I do as my mother did -- it's double duty -- for it's decor and it's storage!!!!
Vases and bowls are found on the tabletops at Linderhof --sometimes they have flowers in them (always in summer -- maybe in winter). But if there aren't any flowers, the vases and bowls are decor -- decor just waiting to be filled with flowers!
The dining room table -- a blue and white oriental bowl that resides there most of the year. If I'm feeling rich, I'll have the florist fill it with flowers for a dinner party. It holds pumpkins in fall and when there are hyacinths in pots to buy, they will fill both the bowl and the house with fragrance.
There is another oriental bowl on the breakfast room table. It's great and a great place for fresh fruit. Paperwhites, when they are blooming are put into the bowl and like the one on the dining room table, in fall, it's filled with pumpkins.
The silver tray on the coffee table. Potpouri in winter fills that bowl, but pumpkins in fall are often found there. The cloisonne ginger jar is ready for flowers. Take the lid off and fill with water and the flowers add a lot to the living room coffee table.
A vase on the bedside table on my side of the bed. Flowers are definitely a luxury in the bedroom -- for guests can't see them. But it is wonderful to wake up to a bouquet -- and in summer the vase is always full!
In the guest room, the white Wedgwood vase is ready for a bouquet. A tradition that we've always done for daughter Sarah is a bouquet of fresh flowers in her room whenever she comes home. Always. No matter what the cost! And the famille rose bowl? That is filled with chocolate. Sometimes homemade truffles, sometimes Hershey kisses. But always chocolate!
The end table beside the wing chair and a great blue and white transfer ware vase. This vase, actually, is most often the vase of choice for flowers especially in the winter.
The blue and white bowl on the dining room table filled in December with red poinsettias.
The Oriental bowl on the breakfast room table held a Christmas cactus in December. Now it is home to the most beautiful orchid! In between, was a bowlful of Clementines!
Nothing like waking to fresh flowers and if I find some on sale during the winter, there is nothing as luxurious as having them next to the bed!
Most florists flowers in winter, get put in this vase. My $5 pink tulips make quite a statement. And they bring a smile not only to me but to any guest we may have at Linderhof!
It is strange, I suppose, to "store" my vases and bowls out in plain site. But when there are no flowers in them, it reminds me that perhaps, just perhaps, on my next trip to the market that I should trade steak for hamburger and buy a small bouquet!
It's Tuesday which means that it's "What's on Your Tabletop Tuesday". This week it's been hosted by Kim at Southern Whimsey. Stop by and see what everyone has on their tabletops this Tuesday.