The timeworn look of mercury glass jars adds an elegant sparkle to this room. "When you have a monochromatic experience you have to have tons of reflective surfaces," says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
Mirrors double as medicine cabinets for more storage in this charming bathroom. On the countertops, glass apothecary jars make even the most mundane items (cotton balls, extra washcloths) into something special.
In this modern terrarium, floral designer Laurel LeMaistre used a combination of natural found material, such as birch bark and swirled branches along with petite orchid plants, and polished river stones. Orchids are a staple flower for all modern design, and their simplicity and longevity make them a perfect choice for terrarium work, says LeMaistre, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Glass storage jars let toiletries with interesting shapes or textures become part of the decor. In a space-saving move that doesn't scrimp on luxury, the soaking tub fits neatly inside the walk-in shower area.
Stock the bathroom vanity with the little amenities your guests may have forgotten to pack, such as cotton balls, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a razor. Even the most organized travelers will forget something, so having those items readily on-hand will save them frustration. Design by Sarah Richardson
To add playful flair to a baby shower, fill baby food jars with treats such as yogurt-covered pretzels. Not only does this add to the overall theme, it gives guests something to contain their edibles in.
Expecting guests? Use assorted glass jars to give your front porch banister a festive glow. For an opaque, frosty look, add a mercury-glass effect by first misting the jars' interiors with water then immediately spraying on looking-glass paint. Check out these step-by-step instructions to learn more about this faux-painting technique.
Blenko glass amber and green jars rest on a side table in the family room, their hues reflected in the botanical-print draperies from Boussac. The lamp is made from a vintage zinc architectural fragment found in Paris.