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Montage: 18 Rooms with Bare Branch Arrangements

Two years ago, after a trip to Copenhagen, I posted 22 Rooms with Scandinavian Holiday Decor. Although this post is not about the winter holidays, it is about decorating with branches and twigs in their bare, natural state in wintertime. While it can be nice to splurge on pretty, colorful flowers to brighten a room, especially during the depths of winter, bare tree branches are an easy (free) alternative. Tree branch arrangements add drama and interesting shapes and texture to a room. Stick them in a pot or clear glass vase with water. If you want a bit more embellishment, try branches with berries, pussy willows, flowering branches, or branches with a few leaves still intact. Here are 18 Scandinavian style interiors with tree branch arrangements.

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“Snow in Japan” print by Phil Noller – bare trees in a snowy landscape.
The bare tree branch in clear glass cylinder jar echoes the scene.
The sheepskin rug and fur throw add coziness.
Sydney, Australia home of Alice Flynn of Penny Farthing Design House
Photo by Tim Pascoe  •  via SF Girl by Bay

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A handful of bare skinny twigs plucked from a city tree.
Gray linens by Bedouin Societé

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Pussy willows in brass jug vase.
Vintage elm wood table from Danish home brand Bloomingville.

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Sweeping branch and photos of food in the kitchen of Fjeldborg blogger.
Note the sky blue tile counter.

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Tree branch arrangement in funky black vase.
Copenhagen apartment of Majbritt Meng & Jesper Johansson
Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer or Gaelle Le Boulicaut  •  Bo Bedre
Shell Chair by Hans J. Wegner (1963)

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Makeover of a home that’s a 1930s church.
The tree branch arrangment in the big black pot adds height.
Styled by Judith Dekker   •  Photo by James Stokes  •  Vt Wonen

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Reclaimed wood table, wire chair, sheepskin, bare tree branch arrangement.
Anna Malin  •  a Skona Hem blog

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Bare branches in glass vase in Scandinavian style apartment in Amsterdam.
via Homedit

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These branches still have some green leaves attached.
Stacked shelving system by JDS Architects for Muuto.

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Marimekko pillow, Muuto table, books on a ledge, bare branches.
Styled by Rikke Graff Juel / Ellen’s Album

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Wood style tile flooring by Topps Tiles.

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Twiggy arrangements in metal vessels in the home Annalena’s Hem blogger.

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Alseda stools from Ikea, Eames chair with sheepskin throw,
and tall branches in home of Norwegian blogger Tonje Boganes
via Dream Home Decorating

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Extra tall bare branches on wood dining table in front of a wooded view.
Sydney, Australia home of Alice Flynn of Penny Farthing Design House
Photo by Tim Pascoe  •  via SF Girl by Bay

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Flowering branches in white pitcher.
Sydney, Australia home of Alice Flynn of Penny Farthing Design House
Photo by Tim Pascoe  •  via SF Girl by Bay

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Bare branch arrangement on walnut dining table with black Eames chairs.
Styled by Louise Kamman Riising  •  Photo by Pernille Kaalund 
Femina

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Tree branch arrangement sporting pink flowers.
Boucherouite rug from Beldi Rugs
Home of  SF Girl By Bay blogger Victoria Smith

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Gnarled bare branches in clear glass vase.
Neon heart available at Penny Farthing Design House.

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Montage: 25 Bedrooms with Patterned Bedding

Like most things in my house, I tend towards simple with clean lines. While it’s true that in my living room in Boston, I have a bold Angela Adams rug and smattering of patterned pillows by Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, Hable Construction, and Judy Ross Textiles, the sofa and upholstered cushions on the vintage Scandinavian chairs from eBay are slightly textured solids

In the bedroom, I always keep colors and textures more subdued. When we lived in a bungalow in Chevy Chase, we had the loveliest bedroom, with pale lilac walls, a creamy wrought iron bed, and a beautiful quilt that my mother-in-law made for us as a wedding gift. The windows looked out on a magnolia tree in the backyard.

