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Vignettes are the simplest and easiest way to show a little you in your home. A grouping of figurines, a stack of books with a piece of coral on top of it, a buffet with pictures and candles – all are “moments” that happen in your home and reflect who you are. Christmas is a fun time to experiment with these little moments and really shouldn’t take a lot of time. Lets face it – putting up a tree and decorating it is a time killer so these vignettes should be quick and easy!

2012 Christmas Vignette5Our entryway has the standard – a buffet with some books, a lamp and a mirror. I like to play with the seasons in this vignette so at Christmas, I add a metal reindeer (found maybe at Target several years ago?), a wonderful smelling Christmas candle and my coffee filter wreath that is now surviving its third Christmas! The plaid ribbon holding the wreath on the mirror and my monogram moss letter on the front door help tie in my plaid theme I have going this year. (check out this tutorial on how I made a smaller version of the monogram moss wreath last year)

2012 Christmas Vignette6This large vase usually holds sand and my favorite candle – the Blue Volcano. This year, I’m using it to hold fake snow and all of our lovely Christmas cards! I’ve made clothespins wreaths to hold cards, I’ve let them sit in a stack on the kitchen counter, I’ve even tried to spread them out on our mantel – this is by far my most favorite way to display them though because you can see the pictures, easily grab one to view and it brings more Christmas cheer to the front door!

2012 Christmas Vignette7These two lanterns sit on the floor, next to our entryway buffet. During the year, the candles sit on grassy moss but I like to change it for the winter. Fake snow and jingle bells make me feel more festive and it continues the look from the top of the buffet, right on down to the floor.

2012 Christmas Vignette2A simple strand of lighted garland helps make this vignette more festive. I kept the stack of cookbooks, lamp and mirror all the same – just added some festive greenery and lights!

2012 Christmas VignetteThis little moment is special in our living room. I usually have a piece of coral sitting on top of these dropcloth covered books but swapped it out for a small glass nativity scene. I can’t remember who gave me this set but I love how the glass reflects off of the lights from our tree and shines in the small round mirror.

2012 Christmas Vignette4This vignette is on the sofa table in our living room. You also see it when you first walk in to our house, thanks to knocking down the dining room wall! This nativity scene is supposed to be a Christmas present for me but I wanted to use it as early as possible. My mom and I got this while shopping the day-after Christmas sales last year and I was really hoping she would forget she was saving it to use as a gift – sometimes that works and sometimes? Not so much. I love it though and it looks great on this table, sitting on top of a “table runner” I made. Nothing fancy about this runner – it is simply wrapping paper that I’m using for this year’s gifts, cut to the lenght of the table and folded in half to break up the white table and white Nativity. Sometimes, you do what you can and for as cheap as possible!

Sharing this over at Southern Hospitality’s Holiday Home party today!

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It is time to decorate for the spring and summer months and that makes me so incredibly happy. Its time for brighter colors and fresher textures!

Last year, I posted a tutorial on how I spray painted some fish tank coral toys and made it into faux Pottery Barn-style coral. Beth from Home Stories from A to Z was the one who started it all for me and I am so grateful for her original post! Check it out for a great way to spruce up your home for very little money.

(I would like to apologize in advance – my picture-taking and posting skills were lacking last year so please excuse those and instead, enjoy the ideas for your spring/summer decorating in 2012!)

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This weekend I updated the look of our entryway buffet. (An original picture, plus the original before and after link here.) Depending on the season and my mood, this area never looks the same for long. The start of a new year, plus the fact that one of the knobs on the top drawer broke, made it time for a change in this space.

I got a new lamp from Target a couple months ago and I love the airy, lighter feel it gives. I tried to balance out the tallness of the left by layering a picture and some books on the right. I’m not 100% sold on this look yet but I like it for now – which is all that matters, right? 🙂

I couldn’t remember where I got the original knobs from so I picked up three new knobs from Lowe’s that I thought would look good for the top drawers. The mis-matched pulls actually look pretty good! I think it helps that I covered the original drawer pull holes with the black backplates so it makes sense to have a different knob on top.

The silver frame was purchased at Target and I printed a picture I found on Pinterest (link here) that I really liked. Abstract art is pretty cool when done in similar tones like this. I’m not a huge fan of the crazy, over-the-top abstracts, but this one fits really well with our home color scheme. I love cheap art!

Have you heard that you’re supposed to take off the dust covers on your books? I had too and finally did it…makes such a difference! The top book with the cool link design? Its Nate Burkus’ book. Of course! He is the one that preaches about this no-cover practice so it fits that inside his cover is a really cool piece of art. The only cover still on is the bottom PB one, I had to have a pop of orange!

I’m getting the itch to paint this piece of furniture again…Heaven help me, it hasn’t even been two years since I painted it the last time!

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Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick recently featured a moss letter wreath that I have been wanting to do. After her very easy instructions, I got my supplies together and made one myself!

The inspiration came from Pottery Barn. While I love PB and its merchandise, the price isn’t always right. One letter will set you back $79. Thanks, but no thanks.

What I used: a glue gun (already had on hand), sheet moss from Hobby Lobby ($1.99 after the 50% discount), wood letter from Hobby Lobby ($1.99), yellow and white ribbon from Hobby Lobby ($1.99 after the 50% discount). PB = $79. LS = $5.98. LS = winner!

(P.S. Sarah said her project got a little messy, so I laid out newspaper before I started mine!)

I started by unwrapping the moss and laying it with the front side facing down. I laid the wood letter its front side facing down, on top of the moss. Using a pair of scissors and the glue gun, I cut little strips in the sheet moss and glued the cut moss on to the back of the letter. I gradually worked my way around the letter, cutting and gluing as needed.

Some parts were easier (the outside curves) and some were really difficult to get attached (the inside curves). I had pieces that were too thick on the back, so I would cut those off and set aside to use as filler after I finished gluing everything the first time. This letter fit perfectly on to the piece of sheet moss!

Here is the finished project, hanging on the mirror in our entryway! I cut two pieces of the yellow and white ribbon and glued it to the back of the letter. I used clear tape to attach the ribbon to the top of the mirror. It is the easiest way for me to hang things on this mirror each season.

I am so happy with how it turned out and how easy it was for me to do this! This took me about thirty minutes from start to finish, such a small amount of time for such a cute project! I think this would be a great gift to give to friends or family. Maybe the Easter Bunny should bring it to you?

Here is another view of our new entryway decor. I love how it turned out and love how cheap it was to replicate! It brings a little cheer and happy to the buffet. This will definitely be up through the spring and summer seasons in our house!

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