The mantra of the design maven from Live Simply is "Imagine your space and mind utterly streamlined." Not going to happen at my house or in my head. Do you know any gardener whose mind is streamlined? It's winter and I'm ordering plants, going to garden talks, mentally re-arranging the garden. My mind is a big green jumble. The worst thing that could happen is for it to be streamlined; imagine what I might lose!
Live Simply wants us to declutter our vast collection of vases as I mentioned here. I have flower holders that live in the basement but many of my favorites live in full view year round. Sometimes filled with flowers but looking equally lovely empty. I suppose I may merely be trying to justify my supply of flower containers, but I don't view them as clutter when they get used to create joy and beauty.
You can see the bulb bowl in the first image filled with flowers here. It's a reproduction from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In front of it to the left is an old Chinese vase — covered with calligraphy — that is meant for a single stem. The vase in the bottom photo is from Anthropologie. About the only things I ever buy at that store are vases.
If you have a favorite vase or flower container, leave me a comment with a link.