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I am lucky to live in a part of the country that is very green, with a huge variety of trees, both evergreen and otherwise, moss, foliage of many varieties, and plenty of ferns!  I like to think that if this wasn’t my normal surroundings that I would still love these lush elements, and of course all shades of green!  Ferns of all those things are what really got me thinking about this post.  I’ve been noticing a lot of rooms lately with potted ferns, or placed in more decorative containers, like the bowl in Tom Scheerer’s latest project in House Beautiful, placed on an enormous Bielecky Brothers coffee table.  Scheerer has also used fern prints in rooms, as well as Miles Redd, for a very bold statement that can read very fresh spring, or very cozy fall.  I then turned my thoughts to my love of faux bois concrete furniture, which Martha Stewart has collected for years, and displays at her woodland home in Maine, Skylands, where the environment couldn’t be more lush!  I’m all about thinking of that transition from summer to fall right now, and all the green that surrounds me that will soon be joined by vivid gold, orange, and reds, is a happy one indeed!

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

Lady Slipper orchids are surrounded by clumps of moss in a faux bois container.

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

Faux bois printed fabric covers a table, with a faux bois container planted with moss, ferns, and stones at the center.

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

At Martha’s, one of many faux bois planters is filled with moss and ferns, and contrasts nicely with the elaborately detailed inlay chair with a damask seat.

Vogue office lobby by Carrier & Co.

Vogue office lobby by Carrier & Co.

Faux bois console tables from Crate & Barrel flank the sofa, and are a nice contrast against all the white and more refined pieces.

Bunny Williams

Bunny Williams

The pool house at the home of designer Bunny Williams, constructed from rough-hewn logs, looks Grecian in its classicism.  I’ve always coveted this space!

Bunny Williams

Bunny Williams

Ferns in faux bois pots sit on classic pillar-like pedestals.

Scalamandré

Scalamandré

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Miles Redd (above), and Tom Scheerer (below), used a Scalamandré fabric in two very different spaces, and very different doses.  Love them both!

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Framed fern prints are an easy and beautiful way to bring some nature inside.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

One of designer Jeffrey Bilhuber’s most well-known projects shown in House Beautiful many years ago, with floor-to-ceiling plexi-covered pressed ferns.  The all white space still looks so fresh and relevant today, and I still swoon over that Babe Paley dining table!

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Large and small bowls planted with ferns, or other plants like orchids, are a pretty and more permanent solution to fresh flowers.

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Markham Roberts

Markham Roberts

Boston ferns have long been a classic addition to a space, and are super chic on tall pedestals.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Clippings of large fern fronds are a fresh take on a “flower” arrangement, or add some with flowers, as seen below.

Amy Merrick flowers

Amy Merrick flowers

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