About a month ago there was a gigantic snowstorm here in Dallas. In one day it snowed more than 12 inches.
This record-breaking event also broke a lot of branches. Evergreens were especially hard-hit, with huge live oaks and magnolias snapping like twigs under the weight of the snow.
Since then, piles and piles of wood keep appearing out in front of houses for brush pickup. The city has made at least one sweep through my neighborhood, but as the cleanup continues the piles keep growing and multiplying, and the city seems to be slowing down. The pile above has been blocking my dog-walking path for weeks.
This got me thinking – what could I use all this wood for? Firewood is an obvious option. But my fireplace has gas logs, and I don’t have an outside fire pit. Surely someone should pick up the huge stumps for firewood?!?
Here are some other thoughts:
Branch arrangement (from apartmenttherapy.com)
Another branch arrangement (at my local Pottery Barn, and every other similar store)
Wall decoration from Life in the Fun Lane (hands down my new favorite blog!!)
Stump table (from West Elm, who would have thought?)
Magnolia wreaths. This one (southernliving.com) looks like a holiday one, but I’ve seen square ones recently in stores that are more year-round.