Friday, July 15, 2011


Before blogging, the only time I thought about texture was in relation to food or fabrics. Texture in photos or vignettes? Not so much...well, to be honest...rarely.
I'm really a color and pattern driven person, but
I wanted to give the entertainment center a more summer look, so I decided to put together a learning (for me) vignette, using only things I already had around the house, and concentrating on contrasts in texture.

OK... are you bored to tears yet? 
                    Well, here's how it finally turned out.

This is the left side of the entertainment center.

Not a lot of texture here, just the pine cones with a bit of Spanish moss which you can't see under them.

Since the books were mostly red, I turned them around so the texture of the pages would show. I would have preferred more neutral color books, but this is what I had so I went with it.

The basket and coral provide the texture here.

OK... on to the right side of the entertaiment center.

Faux hydrangea from an old wreath and two books to elevate them are the texture well as the stems on the faux apples.

The center section has a lidded basket that holds napkins for when we "dine" on the coffee table.

I like the color and texture of these old books with their pages showing.  The books ends have been painted several times. I can't decide what color to keep them but for now they'll stay white. I can't decide about the clock in the first photo. Should I leave it or not?
If y'all have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

This was definitely a learning exercise for me, and actually  took me longer than I would have liked, since I didn't have a lot to work with...but, at least now I have something new on the shelves.

For those of you who are still awake   :)... thanks for stopping by.  I always enjoy your visits.
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Richard Cottrell said...

It was a great summer look. Very soft and white. You done good. Richard at My Old Historic House

Kim said...

Love your beautiful textured vignettes Babs! And what amazing pictures you take! I have a good camera but still can't seem to take good pix.

Laura said...

I LOVE what you did!
Switching the books around was a great idea.

I am now inspired-

White Spray Paint

Haven said...

I really like it, too! I probably do vignettes, but have never thought of them that way. Hmmm...always new ideas!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looks great, Babs. I love the book pages facing front. Such great texture there and it is different. I think I might try putting the clock up on the top shelf in place of the bowl of apples and see how it looks. Just a thought.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Your Summer look is wonderful~ I love it and those books backwards are perfect!! I host a decorating party on the weekends if you would like to join in sometime! :)

Marigene said...

You have lots of texture there, Babs...I never thought to turn the books so the pages form another layer.
Have a great weekend!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Love it all Babs!
I like how you turned the books around and lightened it up for the summer.
Everything looks perfect.
Wouldn't change a thing!

Patti said...

what a nice post. I've never thought about texture in a vignette. Thanks for sharing your very pretty picts.

On Crooked Creek said...

Believe it or not...I'm planning on attempting changes in the entertainment unit in the living room in the morning! Did you do this just for me??? I, honestly, think you did!!! I adore the clock...please keep it there! We've had the same look in the entertainment unit for 9 years. Wish me luck! Thanks for letting me know that not only can change be accomplished...but it can be a "good thing"!

Donna, The Decorated House said...

The fun of having display shelves is doing just this.... playing with them and finding new ways to use all our stuff! I too love how you turn the pages out for a difference color and texture. How pretty!
Thanks for stopping by.

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Meredith said...

thanks for your sweet comment! If you lived close, I'd give you a jar!! I love the ironstone pitcher with the hydrangea next to it. That subtle green is just beautiful against all the white and wood...very pretty. I don't think you can ever go wrong with a classic like ironstone!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I am so impressed...I love these. They are so balanced. The book ends are incredible and turning the books around is a great idea. I recently saw a blog post where they made custom book covers for all of their books. They were all white with matching titles. It was really beautiful but a huge project. I pinned these for future inspiration! Have a great weekend. Oh and I think the clock should stay. :o)

Turquoise and Trine said...

You did a great job! I love the old books and how you turned them around to see the pages. I like the clock there too. The book ends look great in white! It's a nice fresh look for the summer.

Lori : )
Thrifty Decor Mom

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How pretty, Babs! I especially like the way you turned the books around! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Sarah said...

Babs, these vignettes look fabulous. I like the combination of crisp white, soft greens, and the natural reeds. The textures work well together. Want to come redo my shelves? ~ Sarah

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Hi Babs, you have created a beautiful vignette. I simply loved how you kept the color theme monochromatic with hints of apple summery! And my favorite part are the books.. loved how you turned them around so the texture of the pages add so much visual effect... never thought about using books in a vignette like this... thanks so much for sharing this lovely summery vignette with us and for your loving comment on my shelf project. Enjoyed reading it. I like the clock in this vignette... it goes so well with the books and all the other accessories... and your pineapple bookends are gorgeous. Happy Sunday to you!~Poppy

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

Babs that is beautiful I love the texture. You put together a gorgous vignette.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Babs! Just dropping back by to invite your kitties to Baby Kitty's birthday party on Friday! I know they enjoy being outside...but perhaps they will allow a few photos and you can tell their story, since I think what you and your hubby do for them is so wonderful! Happy week!...hugs..Debbie

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I am loving your summer look Babs! The display on your shelves are perfect and look so pretty! Martina