HOW TO CREATE A FALL VIGNETTE

white pitcher filled with sunflowers

Lately, I’ve received several emails from StoneGable reader’s asking, “How do I create a fall vignette? It’s easy when you follow just a few tips and designer tricks! Today I’m sharing a “recipe” for creating a fall focal point YOU can put together in under 15 minutes. Ready?

sunflower and white pumpkin vignette

You are not alone when you get a bit timid about creating a fall centerpiece! I certainly understand!

Because a fall vignette is the first thing that will catch someone’s eye when they walk into a room you want to get this right! Right?

I used to feel I was not very good at vignettes! Believe me, I struggled for years! So by trial and error and lots of reading decor books and magazines I came up with a “recipe” or no-fail way to create a beautiful fall centerpiece and be able to repeat this recipe over and over again creating loveliness in your home!

Creating a fall vignette for any flat surface like a table or mantel is really very simple!

white pumpkins in the bottom of a fall vignette tray

Today we are in the breakfast nook at StoneGable! I have my reading basket full of decorating inspiration and a cozy throw. Now all I need is a really good cup of pumpkin spice coffee!

Ready to make a fabulous fall vignette?

This festive fall vignette on my kitchen table was inspired by two big bunches of sunflowers I found at Wegmans.

Sunflowers say “early fall” to me!

FIND INSPIRATION

pretty yellow and black sunflowers

When I create any vignette I start with an item that inspires me!

The inspiration for this fall centerpiece were happy sunflowers.

I put them in a white pitcher because I think the white against the saturated yellow and black looks striking. It’s always best to find something that inspires you to start a fall centerpiece.

close up of a sunflower

Here are some pretty fall items that might inspire you…

  • hydrangeas
  • sunflowers
  • dried corn
  • pumpkins
  • apples
  • colorful leaves

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

You will see this tip over and over again in most of my designs! If you carry away one thing from this post let this tip be it!

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!

It will flex your creativity muscle, solve decorating issues and problems and motivate you!

I found the pitcher in the basement and had the sunflowers but I did not purchase enough of them to fill the vase. And I did not want to drive back to the store to get more.

I had a bunch of greens I was using for another post and decided to add greens to fill in the sunflower arrangement. A little out of the box inspiration that paid off!

And guess what, I liked the greens with the sunflowers so so much better than them standing alone! These little decorating wins motivate me! And they will motivate you too!

chippy corbel candlestick in a fall vignette

I also thought outside the box when I dug around my decorating stash and found some chippy corbels that would work as candlesticks.

Use that brilliant imagination of yours!

GIVE A FALL CENTERPIECE A FRAME

long wicker basket holding a fall vignette on a kitchen table

Everything looks better in a frame of one sort or another! And so does a vignette! Corral the items for your centerpiece in something.

Because your grouping will probably become the focal point for a room it is so important to give your eyes a boundary! Our brains will perceive a group of objects as a whole if they live inside of something else! And that creates a focal point!

Read more about WHAT IS A FOCAL POINT HERE.

Here are my favorite ways to frame a centerpiece…

  • use a low sided basket
  • a metal tray
  • a low sided crate or wooden platform
  • a chippy shutter

In my decorating stash in the basement, I found a long wicker, low sided basket. I usually use it on the island in the kitchen but I thought it might make a pretty frame for a long centerpiece!

long wicker container holding a fall vignette of pumpkins

And I know what you are thinking… yes, we keep the fall vignette on the table while we eat. There is just two of us so I slide the whole centerpiece on the burlap runner to the edge of the table. And we eat on the freed up side.

If we have company I can remove it or downsize it or we can eat in the dining room!

This long basket was again, out of the box thinking, and it worked! More motivation!

FOLLOW THE DESIGN RULES FOR CREATING A VIGNETTE

When creating any centerpiece or vignette remember rules and guidelines for creating the perfect centerpiece will help guarantee success.

You can go to 10 ELEMENTS OF A VIGNETTE and see everything you need to know to be a pro vignette creator!

stack of white dishes in a fall vignette

In my long kitchen table fall centerpiece, I used lots of rules for a good vignette design. Such as…

  • I varied the height of the elements in the vignette. Because I wanted the sunflowers to be the star of this grouping, a stack of white plates became a make-shift riser to give the pitcher more height.
  • The rule of three is decorating magic. I used three big items in the centerpiece.
  • I also used lots of texture,
  • and repeated elements
  • added natural elements.,
  • and created a tight color palette

All these guidelines helped me so much with my kitchen table creation! Make sure you read 10 ELEMENTS OF A VIGNETTE.

USE SEASONAL ITEMS

white mini pumpkins in a fall vignette

If you are going to create a fall vignette you want it to give a gentle nod to fall. A not an in your face, the-fall-truck-came-to-your-house-and-dumped-out-its-content-on-your-table vignette!

