Detritus Decor: Designing with Fallen Leaves

Here's what to do with the leaves you can't get to stop toppling off your Fiddle Leaf Fig tree.

From the editors who told you to hang tumbleweeds above your bed, here comes another unconventional decorating idea, courtesy of mother nature: We were recently reminded of this lovely fall moment in the Manhattan home of interior designer Michelle Smith on One Kings Lane (see her Sag Harbor place, here). A pair of Jurassic Park-worthy dried leaves lend sculptural shape and a casual natural element to the traditional stone mantel.

The home of Michelle Smith via @OneKingsLane. 
The home of Michelle Smith via @OneKingsLane

The addition of an air plant, dried Spanish moss and some slightly fresher grassy greens give the scene the feeling of being reclaimed by nature—a Secret Garden meets True Detective Season 1 hybrid (with fewer demons). 

Not sure where to acquire such impressive specimens? Hit up our favorite craft source, or try out this intriguing service, which will send you preserved New England fall foliage for a sort-of-reasonable $20. Or, just buy a fiddle leaf fig tree, and if you're anything like us, you'll be in possession of some very cool brown leaves in no time. 

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