When my mother was engaged, her parents set up long tables to hold all of the wedding presents that began streaming in. They used crisp tablecloths but the backdrop was nothing like the room Grace Kelly is standing in here, in High Society. Mom's presents were displayed in my grandparents' basement.
My friend Cameron got shelves. Her parents installed shelves in their basement to accommodate a bounty of Herend's Chinese Bouquet. Since she doesn't have much storage space in her own house, she can still go back to that basement and "shop" for things when she is visiting her family in Lexington, Kentucky.
I'd love to have shelves to hold a growing collection of modestly priced vases (I fantasize about that the way other women dream of bigger closets) but I literally don't have an extra inch to spare. So I'm thinking about tidy boxes placed under the bed.
Maybe something from The Container Store. The problem is, though, that the vases, glasses and containers need to be accessible: Use It or Loose It. There's no point to holding on to the collection if each item is not really used. In her book, Flowers for the Table, floral designer Ariella Chezar talks about the importance of having on hand all sorts of varied containers. She says the vessel should effortlessly suit the flower's shape and height, and she picks up random containers at garage sales and flea markets so that she is always prepared for any floral situation.
It doesn't seem insanely extravagant to have a lot if they are truly useful. But where to put them? What are your storage solutions?
Image three, above ©Flowers for the Table: Arrangements and Bouquets for All Seasons
The first image is via YouTube.