One of the things I always do is style our buffet in our dining room to coordinate with the rest of my christmas decor. I get text messages from friends around the holidays with pictures of their buffets, or side tables, or books shelves asking for my design eye to take a look and make sure nothing is missing. I love helping others love the spaces they are in, so I love helping my friends make their homes festive for the holidays too! Vignettes have to be one of my favorite things to do, other than tablescapes of course! So today I’m sharing some photos with you on how I style a christmas vignette.
Of course it didn’t seem right to share these, if I didn’t go back a few years to one of my favorites. This one you can see in our 2014 Christmas Home Tour, HERE.
That was the first year I started adding fresh garlands inside the house, and the smell was amazing. Since then I’ve added fresh garlands all over our house, and kept the styling on our vignette a little simpler, but stuck to the same styling combos.
Since we always have a lamp on our buffet in the dining room, I like to the balance out the lamp by adding some height to the left of the buffet.
I staggered trees in varying heights, and then layered in some cloches with twinkle lights for a little added glow. To bridge the two sides together, I hung some garlands on top of the board and batten.
The next vignette I used similar pieces for styling, but had different things hanging on the wall. Since the silver platter wall was pretty big, I wanted to make sure the vignette didn’t get lost on the buffet.
I staggered the trees in different heights like before, but added in a few more pieces to make it nice and full. I used some faux winter greens I scooped up from Michaels to fill around the trees, to help add some fullness to the buffet.
I’ve also styled our buffet with an advent calandar. This one I created with a diy memo board and watercolor tags I made, so it looked more like a piece of artwork. On the backs of each tag I wrote coordinating scripture verses to celebrate advent as we counted down to Christmas.
I added some height by layering an abstract canvas I painted in coordinating colors. I used different trees to add in some Christmas decor, and to fill in the outer edges of this vignette.
I filled in an urn I found at HomeGoods with those same faux greenery branches, and used a faux white fur table runner as the base, to cast a wintery feel underneath everything.
Below is the vignette I create for the Better Homes & Garden shoot last year. To coordinate with the pieces on the table, I used lots of gray and white, and muted tones for the greenery.
A diy pom pom garland was draped along the board and batten like in the previous year, and a simple christmas greeting diy sign was placed in the middle. I staggered in different candlesticks and christmas trees to add height and dimension by creating layers. Lastly I tucked in the same faux greenery I’ve used before to fill in any “gaps” – areas that felt a little bare.
This year I used mostly fresh greenery to coordinate with my new vintage green art piece from Lindsay Letters. I loved the frosted look the faux greenery gave in years past, but I wanted this greenery to pop a little bit more, so fresh worked best.
I scattered a strand of twinkle lights around the vignette to help “fill it in”, and of course cast that lovely glow I love at christmas time from all the white lights. I used the same method of varying trees on the outer edges of this vignette, but kept them closer to the mirror, instead of spreading them out to the ends of the the buffet.
Whatever surface you are decorating, I would keep these things in mind. Remember to add different heights. Layer,Layer, Layer! This is your best friend when it comes to adding depth and dimension to a vignette. And even though I try to keep things in groups of three, something it ends up being five, sometimes even four. Always take a step back and look for the empty spaces, but don’t overfill! I hope you feel inspired to create a little Christmas vignette of your own!
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