Archive for November, 2011

Tremendous Twigs

November 17th, 2011
Here in the Netherlands, the fall is finally in full swing. Trees are sporting bald patches here and there, but I don’t mind. I have a thing for bare branches (you thought I was going to say bald patches, didn’t you?). A weird thing to have a thing about, I know…

I was sitting down to a cup of tea in my living room two days ago, and I noticed that the neighbour has given the one and only tree in her back yard a haircut, and there’s a massive branch now sitting in my back garden. I have been contemplating what to with it. Throw it back over the fence, take it out to the garbage disposal, or… strip it, dry it and display it inside? So after an extensive inspiration hunt, I have unearthed some ideas on how to bring the outdoors in and use twigs, branches and limbs in your home design.

Life in the Fun Lane

This is the first image that springs to mind when I think about what to do with the branch I have found, and with this image in mind I have been on the hunt for two more large twigs to complete the scene. I love the simplicity and natural beauty of using three dried branches to adorn a wall.

I also adore the below two ways of using a large tree branch indoors. The subtle creamy colours of the room in the first image, injected with dramatic black accents, gives this contemporary space an organic edge. Beneath, the Scandinavian vintage inspired space is given a romantic edge with the addition of a more detailed branch. I just love this!

via Remodelista

by Kelly Ishikawa of SBX Creative.

The vased twig in the following image is the perfect addition to the rustic space below.

Interior Alchemy

The decorated branch hanging above the bed in the image below adds visual interest and a natural aesthetic to the rustic space, particularly as the bed is central to the room and is thus the focal point.

Via Toast

The use of several branches as a headboard is as interesting as it is lovely. This would be right at home in a coastal style house by the sea. The simple design makes this headboard an easy one to try and recreate yourself.

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I also love the simplicity of using a few twigs to adorn thewall behind the bed in an all white bedroom. The textures against the pale palette is just so soothing…

Lisa Madigan via Little Lovables

The next image demonstrates how a nice solid, semi straight branch can be used for practical purposes. I adore the use of this dried branch as a kitchen rack to hang tea towels and kitchen utensils from! Quite possibly the simplist and most (cost) effective way to add interest to your kitchen.

Another practical use for a thick branch, if you are lucky enough to find two that are symmetrical, is to use them to suspend a decorative shelf, as illustrated below.

Living Etc. via Remodelista

The branch below feels right at home in this neutral hued, coastal-come-rustic style nook. I adore that massive shell, and the vintage dresser too! The whole thing looks pretty to me, though wouldn’t a mirror inside that gorgeous wooden frame complete the picture?

Covetable Designs via CreatingThis Life

When my very good friend sent me a package of handmade fabric birds after the birth of my little girl, Lola, I turned them into a pretty mobile to hang from my daughter’s bed. I have suspended the birds from ribbon, and adorned the ribbon with buttons, bows and little flowers. She loves gazing up at her birds and I often her her chatting away to them!

Holly Marder

Here is another gorgeous example of a bird mobile for a baby’s room. This one was handmade by Laura from Spool Sewing. Make these little fabric birds yourself using this pattern and then attach them (with glue, I presume) to branches before attaching the whole thing together.

Spool Sewing

Keeping in with the nursery theme, how about using a branch to hang teeny tiny clothes from? This would look delicious in my little girl’s bedroom!

Project Nursery

Christmas is fast approaching and I’m thinking of ways to decorate the house without going overboard with shiny tinsel and kitsch decorations. A branch adorned with a few baubles is a gorgeous idea, particularly above the Christmas tablescape.


The baubles used do decorate this Christmas tree are simple and understated and tie in beautifully with the minimalistic theme of this space.

Life in the Fun Lane

Life in the Fun Lane

Even if it’s not Christmas, a single branch suspended above the dining table with a few simple bulbs for lighting is so pretty and is a beautiful accent to this contemporary Scandinavian style tablescape.

The Syle Files

I hope you are as inspired by nature as I am to add a touch of the outdoors to your home this fall.

Love, Holly

Love letters

November 2nd, 2011
Mango wood, aluminium, distressed wood, vintage… in all materials and styles, letters around the house are fun and quirky, and increasingly popular.
Give your home some typographic flair. Dot letters around the home or use them individually to spell out a special word. Here are some ways that letters have adorned some stylish spaces.
Profound Magazine
Via Emma’s Design Blog
I love the use of an oversized letter used to decorate a home office space. It makes the space really personal and it looks fun too!
Alexander Grablewski via Sweet Paul Magazine
This is a clever way to incorporate a word into your space. Simply create a bookend out of a few individual letters by glueing them together in whatever order you like with a glue gun.
Via Practically Modern
Penny Farthing Design House
I love the random placement of these letters in the two retro spaces above. The red in the top picture adds a pop of colour and a hint of fun to a potentially monotonous palette.  The choice of word is also one of the best. Just L.O.V.E. ly! (Ok, that was corny!)
Fresh Home

Wallpaper has made a serious comeback in recent times. Why not try a more non conventional print and opt for a fun letter design for a feature wall? This would be fun in a kid’s bedroom, but I also like it for big kids too!
The Shabby Nest for Houzz

This bedroom is so pretty. I love how they have used the mantel as a gorgeous rustic headboard, and I am also loving the gold painted letters that balance on the mantle ledge. A great way to personalise a bedroom and also to ascertain whose side is whose!
Via Pinterest
This letter B is a gorgeous and personal addition to this vintage room. What a lovely way to adorn the wall in a baby’s bedroom.
Via Art & Decoration
This room is modern and rustic at the same time, with a just hint of vintage. That rustic flair is largely thanks to the gorgeous mango wood and aluminium letters, which tie in beautifully with the rustic wooden panels on the chest and bookcase.
Rue Mag
What stands out the most in this minimalistic vintage dining room is the bold, black word EAT, spelled out with individual letters. A quirky way to add interest to a quirky space. I am loving the simplicity of this dining room too!
Elise Blaha
While hunting around for letter inspiration, I came across this fun DIY project. Using scrap wood, nails and string, blogger Elise Blaha created this charming decorative ampersand.  It has both modern and rustic charm and is simple to make. You will need:
  • 1-2 inch thick piece of wood (Elise’s is 24×24″ square)
  • lots of nails
  • string – any color you want
  • paper for creating a template
Follow the full tutorial here.
Penelope Tom
If you are looking for letters to buy, have a look at Penelope Tom, Not on the High Street or The Letteroom.
Grace Graffiti

Grace Graffiti also make rustic looking letters and sell them via their Etsy store. I like the look of a rustic letter against exposed brick for an industrial look. 
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Holly x