Jan 6, 2010

Winter Branches: A Shift in Perspective

* Winter branches on my table to add interest for the cold months ahead.

I used to get a little bummed-out in the winter. The flowers were gone, the leaves had all been shed from the trees, things seemed, well...a bit gloomy.
But then one day, I read something (and for the life of me I can't remember where) that shifted my perspective. I have never been the same since when it comes to my view of winter beauty. Basically, the thought was that winter was the time of the year we should enjoy shapes, silhouettes, texture, form, and simplicity. So, every winter to honor this thought (and my budget!) I clip some branches from a tree outside and pop them in a vase. It's one of my favorite wintery things to do!

Using some pruners, I clipped some branches from a Bradford Pear tree outside. I chose a large vase, with a wide head, and trimmed the lower twigs from each branch so it would sit inside. The point is to choose a branches that have interesting shapes and some character.  The "arrangement" doesn't have to be perfect and it will add interest to your home indoors!

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That Fresh Feeling said...

Love this concept of bringing nature in the home. very beautiful!

Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

It looks very nice. I have a tall vase with Corkscrew willow branches in it.Early in the spring I clip some cherry branches and they flower beautifully

Unknown said...

I put branches all over my house starting in October. I love branches! They look so natural and chic, yet uncontrived...and no flowers/petals to drop!. Yours look GREAT!

Matt5verse6 said...

I like the branches concept. :) Dropping by from SITS to say, "Hello"! I hope you have a fabulous day! Best wishes for the new year.

Kindest regards,

Corrie Howe said...

I think this is a lovely idea.