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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re kind of obsessed with containers! What’s not to like? From trays to baskets to bowls and more, they’re the ultimate decorator’s trick. They tidy up or dress up any surface that needs a little help. One of our favorite kinds of containers for just about any occasion is a cachepot.

Use them to corral silverware on a buffet table

The French origin of the word,pronounced cash-po, means to literally hide a pot — and that’s because these decorative vessels were originally used in the 19th-century to conceal a less attractive flower pot. But, of course, they are useful for so many more things in addition to greenery. Above, we’ve used Bunny Williams’ Silver Wire Cachepot to corral silverware on a buffet table. Here are some of our other favorite ways to use a cachepot:

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Designer Bunny Williams hates to see labels on her table, so she designed this pretty basket-style cachepot to disguise a pint carton of ice cream. It fits perfectly! And now you can serve your guests in complete style. Brilliant, right?

Cachepots are great for concealing containers of store-bought greenery

Having guests for dinner? Perk up your table with flowers. Pick up a couple of small potted plants or a medley of flowers on your way home from the grocery store. When you’re ready, gently nest your instant centerpiece in a pretty cachepot — and you’re done! Our Rectangular Metal Cachepot is great for creating long, low arrangements that won’t impede conversation at the table.

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Or, if you have a green thumb and a garden to show for it, clip your favorite blossoms and greenery to arrange in your container. Hydrangeas, roses and peonies are simply gorgeous in a cachepot. This lattice-style cachepot has a watertight removable liner, so you can fill it with fresh stems.

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Bunny William’s Rectangular Metal Cachepot is ideal for arranging flowers because of its removable wire frame. You can just pop stems into the grid, so they’ll stay upright and arranged perfectly!

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Even on their own, these decorative pots add beauty — and perhaps an interesting story — to a dining table, buffet or console. That’s probably because they’re the perfect size for smaller centerpieces. Bunny designed her brass Pinched Bag Cachepot after one of her favorites in her own personal collection of cachepots.

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Need a new look over your fireplace? Pull together a wow-worthy mantel in no time with a cachepot. Sized just right to fit on the mantel, they turn simple plants and stems into little works of art.

Tell us, what are your favorite ways to display your cachepots?

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