3 Steps to a Creative Side Table Vignette

Kim Morgan: Tidbits & Twine - Discover, a blog by World Market


Hi! I’m Kim from Tidbits&Twine and I am so excited to be guest posting here today to talk about creating vignettes in your home.

In decorating terms, a vignette is a small grouping of objects that create their own scene within a room. Imagine zooming in with a camera to take a picture of just a nightstand, or a few shelves on a bookcase, or even a portion of a side table, and being able to see a complete design within the view finder that gives you a clue as to what the larger picture looks like.

A vignette should always reflect your personality. It’s also a great way to show off a collection since collections always make the biggest impact when they are grouped together. So today, let’s talk about creating a vignette on a side table and take a look at some fun accessories I found!

TIDBITS & TWINE How to Create a Side Table Vignette


I believe that anything you use in your home should reflect your style, personality, and taste – after all, your home is a representation of you. And as you can see from the great accessories I selected, I have a love of lenses!

TIDBITS & TWINE World Market Side Table Accessories


When shopping for accessories, never limit yourself to using an item solely for its intended purpose. You’ll get a bigger bang for your buck if you can use the things you buy a variety of purposes and in multiple areas of your home. The items I’ve selected above might be intended for use in an office and in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use them elsewhere.

TIDBITS & TWINE Side Table Vignette


Step 1

Always start with an anchor object, like a large Glass Cloche. A cloche, or bell jar as they are sometimes known, helps to make any ordinary object into a display. And you can easily swap out your display item depending on your mood or the season, so they are very versatile. Here I’ve used a stack of vintage books with opera glasses displayed on the top. This great Tortoise Handle Magnifying Glass completes the cloche display.

TIDBITS & TWINE Large Class Cloch Book Display


Step 2

Once the anchor is in place, it’s time to start adding layers to the grouping. I added this Magnifying Glass on a Stand because it fits with my love of lenses and has a great, unique shape!

TIDBITS & TWINE World Market Magnifying Glass on a Stand


I also added a second, smaller glass cloche filled with vintage pages rolled up and tied with twine. The second cloche display coordinates with the first but without being matchy-matchy.

TIDBITS & TWINE Vintage Paper Small Cloche Display


Step 3

As a final step, to keep the vignette feeling natural and less manufactured, add at least one organic item to the grouping. This could be a light source (candle or lamp), flowers, a plant, or even seashells. Here, I’ve used a Maidenhair Fern and I’m using the base of the Ceramic Sugar Bowl as a small pot because I love how the curving shape of the bowl picks up on the curves of the cloches. And since my goal was to display a collection, I added one more Mini Wood and Brass Magnifying Glass.

TIDBITS & TWINE Maidenhair Fern Sugar Bowl Display


Once you have all of your items, it’s just a matter of arranging them so that you like how they look! For me, this is just a small moment in the room that reflects my love of books and lenses. Everything is grouped together, so the vignette looks tidier and more organized than if I had my collection spread out throughout the space.

TIDBITS & TWINE World Market Side Table Display


Creating a vignette in your home is just a fun way of showing off your personality and giving the eye a spot to focus. Always be sure to shop for what you love and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to how you use something.

So now you’re ready to create your own vignette! What items will you choose?

Magnifying Glass on Stand Magnifying Glass on Stand 29.99 Glass Cloche Glass Cloche 19.99 - 24.99 Mini Wood and Brass Magnifying Glass Mini Wood and Brass Magnifying Glass 5.99 Ceramic Sugar Bowl Ceramic Sugar Bowl 3.99


  • Johanne Christmas

    Great job! 2nd hand stores have lots of printed stuff that works great for “pages & twine.” And if you put a few coats of clear varnish on one side of a throw-away-book, you have a great water ressistant barrier between those pots & vases that like to sweat & your end table… Another way to avoid water marks… Smile Johanne C.

  • neisiusjm@att.net

    Where did yu get the vintage scrolls? Just love them.

  • Carol G

    Absolutely love what you’ve done! Will you come give my home some vignettes?! It copycatting OK? Best to you and your creativity–

  • Lisa Williams

    Love it! This is beautiful and now i want to change my side tables too! Where do you find your vintage scrolls from?

  • Kamini Raghavan

    Love it. Just beautiful. I want to know how you got the scrolls to stand up inside the cloche? Did you arrange them in the upside down cloche and then invert it? But then wouldn’t they have fallen out? Mystified. 🙂

    • Kim {Tidbits&Twine}

      Hi Kamini – You are correct! I held the cloche upside down and placed the scrolls inside. Then with one hand holding the top and the other hand spread out across the bottom (to hold the scrolls in), I slowly turned it right-side up on the table. I put one side of the cloche down first and then with the side that was still slightly up, I pushed any scrolls that were falling back into place. They aren’t all perfectly straight up and down – some are a bit tipped – but that’s okay with me. I also think that it helped that I had so many stuffed inside because there isn’t a lot of room for them to wobble about inside. 🙂

      I hope that answers your question!

      – Kim {Tidbits&Twine}

    • Barbara

      A sheet of cardboard (thin, like a cereal box) placed over the filled, upside-down cloche might be a little easier to manage than trying to hold them all with your hand. Turn right side up, slide the cardboard out, & voila, done! A pretty round tray would work as well.

  • Gretchen

    Looks great!

  • Gee

    Luv it Kim ! But then, you know I luv your style. In the process of redoing mid Winter to Spring and this is a wonderful inspiration. Thanks!
    Big hugs, Gee

  • Tamara

    Interesting and beautiful! Thank you for the tricks and tips! Much appreciated!

  • Karen B.

    What a great vignette. I like the tips you’ve shared and the way you’ve pulled your selection together. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next week.

  • CoCo

    this is so beautiful! love your style!

  • Patty

    Love it! A side table has always been a mystery to me, so your advice today is quite timely!


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