Bringing the rustic, earthy quality of wood grain into your home can add interest and texture to a variety of furniture pieces and accents. Try these ideas for natural look in your home.
French for "false wood," faux bois is a fitting name for items that appear plucked from the forest but are actually made of cast stone, cast iron, or cement, or are painted to have a woodsy look. Although earthy and rustic, faux bois makes a splendid match for polished pieces. For instance, a pail made of concrete is dainty enough to hold a lady's slipper orchid.
Faux bois is a major theme at Skylands and was incorporated into the table settings at Martha's birthday party: the tablecloths were green faux bois; the woodland arrangements were created in some of Martha's antique French containers; and the menu cards, place cards, and table cards were printed with faux-bois patterns.
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