Branch out your lighting scheme

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Lighting sources made of natural materials add drama to any room. – Photo: Courtesy

Unique twig chandeliers, lighting fixtures and branch chandeliers are hand-crafted using natural hickory branches and real twigs. Also known as brancheliers, these award- winning and custom-designed chandeliers and rustic lighting fixtures are a refreshing alternative to antler, wagon wheel and other rustic chandeliers.

“And it doesn’t stop with hickory twigs,” according to Deanna Wish, a designer who specializes in non-traditional chandeliers and brancheliers. “The adventurous spirit some home owners want to reflect doesn’t have to stop with elements of wall-covering, flooring and furnishing. You can enjoy natural illuminations in new circumstances every time you ‘light’ the Branchelier.”

Wish has captured the essence of nature in popular lines of lighting that includes not only full-size brancheliers, but also twig sconces and combination twig and branch lamps. Faux grasses and berries with silk accents create a holiday atmosphere on ordinary days and certainly provide a jumping-off place for lively dinner conversation.

David Albert of BBC Lighting in Milwaukee said he hasn’t seen anything like them in the area or at national lighting shows yet, though they could certainly be special ordered. “They’re so eclectic… I could see them in a contemporary home or a log cabin or anything in between.”

For those who are interested in adding a light source made of all-natural materials like this, make sure they have the important UL protections. With prices ranging from $399 to $6,049, these unique designs speak to a population with an appreciation not only for nature, but for artful craftsmanship and creativity.

–Courtesy Home Improvements

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