Vignette With Opposites

decorating with opposites

I’m slowly putting things up on the walls of The Barn. I feel like our house can finally settle into whatever it needs to be for our family, because I’ve got this fun barn that’s kind of a grown up playhouse where I get to make even more holes in the walls and hang whatever I want.

These lacy dishes and silver deer head are examples of a few investment pieces that I hope will be around for years and years to come. They, along with the pillows tossed on the 10-year-old sofa that sits under the wall hangings, are some of the few new things we have for The Barn.


I’m a big believer in keeping things around for as long as you can get life out of them, especially expensive things like sofas and rugs and beds. From time to time I splurge on some interesting, unique beauty that I’m convinced adds to the story our spaces are telling. Then I like to use pillows and DIY art work and thrifted finds in all sorts of colors, patterns and textures to finish it off in any style I feel like.

That’s why I like white walls and neutral furniture, because I can add in some pink and yellow (like I did yesterday with this book page hanging fixture I already had) or I can change it all to neutrals and blues without having to buy all new furniture. Just switch out my $10 and $20 pillows. But I digress….

working with oppoisites

So I have this new HEAVY deer head and these gorgeous plates from The LoveFeast Shop. And when I first fell in love with these I didn’t dream I’d put them together on the same wall in the same grouping. They simply didn’t relate. They were not super friendly with each other and they didn’t have a lot in common:

  • The deer head is shiny and metal and tailored and slightly masculine.
  • The plates are handmade, imperfect, various shades of bone, blue and aqua, they have lace imprints.

Enter the pom & tassel garland. He’s not just for looks, he’s a liaison, a diplomat if you will.

This unassuming pom & tassel garland hangs out with the deer head and tones down his superior attitude, but it’s also friends with the plates in his rustic, charming ways and says, ‘hey ladies, you can come over and play with the deer too, he won’t hurt you, trust me.’  The colors in the plates work with the colors in the garland, the warmth and handmade feel of both makes them a believable pair.

So the three of them {plates, garland, & deer} all get along fine now for me on this wall because they are all involved in the same conversation even though two of them don’t have much in common, the third fella is the extroverted life of the party and keeps them all together.

Is anyone still with me? Please tell me that you also know that the plates are girls and the deer is a boy and I’m not sure about the garland? Because if you think the plates are boys I’m not sure we can still be friends.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite things from the LoveFeast Shop…

favorite things


Owners Chris Ann & Kristen are generously giving away a $200 gift card to the LoveFeast Shop. Just leave a comment to enter to win! GIVEAWAY CLOSED – the winner announced here.



  1. Love their shop!

  2. Hmmm…it is hard to pick a favorite thing from the site, so I will have to pick a few. I especially love the pillows, the canvas bags, and the marquee letters. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. What a great shop!

  4. oh man, those dishes are amazing! i’m wiping up my drool as I type.

  5. Love the deer head and plates. Looks great!

  6. Catherine Gorman says

    I LOVE that deer head! I’ve been searching for one that color or a glossy white color [that’s also affordable] for a while now!! So cute!

  7. Emily Cross says

    I LOVE those dishes!!!

  8. Their products are so beautiful… it’s a treat just to view the products online.
    It encourages me to be intentional about what I want my home to look AND feel like.

  9. They have such great stuff! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Love the deer head.

  11. um, yes please. I’m pretty much obsessed with everything deer-related lately….to the point that when I went to Marshalls this weekend and freaked out over all the deer statues, my husband was finally like “ok, *what* is with you and deer?” ha. Nothing! I just want all of them to fill my house.

  12. So glad you posted this! What a fantastic store. $200 gift card would be a dream!

  13. those plates are so unique. i’ve never seen anything like them!

  14. I love these dishes!! Would love to hang them on my wall!

  15. Sure hope this is open for Canadians… because I love their look!

  16. Beth Crawford says

    I am in love with that deer!

  17. Very nice! I love their Dexter desk! Looks like the perfect size for an office space in our bedroom.

  18. What an awesome shop (and giveaway, thanks!). I love everything – though that “Hello Beautiful” doormat would be such a sweet greeting every day wouldn’t it? :)

  19. Kelle Nahas says

    Great shop with unique items! Love the American History Nesting dolls!

  20. Thanks! I recently moved into a new home and found lots of inspiring design elements on the LoveFeast Shop.

  21. what an amazing shop!

  22. Yes, the plates are definitely girls!

  23. I love the “hello beautiful” door mat.

  24. Michaela Hoenigman says

    How divine.

  25. Loving the inspiration!

  26. Those lights are gorgeous!

  27. wow, those dishes are so beautiful!

  28. Man, I love those Marquee Letters!

  29. Had to go check out their website after seeing those gorgeous plates! I love how they have handmade plates in so many different pretty colors!

  30. Oh, I am so head-over-heels in love with those plates. And they can absolutely be ladies– gossiping about bowls, flirting with the deer…

  31. Erin Kessler says

    I have always loved their velvet pumpkins. Every year I see them and want to buy them all. Hopefully soon I can start a collection.

  32. Love all of it, but especially the plates!

  33. i love those plates!

  34. Great ideas for Christmas (or any time) here! Thanks for the introduction.

  35. Love the deer head. Anything shiny and I am in!

  36. I love their art!

  37. Ashleigh hall says

    OH MY HEAVENS!! You are so much fun to learn from!! I love your vignette! I also love LOVE FEAST!! That deer head has been on my wish list.. and now it’s even on sale!! That gift card would cover it! :) Thank you, as always, for such attainable, beautiful ideas!

  38. Love this shop, the reindeer head is fantastic!

  39. I’ve been stalking the beauty of the LoveFeast Shop for some time now. love the lace plates and of course, the pumpkins!!

  40. I love, love, love the blue with the white. And with the light brown. Perfect balance, peace and rest.