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How to Create a Beautiful Vignette for Your Kitchen

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The Pinterest Challenge is underway for this month!  Thirteen bloggers sharing their twist on one inspirational photo! Today, I’m sharing a bit of late summer early fall kitchen decor! Let’s learn how to create a beautiful vignette for your kitchen.

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The Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy at County Road 407 is a blog hop featuring bloggers from across the country! Thanks for putting this together for all of us to enjoy, Cindy!

What is a Pinterest Challenge?  One photo, thirteen bloggers.  It’s up to us to put our own ‘twist’ on the image given to us! It’s so fun to see each different adaptation of the featured image, and we all benefit from the tips, tricks, and home decor ideas from all the posts!


If you are coming to me from sweet friend Paula at Sweet Pea, welcome!  Paula and I got to spend a wee bit of time at Haven together this year.  Unfortunately, Paula experienced some crazy travel issues that weekend, so our plans of visiting local eateries and visiting had to be cut short.  But, we were both so happy to meet each other and talk a bit.  I always love seeing Paula’s vintage touches in her home, and her vignette didn’t disappoint!

The Inspiration

The photo that all THIRTEEN bloggers used for inspiration is from my sweet friend, Yvonne, at StoneGable!late summer early fall kitchen decor coffee table with vignette and home decor items in living room

In my mind, and many others, Yvonne is the queen of vignettes.  She quickly and easily whips up these little decorative collections with what seems to be a never-ending supply of lovely home decor items!

The aspects that inspired me in this photo:

  1. The coffee table vignette is set in the living room
  2. A crate with a fabric-covered bottom is corraling all the decor items
  3. Fresh florals in a large vase (high point of the vignette)
  4. Books used as a riser for a smaller potted plant
  5. An orb used to bring additional shape and interest to the collection
  6. A small acorn (nope, it’s an artichoke!) used as the lowest point of the group
  7. Lots of texture and neutral colors

My Twist – How to Create a Beautiful Vignette for Your Kitchen

Late in the summer, I start getting the itch to add beautiful fall decor to my home.

At this time, My Wee Abode doesn’t have a coffee table (I’m workin’ on it).  So, instead of a living room vignette, let’s look at adding fall decor to our kitchens with a vignette like this one!late summer early fall kitchen decor vignette on kitchen counter with tray hydrangeas greenery and other decor elements

Use a Tray

Just like Yvonne’s pretty crate with the fabric inside, use any type of tray, basket, even a mat, to corral the items together.

Here’s my DIY tray with some pretty Waverly fabric from Walmart!late summer early fall kitchen decor tray with wooden beads

These handles were taken off some old cabinets that I found by my dumpster.  I find so many wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) treasures there!

I used Paris Flea Market Resue and Restore paint (from A Maker’s Studio), to refresh the handles and then did a bit of distressing.late summer early fall kitchen decor tray with handle

Use Varying Heights

It’s funny, but many of the items used in this vignette are the same as the inspiration photo! Can you tell I love StoneGable (and Yvonne)?

Using a large pitcher, add some faux hydrangeas and eucalyptus leaves to make the tallest item in the group.late summer early fall kitchen decor vignette on kitchen counter with tray hydrangeas greenery and other decor elements

Other tall items you can use:

  • Candlesticks (with or without the candle)
  • Vases
  • Topiaries
  • Lanterns

Instead of putting the acorn (or whatever that thing is called… My friend, Crissy from First Day of Home just informed me it’s an artichoke!) directly on the tray, I used a little cupcake holder to add some height and make it a medium point in the vignette. Then, I put a silver metal orb directly on the tray for the low point.kitchen vignette on kitchen counter with tray hydrangeas greenery and other decor elements

Medium/small elements to add to a vignette:

  • Short pillar candle
  • Concrete figurines (birds, bunnies, etc)
  • Votive candles
  • Small pitchers with flowers
  • Small pictures in frames

For free printable pictures, you can get instant access to My Wee Abode’s printable library! It’s easy, just click on the button below!


Use Risers

Books are a great way to add height to smaller items, but for a kitchen vignette, dishes really rise to the occasion (so corny).dishes and bowls with plant inside and wooden beads draping outside bowls

More great risers:

  • cake plates
  • pedestal bowls
  • cupcake stands
  • coasters
  • cookbooks
  • trivets

Adding Texture and a Pop of Color

There are LOTS of ways to add texture and pops of color to your late summer early fall kitchen decor.

