with its graceful shape and charming image of a lady’s calves and feet, it’s a delightful piece for your shelf or coffee table or desk all on its own. Filled with a spray of delicate flowers, it takes on a charming yet surrealistic quality any Dali or Man Ray fan would find irresistible.
It’s handcrafted of lead-free glass in Sweden by designer Kjell Engman, and comes in a gift box just in case you can bear to give it away. Me? I think I would stick a bow on the box, leave it for myself somewhere, and then surprise myself with a lovely gift.
Then again, at this price, I might get generous enough to share a second one with a very, very good friend. You see, the retail price for the piece is $200.00, but right now Amazon has it for just $129.50. That’s a savings of more than $70.00!
But wait! There’s more! For a limited time, if you purchase $50.00 or more of Home and Garden products from Amazon, you can get a free one-year subscription to your choice of: GQ, SELF, Conde Nast Traveler, or Architectural Digest. See site for details and restrictions.
You know, you could always get the vase for yourself and the magazine subscription for a friend. I’m just saying.]]>
I’m still madly in love with color. I still hold a place in my heart for those exquisitely emphatic jewels. And I love it when I see something that isn’t jewelry, but still appears to have drawn inspiration from the same source.
I don’t think I’ve seen quite this shade of blue outside of ancient Egyptian artifacts, and the shape of the lotus blossom at the top of this vase strikes a similar chord. And yet it’s made in modern day France of glazed earthenware and hand painted. Since it’s hand painted, each one will be slightly different. It stands 12″ high, and is 5″ wide at the neck, slightly wider at the base.
I fell in love the instant I saw it. I fell in love all over again when I saw the sale price.
Originally $448.00, it’s been marked down to just $112.00! Oh, and if you’re a member of the New York City Botanical Gardens, you can get it at the further reduced price of just $100.80.
Go on. Cleopatra would want you to.]]>
This is the La Mer vase by Versace. It’s porcelain painted with a fun mix of classic aquatic images, such as coral branches and golden shells. It stands 7″ high to hold a wide variety of blooms, or to simply be superfantastic in its empty state.
If you want it as much as I do, you’ll be delighted to know it’s on sale at Saks Fifth Ave. Regularly priced at $268.00, it’s currently selling for just $201.00. You can even get free shipping with the code SAKSSHIP9.
Of course, if the year has been financially unfortunate for you, you still may not be able to afford the lovely Versace vase. In that case, may I offer up this second delightful deal from Saks?
After all, what woman doesn’t feel better with a stylish set of matching shoes and purse? And what woman wouldn’t feel even better if they’re made of chocolate? At that point, even if you don’t care about matching shoes and purses, it still appeals.
Regularly priced at $52.00, they’ve been marked down to just $32.00 for the season.
Of course, there’s nothing to stop you getting both, if you like.]]>
This beauty is the Kelly vase. Swirls of emerald green, cornflower blue, and lilac make an elegant and compelling statement. It stands 18″ tall by 6 1/2″ wide, and is designed for dry arrangements only. Me? I would just display it as is. Why gild this lily?
As for the icing on the cake, well, it’s a heck of a deal. The suggested retail price is $98.00, but we can do better than that. Bellacor usually carries it for just $81.00, which is a serious improvement.Right now, though, Bellacor has it on a special overstock deal for a mere $33.00!
Hurry, though, because stocks are limited. Oh, and while you’re on the site, be sure to check out the other great deals available. After all, you’ll want to take advantage of the free shipping offer on orders of $75.00 or more.]]>
But if you’re going to decorate with cut flowers, you need a good vase or two to show them off in. Well, I found a beauty at Ralph Lauren and it’s on sale!
This is the Veranda vase. Just look at those graceful lines, the subtle but charming details on the footed base. It’s a hefty lead crystal that will last and last and last, too. And at 11 3/4″ tall, it makes a dramatic statement no matter where you place it or what you display in it.
As for the savings, well, those are fairly dramatic, too. The regular price on this gorgeous vase is $133.50, but right now you can get it direct from Ralph Lauren for just $89.99!
I think I’ll get one for the dining room…and one for the living room…and perhaps one for the kitchen….]]>
To get the best out of a vase, though, you need a particularly nice one. The good news is that this needn’t break your bank – not even the piggy one!
Don’t believe me? How about a few examples.
The first one comes from Bellacor. One look at the pretty stripes and charming shape made me want to gaze at it in perpetuity.
So very pretty. It stands some 18″ high, so it will look quite impressive on its own. This is a good thing because it’s designed to be used with only dry displays. Remember those feathers I was talking about? This would be a wonderful place for them.
