If you had told me a few years ago that I would be writing a blog post about how to create vignettes I would have said you were crazy.
Actually, I probably would have said you were cra-to-the-zy!
You see, the word ‘vignette’ just wasn’t apart of my daily vocabulary. Not until I became a blogger that is. And then it seemed like it was everywhere.
Along with the word ‘cloche’ which I still don’t think I properly pronounce!
And the thing is, creating these so-called ‘vignettes’ has intimidated me for a very long time. These empty expanses of tabletops and mantels and niches and shelves just seem to mock me…taunting…go ahead…they say…we dare you to try and figure out how to decorate us.
I would panic and do too much or not enough and never end up satisfied with the end results.
So, I stopped. I stopped over-thinking it….stressing about it…letting those tabletops and mantels and niches and shelves get the better of me.
I began to simplify the process. Realizing that, for me, creating vignettes in my home isn’t about the latest trend or the most Pinterest worthy concoction.
It’s about putting things together that I love.
The things that make me feel the most like…well…me!
And that a vignette is really just a fancy way of describing a grouping of things that make my heart go pitter-patter.
Like, dried hydrangeas in a creamy pitcher sitting on a large tray on my glass coffee table in the living room. Next to a photo of me and my 3 favorite people in the whole world. And a mercury glass box on top of a stack of books.
It’s ok that my family room shelves aren’t filled to the brim. Frankly, they are fairly flimsy and can’t hold a lot of weight. So I made peace with the fact that they might only have 2 or 3 things on them.
But that meant I could get away with adding more to the top of the built-in cabinet. Placing paintings strategically to cover outlets and adding seasonal decor like a simple bunch of wheat in an urn.
I’ve realized that a vignette could simply be two lovely things together…each bringing out the beauty of the other.
And that vignettes are as much about what is happening on top of a surface as they are about what’s happening all around it.
Orange pumpkins piled high in a silver bowl (given to me as a wedding gift by my grandmother) provide the perfect pop of color underneath the neutral corn husk wreath and next to the cluster of wheat.
And really, doesn’t everything just seem more special, more stately when placed on top of a stack of books?
Of course, there are times when I break away from simplicity.
Especially in the fall when it is virtually impossible to fight the urge to bring every single beautiful thing you see outside right on inside your home!
Adding layer upon layer of texture and interest.
A pumpkin on top of a grapevine wreath wrapped with maple branches resting in an urn which sits on top of a wooden tray filled with dried hydrangeas and gourds on top of a simple square of burlap fabric.
Layers, depth, texture.
Maybe in one part of your home the perfect vignette would include raffia and candlesticks and pumpkins all in a soft palette with thankful platters hanging above.
But to me, it’s no more beautiful than a single dried hydrangea bloom tucked inside a silver teapot.
And that’s really what it’s all about isn’t it?
Knowing that it’s YOUR home.
And knowing that those expanses of tabletops and mantels and niches and shelves are simply your canvas.
You can “paint” on them however you want.
Whether you use lots of pattern and color or you stick to neutrals and clean lines.
There’s never a right or a wrong as long as YOU love it!
I’m so thrilled to be one of 25 bloggers in this series on creating fall vignettes. And I think that as you visit each one of these talented ladies you will see that while they are all different and unique in their approach, the one thing that remains the same is their ability to stay true to themselves.
I hope you will pay them all a visit and that it will encourage you in your own endeavors towards making your home reflect who you are!