January 17, 2013
Cloche Encounters of the Design Kind
I picked one up last summer…a cloche, that is.
I Didn’t know what to really do with the thing and since I’m not exactly the gardening type it sat pretty on a shelf until this past Christmas when I filled it with lights like this.
Not too terribly creative…but hey I was busy. So now the lights are packed away until next year and I am left asking..what do I do with this thing? As with all conundrums I asked the internet and here’s what it told me…
cloche /klōSH/ Noun 1. A small translucent cover for protecting or forcing outdoor plants. Or 2. A woman’s close-fitting, bell-shaped hat.
As I suspected, it has its origins in science, botany to be exact, and I admit that there were a couple heated discussions around our holiday table this year as to whether it was a terrarium, or not, and what the hell its purpose was…mystery solved.
…The internet also showed me that you can put one thing in, or allot…(note how I am totally ignoring plant material as an option.)
They are well suited to seasonal applications…
And, incidentally I just saw a medium and large cloche at the vintage store on Goldstream near the cinema. I think they were $6 and $8 bucks if you’re in the market. My pal Sheila wrote a great post on Cloche’s too. Check her out.
I loved the way the cloche looked illuminated at Christmas so I think that is the direction for me. I should note though that without some venting you should not use regular light bulbs as it heats up quickly and would likely explode…so be smart if you’re DIY’ing it peeps. I’m totally smitten with some amazing examples of vintage cloche lamps and design darling cb2 has a lamp out now too!
When I mentioned to my husband tonight that I was thinking about transforming it into a lamp he said two things….”so you’re basically thinking about building a bomb” and second….”in this instance, I think you should go buy one”
He’s on the record!
Do you have one? What’s in it? I’d love to know!:)