A Vignette Inspired By A Beautiful Book, My High-Low Project

I love beautiful home decor books.

I came across this book, “Beautiful” by Mark D. Sikes

while reading a review on it by the lovely ladies of Design Chic.

I ordered this book right away and was totally immersed in the magnificent

rooms and decor featured in his  book.

While reading this book, I  came across a vignette on a skirted table

that I knew I could somewhat replicate on a budget, by actually shopping the house.

So I began to collect those items and I created

a vignette inspired by a Beautiful book,  my High Low project.

Great Room-Vignette-Housepitality Designs

This is the page from the book in which I drew inspiration from.

Book-Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes-Housepitality Designs

When I saw this page, I knew that I had very similar items.

However, I did not have a white lidded box. But I had an old box which was

made of cherry that I did not mind painting!  So I did!!!

Painted White Box-Housepitality Designs

The vignette began with this Chinoiserie crock

which  I filled  with some flowering branches that I had in my stash of silk florals.

Chinoiserie Crock-Housepitality Designs

I tucked the Leah Hurricane by Pottery Barn next to the Chinoiserie crock.

Table vignette-Chinoiserie-Leah Hurricane-Pottery Barn-Housepitality Designs

Beads were placed into the base of the hurricane for added texture and interest.

Leah Hurricane-Beads-Pottery Barn-Housepitality Designs

I did not have a large white urn as shown in the book.

Instead, I used a smaller vintage vase/urn that is marked USA, and

if my memory serves me right, early McCoy pieces were marked USA.

I propped this vase on some vintage books for the added height that I needed.

Vintage McCoy vase-vintage books-Housepitality Designs

To add some additional color and texture to the table,

I placed a blue and white footed bowl and  filled it with beautiful wooden balls.

I purchased these wooden balls when my hubby and I were on vacation in Costa Rica years ago.

 The wood is native to Costa Rica. I not only purchased these wooden balls/spheres,

but also some wonderful necklaces and bracelets that were made of the same wood.

They made great souvenirs and gifts.

Vignette-Vintage Vase-Vintage Books-Blue and White-Housepitality Designs

When browsing my favorite consignment store a few weeks ago,

I found this cute blue and white footed bowl for a bargain!

My initial thought was to use it as a soap dish.

Blue and White footed bowl-Wooden spheres-Housepitality Designs

Here is another view of the table in the book.

I so love the skirted table and I would love to have one in my home . . .

or maybe the future home. I did notice many beautiful skirted tables featured in this book.

Beautiful Book by Mark D. Sikes-Housepitality Designs

Another vignette replicated by a beautiful book,

that so happens to be called “Beautiful”

Isn’t this book cover gorgeous?!  I  have shown it to my hubby

as I LOVE those arched French Doors! I believe I have him smitten by these. 🙂

Beautiful Book by Mark D. Sikes-Housepitality Designs

My “High-Low Project” ….. done! I will have more to come!

Hmmm…this may be the beginning of a blog series for me!

Remember that series on TV? Hosted by HGTV’s Sabrina Soto? The High Low Projects.

Yes, I have been doing the “high-low” projects for years.

In my very young years as a newlywed and a stay at home mom,

my High-Low projects were very low, as in . . . . .

if it did not come the Green Stamp catalog, it did not happen!

Vignette-Chinoiserie-Leah Hurricane-Pottery Barn-White Vintage box-Blue and White-Housepitality Designs

Have a most beautiful day doing the things that bring you Joy!

I will be reading more of the “Beautiful” book that definitely will bring me Joy!

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  1. Perfect vignette just by shopping the house and the box looks great painted white. Good call. Now, I think I may need this book, too. I keep forgetting to order it.
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  2. You definitely have a new blog series already in the works…I love when you do this! Your inspiration photo is beautiful…I have always loved skirted tables and used them for years in my decorating projects. Mark D. Sikes is a fabulous designer. He designed the living room in the SL show house last year in Birmingham and I loved that room. Your vignette is perfect, Shirley. I love the way that you made it your own. Go for the arched French doors!
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  3. Beautiful as always

  4. Wendy Howell says

    I always love seeing the high-low ideas!! Yours is perfect 🙂

  5. Missi baker says

    Love your take on the book’s vignette! I would have liked to have seen a pic from farther back in order to see it in your space, just as was seen in the inspiration photo. I’m finding often in blogs these days too many pics are close up, which I like as they focus on details, but viewers miss the ” big picture”. Is it because many are ditching iPhone pics and using cameras that have great zoom features? BTW, your blog and style is at the top of my reading list and one I never skip each morn.

