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The idea for this vignette started with the wicker shelf I picked up at the thrift store for $3.99, in fact, everything in this vignette, except the tea pot on the upper shelf, and the metal bracelet on the placement were from the thrift store.  I don’t see wicker shelves as often as I thought I would, or as often as I used to, so I bought it with no second thoughts.   There’s almost always a place for cute little shelf units – because they are not large, they fit nicely on a bedroom dresser, a kitchen or bathroom counter, or in your living room and you can arrange a few items on and around them that accentuate the ambience you have, or are trying to achieve.  They also add height and interest – the interest comes from the design, the natural material, and the textures.  With the added height, your eyes wander around the grouping like they are on a little journey.  I originally began placing different colors of small pottery items but they were not working with the color of the shelf, and something else was missing.  Once I used the tarnished silver items, I realized that it was a lovely patina and reflective qualities that had been missing.  I placed a few aqua river pebbles to add a whisper of color.  The beads draping out of the hand-wrought looking metal bowl, the ivory rose and placement balance out the color from using the shabby ivory wooden box on the lower shelf.  You could still embellish more by placing an interesting item on top of the box – even a small strip of old lace, or tying something onto the wicker shelf.

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Or perhaps they are not mutually exclusive!  Probably everyone reading this knows what this beautiful gold glass container is (liquer?) but although I may not always know specifically ‘what’ it is I’m buying, I do know whether I like it or not 🙂   I suppose some may have looked at this in the thrift store, and viewed it as an ‘elegant’ item and through their minds they worked out whether or not it would fit in their decor, within that framework.  When I looked at it, I immediately thought magical!  Although it is transparent, it reminded me of a genie bottle.  I also remembered seeing miniscule versions of designs like this at boutiques that sell items from India – for fragrances perhaps? essential oils?  (here I go again not knowing what those were for, just knowing they were adorable!) only this is a giant version of those adorable little works of art.  

In this particular vignette, it seemed more ‘right’ to have it a little unbalanced with a small but striking object to the left of two taller, larger ones.  The jug with greenery is acting more as a prop for the glass decanter, and the butterfly ‘book box’ is somehow a flirty image that draws the eye around the vignette.

What is magical for you?

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 Oriental design, calming green, the ornamental rose and dragonflies, all contribute to the serenity of this vignette, as well as the overhang of greenery and soft flowing draperies.  The whimsical dragonfly broaches were $4.99 each, and I must say, the vignette didn’t seem complete until I added these in at the last minute – looking for a touch of metal, these were the perfect little embellishment.   The (fingerbowl??) seven piece set  ($3.99 at a thrift store), sits atop an empty cigar box – often little shoppes that sell cigars will keep the empty boxes and sell them for a small price.  Something a little different. The black background of the design in the photo frame helps ground the table arrangement.   

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The pristine beauty of the full floral bouquet – refreshing white roses and hydrangea accented with blushing pink blooms – is ethereal in the early morning, clouded light. A semi-sheer scarf puddles under and around the satin pouch. Its gentle colors and ripples lend a rich dimension and unexpected twist. On top of the scarf rests an intricate heirloom metal bracelet. Vignettes are a great way to dispkay jewelry as a home decor item, and appreciate its charm daily! The earthiness of the three decorative balls subtlely tones down the otherwise elegant arrangement. Everything but the bracelet was purchased at a thrift store, and most items have been showcased in previous blogs, but for this vase, which was $1.99.