Comments (23)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
imho22

Annie, thank you for a creative article. I love the tabletop ideas here, finding them very artistic. Why argue over semantics?

That said, I don't think I would put leaves directly on the plate for sanitary reasons. If you found leaves on the ground rather than picking them from trees, remember that animals both domestic and wild love to do their business on soft absorbent surfaces, including piles of fallen leaves. I like nycredhead's idea of sprigs of rosemary on the plates as an alternative.

An inconvenient reality to consider. We have a major tick/lyme disease problem here in the mid-Atlantic so pressing the leaves in wax paper with an iron as suggested by ctortolano would both preserve the leaves and guard against ticks (heat kills ticks). I'm out in nature every day on my property and I love bringing the outside in but with some cautions. I put collected pine cones on a parchment paper covered baking tray in a low oven (200ºF) for an hour to remove any tiny critters before decorating with them. Embrace the beauty of nature in your house but use common sense.

7 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Maxine Wright

I absolutely love some of these ideas and find this article to be very inspiring! Love the simple minimal design (and, yes, I do think it is design) aesthetic!

2 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maria cartaya
Wow I love the ideas! So simple yet chic! I love it!
1 Like    

Related Stories

Houzz Tours My Houzz: Personal, Joyful Style in an 1895 Harlem Apartment
A designer’s renovated 4-story brownstone features cool original details and fun collections
Full Story
Apartment Life It Can Work: When Your Living Room Is Your Bedroom
Find out how dwellers in 5 studio apartments combine functions in a single room
Full Story
My Houzz My Houzz: Relaxed Style in an Updated New Orleans Home
Lush houseplants, a porch lounge and a reclaimed rickshaw outdoor bar add personality to a couple’s 1880s Bywater house
Full Story
Laundry Rooms New This Week: 3 Well-Appointed Laundry Rooms, Small to Large
See how various color, materials and layout decisions create efficient, hardworking and beautiful spaces
Full Story
Room Refreshes How to Refresh Your Living Room on Any Budget
Update your living space, whether you have just $100 or as much as $10,000 to spend
Full Story
Color Palettes 4 Easy Elements to Change Your Kitchen’s Color Palette
Swap out these features to give your kitchen a fresher or more seasonal look
Full Story
Shop Houzz High-Performance Rugs With Free Shipping
By Houzz
These hard-wearing rugs add lasting style to your home
See Products
Christmas 3 Simple and Easy Details to Get Ready for Holiday Guests
Add these thoughtful touches to your guest bedroom and bathroom to welcome overnight visitors this season
Full Story
Shop Houzz Summer Preview: Area Rugs
By Houzz
Shop our most stylish indoor and outdoor styles
See Products
My Houzz Warm Up Fall With an Apple Pie Party at Home
A pie enthusiast shares a recipe, ideas for pretty crusts, and tips on how she makes the most of her rental kitchen
Full Story