Clicking through photos of an understated, ethereal, and quite typically French home in Nimes, I was dumbfounded when I came upon this bedroom. I definitely like the juxtaposition of the rustic fireplace, laid-back linens, and earthy palette with the contemporary, clean lines of the four-poster bed. But I don't know what to think about this wannabe chandelier tree branch hanging above the foot of the bed. A part of me wants to run out to the nearest forest with a garden cutter and a part of me is cringing. In any case, it definitely makes a statement. What do you think?
I've really been loving the look of tall branches arranged in a vase lately. Of course, freshly-cut branches — like the ones from gorgeous pink cherry blossom trees — are always magnificent; remember seeing them on the set of She's Out of My League? I'm thinking about integrating some dried branches, like Billy buttons or Chinese lanterns, into my décor. It's a foolproof flower arrangement that's not faux and always looks fab! Do you decorate with branches?
The branches trend came onto the design scene almost two years ago, and it's still kicking. Su Casa member ckim8120, who is often inspired by nature, put her own spin on the trend by making a jewelry stand out of a tree branch she found outdoors. The only supplies the DIY requires are a tree branch, white spray paint, and newspaper. To learn the steps and see more photos, read more
The tree-branch trend may be giving way to birch and other motifs, but I still appreciate a lovely tree-inspired accent. Especially one that's sleek and metallic rather than brown and burly; even better if it's on sale.
If you're knot ready to give up the tree trend just yet, snap up these Viva Terra Recycled Aluminum Bark Candlesticks ($89, marked down from $179). They're half price but fully fabulous.
For those of you who, like me, don't mind a little of the forest setting up shop in your living room, then this Gump's Branch Lamp (normally $495, on sale for $294.99) is a find indeed. Exclusive to the store, this floor lamp adds a hint of nature to your home without screaming trendy. This delicate sapling of a lamp is hand cast from brass with realistic bark detailing and a dark bronze finish. I'm loving it's subtle earthiness. How about you?
This DIY tree branch curtain rod project doesn't seem like most original idea ever. But actually, I've never seen it done before; it looks rustic-chic; it achieves that branches trend; and it's super easy to pull off. Here are the steps, according to do-it-yourself:
- Find a tree branch slightly wider than your window trim.
- Use pruning shears to remove long twigs, but leave a few stubs for character.
- Spray-paint the branch or leave it natural.
- Choose tie-top curtain panels, which allow you to adjust for the curves of the branch—no clips or rings needed.
These Branches File Folders, $9 for eight folders, make me want to throw out my boring manila folders at once! I know that any old folder can get the job done, but why settle for blah when you can have beautiful? I don't know about you, but the pretty pastel designs would definitely motivate me to open my folders more often. Wow, who knew style could encourage productivity?!
Branch Home is a quaint online boutique specializing in sustainable home furnishings, gifts, and accessories. That means that every product sold on the Branch site is made in an environmentally friendly way: using organic and sustainably grown fibers or recycled materials, like the Vintage Magazine Notecards shown above, which are available for $9 here. Fortunately, Branch puts as much importance on sleek, hip design as it does on sustainability. For two other highlights from the site, read more