Royal Wedding Inspiration - Trees in Design

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Did you get up early on Friday to see Kate and Will tie the knot?  I did - and even though getting up at that hour of the morning was tough, I'm so glad I did!  The whole production was gorgeous and moving - I know I teared up a time or two. It was truly a beautiful and happy day!  One of the things that struck me the most were those stunning potted trees that were placed in Westminster Abby for the wedding ceremony.  I thought they were just perfect -they made such an impact yet they were understated at the same time.  

Trees as muse - it makes perfect sense.  Trees are sculpture, a symbol of strength, and the inspiration for Joyce Kilmer's "Trees".

Let's explore how trees are relevant in interior design.

This room is an absolute favorite of mine.  Those trees on the walls are the art - notice how nothing else was placed on the walls?

Yes, that's a chandelier.

What do you think of this one?  The homeowner/decorator used a stencil from Victoria Larsen for the tree's silhouette and then added the gold leaves she found at a craft store.

"I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.."  from Joyce Kilmer's  famous poem, "Trees".

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Splendid Sass said...

I love greenery inside.
Yes the wedding was just gorgeous, and there was something special watching as it happened. Yes it was early, but I am glad I watched.
I really didn't notice the trees during the wedding, but it made the cathedral quaint without overpowering it.
Have a great week, Kim.

My Many Moments said...

I got up in the middle of the night to watch the wedding too. I felt that watching it in real time was so special, watching history take place. The trees were amazing. With everything being so formal, the trees made it feel more intimate. said...

Oh yes, I noticed those trees also! I think they were a lovely touch. Such a beautiful ceremony, I always cry at weddings!

Suzy xxx

Unknown said...

I did not have a chance to see any of the wedding except for a few news clips but I sure did notice those trees! Nice post!

Mona Thompson said...

A touch of green is always welcoming. I was crazy for the idea of bringing the huge trees in for the wedding. Brilliant.

hooper Patterson said...

I love the green breakfast nook. It's so fresh and beautiful. Thanks for the beautiful images!

quintessence said...

LOVE the trees in Westminster Abbey - they totally transformed the space. And I agree with Mona - a touch of green always adds a fresh and welcoming touch.

Ispirato Design said...

What a great idea for a post! It's funny what you notice in the "background" scheme of things. The tree in the nursery is such a cute idea with framed pictures of, I presume, family members. It's a 3D family tree and that chandelier is way over the top!

Karena said...

Kim I loved seeing the trees incorpoated into the wedding design, a very special touch.

I love the gold stencil, would like one with the leaves in the stencil and would paint it in silver agaist my teal stairway.

Art by Karena

Dovecote Decor said...

Some architectural trivia: "A similar architectural tradition identifies the origin of Gothic pointed arches and vaults in the interlacing of tree branches, and likens the view down the nave of a Gothic cathedral to a path through a wood of tall overarching trees. The suggestion can be made that the arches and vaulting of Chartres Cathedral may deliberately resemble the path to the sacred grove that stood on the original site, with the crossing of the church symbolizing, or perhaps actually located at, the central clearing in the grove where Druidic rituals formerly took place." They are a symbol of renewal, and a reiteration of the long, great tradition of Britain and its pre-Christian roots. The English field maple symbolises humility and reserve, and was used to make loving cups in medieval times, while the hornbeam signifies resilience.
Sorry, I got carried away.

Jenna Lee said...

WOW, These are all gorgeous but that chandelier is to die for. the picture below it with the gold leaves on the wall is absolutely stunning. these are great photos! thanks for sharing

Karen said...

Any time you can bring nature inside your home it's a positive. Great inspiration here.

Leah said...

I love using trees in design, a definite way to bring the outdoors in, in a beautiful way!


Unknown said...

I also loved the tress used in the wedding and in home decor -- its can symbolize so much for me --- putting down roots, family all kinds of things! :)

Lissa Pierce said...

I agree! Loved that they added trees to the made the red and blue in the carpet and uniforms pop even more. That bit of green really made a huge impact!

InteriorGroupie said...

Those trees were such a lovely spring green too - they were a nice "young" touch to the Abbey. I love the branch in the nursery from your inspiration pics! So cute.

Amy said...

I loved how they used the trees as well for the royal wedding! Made it seem like a garden wedding but inside.

A Room For Everyone said...

They do look beautiful don't they? The only 'trees' I've used are the wall stickers in the little girls' bedroom and playroom..they look lovely. I was very pleasantly surprised by the decorations inside the abbey. Rachaelxx

Town and Country Gals said...

I so loved the wedding! For all it's pomp and circumstance, it was so natural, sweet and down to earth. They say the couple love the country and the trees brought in that country element, making a statement but yet casual and elegant at at the same time. I really like all the examples of decorating with trees you showed.
P.S. Glad you made it through the storms ok!

The Vintique Object said...

That second image is a great excuse to get the loppers out and bring in a big, beautiful branch. Just the thing for a bare wall or table.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

tree chandeliers are so neat. I'm all for them. And I've always loved the branches coming out of the oversized glass vases.