Spotlight On: Vintage-Inspired Jar Vases
Modeled after the Mediterranean containers used to ship and store commodities such as olives, oil, and wine in the 16th century, the classic jar vessel has been a design staple for years, but it has recently seen a resurgence in popularity in the form of vases. Usually made of terra-cotta with a painted matte exterior, these textured vases have a bit of a charming, weathered look that many homeowners are drawn towards.
Traditionally larger in size than your average vase, olive jar vases are the perfect vessel to use when you want to make a statement, says Lauren Snyder, owner of The Primary Essentials, a chic home goods boutique in Brooklyn, New York. "I really like the shape and style of an olive jar vase for its ability to allow for an arrangement to be so open and loose in a home," she says. "It can be a really easy way to fill up a lot of empty space, and I like to use one type of branch in my jar vases, which can be a much more economical way of flower arranging. Snyder's design tip: Use a vintage vessel to add a nice texture and story to your home.
If you don't have space for an oversized jar vase, there are lots of smaller versions being produced now, and they make just as much of a statement perched a bookshelf. Best of all, jar vases are extremely versatile in style and can work whether your aesthetic is minimalist, eclectic, or more traditional and subdued. Ready to add one to your home? We've rounded up some of our current favorites that you can buy right now.
Large and sturdy, this vase has beautiful texture and works with modern and rustic décor. Add in some sculptural branches for a dramatic look.
Shop Now: Charlton Home "Cossette" Ceramic Floor Vase, $89.99, wayfair.com.
Moe's Home Collection
This cement vase will be your new go-to thanks to its versatility and subtle texture. At 26 inches in height it will definitely make an impact—and take up any empty space you want to fill—without breaking the bank.
Shop Now: Moe's Home Collection "Voz Vase," $147.43, amazon.com.
Bungalow Rose Shop
Use this terra-cotta vessel as a vase or as a planter—its mouth is wide enough for either. We like the squatter shape, as well, which makes for a nice addition to taller vases in your collection.
Shop Now: Bungalow Rose Shop "Iseminger" Vase, $85.99, wayfair.com.
Sizable enough to be statement-making, but suitable for smaller spaces, we love the weathered look of this vase. Arrange it with your favorite blooms on a coffee table or leave it empty and pair it with vintage objects on a shelf.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn "Artisan Vase," $99, potterybarn.com.
A replica of a Greek container called a pithoi, this whitewashed terra-cotta urn is just asking to be filled with olive branches and placed in an entryway next to a console. No one will ever guess that it's not an antique!
Shop Now: Ethan Allen "Beryl Floor Urn," $376, ethanallen.com.
If you're not into the timeworn look, try this polished take on a jar vase. Bonus: this glazed jar feels a little more refined and can be used as both a vase and a utensil holder.
Shop Now: Farmhouse Pottery "Confit Jar," starting at $295, farmhousepottery.com.
You don't have to go digging in flea markets (though it's so fun) to score a vintage-esque beauty. For Ballard Design's Emelia collection artisans coat multiple layers of cream, smoky gray, beige and latté paint over the terra-cotta vase to capture the look of found antiques.
Shop Now: Ballard Designs "Emelia" Vase, $139, ballarddesigns.com.
It doesn't get more authentic than this. Restoration Hardware's take on the classic jar vase comes from a hand casting of a Turkish olive jar from the 19th century.
Shop Now: Restoration Hardware 19th C. Terra-Cotta Olive Jar Collection, from $205, restorationhardware.com.
The perfect piece to add to pre-existing collection of art on a sideboard or shelf, this distressed jar vase is just as good as a standalone object as it is filled with flowers or branches.
Shop Now: Zentique Vase, $199, perigold.com.