|Scrolling Acanthus Leaf Motif|
Acanthus: The first time I remember the Acanthus leaf registering on my radar is when I traveled to Europe in my twenties. Italy to be specific. They are such a prevalent motif in design, but especially in Italian and French architecture. Most of us are familiar with the famous William Morris design.
|Classic architectural details via Trouvais|
|Iconic William Morris wallpaper|
|Live Acanthus Leaf|
I would guess for most it's the scrolling motif that comes to mind when we think of the acanthus leaf. A real acanthus leaf is wider and far less detailed. I have recently read that in Christian art, the acanthus leaf represents Heaven. The attraction for me is it's rich history and the fluid scrolling design. It is a design that can be interpreted as masculine or feminine. Over the years, I realized the acanthus leaf detail has made it's way into so many parts of my own home!
|Finial from a newel post and favorite piece of salvage.|
|Fabric from toss pillows.|
|Gracing the foot of a wood candlestick.|
|Damask fabric on my dining room chairs.|
When my children were little, they were always up for a walk through the woods along the paths near our house for an acorn hunt in the autumn and early winter. As they got older, it often became a contest of who found the best or biggest acorn. I try not to take too many acorns from any location, because they feed a ton of wildlife, not just squirrels! However, they are toxic for horses. I still find myself looking for perfect specimens any chance I get.
|Acorn finial from our newel post on the staircase I designed.|
|A hand painted design, inspired by a set of decorative plates, on our game table.|
It was done more than a decade ago and it's still one of my favorite pieces.
I need to do a post showing examples I've used in my home and my work.
Reggie & Boy.
Oh, how I wish it were mine!!! Their dog Pompey just adds to it's charm.
On a recent trip to Williamsburg, Virginia I gathered these...this time with a little help from my husband...who noticed one had a smiley face. I don't know what was more amusing, the fact that he noticed or because it did! I can't help but wonder if Thomas Jefferson picked acorns from this same tree...
|Acorns from Colonial Williamsburg.|