2.09.2014

The Anatomy of a Vignette

a small impressionistic scene....that gives an insightful portrayal 
(from wikipedia)

sometimes revealing the homeowner's taste and likes
 (I made that part up)   :)


A vignette or grouping adds energy to a room.   It creates a wonderful mood and gives a glimpse of the homeowner's likes and personality,  while lending a personal touch to the room.  It adds another dimension along with warmth, texture and color.  This scene is a vignette (derived from the French for "little vine") in my family room, in a corner by the fireplace.  It was pieced together over a long period of time, but you can do yours in just a short while, when just adding a small scene to a tabletop.


Add pieces with a lot of texture....adding another dimension to your vignette.  This Swedish style mora clock was my latest acquisition.  I have been looking for one forever, and as par for the course, found it accidentally.  It's not old but I loved it at first sight.  Its distressed style and soft colors fit perfectly in the room and it's nice narrow profile fits perfectly in the corner.  I love it just leaning.

This old trunk anchors the entire scene.  I have had it for so long, I forgot where I got it.  It's the original painted finish with chippy iron trim.  It's been all over my homes, from the bedroom to the den as a coffee table and now in this corner vignette.


The slender shutter in the background echos the shape of the clock, lending continuity to the scene.  The old shutter was once painted green and was on my parent's cottage home.  The black framed quilt pieces were made by a friend of mine from an antique tattered quilt and I love that this preserves the the old quilt.  I hung the frames diamond shaped, giving, yet,  more dimension to the vignette.

 A petite cut glass vintage lamp with reticulated trim sits on still another layer to the scene, an old wood sewing box, while a found shed deer antler puts the rustic with the refinement of the pretty lamp.  In the evening the lamp emphasizes the scene, otherwise it might be hidden in the dark corner. 

A pedestal of my old college literature books, now covered in vintage sheet music, gives importance to this tiny little glass bird bottle.  I believe this is an old Avon bottle and was given to me by a blogger I met years ago when I first started.  It mirrors the glass of the lamp, adding still another layer of delight.

When all married together, it gives this, otherwise bland corner, so much personality. 

my favorite tips when arranging a vignette
  • add a light source....in the evenings, it adds drama to the scene
  • display in odd numbers....it gives maximum impact  and small items won't get lost.  Kathy over at the fabulous blog, All About Vignettes, gives a wonderful post on this subject with many fabulous examples. 
  • vary the height of your objects and add extra importance to a tiny item by placing it on a pedestal.  I use books, candle sticks, cake plates, lamp parts as pedestals.  Look around.....you'd be surprised at what can substitute as a stand.
Have a wonderful week.  The next sale at Feathernesters is this coming weekend, Feb. 13th-16th, Thurs. - Sun.  I will be adding lots of "new" items to my space, The Vintage Nest, ..... a gorgeous revamped dresser, a lady's French gray desk, and many smalls, that make perfect Valentine gifts. Come on by......would so love to see you.
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13 comments :

Junkchiccottage said...

Lynn,
Great tips and what a great corner vignette you created. Love it.
Kris

Beverly said...

Everything fits together for another lovely spot in your home. Great job, Lynn.♥

Alycia Nichols said...

A Mora clock! Is that what that's called? I had no idea! I just see things and know that I like them and buy them if they fit the decor! I guess I should work to educate myself a bit more! :-) Your clock is absolutely beautiful!!! I love the antique look of it.

I just love the idea of covering books with vintage sheet music!! I don't think my Mom still has any of the sheet music from when I first started playing piano (age 4), but it would be officially vintage by now and would be great around here! I'll have to call her!

Really pretty vignette, Lynn! Thanks so much for sharing your creative genius with us! Have a beautiful week!

Alycia Nichols said...

A Mora clock! Is that what that's called? I had no idea! I just see things and know that I like them and buy them if they fit the decor! I guess I should work to educate myself a bit more! :-) Your clock is absolutely beautiful!!! I love the antique look of it.

I just love the idea of covering books with vintage sheet music!! I don't think my Mom still has any of the sheet music from when I first started playing piano (age 4), but it would be officially vintage by now and would be great around here! I'll have to call her!

Really pretty vignette, Lynn! Thanks so much for sharing your creative genius with us! Have a beautiful week!

chateau chic said...

Love the vignette you created, Lynn! You used all of your great tips perfectly. Love the clock!
Mary Alice

Cindy Cain said...

I needed to read this tonight. I have been struggling with an area in my home office for a week or two. I'm going to take these suggestions and go shopping in my house! Thanks :)

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Thanks Lynn -- so many great suggestions! I'm a 'vignette junkie'. To me, it's also a way to move things in and out of spaces in my home and create a completely "new" feel. I love to change mine out with the seasons so I'll keep the anchor piece(s) but change out the fabrics, textures, etc. to reflect the season. Great post and I love how you used the shutter on the wall -- such a focal piece!

Mary Soulios said...

Lynn, what a lovely vignette and I have been working on perfecting mine throughout my home for some time now. Thanks for sharing!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

And you done one great vignette, my friend, and I love this one! Tanks for sharing your tips. I always love to see what you do and appreciate you sharing your secrets with us.

xoxoxox

Sheila

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your vignette, gorgeous and such great tips too. Hugs, Marty

All About Vignettes said...

Hi Lynn,

Of course I love the vignette, especially the clock. Great find. I'm going to copy the idea of covering the books with sheet music.

And, of course thanks for the mention. That was sweet. I love my threes.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Everyone can use a brush-up on how to prepare a great vignette. Nice post!

Blessings, Edie Marie

Grace said...

I need to follow your tips so it does not look like a crazy mess. lol I love the clock it is wonerful Grace

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