Every now and then, I get a bee-in-my-bonnet and feel a need to de-clutter at home. The laundry room has been my latest target. It being a room used mostly for chores, I'd tried to make it cheerful by filling the shelf that runs around the whole room with pretty china and vintage pictures, to create an enjoyable space to be in when ironing etc.
It's also a great room for doing flower arranging in, with the convenience of the sink and the great natural light from the two windows. With this in mind, I decided it might be nice to have all of my 'Dartmouth' (and the like) vases out on display for easy selection.
These Deco vases are a great shape for filling with garden flowers, with many of them not needing oasis foam, with the squiggly wire supporting structures that fit the insides being all that's needed - It has become more difficult to find these original 30's and 40's vases still fitted with them though.
Since buying my copy of Vintage Flowers a few years ago (which I still find very inspirational) and seeing the beautiful displays that author/florist Vic Brotherson creates in her Deco vases, I've become a little obsessed with them!
This one's my favourite.
It is still possible to pick these vases up at a very reasonable price and the styles available is quite varied...
Which means it can be very difficult to leave them behind when they turn up on my buying trips...
This is just what happened at the weekend when I found these three below! (The Sylvac one was £4, the stylish black one £3, and the front turquoise beauty was £1!)
The black one may not be to everyone's taste, but I think filled with large pink cabbage roses or bright red dahlias, it would look stunning.
The three of them have found their way onto my shelf, but I'm determined to not clutter up the space too much again.
Although it will be hard to resist a pastel pink one should one come my way! ;-))
(then I'd have one to match all of the colours in the rug on the floor...that's my excuse anyway!)
It may not look a whole lot different after the move around, but there's a bit more breathing space.
Which is more than can be said for the china cabinet! ;-))
Let's face it, I'm a lost cause! ;-))