6 Flower Vases All Homeowners Should Own

Is it just us or does anyone else feel far more “put together” when your nails are painted? In all actuality you could be a hot mess, but you glance at those colorful nails and you’re already feeling far less of a disaster?!Essie-Nail-Polish

This is how we feel when it comes to buying flowers for our homes. Is it a necessity? Not at all. Do we feel naked without them? Nah, not really. BUT do we feel far more “put together” and refreshed when we do splurge on some blooms for our spaces? ABSOLUTELY.1-carnation-flowers

Real Talk: We don’t ALWAYS have fresh flowers displayed in our homes (and we sure as heck don’t always have our nails painted), but we do splurge on some bright blooms (and manicures) whenever we can. But let’s be clear on one thing here… when we say “splurge” we actually mean “spend no more than $10” and buy whatever is on sale at the grocery store. To us, spending a few bucks on blooms for special occasions, when we’re entertaining, or just when we’ll be home to really enjoy them is well worth it and totally makes us feel more “put together.”

bridget flowersSince we like to splurge on flowers when we can but don’t always have a TON of room to store a huge collection of vases, we recently decided to identify 6 vases that every homeowner should have. We are confident that if you have these 6 options covered… you don’t need any others and therefore, can save space. <– always a winning combo in our playbook.

1. Bowl Vase

marble-tray-coffee-table-flowers-books-vignetteWe hate to play favorites, but this vase may just be one of our faves. We love the bowl vase because arranging flowers like roses or carnations into a vase like this is SO darn easy, yet super gorgeous every time (step-by-step tutorial here). flowersroses flower office makeover candle

12-coffee-cup-flowers-kitchen-subway-tile-backsplashLike almost any vase on the list, we don’t encourage you to spend a lot of money buying one of these. Heck almost all of them can be found at thrift stores or at Goodwill for under $2, especially the bowl vase (they usually have tons!).

2. Tall & Thin Vasesink flowers

bedroom flowers nightstandflowersWhen cutting down the stems super short is not an option, it’s good to have a tall, thin(ish) vase. Flowers like hydrangeas and alstroemerias can be plopped into a tall thin vase without much prep work on your end.

3. One Bud Vase

13-flower-candle-bathtub-trayThese mini options are perfect for the single stem flower (cough, cough… the Bachelor called, he wants to know if you’ll accept his rose). Casey is also a big fan of showcasing alstroemerias (her favorite flower!) and uses her single bud vases to display this colorful bloom in many different spots throughout her house.07-bathroom-glass-shelf-accessories

4. Mason Jar

Mason Jars just seem like a traditional staple around the house regardless of what your personal “style” is. These all-american symbols match with pretty much everything & can be used for just about anything (as evidence by one of our most popular projects).

Mason-Jar-Organizer-001 To us, a simple mason jar can double as a perfect vase too. There are a few different sized jars, colors, and the jar even comes with a few different options for the lid circumference or “mouth” size. Keep this in mind when choosing your mason jar, but as far as we’re concerned… you really can’t go wrong with this classic.

5. A vase to reflect your style

08-flowers-roses-coffee-nightstandThis is a freebie, yet is still an important one to have in your collection. Most of the other options in this list “play it safe” but this one is meant for you to have a little fun and step outside the box.

Patio Reveal tulip flowerhydrangea patio backyard lemonade Have fun choosing… but keep in mind that if you’re paring down your collection to 6, make sure the “look” you choose is versatile and works in different parts of the house throughout different seasons of the year. We do give you permission to purchase this one outside of the thrift store.. although a thrift store’s collection is pretty one-of-a-kind.

6. Bouquet Vasetulips_dining_room

flowers bhg stylemaker nycAnd last but certainly not least, we added a basic bouquet vase for those times when you’re hosting and one of your guest brings in flowers. By having this in your arsenal, you know you’ll always have something to put those blooms in right away.  One tip we would add is trying to choose a vase that is not clear. It’s of course your choice and style, but we’re not always in love with seeing all of the stems/leaves/murky water through the vase. It sometimes just takes away from the gorgeous bouquet of flowers. And again it’s up to you but we also like this vase to be neutral(ish) so the color isn’t clashing our competing with the flowers. Just a thought…vase guide for flowersWe’re confident that if you have these 6 vases on hand, you’ll never have a problem displaying  gorgeous flowers AND you won’t have to waste a ton of valuable storage hiding this collection. <– another WIN-WIN in our playbook! And if you’re looking for a good excuse to buy yourself some flowers, chalk it up as “research” to test out this philosophy.  😉
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  • Kjaydee

    My favorite vase is a white pitcher from Target! It looks so pretty with flowers in it.

  • I need that bowl vase in my life. Pinning this for vase research reminder purposes. 🙂

    • It’s definitely a good one to have around!

    • Marie

      I put my bowl vase (although at the time I didn’t know that’s what it was called, I just loved the vase) on my Bridal registry and it’s my VERY Favorite Vase. I’ll be using that style to get my vase that reflects my style and that isn’t see through. The one I have is clear but with glass on glass polka dots. Another thing they’re right on about is how easy it is to make beautiful arrangements in.. Makes me look like a professional. HA!

    • Right?! We completely agree, Marie!! You don’t need a ton of expertise to look like you really know what you’re doing. =) haha our favorite!

  • Amanda Scott

    I have a little trick- if you use a vessel that might be used for food or water (e.g. mason jars, pitchers, wine bottles) put an x or a small dot on the underside so you don’t end up using it for drinking water again. My flower water always ends up getting bleh before it’s tossed so I like to be careful.

  • I like the justification of buying flowers for research! Haha. I’ll have to try that.

    • hahaha we’ll talk ourselves into just about anything in the name of “research”

  • Honest circle here… I have NEVER purchased a vase – I just keep receiving them as gifts! And while I am extremely appreciative of these gifts, I definitely do not always have a vase that is right for the blooms (that I am also usually gifted). These tips are great; I’m going to go home today and take a look to determine which category I need to fill in. Thanks!

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  • Pancho Cham

    I’m looking for great ways to show off the flowers that my wife brings in every day, and after reading I found the perfect way. Out of all the different ways that were shown, I think the mason jar style really caught my attention. It’s really resourceful, can easily be made, and it looks really great.