It has been a crazy week at our house. I won’t bore you with the details, but we are back to doing dishes in the yard at the moment, and we have two boys who have birthdays, and our dining room and kitchen are still either ripped out/up or covered in things from other things that are ripped out/up. I was about to quit the whole thing and go back to bed when I realized you were all on the edge of your seat waiting for Part 2 of vignette-making.
I was trying to figure out a concise way to tell you step-by-step how to make lovely vignettes, but all I could think of was:
- find some neat stuff
- put it in a place where you don’t have anything or have boring stuff
- arrange it all pretty
And then I realized you could get winning info like that simply from googling it. I don’t really enjoy creating tutorials because they make me clench my teeth, eat candy, and start yelling at people who try to come and talk to me. But there are a host of people who do like creating tutorials, and they’ve even figured out how to make money doing it. So check with those people because they sort of owe it to you.
But since I’m not so inclined, I’m going to just write some funny stuff, share some of my own decorating ideas, and hope you don’t all unfollow me.
You won’t, right? Ok, back to vignettes.
Vignettes are just little scenes you create so you have something to look at in your home, kind of like a “view.” (You know, like how you’d rather look at a fountain in a garden than a dumpster in a parking lot. Right? Can I get an amen?).
(If you’re wondering if your decor is the equivalent of a dumpster in a parking lot, email me and I’ll send you a questionnaire).
Okay, just kidding. I’m not actually talking about anyone’s specific decor, but just the principle behind vignettes.
Anyway. Vignettes can either be just for decorating a surface with things you like or they can be created from things you need to use. For example, if you’re creating a vignette on your kitchen counter, you’d likely want to make it useful, since you don’t have unlimited space and probably have some things you’d like to keep out.
For example, you could create a little coffee bar vignette with a tray and coffee/creamer/sugar/spoons, and it would make it fun (and neat and tidy) when you have coffee in the morning. And maybe even so fun that it saves you $5 and a really long time in line at Starbucks each morning (except for my Seattle friends, who wait two minutes rather than twenty, like we do in Nashville). We’ll talk more about vignettes to use later.
Here’s an example of a vignette that I made when I wanted to create a cozy little getaway on the deck:
It totally worked– the scent of the candle and the flickering light and the fun magazine made me feel like I was on vacation.
This one (below) I inadvertently made when I had to clear stuff out of one room for construction reasons, and I really enjoyed looking at it (and apparently this little guy found it irresistible too):
So let’s talk about my first couple of vignette-making ideas, so when you’re looking for items around your house or shopping for them, it’ll be a little easier.
1. Find similar items and put them together.
Grouping items that are similar in shape or color is one easy way to make a vignette. The pieces in our milk glass collection below were just randomly set here in stacks while they were waiting to be put back in the kitchen, and I liked them almost as-is. And, if you set a couple of pumpkins on top of them, it looks like you meant to create a lovely little vignette.
Here’s another example of “like” objects but in different colors:
Or it could even be a theme (in this case, clocks):
Just randomly set your collection where you want it and step back and look at it. Often it only needs a little rearranging. There are about a hundred ways to make it look good, so don’t worry about perfection.
2. Seasonal items.
Seasonal items are fun and easy for vignettes, especially for fall, winter, and any holiday. Here are some examples of fall vignettes that were easy to make:
These (above) were the same pumpkins that were next to the typewriter above, but we moved them to the table on the deck so it would feel like fall out there (the leaves are only barely beginning to turn in Nashville). Here’s another one:
Again, simple and easy to make. I love using pumpkins because they usually look really good with little effort!
This one (above) has more layers, but includes the collections (milk glass) and seasonal (pumpkin and leaf garland). It also includes architectural items, which I’ll talk about later.
I am still learning how to not make these posts too long, so I’ll save the rest of my vignette ideas for next time and make a Part 3. Thanks for following along!
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