Guest post: Her Library Adventures

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

* Today I am thrilled to have my first ever guest blogger! Sophie's blog, Her Library Adventures, is a fellow Australian blog about design, crafting, thrifting and more. Be sure to head on over and say hi. And while you're there, check out her new studio. I am so jealous!

Hi there This Little Port readers, it’s Sophie from Her Library Adventures, dropping by today to share a little guest post with you. I’m so excited to be able to share a ‘how to’ about two of my favourite pastimes, styling and thrifting. I just love all things second hand and but sometimes I would get home after a thrifting adventure and wonder where I’m going to store my latest finds.

My solution is to create ever changing vignettes in my little cottage, curated with love, to display my finds. So today I thought I’d share with you, how you can create your own little vignette from almost any bits and pieces you have around your home.

First begin with a space, I like to use a white chair I found second hand. It’s easy to move around my cottage and provides a neutral space to work with. A mantel place, sideboard or bookshelf are lovely spots too.

Second, search your home for inspiring bits and pieces, sometimes I incorporate new or found objects, but like today’s vignette I love to create displays from my thrifted finds. I often work with a colour palette or theme; in the case I’ve done both. I’ve chosen a vintage sewing theme and worked in colourful tones, including yellow, pink and green. Choosing a theme makes it easier to bring the vignette together and also creates a lovely display for things you love. My tips here are to choose a variety of objects based on colour and texture and to be a little adventurous. It’s amazing what the unusual items that can work together.

I like to lay out the pieces I’ve chosen to see how they will work together. My sweet cat Olive always loves to check out what I’m up to.

Next comes my favourite part, styling. Here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way. Try to work in odd numbers and differing heights. It often helps to have a tall item and a few smaller ones clustered together. It’s a little bit like a jigsaw puzzle, just play round until you are happy. One of my favourite highlights, is to add a vintage image in the background. The one I’ve chosen for this vignette is from a 1970’s tapestry pattern book. Having an image or text can bring your vignette together and also be a bit of fun. I also love to add a few small items, like buttons, keys or stones, they may not be seen from a distance but they are sure to be noticed by curious passers-by.

So there you have it, a thrifted vignette. Changed it weekly, daily or whenever you find something wonderful at your local thrift store. For more inspiration check out some wonderful design blogs like Decor8 and Design*Sponge.

I do hope you are having a lovely creative week! Thanks so much to Gaby for having me over at her lovely blog.



  1. wow thanks for sharing your tips and hints. I have became enamored with Vignette's of late and this was a great way to explain how to create one to show off thrifting finds and treasures from around the home.

  2. oh there are some great tips in that blog, thank you Sophie!♥

  3. Lovely - I'll have to put a bit more into my thrifty showoffery now.

  4. lovely! this is so beautiful!

  5. Some great tips. Beautiful Sophie.


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