Guest Vignette: Me, You and a Wiener

If you don’t know Bri of Me, You and a Wiener, then my friends you are missing out.  The blog is highly irreverent and highly entertaining  and showcases Bri’s highly awesome design skills.  If you visit for nothing else, go for her hilarious self-drawn cartoons that highlight her various DIY projects, random musings and adventures.

I have come to count on Bri as my dose of reality in the blogosphere.  She never sugar coats and always puts it out there like she sees it which you need at times.  So when I was tinkering with doing a ongoing series of guest posts where I ask other bloggers to photograph and describe a meaningful vignette in their home, I ran it past Bri to gauge her reaction.  Fortunately, she liked the idea; so much so that I convinced her to kick off the series.

Here is Bri’s vignette and her explanation on why she finds it meaningful…..

This is a big ass vignette, that picture in the back of the ocean be San Fran. We took a few trips up there when were still stationed at Beale AFB. I miss Cali a lot so I keep a few pictures around the house that remind me of all the great places  my buddies, Wayne (hubby) and I enjoyed while we were still stationed there.  I’m not one to really have special objects that I treasure (besides my dog tags, because I’m thankful I still have them), what I treasure most are pictures of friends because they serve as good conversation starters when family and friends come to visit. Especially when they are of your best friend who is a dude wearing your weave that you accidentally emailed to the whole base. Bahahahaha

I “heart” Bri’s vignette but absolutely LOVE that the whole vignette was inspired by the small picture on the console table.  Her explanation brings this seating vignette to another level and I can just imagine Bri sitting in the chair, strolling down memory lane right before grabbing the joysticks and kicking your ass in Gears of War 3.

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Vignette Week: Autumn Has Fallen…..

While I have lived in California longer than I have lived anywhere in my life, I still consider myself a Midwest boy.  Today’s vignette exemplifies the dichotomy that this Midwesterner feels living in California……

This vignette reminds me of Autumn (or Fall for most of my Midwest peeps).  The colors are bold and when grouped together remind me of how the trees looked on the back roads leading to my Mom’s home in Greenville, OH.  The tree tops painted the sky with oranges, purples and rusts — and I thought they were the most beautiful things ever.  So when I saw the flowers at the Flower Mart, I was instantly drawn to them.  I placed them in simple earthen vases (Shane Powers collection from West Elm) and they embody what I think is the struggle I have fought my whole life – how do I display the beauty of my talents and not be intimidated by my humble surroundings.  Just like the flowers shine beyond their vases, I am slowly seeing that with patience and hard work my efforts are beginning to blossom and be  noticed.

How have you seen yourself grow and blossom?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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Cocktail Table Vignette

I am slightly obsessed with creating little vignettes all over my house at the moment.  Something about their perfect compositions make me happy.  While I rarely strive for perfection in my overall designs …because let’s be honest as designers, how often have any of us ever settled on the “perfect look”?  At least with vignettes, I feel that I can slice out a little section of life and craft a perfect moment.

Hokey I know, but then I am also the same dude that enjoys Bette Midler and Celine Dion.  But then that could be due to the fact that I am gay.  It’s a point that I will leave to you all to ponder…..

As you debate the merits of my musical tastes, let’s take a look at my cocktail table vignette:


I think I am drawn to this vignette because I am fairly proud of the flower arrangement I created using spray roses I picked up at the grocery store.


The arrangement makes me happy and really isn’t that what design is about?  Speaking of making me happy, this makes me even happier……

Now be honest, if that picture doesn’t make you smile, then I don’t know what will.

Now go forth and be happy…….

Two Bedside Table Vignettes…..

Sometimes I get distracted by very random urges.  For example, I once drove an hour and a half for a pair of boots because they were on sale.  Another time in college, I refolded  every single item of clothing using a piece of cardboard so I could have perfect stacks rather than studying for a final.  Today was no different, when I should have been painting a picture for my install tomorrow, I found myself daydreaming about how to re-accessorize my bedside table.

My bedside table is one of those items in my master bedroom that I want to replace.  They are Ikea Expedit cubes in an espresso finish that we bought 7 years ago when we first moved to California.  They were cheap, simple and went with the college chic decor we had at the time.  Flash forward to the present and we still have those darn things…….

Expedit Shelf Espresso Ikea

It ain’t pretty but it will do until I find a suitable replacement.  However, until that day comes, there is nothing saying that I can’t at least jazz it up right? So rather than painting, I created two tabletop vignettes using items already in the house to see if I could shake things up a bit….

vignette One : Urban Sophisticate

Antique trophy vintage trophy brass lamp brass

The inspiration came from the fact that I bought freesia at my local grocery store.  I put the flowers into a little silver urn which in turn inspired adding in the vintage trophies.  The picture is a reproduction of a picture I have admired for a long while but can’t afford.  Thankfully, a piece of craft paper, a paint pen and 30 minutes can at least give the look sans the cost.

vignette Two: Comical Combo

zebra lamp gorilla picture tulips brass lamp

gorilla

purple tulips ceramic figurine

The partner to the brass lamp I made over this week makes an appearance but with its original zebra print shade.  Since I wanted to do something playful, the zebra print works this context and inspired the rest of the vignette.  The gorilla portrait was something I originally bought for the guest bathroom but never used.  The Asian figurine is a keepsake that I typically have on my desk which holds my paper clips.  As for the flowers, they were plucked from a small bouquet I had in the house.  I thought the purple and yellow combo was odd and perfect for this vignette.  I put them in a small Jonathan Adler vase that I picked up a last year at Antropologie – gotta love their sales!

So two different looks for free….not a bad price tag.  I actually really like the Urban Sophisticate vignette, so much so that I decided to keep it up after the shoot.  Now I just need to reconfigure The Partner’s table to have it coordinate.

Heck, with the new look, I just may be able to live with these bedside tables for a couple more months!  Have you did a little “redecorating” in your home?  Shoot me an email at lifeoutloudmail@gmail.com and share your endeavors or leave a comment with a link to your work!

Okay, now I REALLY need to focus and crank this painting out.  But before I start, I think I may alphabetize my spices…….