Glassware doesn’t have to be used as what it was designed for! A vintage ashtray becomes a soap dish, glass vase makes a pretty pen holder, a small compote becomes a votive candle holder and a covered candy dish can be filled with cotton balls or powder and a puff.
The uses are infinite for a prettier solution for some of the functional tasks around the home and office.
Added advice – sometimes it’s a good thing to put a clear insert – like a clear plastic cup – in glassware and pretty pottery that you use for a pen holder to keep the pens and pencils from leaving nasty marks in the bottom.
Bonus round: glassware and crystal items - vintage or otherwise aren't selling well at the moment – which makes the price low and reasonable - a great time to hit the flea markets and consignment stores.
"Design is about living inside art. It's about art being livable and functional."
It has always been the focus of my life to "nest" and create a home. Not because I have some belief that only the woman in the home can do this, not because I think it's a woman's place. The reason I do this is the pleasure I get from the sensual input of textures and colors. The reason I do this has more to do with my reactions to my surroundings than about anything else.
My niece tells me, "You're always moving things around."
Yes, yes I am. Because a living space is alive and breaths and reacts to your life. So when I clean things get rearranged. Always.