One of the biggest mistakes we make as home decorators is over decorating! And when it comes to seasonal decorating just a little bit of the season will do!

Sunflowers are happy and often used in fall decor. So they were perfect for fall vignette making!

I also filled the bottom of the long wicker tray with real and faux pumpkins!

MY BIGGEST FALL VIGNETTE RULES!!!

Here are my rules for adding a bit of the season to any decor…

  • no little seasonal tchotchkes
  • use natural fall elements
  • less is more (although I did use lots of little pumpkins)

With just a little bit of know-how, you can create beautiful fall centerpieces and vignettes for the tables in your home!

CLOSE UP OF A PRETTY SUNFLOWER IN A VIGNETTE

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362 Comments

  1. Rebecca Musser says:

    That book looks really helpful, and what a great giveaway! my home decorating question is how to store and/or declutter my “stash” of decor items. I’m limited in storage space and have a small budget to repurchase items.

  2. Lovely ideas for Fall. Just wish it would get here in Georgia!

  3. Nora Vassar says:

    I love decorating for fall and the holidays. It just makes everything so cozy and warm. I love decorating with gourds but they never seem to last very long. Any suggestions?

  4. Looks like a wonderful book! Now to do a fall vignette

  5. Thank you for the helpful ideas

  6. Two of my favorite people got together and wrote a book?!?!

  7. Sandy Rees says:

    What is your favorite way to store seasonal items? I have to put mine in an old attic.

  8. Love your vignette that you created! Sunflowers always inspire me too!

  9. Your vignettes are always so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your tips.

  10. Sandra Barnhart says:

    Everybody decorates with light colored couches what about us gals with brown leather ones.? Would love some ideas.

  11. Decorating for fall is the best! Thanks for the ideas!

  12. Sheree Johnson says:

    I have enjoyed all of your posts and podcast on tips and tricks for decorating. My decor question is how to incorporate a neutral palette when all your main pieces are not neutral. I’m retired, so replacing big items is not really an option. I have attempted some of your tips for this, but find it can be difficult.

  13. Patti Levine says:

    We have downsized considerably….how to I make it look as wonderful with much less space but….not overdone or congested? Thanks for all these tips!

  14. Updating on a tight budget-how?

  15. I love decorating for Fall and your vignettes always provide fresh inspiration – thank you for sharing!

  16. I also have a dark brown leather couch and would love some tips on keeping the room light and bright.

  17. Ernestine Nesby says:

    I just love your ideas.. I have used them in several places throughout my home and I always get compliments on the way I gather things and put things together. Before reading your newsletter I was lost On how to put things together in my home. I think you and your team for sharing. awesome ideas.

  18. Yvonne. I am still working on my Autumn decor very slowly and enjoying this relaxed method. It is going to be in the 90’s today so maybe by the time I finish Fall will actually arrive here in N.C. Today I will work on my kitchen table vignette using all your great tips.

    1. Hi Kathy! You decorate like me. I enjoy working on fall decor from Sept through Nov. I love to change my decor and decorate from early fall into Thanksgiving!

  19. KRISTYN A LEFEBVRE says:

    Your sunflower arrangements are absolutely gorgeous! I’m inspired to create some fall vignettes now!

  20. I enjoy your blog . What is so appealing is how detailed you are in explaining how you go about decision in decorating, like this article. I also like that you show the whole room or a good part of a room at times. Doing so helps me not only see the small focus/project, but how it works in the complex picture. Thanks!

  21. Anne Haun says:

    Where do I find a good neutral rug that is not farm house style – more traditional – affordable rug yet a quality rug??

  22. Love the basket as a frame! I have so many stashed away. You have inspired me to go dig one out.

  23. I quote you so often, my husband now calls me Yvonne. Love from down under in Oz

  24. Cherie Krauss says:

    I love your blogs!! Beautiful ideas and easy to incorporate 🙂

  25. Thanks for the great tips – I have been using trays and you are so right, it makes a big difference. My issue might be over decorating – but I have been trying to simplify and donate the items that I don’t need.

  26. Tina Sipe says:

    Your sunflowers are so beautiful! I’m going to try and find some for my dinner table centerpiece!

  27. Beautiful vignette! My decorating question is how to arrange furniture in a room that has doorways diagonally opposite each other and the traffic must cross the room.

    1. Wow, Kathy! Great question! This is a tough traffic pattern!!!!! Are you okay with knocking down a wall? LOL!

  28. Susan Munch says:

    I love all your posts Yvonne. You provide so much decorating knowledge and insight!

    1. Michelle P says:

      Thanks Yvonne. I’ve never cared for seasonal tchotchkes so this is a great help. And the book looks like a must read!

  29. Brenda Beegle says:

    Thank you for your advice on decorating with vignettes. Love the sunflowers! I have a difficult time decorating my mantel. Do you have a simple rule for decorating for the different seasons?

