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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: 38 Rooms with Long-Armed Sconces

A few years ago it was the bare bulb.  Now everyone’s hanging these super spindly sconces in unexpected places (and sometimes they even have bare bulbs). Over sinks and sofas, from beams, and reaching straight across kitchens, they’re an interesting element, and certainly functional. Some have a mid-century Italian twist, others are more industrial work horses. I guess I like them, though it’s not exactly easy to install a sconce on a whim. I wonder if those who are incorporating them into current projects will feel like they’re trendy/dated in a couple of years. Time will tell. In the meantime, I like them, even if they look like they might reach out and grab you.

Photographer Inger Marie Grini  – Bo Bedre

Kelly Behun

via Mi Casa Es Su Casa

via Design Traveller

via Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Photographer Nathan Kirkman

Photographer Pernille Kaalund

Tamzin Greenhill

via Blood and Champagne

Paul Caddell of Abingdon 12

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DWR

NYT

Photographer Peter Margonelli

Ron Marvin  –  Traditional Home

via Blood and Champagne

via Blood and Champagne

Elle Espana

Photographer Andreas Mickkel Hansen – Bolig Magasinet

Elle Decoration South Africa

Piet Boon

Dimore Studio

Shelton Mindel & Associates

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Photographer Armelle Habib

Photographer Toby Scott  –  Est Magazine

Norm Architects Copenhagen

via Mi Casa Es Su Casa

via Lello

Shelton Mindel & Associates

 Alketas Pazis in Athens

Atlanta Homes Magazine

via Blood and Champagne

Photographer Magnus Anesund

Elle Decoration

Home of gallerist David Gill – Photographer Ricardo Labougle

Bolig Magasinet

Photographer Magnus Anesund

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Montage: 45 Rooms with Sculptures (Plus My Own)


My husband and I have quite a bit of art—oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, pastels, photography—but not much in the way of sculpture. In fact, he said last week we should consider adding some to our collection. (OK!) We have a few pieces, which I’ve included photos of here, and at the end of the post. The above image (next to the Cynthia Packard) shows a little sculpture that my son made. (Most of you know I never gush about my kids, so indulge me this time.)

Boston sculptor/potter Steve Murphy has a daughter my sons’ age, so they’ve been treated to a special pottery-making sessions. Mercifully, Steve has the kids finish with a green glaze, so the clay  emerges from the kiln resembling patina-ed bronzes. My favorite is an abstract from the preschool years. (Subsequent years’ attempts at representational pieces were not quite so successful.) It’s been on our mantle for years, not out of misplaced maternal pride, but because I rather like it. (Aesthetics prevail around here.)

Here’s a shot of my bedroom bookshelf. (Excuse the low brow reading material.) The pieces aren’t exactly artfully arranged, but a few are quite special. Starting from the left:  black & white flower ‘Fusion Foto Bloc’ by Debbie Krim purchased at her SoWa studio; one of my most cherished works, a Romolo Del Deo bronze nude from Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, a holiday gift from my mother-in-law because I’ve always admired hers. Another gift from my mother-in-law, a miniature wooden Degas ballerina from the Met Museum gift shop. Her mother-in-law (my husband’s grandmother) gave it to her. She passed it down to me this past December. The two chairs prints I made a couple of summers ago after taking a class at Castle Hill. The small rock is a chunk of pyrite and the large rock on the right we found on a Truro beach. Finally, the outstretched ballerina on the right is a piece I’ve had for much of my life, passed down from my grandmother, who was an antiques dealer. It is bronze on a green marble base but don’t know anything else about it.

Now that you know plenty about my own collection, here are 45 more refined rooms with many spectacular sculptures, starting with a Dubuffet.

Designer Frederic Mechiche’s loft via Door 16
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Katie Lydon Interiors
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Trip Haenisch & Assoc. – Photographer Simon UptonElle Decor
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Kelly Behun   |   Kelly Wearstler, Metropolitan Home
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Photographer Pernille Kaalund
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Ashe + Leandro Architecture + Interior Design  |   unidentified
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via Desire to Inspire
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David Scott Interiors
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Designer Frederic Mechiche’s loft via Door 16
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Elle Decor
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The Selby
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Mercedes Perez de Castro
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Delphine Krakoff, Pamplemousse Design
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Photographer Warren Heath   |   Photographer Simon Watson
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James Harb Architects – Photographer William WaldronElle Decor

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Delphine Krakoff, Pamplemousse Design
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Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design
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Photographer Stellan Herner   |   unidentified
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Photographer Pierre Jean Verger
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via The Brickhouse    |   Weitzman Halpern Design
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Jennifer Post Design – Architectural Digest
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Eric Ceputis Design – Photographer Nathan KirkmanElle Magazine
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via The Brickhouse   |   Robert Passal Interior & Architectural DesignTraditional Home
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Hotel Particulier
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Kriste Michelini Interiors   |   Jennifer Post Design
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Luis Bustamante Arquitectura de Interiores
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Charles de Lisle Workshop    |   Marc Jacobs’ Paris apartment by Paul Fortune Design
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New York Spaces
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Wendy Blount, Blount Design
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Jennifer Post Design
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Weitzman Halpern Design   |   David Scott Interiors

Kelly Behun
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Duane Modern Gallery   |    Adam Bram Straus Interior DesignLonny
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A few other shots of sculptures in my own home:

Left: Chaim Gross sculpture, a gift from my in-laws, It is bronze on a wood base, and very heavy.
Right top: A wooden sculpture of a mother and two children that I bought at a gallery in Wellfleet on Cape Cod when my children were about those ages, and always wanted to be held. It’s dark-stained wood. I can look up the artist if anyone’s interested.
Right bottom: A close-up shot of my son’s abstract clay sculpture, circa 2005.

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