texture, texture, texture

In establishing the value of a house, everybody knows the three most important factors are

location, location, location….

To achieve beauty in your decorating, the three most important factors?

texture, texture, texture.

Of course color, pattern, etc. are up there too.

But let’s just focus on texture today.

Driving down our road this morning I noticed a smattering of flattened bright green horse apples.

Beneath the trees on the shoulder there were a boatload of freshly fallen non flattened ones.

I pulled over, jumped out and gathered up a dozen.

There may or may not have been some eye rolling from a certain teenage passenger. 😉

Brought em home.

Washed em up.

Polished up my silver punch bowl.

And loaded it up with my roadside finds.

I tell you what…

nothing makes me happier than creating something beautiful without spending a penny.

This simple centerpiece just makes me smile.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I think the key to beautiful decorating is having loads of varying textures.

It is just so pleasing to the eye.

For example…look at the bumpy surface of the horse apples against the sleek cool silver. And the sleek cool silver sitting atop the rough burlap runner. And the rough burlap runner atop the natural wood table.

Opposites attract, baby!


The best textures come from good ol Mother Nature.


Feathers, pinecones, seashells, fruit, leaves, acorns, cotton, birch logs………


And I think every room should have a touch.


Do you use items from nature in decorating?

What are your faves?

Oh, one more thing….




19 Responses to texture, texture, texture

  1. antiquechase November 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I have never heard or seen horse apples. They are beautiful!

  2. Carol Cook November 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    What is a horse apple? The texture looks amazing.

    • Suesan November 10, 2013 at 12:25 am #

      Horse apples are another name for Osage oranges and are also known as hedge apples. They come from a small tree/large shrub that used to planted around farms and fields as a wind break. They have sharp thorns on them that helped keep cattle in the fields, too, prior to barbed wire. They are mainly in the prairies states but can be found in other places.

  3. Patti G November 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    I agree with you – they are my favorites as well!
    Any season they just make all details pop!
    So happy for you – now looking for some faux
    for my bowl 😉

  4. Andrea November 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    Love love love. Those surely don’t grow in Alberta! I love seeing your home-one of my favorites out there!

  5. Catherine B. November 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Love your inspiring posts!

  6. kathy adams November 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Missed your posts!! Glad your back as you are one talented lady and I love your decorating, shopping, finds etc…… Kathy

  7. Martina November 9, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    GORGEOUS!! LOVE LOVE your beautiful hutch!

  8. Linda@Coastal Charm November 9, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    I really love those horse apples…my hubs picks them up at the hunting camp, but he is a tad bit late this year…no apples yet. Yes…luv to use things from the outdoors. I saw on Hometalk that somebody bleached pinecones…going to try that next week.


  9. Patty November 9, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    I love the contrast of the silver bowl with the horse apples and I’m happy to see I’m not the only one to bring them inside to decorate. In my area they are called Monkey Balls but I have no idea why. They are actually the fruit of the Osage Orange tree. We have one on our property and enjoy them every fall.

  10. Mona Lindvall November 9, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    Finally…a name for those things!
    (Beautiful, Girlfriend…as always!)

  11. Pamela H. November 9, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    Horse Apples mean something else to me! I know these green orbs as Osage Oranges or Hedge Apples. Sure wish I could find some — have not seen them in years 🙂

  12. Laura November 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Here in Kentucky we call them mock oranges. I love to use them in the fall. I also love feathers and shells. Everything looks beautiful. xo Laura

  13. Anne November 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    I could not agree more! And I love those apples….don’t have any falling off any trees out here though.May have to come and take a drive out by you 😉 . It depends on the season.I have acorn wreaths up now.No feathers this year.Cotton and pine cones soon too! I will pull out some branches.I love those in a galvanized bucket 🙂 Fresh greens will be used around my home too during the Christmas season.

  14. Meg November 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    that’s interesting, around here we call them osage oranges, and the unflattened ones are so hard to come by. they look beautiful in your bowl. this time of year i am a huge fan of pinecones of all shapes and sizes and magnolia branches. have a good weekend.

  15. Mary S. November 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    Where did you get the table? I have those chairs and I am looking for a new table like that one.

  16. Linda S. November 10, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    Just today I was in one of the local city parks, and the Hedge Apples were plentiful on the ground. I had helped myself to about ten of them two weeks ago, and placed them around the perimiter of the outside foundation wall of our home. I don’t know if it is true or not, but I have heard that by doing so, one can keep all kinds of icky spiders from coming indoors. Almost all the apples I picked up had a small amount of white sticky substance on them. I assumed it was from where the fruit hit the ground and the surface cracked open slightly. Did that substance wash off of yours? Next year I may bring some of the beauties indoors to display as you have. It is striking.

  17. Deb November 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    I agree that opposites attract with textures. This is a beautiful combo! I can’t remember if it’s the horse apples or something else I picked up during a walk in our neighborhood that turned my hands bright yellow! Immediately! I thought it would look cool in our house but I had to put it down.

  18. Nancy January 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    So funny, in Oklahoma we called it a Bois D’arc (no idea if that’s spelled right) tree. Those things smashed on the ground when they fell and created the biggest mess. My dad gave us 25 cents a wagonload to pick them up and cart them away. I did learn to love the whole ones in later years. 🙂

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