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Vignette Much?


Ok, so I’m not an expert. But I DO love to create fun little vignettes in my home, over and over. Wanna know the secret to a good one? Levels.

Bam. This post could just be done. Buuuuuut since it’s my favorite part of the finishing touches on a space, I’ll go on. Let’s just say you’re styling your mantel. The #1 thing that brings interest is L-E-V-E-L-S. Uh hem, I mean, in my humble opinion. Old books (my personal fave), a cool old box, a scale, you get the picture. We’re trying to create interest and dimension. Speaking of which, try something unexpected up there! If you have a BIG mantle, go look in your garage for the single biggest item you own (think farmhouse charm, not lawnmower) and throw it up there. Then create your look around it, with…you guessed it, levels.

Another key to a successful vignette, mantel, or bookshelf is S P A C E. See what I did there? Let your items breathe! Always important to edit. A little restraint goes a long way. With no place for the eye to rest, it just becomes a bunch of stuff on the mantel. And then your husband comes home and looks at you like you’re crazy, and all you’ve had to eat that day is a bowl of cereal and a string cheese, sooooo ya. A “hangry” girl, a jacked-up mantel, and a surprised husband is not the ideal combo. Oh whoops…just me?

Finally, a good mix of textures is important. Think shiny, flat, basket-y (that’s a word, right?), something to add “life” (aka a plant), and a little graphic punch is always nice, like a letter or a number.

Ready? Go clear off your mantel. Or bookcase. Or counter top. Now eat a light snack and go raid your garage! This is going to be fun!

  • August 28, 2015 - 12:52 am

    Rose - We just moved into a new house and I’m struggling with wanting to re-decorate! I had our old house just about where I wanted it(we only lived in it for 8 months!) and now I am never happy with my table center pieces(coffee, kitchen and dining room) and I also have a black wine/bakers rack with dark colors bricks on one shelf that I can’t get right. I came across your Instagram and I keep thinking “she needs to come decorate for me!” And then I think “she would totally destroy my decorating skills!” Hehe thanks for sharing!! Can’t wait to see more.ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 2:36 am

    Tasha - Ha! “And all you’ve had to eat that day is a bowl of cereal and string cheese”. I’ve gotten many strange looks. It’s too intense to stop and eat but then I’m all jittery from not eating aaaaannnnd I didn’t get it perfect in time for the big reveal! Thank you for the tips and beautiful inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 3:34 am

    Kimmy - This post really helped me clear my so called decorating mind. I just had house perfect for spring and summer but September is around the corner so I took all the teals and whites down. Now
    I’m a bit lost to get the fall colors in the right places. This weekend my goal is to take everything down and start all over again with your advice. I really love your creations. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 8:26 pm

    Wendy Trigsted - Loving your practical tips here…especially the one about levels! And I agree…adding a letter or number is so fun! Thanks, Janna! ? Gonna play with my mantel now!ReplyCancel