Use wooden beads with tassels to add some texture AND color!late summer early fall kitchen decor tray with beads

This little white pot with a faux boxwood adds even more texture and color!late summer early fall kitchen decor vignette on kitchen counter with tray hydrangeas greenery and other decor elements

More texture elements to add to a vignette:

  • Corks in a bowl or clear vase
  • Dominoes in a bowl
  • Cotton stems
  • Linen cloths/hand towels
  • Coastal elements like starfish, coral or sand dollars
  • Candle
  • Dried flowers

Thoughts on How to Create a Beautiful Vignette for Your Kitchen

Do you sometimes wonder why we desire to create a cozy and beautiful home?

Me, too!kitchen vignette on kitchen counter with tray hydrangeas greenery and other decor elements

Then I’m reminded of Who created US!  God is the Ultimate Creator and Artist.  And because He created us in His image (Genesis 1:27), by His loving grace, we are creators and artists, too!late summer early fall kitchen decor tray with wooden beads

We naturally want to create, whether it’s a vignette, doing our makeup, painting a landscape, sewing a dress or pillow, or cutting our hair, we all have a creative side!

These creative tendencies make me want to thank Him and worship Him for giving us little tastes of Heaven here on Earth!late summer early fall kitchen decor vignette on kitchen counter with tray hydrangeas greenery and other decor elements

It’s Your Turn

Let me know in the comments if you are adding late summer early fall kitchen decor to your home!

And be sure to hop on over to see the inspiration Benita from Chasing Quaintness is sharing with her coffee table vignette! You can see ALL thirteen bloggers by clicking on each image below!


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  1. Julie, I love your vignette! It is the perfect size for a kitchen counter and has so many calming, pleasing pieces! You did a great job! Hugs!

  2. What a beautiful vignette! I love the fabric and handles that you added to your tray. Great job to salvage handles from the dumpster! That’s right up my alley! Every element that you added is so pretty and I know that you are really going to enjoy this vignette on your kitchen counter for a long while. Since it’s on a tray, you can easily move it when you need to cook and then move it back once the kitchen isn’t in use.

    1. Very true about easily transporting the tray. It’s just hard to find another place to put it in MWA! LOL! I crack myself up! Really, though… that tray is bound for a new home on my ottoman, wants I get it done! πŸ˜‰

  3. Julie very pretty and I got a giggle from rise to the occasion. Love the use of stacked dishes. I use antique tea cup saucers often. Memories of both grandmas.

    The beads are a pretty color too.


    1. Thanks, Cindy… glad I could make you giggle (it’s the next best thing to inspiring a reader). πŸ˜‰ My mom has a whole collection of teacups that we will one day inherit. Love them!

  4. Julie your take on this challenge is gorgeous! I love the colors and your photography is beautiful. That Waverly fabric is so pretty and would make great pillow covers. Love the wooden beads as an extra accent too.

    I cracked up about the acorn/pineapple/artichoke finial thingy, I wasn’t sure what to call either, so in my post so I just said “an object of interest.” Whatever it is I love it, it is classy and elegant looking.

    Great job! Have an awesome week!

    1. Thank you so much, Amber. Your sweet words mean so much, really. Yes, I think I just may use more of that fabric for another project (it was originally going to go on an ottoman, but I decided it was too much pattern.) Also, thank you for the gentle correction on the brand of fabric. πŸ˜‰ I always appreciate that (i.e., acorn vs artichoke LOL!) Hugs, sweet friend!

  5. Julie your tray is so pretty. I love the fabric you used to line the bottom and the beads are so pretty tucked inside the dish. What a great find you found in the handle. I love how you gave it a new look. Everything in your tray is gorgeous. I had a lot of time working with you on all our challenges. Have a great day!

    1. Thanks so much, Terrie. This was so fast and easy… I love when that happens. And, I’m pretty thrilled with it, too! Yvonne was a great inspiration! I actually was looking for the same artichoke statue as she has in the pic for a LONG time, and came across two at a local consignment shop. Snatched those puppies up, and I use them all the time!

  6. I love the fabric in the bottom of the tray! & I also like to scavenger in & around dumpsters for some cool things. I have a collection of knobs & pulls I’ve taken off random pieces of furniture. Loved your bright & pretty vignette!

    1. Thank you, Katie! I look forward to visiting your blog more often! We’d love to have you link-up at Tuesday Turn About each week! Hugs!

