You know how every picture of a beautiful room that you see in a magazine or on-line is accessorized with a pot of orchids? To my eye, this orchids-in-interiors mania entered overkill months ago. I kept waiting for it to disappear.
I can report it is on its way out and I know what's taking it's place: big branches. Sometimes bare, sometimes flowering, but most often sporting big green leaves. Massive stems of greenery. The first home showcased in the current issue of Veranda offers a good example of the trend as seen in the photo below.
The first layout in the March issue of Elle Decor is trending with a pair of very tall topiaries on the dining room table and a pair of leaf-covered branches in a glass vase next to a silvery bench in the entrance hall. Architectural Digest is spot on with the big bunch of branches behind Patrick Dempsey in his living room pictured on the current AD cover.
John Mellencamp's house, in the same issue of AD, has different kind of green branches in the media room, bath and bedroom. Further back in the magazine is a living room with massive stems of flowering quince.
Time to toss your orchids and start pruning — as soon as your trees and shrubs put out some leaves.
I admit this space is so large, that it would take a greenhouse worth of orchids to make an impact. But I also think that the branches overpower the chest they are sitting on. I want to see the vase resting on the floor.