Do you ever wonder what your house would say if it could speak? The moments we create within our homes are what I believe to be full expressions of who we are. How does that sound to you? I don’t know about you guys but I could spend all day pottering around my house creating moments and stories with items I cherish and carry meaning in my life. I have come to appreciate the power of story, the kind with no words. If you can, take a moment to look around your space and witness a moment you have created with some of your favorite things, flowers, crystals, books or whatever you love. Do you notice how the scene has a certain personality to it? As I walk around my living room I can see at least five vignettes that are real conversation starters. It is my belief every vignette has a voice waiting to be heard.
The Voice of a Vignette came to me one day when I was arranging my coffee table and suddenly realized the “moment” I was creating was telling a story about who I am. What did these material items say about my life, what meaning did my little Jonathan Adler horse carry for me? It was more than a horse; it was symbolic of a memory and a beautiful reminder to always move into noble position. The books held endless stories of inspiration, which eventually lead me to an idea, or concept I hadn’t thought of before. The vignette I had created held meaning, and I am curious to know how others style their items and create scenes around their space.
The concept: Each month I will ask a blogger or designer to create a vignette in their home, photograph it and share what meaning it holds for them. The Voice of a Vignette is a story about a scene which reflects who we are, what we cherish and how we live authentically.
The intention: The Voice of a Vignette takes a deeper look into what we create and why. I know for me, a beautifully styled sideboard is more than just something that looks amazing; it reveals who I am. As always, I am looking and searching for the deeper meaning in everything I do and it doesn’t stop with interior design.
This afternoon I created a little scene in my living room to kick off this new series! The pale pink tropical orchid carried the main inspirational vibe, keeping this moment simple and approachable. The vignette above truly reveals a lot about me and how I live my life. As a lover of nature, I appreciate the earth’s gifts so the amethyst and quartz crystals are wonderful expressions of life. Candles are essential in my space, I always enjoy taking several moments a day to savor the fragrance that surrounds me. The wooden bowl was a gift from my architect who hand turned this little gem out of a tree he removed from a project we worked on together. I was so sad the day he told me he was going to have to cut down the giant walnut tree, but it was dying and it had to be taken care of in a special way. I love how a memory can be kept alive by a material item, don’t you? The tiny Jonathan Adler elephant is just the sweetest trinket ever, and he reminds me to always help others carry weight when they cannot do it alone. I dedicate this tiny guy to any friend who is suffering or going through a painful passage and every time I walk by him I send the loved one healing thoughts.
I feel this mini moment reveals a story of a simplicity, an approach to life which adds more love and compassion into the world.
I am amazed at how much a vignette can say about me, my life and my journey. Over the next two months, I look forward to sharing two incredibly talented women with you for the April and May editions. Be prepared to enter meaningful moments created with love and fabulous style!
Have a wonderful day,