A few weeks ago, I wrote a blurb for an Apartment Therapy article about styling fireplace mantels and I thought I could channel the rest of my thoughts into a blog post. You know, to continue with the obsessive topic of layering that I have going on here.
I think the key to creating a styled vignette comes down to:
- symmetry and rule of thirds
- complementary items
- layering various objects of different heights, widths, textures, colors and shapes (depending on the surface area you have to work with).
I pulled together a few visuals from recent projects where I used my go-to method for creating a layered, photo-ready vignette.
First up – my office.
I typically start with a larger item that can be propped up or nailed to the wall. This will be your focal/anchor point. In my office, the mirror was the focal point and I layered that with propped-up art because it’s something I change so often and can easily swap it out.
Once I have the anchor point, I’ll add one or two tall items on either side of the surface. You don’t have to use the same things on either side – break things up to create interest!
Once I have the tall item(s), I work my way inward and add a tray, stack of books, a candle, chic matches, objects of interest, layering art – basically whatever I can do to fill the dead space. I look for places where I can create mini-vignettes that contribute to the overall larger vignette.
This usually takes me quite some time to do, as I’m switching things around/stacking things until I’m happy with the result. And I always make sure to include flowers or something living.
You’re probably thinking: “who tf styles a desk?” Well, we’re on the topic of creating photo-worthy vignettes, not real-life vignettes 🙂
Another styling tip is to alternate the direction of stacked books, like above. Just another way to break things up!
Side note – I shared a DIY on making your own textured canvas art (shown on my desk) for less than $60 in this post.
I had a much smaller surface to work with on our bedroom nightstands, and here’s how I did it:
To save room for other objects on the nightstand, I chose not to add a lamp and instead added the accent lighting to the walls. Voila!
Here are a few vignettes that I recently saved and absolutely love:
DECOR SEARCH TERMS + WHERE I SHOP
I shop for decor at a few different places, but if I had to choose one, it’s eBay. Usually a tonnn of options pop up every time I search for something AND (my favorite part) – it’s shipped to you. A lot of decorative objects in our home are from eBay (pretty much all of the antique portraits – Agnes included).
I usually click the “Accepts Offers” option so I can negotiate with sellers, and then set my price range based on how much I want to spend on said item. Just be mindful of shipping costs!
Some of the items I frequently search for and purchase on eBay are:
- small brass vases or bud vases
- used books
- marble chess board (this is for a coffee table, but I had to include here after recently stumbling upon some cute ones on e-bay)
- silver trays
- horn magnifying glass
- agate coasters
- bone inlay box
- chinoiserie vases
- ginger jars
- vintage framed art
- antique oil painting
- antique portrait
- brass lamp
- ornate mirror
It may take some time to dig, but if you’re patient you can find some fabulous pieces. I created a roundup of some items I recently found on eBay and love (they all accept offers)!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend (and the Super Bowl tonight)!
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