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Cloche Encounters of the Design Kind

Written by on 17th January 2013 in Blog POSTS, Design & History with 2 Comments

cloche

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.)

cloche book
They are well suited to seasonal applications…
cloche valentine

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!

cloche lighy
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!:)
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  1. Too funny! I just bought my first mini cloche in the fall, and it stayed wrapped in paper until Christmas! For Christmas I put vintage jingle bells and a battery tea light under it set on a round mirror. Now that Christmas is over, same question, what the hell do I do with it now?!!

    Here’s a link to a blog post I wrote last year incase you’re interested… I’m off to reread it since I’ve clearly forgotten the ideas LOL!

    http://www.sheilazellerinteriors.com/articles/glamming-it-up-with-glass-cloches

  2. Thank you for the mention! That was so nice :-)


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