Friday, November 7, 2008
Living in the desert you have to incorporate organic materials in your decor in unusual ways. I have a black thumb that compounded with the uncooperative atmosphere here in Las Vegas has killed quite a few living plants. As a result, over the many years of my career I have used many a dried, preserved, and - dare I say - artificial plant. Gasp!!
My absolute favorite is the dead Manzanita tree. This fine example above has seen 10 long years of abuse in my family room and desperately needs to be replaced. His branches have gone bald and he's too fragile to clean so the remaining leaves are coated with dust and other yuck! Alas, I have a sentimental attachment to old Woody and I hate to see him go. But just as I was considering replacing him with something less combustible I see that dead wood is everywhere; drift wood, preserved wood, sandblasted wood, even faux wood!
dried wood candelabra via Wisteria
Stick chandelier via Terramia
Fabulous branches canopy bed
Branches spray painted to look like coral in a window display at Tiffany & Co
via style court
Dead tree as decor
Fab sandblasted branches lamp via pottery barn
Trunk lamp via neiman marcus
Spooky iron branches candelabra via eco home furniture
Another dead tree as decor via brown design
Woody bottles via crate & barrel
So, in closing, if you live by the beach, a lake, or a forest get out there and collect some interesting wood. You'll save a mint on new home accessories.
P.S. If anyone has a line on some great looking, dried, leafy manzanita let me know. We seem to be fresh out here in Vegas and it's now illegal to cut your own in Utah.