Over the years, I have used urns as timeless decorative pieces for either indoor or outdoor.  There is an immediate connection to the classical architectural world and bringing this to your home can offset contemporary, clean styling  or be right at home in a  traditional one.  According to Judith Z. Cushman Hammer, teacher of furniture, industrial design and architectural history at Appalachian State University, urns have been employed as  universal symbols in furniture, the decorative arts and architecture since the Neoclassic period. 

This is the view from my art studio - I love my antique urn that I found languishing at the back of Decorum Decorative Finds.  It had been sitting there for years until I spotted it and convinced my husband that it would be the perfect centre piece for our new garden.

This textured gem of an urn will immediately add a touch of the ancient world  indoors or out.  It reminds me of the urn that I had for years in my first house - a classic Toronto Victorian with the bay window in the living room.  I placed my urn in front of the centre window with lovely draping ivy.  Nice memory.

Lovely shaped urn above and the gorgeous lion head and flora below.

Lastly, when doing some research I discovered this amazing history of the "Waterloo Urn" below.   This photograph, taken by Sir Cecil Beaton, of Queen Elizabeth standing in front of the 15 feet tall urn is from 1938 at Buckingham Palace. Carved from a 20 ton piece of Carrara marble, Napoleon laid claim to this block during his travel to make war in Russia.  Today, it is still stands at Buckingham Palace. Love.

AuthorTheresa Casey