Monday, September 30, 2013

Creating a Fall Vignette

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a splendid weekend.  Today I wanted to share how I create a vignette; the process that I go through when decorating a small, defined space.  And since today is the last day of September, I thought it would be appropriate to do a fall vignette to demonstrate. 

 *Start with your base layer.  I knew I wanted to use this mirror and layer it with a fall scene tray.  The gourd vase and apothecary jars are also elements I knew I wanted to add.  

 *Add layers.  The mirror was too stark by itself so I added a burlap ruffle wreath and hung it with some fall tartan fabric that I will be incorporating into my Thanksgiving tablescape.  Just adding that one layer makes it look a lot more polished.

 *Add details.  Here, I added more vase filler to give it a little more color and hung chalkboard art, a wooden wall plaque with a gold leaf on it, and an acorn plate.  This fills empty space and finishes off the "collected" look I was going for.  

*Reevaluate.  After finishing the first three steps, I knew that it still lacked something.  While I did like the apothecary jars, I thought they weren't quite right for this vignette and that it needed something a little more solid.  I removed the jars and added a stack of books and some grapevine spheres and some small pumpkins to give it color. Just looking at the pictures in step three and step four, you can visually see how using something more solid pleases the eye.  Sometimes it is just trial and error when styling a vignette.  Something I do a lot is take a picture of what I am doing and look at it on your camera or computer. That gives fresh perspective and helps you determine what is lacking. 

One more tip:  Repeat colors and decor elements to pull everything together.  The gold was repeated on the leaf plaque, the pumpkin, and the hinges on the pie safe.  The orange was repeated on the tiny pumpkins, lettering on the book, and faintly on the fall scene tray.  Wood was repeated on the grapevine spheres, the branches in the vase , the wall plaque, and the mirror.  It makes for a more cohesive look. 

How is your fall decorating coming along?  

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Linking up to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
The DIY'ers at Home Coming blog
Autumn Abounds Link Party at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Fall Tablescapes and Vignettes at Centsational Girl


  1. stopping over from the dedicated house , so cute! love all of your acorn items and the plaid! I'm a sucker for apothecary jars too!!!


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