On a recent hike in the woods, I got some decorating inspiration from a plant growing alongside the trail. Barred Horsetail is a plant I can now easily identify only because I made fun of a video Matt was watching a few years ago. The girl in the video, who was foraging for wild edibles, pointed out the long cylindrical green stems and noted that the plant’s rough exterior could be useful for filing nails. At first I thought it was ridiculous – until I tried it – now each time we spot the plant I comment, “Oh look, a nail file!”
Nail file and natural decor
I love having live plants, fresh flowers, and even some artificial plants/flowers in my home whenever possible. That said, I seem to lack a green thumb for houseplants, flowers can be pricey, and artificial arrangements usually don’t fool anyone. What’s better than all of these options? How about a free arrangement you can throw together consisting of plants, stems, or flowers you can find near your house?
As we passed thick patches of Horsetail in the woods the other day, I noticed what a unique and beautiful plant is was, almost like miniature bamboo. I immediately thought about filling a clear vase with these green stems for a very organic-looking, free arrangement. I quickly solicited Matt’s help in picking about 30 of these stems to take home with us (and smoothed out my ragged nails while he worked). I finished our hike with an armload of the plant I had so often poked fun at in the past.
The Horsetail looks so cool in my living room that now I’m always on the lookout for natural objects I can use to decorate our home. (I think one of my next projects will be some spray painted branches in a vase for the holidays! And maybe some glitter…who doesn’t like glitter?)
I would love to hear about anything in nature that makes its way into your home decor. What beautiful things have you used to decorate your home?