I've been searching the internet high and low, day in and day out, looking for some nice storage jars to replace my eleven year old ones. I know they're eleven years old because they were wedding gifts. I loved them for many years, and they suited the kitchen in our old house perfectly (stoneware kilner jars from Nigella Lawsons range, in pale blue and cream). They don't fit in with the new kitchen design, and as my dream carrara marble worktops are nowhere to be seen in the forseeable future, some lovely new storage jars will go a long way to making me happy. Yes, I really am that shallow.
I was very surprised when I couldn't find anything I liked straight away. I was also surprised that so many of them caused me to get rather frustrated and yes, even angry. What I had figured would be a half hour browse and purchase, became an endless, frustrating and time consuming search. Have I completely imagined the storage jars of my dreams, with brass detail or perhaps a bit of marble? I feel like I've seen them, yet nothing that remotely fitted the description was anywhere to be found. All the obvious places disappointed. Have you seen the storage jars of my dreams??! WHERE ARE THEY?
So, I had to admit defeat (I stress, that this does NOT happen often), and change the search criteria to this:
A contemporary or classic design, in black, green or neutral colours.
I didn't want anything retro, and I certainly didn't want them personalised. I don't want anything personalised. Unless it's a Smythson notebook or a Mulberry handbag (there are of course exceptions to every rule). I also don't want cute, but yes, there is a cute owl jar below, and I love it. As I said, there are exceptions to every rule.
Oh, and a note to kitchen ware companies and department store buyers: not everyone wants TEA / COFFEE / SUGAR emblazoned across their storage jars. Or BREAD written on their bread bin whilst I'm at it.
From the (literally) hundreds of storage jars I've sifted through online, these are the winners. I wish I'd looked at Habitat much earlier in my search, because they had the best overall selection. I would quite possibly give my right arm to fill my kitchen with nearly everything from Anthropologie (this is not new news), and I was pleasantly surprised by Debenhams selection too (worth a look, though not included here). Here are my top six.
1. 'Tira' Large Storage Jar - £20.00 Habitat
2. 'Tira' Medium Storage Jar - £15 Habitat
3. Kahala Large Stoneware Jar - £10 (on sale) Habitat
4. Large Ceramic Pineapple Jar - £35 Mrs Butterworths (I happened to get this for my birthday last week! They only have the small version left, but you can try Graham and Green too)
5. Anchor Jar Medium - £10 (on sale) Habitat
6. A Real Hoot Canister - £48 Anthropologie
I'd really love to hear from you if you've seen any contemporary designs perhaps with brass or marble lids. Seriously, they must be out there somewhere, and I have room for more...