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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Vignettes Can Be a Lot of Different Things

People think vignettes have to be a book and a vase of roses or something similar. Not necessarily true, chicks, although that can be quite stunning and original if taken the time to think it out "creatively." It can be anything you want it to be as long as you assemble items in one particular space - a little space with items that evoke emotion is what works best for me. Something pleasing to the eye. I've gone around my home and just photographed some little descriptive vignettes to show as examples.

A pedestal rose plate with bars of fragrant soaps - some hand painted - and some little fizzie bath hearts given to me. They are absolutely sweet smelling and fragrance my guest bathroom.

A stack of white towels in a little pink wire basket. They are in there for guest's immediate pleasure and convenience so as not to have to go rummaging around underneath the cabinets. Just a thought to the comfort of my guests and family. ;-) I have a friend with a teenage boy who is meticulous in his personal grooming and will not use a towel after someone else. So I decided to do this with him in mind. Always a fresh and scented one for that young man. He steals my heart with being so well groomed.

Some little birdhouses on my mantel - one I made and three my friend, Rhea, made. Hers are stunning and I have a lot of items from her - so many, in fact, that I may have to dedicate a room to her! ;-)

Some old vintage rusty finials on my mantel also. I love the patina and rust of these old iron objects. These don't have much verdigris on them but I especially love the verdigris on old copper objects. And, of course, the proverbial "rose" to add to their beauty. If you knew how many roses I have in this house you'd faint. I have several hundred ribbon roses, many silk roses, dozens of paper roses, millinery roses and porcelain roses. I should call this the Rose House. Well, actually some of my friends do call it that.

Starfish that I spray painted pink and sprinkled on german glass glitter. I just love the look of them on the mantle. I love "fluff" everywhere I can arrange to have it.

Even my craft paints and paint swatches from a paint store can be a vignette when arranged on a vintage old shelf with snippets of leftover lace tacked on the shelf. I think you'll have to agree it adds "color" to the place!

As simple as some vintage salt and pepper shakers painted pink and set on the shelf with paints.

Even little sachets scented with fragrance oils lined along another shelf can add not only beauty but a wonderful scent to enjoy in any room. Yes, I actually do this in every single room - living room, family room, baths, office, bedroom......every room. And these certainly add beauty to the room.

And then there are the tops of book cases that aren't really conducive to hold actual book on the top so I just put some vintage sewing drawers with CDs or DVDs in them and little boxes I've tried selling but didn't. So buyers loss is my room's gain! LOL

One of my favorite vignettes is artist paint brushes. I just love seeing all the brushes in a pretty vase or container. These are mine and I would NOT call my self an artist. I call myself a BEGINNER!! ;-)

I have a bowl on my coffee table that has some pink sea shells (I painted them pink) and I love the juxtaposition of them with the roses and faux desserts I have on there. This one below is not in my home but I think it's stunning. Just simple everyday things gathered together in one spot for a lovely vignette. Rocks in a vintage yellow bowl, starfish and old ephemera.

The roses, sea shells, starfish, a wicker basket leaning against a wall, attractive statues, a container of nails and a plate of fruit.

I liked this room when I first saw it and was drawn back to it because of the table vignette near the dormer. I also stack pictures on the floor leaning up against a baseboard. I just love the look of "high" and "low" pictures. Most people hang their pictures too high on a wall. That's fine if there are other pictures below it but the room looks out of whack if all pictures are at one level in a room and that level is 6 feet up the wall. Lower your pictures so that the lowest part of the frame is no more than 46 - 48" from the floor. It will make quite a cozy difference in the look.


  1. I love little vignettes too. I also love the combination of rough things with soft sweet like your vignette of the rocks/shells w the roses.

  2. Your home is so beautifully thought out Connie.

  3. OHHHHHHHHH...I love the last lines of your post.

    " Most people hang their pictures too high on a wall. That's fine if there are other pictures below it but the room looks out of whack if all pictures are at one level in a room and that level is 6 feet up the wall. Lower your pictures so that the lowest part of the frame is no more than 46 - 48" from the floor. It will make quite a cozy difference in the look."

    This is something I've tried to share with my clients throughout my Interior Design career!!! I'm always thankful when others mention it as well!

    I love vignettes...they're what pull a room together.

    I love the room with the dormer!! The quilt with the pretty rose pillowshams...and the vignette...just all the "pretties"!


  4. Luv your ideas Connie. For the salt shakers, did you use acrylic paint or spray paint?
    Enjoyed visiting your blog this morning!


  5. hi Connie, i love vignettes too.. Who doesnt? When one vignette or two could make lots of difference to a room.

    Btw, thanks for the award, i already took it and post it on my blog which before my pink saturday post. Check it out! Thank you so much! You are such a sweetie! Love u!

  6. Lots of vignettes for sure! I of course, like all of the pink ones....:-)

  7. Good morning sweet friend! Your vignettes are so pretty and really are so very thoughtful. Nothing beats a basket full of clean smelling white cotton towels!!


  8. What a WONDERFUL post. I received a pink glitter starfish as a gift and I really love it. I also like the basket with the fluffy white towels and I adore handmade soap. I am foofying some handmade soaps to sell at my next show. The plate idea looks great!

  9. Love the cottage bedroom...and I love the living room with the rustic looking shutter things on the are gettin up my the shabby chick with some primitives mixed in...have a great sunday...:)

  10. Connie... Your vignettes are so pretty and really soothing to the eyes... I loved them and especially loved the cottage bedroom... Great post...


  11. I agree Connie - vignettes come in all shapes and sizes and yours are delightful!!

  12. Just popped in to say hello, Your vignettes a definitely eye candy.

  13. I am a vignette gal !! I just love them and really have to make sure that I don't go vignette crazy with my website photos ~
    Yours are just gorgeous !!

  14. Very cute! I love to put together little vignettes too. It is so fun. Thanks for all your good ideas!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my son's wedding! We had such an amazing time and are so thankful!

    Hugs, Sharon

  15. Connie Your vignettes are very pretty!I love the seashells one with the vintage post cards and basket.Hugs Jen

  16. I just love to see how you do things. I like your paintbrushes and the variety of paints that you have. With it readily available, no wonder you are so inspired to create such beautiful things. Your vignettes are so pretty. You really do such a nice job of everything, Connie. I also like the idea of hanging pictures lower on the wall. It does make a difference and I need to do more of that. Thanks for a fun post that gave me a creative boost today!


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