Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Want to decorate your home with simplicity and style?
Collect pretty vases, vessels and pitchers to hold seasonal organic elements.

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and PitchersPretty Vases

Simplifying your home doesn’t mean it can’t have pretty things in it. You don’t have to have entirely empty surfaces, tables and shelves. If you’re like me, you likely love to see pretty colors, shapes and textures in your home. We all know that decorative collections and decor can feel like clutter if we have too much or we aren’t carefully weeding out what we no longer love or need.

That’s why I love collecting practical but still pretty unique vases, or vessels and pitchers. This type of collection make sense to me because 1) I actually use them 2) I love to have a variety on hand 3) they last for years (unlike trendy decorative trinkets)  4) I prefer natural elements for seasonal decor, so it makes decorating with them fun when I can grab a pretty vase or container to put them in.

It’s so simple to just bring in flowers from the yard, grab a few twigs or sticks from a walk, pull some weeds (pretty weeds, ha), cut foliage from bushes, or buy a plants or bouquets from the farmer’s market. The organic elements contrast beautifully with unique vessels, making it so easy to make a beautiful statement without the fuss of “decorating.”

I get questions all the time about where I find pretty vessels and vases, so today I thought I’d give you some ideas and sources! I find lots of my inexpensive vases or pitchers at places like HomeGoods or TJ Maxx, you will see many of those in this post. Hopefully these online ideas are helpful too! Scroll down for inspiration and see my full round-up of vases and vessels here.

Note: In case you didn’t know, I am always adding beautiful home decor items to my online shop. Everything is preselected by me just for you, so you don’t have to wander all over the place looking for the prettiest home stuff in reasonable price ranges. If I would personally consider buying an item, I add it to my shop!

To make it a bit easier to find what you are looking for, you can even shop by item/category (like rugs or kitchen faucets or lighting). If you can’t find something in my shop, just ask! I’m happy to find options and make recommendations.

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and PitchersBud Vases

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and PitchersVase set of three

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and PitchersFloral vase

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and PitchersGray and white vases

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and PitchersRecycled glass sanded vase

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and PitchersHome Goods

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and PitchersTranslucent bubble vase

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Click here or above for a full round-up of vase sources

Shop with the arrows/thumbnails below (and find many more vase sources in the shop here!)

Collecting Pretty Vases, Vessels and Pitchers

Related:

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Simple Decorating (my book) at Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

We are coming up on our two year anniversary of moving into our home! Even though in many ways it feels like we’ve lived here for a long time, in other ways I feel like this home and property and I are still getting acquainted.

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

I was thrilled last summer (our first summer here) to find a giant old lacecap hydrangea bush growing in our backyard. It felt like a gift! We had a large blue hydrangea in one of our past gardens, too. I had missed it so much.

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

The bush is blooming and so beautiful right now, but we aren’t able to see it from the yard or house because the whole bush is hiding behind a large hedge. It obviously would have been ideal planted within view of the windows or patio, but instead I can just take a walk to visit the hydrangea as if it is blooming in a secret garden, tucked away so its joy can be discovered.

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

I think every house I have lived in has taught me a little something about life and design. Do you find that to be true where you live, too? This house is already shaping my perspective in many ways, as it inspires me to embrace its simplicity and find joy in what that brings to my life.

Part of what will make a home beautiful each season is just slowing down so you can better appreciate what is already there. What your home offers or already has available may not be on everyone’s list of “must haves” but it’s something you happen to love or can grow to feel or find happiness in. Slowing down involves simplifying, so you can actually see the beauty around you.

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

The beauty found in simplicity may not even be obvious at first glance, especially to anyone else. Simple joys are found in our surroundings are not because they necessarily shout “look at me, I’m amazing!” but because they quietly delight you. Delight is what you feel when something wonderful takes you by surprise.

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

Simplicity is subtle, so the joy found in it can sneak up on you. It’s like an unexpected gift you receive only when you are paying attention to how you feel in your surroundings. To me simplicity doesn’t have to be defined by a certain color palette or decorating style. I think of it more as what you might miss out on if you are distracted by stuff that is shouting for attention. It might be clutter or accessories or colors or really anything that distracts rather than delights you.

What distracts you in your home may be different from what distracts me in mine. Photos can’t even really capture what simplicity feels like in a home, it’s such a personal thing.

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

Simple joys in a home are found through experiences like the warm sunshine streaming through a room on a cool morning, or the delight of a breeze gently blowing curtains through an open window. Simple joys can even be discovered through the serenity you feel when your counters are clean, or the deep breath you can take after you’ve decluttered a long-neglected closet.

Even the sound of laughter in the house on a lazy summer day is a reminder that it’s not the material things we have or add or buy that transform our home. It’s simple joys that can change us from the inside out.

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

Perhaps (like me) you want to feel a sense of delight in something as simple as placing a freshly cut bouquet from your yard in a lovely vase. Like I do, you might have to pare down, slow down, eliminate the unnecessary, or put forth a little extra effort to get to that place of simplicity. But, I think it’s worth it.

Our simplified surroundings invite those bright blue hydrangeas to really show off and take a place of honor in the room all summer long.

Simple joys, friends, Simple joys. 

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

 

PS. If you missed my latest news, I’m writing a fun new book on decorating. But, I need your help! This book will feature questions and answers on decorating. The cool thing is the questions will be from YOU, my online buddies! YAY! Can  you think of some decorating or style questions you’d like me to answer in a book? Questions can be submitted via the form in this post.  Thanks, friends! <3

Dining room sources:

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Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity

Sources and details:

Gray ceramic table lamps and linen lampshades

Vase – HomeGoods

Watercolor floral pillow

Sisal rug

Rattan chairs: sold out from World Market (similar: 1 // 2)

Ombre beaded chandelier (or similar chandelier)

Woven window shades

Curtains

Parsons chairs (round-up of options, mine are RH)

Peacock art print

Crane art print

Blue honeycomb pillows

Round white rattan mirror

Copper planter

Polish pottery

Striped banquette bench

Wall color: Simply White Benjamin Moore

Shiplap Wall Details

Kitchen Reveal & Sources

Summer Decorating: Finding Joy in Simplicity
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