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Balcony picnic table partially shaded by an outdoor umbrella.

Mini Vignettes: A Veranda in Savannah

Savannah is known as the hostess city! She’s so inviting and she loves to entertain, so it’s no surprise that Savannah residents have a penchant for designing their outdoor space to fit the spirit of get-togethers, dinner parties, or even just for evenings of porch sittin’ and sweet tea sippin’. Talk about #southernliving 🙂

Our newest segment is Mini Vignettes, where you, the readers, can share the curated spaces and proud vignettes in your home. Today, Thomas is sharing his balcony and the picnic table (the real star of the show) that he recently built in anticipation for summer barbecues and intimate get-togethers.

He says it only took one day to build! Suffice to say, he is an experienced and very talented woodworker!


The picnic table before the seats were added.


Thomas gets to work on the table top.


The picnic table nears completion.

Made of pine, the table is smaller than a standard picnic table but is still very sturdy and heavy! A friend helped Thomas move it upstairs to his balcony where it gets its fair share of sun and shade thanks to this amazing (and quite functional) umbrella he found at Home Depot.


Thomas calls his patio a “back porch with game!”


Love the grain in the pine as shown on the picnic table’s top.

Thomas proves that small outdoor living spaces can have savvy design despite their size. His balcony picnic table is perfect for this deck, making it especially inviting for small barbecues and summer dinners outdoors. His outdoor living space has been dubbed the “Veranda in Savannah,” and is complete with a small balcony garden sprouting jalapeños, basil, and rosemary just to name a few.

If you remember our post on Thomas’s Stuffed Peppers, then you know that Thomas also loves to cook with pickings from his garden. There could be a promise of more pictures like those soon to come!

You can check out more of Thomas’s woodworking projects and art by following him on Instagram @chesterpoindexter!

Thanks for sharing, Thomas!

Raised Garden Bed: Another woodworking project by Thomas.
Umbrella: From Home Depot, but a similar one can be found at Wayfair (We’re SO impressed with this umbrella! It’s perfect for that small outdoor living area makeover on a budget!)

10' Cantilever Umbrella

Do you have an outdoor space you like to entertain in? A vignette, or a project you’ve been working on? Take a few photos and get in touch at!


Built-in with books and mementos.

Stephanie + Jason’s Bright and Beautiful Bungalow

Though it is historic and southern by reputation, Savannah is also modern, artistic, and creative without abandoning its vintage charm. From the people and food to the art and education, Savannah is a city of eclectic influence and is just as charming and romantic as it’s ever been.

The same can be said of Stephanie and Jason’s bungalow. From the romantic elements sprinkled throughout their home to the vintage heirlooms in every corner, their home reflects the classic spirit of Savannah that one need not only experience in the historic homes or modern mansions characteristic of the South.

As transplants from Indiana, they fell in love with Savannah when they relocated so Stephanie could study illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. By the time she finished her graduate program, Jason had already fallen in love with his job, and as Stephanie puts it, although they’d moved here for her, “We stayed here for him.” Not a bad compromise!

They share their new and wonderfully curated home with their pup, Billie Holiday, and cat, Dot. Check out their vintage vignettes below!


Dot, Stephanie and Jason’s cat, makes a cameo for the first photo!


Jason and Stephanie’s living room.


The entryway is decorated with Jason’s hats on a coat stand and a gallery wall of beautiful mirrors.


The gallery wall of mirrors in the entryway.


Stephanie’s artwork goes perfectly above the fireplace. From Left, “Barcelona,” “Paris,” and, “London.”

Their airy living room is filled with things they love and cherish like this coffee table Stephanie refinished that belonged to her grandmother.

This Indiana pillow is perfect for Stephanie and Jason’s home and was purchased in Savannah!

Jason purchased this beautiful grandfather clock in Greenfield, Indiana.

Tell us about your home! What’s your favorite element?

This is the first time we’ve owned a home and we just purchased it last spring. We fell in love with the kitchen remodel, so that is definitely our favorite room. We both enjoy cooking and it’s just the nicest kitchen we’ve ever had.

What inspired the design of your home?

Much of the design elements of the house itself were already done by the previous owners–they just happened to have the same taste as us! We didn’t have to paint or anything. There are a lot of inspirations for the decor– I love the show Fixer Upper on HGTV for some of the trendier elements, but love to have a style that’s rooted in classic elements.


