Vignette With What Surrounds You

autumn in the barn A $15 thrifted table I found years ago with fresh knobs, the butternut squash we were supposed to eat along with another shapely thing. A green glass container that was made to hold beverages but the spout had broken off so it was on clearance for $8 at HomeGoods. If I need it to hold water for fresh branches, I put a cork in the little hole in the side. And of course, the star of the show–the branchful of dead leaves. Is this my favorite style if we were filthy rich and there was nothing better to do with my money than spend it on things for our home? Probably not. But for this, I like it SO MUCH better than an empty space. In our haste to finish the barn I now realize we forgot to trim out the edge between the wall and the floor. For now, the pretty vignette acts as a sort of arrow. And since this is our barn/gathering space and not our house where we live, I don’t use my dearest things like family photos and such. But I still want it to be pretty. 31 long the nesting place book


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  1. baileywife@Irishmanacres says

    Nester, I had intentions of joining in for 31 Days, but we are facing the biggest tragedy our family has seen and tomorrow we will be burying our BEAUTIFUL nephew. I, however, in the midst of this nightmare still look forward to these morning posts….for a glimpse of some beauty and maybe think of something else if even for a minute. So, thanks for being YOU!! ~Kim

  2. Two people who make dead things beautiful. Jesus and the Nester.

  3. That arrow is working because I didn’t even notice the trim! Really looking forward to the next 30 Days! Thanks for being yourself :-)

  4. Love it! I forget that I can just go grab whatevs from outside and throw it in a nice jar. Free, seasonal, and pretty. Can’t beat that :).

  5. I need to go cut some leaves, this looks fabulous.

  6. I didn’t notice the trim until someone mentioned it in the comments! Hello, arrow! I have got to get on the arrows in the house, ha! Looks great, Nester! :-)

  7. I love it and your series concept. I do have a 4 month old and a 21 month old and would love to see if you have ideas on how to make little kid friendly vignettes?

  8. I just love this. Mostly, I love that it simply exhales “peace.” It makes my heart smile and think about the beauty of fall beyond the garish orange of fall’s past. ;)

  9. I would have never thought of bringing a dead tree branch in my home but t looks so awesome!! Totally stealing the idea.

  10. I thought the trim was ‘on purpose’ so I thought to myself…..I should leave me somewhat unfinished. It looks good!

  11. I am certainly looking forward to the inspiration to be found here in your 31 Days series! I have plenty of fall items hanging around inside and out to make this happen.

    This was going to be the year I was going to dive in. I lost my mind when I forgot about the wedding of a certain son mid-October. I’ll read as many as I can and hope to be able to say I’m in next year.

  12. I’m with the other Jennifer, i have a busy, busy two year old and 14 year old. I need help with masking things kid proof. Right now everything we own is up high or behind locked doors. We are trying to sell our house but are having real issues with staging and little busy hands. Please help a mama out.

  13. I love the idea of vignettes and using what you have – even dead leaves!
    Looking forward to your posts!

  14. Love that table! $15, eh? Even better.

  15. Loved all the Vignettes you had around your barn! It was so lovely to see it in person at the Writers event. I actually made my little (tiny) entry table look more Vignette-y this week – using stuff tucked away here and there. Love the way you inspire us! On weekends for #write31days, I’m featuring blogs that I have enjoyed reading. I thought it only fitting to start with yours on this weekends list sine you are our hostess – hoping to get all my friends hooked on your Vignettes too!

  16. Hi Nester,
    I just realized that I am not getting all of your posts on my e-mail? I actually thought that you were taking a break and the I got the one about the progress in your barn.
    Other thing, one link for(in)courage On Noticing, Horseflies & Seasons actually takes you to the link of the 35 questions you answered to a blogger. But, it was a happy mistake because it was fun to read them and see that You too played with barbies, and you were decorating their house more than playing with them, me too haha!!!
    Ok that’s all for now.
    Thank you I love reading your posts!!

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