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One of the best things about a striking vase is that it doesn't really need any fresh cut flowers to brighten up a room. Designer Agnes Fries was inspired by the look of fishing floats to create the Bottino collection, a small series of handpainted porceain pieces—there are two additional designs in the line—for venerable Danish ceramic brand Kähler. They are available for purchase from Gretel Home, which has a wonderful selection of decorative and functional home accessories.
The Cammeo jar by Louise Campbell is a clean and simple jar design with a twist. Interchangeable colorful bands remind you which has what inside of it and add just a touch of whimsy. Available in three sizes.
The kitchen is often where color can take the spotlight and these measuring cups by Zak Designs bring with them a burst of excitement (though you can tone it down with a white set if you want). Made of melamine, each cup (in 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup sizes) is dishwasher safe for a quick cleanup after the meal is served.