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“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Since early childhood I’ve had a fascination with trees. I am always moved by the notion that something so strong and sturdy can also be so graceful and delicate. I find their soulful swaying captivating, and the sound of the breeze filtering through their branches and leaves instantly calming. Trees also offer a bounty of shapes and motifs and I usually have an assortment of leaves, pods and acorns at the head of my design table.

Whether I’m in the forest or walking in my neighborhood, I feel fortified by their presence, and being in LA, I’m increasingly grateful for their shade.

Dana's Suggestions

The Hidden Life of Tree book cover
The Overstory book cover

Non-fiction: 'The Hidden Life of Trees' by Peter Wohlleben examines the communication and cooperation of trees and the social nature of forests.


Green Rutilated Quartz, Labradorite, 14k gold.

* Limited edition available by special order

Fiction: 'The Overstory' by Richard Powers is a moving, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a group of preservationists who try to prevent the destruction of trees. 

fantastic fungi title with two mushrooms and a snail
Muir Woods wooden entry gate and sign

Watch: 'Fantastic Fungi' by Louie Schwartzberg is a fascinating and inspiring look at the vast underground networks of mycelium and how funghi and trees communicate.



Green Apatite, Labradorite, 14k gold fill, silver.

Visit: Muir Woods, named for naturalist John Muir, is a national park in Mill Valley, CA known for its ancient redwoods.

black and white image of row of trees

Support: Tree People is a Los Angeles organization that brings volunteers together to plant and care for trees and renew depleted landscapes.


Labradorite, Blue diamonds, 14k gold.

Art: Check out Swiss photographer Pierre Pellegrini, whose dreamy, long exposure, photos of trees are gorgeously minimalist. 

*photography by Pierre Pellegrini, courtesy of the Valeria Bella Gallery in Milan.