This is also a case of a tremendous bang for your buck. The retail price is a $80.00, which is quite a nice price for something that will look so handsome in your home. But why pay retail when you can get a deal? Bellacor usually carries it for a thrifty $68.00, but right now – if you hurry – you can get it for the basement bargain price of just $28.00!
Or you may want something a bit more light-hearted in basic appearance. How about these?
How charming is that? Two pretty tropical fishes that will hold a pretty bud or two each. They are both mouth-blown borosilicate. But that’s not the important thing. The important thing is that they used to cost $45.00 at Viva Terra, but have been marked down to just $18.00 for the pair!
At that price, why not buy an entire school? It would show no end of class.
Of course if you’re looking for a classy accent for your home, you could do a lot worse than choose a lovely vase from Lenox.
How pretty is that? With it’s dramatic band and vine design in green on white frosted glass, it’s a gorgeous addition to any home, but it won’t upstage your flowers. It would also make a wonderful wedding, birthday, graduation, or anniversary gift…but you might want to get one for yourself while you’re at it. After all, the suggested retail price is $58.00, which is quite reasonable, but if you buy it right now from Macy’s, you can get it for a mere $39.95.
As I said, get one for yourself, too. You won’t regret it.]]>
I was thinking about that, since spring is starting to poke its head out and wave hello. All those luscious bright flowers seem to call to me. Then I found just the vase to put them in.
Obsidian black hand-blown glass is then cut and engraved with a series of simple yet dramatic rings. Whether you display it on its own or filled with a profusion of bright flowers, this is a piece that’s going to look superfantastic in your home.
Of course, good taste doesn’t pay the bills. I wouldn’t worry about that, though. While this vase once would have cost you $149.00, it’s now on sale at Crate & Barrel for just $59.95.]]>
For instance, these verdigris mini taper candle holders will tell friends and family that you have a fondness for nature, and a love of elegance. Slim candles rise from delicate verdigris trees to light your table gently.
Once upon a time, the candle holders would have cost you $69.00 each, and the candles $16.00 apiece. Now, though, at VivaTerra, the holders are just $48.00 and the pure beeswax candles a mere $6.00 each.
Looking for something else? Check out the deals below the cut.
A good vase can make a huge statement in the right home. I’m looking at this one from Fitz and Floyd:
I love the rich brown color and the perfect proportions. Whether you display it empty, with a few dramatic blooms, or with some gorgeous dried grasses, this is sure to be appreciated by your guests. What’s more, they’ll never guess how little you paid for it. The retail price is $90.00, but right now at Fitz & Floyd, it’s just half that price or $45.00.
Of course, while vases and candle holders are wonderful things, sometimes you want something whose only purpose in life is to be decorative.
This charming pewter bird will delight you and your visitors no matter where you choose to display him. Just look at the detailing! At 6 1/2″H x 9 1/2″ it will fit in any home comfortably, too.
The original price at the New York Botanical Garden Shop was a whopping $148.00. Now, though, it’s on sale for just $37.00 ($33.30 for members)!
Making your home beautiful and meaningful can cost a fortune…or it can cost a lot less. It’s all about knowing where and how to shop.]]>
The Marly vase by Christofle stands 10″ tall and is almost completely covered in an exhuberant yet tasteful etched design of vines. Displayed on its own or filled with cut flowers, it will look fabulous in any home.
Of course this kind of design and workmanship paired with a name like Christofle is not going to be inexpensive. Even on sale, it still won’t be cheap. It can, however, be a great deal less expensive than the retail price.
That retail price? Oh, a cool $360.00. The sale price at Saks Fifth Avenue? $251.90. Cheap? No. All the same, a savings of over $100.00 is still superfantastic. If you happen to have that $250.00 just lying around, you could do a lot worse than spend it on this.
Oh, and don’t forget that on orders of $200.00 or more, you can get free shipping by using the code SAKSFS. That’s not just good, it’s superfantastic!]]>
This handsome porcelain vase
by Dror Benshetrit of Studio Dror, NYC for Rosenthal is part of a series entitled ‘Vases of Phases’ representing change in life. What I love about it most, though, is the combination of simple elegance and distinctive detail that can take center stage or a back seat, depending on whether it’s displayed full or empty. The matte black finish will make colorful flowers pop dramatically in any room, but the piece can also stand the full attention of the viewer on its own.
The retail price of this gorgeous 11 3/4″ vase is $325.00, but I know where to get it for a much better price. Right now, Amazon has it in stock for the mere pittance of $78.00! $78.00! That’s a savings of nearly $250.00!
Good art is priceless, but it’s always better when you can get this good a deal on it.]]>