I have an affinity for vignettes – tiny scenes that are there just because they are pretty to look at. They don’t serve a “practical” purpose other than to bring joy, beauty, and perhaps most importantly, personality to a room. I love creating them in almost every room of my house. Today I’m sharing tips for How to Create a Layered Kitchen Vignette. The best part is you could use these ideas in almost any room, even if you’re not sprucing up your kitchen. There are a few key elements that I tend to use in every scene I set, and once you master the basics, you have a formula you can use again and again.
To begin you want to pick a surface that is visible but not too active because you don’t want to be constantly shuffling the items you are staging. This chest of drawers is a great spot in my kitchen for this. While my vast napkin collection is being corralled in the bottom two drawers, and the top drawer holds a few of my most often used flatware settings, the chest itself is ready and waiting to host a seasonal display. I painted the chest a few years ago with Annie Sloan’s “Old Linen” Chalk Paint. The chest is a little chippy but has stood up well.
Symmetry is a key element in most of my vignettes. Everything doesn’t have to be identically balanced, but I find that, for me at least, my eye is “happier” when there is a balance of color and heights. Here this begins with the drapes. I love how they frame the chest! My sweet mom sewed the drapes for me right before my Facebook Live Holiday Home Tour with HomeTalk. They are made from a Waverly fabric called PR Mini Bouquets that I purchased at WalMart. I have had such good luck with fabrics from Walmart, and you really can’t beat the price – $3.97 per yard! Woo-hoo! We added pom-pom fringe (from Joanne’s) to the drapes which is a perfect finishing touch.
The right hand side of the chest is anchored by a shabby chic faux wooden lamp. I believe this particular lamp was a Target find a couple of years ago. I love everything about it, the shape, the wood tones and how it is a perfect backdrop for the blue and white calico jar with lid. The pot is so vibrant, it makes me smile every time I see it. The clock rounds out this little trio with the lamp and jar. You notice how the heights are stepped down – that’s on purpose. Try to stagger items like that to help give your eye a path to follow. Books are everywhere in my house and here is no exception. A few slim volumes create a nice visual break or bridge over to the left hand side of the chest.
I wanted to add a bit of height on this left side to balance the lamp but I didn’t have a single item quite tall enough. Problem? Not so fast! Instead I gathered a few different items and began stacking. The wooden cutting board (bought at HomeGoods) gives us our first lift. Next I layered a galvanized metal cake stand (from World Market) on top and finally placed an antique blue & white jug on top of that. I like how this combination keeps with the farmhouse spirit I’m trying to evoke in here, while also giving me opportunity to display more of my blue and white collection. The blue of this jug repeats the blue and white element without being “matchy-matchy.”
Greenery always adds an element of vitality to a scene and here I used 3 preserved boxwood balls (from Target) to infuse energy and color. They are nestled next to a flying pig statue (from HomeGoods) which is just adorable and adds an element of whimsy. My daughter and I both love birdsnests and have a growing collection of both faux and real specimens. This nest found, in our yard, adds nice texture and interest, especially filled with a few hollow speckled quail’s eggs. You almost expect the mommy bird to fly in at any moment.
And there you have it! A few almost random items, collected and placed in strategic ways can come together to make a simple yet charming scene which adds style to your kitchen, or any spot you think could use an extra dose of pizzaz!
I hope you will give a few of these tips a try in your home.