Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dear Meredith

Dear Meredith,

Does this small display of coloured glass on my kitchen shelf constitute a vignette, or not?


I worry that a selection of similar items may not suffice as a vignette, and that the whole could be considered more of an honorary objet, if that.   Should I add a heap of vintage cookbooks or perhaps an orange? I am fearful of going overboard and turning it into a shelfscape, so the whole situation is fraught with tension.  I bow to your expertise in these matters.  Please advise.

Your blogging comrade,

Mise

26 comments:

  1. What a lovely glasscape....would the addition of a large gerbra do it harm do you think?

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  2. A gerbra? Possibly the very thing. I dare to hope that Meredith may let us know whether it would be appropriate.

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  3. I've been thinking of writing a story about vignetting one's way through life...you may have got me started Mise :)

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  4. Mise, after much consideration and consultation with my team of vignette curators I am happy to conclude that this is indeed a vignette of significant importance.

    I would most strongly advise however that you refrain from any superfluous gerbra placement for fear of drawing the eye away from the vintage perfection of the transparent glass and general vignettedness of the grouping.

    I will be submitting this outstanding example to Rizzoli publishing to be included in my upcoming book "Vignettes, Tablescaping and You: a beginners guide to domestic perfection".

    As usual Mise, you are a beacon of interior decor loveliness.

    Much love,
    Meredy xo

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  5. Oh, I might need help too.

    Dear Meredith,
    Is this a vignette on my table or just a small mess?
    http://chezdanisse.blogspot.com/2011/06/wedge-of-blue.html
    Best,
    Denise

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  6. This will transform my life .... no longer is it clutter, it is a vignette - or, indeed a 'scape'. So the teetering pile of ironing in the utility room is merely a clothescape, not a sign of my dereliction of housewifely duties!!

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  7. Hello Mise:
    At first we thought that you were posting directly from Murano or, indeed, you had entered the world of commerce and set up your own glass blowing factory. Perhaps you have?!!

    Of course, this does not answer the question when is a vinette not a vignette?

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  8. I'm in the process of making a coloured glass collection on my mantelpiece. So far I have one small green bottle and a clear perfume bottle from L'Occitane. I must start going to more junk shops.

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  9. I would fill them with water and populate them with an object (or two) of suitable size, such as a Lego person.

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  10. I have never liked the word vignette. It's always sounded a bit naff to me.....makes me think of lace doilies and china thimbles.( sorry to anyone who collects lace doilies and china thimbles) Could it not just be a collection of glass ? How about shoving a Bon Maman jar amongst them ? XXXX

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  11. oops...that's Bonne Maman. I should know that, seeing that I'm the official filler of said jars....I hope this small error won't cost me my job.

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  12. I have been giving this weighty consideration all night, and am encouraged by Count it all Joy. Gerbera not at all unique enough for you. Linguistically does vignette not imply a small glimpse of a wider whole? Do you have more extensive collections of glass or other drinking paraphernalia elsewhere in the White Palace? Or is this a metaphorical vignette of such philosophy. This would be highly satisfactory, we strawberries feel, and most cheering to the mind. Would a juxtaposition of contrasting colours offer more scope for symbolical interpretation than like minded shades side by side? Or is this in itself significant? Certainly the overall effect is impeccable, and much cleaner in image than the array of bottles displayed thus in Guinness Storehouse, which I may well post for you to see, snapped as they were in vain hope of strawberry use! All long dry but slightly crusty!

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  13. I love the simplicity of a vignette like this. A collection (and I love colored and art glass) is perfect!

    For me less is more in a collection of loved items.

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  14. Damn, I just chucked half of my vignette in the recycling bin yesterday because I was suddenly overcome with the feeling that it wasn't a proper vignette.

    But now, after seeing your lovely glass bottles, I know I've made a grave mistake.

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  15. Smiles all over my face ....:)

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  16. What a wonderful collection of bottles. I'm not sure about a vignette, but as a collection, they are very distinct. I took a special liking to the blue bottle. I collect blue bottles myself.

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  17. Kerry, I think some people vignette through life indeed, especially here in Blogtopia - I try to channel the Self as Ill-fated Heroine but am short of Props.

    Meredith, my relief is unimaginable. You are a credit to the grand house of Rizzoli; please put me down for 5 advance copies of that book and a lifetime supply of Lindt Balls.

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  18. Annie, can I offer you an empty Bombay Gin bottle? I have plenty. They are such a lovely shade of blue, and I have never been in a junk shop.

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  19. Jacqueline, my lace doilies and china thimbles are on their way to the attic now, along with my treasured Daily Telegraph lace doily and china thimble faux mahogany display case. A sad day indeed.

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  20. Magsmc, you've touched again on the very essence of our being: the metaphor for blogging bewilderment, deconstructed with government-funded zeal and accompanied by the chink of the drinking paraphernalia elsewhere. Warm regards from all at the White Palace.

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  21. Lisa, I know that feeling. I too am impulsive when it comes to the recycling bin, and have lived to regret it. It takes a while to get over the hurt and recycle again.

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  22. Vignette isn't a salad dressing?

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  23. Bromeliad, now you mention it, I think it is, and 'Vinaigrette' is the technical term for a commentator who posts 'oh what a lovely handmade chemise!" where a kinder person would have said 'oh what a lovely handmade chemise!!!!!"

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  24. Might I suggest a wildflower? Just the one, of course, preferably in the smallest blue bottle. Without a flower, I fear it is merely a "collection" (albeit a very nice one).

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