheme that I’m putting together.

I’m talkin’ decorative accessories, here.

Vases, bowls, trinkets and whatever else falls into the decorative accessory category all have an important part to play in the overall visual impact of a space.  Just like cushions, they help to underpin or reinforce a particular design theme and/or style.  They are clever little buggers at helping to pull together a colour palette and most importantly they can help to inject personality and character.

You want the world to know how funky, edgy and quirky you are?  Do it with a vase…or three.  Yea, definitely three.  We’ve all heard those disgusting tabloid rumours about arranging items in groups of odd numbers, well it’s true.  I’m not sure of the scientific reasoning behind this but odd numbers in an arrangement provide a much more visually pleasing scene.

Newspaper Headline Anita Brown Design Studio Final

If you look very closely, you’ll notice that I even whipped up a teeny-tiny article to go with that headline. Yes, I know.

I think it’s also equally important to highlight the importance of shaking things up a little when it comes to your chosen items.  Yes, there are some very nice modern and contemporary offerings available but adding a vintage quality alongside these will completely transform the overall tone and visual appeal.

Here is a little collage I put together of some mid-century vases I spotted on eBay.  They all originate from West Germany and a few of them are the more well known ‘Jasba’ range.

Not too shabby, right?  They’re unique.  They’re vintage.  And they’re full of character.  I think I’ve made my point.

West German Vases

To illustrate how utterly yummy mixing and matching decorative ornaments can be, check out this little trio that takes centre stage in my living room.Jasba Vases

Here we have two 1970s Jasba vases sitting alongside a modern Rocha John Rocha vase from Debenhams.  A match made in heaven?  Indeed.

Decorative accessories don’t have to begin and end with just vases.  Books, vintage letters, sparkly finishes, glazed and matt are all welcome.  Heck, I use my Anglepoise lamp as a decorative piece more than a practical one.  Every time I glance at that Anglepoise I want to give it a playful nudge; this is what I mean by vintage items having so much character and personality.  Admittedly, forming a friendship with an inanimate object is going to raise a few eyebrows but hey, he’s my mucker and I won’t have anyone bad-mouthing him, got it?  I’m kidding of course…sort of.

Decorative Accessories

The only words of advice that I can offer, is to try and provide as much visual stimulation in your arrangements as possible; this can be achieved by ensuring that varying textures, heights, shapes and design styles are utilised.  But I would suggest that perhaps the colour palette is always linked in some way to provide consistency.

Collection of Vases Final

There are trillions of unique, unloved, vintage delights out there just begging to be given a little stage within your home to shine.  Instead of always hopping to Next, John Lewis or M&S for your decorative accessory ‘fix’, try the various online resources that offer a vintage alternative.

Be different, go vintage! 

1 Comment

  1. Amanda says:

    Anita, I have been doing this all my life, but trawling through skips, flea markets and garage sales, as you already know, hehe!! I still do it now, I have to group, thought it might be a personality thing lol!! Seriously, I dress my place for me with things I find interesting and the arrangements I have, most people would find bizarre, but it works for me. Plus, I think I can get away with more because I am into heritage design, hehe!!


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