What is a cloche? French for bell, a cloche (pronounced KLOHSH) is a small, translucent cover. Originally intended to protect plants from frost, today’s use extends to using them for anything and everything. Cloches are wonderful in that they can help to make any ordinary object into a display. And you can easily swap out your display item depending on your mood or the season, so they are very versatile.
I’m currently using a small cloche to display my grandfather’s book of musical terms from 1914. The book is very frail and small, so on it’s own, it would easily be lost and/or damaged, but under a cloche among other books, it makes a statement.
Sizes can vary greatly from this 30″ tall cloche at Restoration Hardware
to this miniature one sold by simplychi on Etsy.
What else can you put under a cloche? Pretty much anything that fits! Plants, stacks of books, antique spectacles, cameras, seashells, baby keepsakes and sculptures all look great under a cloche.
Here are some inspirational pictures to get you thinking about how you might use a cloche in your home!