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Vignettes – How To Fake It, Till You Get It

February 5, 2018 2 Comments

Whether a coffee table, the wall above a chest of drawers or decorating a corner of a room, these, to me at least are all vignettes.   Vignette comes from a French word that we use to mean a decorative design.  Ok, that works.  But it’s so much more.

It’s about balance, beauty and taking the things you love and displaying them so that:

A. your exceptionally excellent taste, style, and grace can be admired!

B. they serve as a visual reminder of the memories that come with your doo-dads.

C. you can bask in the knowledge that your BBF’s are going to be severely jealous!

There is value in that, especially C.  because your best BBF just lost 10 pounds and you owe her.  It’s her turn to be quietly fantasizing your downfall while smiling.

But what if you don’t have a natural talent, or you don’t yet trust your instincts to stage vignettes?  I’m going to help you cheat.  It’s not really cheating, it’s more like flattering the hell out of others that do have that talent.   Ok, it’s cheating, so what?!

Vignettes – Talent not needed

First I want to say this.  Staging a vignette isn’t hard, but I get that it can be intimidating for some. It’s something I’m comfortable doing so it’s hard for me to understand why others can’t, but then again, I can’t get into the first position in Yoga without emergency services getting involved, proving we each have our talents, don’t we?

Are you ready for the simple way to cheat until you feel more comfortable doing it yourself?  Then, here we go!

Cheat Sheet

Cheat!  That’s right; I’m encouraging to cheat off of more talented or should I say more confident women.  Maybe that was sexist; I should say there is the rare guy who can stage more than a garage, so use them too if you run across such an endangered species.

At this point, I’m assuming that you Pinterest, at least I’m hoping you do otherwise this could be harder.  Build a board, like my Vignette Views and load it up with images of home decor.  Then when you’re ready to stage your dresser, coffee table or corner, find the pics that you love the most and emulate the layout.  Gather your stuff, steal from other rooms so that your vignette is as close in scale as you can make it to the inspiration picture.  Here are some examples, and you can find each of these on my Pinterest Board.


That’s it!  It’s just that simple.  Cheat off someone else.  They have done all the hard work for you.  As you continue to cheat, you’ll find that you’re getting the hang of it.  But here are some tips that will help you too.

Use odd numbers of things, unless you’re OCD, then skip that one and move on.  Oh, if you are OCD, I put an inspiration picture up just for you!  It’s the first one, see how I have your back?  Moving on.

Use different textures and heights in your vignette.  And finally, use stuff that reflects you!  Your style, your taste, things that have some meaning to you. Make it personal.  It looks less, “staged” when it contains stuff with family history.

Final Thoughts

I hope this has helped. Honestly, I’m not lying when I say it’s easier than you think to stage vignettes.  But, I have to ask you for one small favor.  Don’t tell people I’m encouraging you to cheat.  I will deny everything.  And by the way, this post will self-destruct in 24 hours.

If you want to learn more about staging a vignette, you might be interested in these earlier posts. Corner Decorating and 10 Common Decorating Mistakes and How To Fix Them.

Happy Vignetting!



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    Michelle Nettles

    February 6, 2018

    This right here is just like da bomb!! “There is value in that, especially C. because your best BBF just lost 10 pounds and you owe her. It’s her turn to be quietly fantasizing your downfall while smiling.” C was my fav before I even finished reading that & that made it da bomb!! I do happen to know how to make a vignette (I think I can credit genes and art classes for that) & have a friend that is constantly jealous of my decorating skills & always skinnier than me. So this post made me laugh out loud. And yep I counted those items in picture #1 before I even got to the OCD part of the post!!

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      February 11, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

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