How To Style A Thrifted Vintage Sugar Bowl

March 30, 2024

There's nothing I love more than the thrill of the hunt, and coming home from a thrifting excursion with beautiful treasures. Oh wait -- there is something else I really love: finding new and innovative ways to use those beautiful finds in my home.

blue and white sugar bowl with lid and Starburst jelly beans

Yes, that's pretty much my mantra in a nutshell! And today I'm sharing three ways to style a thrifted vintage sugar bowl.

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vintage blue and white sugar bowl on thrift store shelg

On a recent Goodwill thrifting trip I came across this lovely porcelain sugar bowl. Of course I was drawn in by the blue and white. But I was also enamored of its fine detailing. 

Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria Germany Dresden 2 sugar bowl

Both the bowl and the lid are covered with a delicate bas relief pattern.    

sugar bowl lid with porcelain rose for handle

And the lid has a beautiful, delicate flower on top, with fully carved leaves attached. 

sugar bowl makers mark Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria Germany Dresden 2

The sugar bowl's maker's mark reveals the following: Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria Germany Dresden 2. The company was created in 1814 and shut down in 1969. So my sugar bowl can't be younger than 55 years old. Upon some research I found this same sugar bowl on Replacements.com for $35.99. The discontinued pattern name is Dresden Blau.

So what are some ways to style this a vintage sugar bowl?  I started with a holiday candy display. 

bowl filled with colorful jelly beans

So what are some ways to style this vintage sugar bowl?  I started off with a holiday candy display. 

I've been loving the sugar bowl displayed in various spots around the house, most recently on the living room coffee table. And with Easter coming in just a few days I decided to fill the sugar bowl with Starburst jelly beans! 

blue white vintage bowl with jelly beans on coffee table


While I love the Original Flavor Starburst Jelly Beans, you can also get the Starburst Fave Reds Jelly Beans (my kids' favorites) or even Starburst Jelly Bean Duos

And once Easter is in the rear view mirror you can bet I'll fill it with my favorite hard candies - Lemonheads! Hershey's Kisses would also be a great bowl filler.

vintage blue white bowl filled with robin's nest and speckled eggs

Another way to display a beautifully patterned sugar bowl as spring decor is to fill it with a faux robin's nest filled with speckled blue eggs.   

faux bird's nest blue eggs bunny statue

Whether it's filled with a bird's nest, or any other kind of natural elements, the delicate bowl makes for the perfect receptacle.

blue and white sugar bowl filled with green plant and Spanish moss

Another affordable, easily accessible natural element to display in your sugar bowl is -- wait for it -- plants! Any greenery, whether faux or real, add so much color and texture to your room's decor, no matter what container you choose to put them in. 

My plant is potted in its own mini pot that I can remove for watering. Adding some dried moss around the top of the plant is another way to elevate the overall look.

real green leafy plant sitting in bowl with moss on top

And just like the faux bird's nest, this mini begonia plant adds a lovely spring touch to the coffee table vignette. 

The three ways I chose to style my sugar bowl are just a drop in the bucket -- there are so many more ways you can do it! For another idea visit How To Make A Tabletop Matchstick Holder. And when all else fails you can always fill it with sugar!  

Well, that's it for today, friends! 
I hope you enjoyed reading about 
How To Style A Thrifted
Vintage Sugar Bowl
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Junkchiccottage said...

Good Morning Kathleen. Love your find. The sugar bowl is so cute and I love it with the nest inside. You find the greatest treasures. Have a great week. Hugs. Kris

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