Cheap Home Decor from Nature

Leonardo da Vinci once said “Those who take for their standard anyone but nature – the mistress of all masters- weary themselves in vain.” He was right. When it comes to creative design, Mother Nature is still the greatest maker. Decorating with branches can be an easy and inexpensive way to put Mother Nature’s beautiful genius to practical use.

At our house, we do a lot of outdoor decorating with branches. In particular, we love the branches that the cows have rubbed over and over again by the edges of the pasture. The oil from the the cows rubbing them gives the branches a shine and makes them look as beautiful as any store-bought stain. We have several gnarly “cow branches” gracing our gardens. Continue reading