A home tour that ran a few weeks ago in DesignSponge really caught my eye. It featured the home of designer Michael Freimuth, who has a cool rustic-meets-vintage-modern space in Brooklyn. In particular, I loved the way he used a real tree stump as a side table.

(photography by Bob Martus and Jessica Weit)

In the sneak peek, Michael said, I’ve been hauling this tree stump with me for the last decade; it’s the best part of moving. It probably weighs close to 100 lbs and enjoys rolling down streets, stairs and traveling cross-country (it’s originally from a park in my hometown of Chicago).”


Since we’re not lucky enough to have found our own beloved stump, I started looking for alternatives — and there are quite a few good ones out there.

These Teak Trunks from VivaTerra are beautiful — and on sale for $319 for the set.

VivaTerra also offers the favorite Twisty Stool — also on sale now if you buy a set of two.

West Elm offers this appropriately-titled Natural Tree Stump Side table, for $199.


And for a slightly different twist on the cut wood theme, try the Timber Side Tables from CB2 — $169 for a set of three. 

Whatever your decor style, a touch of raw wood will add warmth and ground your space. 

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