Compiled by Barbara Kuntz
Choose your favorite vases and flowers for perfect Valentine’s Day gifts
Say “I love you” with a beautiful vase filled with traditional Valentine’s Day roses to fresh clippings from your garden in spring, summer, fall and winter to brighten your recipient’s home year-round. Take a look at our selections. We think you’ll find one you will fall in love with, and that special someone will, too.
1. INFINITE APRIL VASE
Showcase every bloom in a separate glass tube linked by articulated metal rings, lending this minimal vase design by artists Sigolene Prebois and Catherine Levy to multiple arrangements, from sinuous lines to geometric clusters or even a circle.
Available through UncommonGoods, www.uncommongoods.com
2. STONE VASES
No two pieces are alike with these bud vases made from stones found along the shores of New England. Each one is nature’s work of art.
Available through Simon Pearce, www.simonpearce.com. Bering’s (www.berings.com ), Events Gifts (www.eventsgifts.com ), Kuhl-Linscomb (www.kuhl-linscomb.com ) and Neiman Marcus (www.neimanmarcus.com ) also carry Simon Pearce.
3. TRIGG DESK VASES
$40 for set of two
Designed by Moe Takemura, these geometric ceramic vases sit atop wire bases to hold everything from greenery to office supplies. The large vessel measures 6 by 5 ½ by 8 inches, while the small vessel is
4 ¼ by 4 by 5 ¾ inches.
Available online through www.umbra.com
4. VENETO VASES
Hand-blown vases present slim works of art with happy dips of color that glow when bright, natural light passes through them. Aubergine, cerulean, sapphire, white, mandarin and gold vessels stand about 16.5 inches tall and 4 inches wide.
5. COUNTRY ESTATE DELFT BLUE TULIPIERE TOWER
Inspired by 17th-century tulipieres, ornate holders used to grow tulip bulbs indoors, this stunning tiered tower of three vases is of ceramic stoneware and stands 19.5 inches tall and 7 inches wide. Made in Portugal.
Available through www.juliska.com. Bering’s (www.berings.com ), Indulge (www.indulgedecor.com ) and Kuhl-Linscomb (www.kuhl-linscomb.com ) also carry Juliska.
6. BOTANICAL LEAF BUD VASE
Designer Michael Aram does his mixed-metal magic once again with this bud vase featuring a beautiful combination of stainless steel and nickel plate. The vase stands 4.75 inches tall and is 3.5 inches
Available through www.michaelarem.com
7. CROSS-BASE VASE
Add a sculptural accent to your home, as well as fresh flowers, with this simple glass container with antique brass-finished base. Dimensions are 7.9 inches tall and 5.9 inches in diameter.
Available through west elm, CityCentre, 12848 Queensbury Lane, Suite 152, 713-973-2041; Highland Village, 3910 Westheimer Road, 713-623-2442; www.westelm.com
8. WELL IN HAND
Glazed porcelain in a brass-color finish proves everything is “well in hand.” The dimensions are 7.5 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide.
Available through Anthropologie, www.anthropologie.com
9. WATERFORD GIFTOLOGY
Gifted to go in a canister reading “Keep Calm and Flower On,” Waterford offers this 6-by-3-inch lead-crystal bud vase. Present a stem of the recipient’s favorite flower, and you’ve made the perfect impression. Just add water.
10. AQUA VASES
These glazed, bright-and-bold beauties come in three shapes to suit your fancy. Check out The Arbor Gate’s other vases to add to your own collection, as well.
Available through The Arbor Gate, www.arborgate.com