Our Boston bedroom, by contrast, is a dungeon. To lighten things up, we have a tall tailored headboard from Pottery Barn, upholstered in white cotton duck. The sheets and duvet are pure white. Not exciting, but the best we can do as everything else seems to have taken priority for the last dozen years. Happily the all white bedroom on the Cape is bliss.

The condo in Delray Beach is currently being painted white. White, white, and more white. The cork floor should go in later this month(!!!). If you’ve been following, you’ll know it’s decorated with white and pale wood furniture from Ikea (sofa, chairs), CB2 (nightstands, dining table), West Elm (bed), etc. and punctuated with pops of color.

The boys’ beds, of which i did a staged makeover, are back to its original style. While the bold graphic bedding looked better, it wasn’t the aesthetic I was going for. So they once again have the Ikea duvet covers in teal and grass green with organic patterns. While the fabric is slightly rough, I love the quality of the duvet inserts, pillows, mattress pads, and other bedding basics.

BeddingStyle.com was in touch recently about doing some sort of makeover using my choice of bedding from its site. There are a few great modern bedding brands, including Marimekko, so I’ve been contemplating whether to try one out in the Florida master bedroom. I had planned on using a sea glass colored Matouk coverlet I bought at the Matouk Factory Store in Fall River, Mass.

In trying to determine whether to go with a subtly colored solid duvet or comforter, or one with a pattern, I thought it best to pull together some examples. (The sheets will remain white; always white.) Here are 25 bedrooms with patterned duvets, comforters, or quilts.

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Alexandra Angle Interior Design

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Home of designer Leah Bartholomew of  Beneath the Sun
Photo by Toby Scott  •  The Design Files

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Birch Tree Duvet Cover   •  Urban Outfitters

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Hilary Thomas Designs  •  House Beautiful 

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Comforter by Hay  •  Photo by Tim Bjørn •  Bo Bedre

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Home of More Than Living blogger, Cindy Keur-Rijckenberg

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Home of Finnish photographer, stylist, designer Riikka Kantinkoski

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&Tradition Trash Me lamp  •  Est Magazine

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Photo by Mona Gundersen

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Magical Thinking Altiplano shams at Urban Outfitters

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NYC home of Lauren Moffat  •  Photo by Alice Gao  •  Design Sponge

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Home of designer Sam Sacks  •  House & Home

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Josef Frank print  •  House to Home

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Kyle- & Erin’s U Street home  •  Apartment Therapy

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María Lladó

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Ripple bedding by Lulu DK for Matouk

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Styled by Kim Timmerman

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Pottery Barn Kids mini polka dot bedding and gold unicorn
Sixth Street Design

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Hay quilt   •  Kayser-O Photography  •  Femina

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Mexican Otomi print bedding  •  Domino

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Dip dye bedding  •  Artwork by Andrew O’Brien

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Bedding by Luhta Home AW2013  •  Krista Keltanen Photography

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Philadelphia home of painter Nicholas Santore &  designer Valerie Ferus
Design Sponge

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Lulu De Kwiatkowski’s home  •  Photo by Patrick Kline  •  Lonny 

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Lulu De Kwiatkowski’s home  •  Photo by Patrick Kline  •  Lonny 

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Albert Hadley “Fireworks” wallpaper  •  House Beautiful

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Montage: Enclosed Fireplaces

I remember growing up that every house had a red brick fireplace enclosed in awful cloudy glass with brass trim. It looked just terrible, but I guess the thinking was that by containing the heat, the fire would help actually heat the room—ambience be damned. For heat, it’s probably more effective to do a wood stove type of thing (see my freestanding fireplace post); my in-laws have one in their kitchen in Connecticut and it’s so toast.

Poking around my Pinterest boards for fireplaces, I am happy to report that the glass enclosed fireplace has received a much needed update. Apparently they’re called authentic balanced flue gas fires. A balanced flue is a glass fronted gas appliance, which is completely sealed from the room into which it’s installed and vents directly to an outside wall. Air is drawn in from the outside for combustion purposes increasing its efficiency through an outer pipe, whilst the inner pipe vents the combustion gases outside. Got that?

The 17 fireplaces below seem to be of the balanced flue variety, though I’m no expert. In any case, they’re all cozy and I’d love to install one into my non-working fireplaces in Boston.

