One of my favorite places in all the world is Mission San Jose, California. I grew up running around its landscape populated by sun-drenched olive trees and habit-wearing Dominican nuns. My aunt, who was a nun for 76 years, lived at the Dominican Sisters Convent which is located directly behind the Mission. Nestled at the base of Fremont’s rolling hills, the landscape encompasses beautiful olive groves. This is where I fell in love with olive trees!
Olive trees have a simple elegance. Their delicate leaves and their hardy fruit combine soft beauty with vibrant rich life. Some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works included olive trees. Art historians believe that Van Gogh viewed the olive tree as something sacred. This perspective was eluded to in a letter he wrote to his brother saying, “The rustle of the olive grove has something very secret in it, and immensely old. It is too beautiful for us to dare to paint it or to be able to imagine it.”
The beauty of olive trees can be especially appreciated during the frigid months of winter. A simple potted olive tree inside can be a beautiful way to counter the chilly wintry landscape outside.
A tall potted olive plant is a beautiful addition to any interior. Placed beside a console table as lifeasarts.BlogSpot.com does (above), it adds a touch of serenity.
It can also introduce tranquility in our otherwise hectic lives as lookslikewhite features above.
From Prove di Casa (above), delicate olive plants add a “vita in cucina” (life in the kitchen) subtly pointing to the source of our sustenance.I love the simple touch of life that olive trees add. Here are some of my favorite interiors (above and below) that depict “la belleza de los olivos” – the beauty of olive trees.
Whether placed in a terra cotta planter or an industrial-looking pale, there’s no denying the simple and natural beauty that an olive tree can add to any interior. I hope you have been inspired to display things that you love and incorporate them in your own interiors. And I hope you’ve enjoyed my appreciation for la belleza de los olivos – the beauty of olive trees!