Tree Trends

Friday, August 13, 2010

Over the years my husband and I have built a few new homes from the ground up and the first thing I look at when we consider a possible building site is the trees that are growing on the property.  I love a site that has mature trees to create that beautiful dappled sunlight and to provide some much needed relief from summer's oppressive heat!  I have always been drawn to the sculptural beauty of trees, particularly in the wintertime when their leaves have been shed and they make such a beautiful silhouette against the sky.

I am so happy to see any well-designed space that pays homage to trees!

I recently used this image of Cynthia Rowley's dining room as my entry in Ally's blog to " define my style in one picture!"  So clever (and lovely) how the branches in the vase mirror the trees on the wall.

This past winter we had an ice storm that damaged some of the mature trees in my neighborhood.  I collected some of bigger branches and made my own tree sculpture in my breakfast room.

And some smaller branches in my dining room

I am dying to do a project with this raised plaster stencil from Victoria Larsen.

I would love to create something like this

in my tiny breakfast nook

when I move back downtown this fall.

Hope you get inspired this weekend!

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jeanette from everton terrace said...

I have branches, twigs and rocks and things in my house as well. I have always been drawn to them. I am in LOVE with that raised plaster stencil. It is exactly how I wanted a wall in my daughter's bedroom to look. I used something else and it isn't quite right.

Karena said...

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Kelly Frances Dunn said...

You've done a fabulous job with everything!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

I also love mature trees in the landscaping of a house...makes the house feel cozy!

Design Actually said...

I love the tree motif, Cynthia Rowley's dining room is amazing!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

I love bringing nature in...the branches have a sculptural look to them and are one of a kind.

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

Your tree sculpture is really pretty! is it still standing? I use living branches in a vase for Christmas and Easter, they look so pretty! Xo Linda

Kathysue said...

Hi Kim, love branches in vases, they always look so stately to me. I read your comment on my last post and No we did not get a new camera but my Hubby just learned how to do few new things with it and it looks like it paid off. Thanks he will be thrilled that someone noticed, Happy weekend,Kathysue

The girl in the brick house said...

Oh so lovely - I like collecting driftwood too! And I think your breakfast nook would look great a la the image you've shown. Best, Jane :)

Unknown said...

I'm with you! I love any kind of branches incorporated into decor! One time I found a good branch out in the yard, brought it inside, put it in a pot, and voila! ANTS! Now I've learned to buy my curly willow at Hobby Lobby! XX!

Nita Stacy said...

Oh...your breakfast nook is so cute. I love the raised stencils. I brought tree branches in my house in the spring and glued silk flowers to them. I had them on my mantle and when I switched out my mantle in the summer I layed them on my dining table. A few weeks laters...yes they were still lying there because I have too many projects going on at the moment....but a few weeks later...I discovered sawdust all over the table...took me a while to figure out where it was coming from. It was very very fine and I thought it sand at first and then I realized it was the branches....I'd obviously brought a little wood chewing bug in with me. I couldn't throw them away fast enough.

I don't think I will bring dead branches into the house again. I sure don't want little bugs eating my furniture!

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

I love that first image! I had planned on decorating with a tree in my sister in laws nursery, but she didn't want to spend the money:-(

So I had to figure out something else...

Love your kitchen nook too!

Mary Ann said...

going back to sure keeps us on the ground! have a great sunday! verbena cottage