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BRIANA: This topic comes to us courtesy of Lili and has been featured on our blog as a Daily Delight, in the Designer MacGyver column as a craft material and more. Yup, I’m axin’ about tree stumps! (Yup, I’m making terrible puns about chopping trees with axes!) So, are you a fan of the tree stump as a home accent? Or are you stumped by their appeal?

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Pictured: Phillips Collection tables

LILI: I’ve shown my hand here already by “delighting” these in the not-so-distant past, but I love them. Paint them gold, leave them raw, sand them down and finish them with shellac; I’m in. I love the dichotomy created by how unbuttoned and raw they are when placed in a rather tailored environment like so:

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Photo: via Love & Renovations

ALYSSA: I’m definitely the latter — completely stumped, baffled, dumbfounded as to why, in any form, this would be appealing inside the home. As a cool hangout spot on a campground? Sure. With some comfy cushions at a ski resort? Maybe. But spray painted gold and used as a coffee table in any random Midwestern home? Not sold.

[four minutes later]

ALYSSA: Hot-topic and hilarious debate happening here in the Chelsea office!

DEANNE REVEL: I would say no, but IT’S GOLD. Sign me up. #midastouch

CAMILLE: I’m just “meh” about using gilded stumps as tables. Like Lili, I’m taken with the dichotomy of high-end versus rustic but think these extraordinarily expensive gems aren’t even remotely worth the price. On the upside: If you like the look and are handy with a chainsaw, these look like an easy do-it-yourself project.

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JESSICA: Best Defend the Trend reaction to date.

LEANNE: What David said.

LIZ: Ahem, Mr. Lorax…I do not think these are cool enough to cut down a tree just to make one. I’d rather have petrified wood any day. However, my neighbor had a tree cut down and we rolled the slabs over to our yard as outdoor tables/stools. They’re sturdy, comfortable…and best of all, free.

That brings me to point 2: These things are heaaaaavy. Unless you’re living with a lumberjack type, good luck ever rearranging your living room. And if you are living with a lumberjack, you might come home to see your table has been transformed into a chainsaw sculpture. Hope you like ornamental bears!

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For those of us who can’t lift 300 pounds, Emma over at A Beautiful Mess had the right idea when she added casters to the bottom of this sanded-down, modern version.

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Photo: via A Beautiful Mess

GRANT: Stray Dog Designs has faux stumps (made of papier-mache) that are adorbs.

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JESSICA: I love petrified wood. Or anything wood, really – I practically stole my roommate’s petrified pinecone necklace. While I was in Atlanta browsing Scott’s Antique Market a few weeks ago, I saw plenty of glass-topped, tree stump tables.

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Photo: Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Nice, right? But here’s the thing: after seeing about 40 of them, I couldn’t help but think as soon as I spilled something onto their gangly branches they would come back to life with a vengeance. You can see how it would be difficult for me to own a piece of stump furniture after a wild vision like that.

It’s even more difficult to take log furniture seriously when it reminds me of that time my friends and I went on a camping trip, spent what seemed like hours trying to make a good fire before getting frustrated and tossing a giant log on it. It did not catch fire. We eventually got so frustrated we kicked the log into the creek.

And now I just can’t take it seriously because I can’t stop picturing the Lorax staring at me.

We’ve talked tree stumps, now it’s your turn to tell us what you think:

16 Responses

  1. Janey says:

    Tree stumps only work if you live in a fishing lodge! Also, anyone that says “adorbs” officially loses the right to an opinion!

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  3. Julia says:

    I cracked up the first time I saw a stump being used as a table. My neighbor had a tree cut down and left about ten stumps in his yard. When I saw those perfect little tables or stools , I mean when I first saw those stumps, I thought wouldn't they make a clever something?! I am not a fan of the over priced gilded ones out there in Decor World but I may just have to take those oh so perfect (ly priced ) stumps off of my neighbors hand. A girl could use some gold sitting around her fire pit ( not too close though ) ! Stay clever you DIY people.

  4. Beth says:

    Tree stumps, branches, limbs, etc. — love'em all! The more rustic it is, the greater the appeal for me.

  5. Sharon says:

    Stumps add a textural natural element to a room design. Limit it to one piece per room, though.

  6. Rosewood11 says:

    My favorite design era is Arts & Crafts/Art Nouveau, and I can see the occasional tree-stump in with it very easily. I enjoy seeing the different way they're used.

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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