Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More Flower Power/Creating Vignettes

I told you I was loving these flowers. And I'm happy to report that they're still going strong too and even prettier now that they're open a little bit more. So keep your eye on Whole Foods for flower specials - and I also really think my WF flowers last longer too (anyone find that as well?).

After I snapped the photos with the flowers on the sink, I moved them over to the top of the toilet. Yes, the toilet - the top of the toilet can be pretty too (if you don't have a soon-to-be 2-year-old running around) so this is me just playing around a little bit.



There's a ton of great information out there in the blogosphere on creating vignettes and styling - I'll save some of my favorites for another post. But here are just a few tips that I recall from my Accessories class this past fall and just a few things that I've learned on my own.

My Tip: Important keys to creating a vignette are variation in size, shape, and texture as well as keeping in mind color. Although I do believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so these are just guidelines. Your eye is unique so play around until you are happy with the result.

As you can see in my photo above, the flowers and art print are the same height - varying shapes since the flowers bring a roundness - but same height so I knew I needed something a bit smaller to create that "V" effect for the eye. I brought in the white votive holder for my small object, and that also repeats the white from the print but also brings in some added texture.

Second look (side note: the walls really look grey in these photos which I like but they are really more of a bluer grey with full light - BM Feather Grey):


Ok, so a different look here - I still brought in a smaller object to create the "V" but different shape and color. I'm not digging this one as much as the first one, but I do like how the blue in the candle brings out the blue of the bird in the print. PS - the candle smells delightful and lasts forever. What do you think of this vignette?

And here is the last look that I created...



Bringing in this watering can really changes the shape and adds a different shine and texture that I really didn't have in the other two looks. I picked this watering can up at Phantastic Phinds a few months ago and I love it.

Which of these looks is your favorite? And remember, none of these are wrong, they're just options that  were pleasing to my eye. You guys should try this exercise when you have a few minutes - if you're anything like me you'll have fun with it.

(Art print by Etsy seller Mai Autumn)

I forgot to mention too that changing the color of the flowers out would also completely change the look - as well as changing the vase out for a different shape or texture. To be continued... :)

12 comments:

  1. Holly, what a lovely vignette! And, I appreciate you walking us through the steps of how you created it. This is something I wish I took more time to practice, because for some reason styling is so hard for me!

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    1. Play around a little bit and then do a post on it - I still have a lot of practicing.

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  2. My favorite is #2, I love how the blue brings out the blue bird a little more. Do you have a favorite? I could play with styling vignettes all day long! :) Fun post, Holly, you have a knack for it!

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    1. I think #3 is my favorite. I really like the element that the brass brings into the scheme. And I really love that watering can piece too. And thank you Pam - I take queues from people like yourself who have a knack.

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  3. Thanks for this "lesson"! Great to be reminded of the building blocks of a good vignette, and you definitely have an eye for it. I love playing around too, and could pass the time styling and restyling. My problem sometimes is editing....too many things to display, and it can get crazy sometimes! Have a great day!

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    1. Kristen - you should see me trying to tackle our dresser. Talk about editing. It does get crazy but it is fun, isn't it? Glad you enjoyed this post.

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  4. And oh yes, the print is still in the protective sleeve - oops.

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  5. My spot is still bare, but we have guests coming this weekend, so flowers are on the list!

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  6. Great tips! Creating vignettes is much harder than it looks and I often get so frustrated when I try them. I love the fresh flowers and the pop of gold in the second pic!

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  7. What a pretty vignette! Toilets often stymie me. I can't decide if I should ignore them or try to make them pretty. This is really helpful and gives some great options. I love that little watering can! What a great find.

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  8. If I ever make it to visit your lovely city, you have to take me to Phantasic Phinds! THey have GREAT stuff! I love that watering can. And thanks for the tips!

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