Friday, August 9, 2013

It's Friday, I'm In Love... with Demijohns

I recently learned the technical term for these gems and it has such a ring to it that they've become even more eye catching.

Demijohn... just sounds so intriguing!

Where have I been on this one? 
Shame on me for simply calling them jugs. I should have known these fabulous pieces had a much swankier name. 

History lesson for the day: The demijohn originated as a method for transporting liquids, any liquids: water, wine, oils, etc.The oldest demijohns have the bubble, kidney-shaped bottom, but eventually their shaped evolved to a more jug-like shape making them easier to stack when transporting on wagons, ships, etc. While the shape may have evolved, the narrow-neck of the bottle did not. Antique demijohns are often sea-greens and blues but that too has evolved over time and now you'll see them in all sorts of colors (so color is the first tip-off of whether it's a true antique or not.) 

Whether antique or modern replica, they're still fantastic pieces to fill up those nooks and crannies around your house. Great containers for blooming branches or statements on their own, grouped together for color or filled with nick-knacks, you can truly use them in so many ways, they're a true staple!

This demijohn looks great simply filled with branches from the yard

Demijohns can add a pop of color atop a traditional piece

Demijohns under a kitchen island, why not?

Demijohns in a beautiful bedroom - with just a touch of subtle color. 

Subtle holiday decor using cranberries and demjijohns

Mix and match demijohn colors, shapes and sizes for a fabulous hassle free centerpiece

Now that's a serious lamp. A demijohn lamp to be exact.

Demijohns looks great outdoors, too!

... the options are endless!

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