Spring Fever Flower Vases

By Karen Parr-Moody


With the recent hint of spring, we’re compelled to bring the outdoors inside with the colorful beauty of a small flower vase. Best of all, at GasLamp, it’s inexpensive to dress up a grocery store bouquet (we found these at Trader Joe’s) with a low-cost, but creative vase. The vases in these photos start at $8.




Designer Jason Parker Counce always has something fun in his booth at GasLamp, and this darling little cat planter, at right, is no exception ($18, JPC Booth 309). These small planters are fabulous for containing tiny items, such as hens-and-chicks or ivy. But as seen here, they look great with the color found in a few tulip buds.











Surprise houseguests – or yourself – with a diminutive vase on a bedside table. This red “Asian” vase, at left, is of a style made in Hong Kong during the 1950s and 1960s ($12; Showcase S-104). This is such a fun little retro vase – it would easily into any “modern” look, whether that is mid-century modern, or what is considered modern today.









Hyacinth, daffodils, and iris – such beautiful bulb flower remind us that spring is around the corner. In the photo at right, we mixed in a bi-colored tulip with alstroemeria (sometimes called “the poor man’s lily”), and then put it in this bud vase by Wedgewood ($25; Booth B-310). While bud vases were technically created to hold just one bud, there is no hard and fast rule here.





McCoy art pottery is known by its range of beautiful pastel colors, which included butter yellows, baby blues, mint greens, apricots, turquoise, and pink. A great example of the color is with the vase at left – the shade of aqua is among the hallmark McCoy colors ($45; Booth B-2021). The beautiful colors are only one reason McCoy remains popular. The company was also known for beautiful embossed designs, such as with the leaves and berries on this vase. Perhaps that is why there are so many collectors today, including Martha Stewart, who keeps a large collection in her East Hampton kitchen.











This little cream-colored vase, at right, is filled with daisies and alstroemeria. It isn’t McCoy, but definitely has a bit of that McCoy look, particularly with the embossed beading on the handles. This vase was such a GasLamp find for a mere $8 at Booth 2021, which has a lot of inexpensive vases right now. Picking up such an inexpensive and lovely vase is a no-brainer – and this is exactly what I did once I finished shooting the photos for this story. I filled this very vase with flowers for a lovely lady, just to bring a bright spot to her hectic day.


The history of vases goes back 5,000 years ago to ancient Egypt (a surviving vase was recently tested and found to be from 3,200 B.C.E.). Gorgeous, well-made, expensive vases are certainly a story in their own right. But who doesn’t love finding a charming, inexpensive vase, and filling it with flowers for friend or for themselves? They are such a simple and satisfying “everyday luxury.” 

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