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Glass brings beauty and function to decor

By Mary Carol Garrity
Scripps Howard News Service
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Glass domes add brilliance and beauty to your home's decor, because they allow you to cretively showcase everyday items.

My favorite decorating tools are those that score a perfect 10 for form and function.

Glass delivers on both counts, adding brilliance and beauty to home decor while also serving as a reliable workhorse. It can help out with lots of tasks around the home while making daily life a more lovely and luxurious experience. Nothing helps turn the mundane into magic like glass containers and accents.

Glass compotes

Glass compotes make everything magical. These simple but stylish bowls on a pedestal are an essential when you entertain or just want to elevate the status of nearly anything in your home. The key to using compotes to serve food and drinks is to collect a wide variety of heights and sizes so you can create a multidimensional display, like the one I pulled together in a jiff on the drinks table in my entry. The compotes themselves are so delicate and pretty that they make the simple food service seem luxurious.

I also like to use glass compotes to hold everyday items. For example, I have one in my bedroom filled with jewelry. You could place one in a powder room to display soaps or tip towels. If you’re a crafter, use compotes to collect pins or spools of thread. For your home office, use compotes to corral office supplies, filling them with everyday items like paper clips and stamps.

Hold everything in style

I have very limited space on my kitchen countertops, so I’ve determined that everything that wins a spot in this coveted spot needs to be as pretty as it is practical. Not surprisingly, glass jars have earned a place of prominence because they allow me to showcase daily stuff beautifully.

In my bathrooms, you’ll find apothecary jars filled with cotton balls, decanters holding mouthwash and compotes with daily grooming items like Q-tips or soap.

Picturesque tabletops

When my way-too-expansive collection of glassware is not in use for entertaining, I like to use it for daily decorating. I used a collection of glasses to hold the flatware in the kitchen. The silverware goes straight from the dishwasher to this pretty trio of glasses, where it looks beautiful as it waits to be used.

I’m of the school of thought that dishware is artwork, so when we renovated our kitchen, I dedicated one wall of this small space to a bank of glass-front cabinets. I fill them with an assortment of glasses and dishes, arranged simply but beautifully.

Do you have a way to put your glassware and glass serving pieces out for public view when they are not in use? Try working them into displays in your home, like holding a snippet of garden flowers on your mantel or votive candles on your kitchen windowsill, or standing by the bedside in your bedroom to quench a midnight thirst.

Decanters and glass accents

Glass decanters are glamorous. Dress up a coffee table or side table with a tray holding a crystal decanter and two regal glasses. Even if you never intend to use them for drinks, they look amazing.

My favorite way to decorate with glass accent pieces is to intersperse them throughout my home, winding them through displays. A decanter and glasses are a perfect focal point for a display on a coffee-table ottoman. And an empty glass apothecary jar adds balance to a bold display on the side table.

Hurricane glasses

Hurricanes are another of my favorite go-to decorating tools. They are fabulous for seasonal decorating because you can fill them with all sorts of treasures, like colorful gourds, pine cones or green apples.

On a dining table, I fill a cluster of smaller vases with fresh blooms, cut short. You can also perch little vases filled with a single flower atop each place setting. Also, thread them through seasonal mantel makeovers. And they are perfect on a kitchen windowsill, holding a bloom or two.

Classic apothecary jars are ideal for storage and decorating. I love their graceful lines, regal pedestals and little lids that hold the treasures within. If you want simple beauty in a display, leave the apothecary jar empty so the focus is on the graceful curves of the glass. For a fresh infusion of green, fill them with plants for a terrarium. Let them hold natural treasures, like acorns, a bird’s nest or fall leaves. Or, use them for a fetching food service – cluster a trio together filled with colorful candies.

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