There comes a time when one gets tired of the constant rain in Vancouver. Tired of waiting for Spring. When looking at my undecorated console just gets old. So I took matters into my own hands today and this is what I came up with:
Photos by Maria Killam
Don’t forget the tablescape for the top
A few white tulips to brighten up the space, Stack of Magazines and a bowl of green balls.
Console from Chintz & Co.
Rule of Three
Here is what I found for my console today. Since this piece is the focal point of my living room, it can’t just have a bunch of ‘stuff’ underneath. The two mercury vases on the right I already had from Christmas, because they are like a set, they visually look like a group of 1. the lantern, 2. and the stack of books 3. Odd numbers look better than evens when creating a vignette, unless you are doing something symmetrical on either side of your mantle for example.
I had some river rocks sitting in a container so I poured some into the bottom of my new distressed lantern from. . . where else? Homesense of course. . .I like the X’s. I’m hoping the candle is far enough away from the top of the console that having one on won’t turn it black.
Consider the Balance
See how I have the tallest piece in the middle? It’s like a triangle. Thinking in terms of a triangle works when placing bookshelves in a space for example Instead of creating a roller coaster effect and having them spread apart in the room, place them side by side. This decorating guideline works in many circumstances.
Notice the pieces are neutral but all of it is outlined by my sunflower yellow sofa!
Stack some Books or Magazines
And no vignette is really complete without a stack of books which in this case act as a pedestal for my oversized but awesome fake coral which also came from my Homesense trip this morning. I took some of the jacket covers off because I wanted the overall look to read black and white.
As I’ve said before, we are so lacking in home decor stores in this town it’s rare that I drive by a Homesense without stopping in to take a look. I’ve debated getting a bumper sticker for my car that says ‘Caution, this car will stop in front of Homesense’. Okay I’m kidding.
What are you up to this weekend? I might even get out my paintbrush. . . I’m bringing Spring here kicking and screaming!
How to Create a Vignette or Tablescape (Washington Post Blog Watch)
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