Thursday, January 12, 2012

Colored Glass love


Good morning!  I'm finally back with a new post!  I have been trying to load pictures for this post for 2 days now, with no luck!  So I finally gave up and am using my husband's laptop to write my post.  Hopefully I will figure out the problem soon and be back on my own laptop {I am so not techy!}.



Today day I wanted to share with you a very simple idea, but one that I often use when I want an instant pick-me-up in my decorating...colored glass...



A great way to brighten any room, especially during the long Winter months, is to use colored glass.  It is especially pretty near a window where the available light will make the glass come to life.

Of course, these bottles would look wonderful with fresh flowers in them, but they are also lovely all on their own.  During the Winter months, when I don't have fresh flowers readily available from my garden, I like to set up small vignettes showcasing my colored glass pieces...



Here I took a Vintage French Bottle Carrier and filled it with a few of my favorite things.  Starting with these beautiful green beer bottles...




Since our last trip to Paris, my husband has taken to drinking the French beer Kronenbourg 1664.  Well, I noticed what a pretty color the bottles were and started saving them.  I do absolutely love vintage glass bottles...but I just couldn't ignore the appeal of these straight from the grocery store beer bottles.  Besides, they are French bottles after all, right?!  Ha :))  And you can't beat the price.  At any rate, I really like how the bottles have the 1664 embossed into the glass.


I also added a few of my favorite things to the bottle carrier, in addition to the colored bottles, just for fun...




{Antique French Letter Bundle}







I adore these little white latte bowls from Anthropologie and use then all the time...and the cafe spoons I picked up in Paris.








So, for a quick and easy pick-me-up in your Winter decorating, try using a little colored glass around your home!






Enjoy your day!!




Tracey

52 comments:

found and sewn said...

love this...those french letter are beautiful.x

Jacqueline said...

These are beautiful...my husband is so going to start drinking Kronenbourg 1664!

la Brocanteuse said...

Hello Tracy, it has been a while since I stopped by your blog and I am catching up..these images are beautifull and your little vignette so pretty asnd inspiring, I agree with Jacqueline, my husband shall be drinking beer from green bottles..
hugs and XX Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

trash talk said...

Tracey,
You better check with Kronenbourg to see if you're entitled to any dividends. I got a hunch their Dow Jones averages are gonna shoot thru the roof as ladies everywhere scamper to get these bottles. I've also got a hunch these same wive's husbands are gonna say "thank you"...you little trend setter you.
Deb

Shelley in SC said...

Love this simple idea to brighten up a grey day!!

Sherri said...

Tracey, you post is the third one I have seen with colored glass bottle or jars in it for Winter. Your lovely green bottles look beautiful in that carrier! Great job!!

Kelly said...

I put some colored wine bottles on my winter mantel. I loved the little extra color it gave. http://thatssomartha.blogspot.com/2012/01/winter-mantel-makeover.html

I love your beer bottles, very nice, and I'm completely in love with the book pages tied with lavender. C'est magnifique!

Sylvia said...

They also look great outdoors in the garden.

Happy New Year,
Sylvia

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

So pretty!
This reminds me of my huge collection of deep green glass florist vases...most were purchased for 50 cents or less at yard sales. I have them at the lake house where the green glass compliments the big pines outside...The light shining thru the different shapes of green glass is beautiful! I love the numbers on your French bottles and think I might have done just as you did...save them and bring them home! As usual Tracey, your photographs and artful arrangements are lovely! Take care, Laura :)

Jill Elaine said...

Very pretty! And there's a decor idea our husbands will be delighted to help out with!!

Leah C said...

Oh so pretty!! I really love the color of those bottles...and your photos are gorgeous, Tracey:)

auntp said...

Love the green color of those bottles - thanks for the inspirational idea!
Paula

Jennifer said...

Great idea, thanks for a little inspiration!

chateau chic said...

The colored glass bottles are sooo pretty. I did a mantel display with them after Christmas using the two French canning jars I bought from you. Would love if you'd take a look.
http://chateau-chic.blogspot.com/2012/01/mantle-mania.html

Urban Farmgirl said...

Sp pretty, Traci!

Love the green! Makes me think spring!

Mary

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh my, those bottles are so pretty!! And I love how the light filters through them, your photos look just beautiful!
Hope your having a wonderful week Tracey.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Tricia said...

Oh, this looks so pretty, Tracey. I use my blue Ball jars the same way...just to add a bit of nice soft color to the room :)

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Hi Tracey~~~ I love the colored glass too. Never thought of looking at colors of beer bottles. I bet there are others that are amazing to. I am sure my husband wont mind drinking some to allow me to have a bottle:)
Have a great day
~Cheryl

High Street Cottage said...

Tracy I've used colored glass in reds, and greens in my home for years, I also love amber and citrines. Gorgeous Beer Bottles, there are some things to pretty to toss in the recycle bin, wonderful photos and fab ideas. Thank you also for sharing the link to the latte bowls, there are so many antiques out there with very expensive price tags, those are wonderful!

Lorrie said...

