Last evening, my daughter-in-law gave me a beautiful bouquet of hydrangeas from her yard. This inspired me to clear off the magazines, mail, and remnants of an earlier tablescape so I could enjoy their beauty.
Taking pictures of vignettes can help you really focus in on the details. Although this arrangement looked okay, when I looked at this picture, the magnifying glass gets lost. Adding the books prevented it from disappearing against the dark tray. They also added a linear shape to contrast with all the round and organic elements.
Although my kids think I am at pack rat (I think hoarder is the term they use), I was able to pull together this vignette with things I pulled from my stash. The Pottery Barn vase was purchased for my daughter's engagement party five years ago. I found the driftwood at a lighting store in Naples, Florida while helping a client choose a new fixture. The magnifying glass came from my all time favorite home decor store, Nell Hill's in Atchison, Kansas. (And I am not going to lie, it has come in very handy when HHM and I do not have a pair of reading glasses close by). And of course, there is no shortage of design books in every room of my house!
Quick tip: Dip the stems of your hydrangeas in hot water to prolong their life. I boil water in my teapot, pour into a measuring cup and submerge the fresh cut stem for a few seconds. Occasionally, I still have a bloom that wilts quickly but for the most part I have found this to be successful