View of the dining room from the kitchen.


Jason bought and re-purposed this 1920s dresser for Stephanie! He also wrote the poem 🙂


The kitchen and dining room gets beautiful natural light.

You’re both from Indiana. Tell us about what brought you to Savannah and what you love most about the city!

We decided to move here so that I could go to graduate school for illustration at SCAD. After I graduated, Jason realized how much he enjoyed his job and wanted to stay. So he moved here for me, and we stayed here for him. We have really found our happiness here– in new friends we have made, our new home, and of course, being near the beach!

We love the vintage pieces in your home! How would you describe your home and its style?

I would describe our style as Modern Vintage. Many of our pieces are quite old or redone (like my grandmother’s coffee table that I stripped and refinished), but we also have some newer pieces to help bring the style into the current times.

It’s awesome to see libraries in homes these days. Tell us about your book collection!

Jason and I both love to read, so the books are our combined collections from childhood all the way through college and recent years. I love historical fiction, biographies, & classic literature; Jason is a Shakespeare fan and loves dense historical books.

Tell us about your artwork and Petite Pen Studio! What inspires your art?

Petite Pen Studio is my freelance illustration business. I do any and all types of artwork & design– from wedding stationery to fashion illustration, to hand lettering and chalk art. I’m inspired by Art Deco style & illustrators like George Barbier, as well vintage travel posters and the classic style of women like Audrey Hepburn.

A black and white photo on canvas of Stephanie and Jason in front of a brick building.

Romantic photos of Stephanie and Jason are all over their home!

You have lovely little vignettes in your home. Which detail makes you smile the most and why?

One of my favorite details is always the built-in bookcase. Our books tell so much about who we are. I also love that our bookshelves display photos and paintings of beloved pets that we have had throughout our lives. Our fur babies are all so special to us, and I love remembering them.


Thank you, Stephanie and Jason!

Above the fireplace are Stephanie’s own illustrations, “Barcelona,” “Paris,” and “London.”

“Scarecrow” and “Blondie” by Michelle Willows
Twitter: @lonesomedaughterillu

“The Gift Box Series No. 1” by Chih-Yung Wang

Water Color Portrait of Stephanie by Daniel Velasco

Notable Elements:
Vintage Desk & Chair in the guestroom:
“The desk is from Vintage Woodworks on Victory Drive in Savannah & the chair was Jason’s grandmother’s.”

Wine Bar:
“Jason bought this 1920’s dresser for me for Christmas a few years back and transformed it into a bar himself. It’s one of my most cherished possessions!”

Dining Room Table/Chairs:
“The table is from Two Women & a Warehouse and the chairs are from World Market.”

Grandfather Clock:
“Jason bought the clock long before we lived together at an antique shop in Greenfield, Indiana.”

Indiana State Pillow:
Kitchen on the Square on Barnard right before they moved to Arizona. Nicole and her husband (the shop’s owners) were great people. I worked as a wine and canvas teacher at her shop for awhile, and we wanted to have something from them.”
(vSav note: We’re excited to learn that Nicole and Johnny opened a store in Tuscon! Check out Mabel on 4th here and here!)

Blue & White Mermaid:
“My friend Sue bought that for me. I think she got it from Modcloth.”

Vintage Silver Teapot and Serving Tray:
“The teapot was Jason’s grandparents,’ and is real silver. The tray is from Home Goods.”

Open Mouth Whale Dish:
World Market

The Charming Urban Poppy

Shopping at Urban Poppy is like visiting that one friend who has all the cool stuff in her apartment. She’s traveled far and wide, and not just for the sake of travel but for the experiences as well. She’s got something meaningful from every destination and event in her life. Her apartment is airy and filled with greenery, not to mention that one lovely fiddle leaf fig tree that just seems to keep on growing. Every element is classic, romantic, and modern. You don’t have to hear her talk about any one piece to know that she hand picked each one with her effortless style and impeccable taste.

Slightly south of 37th Street is the lovely Urban Poppy, a boutique floral design shop that also carries just about everything your heart desires. From gardening and nursery needs to cookbooks, greeting cards, and home furnishings, if you’re looking for something for the eclectic in your life, this is the place to visit! There’s something for the newlyweds, the new parents, the world traveler, and the star student. A few passes through the store and you still won’t feel like you’ve seen everything.


Did we mention that they’re one of the most sought after wedding florists in Savannah? Check out their swoon-worthy arrangements here!

