Birch branches are great for adding height to an area and also creating a more architectural look. For a masculine approach to holiday decorating, combine birch branches with cedar and pine cuttings in a rustic vessel or ice bucket. Here, a vintage camping container adds a touch of woodsy plaid to the organic arrangement.
Before ice arrives, search out the best ice melt for your situation. Salt products with sodium chloride can harm plants and concrete. Potassium chloride is less harmful. Calcium chloride is the top choice for effective ice melting with no harm to plants or surfaces. Some gardeners use urea fertilizers, which melt ice and won’t harm plants or concrete. It only works with temps above 11°F, so its usefulness is somewhat limited in coldest zones.
As leaves fall from trees, it’s a great time to do a little birdwatching. Many botanic gardens and nature reserves offer birdwatching outings in fall. Search state park listings online to learn about opportunities in your area.
Sheer draperies topped with strands of mirror tiles provide a lovely backdrop for this modern winter vignette. HGTV fan nyclq placed a single glittered branch in a tall clear vase to create visual impact while complementing the room's minimal look.
Light from an unusual branch-like chandelier reflects in a wall of mirror panels to illuminate this contemporary master sitting room designed by Zoe Hsu of Z Dimensions Interior Design at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013.
This home is all about a unique use of materials, clearly seen in the range of textures in this dining room. On a grand scale you see the varying use of metal, leather and wood, but little details like the shattered glass hiding in the dining room table are what make the space unique.
When creating a holiday arrangement, look no further than what you may already have in your home. "The inspiration for this design came from the need to create a transition from the kitchen to the dining area and incorporating a common household item: coffee beans," says Carrie Koller Waller. The team uses glitter branches, coffee beans, cylinder vases, pillar candles and various ornaments to form this festive arrangement. "The coffee beans not only tie in the homeowner's love for coffee, but they also add a neutral color, give height to the candles, weight the vases and provide a great alternative to glass beads or rock fillers." Photo courtesy of Whimsical Gatherings; photography by Meggie Velasco