  30. Rhonda Sullivan says:

    New here and just LOVING everything about this blog. Ready to try lots of DIY’S that I have viewed! Thanks!

    1. Hi Rhonda! Welcome to our StoneGable family!!! We are so happy you are here!

  31. Phyllis LeBoeuf says:

    Love your vignettes. Sun flowers are great to use this time of year and I am in pumpkin country this weekend. I can’t wait to take some home.

  32. Love this post! Loovvve sunflowers ! You are the Queen of Vignettes
    I check your blog and Kariannes everyday!

    1. KariAnne is the most amazing person! I am so proud to call her my friend! You should meet her in real life! She is a ball of energy and a force for good and good decorating!

  33. Susan Gilbert says:

    Loving this blog! My house is so festive with the chinoiserie pumpkins- my friends are quite impressed ?. I’d love to win the gc and book!

  34. Ruth Newton says:

    Your beautiful vignettes always inspire me. I love the sunflowers with the white. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Aimee Caverly says:

    I love your ideas on vignettes. I have a round coffee table and often get stumped whether to use more round or rectangular items. Does it matter? Please help!

  36. Marilyn S. says:

    Do tell ! Where Do I put my toaster?

  37. barb kindle says:

    I have always had an interest in decorating and reading your blog has been so helpful. Thank you!
    The book looks just like something I would love to read.

  38. I am all about vignettes and displaying what I have in new ways.

  39. lisa skiles says:

    You inspire me over and over!

  40. I love your blog and the vignette is just beautiful I love sunflowers.

  41. You are truly an inspiration,! Thank you

  42. Sharrie Mezzanotte says:

    How lovely! Practical and naturally beautiful with items most of us have! Thank you…the book will be helpful as well.
    Off to welcome Fall!
    Sharrie

  43. Hi Yvonne! Loving that KariAnne and Melissa wrote this book! I hope I win because I already have other books of KariAnne’s so this would be awesome! I think this question counts for decorating: I’m going to replace two of my flush mount lights and I have a bronze chandelier over my dining table. Should I keep with the bronze finish? I feel like I need to for a cohesive look? I don’t have the budget for a new one so that’s my dilemma. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Connie Wise says:

    I always seem to have difficulty creating a dining table vignette. I love the use of plates as a riser. I have used your burlap covered books in the past as risers and love that look in my family room!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  45. Beautiful arrangement! I think my biggest challenge is repurposing what I already have. I’m at the stage of life where I’ve streamlined decor items to just the basics, so there are not a lot of extra items in the basement!

  46. Heather Olsen says:

    I love the sunflowers with the greens!

  47. Angela G. says:

    Sunflowers are a favorite. Enjoyed your post on using them with other decor items. Also found inspiration in the greenery you selected to go with the flowers.

  48. Your vignettes are beautiful, Yvonne! These posts have given me fresh ideas for decorating a a tabletop, buffet and bay window.

  49. Betsy Rivait says:

    I’m dreaming of changing my formal dining room into something I use more often… craft room, library? It is semi open to the living room so it needs to be pretty and not look out of place. Help! ?

  50. So inspiring…just the push I need to get started decorating for fall!

  51. I love Fall! Not much fall here in Florida, so I like your idea of a “nod” to the season. Thank you for your lovely blog!

  52. Cathy Anderson says:

    I love your decorating tips and your Sunday posts!

  53. Rosann Wray says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas about decorating and the many ways to use small details for a big impact. I love your blog and look forward to it every day.

  54. Lynne Beattie says:

    Love your beautiful vignette. Thanks for all the great tips on creating one in my own home. I never understood the need for the tray – until now. Your explanation was perfect! I am also a big advocate of less is more! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and ideas with us! Would love to win this book. It looks amazing!

  55. Brittany Romero says:

    I am so ready for fall! These centerpieces are so pretty, love the sunflowers. I just picked some up at Trader Joe’s. They have the best flowers!

  56. Sunflowers grow wild by the side of the road here. I may have to take a drive out in the country and pick a few “weeds”!

  57. So gorgeous! I’m ready to decorate for Fall but it’s still almost 100 degrees in Texas!

    1. I know, the day I styled the vignette is was 90 here and quite humid!

  58. Pam Hudson says:

    I absolute love Yvonne and Stone Gable. I would love to have this book to inspire me to follow your ideas and decorating techniques. Thank you for all of your work to bring us your God given talent.

  59. My question is: What are your favorite fabric stores?

  60. You are so, so talented! I enjoy every single one of your blog posts! I actually have two questions:

    1. Do you have a dedicated storage space in your basement (or somewhere else) that you keep all of your decor/floral items? If so, how do you organize them/do you have any specific storage items you love to use? I feel like I end up losing track of all of my items because they are sort of spread out through the house.

