DIGEST DESIGN VI: Vignettes by Vicas

Photo by M.S Vicas Interiors
Large cocktail table-African objects from the clients' travel add interest while a tall vase with dramatic ferns provide height
Large cocktail table-African objects from the clients' travel add interest while a tall vase with dramatic ferns provide height

Storied still life. Curated. Whimsical. Personal. 

Alcoves are always difficult to furnish. We took a limestone table and styled it with art books, cherished objects and a lamp and plant. (Photo by: M.S Vicas Interiors) Alcoves are always difficult to furnish. We took a limestone table and styled it with art books, cherished objects and a lamp and plant.

Foyer table, fireplace mantle, bookcase, dresser, countertop, coffee table, credenza or end table. A vignette is a cluster of decorative objects on any flat surface, large or small, in your home.

A collection of antique photographs calls for simple accents on the chest. A statue in a similar color adds a sculptural element while a glass lamp anchors the other side of the space. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) A collection of antique photographs calls for simple accents on the chest. A statue in a similar color adds a sculptural element while a glass lamp anchors the other side of the space.

With the help of a good designer, accessories you love are turned into stylish, meaningful arrangements. 

Restrained elegant boxes with rivets have enough presence to stand up to the orange velvet sofa. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) Restrained elegant boxes with rivets have enough presence to stand up to the orange velvet sofa.

Martha Vicas shares her approach to curating her clients’ collections.

A dark bookshelf is styled with all white objects of different shapes, sizes and textures. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) A dark bookshelf is styled with all white objects of different shapes, sizes and textures.

Design principles apply here. Harmony of textures and shapes. Height and depth. Empty space. Symmetry and asymmetry. Balance. Texture. Lighting. Edit, edit again.

What better way to style this prosciutto slicer in a restaurant van with food and dishes? (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) What better way to style this prosciutto slicer in a restaurant van with food and dishes?

When the surface is backed by a wall, the wall directly behind the display becomes part of the background. Framed art, clocks, and mirrors enhance or anchor your arrangement.

A limestone foyer table with a practical mirror and lamp, while a restrained grouping of favorite objects completes the vignette. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) A limestone foyer table with a practical mirror and lamp, while a restrained grouping of favorite objects completes the vignette.

Think in all three dimensions for the most visual interest when creating a vignette on furniture in the middle of the room.

Colorful brightly colored books turn a neutral office into a whimsical, fun area. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) Colorful brightly colored books turn a neutral office into a whimsical, fun area.

A well-designed vignette shares a harmonious aesthetic that reflects your personality or lifestyle.

Antique chest simply styled with dressy lamps and a vase with branches. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) Antique chest simply styled with dressy lamps and a vase with branches.