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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

5.22.2008

Inspiration for the Weekend


Decanters are a fun thing to look for at vintage and antique shops because, depending on the age and rarity, they are more attainable than furniture, they are portable, and they can be enjoyed forever (assuming they don't break.)


The narrow openings of decanters make them perfect containers for a few flowers, as well as elegant bar essentials. I'm partial to old glass with geometric patterns; despite being 130 to 200 years old, geometric pieces can feel very modern. Just for fun, here are some rarer Regency-era and late Georgian decanters from Butler's Antiques.




32 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

so very very very pretty! you ALWAYS have the prettiest flowers!!! Have a great weekend.

Style Court said...

thanks joni, you too!

ambika said...

What an absolutely fantastic idea. I'll have to keep this in mind the next time I hit up the antique shop.

Style Court said...

hope you find something great ambika!

SimplyGrove said...

Lovely flowers! And such a cute idea! Im thinking I need this to cheer up my house while the sun is gone!

beachbungalow8 said...

wow. really great post.sometimes it's the simple and beautiful things that get overlooked. you've inspired me with this one!

*plus i miss peonies this time of year :(

Anna Spiro said...

Courtney - I just can't tell you how much I love it when you post your personal vignettes and tablescapes! This one is divine - the peonies against the red box, WOW! Gorgeous! I have saved both of these pictures in my love files.
XXXX
Anna

Style Court said...

Anna -- I'm really flattered! Your vignettes are always impressive, so that means a lot!
Xxx
C

Style Court said...

thanks megan. it's not may without peonies! michael smith is sort of your neighbor -- wonder where he finds his? :)

Style Court said...

simply g,

thanks!

Social Network Web Design said...

Are these what is called decanters? These are pretty..

Style Court said...

SNWD,

Yes, decanters usually hold wine or other types of alcohol.

pve design said...

Are those from Mrs.Blandings garden?
Peonies are one of the oldest flowers, I adore them.
They remind me of tissue paper flowers.

Laura said...

What a great idea! I may have to raid my dad's liquor collection next time I'm home! Your peonies are so beautiful.

Style Court said...

thanks laura!

The Peak of Chic said...

I love the graphic pattern on your decanters, and you're lucky that you have three of them. They really make a statement (and a pretty one at that!)

Style Court said...

thanks jennifer!

Pigtown-Design said...

I love the look of one lush bloom in a beautiful vessel!

erika @ urban grace said...

looks like you have been at Camp Blandings already this summer!
Gorgeous flowers, something I never thought to do with decanters.
I do keep my Scope (the mouthwash) in one next to my bathroom sink... when the scope runs out - perhaps a peony is in order!!
happy memorial day weekend!
erika

Style Court said...

same to you erika!

katiedid said...

These are such wonderful decanters Courtney! I love the pattern so much. And Peonies are so beautiful. Sacramento is not a great climate for them, so I am glad to enjoy looking at yours!

Style Court said...

katie -- thanks! mrs. blandings must be in a great place for peonies or she has a really green thumb :)

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

decanters as vases? genius!

Style Court said...

glad you think so marram :)

Ziakoko said...

wow these look great I have a lovely hand blown one somewhere I'll have to dig it out and fill it with blossom- thanks!

Style Court said...

thanks ziakoko! good luck.

Mélanie said...

Fantastic ideas ! Good pieces ! lovely peonies

Style Court said...

Thanks Melanie!

Poppy said...

Lovely idea! I just fell upon "Style Court" and now it is the first thing I go to each morning for my daily dose of design inspiration!!!!

Poppy said...

Lovely idea! I just fell upon "Style Court" and now it is the first thing I go to each morning for my daily dose of design inspiration!!!!

Style Court said...

Poppy, I'm flattered! Thank you!

Rivka said...

I got seven decanters as wedding gifts and I don't know what to do with them. Anyone want some?