    2. How do you find inspiration/motivation when you feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start? I notice that I end up avoiding decorating–despite loving it so much–because I don’t even know what areas of the room I should start in or am not sure if what I’m thinking about will look good, etc.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful knowledge! 🙂

  61. I have a very small living room so the position of the couch is very important.

  62. I love the rug in your breakfast nook. Do you have a link for it?

  63. The sunflowers are lovely this time of year and they feel like the perfect transition from late summer to early fall decor.

  64. Kathy Beemer says:

    Love the inspiration and all of the pictures. I’m gonna get busy.

  65. BettyAnne says:

    I hope this book will teach me how to decorate my new home as beautifully as yours is!! Your vignettes are the best ever!!

  66. Beautiful as always! Thank you for sharing. Sometimes I don’t know what is too much when it comes to decorating.

  67. This fall vignette is absolutely STUNNING!!

  68. Karen Cadden says:

    Thank you for so many helpful pointers for decorating for Fall! My favorite season!!

  69. Sherry Darlington says:

    Your home is my “go to ” for style & Karianne’s is my second. You both have fabulous taste & make style do-able. Thank you for sharing.

  70. Francesca Gunn says:

    I always struggle with vignettes…they seem to be lacking a little something. Thank you for the tips.

  71. Cheryl Foley says:

    My home has a rock fireplace, which I love. But I do struggle sometimes with how to style it in a way to best show it off. The rock always seems to overwhelm and upstage anything I put there. What would you suggest?

  72. Claudia Wise says:

    I just love reading your blog . I look forward to my email every morning. Decorating has always been so fulfilling to me ever since I was a young wife and mother. Your beautiful ideas inspire me daily. Thank you!

  73. Always love all your ideas! Especially helpful is your 80/20 rule for mixing my decor style! I’m getting much better about “thinking outside of the box!” ? Thank you!

  74. How do I turn a scrumptiously delightful & comfortable twin bed into a couch? Especially one with a back & arms on it. I’ll build if I have to. I have gone through so many couchs & I’m done with them. They kill my tailbone. This twin mattress has been the best thing that has happened to me. Plus, a bonus…both my hubby & I can curl up on it together comfortably for some quality snuggle time.

    Thanks in advance for any & all suggestions…Holly

    1. Wow, what a great solution for you, Holly! I googled “how to turn a twin bed into a couch” and looked it up on youtube. There are tons of ideas. I bet you could find something there. Send pictures. I want to know how it turns out!

  75. Yvonne, your post came at the perfect time! Yesterday I pulled out all my fall decor and supplies. Just the inspiration I needed to bring a little fall into my home!

  76. KKAbsherWrites - Kimberly says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. Need ideas for decorative storage.

  77. Hey Yvonne! I have a small den but the sofa is quite large. I love it but my husband thinks it’s too big for the room. How do I tell?
    Thanks,
    Rebecca

  78. Donna Marie says:

    I love your blog and can follow to make my vignette. I love how you make things simple.

  79. Enjoyed the post today…I LOVE vignettes, too! The decorating book sounds very interesting, also.
    Enjoy your day!!!

  80. Sherri Orsucci says:

    This book looks lovely.

  81. Thank you for these vignette tips! Love it!

  82. Your ideas and inspiration are so helpful, thank you!

  83. Gah! Y’all make it look so easy. Do you have a degree in interior decorating? Or just learned it all on your own? Looks beautiful!!

    1. My degree came from decades of learning and mistakes and reading and experimenting and loving to decorate! I’m a decorator and not an interior designer.

  84. This makes me want to get some sunflowers! So pretty. Thanks for the giveaway

    1. Dawn R Henss says:

      I get so excited every morning when I open my email and StoneGable has arrived. I love the house tours, how tos and especially enjoy Wednesdays. I cant wait to read about the weekly shopping finds. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us.

  85. Absolutely Beautiful Fall Decorating!
    I’m learning so much from you!
    Thank-you for your inspiration!
    🙂

  86. Donna Phillips says:

    Yvonne ,
    Thank you for all of the inspiration and practical tips in your posts . I look forward to reading your words and seeing your beautiful photos !
    It’s so wonderful to have a community of people who enjoy decorating their homes for each season .

  87. Beautiful vignette! I agree that sunflowers are so perfect for early fall and I particularly like the way you paired them with so much white. Lovely and thank you for the inspiration!

  88. Jean Thut says:

    What a great and appreciated giveaway. We could all certainly use a little extra help once in a while in our decorating. I think sometimes we get a little stale and stuck in a rut and we need some fresh input.

  89. Ashleigh Hall says:

    Lovely advice Yvonne! I love your instructions that are simple and easy to follow! And thank you for the chance to win! I’d love to be able to freshen up the master bedroom!

  90. betty campbell says:

    thank you for helping us decorate wonderful giveaway/out to pick some sunflowers

  91. Deb Wostmann says:

    Love sunflowers and have them on my kitchen island as I am writing this. Thank you for such great ideas.