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Paul Archer Design

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Skona Hem

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Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture

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Plus Arkkitehdit

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Photo from Linnea Press

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Photo by Helenio Barbetta for Dwell

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Bolig Magasinet

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Susanna Cotts

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Photo by Lars Kaslov for Bo Bedre

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Vt Wonen

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Paul de Ruiter Architects

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Stone panels by TotalStone

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Home of stylist Kim van Rossenberg
Photo by Ernie Enkelaar for 101 Woonideeen

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JD Ireland Interior Architecture

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Montage: 30 Kids Rooms with Teepees

Teepees, wigwams, play tents  (whatever you want to call them) have been trending for a rather long time.  However last week, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed them a trend:  Teepees: The New Urban Hideaway.  I’m not sure why a newspaper would be so slow to catch onto this (it’s not like there’s a three-month lead time). No matter, they’re still going strong. We had a refrigerator box playhouse for a while; admittedly not nearly as chic. But that was a dozen years ago.

The teepee is great because it looks good not only in a kids room, but in adult spaces too. As you can see from these 30 rooms with teepees, they work well in white Scandinavian interiors, minimalist black and white living rooms, nurseries with traditional childrens bedroom furniture, and of course colorful playrooms. You can even erect one outdoors.

I was obsessed with building forts as a kid, always enclosing my bunk beds with blankets, and wishing I had a way to hang a sheet from the ceiling. My kids, too, used to love taking all the blankets they could gather and draping them over chairs and ottomans to create fun enclosures. There’s definitely something satisfying, and practical too, about a kid constructing a hideaway on his own. That said, it’s also nice to have a ready-made private quiet space. Wonder if my boys are too big for one now?

 

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Photo by Lönngren Widell

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L.A. home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne
Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

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Home of architect Clare Cousins
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Sukha Amsterdam  •  Vosgesparis

My Bedroom Retreat Contest  Kids Room

Apartment Therapy’s My Bedroom Retreat Contest

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Weekday Carnival

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Pour Jolies Momes

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Time of the Aquarius

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Little Birds Boutique

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Interjero Patarimai

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Little Kind

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Design Sponge

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Design Sponge

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Photo by Krista Keltnanen

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Desire to Inspire

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6th Street Design School

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Aesthetic Outburst

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Varpunen

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Moozle

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Home of Minnie Mortimer
Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com

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The Handmade Home

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IKEA Family Live

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Mokkasin

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Fawn Over Baby

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The Design Files

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Bolig Magasinet

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Jute Interior Design

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Photo by Christina Kayser Onsgaard for Bo Bedre

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Montage: Woodsy Winter Tablescapes

I don’t do Christmas, and I’m really not into the whole red, green, and gold thing. But I  pretty much love anything Scandinavian, including Scandinavian style Christmas tables. These Nordic-inspired woodsy tablescapes all incorporate natural elements, like evergreen sprigs, pinecones, and branches. Bringing a bit of the outdoors is cost effective and cozy. Here are 18 woodsy winter tablescapes. For more ideas, see my “Rustic Christmas Table Decorating Ideas” post on the Wayfair blog.

Table Setting With Pine Cones And Evergreen

 via Styling Pics

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Stylizmo

Christmas Table Setting Rue Magazine

Rue Magazine

Winter Tablescape With Natural Elements

Nordingarden

Reindeer Sugar Cookies On Log Charger

Sweet Little Peanut

Mini Christmas Tree Nordic Tables

 The House that Lars Built • Photo by Cassidy Tuttle

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Lantliv, * Photo by Fredrikke Heiberg

Bulb Plantings on Holiday Table

Welke

Woodsy Winter Wonderland Wedding

Deborah Zoe Photography

Country Woodsy Wedding Tablescape

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Natural Table Setting With Newspapers

Alt Summit 2012 Sunday Suppers

Natural Tablescape From FrokenKnopp Blog

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Pine Branches Under Glasses On The Table

Bo Bedre

White Candles And Moss For Xmas

Bo Bedre

Pine Tree Place Cards For Christmas Table

Martha Stewart

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Stylizmo

Place Cards In Pine Cones

Brides

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