Today I am walking you through my process of how I created a simple neutral winter vignette! I have teamed up with a few of my very creative blogger buddies to show you how we style neutral winter decor! If you are joining me from my sweet friend Leanna at Clare and Grace Designs Blog, welcome! You can find a complete list of bloggers contributing to the Winter Decor Tour at the bottom of this post… so but sure to continue on the tour as you will not want to miss the unique ways we style these chilly winter months.
I am LOVING our winter weather lately! Each day this week I woke up to a soft blanket of fog covering our neighborhood… I quietly and peacefully enjoyed every sip of warm coffee before I woke the kiddos to start the day! My days… and to be honest… most nights, have been dedicated designing the interior of the Farmhaus. Multiple sketches have been created, then scrapped and created again… my husband is putting the pressure on to just choose something and move on… but you guys know me… I will not be able to sleep until I get it just right. However, in the midst of all the designing I carved a little chunk of time to create a simple neutral winter vignette in our home. Even when my schedule keeps me busy while working from home, I still enjoy having decor around that makes me smile. I was reminiscing about long stormy days as a child and how I would watch The Sound of Music over and over again belting out each and every song of the musical at the top of my lungs! This warm childhood memory was my inspiration… so this winter I chose to display “a few of my favorite things” as Julie Andrews would sing! (and yes… now I can’t get that song out of my head 🙂 )
I kind of like using the word “vignette” because it sounds fancy… but when you get down to it, this fancy word just means a grouping of items. Creating vignettes can seem intimidating at first! Where should you place your decor items; how to make your items at varied heights for visual interest; how to create balance in your display…. questions in your mind can go on and on and make the process of creating a vignette seem daunting. I am here to take the fear out of it for you! Vignettes can be placed anywhere in your home. I have created vignettes everywhere… my mantle, entryway, hutch in my dining room, dresser in my bedroom, kitchen island… you can basically place decor any place you like around your home. Today I am going to share one simple way of creating a vignette for your home. Trust me, this is not the ONLY way to do it…. there are many different ways to style vignettes, but I will share how I created a quick and simple winter vignette!
1. First, locate a space where you would like to create a vignette. I chose to use my entry way hutch for this display as it is a central location in our home that we pass ALL DAY LONG.
2. Next, select a background item that is large and thin enough to layer smaller items in front of it. This background item could be a painting, picture, mirror with a unique frame, windows, or a simple picture frame. For this vignette I chose to layer vintage chippy white windows because I have an obsession with old windows! I have been on a window kick lately as I just finalized the window package for the Farmhaus! Whew… that was a big task!
3. Next, add two items on either side of your background. These items do not have to be the same… but by placing the items on either side you will create a balance for the vignette. For winter I gathered a white cement pitcher for one side, and on the other I placed a vintage crock filled with a faux silvery-green topiary. I love the way this topiary gives a light wispy feel to the vignette and adds a slight pop of color. Other items that work well for balancing a vignette may include lanterns, candlesticks, or various sizes of pots/jars/and or vases.
4. Then it is time to fill the middle space. There are SO many ways to fill this middle area… not to mention a variety of items to choose from. You can use boxes, trays, candlesticks, book stacks, cupcake and cake stand risers, interesting trinkets, vintage items… use this area to display your most cherished collections! For winter I chose to place chippy spindles on top of a vintage grain sack bundled in an old wire farming basket. I then placed a homemade book stack tied with jute next to the basket and topped it with a recently found treasure… a fun chippy corbel.
5. Last, fill all of the hollow spaces with small “filler” items. I try to use natural filler items that tie in with the particular season. This winter I have used my all time favorite winter filler… pine cones! Other winter filler options would include fresh or faux greenery (popular choices this time of year are eucalyptus, rosemary, lambs ear, or evergreen pine), frosted wicker balls (these resemble snowballs and I use them all over my home in the winter – even though I chose to not use them in this particular vignette!) Have fun and get creative adding these smaller items in and around your display!
I love the way this simple neutral winter vignette turned out! This display of “my favorite things” makes me smile… and of course start singing the Sound of Music… every time I come and go!!
I hope you grab another warm cup of coffee and continue on the tour to visit my blogging buddies and see how each of us uniquely style our home with neutral winter decor!