Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dresser Vignette, Heavy on the Vintage



So after yesterday's dramatic fail, I thought maybe I'd post about something that just involves moving already created stuff around the house, so that I could only screw it up by making it look ugly. Nothing could be destroyed in the process unless I just dropped it and broke it (or unless I decided to smear Mod Podge all over it for some reason. But neither of those things happened).

Historically, I'm pretty minimalist when it comes to...putting stuff on flat surfaces (you know, I mean putting stuff there on purpose. Piling crap that belongs somewhere else on flat surfaces I have always been very good at it. Years of practice).

Mostly when I try to "style" stuff, it either comes out looking pretty spartan:



....or my mother calls it "junky:"


I've always known I'd have to conquer the very long dresser in our bedroom at some point, but I wasn't really planning to do it so soon. But then two things happened:

Caitlin from Desert Domicile posted about her fabulous floating shelves and helpfully gave a list of tips on styling:


And then also....okay, yeah, I have just completely blanked on the second thing. But whatever it was, it happened, and it made me want to make a vignette on my dresser.

Much like in that paragraph right up there, I probably spaced out and neglected some of the ten tips Caitlin provides. But I took number 10: "practice, practice, practice" to heart. I am not a confident vignette-r, but I'll never get better if I don't try, right? Probably so. 

Also, making a vignette on my dresser means I get to use the only white wall in my house, the board and batten, as a backdrop. 

I dragged a bunch of stuff from around the house and basement up to the bedroom, played around for awhile, and ended up here:


The only thing I bought specifically for the dresser is those mahogany stems sticking out of the gold vase. I need something tallish in there, so I picked them up at Hobby Lobby today (then I had to google to see if I'm destroying the rain forest by having them. I don't seem to be. As far as I can tell. I wanted cotton balls on a stem, but they didn't have any. I think the dresser is made out of rain forest destroying mahogany anyway. Sorry, rain forest).


Mahogany stems in a gold vase. The gold vase and the wooden bowl came from thrift stores recently. My mom gave me the Nantucket tray (we went to Nantucket on our honeymoon) a long time ago, and I picked up the little black and white box at a yard sale a similarly long time ago.


I envision this bowl becoming a repository for a bunch of crap in the future, but for now it's holding the cuff links I bought on ebay for Dave to wear at our wedding. Aww!


Those are my cross-stitched pheasants from Goodwill that used to be in my den. My mom gave me the lamp. And the animatronic bird. I really need to post a video of the bird in action; it's enchanting. But for today, I just took a picture of it so that you can see how dusty it is. It's hard to dust inside its cage:



Obligatory stack of books. Look, that top one is named ME! I haven't read it. My mom gave me that, too, because it has my name. I have read A Death in the Family and at least parts of The Divine Comedy, though. And the bottom book is Margaret Atwood poetry and the only thing on the dresser purchased new. I just bought the pear at the thrift store the other day, and I'm sort of in love with it. 

Self portrait in pear:


36 comments:

  1. I love that crafstman lamp! And Girl, I am SO bad at vignettes, so don't feel bad about it- I like tables to be open for crap so I push everything to the back corner lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. lol--I'm hoping having STUFF on the dresser will make me put the laundry away immediately instead of stacking it there :)

      Delete
  2. Ooo we are both vignetting this morning. That's a term, right? Love what you did. I think it has both scale, proportion and flow! I LOVE that little wooden bowl and those things on a stick... love!! Beautiful!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Katja! I loved your Easter display.....you were another vignetting inspiration!

      Delete
  3. I like it! It's very visually interesting. Aren't those supposed to be pheasants? I think partridges are little without those long tails.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. doh! I knew that looked wrong. yes--pheasants! I will fix it--thanks!

      Delete
  4. I like it! Great job! (It's hard because some times it can look junky in person but fabulous on the camera, so it's hard finding that balance!)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love that lamp. It's so retro. You did good!

    ReplyDelete
  6. it looks awesome! i love the lamp and the pheasants! and of course the actual dresser!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Cassie! I can't help loving my rain forest destroying dresser, too :)

      Delete
  7. Your vignette rocks! I like all of the colors and groupings you created here! It is sooo not easy to do but you did it girl! BEAUTIFUL!!!! I know I say this all the time but I really love reading your posts! You crack me up!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! At some point I decided to bring some green into the room, and that seemed to help things fall into place, color-wise.

      Delete
  8. This looks great! Aren't Caitlin's tips great? I especially love the cross-stitch pheasants, and the little bird... well I love all of it!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I really like all vintage brass/gold. The craftsman lamp is pretty cool too. I picked up a similar wooden bowl at a thrift store for a project. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have something like 4 more of those wooden bowls, so I can't wait to see what you're doing with yours :)

      Delete
  10. Love the vignette! I wish I had such great stuff hanging around my house! Very nice!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Yvonne! My den is looking pretty sparse after I plucked so much out of there for the dresser....I think I only have enough stuff hanging around for one vignette ;)

      Delete
  11. Gretchen your vignette looks fantastic! I love all of the little gold touches and how the colors of the art tie into the colors of the accessories you chose. GREAT job :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Caitlin--I owe it all to you :)

      Delete
  12. you have a great sense of style! If only talent could be shipped, I'd order some from you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, what a nice compliment--thanks so much!

      Delete
  13. The first rule in creating vignettes about the house should be "I like to look at those things!" That is the rule around here. If I am sitting in a room, I want to be able to look around and revel in my choices. Second rule should be to always include a pear and a bird. You did both and you seem to like the items so I am giving you an A+. (I love the pheasants!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Donna! A pear and a bird, eh? I like that rule :)

      Delete
  14. For not having much practice at vignettes, I'd say that this turned out perfectly! The bird cage, pear, and paintings have such a great personality.
    Toodles,
    Sara

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love your look and style! Very nice! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully you will want to follow me back. Happy weekend, Nicole!

    ReplyDelete
  16. It looks great! I'm visiting from the Sundae Scoop Link Party. Hope you'll stop by and say hello!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. THis turned out beautifully! I think you're nearly pro!! I love that pear... I have a weakness for pear decor for some reason! See my latest reveal at Fynes Designs

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Virginia! what is it that's so appealing about pears?!

      Delete
  18. Your vintage vignette is beautiful! Love how the lamp picks up the greens in the cross stitched pheasants. The pear is a beauty too!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love it ~ very vintage and not at all junky! That bird is so cute and I LOVE those cuff links!
    I'm visiting from Sunday Scoop. I hope you get a chance to stop by and leave me a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    My Mom Frame ~ Printables

    ReplyDelete
  20. Your vignette looks beautiful and I love that pair!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh I love it all. You have such a wonderful mix of items and textuers and they all look amazing together. I really love the touch of brass, that is my new obcession and this adds just the right touch of sparkle. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party this evening. www.astrollthrulife.net Hugs, Marty

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday link party!

    http://www.marriedfiling-jointly.com/

    ReplyDelete
  23. I love this vignette. Fabulous 'dressing' job!! A gorgeous vignette like this is one of my favourite things;)
    Krista

    ReplyDelete

Like all human bloggers, I love comments! I make a valiant effort to respond to as many as I can and to hop over and check out your blog if you have one. So let me know you're here, if you have a bit of extra time on your hands :)