The simple home accessory that brings Jamie Lee Curtis more 'delight' than 'any shiny thing could ever' offer her
The Academy Award-winning actress dresses her LA kitchen with this natural ornament – and it's easily replicable by all
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Jamie Lee Curtis's win at the 95th Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actress for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once) has placed the actress at the epicenter of LA society – but she is already no stranger to Hollywood's headlines.
The actress, who is also known for her role in the Halloween franchise, has lived in the same Santa Monica mansion since 1992 – in which time she has turned the home into a Spanish-inspired, plant-filled sanctuary. Jamie is no stranger to sharing her decorating ideas via Instagram – but her recent post is perhaps her most accessible and replicable to date. The piece in question? Beautifully styled branches – taken from the street.
'My friend Cathy Waterman (opens in new tab) who makes jewelry that looks like nature in gold and platinum was the first human being I ever saw pick up a branch off the street as we took a walk and put it in water and watched it bloom,' Jamie says.
'These just came from her, and the delight of watching each of the little blooms pop out for the next week is absolutely better than any shiny thing could ever be.'
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Placed in an ornate, floral china dish (on the center of her island), the branches serve as an instant statement piece in the kitchen. Jamie has styled them in a rustic black vase atop the white marble countertop.
Jamie's arrangement is simple, structural, and easy to recreate – but the process does not begin and end with the branches (though they are an important counterpart). According to the experts at Burleigh Pottery (opens in new tab), Jamie's decorative dish is equally impactful in creating the perfect kitchen centerpiece – noting how the elaborate pattern contrasts the simplicity of the branches – to create a well-balanced display.
'When experimenting with colorful floral arrangements, it's best to keep your dining ware more neutral and understated to avoid clashing or an overload of color. However, if your garden isn't offering you a wide choice of natural resources to work with (or you use simple branches, as in this case) you can always take the opposite approach and let the theme inspire your dining ware,' they say.
'For instance, opt for plates and serving bowls with botanical patterns that can help bring natural elements to your table even if you're lacking in fresh flowers and foliage.'
Whether you find your branches in and around your neighborhood or choose a small bunch at the store – you can replicate Jamie Lee Curtis's display with these pieces below.
These Japandi-style black cylinder vases come in various sizes, so you can choose the one that best fits your branches. The monochromatic color also makes a welcome statement against a light-colored countertop like Jamie's.
Watching neutral blooms grow (as Jamie describes) is always a joy – but if you want this centerpiece to last longer, it may be worth looking at artificial flowers, such as these cherry blossom branches from Walmart.
This vintage Chinoiserie blue dish has decorative blue and white birds painted on scalloped edge porcelain. The limited-edition plate is said to be a Chinese export from the mid-late 1900s and will create the perfect base for any number of branches.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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