  92. Love your blog and your decorating style. My question is “How do you keep things looking current while incorporating traditional style elements and some vintage/antiques elements?”

    1. I love the idea of a reading basket. I also love sunflowers, the burst of yellow is so hopeful!

  93. I love your decorating style and look forward to getting your blog each day.

  94. I love that you have a decor stash and can just shop your basement!! Beautiful vignette!

  95. Retha Stockton says:

    Beautiful vignette to welcome fall! Easy but what a dramatic effect.

  96. How do I know what to keep and what to get rid of when decorating seasonally. Where do I save items?!

  97. I have been wondering where to put my couch…glad I’m not the only one and that there’s a book for that!

  98. MarySharon says:

    I have gotten to the stage where I shop my house for decorating vignettes.

  99. Love the start of your fall idea so! Will definitely be doing one on my kitchen island thank you for you great inspiration.

  100. Tracie Cooper says:

    Where do I shop for high quality but affordable decorating pieces?

    1. Hi Tracie, there are lots of great places to find affordable decorating things. High quality is a different story. High quality speaks of craftsmanship. And you pay for that. However, you can get nice quality at great prices and for me that is fine!

      I had a high-quality dining room set for over 25 years and got so tired of it. But because I paid so much for its quality and beauty I just could not justify letting it go. Finally, after years of living with something beautiful and high quality that I really did not like I got so tired of it I sold it! Now I have a concrete dining room table that cost 1/4 of the other one. And I love it! And I will not have to keep it just because I can’t justify letting it go.

      This is such a smart question, Tracie! As a home decorator, you want furnishings that hold up and look nice at affordable prices. I think places like Pier 1 and Wayfair and Birch Lane and Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel and Anthropologie and other places like that make very nice home decor items that are massed produced but have great style! For the most part, they will hold up pretty well.

      The home furnishing industry has changed so much in the last 10 years. Our mother’s and grandmothers would buy sets of furnishings to last a lifetime. They had little options! But today we have so many options! Items are mass-produced and made oversees. And we have more places to buy furniture than the local furniture shop in our towns. The internet has really changed the way people shop! We have a plethora of options!

      I do most of my furniture shopping online now. And I can get nice quality products. One thing that will help you know whether an item is a great buy is to read the reviews a product gets. Very telling.

      I think I’ll write a post about this topic. I get this question a lot!

      Tracie, thanks so much for adding to our StoneGable conversation!

  101. Love this post and all the ideas. How do you keep all those bedrooms and bathrooms clean?

  102. Amy Kaminski says:

    I too love sunflowers. They are such a happy flower! I would have never thought to use a long basket on a round table. My mind always goes to round table round basket. But seeing yours here has made me “think outside the box”. Thanks for the inspiration.

  103. I love your vignette, especially the chippy candle holders and the greenery you added to the sunflowers. I am pinning this so I remember to add the greenery the next time I have sunflowers to display.

  104. Tess Pena says:

    I just recently found a beautiful white pitcher and had no idea how to style it. No need to ask the question now as this is the perfect idea! Thanks for all of your beautiful ideas.

  105. Your blog is so beautiful! Those sunflowers make me happy! I would love a copy of that new book…..sounds like it would be very helpful.

  106. Shirley Ruggles says:

    Yvonne, years ago you were the first blog I ever noticed. And sign-up for it was immediate. Your decor and ideas are so classy and timeless, and easily adapted to any style of decorating. I appreciate that. And you! Thanks for all of the time and effort you expend to inspire your grateful readers. God bless!

  107. Thanks for all the Fall decorating tips!

  108. Amy hilmer says:

    I love the simplicity and punch of these fall vignettes. I learn something new every morning. Today, removing too many small chochkies!

  109. I Love your blog and the inspiration you inspired!

    1. Jane Powell says:

      So grateful for your inspiration and now I have another book that I must read.
      I don’t have a basement but have one wall in garage with racks for my bins of decorating supplies.

  110. Jane R Behrens says:

    Your blog inspires me to see the things I have in my home (and closets) in a new perspective. I have many beautiful things that you show me how to incorporate into my decor. I especially love vignettes!

  111. I have loved your ideas on mixing styles and shopping your house. Do you have any recommendations for hanging large art work on walls and placement of wall art .I have tall ceilings in most rooms and sometimes feel my walls are not finished.

  112. Elizabeth says:

    I always learn something from your posts!

  113. Reading your blog with a cup of coffee cradled in my hand is a great escape and always inspiring! I am working on my mantle right now! As an owner of a wedding venue we are always looking for ideas to set up beautiful vignettes that complement the brides Decour! Soon we will have a fireplace to decorate as well and I will definitely use everything I have learned here and much more. Thank you for sharing talent with the rest of us!

