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How To Create Your Vignette of Curiosities or “Cabinet de Curiosités” as They Call It in France

 

 

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Have you ever wanted to create a « cabinet de curiosités » or vignette of curiosities?

I’m going to give you some tips on which objects to us and where to place them.

At the end I’ll give you a little special tip!

 

Don’t be afraid of taking the « extravagant » route because the stranger the better, you have to draw attention with one-of-a-kind objects.

#1 Choose where in your home you want to create your vignette

It could be :

  • On the steps of your staircae,
  • In a little armoire,
  • On a table ,
  • On a mantle, etc.

#2 What kind of objects :

  • Butterflies (framed, real or faux)
  • Birds (porcelain, etc.)
  • Globes,
  • Small frames for small photos,
  • A cute lamp,
  • Small vases,
  • Statuettes,
  • Gold objects (letter opener, metal fruit…)
  • Objects made of wire
  • Antique jewelry,
  • Feathers, etc.

#3 Where to find them 

Start by searching for treasures in your attic or garden shed, sometimes we forget we have things😉

  • Flea markets are great,
  • If you can’t find that last object than check your favorite shop and buy something new.

 #4 The backdrop

Very important for obtaining that « cabinet de curiosités » look, paint the interior of your cabinet or your table in a dark tone, black or dark grey are usually the preferred tones. It’ll make your objects pop!

 

#4 How to place your items

  • Make sure your squeeze them together, things look better when there aren’t big gaps of space in between them,
  • Put the tall objects in the back (of course) and then the other ones in front.

 

SPECIAL TIP :

Place an orchid or any other plant in your vignette, it’ll immediately bring it to life !

 

 A bientôt mes  Deco J’adore Décorateurs !

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Welcome to Deco J’adore, I’m Catherine, lover of interior decorating. My philosophy is “To decorate is to beautify your life”. I have bohemian style influences from Southern California as well as French romantic influences from Europe. I want to help others decorate, create their home sweet home, without spending a whole lot of money… More about me

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