vessels & vases
“A flowerless room is a soulless room, to my way of thinking;
but even a solitary little vase of a living flower may redeem it.”
Vita Sackville West
I have been collecting old vases and interesting vessels for many years, and have built up quite a collection. I love coloured glass, especially cobalt blue and turquoise which seem to flatter most flowers. Vintage jugs are a favourite, as are kitsch 1950's swans, basically anything that is pretty, unique and a bit different. Its rather like drinking tea from a fine bone china cup poured from a porcelain teapot, everything seems to taste that bit better in something beautiful, it transforms the experience of arranging flowers.
A tall thin vase can hold one beautiful long stemmed botanical treasure, a country jug is perfect for a pretty posy of wild flowers, and a collection of little bottles repeated along a mantelpiece or table can look stunning. At the other end of the scale a huge urn on a pedestal can create drama and a sense of opulence and abundance. They can all help to create a mood or theme for a wedding or an event.