C'est jolie! There's nothing like a little color to brighten up January days.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is so pretty and it sounds like you are never going to have a shortage of bottles. I love the postcards, too. Who says you need flowers?!

XO,
Jane

Becky C said...

So gorgeous...the color of that green :) What a great idea for the winter months. I always love when you post- so inspiring! Hope you are having a lovely New Year so far.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

What a beautiful post! :) Your blog and photos are always so inspiring and drool worthy! :) Love the gorgeous green hues on those bottles!


XO's,
Jessie

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

Gorgeous as ever Tracey :)
You could make a trash can full of trash look amazing!

Did you know they have a white (blanc) beer too??! It is in a royal blue bottle! So pretty.....well, when its empty of course ;)
Happy New Year my dear!
XOX

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Love your vignettes! And your photos are always wonderful! Great tips on the glass!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

On my way out to buy beer.....taking one for the team....
beautiful post!

Mary C. Nasser said...

What a great (and simple) idea!
I love the idea of adding light and color especially during the grey winter months.

And the combination of the colored glass and text (letter bundle and rolled pages) is exquisite!

Found your blog through your feature in Artful Blogging. Like you, I had no idea that what started as a business decision has become a creative passion and has helped me to lead my best life. :)

Wishing you the best,
Mary
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Cindy@french-grey said...

Lovely pictures! I am never disappointed with the eye candy! had my eye on those anthro bowls...now I have to have them!!
Cindy

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Good to see you back,have missed your posts!!! Ok have you seen all the new stuff at jdl....oh I so hope your going to sell some of it...PLEASE!!!!! Let me know! Talk soon,xo

countrycharisma said...

Thanks so much for sharing that light and bright idea. It was inspiring, and I'll have to take my milk bottles out of the carrier and put some of your creativity to work! Very nicely displayed!

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

What a great idea! Your pictures are gorgeous. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

Gail said...

These look great and cheerful...my husband is going to be please that I need him to drink a couple of bottles of beer haha ! Gail x

Jody and Stan said...

What a great idea, colored glass. The vignettes of all the pretty bottles and things you've collected are delightful to look at. Thank you.


Love, Jody

Flohmarktfee said...

beautiful pictures! the light green colour of the glass is lovely. Birgit

annie said...

this is so pretty...love the green and your photography!

helen tilston said...

Hello Tracey

I love the way sunlight shines on glass. Those bottles are beautiful.

I have a large stained glass window - which leans against my south facing floor to ceiling glass doors and the reflections are out of this world.

Almost as good as fresh flowers
Thank you for this post
Helenxx

Diana said...

Looks like spring has come your way early....what a great idea....love it. A lot of the time the simplest things are the most beautiful.
Tootles
Diana

Barbara said...

Love colored glass, Tracey, and you always use it so creatively.

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Isn't it wonderful how new bottles are being manufactured so beautifully? I've noticed that some of the pasta sauce jars we buy look vintage once I peel the labels off. I like your idea of the bottle carrier to create a grouping of vintage glass loveliness.

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Hey darlin...just got my magazine..oh my gosh it looks stunning and of course I have to go to work tonight...will lose myself in it when I get home,thanks!! x0

flowers on my table said...

Lovely. Great tip with the Kronnenburg bottles. I must check if I can get those here. I always love the aqua coloured glass you use sometimes too. Have a great week. Love Linda x

Lulu and Co. said...

Beautiful! And I love how the green brightens the room! Beautiful!!!
xo,
Lulu

Roberta said...

Thanks for the beer tip Tracey, ha! It's okay as long as it's 'French' beer in bottles like these:) xo

traci said...

who wouldn't drink beer out of those gorgeous bottles. love the green. hope all is well. i have missed you. just getting back from florida. i will give you a call soon. xo!!

Mary said...

Well, I read your suggestion, Tracey, asked my beer-loving daughter where she thought I might find Kronenberg Beer in the green glass and she knew right where to send me. I stopped in and I now have two green bottles waiting to be emptied. Thanks for the suggestion!

Mary in Oregon

sofa said...

HI
I'm quite pleased with the ifonrmation in this post.nice and useful!
thank you!

DustyLu said...

Hi Tracey! How did I miss this post! Its beautiful! I too love colored glass and picked some up from the flea! I hope your New Year is going wonderful! Have a great day! lulu

chibiwow said...

Lovely idea! Glad to hunt some colored glasses for decor. I look forward seeing them along the window shinning.

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crazkt@yahoo.com said...

LUV the Emerald green glass...have a small bay window with a collection:) Makes me smile in a white kitchen during the winter..put little lites on at nite and it makes me feel better.
Anything in mass looks great..doesn't have to cost allot:)

Jill Elaine said...

CAn you tell me where to find that brand of beer?? I'm wantin' me some of those bottles;)

Lili said...

You sure do know how to brighten up the winter months and what strikes me is the huge impact you create with just a simple item like a beer bottle. Although it's a rather lovely beer bottle for sure! You are always such an inspiration. xo ~Lili

Kathi said...

All of her items are so lovely- it is hard to choose! Perhaps the white pint jar dispenser and the grey frame. Did you see her feature in this great e-zine?

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Kathi