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Some people see a dresser as storage. Francine Smith of Hot Cool Vintage sees it as valuable horizontal real estate. Find out her style tips and, below, get a special 3 Story discount in Francine’s store. Photos courtesy of Francine Smith/Hot Cool Vintage.

Some people see a dresser and see storage.  When I see a dresser, I see valuable horizontal real estate. When I start to style a space, whether it’s a shelf, dresser or table, I use the same “formula”. Height + Color + Texture = Winning!!  Well, hopefully.  It might take a few tries but eventually it comes together in the end.  I usually start with color, grouping like ones together, then add in texture and height.  Plants and flowers are the cherries on top. Add them in at the end to complete the story.  Below are three different vignettes.  Let us know if you have a favorite.

Nod to the 70’s


Interior design has been majorly influenced by the 50’s and 60’s in the last few years so you know the 70’s are up next.  Though I can’t say brown is my favorite color, I am grooving (yeah, I just did that) on this palate.  I also love that this vignette is a mix of cultures – Israeli art, West German pottery, Scandinavian brass.

Color: Browns and oranges

Height: The art is a great focal point but the vignette needs the pottery and the lamp to keep things interesting.

Texture: The pottery just oozes awesome textures.

Desert Modern


This was fun to pull together as it’s not generally a combination of items I would reach for first. I was looking for earthy, deserty, and modern.

Color: Earth tones, browns.

Height: The lamp and the bears are the key heights in this vignette.

Texture: … is everywhere!  The lamp, art, concrete cactus (from, saguaro boot, even the smooth finish on the bears, add dimension.

Modern Traditional


This vignette does not scream VINTAGE but it most certainly is.   All the pieces have some history, some more than others, but it reads as very modern and clean.

Color: White

Height: The lamp and the vase are anchors but the house is what makes it interesting.

Texture: Lamp, vase and cloth.

Any favorites?  Which one would you want in your home?  Any guess as to which vignette is still on my dresser?  Please leave a comment below.

* Some items are not listed as of this posting but are for sale.  You can check Francine’s Etsy shop or contact her directly at with inquiries.  

* 3 Story readers can use the coupon code 3Story10 for 10% off any item in stock at Hot Cool Vintage.

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  1. I love the 3rd one – white is a favorite of mine. I’m guessing you have a southwest vibe at your place. So desert modern is my guess for what’s on your dresser. Love all three for sure