Using Nature as Sculptural Art

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Home Stager with Stage It In A Day!

Well here goes...my very first blog!  Hope it turns out ok.

Recently the homeowner behind me was high up in his palm trees cutting down these large "canoe looking" leaves.  As one dropped into my yard I immediately thought wall hanging!   I asked my neighbor for these other valuable art pieces that were destined for the yard trimming bin.  He was thinking along my lines and said "you can use these in your decorating business".  

So I spray painted varnish on them, grouped them together and VOILA, they looked stunning in this tall vase I purchased on clearance at Pier 1.  Below is a picture of them in the living room of a vacant home we just staged.  (More pictures on that in another post!). 

Palm Natural Art

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Rainer
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Patti Glover
Stage It In A Day! - Moorpark, CA
CISS,RESA, Home Staging, Ventura County CA, Conejo Valley, LA

Michelle  - You're very welcome!  Hope you can use it sometime.

Cindy - Thank you!  I'm curious to know what you did with the big date palm seed.

Amy - Thank you for the compliments.  Let's hope it sells quickly...the realtor paid for the staging and is paying for the monthly rental as well.

May 07, 2008 05:57 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager
Awesome creativity and resourcefulness!  Great first post too! 
May 07, 2008 07:02 PM #9
Rainer
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Patti Glover
Stage It In A Day! - Moorpark, CA
CISS,RESA, Home Staging, Ventura County CA, Conejo Valley, LA

Thank a lot Sharon!  I found a more close-up photo which I've included below.

 

May 07, 2008 09:06 PM #10
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Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County
You know, I think you can sell those amke some $$$$ ;-)  Too bad my palm tree has huge thones on every branch.  How wonderfully inventive! 
May 07, 2008 11:47 PM #11
Rainer
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Dawna Graham
River City ReDesign & Painting - New Westminster, BC

WOW! Great post AND Great idea! Wish we had more than just Igloos here in Canada! Seriously though - they look great! I'd have to pay $30.00 to get just 2 of those at Home Sense.

 

May 08, 2008 07:00 PM #12
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Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Patti,

What a great way to create height in the corner of this room without the expense of an artificial tree and at a very low cost.  I love how you used your creative juices to think of utilizing your neighbors tree clippings.  Great job on your first blog!

May 12, 2008 10:07 AM #13
Rainer
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Patti Glover
Stage It In A Day! - Moorpark, CA
CISS,RESA, Home Staging, Ventura County CA, Conejo Valley, LA

Connie and Dawna - Maybe I should look into this new business opportunity.  Connie, if you see this crazy lady wondering around Moorpark loaded down w/ palm fronds....want to do coffee this week?

Michelle - Thank you for your compliments!

May 12, 2008 04:43 PM #14
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Patty Hill, BS, CIAS, SFR
Hill & Associates, LLC Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate - Summerville, SC
Hill & Associates Real Estate Team

Patti,  Great idea!

May 13, 2008 09:09 PM #15
Rainer
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Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

LOVE CUTTING BRANCHES AND THINGS FROM THE OUTDOORS. HOSTA LEAVES ARE ALSO AWESOME IN SMALLER VASES. Spray painting branches is something that also looks great. GREAT JOB

Phyllis Pafumi

May 18, 2008 06:24 PM #16
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Very cool. Love that look of bringing in natural art and thank you for sharing this. Congrats on your first blog too ;)

May 18, 2008 06:44 PM #17
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Roberta Anderson
Hearth & Home Staging - Silverdale, WA
Hearth & Home Staging, Staging Kitsap County

Patti, like the other's said, what a great idea. . . .makes me wish we had palm trees here in the PNW! 

May 19, 2008 10:52 AM #18
Rainer
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Patti Glover
Stage It In A Day! - Moorpark, CA
CISS,RESA, Home Staging, Ventura County CA, Conejo Valley, LA

Patty - Thanks!  Are you the one who is making to staging furniture?  I'd love to know more!

Phyllis - Thanks for the creative tips.  In my own home, I can't wait to copy what I've seen in catalogs which is cutting the fan palm leaves and sticking them in a big vase - perfect for outdoor entertaining...also saw someone use the palm leaves as placemats.

Lori - Thank you, I love natural art!

Roberta - Sorry!  I know we get so spoiled here in So.Calif. - if it's 65, we're all freezing and you can't imagine the driving in the rain - newscasters screaming "storm watch"!  Thank you.

May 29, 2008 01:25 PM #19
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Kathy Riggle
STAGING SMART N SOLD - Houston, TX
Houston Home Staging

Hi Patti-

What a clever idea! It looks stunning.

Kathy

May 31, 2008 06:07 PM #20
Rainer
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Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

Talk about thinking outside the box, I love them!

It is so cold here the trees have time to grow out leaves the size of a sandwich and then it's fall. I'll have to try to smuggle some of those babies back across the boarder with me this summer when I'm in the States!

Jun 17, 2008 11:38 PM #21
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Janis Gaines
Staging Sells Eugene Homes - Eugene, OR
Home Stager Eugene OR - The Notably Well-Dressed Home Staging

Oh man - I want some!

I had a woman offer me about 20 bamboo stocks for free last year. I have painted some of them black, although the paint chips easily because the bamboo is so hard. After seeing them at 4-5 dollars a piece at Pier 1, I'm enjoying them at least as much as you're enjoying your palm leaves!

Jun 18, 2008 01:45 AM #22
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Patti, love the look and great creative thinking on your part. This really adds a lot to the room!

Jun 18, 2008 09:26 AM #23
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Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal

Patti,

And VOILA, I  love, love , love this look! Thanks for sharing!!!

Aug 26, 2008 09:43 AM #24
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Patti Glover
Stage It In A Day! - Moorpark, CA
CISS,RESA, Home Staging, Ventura County CA, Conejo Valley, LA

Cynthia

Thank you!  We're actually going to use these again in a recessed dining nook later this week.  I've also been eyeing my palm trees for new "art"...I may use them in my own home.   A friend of mine is going to hang hers horizontally above her bed in a room w/ a tropical feel. 

Aug 26, 2008 10:42 AM #25
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Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

Patti,

You have a great eye! I have used natural elements, but I would never have thought of spray painting with varnish--thanks for the idea! Here is an example of how I "branched out" with some artwork:

Red tree mantle

Sep 02, 2008 08:33 PM #26
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Patti Glover
Stage It In A Day! - Moorpark, CA
CISS,RESA, Home Staging, Ventura County CA, Conejo Valley, LA

Kathi,

Thanks!   Those branches look great.  I love using natural elements.  Now my husband understands all the pieces of driftwood I have accumulated!

Sep 02, 2008 08:39 PM #27
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