For me, country and southern are two ways of life inextricably entwined. I had occasion to reflect upon this fact as I worked on a new “Southern” board for my Pinterest. I’ve just added a few products that are profoundly Southern in aesthetic, and I had to take a little time to pay homage to everything I love about this region and lifestyle of mine.
If you’re from the South, whether by birth or by marriage, there are no doubt a few phrases you’ve heard a time or two. Mama used to tell us (and now I tell my own kids) to “quit bein’ ugly.” “Y’all act like you got some sense.” And one of my personal favorites—“I brought you into this world, and I can surely take you out of it.”
Things move more slowly in the south, including our speech. We’re nearly always “fixinto” do this or that, sitting on the porch for a spell, and slow-cooking the heck out of something or other.
Here in the south, when you move in for a handshake you’ll get a hug instead. We’ll bless someone’s heart even as we ponder blessing them out, and say ma’am and sir while we do it. We hold doors, keep the faith, and wouldn’t dream of serving un-sweet tea.
If you’re Southern—by birthright, geography, kin, or wish-upon-a-star—then I have a few things that must grace your home, right alongside of those cotton stems, magnolia wreaths, quilts, and that strand of pearls that goes with everything. Here goes:
Park Hill Collection’s Map of the South Print. What better way to proclaim your ties to Dixie?
Park Hill Collection’s Metal SOUTHERN Sign. This vintage metal sign is a lengthy, iconic addition to you walls, proudly claiming where your heart belongs.
Park Hill Collection’s Metal SWEET TEA Sign. Sweet tea is essential to all of us in the south. I heard a joke once that went something like, “A woman once requested a glass of sweet tea in a restaurant, and was asked if a glass of unsweet with some sugar packets would do. ‘Does Monopoly money work just as well as the real stuff?’” Yessss.
So if you’re thinking of ways you can honor your Southern pride, take a peek at these and get your orders in right away! Quantities are limited.
Have you guys heard? Vignettes are IN—in a big way—and better still, they’re practically idiot-proof. If you’re looking for a simple way to give your space instant style, look no further. A pretty vignette is the solution.
[So, er…what is a vignette?] There are actually many different types of vignettes—photographic, architectural, printing, literature—but the definition that fits most closely is “a brief but powerful scene; one that leaves you wanting more.” A vignette in decorating is just that—a small scene created by grouping together interesting and somewhat similar items.
Confession: I’ve always been a little afraid to work with vignettes because I’ve never felt like I knew what I was doing. They create such a finished, intentional space, though, that I knew it was high time I climbed outside of my decorating box. Thanks to some great tips I found on Pinterest, I think I might just be able to do this.
So here goes.
Start with a theme. Theme is what defines the vignette and tells the story. Do you want to create a picture of Spring? Or maybe you want your vignette to scream, “Santa Claus is coming!” Part of the beauty of vignettes is that the stories you might tell are limitless.
Choose an anchor. This might be a large-ish mirror, an old window, a rustic sign, a tray, or a low-profile basket. This serves as a way of grounding your vignette and giving it a focal point.
Decide on your color scheme.Rather than choosing several well-loved items that have all the colors of the rainbow, stick to a limited color palette. This will pull everything together in a cohesive way, as it provides a common thread that unites the elements.
Select the items you’ll be using for your grouping. As you make your selections, think about making sure that each of the following are included:
*A stack of pretty, vintage, or antique books, or a riser. This one's 5x5 inches square and raises objects just over a couple of inches. These are perfect for elevating smaller items or items in the back of your vignette.
*Something natural. This could be a succulent or two, a few hydrangeas, a clutch of twigs or cotton buds. These will soften any harsh lines in your vignette. The greenery in these cute little tin pots is a perfect example:
*Vary the size and texture. Shop your home and the back yard for a smooth object, a rough object, something tall and something short and squatty.
Arrange your items, beginning with the anchor piece. Try these tips for visual interest:
*Layer, starting with placing heavier, larger items in the back and moving forward with shorter, more delicate items. This will give your vignette the height and depth differential it needs.
*Cluster items, rather than lining them up like a row of townhouses.
Take a step back. Look at your vignette and edit. Does it seem cluttered? Are the colors you chose complementary? Does this need to shift to the left just a tad? Don’t be afraid to move things around and tweak until it’s exactly as you want it.
And that, my friends, is it! Happy vignetting…if you create one, please shoot me a photo on Instagram. I’d love to see your efforts!
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