Sunday, 14 November 2010

Weekend Arrangements & Tidbits


I spent my entire weekend pottering and arranging things. I recently read a comment on a blog post from a reader saying how tired they were of vignettes. I can actually see where they are coming from as there really has been alot of vignette talk of late but I must say I personally could never tire of creating vignettes. It's so relaxing and almost therapeutic for me arranging flowers and vases and family treasured bits and pieces on tables in my home.



Going out into my garden early on Saturday morning was a real treat. I took my secateurs and went to work cutting some beautiful foliage from some of the tress in my garden which I arranged in vases for the house.



Over the weekend the boys and I visited my cousin Ben and his gorgeous fiance Phoebe as they moved into their beautiful new apartment yesterday. I went to work immediately helping them with a few bits for their new home. We quickly sorted out a furniture placement plan and then went down to Black & Spiro and collected a few things to pretty up the space. They have a moraya hedge in their courtyard so we cut some and arranged it in a vase which we placed in a vignette on a table in their lounge room.





It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful cushions, a few accessory pieces and lamps can make such a huge improvement.



As we left the apartment this afternoon my Aunty Jane {Ben's mum} handed me this AMAZING book. She picked it up this morning for me. It was the perfect gift. She knows how much I am enjoying my garden and this book certainly is right up my alley as it showcases so many beautiful gardens in the same style as mine...well, the same style I hope my garden will be one day!!

I had such a great weekend. I hope you all had a great weekend too...
xo
Anna

32 comments:

hello*lucky*holly said...

Viva la vignette!

Posie Patchwork said...

That book looks incredible, we're looking at buying land, building & starting a farm, so kind of perfect for our planning. I just want to find bushes which snakes don't like, kind of terrified of them. Love Posie

Carolyn said...

I will never tire of seeing lovely vignettes. Love the cushions you guys chose for your cousin's bed. I am waiting to update my couches and then I am doing a Black & Spiro cushion run.

Love your place too - did you end up painting the whole place white inside ?

Happy Sunday
Carolyn

Natasha said...

This was a lovely post Anna. I too have found myself pottering around this weekend and ended up here, as I always do when I need inspiration! I felt so good after creating some pretty tablescapes and vignettes because I didn't have to spend a cent in the process. I just used bit and pieces from around our home and prettied everything up with some hydrangea cuttings from the garden.

I hope you enjoy reading that lovely new book and I look forward to seeing some more of your Christmas posts soon too!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Faux Fuchsia said...

I've missed all this talk of vignettes being in down town Brittany in France and all but I for one am never going to stop creating attractive pockets of pretty things on surfaces. It's the Australia way. Plus it's calorie free and soothing. What's the harm? See you for dinner on Saturday xxxx PS love it that you are gardening x

pve design said...

I could follow you around whilst you create your beautiful vignettes trying to honor each one with a painting! I adore each and every one!
Now you must create some in your garden. That book looks amazing from your Aunty Jen.
pve

Mahala said...

Anna, I adore vignettes. Put as many up on your blog as you wish. You are so creative with them and I love getting inspiration from you. I am constantly rearranging mine, adding and subtracting as my whim or the season changes. I love the idea of a constantly evolving interior space. I so wish I lived in Brisbane! I would be the proud inhabitant of an Anna Spiro designed interior.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I love the look of big green branches in simple clear vases. Sadly, not much green to be found at this time of year where I am in Canada:( Yours look gorgeous!! And PS, still adoring your pink chair and white brick!!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

I love your little vignettes! Keep them coming!

annechovie said...

Personally, I never tire of your vignettes, Anna. Your garden cuttings are a perfect addition as well. Love your style! xx

annechovie said...

Personally, I never tire of your vignettes, Anna. Your garden cuttings are a perfect addition as well. Love your style! xx

Debra said...

Don't ever stop styling your vignettes. Those bits of creativity make me happy and excited. Maybe it's my many years in home decor retail, but I just love them!!!

Ivy Lane said...

Wonderful post! I also love creating vignettes and changing my tablescapes often... It is important to "see" all the things that make one happy...or remind them of people and places they love..

I hope to get out in the yard today... the leaves have almost all fallen... time to tidy up the garden beds for the winter.... then back in to sit by the fire....

Enjoy your day!

Karena said...

Anna, I love that pink chair. Vignettes can be so lovely. I usually keep them to just three or four speical pieces and as to not creat a sensory overload!

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Tera Little said...

what a great way to spend the weekend! and i totally get the soothing quality of plumping and arranging. your

your cousin ben and his fiance are lucky to have your artistic eye helping them out!

I Dream Of said...

Anna, I love your vingettes! You inspire me to putter around my own house, see my well-loved objects in a different light, find a few interesting shapes in my garden and create something new. Thanks! Plus, I am now completely OBSESSED wish that glorious pink chair. Wonder how I could get something similar past my husband : - )!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Feeling a tiny bit envious of Ben and Phoebe and never tire of your work.

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nilda said...

Quanto bom gosto !
Amei seu blog e até tirei algumas ideias.
Beijoca Nilda.
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Francine Gardner said...

I am yet to visit Australia and love gardening. this book will be just a perfect read for our winter evenings.

Karen said...

Don't eliminate your vignettes,they are always inspiring!

C'est Moi: Mak said...

Cute and simple ideas! Xoxo

Mystery Bruises said...

what a beautiful home, i love that pink chair!
xx
www.mysterybruises.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

I can see that reader's point about vignettes, but yours never look tired. I get sick of seeing the overwrought vignettes that don't look like they could fit in a real home but your arrangements are always fresh and fun and functional!

the gardeners cottage said...

hi anna,

ben's fiance is one lucky gal! but i'm sure she knows that. vignettes done right are gorgeous to look at. that's why i'm always here!

~janet

LetterLove Designs said...

Ditto to what everyone said about vignettes - I love them.

daily cup of couture said...

LOVING that hot pink chair!

xo,
dCc

drey said...

my mother in law and i drooled over every single page in that book a month ago at Borders! i really want it for myself too!!!

Nina Maya said...

I know exactly what you mean! How good is pottering around the house re arranging things!
i did exactly that this weekend!

check out my blog pics
http://ninamayablog.blogspot.com/2010/11/home-reno-day-its-all-in-little-details.html

would love to get your thoughts!

Nina xx
www.ninamaya.com

annie said...

I adore your vignettes! I love seeing the things you put together with your beautiful fresh arrangements.

On another note... a moment ago I spotted these incredible custom very colorful lamp shades on a black and white covered table and thought of your blog...and then noticed they were from Black & Spiro!

Elise said...

I came across your post this afternoon while browsing interior design blogs and the topic of window treatment selection was very interesting to me. It is true that you must dress your windows appropriately to bring out their true beauty. And you can do this with vignettes and little trinkets here and there. Thank you for writing and as a special thanks to you and your readers, I would like to offer a 20% off coupon using this code upon checkout: BLG20.

la la Lovely said...

Love you're vignettes... keep them coming, please!
xo