Thursday, November 02, 2017


The elegant magnolia tree is an absolute southern favorite. We had a beautiful one growing up. My brother and I had a love/hate relationship with that tree. On sunny afternoons with our neighborhood buddies, we climbed the tree and pretended to be in distant places. That was the love part of the relationship. We loved it almost all of the time. I say almost because in the fall, when it was too cold to enjoy our imaginary travels it was our job to rake the leaves. Have you ever tried raking magnolia leaves? The leaves are huge compared to other tree leaves, and we would be raking for what seemed like days. But we did it--whining and complaining the entire time, if I had to guess. Funny the things that pop in your mind when you're putting a blog post together...

Magnolia tree clippings are the perfect complement to any decor. Its branches make excellent bouquets and garlands for mantels, tables, or stairwells. The leaves are versatile; use them alone or mix them in with other items. Here are some ideas to steal borrow. 

Veranda via Pinterest

DIY Decorator via Instagram

BHG via Driven by Decor

I no longer have a magnolia tree, but while visiting a friend a couple of weeks ago I bummed some limbs to use in my home. I'll show you how they turned out soon. Do you have a magnolia tree? 

1 comment:

  1. I just love magnolia leaves Kathryn, especially during the holidays. You found gorgeous inspiration photos. Sadly it is too cold in Chicago for magnolia trees so we don't get to decorate with their beautiful leaves. I have a faux magnolia leaf wreath that looks somewhat convincing when I hang it up high, but it isn't the same as the real thing. I need to move back to the south!


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