As the holiday season looms, here are five easy ways to decorate in a seasonally appropriate way: using dried foliage.
Even though I live in California, it seems counterintuitive to accent the house with fresh flowers during the winter season (especially when there are so many lovely alternatives). Here is a roundup of some inspirational spaces that make use of leaves and branches, for arrangements that can work year-round.
Above: Dried ferns and flora taped to the wall create an instant decorative tableau, via Pia Jane Bijkerk.
Above: Branches of dried leaves hang in the hallway of Pensao Favorita, which we covered previously in Hotels, Lodging & Restaurants: Pensao Favorita in Portugal.
Above: Australian-based artist Tiel Seivl-Keever's collection of local foliage, from The Design Files.
Above: A bough suspended above the dining room at the Lloyd Hotel, which we wrote about in Hotels, Lodging & Restaurants: Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam.
Above: Silver-dollar eucalyptus displayed to great effect against a white wall, via Cupcakes and Cashmere.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 5, 2012.