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Friday, 22 May 2015

Creating a Vintage Vignette

Putting a vignette together is fun and challenging,
it can be very time consuming.
At least that is how it is for me.
I have a lot of "stuff"
and that means there is a lot of "stuff" to work with.
And rearranging again.
"Does this look good?"
 "Does this look better?"
So, it helps if you have a plan in mind.
Consider the space you have and balancing the space in width and height.
I decided that I was going to utilize an assortment of vintage type pieces.
My "space" was the top of our TV cabinet.
(We still have the big box flat screen TV.)
I also wanted to incorporate a variety of materials
 such as:
 glass, wood, lace, paper, candlelight, tin, and baskets.
This is what I came up with.
After going through a lot of "stuff",
Rearranging "several" times.
The first thing I knew I needed was something
 that was tall enough to cover the thermostat on the wall,
but also easy enough to move, (much to my husband's chagrin!)
A stack of vintage baskets are perfect because they are so light.
The clock I found at Giant Tiger (for you Canadians)
It has a vintage look to it and for $10.00 it was a quick purchase.
I placed it on top of a few old books to create more height.
You can't have a vintage look without the old jars.
I chose a smaller green ball jar to add a bit of colour.
I love flowers in vintage bottles and two of them fit perfectly in this old box.
A white rose in one and a candle in the other.
The flowers don't have to be real.
This one isn't.
It looks lovely just the same.

A bit of lace on vintage books.
Again, I used old books to raise the lantern to balance the height on either side of the vignette.
A vintage glass electrical insulator add another "touch of glass"
 The lantern is a recent purchase from Ikea.
Even though it is new, lanterns represent another time.
A primitive electric drip candle adds a cozy small light to the vignette.
Here is a small list of suggested items to use to create a vintage vignette.
Paper (old photos, books, old scrapbooks, postcards, ephemera)
Glass (mason or crown jars, milk bottles, medicine, elixir,vintage glass electrical insulators)
Tin (oil cans, cookie tin, weigh scale, flour sifter, scoops, toolbox, old maple syrup buckets)
Wood (sewing drawers, cheese box, crates, signs, frames, old spools, old bowls, ladles, game boards)
Light (oil lamp, lantern, candles, multiple tea lights)
Timepiece (clocks, alarm clocks, old pocket watches, vintage cameras)
Fabric (lace, burlap, homespun, doilies, quilts, runners, old samplers, hand stitching, make do's)
Baskets (strawberry, picnic, sewing, lunch, tobacco)
Tarnished Silver (jugs, trays, silverware, ice buckets, goblets, trophies)
 Ceramics (clay pots, transferware, ironstone, crocks)
Vintage Suitcases
and I better stop because I keep thinking of something else!
You get the idea.

With a wide space, you can create smaller vignettes to make one large vignette.
Here I was able to put three groupings together.
I've been creating vignettes long before I knew they were called that.
I got so many ideas from shops,
and then more and more home magazines were available,
and now of course we have so many wonderful blogs and pinterest to help our creativity.

 Not sure how long this will last, but I have a few other spaces to tend to first.
Stay tuned.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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  1. It's always nice to get tips and see how others create vignettes! I like the mix of textures with simple lighting! Have a great Memorial weekend! Cindy

    1. Thank you Cindy! You have a wonderful weekend as well!

  2. Oh Diane! What a lovely vingette you've created and I love the tips you shared! I confess I have never attempted one, so I think I may have to remedy that very soon!
    Thank you for the lovely inspiration you share and for the sweet comments you always leave on my blog!
    Hugs to you and much love!

  3. Very nice! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  4. I love the use of vintage items! I, like you have been creating vignettes since the olden days. lol! I find them to be very fun. Love what you used to create yours! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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