Whenever I share a post about styling or creating vignettes around a room, readers will often write to me and say they struggle with this part of decorating. How do you know what to bring in? How do you know how to arrange it? When is it too much and when is it not enough?
You know what I’m about to say…
There is no right or wrong – it’s completely about personal taste.
Not what you wanted to hear, right?
I know. I get it. It can be a little overwhelming, and having no direction when you’re not sure what to do does not help.
So today I thought I’d share a simple vignette you can use anywhere around your home. It’s perfect for a console table in the entryway, a dining room buffet, a mantel in the living room, or even a dresser in the bedroom – you could literally use this anywhere. It’s simple, understated and will compliment any room without being overwhelming. And the best part? I bet you already have everything you need to make it happen.
This is something I put together on the apothecary cabinet as I was decorating for spring and it was so quick and easy to do.
Basically all you need is a vessel of some sort – a bottle, a vase, a bucket, a pitcher – whatever you’ve got hanging around the house, a small stack of books, some florals (fresh or faux), a bud vase – or votive holder, small bottle, or even a pretty tea cup would do, and a couple of candles.
I started with a small wicker demijohn – I of course love the woven texture, but it also reminded me of a basket you might use to gather flowers clipped from the garden, so it felt perfect for spring. A simple glass bottle, white pitcher, or chippy vase would work just as well – this is not a science, so don’t fret too much about making it perfect.
I had a bunch of eucalyptus stems in the basement, so I grabbed a couple and popped them in the bottle for a splash of springtime green. By the way, I use a lot of faux stems around the house because…you know…they don’t die.
I have no shame. I am all about low maintenance.
Next I grabbed a couple of old books and topped them with one of my favorite smelling candles to sit alongside the bottle. You don’t need antique books to make displays, either. Just remove the dust jackets from a few of your favorite hardcovers, or rip the covers off completely (paperbacks will work too), and voila! – instant shabby book love.
Then I moved to the other side of the cabinet. I usually like to leave a little space in the middle. It gives the eye a chance to rest and just has a much calmer feel to me – especially with a statement piece like our old map as a back drop.
So for this side, I stacked a couple more books and stood one up – this just creates a little varied height and added texture – topped the books with a bud vase holding a few spring-like blooms, and added a simple pillar candle in a small glass hurricane to finish it off.
It really is that simple – give it a try, you’ll see! 😀