Vignette Creating 101

3.25.2013

I recently updated the coffee table vignette in the great room. I have had a couple readers ask me to post how I create a vignette. Now, I am no authority on this, but here are some simple steps.


I had a large round basket on this table holding a stack of books, but decided to recently remove it. By removing the basket the look is a little brighter.

I placed some design books in three stacks.

Then I placed a magnifying glass on each stack. These are part of a collection I have and they say it is good to display collections together for bigger impact.

 I added this large concrete finial for added height and texture.

The fireplace has been dressed up for the warmer seasons with a vintage basket filled with dried hydrangeas that I saved in a large bag from last summer.


 I have had this terracotta pot for a couple years and love the vintage look of it. The added greenery adds more texture and color and softens the whole hardscape.



A rule of thumb is too always display in odd numbers. As you can see I have five. Each book stack and the potted plant and finial.

And that is vignette creating 101.

 I will show more seasonal changes to the great room soon.

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53 comments:

  1. I love the palette, soft lovely colors, I collect magnifying glasses,

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  2. It looks great, Kim. I am chaging my coffee table too, for the seasons.

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  3. Love your magnifying glasses on top of each book....very pretty vignette!
    ~Des

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  4. Very pretty - and I love the cushions in the background!

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  5. Bless you, Kim, for this post. It is so helpful. Love it. And your coffee table vignette. xo

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  6. Okay, this is spooky! I was just rearranging my coffee table (snow day today!) and decided to check out your blog for ideas. Thank you, Kim, the mind reader!

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  7. What a pretty vignette and a simple to follow tutorial (those are my favorite kind o tutorials) ;-)
    Have a good week

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  8. I always like your vignettes. Thanks for the tips! I especially like the magnifying glasses.

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  9. Pretty, Kim! The color palette is so soothing, very nice. :)

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  10. GORGEOUS!!! Everything comes together perfectly... loving your rooster pillow!! xo HHL

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  11. Your tablescape is nice but it's always that rooster pillow that I covet whenever I see it. Happy spring! It is going to get here we just have to wait for it.

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  12. It's better that you are not an authority, Kim... it's just raw natural talent and a great eye for decor! I love the stacks of books and the magnifying glasses! Very classy and interesting!

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  13. Fabulous, Kim! Thanks for breaking it down for us. I love your magnifying glasses. I just purchased a few in London.
    xo
    Loi
    PS - And those are some of my favorite books :)

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  14. Looks great Kim... I want your rooster pillow!!

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  15. Very pretty Kim. Love the soft colors and like so many of your followers, I love the pillows!!!~~Angela

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  16. I think a maganifying glass collection is so neat...I NEED to find some...for pretty and USE!

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  17. I haven't seen magnifying glasses around a lot. Very unique additions, the whole look is very clean but still cozy.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

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  18. Hi Kim, Your arrangement is lovely. Thanks for the inspiration. I couldn't help but notice the book titles, looks like we have some of the same books.

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  19. I know they say to use odd numbers, which I try to do, but more often than not symmetry wins. Your odd numbers look wonderful though!

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  20. I just made the same stacks on my table (haven't posted about it yet). All the design books in one inspirational place.

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  21. Luv the books topped with the magnifying glasses!! Stunning.
    Hugs, Gee

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  22. You are really great at that Kim! I love stacks of books on coffee tables.

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  23. I think the odd number trick is key. When I was young, I used to think things should "match" so I did many things in pairs. When I let that go, things just started looking better!

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  24. Beautiful vignettes Kim! I love your magnifying glass collection!And that basket of hydrangeas.I too kept some from last fall!

    xx
    Anne

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  25. Great look Kim, you forgot to tell everyone how you have a great room of hidden decor treasures to shop from:)

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  26. Not that I need another thing to collect but I am really loving the magnifying glasses. Hmmm. Thanks for sharing tips and your beautiful home.

    http://northislandcottage.blogspot.com/

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  27. Looks so nice! Love the new arrangement!

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  28. Great post and such a cute idea! Erica
    ericasrunningjourneyblogspot.com

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  29. Thank you. This confirms what I have been saying all along. You are the BEST vignette designer in all of blogland.

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  30. That concrete finial is fun! I'm sure you got a work out moving that around! Very pretty, indeed!

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  31. The magnifying glasses are beautiful and add a nice touch.
    Mary Alice

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  32. The vignette is lovely, and the rooster needlepoint pillow I love....N.xo

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  33. Looking good, Kim! I always think the important thing is just to play with things till you get it how you like it.
    Brenda

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  34. Gorgeous as always Kim - that magnifying glass collection is amazing! Oh no - one more thing I now need to start collecting!
    Kelly

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  35. You always do beautiful vignettes!

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  36. Kim, I love how you added the magnifying glasses to each stack!! Great job, love it.

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  37. Beautiful vignette and I love those magnifying glasses. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  38. Kim, it looks great and you make it easy to follow.

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  39. Great post and lovlely vignette. xoGinger

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  40. YEP! You got the touch, Kim. And here all this time I thought using an ODD number meant having someone weird sitting in the same room as the vignette. xo Diana

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  41. Great post. I love your collection of magnifying glasses, they look wonderful on the books.. Thanks for joining TTT and I hope you have a very Blessed Easter. Hugs, Marty

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  42. Love the post. I always use odd numbers but in the new house I am excited to able to mix things up again. Thanks for the tips. As uaual this is a perfect vignette I just adore that finial. She is a beauty.

    Cynthia

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  43. I love your magnifying glass collection!And that basket of hydrangeas...I thought I lost mine, but they are coming back. I featured your rustic crosses last week thank you for linking up and hope you come back and link up again http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/03/share-it-one-more-time-features-and.html Love the vignettes.

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  44. Tammy, you have me mixed up with someone else. No rustic crosses here.

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  45. You perfectly mixed color, texture and design....I love your collection of magnifying glasses!!

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  46. Very Pretty!
    Have a great day!

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  47. Looks great Kim! I love the magnifying glasses!

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  48. Love those magnifying glasses. Such a pretty vignette.
    Hugs,
    Laura

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  49. Very pretty Kim and great points. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  50. Beautiful vignette, Kim! Just wanted to let you know I'll be stealing your idea of the dried hydrangeas/basket in the fireplace for spring & summer. Love it!

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  51. I always think you create the most lovely vignettes. Love reading about how you put them together! Hmm, never thought about the odd number. Oh, and I love your collection of magnifying glasses!

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  52. Very pretty, Kim! I love the magnifying glasses! and yes, your vignettes are always fabulous!

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