vintage finds for a modern world: brown bottles.
by victoria comment


flowers in large brown glass jar / sfgirlbybay

sarah ingram.

brown can get such a bad rap, don’t you think? it’s often labeled as boring and sometimes gets lumped in with beige and bachelor pads — and not in a good way. and yet ‘brown’ is all around us — it’s everywhere we look in nature: beautiful big oak trees, endless prairies and rolling hillsides. and then there’s classic hardwood floors and furniture — wood is brown, darn it, and it’s very beautiful. brown glass is quite lovely, too and very often ignored. you drink your beer and never consider the beauty of the amber bottle. i found some real brown beauties this weekend and thought i’d share. you can find these vintage brown babies at flea markets, and online on ebay and etsy. and loads of new beauty products are being bottled in brown these days too. let’s bring back the beauty that is brown!

tabletop styled with vintage amber glass bottles / sfgirlbybay

emma von bromssen.

vintage brown glass bottle with single flower / sfgirlbybay

my little fabric.

brown glass jar and candle / sfgirlbybay


bown glass jar with flowers / sfgirlbybay

beth kirby.

vintage accessories and brown glass jar / sfgirlbybay

a daily something.

brown glass jars / sfgirlbybay

p.f. candle co.’s soy candle; no chemicals candle from couveture and the garbstore; vintage amber brown bottles from rubbish loves vintage; p.f. candle co.’s soy candle; vintage salt bottle from Bouwman Curiosa; and aesop coriander seed body cleanser.

brown glass jars / sfgirlbybay

no chemicals from couveture and the garbstore.

mixed glass jars / sfgirlbybay

plaza interiors.

indoor plants in assorted jars / sfgirlbybay
inspire and create (above + below).

ceremic and glass jars with plants / sfgirlbybay

15 responses to “vintage finds for a modern world: brown bottles.”

  1. Yes! Love this post! My mom has always collected bottles (of all sorts and colors) and I always enjoyed helping her find them. Our house is over 100 years old, and we’ve even dug some up from our backyard. Some of the coolest amber ones we’ve found are large Clorox bottles.

  2. Brown bottle pro tip: Red stripe beer bottles make the best little vessels. I love that the bottle is kind of short and chubby too. Also, in addition to the greens and blues shown above, I like to use bright oranges along with the brown glass for a 70s modern vibe. <3 <3

  3. Hi,

    I am collecting amber bottles for my wedding. But do you have a list of suggestion are where I could get the brown bottles from? Are there certain products that are easy to get and cheap that I could collect them?
    Love your post!
    Also, what is the name of the flowers in the first picture?

    Olivia xx

    • i think those are cherry blossoms. and sounds like a pretty wedding! i know that Healthe-Ade Kombucha comes in a brown bottle, but it’s not inexpensive. do ever use the site? it’s a neighborhood site and maybe you could go on there and ask your neighbors to save their brown bottles for you.

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