Vignettes are a wonderful way to add personality, a bit of the season, and a big dose of pretty to your home! But sometimes putting them together can get overwhelming! So, today let’s talk about the basic elements of a transitional vignette and I’ll show you a few I created out of a handful of things I had in my basement!
Transitional vignettes are decor accessory groupings that you create and then by switching out a few decor elements changing them to work with a new season.
Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well, let me show you how…
I began with a handful (or laundry basket full) of decor from my basement.
I chose a very tight color palette. I love sepias for fall and they work for summer too!
Here’s what I created for a very easy summer vignette…
Keep these things in mind when creating a vignette…
- odd numbers look most pleasing to the eye
- corral a vignette in a basket, create, tray, cloth, etc
- add height
- add texture
- vary height
- layer decor
- add something organic
- add books
- use things you love
- add something seasonal
- use what you love
- candle or lantern
I started this vignette using my favorite faux topiaries. So many of you have asked about these pretty topiaries. I found them at a vintage shop. I’ll be posting a topiary diy in the fall. Make sure to be looking for it!
The next item placed into this summery vignette was a white lantern. I collect lanterns and love this white lantern for summer decorating.
Candles and lanterns work wonderfully in vignettes and illuminate everything in it with a golden glow!
The last member of this vignette trio was a square glass container I use often. Today I filled it with white shells and a garland of wood beads I recently made. Aren’t they so pretty together? The shells are my only overt nod to summer.
The bead garland was so so easy to make and very inexpensive. See it HERE.
Did you notice I use two burlap covered books as a riser for the glass cube? It’s easy to change the heights of things in a vignette by perching them on a couple books!
Now let’s change seasons… Fall is coming soon and it’s so easy to go from summer to fall just by changing a few items!
Keep these things in mind when transitioning from one season to the next…
- try to keep the same color palette to make transitioning easier
- replace one-for-one items in the vignette
- remove anything that is unmistakably the past season
- add one new seasonal thing
Using the summer vignette and changing a few things out, here is my fall vignette…
Very light and perfect for early fall!
Here’s a comparison…
The same basket was used, the books stayed and so did the glass cube.
One of my favorite free things to put in a vignette is wine corks. Talk about texture!!! And if you do not imbibe you can find a package of corks on Amazon! See some recycled ones HERE.
In this vignette I only used one book as a riser. Ah, I love books!
My favorite white pottery lantern is called into duty as a vase! Don’t you love these fabulous burlap flowers? I found them at a local shop so I don’t have a source, sorry!
Did you notice the “organic” element is not the tallest thing in the fall vignette? Just make sure to vary height.
Instead of a lantern I found this architectural element (I can’t pass them up) and propped a candle on it. LOVE its crusty look! Yes, crusty can be beautiful!
I’ll use this early fall transitional vignette until the end of September. Then change things out and add a few white pumpkins on top of the books and in place of the burlap flowers I’ll add some gorgeous real fall oak leaves to the lantern turned vase!
Just for fun, I created a couple more vignettes from of the decor I brought up from the basement! I was on a roll!
What a fun exercise in decorating. I LOVE transitional vignettes because they are easy to and I don’t have to “recreate the wheel” when the seasons change!
Why don’t you spend a little time with things you love and create a vignette that can transition from one season to the next!
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