HGTV Dream Home designer Linda Woodrum was inspired by birch bark for this modern kitchen's color palette. Cararra marble tile in a symmetrically-stacked pattern is set against charcoal-hued cabinets. The nearly 13-foot-long island, topped with white quartz, features three cabinets of storage shelves cloaked behind frosted glass.
The modern furniture in this white-walled den is custom-fitted to the space, with an integrated desk that extends straight from the sofa's wooden frame. Geometric circles offer a contemporary take on the round woven rug, and modern art has a birch bark vibe, bringing a natural element into the space.
Freshly-cut dahlias from the garden at The Swag Country Inn near Waynesville, N.C., are tucked into a bark-covered pillar vase to create this lovely rustic centerpiece. Cockscombs and sunflowers purchased at a local farmers' market fill in the arrangement.
Grey wicker dining chairs complement the shaded tree bark which arches over the outdoor dining table to provide natural shade, while the discoloration in the wooden tabletop perfectly complements the multicolored stonework grounds. The stonework also forms the foundation for the barbecue grill and is reflected by accent pillows dressing the chairs.
Barstools in a variety of colors are an unexpected way to perk up a neutral kitchen. For a cohesive look, stick to the same kind (these are Tolix-style stools), then sprinkle more bright bursts around the room with dishware. Find barstools like these at Overstock, Poly & Bark, and Industry West. (Room design by Carissa Fox)
To create a memorable front entry for this New England residence, landscape designers planted a grove of single-stem river birch trees that frame the front walkway. The trees' peeling bark pops in front of the home's horizontal cedar façade. In another striking play of contrasts, a gravel path is bordered by slabs of smooth granite.
New York designer, Alan Tanksley, sees the color trend shifting toward a subtler color palette defined by nature. "Come out from under the unrelenting depths of forest green and other shady colors and step into a fresh spring palette of celadons, young birch bark, hyacinth violets and sky blues. That’s what I see coming our way!"
The hardwood floor in this bright and airy kitchen resembles tree bark and adds beautiful contrast to the space. White Shaker cabinets pair with gray granite countertops for a classic look that everyone loves. Bold orange pendant lights above the kitchen bar add a punch of color, and recessed lighting and angled windows fill the space with ample light.
When mulch is placed right next to the tree base, you can see the ill effects of the mulch on the trunk, says Josh Fuder, agriculture and natural resources agent for UGA Extension - Cherokee County. Too much moisture will gather around the base and the bark can decay.
Atlanta designer Jason Mitchell created a global, elegant feel in his upstairs office with large panels depicting herons that really announces the importance of nature in this space. Roman shades in a material that resembles wood bark and a tree stump table continue that organic mood.
For a play on masculine and feminine style at the room's entry, rustic logs were cut to size, sanded, then painted with circles featuring different shades of blue as well as pink, yellow, coral and purple. While the rustic texture of the bark is masculine, the poppy pinks and corals add feminine flair.
Clear glass ornaments can be filled with just about anything. But when the weather turns frigid, you'll want to be reminded of nature's sweet scents and beautiful greenery. Trust us. You'll need: clear, fillable glass or plastic ornaments in various shapes; string, yarn, sisal rope or twine; dried fruit; moss; branches; lavender; cinnamon sticks; bark; scissors; push pins.
'White Genoa' is an old fig variety native to the Mediterranean and western Asia. This fig performs well in cool coastal regions, and it’s also fine for growing inland. The fruits have greenish-yellow skins and amber flesh. Many gardeners enjoy the trees as ornamentals, too, for their deeply lobed, green leaves and gray bark.
A North Carolina front porch features a vintage lantern with a bow, a pinecone garland over the door and an evergreen wreath with a fancy ticking bow (that matches the lantern bow). The faux trees in urns are decorated with handmade painted birch bark ornaments and frosted shatterproof balls. It's decorated by craft and home decor blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays.
Potted evergreens are excellent for year-round use and can be especially effective during winter months for adding a touch of classic holiday charm. Keep the overall look simple by planting the evergreens in pots covered in interesting, organic textural materials such as burlap, linen or birch bark. For a more finished look, cover the top of the potting soil with moss.
In this modern terrarium, floral designer Laurel LeMaistre used a combination of natural found material, such as birch bark and swirled branches along with petite orchid plants, and polished river stones. Orchids are a staple flower for all modern design, and their simplicity and longevity make them a perfect choice for terrarium work, says LeMaistre, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Rabbits, voles and field mice nibble bark along the base of shrubs and young trees. Their handiwork is especially difficult to detect on brushy shrubs that give them cover while they chew. Protect the trunks of woody plants by encircling them with commercial tree guards or homemade versions crafted from corrugated drainage pipe (shown), hardware cloth or small mesh poultry wire.
Make It: Pick up firewood from a local vendor, then cut the logs into round or ovular placards. Once cut to size, use acrylic or latex paint and a detail brush to add names or holiday messages. For a more 3-D look, consider using wood or metal letters attached with wood glue. In keeping with the rustic motif, choose rope, twine or burlap ribbon to attach the bark to the chair, keeping it held in place with fabric weights stitched along the front edges.