  7. I used to keep a tray with pretty things in our kitchen but somehow it turned into a place where everyone dumped their crap. Ugh. Yours is so pretty! It makes me want to try it again. Maybe now that all the kids are gone, I can keep it looking nice. We’ll see. Great tutorial too. Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Cindy. This was fun to create for MWA, however, not so practical for me, as I have such a small area of the counter. The tray will be transferred to a new home on the coffee ottoman, as soon as I can get it done! πŸ˜‰ My interior designer cousin is coming for the weekend. Maybe I will draft him into helping me!

      1. Having extra hands sounds like just what you need! And I bet when you get it done it will be styled as nicely as when it was on the kitchen counter. Hope your time together is fun and full of laughter. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Christy…. As I write this, I’m looking out the window at an overcast morning. LOVE this in the summer. I’m going to go shopping today for some coppery colored items for the kitchen! Maybe add a bit of muted blue/denim? πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Janet! Gotta love IKEA fauxs. Even their stems are lovely and affordable! I love doing these Pinterest Challenges!

  8. Julie, I love your coffee table vignette here in the kitchen!! It is so pretty with the prayer beads and the all-white look. Lovely for this time of transitioning to fall from summer!!

    Happy to be with you on the PC tour again,
    Barb πŸ™‚

  9. Artichoke or acorn…who knows?! LOL! You are too funny, Julie. You, like the dishes, always rise to the occasion. (wink) I love, love, love this post of yours, for so many reasons. The photos are wonderful (love the closeups), and your recommendations for each part of the vignette are on point. I also love your words at the end. We all do have the God-given ability and desire to create. Pinning, my dear! xoxo

    1. Thank you for your sweet words, dear friend. πŸ˜‰ Always love compliments on my photography… it helps me know I’m learning! πŸ˜‰ God is so good to give us the desire, and ability in some way or another, to create! He is awesome!

  10. Julie, love, love your vignette. You could easily pick up your darling tray and set it on a coffee table. Your combination of elements is so balanced and hits all the right notes. I love using cupcake stands too. Little, but mighty!! You have great ideas for different things to add to a vignette. Great job.

    1. You are so kind, Carol! I actually made that tray to go on a round coffee table I hope to DIY sometime soon! I really need it! Your vignette is just lovely, as well! You and I are definitely ‘blue’ girls! πŸ˜‰

  11. Wonderful, great ideas, Julie! You gave people so many wonderful options. I’m really liking your silver orb! May have to add one of those to my stash;) Loved your added thoughts about faith and how we are made to create! <3

  12. Julie, your Vinyette for your kitchen is absolutely beautiful. I think you nailed the challenge. I’m featuring you this week at Thursday’s favorite things. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Theresa

  13. Julie, I really love all the things you make. I admire your talent. I have 4, 15 month old cats. That would last about 5 minutes in my house. Gotta love my babies though! Keep me inspired!

  14. I love to decorate for each season, and one of my favorite things to create is a vignette! Yours is so pretty! I love all your tips to put one together! Have a blessed day, Donna

  15. Beautiful tray! I would not have thought about lining the tray with fabric and I am a quilter and love fabric! What a good idea, thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh, I’m glad you were inspired, Judy. I’ve lined the inside of a gardening stool, too (which I converted to a sidetable). It’s easy and looks so pretty!

  16. Both trays are stunning. Could you please tell me the approx. size of the tray. Mine are either too big, or tiny which is the same problem I have with my tiered tray I bought. Nothing sits on it comfortably. I didn’t notice the date of the post and was taken aback when you asked if we just came from Paula’s blog. The reminder we’ve lost that beautiful soul was heart hurting.

    1. Barb, the tray that I recycled from Hobby Lobby is 16.5 x 16.5 inches. πŸ™‚ Obviously, this is an oldie-but-goodie post, as sweet Paula and I were in a blog hop together… which happened often. Even though we all miss her dearly, I love that I can still honor her memory in my posts, and that people can still see her posts on her blog that her hubby is keeping ‘alive’. πŸ™‚ I’m so thankful that we have the hope that she is with the Lord, praising Him and enjoying the beauty of Heaven!

  17. Enjoyed your vignette; it looked so cool with that green/white/blue combo. Although I am not ready for fall, I am DONE with the heat! And as I am in Maine, that is saying something! I still have a bouquet of pastel silks on my kitchen table–it is waiting for me to find my sunflower bouquet!

    1. Thanks, Kathy… It’s def one of my faves! We are hitting our FIRST heat wave of the summer! We are getting our first 3-digit temp this weekend! Ugh!

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