Branching out

Fabulous faux bios brings nature’s everlasting beauty indoors. With its grainy detailing and good looks, this wood-motif trend is here to stay.

You can’t control nature.

Whether it’s wacky weather patterns or hard-to-keep plants, the natural world has a mind of its own. Leave it to tried-and-true trees to ^ work their way into our homes. The statuesque species with elongated stems and bountiful branches are blurring the boundary between indoors and out.

Faux boys—French for “false wood”—is the craft of imitating wood and its grainy texture. The elegant art stems from the Renaissance era and has become a staple in interiors and individual style. Italian fashion designer Else Schiaparelli looked to trees for inspiration (see her 1938 silk ensemble in pattern with leaf-shaped button, above). Even sent a collection of wood-grain creations down its spring 2011 runway.

Today, faux bios can be found in tables, floor lamps, artwork, and more. Ever glamorous and always in style, this twiggy trend grows on you.

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My mum has a beautiful collection of vintage blue English transfer ware that I absolutely adore The plates and cups and saucers are my favorite, and I love that each individual piece tells a little story my aunt’s print

My great-aunt Carol has a gallery of paintings and photographs from yesteryear in her guest room. This print by Slim Aaron’s named Gossip” has tried to make its way into my travel bag on numerous occasions. Just look at it.

Can you blame me?

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I would steal back my lighting! When I moved out of my former apartment, my husband’s brother moved in, and we told him we’d come back for the lighting—the DNA light by Büro für Form and Bloom pendant designed by Hiroshi Kawano for Ligne Roset. Three years later and guess what? He still has it, and I am still trying to think of a tactful way to get it back.

—Holly Becker, Decor8 my mom’s trunk

It would have to be my mom’s Louis

Vuitton trunk. She is the original owner, and I grew up watching her style it in so many different ways in her window displays when she used to own a boutique. I borrowed it a while ago and never gave it back to her!

—Aimee Song, Song of Style my mother’s spade

I’ve long wanted to steal my mother’s beautiful set of pink Spode china. It’s such an indelible childhood memory for me.

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She’s an East Coast girl who He’s a charismatic Angelina the relaxed L.A. lifestyle. He and Joe Lucas dish on their city trendy tabletop

Spring is here and summer is close on its heels. It’s time to rejuvenate-your “wardrobe, your beauty regimen, even the way you eat. And what better way to dine than to update your table with looks inspired by the latest trends hitting the runway?

Embellishments, and menswear looks were showcased in stylish ways we can’t wait to add to our closets. Lucky for us, these fashions wear well on the dining table, too-translating into pretty scenes perfect for entertaining. Take a peek at these chic place settings to get started!

Is there such a thing as too much sparkle? Bedazzle your place settings with Prunes jewel-inspired “Bijou” charger, dinner plate, salad plate, teacup, and saucer. A crystal-embellished martini glass and candleholder from Swarovski team with Kim Seybert’s “Shimmer Rock” napkin ring and “Heavy Metal” placement to complete the glamorous look.

Lace

Always feminine and fashionable, lace never goes out of style. Delicate lacy fabrics and trims dominated the spring runway, appearing in lines by Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Emilio Pucci, and Alberta Ferretti. For this table, Philippe tableware collection creates a formal foundation complemented by gold-plated flatware from . A runner from Sierra accessorizes Schumacher’s champagne lace tablecloth. A Saint-Louis crystal goblet begs for a full-bodied red. Gold die-cut dinner menus are from Anna Griffin.

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