Help me tone down the creepy and turn up the whimsy!
I bought a home this fall that has a fantastically gigantic tree out back (It looks very much like a live oak, but we're too far north and the leaves don't look right, so we're thinking mulberry)
It has a nice usable area underneath, but the grandness of the tree makes just a few pieces of wicker look like folding chairs in a cathedral. I got inspired and put this old mantle I found in the barn out there, bolted to T-posts. But although I see potential, I think it just made it creepier!
The 1920's house and adjacent gardens have a very Alice In Wonderland- feel and I'd like to continue that over to this area. Any suggestions on how to frame, fill in, and otherwise cheer up this area? (The wicker must last another season unless I find a great deal but it is getting a coat of paint today.)
For a little better idea of the scale of the tree, a winter shot: http://www.flickr.com/curlylindsay/560/