Decorating with Topiaries

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To me, there is something so soul-satisfying about topiaries. Maybe it’s the fact that they bring the beauty of the earth inside, even when it’s cold and snowing outside. I particularly love the shape of the traditional globe on the stick. After a bit of research, I found out that, in fact, topiaries are any perennial plant that is clipped from the foliage of trees, twigs, and shrubs to form a shape. Once upon a time, I worked at an interior design firm where the main designer designed a 12’ squirrel topiary. I thought he was nuts. In the most awesome of ways. And from that day on, I wanted a 12’ squirrel topiary. Here are my favorite ways to use topiaries as decorating devices:

A pair of topiaries used to balance out a vignette

Decorating with Topiaries Black Wall
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When used in a pair, topiaries can add a much needed vertical element to a vignette, whether it be on a mantle or like here in an entryway. The three-tiered stacked sphere aligns with the top of the frame so as to create a formal look.

Topiaries en masse

Plant Decorations
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This is by far, my favorite! I’m sure the owner of these topiaries decided to form their own mini garden inside and what a powerful image. The variations of the topiaries add a certain rustic element to the space. Plus, it’s easier to water them together.

Topiaries used for tabletop

Decorating A Tabletop with Topiaries
Image: Style Me Pretty

Topiaries used in events like a wedding or dinner party bring a bounty of freshness. Placed along the center of the table, keep in mind the height, as you don’t want it to be distracting to the guests who should be able to converse without ducking.

Do you already use topiaries in decorating? Do you use them year round or just in the warm months?

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.