the home made flower display

by Sharon Santoni
I love being offered a bouquet of flowers.  Guests arriving for dinner can always make me smile with a few roses or a posy of tulips.  A dear friend, a real gentleman, has flowers delivered to my door in the afternoon before a dinner, and that has to be the ultimate courtesy.


But for all the pleasure I get from a lovely bunch of fresh blooms, I may secretly enjoy them more in the following week, when some flower heads begin to fade and the bouquet is taken apart.

Because sometimes all it  takes to make a table look special is a few simple flowers and an assortment of interesting containers.


In these pictures I display flowers in old stone bottles, vintage jelly moulds, a jam pot and my favourite old cups.  Set against a backdrop of an old tureen or a pile of old books.  Takes a few minutes  and adds a little weekend interest to a table in the entrance hall.

How about you, do you have a favourite flower container, do you use stuff
 that wasn’t originally designed for flowers?
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, celebrating Easter, or simply enjoying friends and family.



Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima April 6, 2012 - 11:14 am

How how beautiful it is Sharon!

Happy Easter to you and your family!


Clive April 6, 2012 - 11:57 am

Old glass milk bottles are a favourite here!

Happy Easter to you and all your family
Clive & Co

Fleaing France April 6, 2012 - 1:20 pm

The flower groupings are beautiful. I love all of the blooms, but those in the old bottles and the the jelly mould are especially lovely.

Happy Easter to you and yours from Provence!

becky April 6, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Lovely vignettes in the soft sunlight…charming photography! And, yes, I love to use uncommon containers for flower settings…kitchen cannisters in stainless steel are my go-to vases but I'll also work a little longer with cobalt wine bottles and glassware or blue-and-white Asian bowls and saki bottles.

Blondie's Journal April 6, 2012 - 2:19 pm

I love that you use so many interesting pieces to hold your flowers…so pretty!

Happy Easter, Sharon!


Kim @ La Belle Époque April 6, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Love the stone bottles and jam pot. Do I see some ranunculus in the mix? Ranunculus are some of my favorite flowers and they are so hard to get here.

Corrine April 6, 2012 - 2:51 pm

I do the same thing. Once the original bouquet starts to fade, I edit it and put the remaining flowers in all sorts of vessels all over the house. Beautiful. Happy Easter Sharon.

Roofing Manchester April 6, 2012 - 3:01 pm

All the designs are pretty. Please provide me some roof designs also.

Minnie Kitchen April 6, 2012 - 3:04 pm

Looks wonderful! Must smell wonderful too!

Mise April 6, 2012 - 3:12 pm

I confess to always taking my bouquets apart straight away, as I prefer simple small bunches of flowers to overly artful showpieces. Yours are beautiful.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest April 6, 2012 - 3:21 pm

Beautiful groups of flowers – looks awesome.

I haven't really done much "thinking outside the vase" on flowers as far as real cuttings.

You have inspired me to look at things differently next time I have a pretty bouquet to take apart. Thank you for that!

I Dream Of April 6, 2012 - 4:02 pm

So much lovely inspiration. I love the soft colors of your blooms and the faded shades of your vintage containers. I have a favorite white ironstone pitcher that is always filled with tulips this time of year. It makes me happy just to look at them!
Happy Weekend!

Amy April 6, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Lovely ideas! I can only have fresh flowers in my bedroom – otherwise my cats EAT them. Bad kitties. But I do have a little bouquet in there all the time. I have a variety of little vases – some vintage Fire King Jadeite, some cups and jars, some interesting little containers – that I use for the flowers.

I'm loving alstroemeria right now. It's so delicate, so colorful, and lasts a long time.

Kathy April 6, 2012 - 4:16 pm

Every picture could be in a book….just lovely! Have a beautiful weekend…k

kim April 6, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Lovely pictures! I usually use either canning jars or some ironstone pitchers. For a small posy though I like tiny assorted bottles. Thanks for even more ideas!

PURA VIDA April 6, 2012 - 4:28 pm

I just love this post. Always put something pretty in front of a mirror for twice the good! Love it!

shooting star April 6, 2012 - 6:04 pm

no i dont do that..always put cut flowers in vases…though i ahve a small terrace garden..where fresh flowers can bloom as long as they like!!

Kris April 6, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Beautiful arrangements! I am a lover of ranunculus but all flowers are beautiful.

I usually use vases from leftover flower arrangements that were given to me for the various holidays. Not very creative, I know but it seems I have them in all different sizes. HA

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting April 6, 2012 - 6:37 pm

GORGEOUS!! Your arrangements look beautiful!!

oh-my-home April 6, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Beautiful decorations with flowers. Daisies look sweet and elegant in the vases, but the bottles are also pretty.
best wishes

Anonymous April 6, 2012 - 7:27 pm

Love your quirky/beautiful arrangements. I love using the yellow and green Tate and Lyle golden syrup tins alongside the red and black treacle tins for small things. An alternating row of these with cacti in a modern kitchen look great! Alison.

Virginia April 6, 2012 - 8:41 pm

Oh they are all so fresh and full of springtime! I love them all!

Mary Anne April 6, 2012 - 8:41 pm

Absolutely beautiful Sharon.
Happy Easter to you and your family!
Mary Anne ox

Shabby soul April 6, 2012 - 10:35 pm

All so charming!
Wish you a beautiful serene Easter's day!

Leah - The Inside Story April 6, 2012 - 11:18 pm

What a gorgeous display! I love to use vintage bottles, teapots, old tin cannisters, jugs etc. to display my flowers, rather than the traditional vases. Have a lovely easter weekend Sharon. Leahx

Elizabeth Eiffel April 7, 2012 - 12:58 am

As always, you have a great sense of style.
Apologies for not leaving comments for quite some time. I'm still reading your delightful posts, but I'm limiting my time on the computer, and thus tend not to be leaving comments, in desperation of trying to improve my time management. Hopefully life will resume a comfortable rhythm soon so I can leave comments more regularly.
Best wishes for a safe and relaxing Easter.

Jennifer April 7, 2012 - 2:02 am

That just looks perfect! I will use anything I can as a vase, I can't believe how often friends have asked me "what are you going to do with that?" and I say put some flowers in it!
Have a lovely Easter weekend.

Betsy April 7, 2012 - 2:54 am

oh what beautiful arrangements! I use odd things for containers…I love to repurpose like that. Teapots are a beautiful vase, among other things. I love your choices!

Ideezine April 7, 2012 - 9:44 am

We always have room in our world for more flowwers hanging out in our spaces.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Paris Rendez-vous April 7, 2012 - 9:54 am

Gorgeous little assemblages…..I love your collection of varied containers/vases. Just a little imagination is all that is needed. Merci beaucoup.

cose di lino April 7, 2012 - 10:02 am

Felice Pasqua.
Nunzia e Cinzia

Eli crea shabby April 7, 2012 - 10:04 am

My compliments this blog is very beautiful..!!
Elisa from Italy

Mary Timmers April 7, 2012 - 8:33 pm

What sweet arrangements! So worth the time it takes to put them together! Thanks for the always inspirational ideas and pics…


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