  114. Sherry Rosser Carroll says:

    Looking forward to learning a lot. Thanks!

  115. I enjoy your blog and also saw an email from Cottage Journal with your dinning room in it!!!!!How exciting!!! It certainly looked fabulous! Thanks for sharing the opportunity for winning this gift certificate as my family room can use much help!

  116. I really enjoy your blog. I have saved so many of the pictures, and the vignettes. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and ideas.

  117. Sheila Allen says:

    How do you figure out the scale and style of coffee table for the living room? Sometimes I feel like my coffee table is too big and takes too much space, but I love it??? lol

    1. If you love it Sheila they use it! I always say… use what you love!

  118. We recently purchased a home over 150 years old – high ceilings and nice space but a bit on the dark side. Love your ideas and look forward to reading more of your ideas as we settle in this new to us home.

  119. Bonnie Gutierrez says:

    Sunflowers are definitely a goto for Autumn displays! I love your talent (a gift) at creating beautiful vignettes.
    Yvonne, we used to live in Lancaster county near Adamstown. I had forgotten how much I miss about living there until I visited a cousin in Willow Valley a few weeks ago! You are blessed to call
    it home.

  120. penney helms says:

    East Tennessee broke 1939 record for high temp this week-97! Need all the help I can get thinking fall. Using the white pitcher for the bright golden sunflowers is perfect.

  121. Cheryl Jarl says:

    Yvonne- I love your blog! Your photography is always amazing. You are full of inspiration for daily living. Thank you!

  122. Mary Michelle says:

    Yvonne, two years ago you inspired me to create my first vignette and now I’m hooked. ? Your rules and suggestions are always a great help. Thank you.

  123. Thanks for the helpful tips! I love fall!

  124. Sally Semper says:

    Yvonne,
    Thanks so much for the detailed guide to create a beautiful vignette. My chance of success is so much better when I have a step-by-step plan to follow.

  125. Giveaways are so much fun~thank you for the inspiration!

  126. Your vignette is beautiful! And I would LOVE to read this book. . . Thanks for the opportunity!

  127. JoAnn Patton says:

    Loved your fall vignette! I’m using sunflowers this fall, too–in a crystal vase on my dining room table. After seeing yours, I think I’ll add a tray and some other items that make a bigger impact.

  128. Denice Metz says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this great book to help me with all my needs
    Thanks again

  129. Kathleen Jose says:

    We are moving to a new home soon. The book and the gift would both be so-o-o helpful! Cheers!

  130. Love the ?. I use them in my house too and they look amazing with my blue & white. Really ushers in the fall season.

  131. Oh I would give this book to my daughter as a gift who just bought their first home and also buy one for me too! Love the sunflower centerpiece! Happy Fall!

  132. Sue Mellette says:

    Again, another win win in my book. Thanks for sharing this lovely but easy to do fall vignette. I love sunflowers, pumpkins and anything white!

  133. Tracy Glass (me) says:

    You always provide a wealth of ideas!

  134. Dining room has stained wood window frames and cream honeycomb shades. A beautiful flower wallpaper surrounds the window and remaining walls. Do I need to use drapes? If so, solid color sheers?

    1. If you choose to hang curtains make sure they are straight from ceilings to floor and a solid color. What a great question!

  135. Sherli Morgan says:

    Love the sunflowers…love fall. Thanks for all your great tips

  136. Such great ideas! You are such an inspiration to me! I also love the book. All your decorating questions answered in one book !

  137. Yvonne, your vignettes are always so beautiful Your tips are wonderful and help so many readers on how to create their very own vignettes. A lovely book that answers all of those questions so many readers have. A great opportunity. Have a lovely weekend.

  138. Terri Lynch says:

    Yvonne,
    I have only recently discovered your blog and enjoy your decorating and cooking but most of all your willingness to share your faith. As the seasonal changes approach, I am looking forward to fall decorating, cooking, and fun and I love sunflowers!

  139. I love your tips, Yvonne!! So helpful. Your fall centerpiece is lovely. Thank you for sharing our book, you’re so sweet!! I’m very grateful for the support!

    1. Melissa, it was my pleasure to give a shout out for your book. YOU are an amazing decorator and such a sweet person!

  140. What a happy, cheerful looking home! Glorious looking house. I am running out and buying sunflowers. Thank you for this blog.

  141. Your displays are always so pretty! Thank you for the reminder to buy myself some flowers. They make me happy.?

    I would love to win a copy of But where to I put the couch. Love the title!

  142. Mary Stewart says:

    I buy flowers all year long. It’s a must-have for me!

  143. Michele Gaydos says:

    thanks for the opportunity to win this certificate!

  144. God has truly given you the gift of decorating. Just love Stone Gable!! The book looks fun and can’t wait to get one. Just wondering when yours will be out? Can’t wait!

