I’m going to show you how I built this vignette to decorate my corner kitchen area. It took less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

1. Choose your base to build upon

Which means a basket, box, tray, etc. Or it could just be a flat surface

In this case I have chosen a vintage wooden box to go on top of the cutting board. (The big heavy cutting board keeps my washer from spinning out of control and shaking!)



2. Choose decor/objects for vignette

I took a few cutting boards and layered them on the little shelf above the washer. Since the cutting boards on the shelf look fairly angular, I catty-cornered my base for a softer look.

Then I started adding my plates, etc. inside the wooden box. 


3. Layer from back to front

I added three plates, a platter and a cutting board. I had a few flower stems and stuck them in to soften the look of the plates, platter and cutting board.

4. Once you’ve added everything, step back and evaluate your vignette 

Is it unbalanced? Do you need something to soften the angles?

I have mentioned “softening” quite a few times. I think this is important because hard objects look a bit stark. Adding greenery is something I like to use.

One of my faux flowers fell off the stem. Instead of tossing it, I used it to layer my vignette.

5. Edit if your vignette seems too cluttered

Editing objects is just as important as adding objects. 

You’re done!

Adding the red bloom adds a whimsical touch to the vignette. And I always love a bit of whimsy!

Do you have any ideas you’d like to leave in the comments about what you might add or take away? Suggestions help us all! 

Tomorrow is day two of this decorating series.



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  1. could you elucidate on ‘catty cornered please’ ?
    you have a brilliant eye for these vignettes, mine always look like I took a snap of a pile of junk!

  2. I love the way you have made a functional vignette! My kitchen is very small, poorly laid out and has little counter space so purely decorative frou-frou is not possible. Your design gives me a place to put the seasonal plates I use on a daily basis and something to do with my awkward cutting boards that I use all of the time. Beauty and function. You've got a winner there.

  3. Love the vignette. A friend does this at her home with her family photos and items and I love to visit with her and hear all her memories. Vignettes are real conversation starters besides being pleading to the eye. Enjoy all your things and ideas Nrenda. The elephant box is a beauty!

  4. Good directions for a pleasing vignette that fits well with the other items nearby. One thing you didn't mention, but that you did do, is use odd numbers of similar items. Odd numbers, for some reason, make for a more pleasing vignette. For example, you used three cutting boards on the shelf; five large items inside the box (3 plates, a platter, and a cutting board); and then five flower blossoms in the entire display. One flower blossom does double duty, because along with the little green plant and the vase of spoons, it makes three items sitting in front of the box. The three utensils on each cabinet door is another example of using odd numbers for a pleasing display. Good post!

  5. Hi Brenda!

    It's beautiful! I love the plates in the wooden box, looks very cozy to me. This could be a very practical vignette if you didn't have much cupboard space. It looks very Autumn-y!


  6. Lovely vignette! I do lots of these in my home seasonally. I enjoy looking at the objects I've collected or have been given to me by friends and family. It makes my home, my place.

    Your hint about softening is spot on. I use silk greenery, flowers and leaves…it just seems to finish off a vignette.

  7. As I have said before, I live in a small house & changing furniture around is not possible. So, changing out our little goodies is super fun!! I love using those small battery operated candles on times in some of my areas too. Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. I don't have any battery operated candles. I did but gave it to my daughter for her house. You're right. In a small space furniture placement is limited.

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