If you give a girl a bouquet of flowers, she's going to want to turn it into a vignette. It's kind of like the old story about the mouse and the cookie, right? Last week, I had a couple of bouquets of flowers from my daughter's birthday and Valentine's Day that needed to be refreshed. After splitting up the flowers and tossing the ones that were "tired", I had a pretty little green and white arrangement. I posted it on Instagram, but thought it looked a little lonely. So, I started working it into this Green & White Kitchen Table Vignette.
post about kitchen table vignettes and I just knew, with a little work, I could pull together a vignette of my own. Now, I must say that setting up vignettes does not come easy for me. If you remember, I am more of a 'set it and forget it' kind of decorator.
However, Yvonne's tips were just the push I needed to play a little. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in doing what I have to get done in a day that I don't take time to stretch myself. Doing vignettes is a bit of a stretch for me, but they sure make the space look pretty, not just utilitarian.
After studying her tips, I pulled out my familiar white Staccato dishes and got to work. The floral arrangement determined the color scheme of the vignette. From there, I just started shopping the house for other green and white items.
I used varying heights by bringing out a Christmas present from my sister-in-law...the Holland Boone polished pewter cake plate. From there, I piled it high with the white dishes and even a little glass dome with cookies underneath.
The white tureen was an estate sale find from a couple of years ago and I brought in the adorable green and white thrift store tea cup with a little sugar too. The mugs to the white dishes filled in the space as well.
All these elements were grouped together in a woven tray given to me by my mom from her stash of castaways. Have I mentioned before how much I love her hand-me-downs? Finally, it was all anchored on white runner.
If you are like me and struggle with putting together vignettes in the kitchen and dining room, go over and read through Yvonne's post. She breaks down the steps in the most logical way and puts together the most amazing vignettes. After playing around with all these elements (and a lot more) for a little while, I finally settled on this arrangement. Mind you, the first few tries looked a bit like a tray full of cast offs that were on their way to Goodwill. But with some patience and a little time, I was able to put something together that was pleasing to the eye.
Although with real life in my house, the kitchen table vignette will be moved to the side and soon dismantled. It was, however, fun having a pretty spot to enjoy my morning coffee, if only for a little while.
The next time I have a bouquet of flowers, you can be sure I'll be looking to make it into another vignette. You know what they say, "Practice makes perfect." Do you ever make kitchen table vignettes? What's your favorite element to put in them?