BRIANA: I professed my tree & tree branch decor crush back in 2011 (still love you, Cole & Son Woods!), but even back then, I recognized that there was some trend fatigue. Fast forward to 2013. I just noticed an item in this month’s issue of People StyleWatch declaring that Tree Branch Decor was OUT. Their expert says people are going more modern and less rustic these days, but what do you think? Are you still a tree-hugger or do you wish this trend would make like a tree and leaf? (Sorry not sorry.)
DEANNE REVEL: I was just looking at my accessory tree that holds all my necklaces and headbands this morning and thinking, “Man, I need to get hip. This isn’t cool anymore.”
FARIMA: I was never really on the tree train. I say keep it to nurseries only.
MARIANNE: I prefer my trees petrified these days.
Photo: Charles Tilford/Flickr
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Who knew there is an entire month devoted to checking your trees to make sure they are healthy and strong? It’s true. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this month we should all take a few minutes to inspect our local trees for insect damage and other harmful effects, such as dead branches and leaves that have changed color too early. So, let’s get out there and save some trees!
The Great Outdoors
If you haven’t heard (where have you been?), HGTV Gardens launched yesterday with a new website. It’s all anyone in the office can talk about (it’s that good!). And so, I’ve been flipping through the site all morning — and look what I’ve come across. This three-room treehouse strung together with wooden bridges is a secret hideaway in the middle of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Fascinating, right?
It sort of reminds me of the hugely popular Hobbit Houses post I did back in December.
A House on High: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins
Treehouse Inside: Look at the Stunning Interiors >>
Happy Earth Day, one and all! In addition to all the small “acts of green” you can do for the planet — biking to work, switching to green cleaning products — why not show your support every day with some cute home decor like these Tree Hugger pillows from Zinc Door?
Tallk about eco chic! The felt pillows look so soft, and I love their retro hippie-era designs and earthy color palettes. In fact, I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree…or Tree Hugger pillows.
How do you plan to observe Earth Day?
I’m still not over Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper. I know, it’s been done to death in magazines and on blogs, and is like “so 2006,” or whatever, but I don’t even care. There’s a store in my neighborhood that uses it on an accent wall, and I swear I always end up in that store just so I can bask in it. That’s how much I love it. Alas, I’m a renter and wallpaper ain’t cheap, so I kinda gave up the ghost on having some Woods of my own. Until I saw Inhabit’s Timber hanging slats.
Bingo! It’s like someone made Woods for renters. I can hang these beauts in my bedroom, guilt-free! Better yet, if I ever move to a large space that needs some definition, I could use the panels as room dividers, too. Now, if only someone would come up with a rental-friendly way for me to tile my kitchen…
I came across a website with some of the coolest furniture art ever. This stuff takes years to make and is wonderful cross between forestry and high design. It’s called Pooktre. The artists form living trees into furniture as the trees grow. When the tree is the perfect shape, it is harvested, dried and finished.
Not all the trees harvested, some remain as living art on the artist’s property. They have a large garden of tree people all with seemingly different personalities, but no mean ones like in the Wizard of Oz .
Check out the Pooktre website to see all the tree people.