Petrified wood is my latest decorating accent of choice and full-on obsession! The polished earth tones add a rustic yet chic look to any room, and they can work for you whether your taste leans toward the modern, the traditional or somewhere in between. "Petrified" comes from the Greek word for rock or stone, so petrified wood literally means "wood turned to stone." It is the fossilized remains of ancient vegetation that has gone through "permineralization," a fancy term for all the organic materials being replaced with minerals such as quartz or silica. But I'll skip the rest of the biology lesson.
What you really need to know is that this rarified wood is gorgeous when honed to a subtle sheen, mingling the warmth of wood with the depth and marbling of stone. The heavy material is the ultimate souvenir of prehistoric times, and who doesn't want that in their home? Talk about a conversation piece.
Check out these petrified objects, from budget friendly to uberluxe, and see how they have been artfully used everywhere from living rooms to kitchens. — Lani from Mon Petit Chou Chou