  6. What a beautiful vignette! That book looks wonderful. I love those arched French doors too. I do remember that tv show.
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  7. Thank you so much for the mention, Shirley! The book is beautiful and I LOVE your vignette!! Happy Thursday ~
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  8. I am not sure what you mean about “high, low”….is it the elements in the vignette? I love this vignette and that book looks wonderful. I will have to order it ASAP! Love the cover. I have always wished I had a foyer/entry large enough for a big round, skirted table to display things. I also LOVE the arched French doors!!! There you go again with doors/windows:):):) Have a great day. We are in day 3 of a heat wave of 90’s! But it will cool off tomorrow night back to the 70’s.
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  9. Donnamae says

    I love high, low ideas…a series would be great. Great arched French doors…would be great in any down-sized home…just saying! 😉

  10. Great vignette! I really like your vintage books and footed blue and white bowl.

  11. beautiful, Shirley. I love blue and white together.

  12. I love this Shirley…in fact, I like your “low” version better than the HIGH…can’t wait to see the next installment. 🙂
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  13. Oh Shirley! Green stamps! I used to paste them in their books for my Mom. I was only a little girl, but I loved when my Mom would come home​ from the grocery store with a bunch of stamps for me to paste in. We also had yellow stamps as well! We had a green stamp store, and I would go with my Mom and Grandma to pick things out. Even as a little girl, I loved looking at all the things to decorate with!

  14. Of course you can replicate that look…..you always buy great stuff!! Love your vignette! I love a nice decor book and magazines….I have so many I’m running out of displays. Interior and garden decor has been my passion for years. I have been planning to go back to your favorite store…nice things! Is there anymore stores you like in that area? Have A Great Week

  15. SHERRY MYERS says

    Lovely. Though the inspiration for the vignette came from a fabulous book, it has Shirley’s Housepitality written all over it. I love how you are always willing to work for the look you want, and always willing to share with us. Thank you.

  16. loved that show High Low with Sabrina Soto. In fact i think that was the first show i saw with sliding barn doors. i love your style and so inspired by it. thanks for sharing!!

  17. Love your inspired vignette! Your Chinoiserie crock is a show stopper!
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  18. Perfectly done…
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  19. Way to go, Shirley! You have such beautiful things already…you didn’t need to go shopping. I have seen that book pop up a time or two in various places. Might need to get that one. 🙂
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  20. bobbi duncan says

    Lovely vignette, Shirley! You are always great at “shopping the house” to put together beautiful things. Days have been so pretty up in our little part of the world, now that our rainy period has passed. We live across from Longwood Gardens and just 10 minutes from Winterthur. I like any day I’m able to walk there. Hugs!

  21. This is such a beautiful vignette, Shirley! I love the white box, it looks wonderful clothed in white.

  22. This is such a beautiful vignette, Shirley! I love the white box, it looks wonderful clothed white.

  23. I love that chinoiserie pot so much…great job Shirley!

  24. Shirley: As I was reading through your post – I kept thinking to myself: “Wasn’t there a show on HGTV about just this thing?” Couldn’t remember – so glad you reminded me.

    I love what you have done and you have done it well. Your vase does certainly look like an early McCoy piece. One sees them quite often in our area. Also, I am in love with skirted tables. The one in your photo is gorgeous. I sew and have made several – that only leads to a fabric addiction.

    As always, a lovely post and thanks so much for the information about the book. I love having good books referred.

    Have a beautiful week!
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  25. Another beautiful vignette! It looks so European and effortless. Something I would see in my hometown in 15 century building. Love this so much!

  26. What a great post and so pretty! I love Costa Rica, in fact my mother was born there and I lived many years there, still visit the charming country.

  27. Beautiful vignette Shirley. I’m sure your projects are now much more high then low. I love the pretty wooden balls.
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  28. Soooo pretty! I love your High-Lo idea! Your tablescape turned out beautifully. At the Design Bloggers Conference this year, we got to hear Mark Sikes. He talked about how he got into design and some insights into blogging and brand presence, if I remember correctly. Will have to look through my notes! 🙂 Anyway, I bought his book, too. It is beautiful! Happy decorating and I enjoyed hearing about your Green Stamps days. Pinned and G+ for you.
    xoxo Barb 🙂
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