Monday, April 13, 2009


There are few things more inspiring to me than apothecaries: the bottles, the labels, the history. I am totally intrigued by old bottles and the labels on them, not to mention the stores they used to be sold in. Just for fun, I'm doing a whole post on the things that inspire me so much.

Vintage store displays

modern day apothecary from annette62 on flickr

an antique apothecary jar found in my grandmother's backyard
antique apothecary containers

Verbena, Sally's apothecary in the movie Practical Magic

an antique apothecary set

a fantastic Absinthe bar... not really apothecary but it has that flavor. And it's fabulous so who cares? did you note the peely-paint walls and the amazing mirror???

a private apothecary collection
an apothecary inspired repro cabinet

JR Watkins: modern day apothecary products at an affordable rate

the ultimate in french apothecary: Cote Bastide

french apothecary labels courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

Hope you enjoy...


ness lockyer said...

Love it all! That store in Practical Magic is just beautiful. I saved the labels for something special...thanks,
Ness xx

C Maisy said...

i just love this post. I too am a huge fan of the old stores.
i may have to come back and look the pics just a few more times.
thanks soooooo much. this just made my day!

Melanie said...

Great post! There's just something about how organized the bottles look when they're all together. I remember watching Practical Magic not long ago and thinking of how much I'd love to browse a shop like that. Thanks for sharing this!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Fun post! I love the old apothecary labels and cabinets!

Jeanneoli said...

Love those labels and of course all the old bottles. So fun to alter.

Leah C said...

I, too, love almost anything apothecary:) Beautiful pictures!

Kasey said...

i have to have that mirror hanging behind the apothecary bar.
love it.

Marie said...

I'm with you...I have a thing about apothecary jars also...and thanks for reminding me about Practical Magic...I wanted to see that movie again for visual inspiration.

Jen r. said...

Those are so great! I love old bottles like that! Ahh, the good old days before plastic! Jen

pinkstilettos said...

I am so with you. I love those old bottles too! Daisy~

Room design studio said...


I really never realized that I adore those old bottles and apothecary in particular!

Anonymous said...

i know what you mean, i just love them.