    1. I’m so busy with all my other writings and blog that right now I have no time. I so happy writing for all of you!

  145. It’s so obvious that your former profession was a first grade teacher. You explain all your blog lessons so clearly… step by step. Always inspiring. I miss you on DTT, but understand that you have to pick and choose how to use your limited time. Perhaps you can make a guest appearance?

    1. Me too, Mary!!!! I’ve listened to DDT from the very beginning…I so miss Yvonne! So…any any chance of a reunion? Yvonne, I love your blog and your message…thanks for all you do:)

      1. Hi Lynette, I am waiting to be invited back! But the DTT girls do a fantastic job!

  146. Julie Briones says:

    Amazing post, as always, Yvonne! I pinned this to my fall board. 🙂 Great tips and advice for creating a fall vignette from the queen of vignettes! 😉

  147. I love the sunflowers and how they look and also love the chippy item because always like texture. Thanks!

  148. Kathy Hocevar says:

    I love all the tips Yvonne! How do you know how much to vary the height between what pieces you use in your vignettes? Thanks always for your wonderful knowledge and tips.

  149. My question is ‘but where to I put the freezer? We are moving and most of the houses I have viewed to not have room in the laundry area for my freezer. What a wonderful book to own at this point in my live.

    1. I have a freezer and it is in the garage. In my last home the freezer was in the basement. Those are great places to put that extra freezer!~

  150. A lovely post. How soon do you change the fall vignette to the Christmas season?

    1. What a great question, Kay! To make this a Christmas vignette I’d replace the sunflowers with greens leave the candles and add either pinecones or rustic Christmas balls in the basket. Tada!!!!! Easy, right?

  151. Rebecca Rapp says:

    Love your blog and your decorating advice. Thanks!

  152. Betsy Barnes says:

    My home decorating question, in a small room, how high should curtains be hung?

  153. Sandra McFadden says:

    I just moved from WI to TN and am decorating my home……I love all things wildlife and I love anything farmhouse how do I incorporate both into my home without over killing either……….

    1. I think wildlife would fit into a farmhouse style beautifully! Just don’t overdo it!

  154. Great informative post! Good tips and I
    Can’t wait to get this new book!! Thank you Yvonne!!

  155. I enjoy coming to your blog and getting fresh ideas! Thank you.
    My question—- can I see your front porch decked out for fall?

  156. Elizabeth says:

    Love the table decor! Makes losing summer a little easier!

  157. Thank you for the good advice, I always look forward to your blog. ..your the best!!!!
    Can Canadians win to????

  158. Always enjoy your decor ideas! I am starting my fall decorating & hoping cooler fall weather starts soon!

  159. Barbara Hughes says:

    I love reading your blog.

  160. My question is how do I corral and/or hide electrical cords? For example, I have a lamp on my bathroom vanity but no place to hide the cord and can’t think of anything to use to tie it up that also looks good.

    1. Fran, cords are sometimes tough to hide. Especially if there is nothing to hide them behind like on a vanity! When this happens I usually tie them with a twist tie to contain the mess of a cord and then tie a decorative piece of ribbon (I use burlap) around them to tie (no pun intended, hehe!) them into my decor!

  161. Jaime Desmarais says:

    Your blog provides the relaxing *me* moment that I need by mid-afternoon! Thank-you for all the great ideas.

  162. I can’t wait to get started on a fall table arrangement! So many great ideas, thank you!

  163. Anna Belle Nihart says:

    In the last year, I’ve noticed a renewed interest in wallpaper on the web and HGTV. Didn’t we just take our wallpaper and borders down? What is your take -new trend of fad?

    1. Yes, you are right, Anna! Now repositional wallpaper is new! And no borders!

  164. Wonderful decoration, thanks a lot. Tomorrow before going to work I will send a pic of the vignette I have in my living room, which won´t give me any prize but I don´t care, and do you know why? Because thanks to you and some other people like you, I am changing my home slowly and it looks much better now!! The only real problem I have are my papers and paperwork!!! But I will conquer it too, trust me!!!
    Hugs.

    1. Charo, I got your wonderful pictures! I love that little lady in your vignette! Thanks so much!!!!

      1. Look for Diego Velázquez and Las Meninas. You will see why I am telling you this. Velázquez was a very famous Spanish painter.

  165. Dianne Mitchell says:

    I really appreciate your site and get lots of good ideas from reading about your decorating ideas. I especially enjoy your weekly menu.

  166. First time visiting your blog- love the tips for a fall centerpiece. I will be using some of your ideas. Thanks.

  167. Thank you for all of your great photos – you inspire me!

  168. Never thought about sunflowers for fall. Moving to an apartment in a few weeks, any suggestions for making it feel homey?

    1. Hi Karen, one of the biggest mistakes home decorators make in small spaces is to over decorate. Make a floor plan and know what goes to your apartment and where to put it. The rest? Let it go! I hope this helps.

