I do consider vases to be an important home basic because I think it’s so nice to have fresh-cut flowers in your home as often as possible, and desperately wish I practiced what I preached. Occasionally, I’ll make it over to a neighborhood florist that sells the cutest mini-arrangements to go, or to the deli for some cheap tulips, but not nearly often enough. I’ve got plants, and they’re nice, but there’s something special about anyhing that’s in bloom—especially this time of year—so this post serves as a reminder to me to get cracking. I’m quite tempted by this bud vase set from Heath Ceramics—one vase is matte, the other glossy, which is such a nice touch.
Here’s the one to reach for when a guest brings over flowers—it’s a perfect size, and pretty much everything looks good in it.
I like the slick orange interior of this pick from Orla Keily.
A really nice blue, and super-cheap.
I just think this is rather clever.
And on the ultra-splurgy side of things: this beauty from Fornasetti.
Here one that’s very large and very well-priced.
I was enchanted by those Heath bud vases for years and finally bought one for myself for my birthday a few years ago. It came with a little slip of paper that warned something kind of mysterious like “surfaces underneath this vase may get wet.”
The vase freaking leeches water right through the bottom!! It’s somehow a solid piece of pottery and yet somehow a 1/2 tsp of water gets through it every day! I set it on a saucer, but that looked stupid.
Now it’s just an object I admire, not a vase I use. It kind of felt like a rip-off.
Oh no! I’ve never noticed that with my Heath bud vases, but I just filled them with water and put them on a paper towel to test. These are my go-to hostess gift, since they are made just up the road from us, and go with any decor. I even sent one to Japan last summer with my teenage son!
I love the look of vases. I even love flowers in vases. But so does my naughty cat, who eats them and then barfs. You’d think he’d learn from experience.