What Is A Vignette?

And No, it’s not something you put on salad… A vignette is just a fancy term for what I like to call a “Moment”. I’m sure that really clears things up! As I walk through a client’s house I’m always quick to say “I love this moment you’ve created here” as I wave my hand over some table or mantle or chair. They typically look very confused. I assure them it’s a compliment.

A vignette is a variety of items placed together to create a focal point or an area of visual interest. The items are different in nature and size and scale and texture and purpose. But when put together in a grouping they compliment each other to create an interesting visual moment. There’s that word again…

If you’re interested in creating a vignette in your own space, check out this article with the ABC’s of how to pull it off.

Outdoor Decorating for the Holidays

My husband is known as a Clark Griswold in our neighborhood during this time of year. He LOVES outdoor decorating with the flashing candy canes, wrapped trees and bushes, deer family, santa with gifts and a huge snowman in the middle of the yard. One year we even had a Candy Cane Forest with Buddy the Elf in the middle of it. He says it’s “for the kids” and they do love it, but let’s be real…it’s just as magical for him.

Recently, my son’s friend was dropped off at our house and he complimented the outdoor display. He said his mom was feeling really good about hanging the wreath on the door that morning at their house…but now she was feeling super inadequate. We all had a good laugh!

This article has some good ideas. Checkout #8 – this blew my mind! Also, in #2, there’s a reference made to NOT turning your front yard into Disneyland, but I say go for it. Afterall, it’s for the kids!

 

Holiday Decorating

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Decorating the house for the holidays is one way to bring a festive spirit to the season.  There are many obvious places most of us tend to focus our decorating efforts…the tree, the outdoors, a mantle, the dining room table.  One room typically gets neglected – the kitchen.

The kitchen is our hub as the holidays are filled with lots of entertaining.  We host gift exchanges, throw cocktail parties,  invite dinner guests and call friends in for coffee during the season.  We spend lots of time in the kitchen baking goodies, planning menus and gathering with friends and family.  The kitchen needs to have some fun decorations, too!

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Decorate cabinets with wreaths or Holiday photo cards you’ve received.  Windows are a great place to hang garland and lights.  Chandeliers, or even pot racks, are perfect for dangling ornaments with decorative ribbon.  A grouping of glass canisters and cake stands filled with edible treats is a true crowd pleaser!

Enjoy this Holiday season with your friends and family and make sure your kitchen has a few special decorative surprises for everyone to enjoy!