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Woodland Style

Ideas and Projects


for Bringing the
Beauty of Nature Photography by
into Your Home Marlene Hurley Marshall Sabine Vollmer von Falken

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4  WO OD L AN D C HI C

Contents
Preface
Chapter 1 History, Traditions, and Beliefs
Chapter 2 Foraging for Materials
Chapter 3 Twigs and Vines, Roots, and Bark
Chapter 4 Pinecones, Acorns, and Seedpods
Chapter 5 Moss and Wildflowers
Chapter 6 Trees, Leaves, and Logs
Chapter 7 Wild Edibles
Chapter 8 Holiday and Seasonal Decorations
Chapter 9 Stone and Faux Bois
Appendixes
Index

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CON T EN TS  5

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Nic Osborne’s dedication to the environment in every square

Tree House inch of the exterior and interior. He kept an ele-


ment of the Bauhaus influence by using many
Nic Osborne grew up in a home built with large windows, which gives a feeling of living in
the clean, simplified lines of modern Bauhaus the woods.
architecture, situated in the middle of some The interior was artfully and respectfully
of the most beautiful woods in Connecticut. built with consideration for the existing envi-
Needless to say, Nic wandered around those ronment, featuring tree trunks that seemingly
woods as a child into adulthood, and his grow up through the floor to the second story
experiences greatly influenced his work as a and a stair railing fashioned from twisted tree
dedicated artist/architect, woodsman, and branches. The center island in the kitchen is a
environmentalist. tree trunk on wheels, and the cupboards are
Nic and his partner Robin now live in a equipped with tree knot handles. In the living
two-story tree house that he designed and built area, shelves made from slices of a beech tree
from the very woods that he was introduced to trunk are filled with found woodland treasures
as a young child. The tree house reflects Nic’s and sculptures made from nature.

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OPPOSITE
The dining area
of red cedar posts
and rafters lend
this first floor
room a wonder-
ful aroma. The
walls are black
cherry and the
floor is white pine.
A room-length
sliced tree log
mounted on tree
knots serves as a
shelf for holding
a collection of
woodland finds.

RIGHT
White pine
tree trunks
strategically
placed throughout
the tree house
serve as major
supports.

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WO OD L AN D CHIC

Basic Moss Wreath


Designed by Marlene Hurley Marshall

This rich, green wreath is very easy to make and invites you to add any other natural
materials for creative, colorful accents.

Moss (live or dry) 1. To begin, wrap a good-sized section of moss around a straw
Straw wreath wreath and secure it with floral pins. Keep in mind that live moss
Floral Pins will eventually dry but will maintain its color as long as it is not
Hanging Wire placed in full sun.
Decorative items, such as
2. Add more moss, fitting the pieces together like a puzzle, until the
fruit or flowers
wreath is covered. If you plan to hang the wreath on a door with
glass panes, make sure the back is completely covered as well so
that it is attractive from all sides.

3. Secure a hanging wire to the back of the wreath. Then use floral
pins to attach fresh fruit, a fabulous ribbon, pinecones, or any-
thing else that will complement your décor or appeal to your
personal taste.

LEFT BELOW
Dried dusty blue hydrangea For this variation, I topped
held in place with floral pins the Basic Moss Wreath with
lends a simple but elegant small crab apples and a pear
look to the Basic Moss to add color.
Wreath.

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It’s Only Natural

WOODLAND STYLE
Ideas and Projects for Bringing the Beauty of Nature into Your Home.

August
2010
The Author Woodland Style
Marlene Hurley Marshall Full-color; photographs throughout; 160 pages; 9⁄/™ x 11⁄/™
is a painter/collage artist, arts educator, Paper with flaps: $27.50 US / $34.50 CAN
designer, and author of Making Bits and ISBN: 978-1-60342-552-0; No. 62552
Pieces Mosaics (Storey, 1998) and Shell
Chic (Storey, 2002). She frequently lec-
tures and teaches at museums and art
schools. She also designs and consults
Publicity & Promotion
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Publicity Contact: Amy Greeman (413) 346-2113 or
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amy.greeman@storey.com
lives in Hudson, New York.
• Long lead pitch to craft, décor, and women’s magazines
• Online pitches to craft and decorating websites and
The Photographer bloggers

Marshall
Sabine Vollmer von Falken • National review mailing
is a commercial and fine art photog- • Feature pitch to eco-conscious publications and
rapher. Her photographs have been websites
featured in numerous publications, dis-
• NPR pitch
played in galleries, and included in pri-
vate collections. She previously teamed
up with Marlene Hurley Marshall on
Making Bits and Pieces Mosaics.
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