"I was an oak, now I'm a willow, now I can bend" - Until it's Time for You to Go, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lyricist
Cultivated varieties of willow have been the material of choice in basketry for centuries. A strong and flexible material, the nature of willow to "bend" gives tightness and resilience to the finished product, allowing the basket maker to weave elegant, yet sturdy vessels.
With their inherent ability to add warmth and sophistication, baskets have always been one of my favorite pieces of décor. Someone once told me that every room needs a touch of willow. In other words, a space does not feel inviting until a woven element has been placed. I have found much wisdom in that advice. If we think about it, there is nothing quite as hospitable. Gifts and goodies are traditionally presented in such (Little Red Riding Hood taught us that). We associate them with abundance and generosity, as well as comfort and contentment.
My advice: If a room does not immediately welcome you, bend it back toward "cordial" with a touch of willow:
Be inspired...bend gracefully.