Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner! In my early 20s this was the time of year I would go shopping for clothes in pale hues. As my love for interior design & decor has taken over I now become obsessed with lightening up our home, decluttering, and adding those same pastel hues with decor. Vintage glassware and tins are some of my weakest spots when it comes to shopping for decor goods.
One of my favorite past times was counting the antique tins stacked all along the upper decor molding in my grandma’s kitchen & dining room. My cousins and I would spend hours counting and try and decide who got it right (I don’t think anyone knew how many there actually were). She had 13 foot ceilings in her old style house and the tins went all the way to the top in some areas. That love has continued to our board & batten wall entryway which collects vintage tins and antique bottles that I fall in love with on the 7ft shelf on the top.
I’m about to purchase my first crated demijohn and cannot be more excited!
If your not sure what a demijohn (pronounced Demee-john) is? Its a french term used for any glass bottle with a long skinny neck and bulbous bottom. The antique versions were used to transport water, wine, and oils throughout Europe. They come in many colors, sizes, and sometimes even with the name of the wine painted on the side. Often found housed in a crate, wrapped in the original wicker (though not easily found), in netting, or just standing alone.
What’s not to love about these beautiful pieces of history and the stunning reproductions?……
I love this tables vignette because it includes dried hydrangeas which is another of my obsessions. I attempted to grow 2 bushes but ended up killing them (no surprise there). I also see vintage seltzer bottles in the background which adds to the vintage touch of this room and makes me fall completely in love!
This collection can be found on almost every blog post written about this subject because its AMAZING! I could only dream of having such a fabulous array of sizes and such a perfect place to display them.
These bottles can often be found as lamps but are not commonly used as pendant lighting which is stunning in this home! It works perfectly with the colors, shapes, and design style of the house. The weight of the bottles would require a heavy duty light box and I would recommend having it done professionally to avoid the risk of falling.
The nook in this abode is PERFECT for a display! I love that there is a smaller clear version on the shelf that compliments the larger varying shades of green on the floor.
Another photo from Vibeke Designs. This outdoor deck is perfectly styled, the smaller bottles in shades of green on the middle shelf balance out the use of the large demijohns on the opposite side. I love how casual and calm it feels-the urge to sit down is overwhelming don’t you think?
The long and narrow nature of this entryway is ideal for a collection. The sizing of each bottle fits perfectly around the table which allows it not to feel cluttered, and the blue binding of the rug works in perfect harmony with the shades of green glass. Such a wonderful design by Chango Co.
This is a great illustration for the common use of displaying large branches while adding weight and height to table decor. I love the bubbles and crackled glass effect on true antique demijohns- This can be hard to find on reproductions!
Here is another prime example of use as a vase. The cotton branches used here are stunning and totally something I would do!
This display wonderfully shows that there are many flower and branch options to use with demijohn bottles. It also wonderfully shows how to use various heights of floral choice based on bottle size!
This table grouping colors work in perfect harmony with the coastal decor theme and the different shapes work in harmony. I see that one of the bottles has a label still intact which may mean its antique (although some reproductions include labels as well).
Another stunning table display- this collection would look beautiful on a sideboard or the top of a china hutch with white ironstone china!
Anita is the master of french/antique decor styling. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet- I highly recommend it. This dining room vignette is a perfect example of how I would use these if we had a table large enough!
The shelf in this kitchen is the perfect place for a collection of large demijohn bottles! The whicker covered bottles in the corner warm up the white stone and cabinets & tie the wood countertop island into the rest of the kitchen.
If our staircase were wide enough I would alternate vintage crocks with demijohn bottles on the side of each stair, but that would just be a recipe for disaster. So for now I must just continue the search for a few bottles in various sizes grouped in areas that already function as decor spots. I hope to find enough to fill up at least one of these spots; our raised fireplace base, sides of the mantel, the shelf in the entryway, and the upper open wood shelving in our kitchen!
Isn’t this lovely? The whitewashed steps contrast so nicely with the green hue of the demijohn bottles!
Vintage demijohn bottles encased in whicker line these steps and blend in beautifully with the natural wood tones of the stairs!