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  • Writer's pictureLinda Thomson

A Home To Keep: DIY! Tell Your Story Through Vignettes

One of the easiest ways to decorate your home for any season is to arrange objects in a vignette. A vignette is a small grouping of objects that creates a focal point and “tells a story”. They bring warmth and life to any space.

“Come in and stay awhile this is indeed a welcoming place."

How to Build Your Story:

3 Basics:

  • vary heights of objects

  • use different textures

  • display in "odd numbers"

Group on top of any flat surface: an entry table, bookshelf, countertop or chair.

Vignette Elements:

  • using words, open books, treasured letters invites others to be a part of your story

  • photos and personal items add warmth

  • stacking items add interest

  • vintage suitcases are fun to use

  • pillows & throws add a pop of color


  • tray

  • small drawer on casters

  • vintage suitcase or lunchbox

  • chair

  • placemat

  • mirror

  • picture frame


  • books

  • candle holders

  • lanterns

  • tiered trays

  • cookbook holder

  • table top easel


Before you even open the front door of your home, you can create a vignette that says, “Come in and stay awhile this is indeed a welcoming place." Here's some great ways to say "hello" to your family, friends and neighbors:

  • a welcoming bench

  • chalkboard with a cheery greeting

  • front door wreath & welcoming mat

Fun Seasonal Elements:


Lemons, limes, oranges, cherries, apricots, birds, jar filled with birds eggs, birdbaths, birds nests, teacups, small terracotta pots and greenery.


Peaches, watermelon, sunflowers, nautical fishing floats - wooden or glass, sandpipers, sailboats, jars filled with sea shells.


Apples, pumpkins, crunchy leaves, vintage baskets and thermos', jar filled with acorns, mugs, candles, books.


Pomegranates, berries, pinecones, jar filled with pinecones, garland, Christmas tree, ornaments. Black and white buffalo plaid throws and pillows.

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