How To Decorate With Demijohns

7.29.2016

I have quite a few collections and I thought I would start sharing what I collect and how I decorate with them in my home. Maybe you'll find some inspiration for ways to decorate with your collections or you may just find something new to collect. Today I'm starting with my demijohn collection.

Some of you may not even know what a demijohn is. The definition says it is a bulbous, narrow necked bottle holding from 3 to 10 gallons of liquid, typically enclosed in wicker.

This rare shaped bottle is my newest find. I came across this in an antique shop in Florida while on vacation and knew it needed to be added to my collection. I wasn't really looking to add anymore bottles, but I love the shape and the price was good. I love the way it fits the bookcase.

Some of mine still have the wicker wrap on them and some don't. When the wicker gets old it gets dry rot and some have been removed. The bottom of this one is rotting, but I hope it lasts a good while longer.

I placed this large one by itself on top of the armoire in the dining room. I was lucky to buy this one from our host of the trip I took to France three years ago. The amber color is unusual.

This trio of green and pale blue green have been sitting on the dining room table all summer. It will be time to change it up for fall soon.



I have a few wicker wrapped demijohns sitting on top of the vaisselier in the sitting room.

I even have them sitting on the floor.

Even the stair landing shows off a few.

And I almost forgot this one. This one is huge and was found last summer at the same shop that I got the rare shaped one in this year. This was by far my best buy on on at only $89!

The prices vary everywhere I have looked. I have paid anywhere from $10 for a small one to $160 for the large amber one. I have seen them for so much more and I just leave them behind.

It's the weekend so happy hunting!

38 comments:

  1. Don't yell at me but we recently tossed out a dozen of these. They were in the attic of the apartments we're renovating. Husband turned up his nose, declared they were junk and took them to the dump (I can assume they were rescued there). He said they sell for nothing. A quick look at the French version of craistlist shows they go for €3 to €30. I guess there are many attics with similar bottles around here.

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    1. OMG, he didn't!! I am yelling!!! ha ha....Gosh y'all could have sent them to me or sold them!

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    2. With shipping, the cost would have been close to the $160 you're seeing. Sigh. There's always a catch. If you saw the antiques that are for sale for NOTHING. Everybody wants modern, clean lines. They're getting cheap quality, compressed imitation wood. No accounting for tastes. Meanwhile, once I get the teletransporter technology up and running (hurry up, Spock), I will make a fortune by bringing these treasures to America.

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    3. I wish... When I went to France, I found so many treasures for great prices - but I couldn't bring them back with me. The quality of the old, French antiques is unparalleled.

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  2. Beautiful collection and love every spot you have them. They look great. Have a great week end.
    Kris

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  3. I actually started collecting demijohns because I saw them on your blog! I had never really seen them before and they intrigued me. I now have 12 wicker wrapped in various sizes and one that's HUGE. And I also have 3 clear one's that have their own crate. I think they make a interesting addition to our home! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Lisa, that is so cool that you wanted to start collecting these. Glad you like them!

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  4. Kim, I love your demijohn collection especially the dark olive one in the first photo and your large one in the last. Gotta love those bargains! Collecting is so fun because every find tells a story and is a memory. I collect white ironstone, pewter, historic Staffordshire plates, old bottles, and salt-glazed stoneware. I remember where I acquired each piece and the hunt is a fun part of collecting! I love your wicker covered demijohns. I just may start a new collection!

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    1. Yes, my new one is my new favorite for sure. I collect many things, too. So fun hunting for them.

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  5. You have a great collection of them Kim. I have 6 wicker covered ones in various sizes and one clear glass one. Mine have been stored for a while, since we are selling the house and I wanted to look less cluttered.

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    1. Yes, you have to pare down when selling a house. Hope it sells soon!

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  6. Kim, what a wonderful collection that you have amassed and all displayed beautifully! Happy Friday, Pam @ Everyday Living

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  7. Love your collection and just had the feeling that you did buy that one in the antique shop in Florida....At first I love the wicker covered ones when I first started collecting, but now I think I love the ones without more...Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes, you know me well. I have never seen one that shape before.

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  8. What a great collection Kim! I have a few, but none as grand as yours, that's for sure!

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  9. I like all off your Demi jons. For some reason the first one, dark green, is the one I would try to walk off with! Ha! I like that you put them on the floor too. I did that once but was not sure if I should. I have a reproduction Amber demijohn. Fun to play with. Love this post full of ideas. Bon weekend!

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    1. Yes, use the floor, too Sheila just like the French do.

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  10. Your collection is wonderful, Kim...and you display them so beautifully! I was lucky enough to find a wrapped one at the thrift store this week...stopped me in my tracks...

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  11. Love your style and taste. Your collection of demi-johns is astounding. I only have a few and have sold a few over the years. Well done, Kim.

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  12. I love the wicker covered demijohns. I have yet to buy one of these vintage marvels....I do love the graphic impact statement they make~the dining room trio is beautiful.

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    1. Amy, I'm surprise you haven't collected any.

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  13. Love your collection of demijohns, looking for a couple since I saw yours. I love the shapes
    Thank you for sharing your collection , they look great.

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  14. I didn't realize what a big collection you have! I love both kinds; wicker wrapped or not. Loved seeing all the places you have them. Have a great weekend. Our heat wave FINALLY broke but it is still very humid. But, that's OK.

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  15. You are fortunate to have the space to feature them properly, Kim. Lovely job. I used to have three in three different sizes... sold them but still miss them--they do take up space!

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  16. The amber demijohn is my favorite - but I love them all. I just love the warmth of yellow! Your collection is incredible.
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

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  17. I picked up 6 large wicker ones in Tampa last year for $42 each. The glass ones ranged from $35 for the small to $65 for the huge. I have 5 large ones. Your Blog inspired me. I have them all over my house now and love them.

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  18. I have them too... and love them... so much I over bought a few years back. I just sold a few off at my garage sale... it wasn't easy to let them go but I am in the purge mode.
    ~Marcy

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  19. This is one of my favourite collection of yours. I love the different colours and shapes you managed to find.

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  20. Lovely color assortment. Thanks for providing the price range.

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  21. I also have a few. You don't see them around here that often. I am pretty particular and only like the shades of green, particularly those more of an "aqua" shade. I have both the wicker covered and uncovered. Need to find me one in a crate.

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  22. Love the huge one in the last photo. I like them with no wicker, you get to see there color and shape much better that way.

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  23. Each demijohn has it's own personality, doesn't it? I love them all, they add such texture and great color to a room. You have a beautiful collection Kim! I have a few {ones I couldn't bear to sell} and they are a wonder of hand blown French glass.

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  24. Hi Kim! I think I have four or five of the wicker wrapped versions - they are hard to come by around here. I started on my "find a demijohn" mission years ago when they were showing up on your blog! Jane

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