I’m talking bottles today. Seriously they can add a lot of charm to a home, and unlike some collectibles, they are still fairly inexpensive.
These bottles are very old, but I didn’t pay a lot for them. (I can’t remember the price, but it was reasonable.) They are all handmade, so each one is different.
Now if say, you didn’t have access to vintage or antique bottles, you can always head to Target to get the bottle on top of my craft bookcase. (Not a sponsored post.) I can tell it isn’t antique, but it’s still ‘way cool’ in my book.
Okay this is my favorite bottle, because it came in this marvelous crate. I bought it at Round Top. These are usually over $100, but they are big, and make a statement. I’ve got this one also on top of a cabinet.
I have two of the large wine bottles in the crates. This one sits under a table.
Now, I love these medicine bottles, and this one is actually a reproduction. It’s a nice size so it doesn’t get lost in my bookcase in the study.
Now this last bottle we actually purchased at the health food store. It had something ‘healthy’ in it, that is long gone, so I (of course) kept the bottle to use in my bookcase. It’s not old, but it has that look.
My only advice is to get any vintage or antique bottle you like soon, because I suspect they are going up in value like everything else vintage. It’s just a matter of time.
And I like that they aren’t too frilly. I have really tried over the years to make my house a little less feminine so my husband doesn’t go into sugar shock when he walks into our home every night. I still have plenty of dishes and girly things; I’m just trying to balance them all.
So what do you do with your bottles??
Love bottles and all the ones that you have shown. I use a tall skinny green bottle by one of my fireplaces to hold some lighted stems. It would be cool to put a string of tiny lights into a bottle, too.
Jackie Bowers says
I love those huge bottles you have! !
Ooh my goodness! They are awesomeness complete! Especially the one under the small table by the staircase. Wow! But then again, I do have a slight touch of the envy going on with your home .And your decorating. And your incredibly Amazingly Wonderful Beautiful Antiques!!!
Can you tell I kinda like your house?
And the bottles are cool too.
Ha ha ha
I’m sure you’ve said this in another post but, how long did it take you to get your house so wonderfully put together like this?
I’m just looking for some kind of time line. I’ve been at my house for years now, and with 3 young girls growing up. Who have since moved out.
I’m hoping to finally get my bedroom painted.
It has been 12 YEARS!!! Since I built this house with Habitat for Humanity.
12 years, all 3 girls have grown up. My youngest daughter was starting her first December of Kindergarten when we moved in. She starts her Senior year in September!
And I still haven’t been able to get MY bedroom painted. How bad is that?!
Oh well, it’s on my list of projects.
I read you have that kind of list also! From what I’ve seen, pretty much every woman has that kind of list! !
At least I know that I’m in Great company! !
Thank you so much for your posts!!
I look forward to everyone since I signed up.
I have been in the house now almost a year. But of course I used many of the things in my old house.
I do have many lists. And if you are doing the work yourself it is going to take longer obviously. I wish you the best!!
I have been trying to convince my partner that we can make a bookshelf decorated with nick-nacks still look masculine and not just “girly”! I will have to show him this post so he can have an example!
Ann C says
I had to laugh when I read your comment. My partner likes the minimalist look and I’m more of a every-flat-spot-needs-something on it! Plus I’m an avid collector and love to have them out where I can see them, he’s amazed how much joy they bring me.
Ann C says
Love the bottles. Bottles and Mason jars are two things I love to put stones in, or flowers, or even faux silk flowers. Or like you, just cluster them together.
Susan P says
I brought home a old empty green bottle around 30 inches tall from Italy in 1999, when I lived in Atlanta. The stewardess didn’t even blink and said, I’ll put this in our coat closet. I made sure she got a great letter; not email. I place alder branches that have moss on them from my home in the Pacific Northwest for a spring display.
Gloria @ glutenfreepoodlehome says
I like to put bottles on my kitchen counter. Full of wine.
Your home looks lovely! I love how you are decorating with your bottles! May I ask, how can you tell if they are really old?
Wavvy glass is certainly a sign, but not a guarantee of age. Dirt and grime point to age. Look at the bottom and see if the markings look old. And I think side seams are going to point to age. But I’m not an expert here.
I’m crazy about the old, large blue/green bottles too. I have a fairly large one that is old, beautiful clear green glass that sits alone. It’s rounded when you see it from the front or back, but flattened when seen from the side. Got that one for $10 ! It’s so pretty all on it’s own I don’t put anything in it or next to it. Just let it’s beauty stand alone. I also collect the old aqua glass medicine bottles, even have one that has the word ‘poison’ embossed on it. Most of them were between $6 and $8, the ‘poison’ bottle was $16. Sometimes I’ll put a single flower in some or all of them.
I love the bottles in the crates!
Jackie, now is the time for you to make your home yours, surround yourself with the beautiful things you love most. First, weed out those things that don’t have meaning to you, or aren’t beautiful, or useful. Then follow your heart, have no fear, and make it truly you.
beth McCurdy says
I have two really cool antique pale greenish bottles that I inherited and can you believe that I had them stored away? I had forgotten about them and now they are packed away to go to our new beach house 🙂
Mary Kay Victorson says
Love your blog! Could you tell me what color of paint you use on the walls and trim in your beautiful home.
Mary Kay, Here’s the link to my paint selections. https://cedarhillfarmhouse.com/2013/08/my-interior-paint-selections-new-house.html
I love bottles, jar and vases of all shapes and sizes, old and new – anything that catches my eye as “interesting” I have a couple appropriate size and corkable in my bathroom with mouthwash and prebrush rinse. The rest scattered about the house mostly as décor.
I have fairy lights in a couple of large green bottles. Candles in the top of slightly smaller ones. I have also just started throwing wine corks into another large one. I wonder how it will take to fill it ? 🙂 🙂
Ellie LaJuett says
Great post, I have a collection of bottles that I bought at various actions. They are in a box in the basement. I am going to get them out and find a way to display them! I will post a picture.
What is the “Big Top”? Is that where you got the bottle in the crate that says “France” on the crate? I love it!
Candace, Round Top is where they have the big antique show in the spring and fall. Yes that is where I got many of the bottles.
Pinky at Designs by Pinky says
I love your bottle collection, Anita! You have so many pretty ones and have them dispploayed perfectly! Hope you are enjoying the weekend. We had Colleen overnight on Fri. and had a wonderful time!