Branching Out

By Kate Riley October 20, 2009

Watching the leaves fall from the trees reminds me of how much I am drawn to branches used in decor.  I found some interesting accessories online, and also some out-of-the-box uses for branches. 

First, here are some dynamic images that inspire me these days. 

wedding bee curly willow Image: Wedding Bee

 cb2 branch Image: CB2


branch above dining room apt therapy  Image: Apartment Therapy

kelly wearstler branchesImage: Kelly Wearstler

House Beautiful March08_thumb[2][1]Image: House Beautiful

roman williams design branches Image: Roman Williams

via habitually chicImage: Domino

branches in blue and white vase house beautifulImage: House Beautiful

domino tre branches Image: Domino

manzanita marthaImage: Martha Stewart

crabapple branches sunset magazine Image: Sunset Magazine

sprout red manzanita Image: Sprout

window at tiffany Window at Tiffany’s, Source Unknown 


I’ve used a lot of branches to decorate my own spaces as well. 

Some branches in the foyer over the summer.

foyer branches

To display jewelry with this DIY jewelry tree:

jewelry tree close

In this restaurant vase I restyled over the summer:

branches from rear


Painted on my daughter’s bedroom wall

cg cherry tree

Moved into the living room this fall.

purple branches in window

Here are a few branch themed accessories available right now:

west elm branch side table Branch Side Table, West Elm, $179


twig flower holder viva terra Twig Flower Holder, Viva Terra, $79


willow candle holders Willow Candle Holders, GI Designs, $89


branch vases target Branch Vases, Target, $43 to $68


twig wall sconce crate and barrelTwig Wall Sconce, Crate + Barrel, $49


branch mirror cross country livingBranch Mirror, Amazon, $299


Finally, here are a few great DIY projects with branches serving a useful purpose:


new baby zone picture display Picture display by New Baby Zone

coat rack ferm website  As a coat rack, Image: Ferm

tree branch curtain rod diy website As a curtain rod, by DIY Ideas 


tree branch stocking holder earthfirst

As a stocking holder, Image: Apartment Therapy


Of course, the best season of all to decorate with branches is coming up quickly.  I can’t wait for the pine, fir, and cedar branches, covered with ribbons and ornaments and all things seasonal, that come with the Christmas holiday !     

And there is still time to enter the Giveaway, for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for some home improvement.  Giveaway ends Wednesday, October 21st at 8 p.m. PST.  Don’t miss out !


  1. What beautiful photos! I love the look of branches in all types of settings. In fact, I was just thinking about using the branches that are all over the place here – after our crazy storms last week – to finish up (I actually mean begin) my Halloween decor. Thanks!

  2. I was just in West Elm last week and they had a huge branch hanging over a table with lights on it. They guy that worked there was telling me he had worked on it the day before. It wasn’t for me but I do like the ones that you have in your house.

  3. I had taken an 8 foot tree branch which had dropped off an old tree at our home up north and created a railing for my stairs. The branch is about 2″ at the thickest spot and is anchored with those metal brackets that hold a railing to the wall.
    First I had sanded it down and varnished about 6 times, to ensure it would stay gorgeous and be wipeable. [all those nice dirty hand germs over the years]
    BUT…since we have no longer got our home up north….. I have this wonderful reminder of my youth, my parents and the beauty of the nature we had around us, now with me for many more years to come.
    It gets compliments from everyone who has never seen it before!

  4. yumm I love branches too! I have some in an urn sitting in the LR- then I tied a wought iron “E” (for our last name) on one of the branches- may hang some mercury glass balls on it for Chrismtas! Because we live in a very wooded area- I have a storehouse of branches and twigs to choose from-its trying to find the ones without little critters -thats another story!

  5. These are terrific pictures and fill my head with ideas of how I can add even more branches than I already have. I have always had a love for trees, looking up through the leaves of spring to the icicle laden branches of winter. I was so stoked that trees and birds for that matter showed up in decor. I loved every single one of these ideas! Thanks (you’ll get no thanks from my hubby though because it means another decorating project!)

  6. I actually saw the last one with the stockings and have told hubby that I’d like to do that in our home! I love branches :)

  7. wow, i love all these looks. i especially love the branches shooting out of big vases. unfortunately, my cats would attack and destroy them! :(

  8. I love branches in decor…I need to take a trip to my Dad’s back yard! (I get the best ones from there and the price is just right!)

  9. Funny thing! I gathered up a whole bunch of branches from the park the other day and plan to spray them for the upcoming holiday. I’ll take some photos too, but I’m glad to see I’m not crazy (since those at the park thought I was!)

  10. Love that image! I made a huge mistake this fall in my garden, I trimmed my Spring flowering branches down in August thinking they’d still have time to grow for the spring. Wrong. So sad, I won’t have them next year.

  11. Love all of these ideas. My favorite has to be the one with the hanging lights!

    I have a project in the works with some branches! I’ll keep you posted!!

  12. Oh my gosh just beautiful. Last year I “stole” some branches from the tree that is between mine and our neighbors, sprayed them white and covered them with beads and glitter to put in a christmas jar! Looked beautiful and was cheap too
    Im having a giveaway over at my blog: if you would like to drop by and check it out!

  13. Love it! I just recently have been using branches all over my house, too! It’s getting to be an addiction. Lately, everytime I pick up our yard of all branches, they end up in my basement workshop :) Thanks for sharing!

  14. I absolutely love these ideas of using branches! What a classy look! I have been using wall decals from with their designs of branches. After reading this article I got some beautiful long branches and placed them in a large vase on a shelf in front of the decals. Each enhanced the other and it looks fantastic!

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