Drumroll……. The World Premiere of the Wednesday Vignette!

Last week, when I was indulging my insatiable plant lust and erratic gardening style – yet again – by acquiring more plants (for no other reason that that they looked irresistible together) I decided I needed a new outlet for my unrealistic obsession for playing with materials, colors and textures. Anyone who has seen it knows that there simply is no more room in the little patch of land I call my garden. And frankly – I’m getting tired of constantly planting, building, dismantling, digging, rearranging, disrupting, and moving things around – just to see. Even more so, I’m getting tired of half-finished projects. At some point, you just want to call it good, and start enjoying it…. right? So, since I seem predestined to always imagine things in vignettes, and tend to seek color and form in riveting contexts and combinations, as well as constantly take note of inspiring schemes around me, I thought I’d start a new meme; the Wednesday Vignette. At least the process would give me a repository for my random collection of worthy eye-catchery – and let me off the hook in terms of having to physically try it out.


This meme celebrates combinations – of anything. The inspiration of the week can be foliage and flowers, but it can also consist of surrounding materials, colors and textures, or a combination of it all – anything that creates an arresting display in the world around us. It can be from gardens as well as buildings, urban grit or grand vistas. Scale is arbitrary – your vignette can be as small or as large, as stark or as flamboyant, as simple or as complex as you like it. It can be something carefully constructed, and it can be something completely random. I remember my father-in-law’s puzzlement over my fascination over the color fluctuations of a half-rotten, homegrown pepper, which had gotten a little over-ripe on the sunny window sill. I thought it was absolutely gorgeous, but I will never forget the look on his face. He thought I was stark raving mad!  Seriously, the Wednesday Vignette can be ANYTHING! As so often happens with inspiration – it can come from anywhere – from where you least expect it. See it, capture it, and share it!


It’s easy! Post a photo of a combination that inspires you on your blog every Wednesday, and copy the link to it in the comment section on this blog. Have fun! I hope you can all join in! 🙂

Here is my first Vignette. The photo was taken in the Portland Japanese Garden. I love how they combine and use materials. Note the roof tiles that here serve as edging. Ingenious, in my opinion!

Here is my first Vignette. The photo was taken in the Portland Japanese Garden. I love how the Japanese combine and use materials. Note the roof tiles that here serve as edging, holding the river rock in place besides the stone path. A wood post, a fence of bamboo held together with black twine, and that sparkling green mat of moss which lifts the combination to a whole different level. Ingenious, in my opinion!

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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13 Responses to Drumroll……. The World Premiere of the Wednesday Vignette!

  1. linda says:

    I like this meme! I’ll try to do justice to my Japanese side …one Wednesday …soon .

  2. Alison says:

    Anna, this sounds like fun! I’d love to join in. I’m also often fascinated with the minutiae of things that others wouldn’t notice, or will think me mad for obsessing over.

  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    This will be fun! Thanks for getting it started!

  4. Indeed this sounds like a lot of fun. I will have to join in every now and then!

  5. Kris P says:

    Another way of looking at things – always useful! I’ll join in here and there as well.

  6. juju says:

    I am going to join in as well, it will be good to keep me going with my new blog. Plus how fun!

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