a reflection on refraction

April 3, 2012  in interior styling, vintage finds

perfume bottles by Sania Pell

I took these photos in my bathroom a while ago and thought I would share them as it shows how a little display can bring daily pleasure. Mixing my new perfume bottles alongside vintage ones and other coloured glassware makes a pretty display by the window. I love the way as the light comes in it refracts through the faceted, prism-like bottles, reflecting off the metal and shining coloured light onto the sink and tiles. This was the inspiration for one of the shots in my story in Heart Home magazine.

perfume bottles by Sania Pell

My Stella McCartney fragrance and an old scent, that I bought in Japan ten years ago and kept as I love the bottle design (I think it is Shu Uemura), sit alongside vintage perfume bottles and a red glass shaker bought at Kempton Antiques Fair and car boot sales. The vintage Venetian Murano glass vase was my grandmother’s.

perfume bottles by Sania Pell

perfume bottles by Sania Pell

Glassware and polished metal make wonderful displays when positioned so that the natural sunlight enhances their qualities. And mixed with items you may use or look at on a daily basis, it can bring a little visual pleasure every day.

Simple but beautiful.


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  1. Toni says:

    I really like the idea of displaying pretty glass bottles and as I have a few vintage bottles myself I may just go ahead and copy the idea!

  2. elisa says:

    the cut glass tops are so beautiful aren’t they? i found a few at a fair once, i adore them. bit of glamour. my little girls save their pocket money for old perfume bottles – then fill them with essential oils! after my own heart x

  3. Jo says:

    Lovely colours in the glass. Sweet flowers too, are they from your garden?

  4. gudy herder says:

    i had during a lot of time fragrance bottles from a turkish bazar in my bathroom, they reminded me of vacation, oriental flair and really good time. love the peach bottle, looks really beautiful!

  5. Sania Pell says:

    Thank you for all your comments.

    @elisa They are beautiful. I have similar vintage cut glass door handles on the bathroom door and my wardrobes too.

    @jo – yes they are from the garden, I can’t resist cutting a few little blooms and bringing them inside.


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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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