  169. How do I hide the ugly water heater in my laundry room?

    1. Oh, Cynthia this is a tough one! Off the top of my head… why not put a folding screen in front of it?

  170. Yvonne, I love, love, love all the vignettes that you create. I subscribe to your blog and to Karianne’s blog. I have a question! You inspired me to take a wood crate that was given to us on our 50th anniversary and create a vignette inside of it for my kitchen cabinet. There was straw inside the box, which I left in there, but over a period of time it looks wilty, so I would like to put something else in the box for Fall, but need something in the bottom. Help! PS: I love your Sunday posts and enjoy all the different recipes that you post on Monday also along with all the decorating tips!

    1. Oh I have the PERFECT answer, Ruta!!!! Put pinecones in the bottom of the box. They make the BEST filler!!!! I pick white pinecones up whenever I can find them. Hope this helps.

  171. Thanks for the great tips for keeping fall decorating simple yet inviting!

  172. What wonderful tips. I am certainly guilty of using too many seasonal tchotchkes in my decorating, so I am excited to try your tips to create something more elegant. Thanks for all your articles. I am always so inspired after reading your posts!

  173. I’m a huge fan of sunflowers, so your fall vignette has me all excited! I think instead of doing what I usually do (which is to pick up a bouquet of sunflowers at Trader Joe’s, then stick them into a vase, and that’s that), I’m going to experiment a bit. I haven’t done anything new with fall decorating for the past few years, so I really appreciate the inspiration to try something different. Thanks, Yvonne!

  174. Sherry Tice Mitchell says:

    I love your posts. I look forward to them. My question… when hanging curtains from your ceiling, do you use a valance or is it too much? Thanks. My ceilings are 10″ tall.

    1. Hi Sherry, NO valance!!!!! Your high ceilings are a decorator’s dream!

  175. I’m embracing Fall (even though it’s close to 100 degrees in Texas) – thanks for your beautiful post!

  176. Thank you fir making it seem reachable to make a fall vignette. Love the practical step by step guide. You have a beautiful way of decorating!

  177. Christine says:

    I love the sunflowers! I actually bought some for the first time this year at a neighborhood road stand. They lasted almost a week! I really like your idea of using the white pitcher for the flowers, Great contrast and so pretty. Thank you for the ideas.

  178. Love vignettes….thank you for the tips!

  179. Gail Coggins says:

    Loving the sunflowers with the white pumpkins and dishes. Simple and not overstated with an overload of colors.

  180. Love your addition of greens with the sunflowers! Looks like all were picked out of the field. So natural!

  181. Yvonne, I believe that is the prettiest sunflower arrangement that I’ve ever see. Now to see it I can duplicate it! 🙂 I love decorating for fall and you’ve given us lots of great tips to go by.

  182. Michelle Nettles says:

    Inspirational fall decor. I have a hard time changing out my summer to fall when it is still in the high 90’s here. And thanks for the giveaway!!

  183. Love your use of white with the fall colors, Yvonne. They all look lovely together!

  184. Thanks for this vignette article! Love it. Stumbled upon you website a few weeks back and absolutely love it!

  185. Love the fall vignette using sunflowers

  186. My favorite thing about your vignettes are your cute scrolly dishes! You use them in such appealing and versatile ways. They are always an element of surprise. Thanks to all you gals for the thoughtful and generous giveaway! Perfect timing for the upcoming gift giving season!

  187. Tonya Schoepf says:

    Love the neutral with a pop of color In the vignette. I also love the unexpected so also think out side of the box.

  188. Laura Harrie says:

    I am always amazed at your vignettes, so very nice!

  189. i just love the sunflowers and the fall look is great. I have been reading your blog for over 6 years.

  190. Stephanie Meginnes says:

    Is there a trick for seating (and the hubbies television) in a narrow living room, without overpowering the space physically and visually?

  191. Hi Yvonne,
    Just discovered your blog and I’m loving it. That’s for all the ideas and inspiration.

    Carol

    1. I should have said Thanks not That’s, sorry.
      Carol

  192. Sylvia Hill says:

    Love, love your ideas! You have such great style.

  193. I cannot wait to decorate for Fall and you have given me some wonderful ideas.

  194. ?Love the sunflowers! It’s so very nice of you to Giveaway copies of Melissa’s newest cozy home book. ?

  195. Melanie H. Clayton says:

    I love to use texture, pattern and color to decorate but I have very little wall space for shelves or artwork. What’s your suggestion for all the things I love to display?

  196. I very much enjoy reading your posts and love you simple, yet elegant decorating style. Yours is a site I come back to regularly. Thanks for the inspiration and insight!

  197. Marni Newhouse says:

    I love reading how you put together a vignette. Also love reading how you store your decor items. I try to incorporate some of the lessons I’ve learned from following you over the years. Love those candlesticks in this fall vignette!