Well I do. I love it’s primordial soup connection, the dinosaurs and beyond. In my mind trees are guardians of the earth sprinkled with ancient stardust, Tolkein’s Treebeard meets Blighton’s Enchanted Wood.
A feeling reinforced by living beside a wood, where their massed presence surprised me, how? well:
The green glow that falls over you on hot summers days, instantly refreshing.
The layered silence as you penetrate the deeper layers.
The air which seems photosynthesis rich.
The seasons unerring daily progress bud by bud, leaf by leaf.
The evening dusk which is still unnerving despite technology and dog at heels.
Wood makes you feel connected to the land and the seasons inside the house. It tugs something deep inside, our primitive reliance on it, from man-make-fire to man-build-hut. When we build our new house, I want lots of this ancient material: knotted, knarled, rooted, branching out, rough hewn, twiggy – in all its glory.
Seth Stein’s chunky pared back entrance, complete with dove-tailed joints and floating bench, sets the tone.
Kit Kemp brings a rural idyll to Soho NYC, with dog primed for your return ‘home’. I love how the essence of the tree’s form is integrated into the bench.
Deep in the country this rustic platform feels very inviting and connected to its environment
I could definitely read the papers here.
Which brings me to Elle Decor which really kick started my whole obsession, twig chandelier over root table: completely fizzed up by a vibrant decor. Someone broke out and painted their kitchen coral, LOVE it. Instant happiness.
Or adding interest in a more restrained display of good taste, either way a twig chandalier is calling to me.
Back down in the roots, their sculptural presence is compelling.
Feels too much, a little ‘faux bois’ table goes a long way:
But it’s ‘real wood’ that gets me, I like it rough and ready in walls, units and doors:
I think we’d better call this one ‘hewn-luxe’.
Or maybe as Axel Vervoordt’s son in Belgium, chunky doors with amplified chisel marks: honest chic.
Now we’re there, what about the ‘antiques priestess’, a supremely elegant Rose Uniacke where architectural heritage ‘perfection’ is grounded by… ‘raw wood’.
Or at the other end of the spectrum, take a modern designer who specialies in unloved, left over wood.
Piet Hein Eek’s ‘waste scrapwood table’ is iconic at this stage.
Want it a little more homemade, Silver Birch is your man:
kitchen table, feels possible for DIY guru.
childrens’ beds work for me
Or go the whole ‘wood’ and create a fantasy bedroom, chinoiserie meets silver birch – what’s not to love.
For our rustic woodland setting, I am enticing my daughter with twig bed tear sheets, but maybe it’s a fairy tale for grown ups.
One thing’s for sure.
I just need to get me some wood.
Images from Elle Decor USA, Vogue Living Australia, House and Home and Pinterest.