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I created a vignette in the foyer to honor the upcoming St. Patrick’s day holiday.  I know this is not a huge decorating holiday but I love bells of Ireland and these shamrock plants.get.me.every.year.

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So I love any excuse to bring these home from the store and both, together is just a bonus!  I coraled the vignette on our bombe chest on a simple wooden tray.

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I usually have seasonal or pertinent items in the foyer to greet family & friends when they enter our home.  It’s festive and inviting, which I’m a big proponent of both.

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I love all the different shades of green.  The organic live plant & flowers with the preserved boxwood wreath add so much texture and richness.
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The Santos bust was a gift from some girlfriends years ago and tends to be a staple on this chest.  i added some of my wedgwood green jasper ware pieces since they just play nice with the rest of the setting.  All these pieces add interest and diversity to the vignette mix.

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To add ambience and mood to the vignette I flanked it with rustic lanterns that have birch timed candles in them.  It’s great!  They are on a timer so they go  on & off without a fuss.

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The {lucky} banner I created a few years ago, which makes it clear this is a nod to the upcoming holiday.  It’s fairly rustic, which I piecemealed with all things I had on hand in my crafting stash.

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When I create vignettes I like a variety of items, which usually include an organic item, a refined piece and something rustic.  Everything is displayed at different heights and in deliberate clusters to add interest, which is also pleasing to the eye.

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 An interesting vignette is always varied in different directions yet unified by one underlying theme.  In this case it’s by the holiday, which is also dictated by its color.

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Did you spy the Wedgwood egg?  It’s my sneaky way to start the transition into spring | easter decor.  I’m ready to bring some of these refreshing elements into our home.  If the rains stays away this weekend I hope to start preparing my containers outside and prepping the veggie garden for the season.

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You can view some previous St. Patrick’s day decor here:
Lucky1lucky banner for st. patrick’s day 2016
Or you can see an idea for a memory keeping craft here:
St-patricks-day-vintage-graphicsfairy003a rash of good luck
Also my pinterest board can provide some other ideas if you’re pro decorating, cooking|baking and entertaining for the St. Patrick’s day holiday.

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“St. Patrick’s day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dream into summer magic.”
~Adrienne Cook~


  1. Beautiful Mary Jo and I’m going to look for these plants. Hopefully, they’re available here. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  2. thank you sandra! around this time of year i find the bells of ireland & the shamrock plant at all the local grocery spots pretty frequently. thank you for stopping by. xo- mj

  3. Kathleen says:

    Oh my gosh I love Bells of Ireland, too! Haven’t seen them in a long while, though:( They look great in floral arrangements. Your foyer is cheerful and welcoming ~ hope you had a happy St. Paddy’s Day! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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