I’m not quite sure how this happened, but I let a YEAR slip by without sharing a Trend Alert post. I professed my love for drip rails last August, and apparently didn’t catch any notable trends worth sharing between then and now. I decided to bring this series back after spotting a trend that doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon… sculptural vases. Actually, in addition to vases, there are vessels of all types featured throughout this post: bowls, planters, urns, pots, and of course vases. I tried to source a variety of styles at lots of price points. Click through for a BIG roundup of my favorite sculptural vases and inspiration for styling them.
Vases and sculptural vessels are one of my favorite styling objects. They look great styled on built-ins, can stand alone as a centerpiece, and are also functional for displaying florals and greenery. I scoured the internet and found so many beautiful options!
Click directly on the vessels below to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: small vase // 02: etched vase // 03: round vase // 04: lined planter // 05: stoneware vase // 06: salton vase // 07: pedestal bowl // 08: stone bowl // 09: double handle vase // 10: urn // 11: ribbed vase // 12: ruffled vase // 13: glass vase // 14: sagrada pots // 15: cog pots // 16: large vase // 17: portland vase // 18: footed vase // 19: well vases // 20: handle vase // 21: bow vase // 22: white vase // 23: black vase // 24: hibiscus vase // 25: pedestal vase // 26: aged urn // 27: geometric vase // 28: apex vase // 29: chalice vase // 30: huron pots // 31: ander vase
I like to style vases alongside busts or other decorative objects for a layered look… like you’ll notice on the pedestal, pictured above in our basement media room. I also enjoy playing with contrasting forms- geometric versus organic, masculine versus feminine, etc.
Another functional way I use vessels is for candles. You’ll notice #28 from the roundup pictured above. These were citronella candles I poured last summer. Once the candles run out, I refill them, using the vases time and time again.
Vases and urns make amazing shelf styling objects because they provide a nice shape break from a seas of linear books. I enjoy adding some curvature to a vignette for balance, and vessels are an easy way to do that.
I’d love to hear your favorites from the roundup! Do you enjoy styling with vases? They’re not just for flowers and greenery! Have you noticed this sculptural vase trend I’m talking about? I really like it!
PeggiAugust 19, 2020 at 5:16 am
I confess that I am not much of a trendspotter, but I will surely be noticing sculptural vases everywhere I look now!😉 You really DID find a ton of beautiful examples. You know I am not a shelf-styler, but your examples are always so inspiring; the image of the horse and the sage vase is amazing! Narrowing down my favorites from the round-up took some work, but my top choices would be 1, 7, 8, 23 and 27. Number 23 might edge out first place; one of the reviewers commented that a table could get bumped and ” this vase isn’t going anywhere.” Sold!🤣
Off to practice videotaping myself…😢
I hope your day is spectacular!😎🌊
LaurenAugust 19, 2020 at 8:33 am
Aww Peggi my heart is with you! We are having a very rough go of it with the distance learning, and I can’t imagine what all of this must be like for teachers if it’s like this for parents and students. We’ll all get the hang of this right?? Lol, that’s what I keep telling myself anyway…I hope you have a lovely Wednesday. You’re doing great work in case no one has told you lately!
SarahAugust 19, 2020 at 8:58 am
Yess!!! This. Both of you are doing amazing! Hang in there. If you’re doing the best you can, that’s all that matters.
PeggiAugust 20, 2020 at 5:48 am
Hey Lauren! I was wondering if you had started school recently. We’re all in this together…from far apart. I keep telling myself it’s not permanent, the kids will be fine (really!), and maybe we will reap some ultimate benefits/innovations. Plus, I discovered that zoom has a filter! Snort. My teaching partner said I looked like Chad Allen.🤣🤣🤣
SarahAugust 21, 2020 at 8:53 am
Chad Allen!! LOL! Hang in there you two… sendings lots of positive vibes your way :)
LaurenAugust 21, 2020 at 9:18 am
Yes, we started last Thursday but it already feels like we’re two months in…very long days over here. I tell myself those same things: kids are resilient this will have no long term effect, it’ll get better as each day passes, this is only temporary…all the things. One thing that has positively benefited me, is being able to actually see the progress my kids have made. Aaron had his first grade assessment the other day with his teacher- I had no idea he could read full paragraphs!!! The kid has been holding out on me! It has been wonderful to see their various strengths and be able to support those throughout the day. I am also getting to see their creative sides, which I love. Aaron built a robot out of cardboard boxes the other day, and Brookelynn made a guitar out of another…the performances are quite hilarious! Those are the moments I’m trying to hold onto during the times of frustration-if they were in school I wouldn’t get to enjoy those things. So there are bright spots. I also have to remind myself to focus on those- anxiety tends to turn my naturally positive attitude into negativity very quickly…so you know. The struggle is real, lol. Who the heck is Chad Allen???
SarahAugust 24, 2020 at 11:04 am
This feels so encouraging! I love hearing that your kiddos are thriving and you’re all making the most of it :) Amazing work!
SarahAugust 19, 2020 at 8:54 am
I’m really into the fun shapes, and thanks so much for your kind words about that photo. I love all of your top choices! #23 is amazing! You’re back to distance learning?! Hang in there. Hoping this school year gets better for you. This year… it HAS to get better, right? haha! Try to have a good day and embrace the videotaping- maybe Joe can make an appearance to make your students smile? Put some glasses on him, like he’s the star student. lol!
LaurenAugust 19, 2020 at 8:30 am
I have noticed this trend! Everywhere I turn these sculptural vases are popping up and I’m noticing a lot of designers I follow are using them frequently lately. I love a good double handled urn: that style draws me in all sizes! Naturally #10 is my favorite! I also really 18 and 23. I love raised texture on pottery and those are just SO good! Hoping you’re having an amazing week!
SarahAugust 19, 2020 at 8:57 am
Right?! I think they’re awesome! I’m team double handle urn too- those feel more classic and less trendy. Hope you’re having a good week too, Lauren! Also hoping you’re getting the hang of distance learning and the school year is off to a good start. Happy Wednesday :) We’re on vacation in Oregon, so about to head into the perfect drizzly weather and have coffee on the beach.
LaurenAugust 21, 2020 at 9:19 am
DannaAugust 19, 2020 at 9:20 am
Styling bookshelves, tables, vignettes is just one of your strengths. You have a great collection of them too. I am loving the trend. My favorites are: 1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 18, 27
I just realized that I have purchased 4 vases this year alone. I had a few small vases in my closet that I packed and gave my son for his apartment.
Speaking of vases, urns, etc., I find I am more willing to spend the money on a candle if the vessel is one I would repurpose later. I have always wanted to try your citronella candle tutorial. Maybe before winter? Which reminds me about your new business. Cannot wait to hear.
Have a great Wednesday. I have missed your posts.
SarahAugust 21, 2020 at 8:50 am
Thanks Danna! I love all of your favorites. I totally agree with your candle statement- I’m also willing to spend more if the vessel is pretty and I can repurpose it :) Hope you’re having a wonderful week! xo