I love to create little vignettes around my home, especially when decorating for the holidays. It adds so much warmth and homeyness to make these little moments, little stories here and there.I briefly shared these in my Christmas Home Tour last week as well as my Christmas Kitchen post, but I thought I would share the extra pictures and talk more about the details and sources today. Hopefully this will answer a lot of your questions too! The pictures without watermarks are by my amazing brother in law, Nate (nathaniel ray photography). The ones with watermarks are by me. I am thankful for him to take time out to take pictures of my home for Christmas. I am positive that it wasn’t the most exciting thing he has ever photographed!
I had a little wall in my kitchen that looked pretty bare after I decorated the rest of the kitchen, so at the last minute I threw this vintage cookie cutter banner together. I have a small collection of vintage cookie cutters, so I already had everything on-hand that I needed to make this. I just pulled out some twine and ribbon that I had in my stash and hung each of the cookie cutters on the ribbon. I used thumbtacks to attach it to the wall, but the removable command hooks would work too. I also added a little stack of books with a sprig of fresh greens. Completely easy, and free since I used things from my stash!
- Striped ribbon: Craft Warehouse last year, but I know that May Arts and Minted both have similar ribbon
- Striped cording: Tai Pan
- Cookie cutters: yard sales and stolen from my mom
- Wooden thumb tacks- Walmart
I have collected bottle brush trees for several years now. I LOVE them! I would love to branch out and begin to collect the real vintage colorful ones too. It is actually my goal for this new thrifting/yard sale-ing/antiquing year to find more. Wish me luck!
Anyhow, I have purchased these new from various places and I love how they look all together. That is the thing about fun collections; they make so much more of an impact in groupings than individually spread throughout a home.
- White trees- World Market
- Large bottle brush trees- World Market
- Medium bottle brush trees- Homegoods (few years ago)
- Small bottle brush trees- Walmart (clearance find many years ago. I think I only paid 25 cents for those!)
- Mercury Glass Votives- World Market
- Bottle Brush Wreath- Homegoods (last year)
- Gingerbread House Kit- World Market
To make the snow effect on the roof and around the house, I sprinkled white sugar and some sparkly fake snow stuff that I had on-hand. I love how it settled into the scallops of the roof! I also tacked a bottle brush wreath onto the house with a thumbtack and sprinkles cranberries around for color. The candles are so pretty when lit at night. It has such a pretty feel in person!
I actually really do not enjoy decorating the top of my cabinets, or the plant shelves for that matter. If I were to ever build a home, I would have super tall cabinets and NO plant shelves. I feel like I struggle so much with them, and perhaps they are too modern for my taste? I’m not sure… but they are my nemesis. I hadn’t decorated them since the big kitchen renovation, so I had a clean slate to work with. I used my antique door as a backdrop to add some layering and interest. The ceilings are so high and big that it is best to use bigger pieces up there. I pulled in some of the things that I had used before, but I used them in a different way.
I added greens and a couple of pomegranates to add some color and Christmas charm. I love how all of the wood tomes in the door and the baskets compliment the reds and greens.
- baskets- thrifted and yard sales
- white metal 3 tiered thing- Homegoods (a couple years ago)
- old door- yard sale
- lantern and topiary- Homegoods (a couple years ago)
- plate rack and plates- World Market (several years ago)
This is just a typical everyday vignette in my kitchen, but adding the pomegranates and candles gave it instant Christmas charm. I also added fresh greenery and cranberries later when I had a party at my home, and I LOVED it so much more. I will snap a few pics and share them with you next week.
Aren’t these french lemonades adorable?
- cake stand and French sodas- World Market
- Paper straws- Target
- cutting board- stolen from my mother
- butter dish- bought from Instagram seller, Anthropologie
- plates- vintage, thrifted and yard sales
I actually threw the tablescape together last minute too. I pulled all of my books down from upstairs, threw a few ornaments here and there along with some candles. Then I sprinkled some cranberries around and called it good.
I love how moody and deep cranberries become in the candlelight.
- vintage toweling table runners- ebay (a couple years ago)
- books- goodwill, I ripped off the covers (Tip: I like the way reader’s digest’s paper ages)
- Mercury glass ornaments- Tai Pan
I picked up one of these cranberry orange bundt cakes from Costco and sprinkled more cranberries around it. Pairing it on the counter with some of my everyday items and candles created an instant vignette.
- Antique Scale- Antique mall
- Antique Bowl- yard sale
- Cake stand- made for me by my awesome sister in law
I am so blown away with the love you all shared for this little vignette with my antique European bench. This was the best Craigslist score of the year. Can you believe that I only paid $65 for it?
My brother in law, and a bunch of you on Instagram, pointed out that it looks like I spelled out the word Joy. I had to giggle because it wasn’t intentional at all! A very happy accident!
- stocking- thrifted Pottery Barn
- Boxwood wreath- Decor Steals
- Basket- local antique store
- Scarf and jacket- old, from my closet
- Cream Pillows- Ikea
- Striped pillows- Homegoods (several years ago)
- Boots- Gap outlet
One of my very favorite things this year is my vintage chandelier all decked out for Christmas. It feels so special and my Ella loves all of the “pretty colors” and “sparkles” too.
- Antique pine cabinet- Thrifted
- Striped ribbon- Craft Warehouse (last year)
- Chandelier- Craigslist
- Basket below- Pottery Barn
- Oraments- local antique mall
In my bedroom, I put all of the ornaments that I didn’t use on the chandelier, in a basket on my nightstand. It is my goal this year to find a bunch more at yard sales, thrifted, etc because I think I would love to fill my tinsel tree with them next Christmas.
I love our mantel this year. It is probably the most simple vignette in our Christmas home, but I love the impact it has on the entire space. Those linen stockings from Birch Lane really steal the show. (see HERE for full sources and more pictures)
- Cabinet- local antique store
- rug- Ross (several years ago)
- (see HERE for full mantel, basket, linens sources and more pictures)
- Mirror- yard sale
- Furniture (Wayfair- see full source info. HERE)
- See all tree sources HERE
Our office is a work in progress, but I guess I created a huge vignette with the desk/tree/chalkboard grouping. I am excited to work on this room next month!
- See all tree sources HERE
- Chalkboard- thrifted frame, painted with chalkboard paint
- Free template and printable chalkboard art HERE
- Fan- flea market
- Desk- thrifted while I was in college
I love how cozy our upstairs is with all of its Christmas decorations!
- See all tree sources HERE
- Wooden train- thrifted
- Tent- made by me from vintage tablecloth a couple years ago (I will share tutorial soon)
- Rug- RugsUSA (See full details HERE)
- Couch- purchased secondhand from my brother
- Dresser- thrifted
- Birdcage and lamp- Homegoods
- Art holder/gallery wall- Tutorial HERE
- Free printable Nativity silhouette art- HERE
- Curtains- made by me
- Pillows- Pottery Barn
My tips for creating vignettes are to be sure to create layers and vary heights and textures of objects. Try mixing soft textiles with woven baskets, and metal or painted items. If you have candlesticks on a table, for instance, try to add some candles that are short as well as a flower arrangement that covers the visual middle space. Most of all, just have fun with your vignettes! Surround yourself with the things you love! I hope that answered all of your questions, and left you inspired to create beautiful vignettes in your own home!