I’m a story teller at heart. Writing, YES! But also in the way I decorate. I once had a guest say that my home was “emotional,” and I can’t tell you how much that pleased me. I owe that response to the vignettes I create-the stories that I tell through decor.
With a vignette, everything is considered and placed in a thoughtful way. I personally relish in the details of pairing and placing special objects in a way that speaks to the heart.
I PROMISE…It’s fun, easy and rewarding and you and your guests will love the thought, character and story vignettes can tell.
I love the story this mahogany round side table in the living room tells. Set against a crisp white trellis window, it is a favorite place to showcase personal items and pieces that share a common theme and a contrast that draws a guest in. The anchor piece is the large patina’d lamp that I bought from The Sitting Room in Excelsior (My favorite decorating shop.)
I love adding worn pieces with fresh pieces, like the blue and white urn with a green topiary. My most treasured piece, is a framed hand written note from my Papa Tony to my grandmother. It reads, Dear Dorothy, the fellow that works opposite you on the slatter wants a date with you for Friday night. He hasn’t the nerve to ask you, so I ask for him in this note. His name is Tony. The history of my family is written in those words. Can’t say enough about how much I love that framed note!!
This is a scene from my “oval office.” (You can look at previous pictures to see how it got its name.) The pine table and antique boat are the show stoppers here! The antique books, hand painted sea shell from Nantucket and antique light, add character and softness that are illuminated by the large gold mirror. The soft pairing of chairs from The Sitting Room, adds just the right contrast to the antique pine. The mood is feminine and comforting.
My front entry piece is an old pine dresser (great for storage and hiding anything quickly before your guests arrive.) I couldn’t find the right mirror to go above it, so I had one made. Super easy…Just go to your favorite frame shop, mine is The Great Frame Up in Minnetonka. I picked a classic black with brass trim to highlight the nautical vibe of the lake. The antique brass lamp was a gift from a friend and it pairs nicely with the brass hardware on the dresser. The antique, blue and white clipper ship is new find! I collect clipper ships and absolutely love them, and vignettes are perfect for show casing collections you love!
Because the front entry changes seasonally, I always have flowers, books and accessories that highlight the current holiday. Right now, this vignette is quite simple-as I’m highlighting the anticipation of Spring with hydrangeas.
My two favorite florists are Harvest Home in Wayzata and Designer Blooms. Your front entry is a great place to play and decorate on a whim. Ideas are lamps, flowers, candles and books. Have fun here and show people who you are and what your home is all about!
Shelves are a great place to be creative! Don’t be afraid to take out a shelf or two and hang or display larger items. I love the sailing painting set in the middle of this shelf in my bedroom. When it comes to shelf vignettes, books are an obvious choice and I love the way a collection of feels in a room. Set them upright, on their sides, at an angle or stack items on top of them. You can chose from your favorites authors or collect books that are similar in color that would create a theme. In my oval office, I have all cream, pink and light beige books. The shell boxes add a natural element, but anything from a wood box or a plant would have the same effect. And of course, special photos always convey the emotional heartbeat in a vignette.
I love a collection of art! I’ve created a vignette on my mantel of my favorites from The Atelier Collection. My friend, Hayley has such a distinct eye for classic, appealing and affordable paintings that I swoop them up as she buys them! She has a site on Etsy, so don’t worry, you can buy some too! They come in all shapes and sizes and in the most wonderful vintages tones. Set up a gallery wall or shelf. Stack them, hang them, love them. I know I do!
PILLOWS! PILLOWS! PILLOWS! I love them. Create a mood on your couches or chairs with blankets and pillows that can be changed seasonal. Go all out with custom made or buy them at Home Goods…As long as they speak to you, they’ll work. Monograming is a great way to add a personal touch to a blanket or pillow. “Mona Bina” is the name given to our home by the original owners back in 1937. It means, “home for all.”
This is a tray table that sits in my living room. I love the depth in the wood tray and the brightness of the blue and white ginger jars. Of course I have antique books in my favorite colors, a darling match case and three of my kids senior pictures paired in a thoughtful way…This vignette always makes me smile. It’s crisp, clean and intimate.
Sometimes, the smallest items evoke the biggest emotion.Boats, books, an English bulldog and glass container filled with twigs. Simple, considered and charming.
Remember, if it speaks to you, it works! The perfect vignette piece is one that evokes seeing, feeling and experiencing a moment. I know you have some darling, meaningful objects just waiting to be displayed! If you are so inspired, feel free to send me pictures of your vignettes. I’d love to see them!