September 14, 2010

Vignettes Are The New Black

All Images: Agent Bauer

I actually just broke my own rule, which was to never say that anything was the new black. Yet it's true. Whether you're perusing glossies or blogs, design vignettes are all the rage and we're beginning to see the trend popping up in real life homes, as well.

I'm a bit at ends with this idea, to be truthful. Vignettes were once created and utilized by stylists to make rooms look more lived-in, more believable. It seems very few homes actually employed the concept of vignettes, simply because you guys — that is a LOT of stuff to dust.

Even so, with more inspiration than ever, we, as a society in love with imitation, are beginning to copy the looks of our favorite design mags. And I'm scared. Do I need to collect 150 antique mirrors now? Shall I keep my Czech glass necklaces hanging on the wall? Eh.

On one hand, the look is beautiful and I love the idea of surrounding myself with things I love.

On the other hand? Clutter.

I'm far from a minimalist, but I'm just simply not sure if I can wrap my head around displayed collection after displayed collection. I'm scared. And out of Pledge.

What do you think? Am I over-analyzing? (Probably.) Are you infusing vignettes into your home, and are you freaked out about the clutter?

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3 Responses to “Vignettes Are The New Black”

  1. elsewhere. | Design For Mankind Says:
    October 1st, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    [...] me elsewhere!:-What’s In Your Pocket(book)? at Design*Sponge -Vignettes Are The New Black at FLOR -Wash Those Hands: My Bathroom Inspiration Boards at HGTV.com -Inspired by… Fashion! at FLOR [...]

  2. make my day Says:
    October 3rd, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    oooo…what a question! tricky! On the one hand, design vignettes let people create interest for a song, so it appeals because it's so attainable.  BUT yes..clutter!  How do you keep it under control? in my humble opinion it's a matter of if there's too much …it loses the power to interest,  so create that eye catching story…then leave it alone for a few meters so the brain has time to enjoy! just a thought. cheers kari

  3. Julie Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I just have so much stuff that I want to see at all times, old stuff, new stuff, art books, antiques, I just need my inspiration all around on me. Hence every single surface is covered in little artful constructions showcasing my stuff. I don't feel at home without it…Jules