Urban Poppy captures the spirit of Savannah that locals know and love– charming, classic, and natural. If you’re the kind of traveler that likes to avoid the dreaded tourist traps, this is definitely the place for you 🙂

Urban Poppy
2312 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31401

P.S. Let us know if you find a smart way to pack a plant in your suitcase or carry-on.  You’re bound to find at least one or two worth taking home with you!

Valentine’s Day at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Savannah is synonymous with charm and romance, and on any given weekend one is bound to happen upon a wedding ceremony in Forsyth Park or a couple taking engagement photos in one of the squares. Love birds from all over the state (and the country!) flock to Savannah for a little romantic getaway :). There’s just something about Savannah that suggests romance!

Of course, there are several options around town for an intimate date, but Lulu’s Chocolate Bar is simply one of a kind. A favorite among locals and tourists alike, Lulu’s is the perfect place to start your date night with dessert first (it’s Valentines Day, why not?), or as a delicious night cap with a dessert cocktail and a shared piece of chocolate strawberry suspension cake.

It’s no wonder why we chose LuLu’s for our Valentine’s Day feature, right? The atmosphere is intimate and romantic with beautifully married design elements for lovers of the industrial chic style. Just picture this: Next to an exposed brick wall, you’re sipping a decadent cocktail that is sparkling under a shimmery chandelier. You’re not imagining things, that’s Lulu’s, and quite frankly it is the best place in town to indulge in good company and good chocolate.

Check them out!


Lulu’s Chocolate Bar
42 MLK Blvd, Savannah, GA 31405

Michael Mahaffey

P.S. Have a few more forkfuls of that suspension cake for us!





Hannah in Ardsley Park


Hannah is a Fashion and Luxury Management graduate student at the Savannah College of Art & Design and creator of News Macarons. We lived together for about a year in a lovely home in Savannah’s most sought after neighborhood, Ardsley Park before she traveled to Hong Kong with SCAD to further her studies for two quarters. Read More

The Holly That You’ll See

Here in Savannah, the porch is one of the most coveted, endearing spaces of a home. It is a space of hospitality, reception, and first impressions. It’s where many residents make it a tradition to display the character of their home as well as the spirit of the season. Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas, there’s always something to see on the doorsteps of Savannahians all around.

What holly do you see on your own front door?
Happy Holidays from Vignette Savannah! 

It’s Christmas Time in the City!

Here at Vignette Savannah we’re all about decor, design, creativity, and inspiration. Any holiday brings out the best in all four, and we’re happy to bring you photos of festive decor we’ve been seeing around the city.

This year was the inaugural year of Holidays on Broughton, a series of festivities that took place on Broughton Street leading up to the week before Christmas. Sure to make your shopping experience every bit as magical and special as the season promises, a huge Christmas tree on the corner of Broughton and Bull was center stage for carolers, music, art projections, and of course, Santa Claus.dsc_0005

If you were around the Saturday before last, you probably got to see the Marine Corps Band play a few of your favorite holiday tunes!


While activities commence outside, we’ve seen some creative and delightfully unconventional holiday decorations on display inside some of our favorite stores! Check out this impressive wreath made of Magnolia leaves hanging from the ceiling in the center of The Paris Market!


Downstairs in the basement, there’s more to see to make you feel as if you’re in a wonderland.

If you make a quick run to pick up some Key Lime Coolers at Byrd’s Famous Cookies, you’ll not only find beautiful white snowflakes that contrast the rustic decor, but also disco balls hanging from the ceiling!


Further south, Foxy Loxy has the cozy holiday feel that’s best enjoyed while sipping your horchata latte or Mexican hot chocolate.

Stockings hang on the hearth with a message of peace and a gold Christmas tree complements the Texas-esque, western atmosphere for which Foxy Loxy is known.


Back on Broughton Street, you’ll love this “bow” tie of holiday cheer on the golden buck at Foxy Loxy’s sister coffee shop, The Coffee Fox.

Holidays On Broughton officially concluded on Saturday, December 17, but no worries! You can track all the fun with their official hashtag, #HolidaysOnBroughton!

P.S. Don’t forget your shellfie selfie at the corner of Jefferson and Broughton! Kind of looks like angel wings, eh? 😉


What are you loving about Savannah during the holidays? Follow us on Instagram and tag #vignetteSav as you snap your favorite decor shots around town!