Showing posts with label VIGNETTE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VIGNETTE. Show all posts

Monday, July 8, 2013


I don’t know if you have noticed it, but I love symmetry.  When I put together a little vignette, it is always symmetrical, and usually each end of the vignette has matching objects.  I’m not just talking about similar objects.  I’m talking about the same object doubled.  It may be because it’s more pleasing to me, but it’s probably because it’s easier for me.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

When I removed my patriotic décor from our mantel, I made an effort to move away from an absolutely symmetrical arrangement.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

My gardening boy, who was formerly in the center of the mantel, moved to one end of the mantel, and my demijohns (formerly one on each end of the mantel) both moved to the opposite end of the mantel.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

When I decided I could live with that, I moved to the buffet behind our sofa.  On one end, I placed a pitcher with faux flowers.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

On the other end, I placed a cake stand, which holds a wire basket of faux flowers.  Can you tell, I haven’t ventured from symmetry in the middle of the vignettes?  Just on each end.  Maybe I’ll work my way toward the middle until I don’t require any symmetry!

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I’m willing to bet that these two faux topiaries have never been side-by-side since they’ve lived in our home.  I tend to use them like bookends – on each end of the fireplace or the dining table.  I’ve placed them together on one side of the table in my entryway, and I’m kind of liking the look.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

It was nice of you to stop in to see my asymmetrical vignettes.  I’m feeling so brave!  It doesn’t take much to make me feel like an adventurer.

I’m linking to Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict, Homework Wednesday at Worthing Court, Simple and Sweet Fridays at Rooted in Thyme, and Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage.


Monday, May 20, 2013


Do you like to group similar items for vignettes?  I love to gather items with a similar color or theme and put them together.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Since blue and white china is a favorite of mine, a grouping of blue and white china pieces on a tray brightens my day.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I like to see my script-covered apples lined up to march down the front of my hutch.  I especially love them, because I don’t have to move them to open the doors to get something out of the hutch.

Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie

While we are looking at my hutch, I want to show you the little lamps I got at a sale at one of my favorite stores.  They were $15.00 each, and they spoke to me (they were actually yelling – “take me home”). 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

At the same sale, I purchased this pretty little wreath for $7.00.  I knew I would spend more on that if I tried to make it myself (not to mention the time it would take me).

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I also do groupings of only a couple of similar things.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

A glass apple and a glass pear compliment the plate that was painted by my aunt.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I think this little carved figure of a man looks like he just walked out of the scene on this plate.

Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie

The metal bowl, filled with faux fruit is my attempt to mimic the painting above it.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

On this table, I grouped a collection of small dogs on a tray. I smile every time I pass this vignette. Some were gifts, but most were purchased at yard sales at very low prices.  The little Staffordshire on the back of the tray was purchased at an estate sale for $10.00, the most I've paid for any of them. 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Thank you for visiting my blog.  laurie

I am linking to Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life.

Monday, March 11, 2013


Last week, I shared my storage on one side of my shelf unit, and nobody told me that had a nervous breakdown seeing all of that stuff on my shelves.  So, I’ll take that to mean it’s okay to share the second half of the shelf unit this week!

When you’ve been blogging for almost four years, you kind of forget that not everyone who visits your blog was reading your blog when you began blogging. (We’re not going to talk about that I can’t remember what I was doing 30 minutes ago either.) Last week, a reader asked me if I had fabric or paper on the back wall of my shelves.  My post about the fabric-backed shelves was about my third post evah! 
I draped fabric over tension rods, so that I could easily change the backing if I tired of it.  Of course, that was in 2008, and I still have the same fabric in the backs of the shelves, so I probably could have super glued it!
I always think my blog is just standing still until I go back and look at one of those first posts.  I haven’t learned much, but it is apparent that I’ve learned a little bit.  Looking at those early posts makes me cringe a little (ok, a lot!). 
I spared you closeups of the family photos, but I do want to share one of them.  11 years ago, our daughter married a fireman.  They traveled from the church to the reception in a fire truck.  It was so much fun! 
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I am partying at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.  Thanks for coming to see the rest of the shelves.  Next up, St. Patrick’s Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen.  laurie

Monday, March 4, 2013


I know these shelves are supposed to be for display.  After all, that’s why I had them built.  When we moved in, they were display …for about a month.  Now, they are more storage shelves than display shelves.  You may recall that these were Santa filled at Christmastime.  Obviously, I had to put the Santas away and clutter the shelves with something else, so I’m sharing the non-Christmas look today.shelves

I should have put cabinet doors on the front of them, but I have a the “out of sight, out of mind” disease.  If I pack something away, it will never be seen again.  I rationalize that this also keeps me from acquiring more “stuff”.  If I don’t have some place to put it, where I can see it, I don’t bring it home.  Of course, I obviously don’t mind cramming stuff into my house.  May I call this the “layered” look?


I know what you are thinking…“No wonder she has the out of sight, out of mind disease. Who has this much stuff to try to remember!”

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That brings us to yet another disease I have.  It’s the “if you don’t use it, you need to get rid of it” disease.  Sadly, getting rid of “stuff” is another problem I have.  Yikes!  I hope none of this is contagious! 


I want to share a story about the little painting below.  I went to a charity auction about 20 years ago, and I bid on this painting.  I was so sad when I decided I had to quit bidding, because it was going too high.  I didn’t know until that Christmas that my mother was bidding against me, so that she could gift me with it.  I was sorry I had made her bid so high!

dog pic only

ftbl boy


Nobody can ever say that there is nothing to see at Laurie’s house!


chld china 1

chld china 2

fruit shlf

Today, I shared half of the shelves in my family room.  I thought it might be too overwhelming to see all of this “stuff” at one time, so I might show you the other half next week.  (Ooops! Did I just lose some blog readers for next week?)

I’m joining Table Top Tuesday at a Stroll Thru Life.  I’m glad you came to visit. laurie

Monday, February 25, 2013


My little French corner (no, not French Quarter) is in our front entry.  Although the tea table is not French, it is a piece of furniture I’ve always loved.  My Mother bought it for me when we were antiquing together about 35 years ago.  I love the beaded wood and the original glass in the doors. (That glass does NOT need to be cleaned.  That is glare from the lights in the room.  That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!)

table front
When I spotted this cloche with all the Frenchiness on it, I had to order it.

eifl twr on cloche
Can you see my little Quimper pottery French people who populate this cloche?

quimper btr
Please pretend that this tarnished silverware and the vintage blue vase that holds it are French.


fltware btr
My brandy snifter, turned upside down to simulate a cloche, holds a little drawing of the Eiffel Tower.

brandy snifter
I bought this framed tapestry at an estate sale several years ago.

eifl tower tapstry

The French book belonged to my Mother.

The settee is upholstered in French toile.

When my sweetheart and I were newlyweds, I found these pieces of needlepoint in a junk store.  They must have been created by someone in the same personality group as me.  She never made them into whatever they were supposed to become, so I framed them.  I think the little boy on the rocking horse is holding a French flag, so I have decided they are French. 


Between those “French” needlepoint pictures, I hung another framed tapestry I purchased at an estate sale.  I apologize for all the glare in my photos.  I didn’t realize I was posting such glare-producing photos – cloches and glass fronted pictures.  What was I thinking?

cow tapstry
My little folding table has a French coat of arms on it. 
coat of arms
I am linking to Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life.  Thanks for coming to see my little corner of France.  I’ve been so busy with my two granddaughters (who are staying with us part time) that I haven’t been able to visit many of my favorite blogs.  I’m not going to miss those posts though.  I’ll be there soon.  laurie