An antique vase

Can anyone have enough antique vases? I think not!

 What other decorative item in your home has the versatility of the vase?  Its style reinvented by the blooms of your choice.  You can take a risk on a colourful antique vase in the way you wouldn’t with a wall colour.   Never static, a vase moves from mantelpiece to bedside table with ease. Grouped for maximum effect, in pairs or solo.  Their texture and colour bring layers of richness to any interior.

Photo credits Cabana magazine, NY Times and House Beautiful. 

I enjoy the therapeutic act of caring for cut flowers in vases.  Drenching the stems in fresh water daily, and artfully arranging them.   The notion of “bringing the outdoors in,” is a powerful one, especially when you live in London, as I do.

 Timothy Langston’s shop on the Pimlico Road has the most beautiful selection of antique vases I know of.   I can’t think of a lovelier wedding present, though I’d happily buy them for myself.  


Click image to shop product


The Georgians believed that floral scents had the power to cleanse the air from disease.  Or at least temporarily mask the odours of those around you who smelt less than sweet.  During this time, oriental vases imported from the Far East became the height of fashion.  A look which never dates.   

Photo credits: Pentreath & Hall, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam, Denis Severs House.

Constance Spry, the 1930s society florist, pioneered the use of just about any humble flower, twig, or greenery.   Once, even stopping traffic on Bond St with her scarlet rose and kale leaf arrangement for a perfumier.  Her influences came from 17th century Dutch flower paintings and her amassed library of floral arrangements from the 18th and early 19th century.  

Constance Spry with Cecil Beaton. 

“I do feel strongly, that flowers should be a means of self expression for everyone.” 

Constance Spry