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How to Create a Vignette-Home Improvement Thursday

How to Create a Vignette-Home Improvement Thursday

Though I have always been interested in home decorating, it wasn’t until we decided that we would open our home to our clients as a display home (for renovators) that I realised that I would need to get serious about what I was doing. Instagram and Pinterest were great sources of inspiration, and the rest I have just had to learn along the way.

The Builders Wife Create a Vignette

Create a Vignette Like a Pro!

1. Stick to a theme.
Sticking to a theme helps create a story. Your theme can be as simple as candles, or photos and then adding little trinkets that add to the story. Perhaps you have a group of beach holiday photos, you could add a shell, some coral or a vial of sand, something that helps to tell the story of your theme. Have a mix of inexpensive, quirky and higher end items to create an interesting story.
2. Use an Odd Number of Objects.
Groups of 3 or 5 are more visually appealing than groups of even numbers. Use several items of similar size and shape in groups to create maximum impact. For example, try piecing together 3 blue and white ginger jars of different sizes OR try 3 varying coloured jars in similar sizes and shapes to give a striking effect.
3. Use Light.
Let a source of light be the focus to your vignette, a candle or lamp will help create the mood of your vignette. Light draws the eye to the area you have styled, and it should, you want to show it off. Light will play with the shadows of the area you are styling and give it a totally different appearance to when there is no light.
4. Use Objects of Various Height.
You don’t want all your items lying flat on a table, conversely you don’t want a row of the same height candles or photo frames. Give your vignette some texture by using items of different heights. Consider placing a mirror above the table you are stying to draw the eye from the table up. Each person to look at your vignette will see something different, varying heights will be more visually appealing. Try using a stack of books or magazines to assist with height.
5. Use Texture in your Vignette.
Don’t be frightened to play with texture in you vignette, have a wooden photo frame coupled with a chrome photo frame, and then it together with a candle or candle holder made from the same material as one or another. Try different textures to excite the eye.
6. Flowers and Plants are a Decorators Friend.
Where possible fresh is best! It doesn’t need to be expensive flower arrangements, it can be as simple as foliage from the garden or the park, the greenery that comes with the flowers is like decorating gold. There is nothing wrong with fake flowers used in moderation but you don’t want a whole house filled with the fake variety.
7. Have Fun!
Your house is your home, your castle and although it’s lovely for it to be attractive to those who visit, it must be attractive to you first and foremost. Decorating should never be stressful, if should be a reflection of your unique personality.

Keep in mind the season when you are decorating. Our displays change with the seasons in our home, only slightly but they do change. Spring and Autumn we use lots of fresh flowers and Summer and Winter we tend to use fresh fruit and foliage. Remember, you are only limited by your imagination.

Are you a lover of home decorating? Does it come natural to you or did it take time and research like it does for me?

Our #HIT link up last week had the DIY-Decorator girls reveal their first Home Decor Styling Secret.


The wonderful Sarah from Tomfo linked up for the first time sharing her new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection, The Pelican. This post had so many interesting facts about Pelicans that I had no idea about!



Welcome to #HIT or Home Improvement Thursdays.
Anyone can join in, no matter the niche of your blog, just as long as your linked post follows the few simple rules.
HIT Rules
1. Linkable posts, must centre around the topics of DIY, Renovations, Home Organisation, Home Improvement, Home Makeovers, Home Styling, or Home Maintenance.
2. You can share 1 post each week. Please make sure they are new to the “Home Improvement Thursday” party.
3. Linking is simple, find the little blue button at the end of the post that says, Add Your Link, and then pop in your URL, and follow the prompts. Your link only needs to be added once and it will automatically show up on both of our blogs… it’s that easy!
4. Grab our #HIT button and pop it on your sidebar. Don’t forget to share it with others.
5. Follow the blogs of your fellow #HIT family, and leave a comment. Please visit and comment on at least three blogs that are near you on the list.
6. Leave a comment on the post below so we can return the favour and comment on your post.
7. Don’t forget to follow The Plumbette and The Builder’s Wife
*Each week Bec and I will feature one of your posts onto our social media pages. By adding your link, you are giving The Builder’s Wife and The Plumbette permission to post one photo from your post with a link back to the full post for future roundups on our blogs and possibly share your image and link on social media.
For any questions please email myself [email protected] or Bec [email protected]
We’d love you to join in. xxx

Nicole xxx

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring our post x

    1. Thank you for contributing ? xx

  2. Loving these tips Nicole and your link up – finally I have something to contribute to it! Lots of good ideas here. x

    1. Yay Vicki, I LOVE your new toilet/powder room. The wallpaper is stunning! Can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the house. xx

  3. Thanks for the lovely feature Nicole. Some fabulous tips here for me, I love the fresh flowers tip and will be using lots of green in our new home, I hope I style our new place as beautifully as you have. x

    1. You are too kind Sarah, we are happy to have you along xx

  4. I’ve always admired your vignettes. I missed out on the stylish genes so these tips will come in very useful and how ace is Sarah’s scandi collection. I love her work and I’ve loved following along her home building journey!

    1. That’s super kind Sam, thank you. To be honest, I have no styling genes either, it’s just come about with hard work. Sarah’s collection is amazing, and I am so excited to see more of her new home too! xx

  5. I do admire your talent in decorating!
    PS – Haven’t yet put your button on my new site, haven’t worked out how to add sidebars to the blog but not the front page. blush

    1. Thank you Erin, It’s great to see you back this week. I am terrible with technology, I have a wonderful lady who helps me out, otherwise I’d be in all sorts of trouble. ?

  6. The more blogs I read, the more I learn how to put a successful vignette together. I love the ones in your home. It really is a skill to know how to decorate your interiors.

    1. Thank you Bec, you are very kind. xx

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