Befriend the Art of the Vignette

kitchen sink

I’m focusing on the pretty in the kitchen. Just out of the view of the camera is a gross stack of dirty, un-rinsed, stinky dishes.

This is the subtle art of vignettes.

They are just one small part of the story, but can still stand alone.

And the beauty is if we can take the time to adjust our focus, vignettes are our best friend in our hunt for beauty.


Have you seen the vignette option in instagram? It darkens up the edges of the photo to help set the focus on a smaller part of the picture. Thank you vignettes.

wooden scrub brush


*when I put this photo on instagram I had lots of question about the little wooden scrub brush, I found it at world market, here’s a similar one on Amazon, I also love this ring version. More details about our kitchen are here.



Vignette in the Laundry Room


laundry room

I really miss this pretty, finished laundry room that we had in the rental. For $175 it went from builder average to photogenic. Our currently laundry area needs a lot more than that to make it come together, so as I plot and plan I’ll study what it is I like and don’t like about past laundry rooms (perk of moving 14 times!).

Even in the laundry area we can create a little beauty by adding some cut branches, a textural basket or a pretty container for the laundry detergent. Take control of where the pretty is in your space today and sprinkle it around to unexpected places.


And now for my real life…I got out from behind the computer, walked onto our back porch and snapped a photo of our laundry room at 9:30 am October 17. Five minutes ago. It’s not pretty.

october laundry

“Owning” your home takes an entirely different kind of patience and self talking and encouragement than renting. You see, our currently laundry room is in a porch that’s an add-on. The foundation is bad so it’s on a major slope (basically falling off the house) hence the wood under the front of the washer. We removed the wood on the walls of this porch so we could use them to floor the kitchen (long story) and even finishing the temporary walls feels like a waste at times because at some point we have to fix this floor and all the walls will go back to another wonky state.

If it were a rental, I’d slap some paint on everything and forget about it–because it would be the only thing I was allowed to do and that I’m responsible for.  Since it’s our home that we’ll keep for years (hopefully) I feel all protective of doing it in order and feel like I need to get the structure right before I make it pretty.

Maybe I just need to get over my trying-to-be-adult-self and realize I can leave it ugly until the foundation is fixed and go ahead and make it beautiful until the foundation is fixed and then make ajustments. Either way the foundation will probably be repaired on the exact same day. I get to choose if I want it pretty now, or after I deem things worthy of being beautiful.

Why do I sabotage myself?

*note this is the entrance into our home that everyone uses!


Vignette With DIY Art

diy art

There’s absolutely no excuse not to have beautiful things on your walls if you are longing for beauty. Here I’ve got a $1 yard sale chalkboard with a spray painted sea fan from TJMaxx that I hot glued onto the chalkboard. a black and white painted canvas (remember to buy those ugly thrift store & […]

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The Truth About Vignettes


October 15th is tax day if you got an extension. With the book coming out in April I knew I couldn’t be trusted to be an adult and file our taxes without the possibility of being jailed for fraud because my brain had no room for numbers. Today’s real life vignette looks like this. Because […]

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vignette within a color

white table

Sometimes when I crave a change I shop the house for everything I can find of one color. For the display in the back of the barn we grabbed everything white we could reach in a four minute period and then worked it all into a vignette. We didn’t question if it was an empty […]

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Vignette by Stealing Your Own Stuff


From the archives in our rental house: A vignette of our extra room that we used when guests spent the night. We didn’t have a bed frame but we did have a mattress. Instead of apologizing, I moved in a thrifted chair and threw on a pillow, grabbed a plant and threw some towels in […]

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When You Have to


This month’s hope*ologie print (created by Annie Barnett for hope*ologie memebers) is too beautiful not to share here. Happy Sunday!

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Angel Wings Vignette

angel wings

From the Nesting Place instagram a little shot of our 10 year old denim slipcovered sofa with the stump table on casters we made from a fallen tree, pouf and the signature piece in this photo is the Angel Wings. The angel wings are available at Joss & Main, I found mine there a few […]

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Vignette with A Signature Piece

arrow vignette

A few years ago I learned the art of incorporating one large item into a space. This metal arrow that I found at metrolina a few years ago finishes off any vignette or wall. It acts as a signature piece, an “arrow” (another type) and adds some quirk into the space. Signature pieces can come […]

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Hang it on the Wall

vignette me lindsay letters

I love these tea towels and I figured I could show mine off better if I hung it up with these square, brass upholstery tacks.

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