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A Striking Way to Step Up a Still Life Vignette

Enhance a floral still life by nesting small vases inside larger ones. You’ll double the impact -- especially when they’re placed on a windowsill to let the light shine through.

Photography by: Aaron Dyer
Use just a few leaves or small blossoms to keep the spotlight on the vases.

Start by filling a narrow vase with water, then set it in the center of a wider, taller container. Layer tinted-glass vessels in varying hues, so the inner silhouettes stand out clearly. For extra stability, attach a piece of holding wax to the bottom of the smaller vessel to keep it from slipping. Add flowers or stemmed leaves as desired, and group the nested vases together with a few stand-alone ones.