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Pine Cones as Decor: Atelier Vime’s DIY Door Surround

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Pine Cones as Decor: Atelier Vime’s DIY Door Surround

April 27, 2020

Like so many of us, Anthony Watson and Benoît Rauzy of Atelier Vime are finding reassurance and inspiration right now in nature. The couple make and sell some of France’s loveliest rattan furniture, new and vintage: see Rattan Revival. They’re currently at work on their next collection while “in containment in our farmhouse on the west coast of France.”

Via Instagram, Julie and I fell in love with Anthony’s latest household improvement: a pine bough door surround for their already extraordinary-looking home office. Anthony told us how he made it.

Photography courtesy of Atelier Vime (@ateliervime).

it all started with a beloved \100 year old pine tree in their garden with some 9
Above: It all started with a beloved 100-year-old pine tree in their garden with some pinecone-covered dead branches that needed clearing.
&#8\2\20;i saved the curving branches—i love their lines,&#8\2\2\1; s 10
Above: “I saved the curving branches—I love their lines,” says Anthony. “I put them on the floor and made several testings to find the most harmonious arrangement. Then I attached them around the door with nails and cords.”

Winding nature motifs continue in the room on the kilim and the antique Moroccan suzani.

anthony finished the frame with additional clusters of pine cones tied with twi 11
Above: Anthony finished the frame with additional clusters of pine cones tied with twine. The results: rakishly chic, no?

Also note the wall curtain: that, too, was a DIY. Anthony made it out of “some old thick cotton fabric found in the attic. I painted it a strong yellow that was in the workshop here, and draped it with little nails. It’s inspired by French Empire fabric wall coverings adapted to the style of this humble country house.”

Some other favorite DIYs made from natural supplies (go to our DIY archive for many more):

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