I'm also thinking of ordering some black acrylic wall designs of birch trees to put on the white walls.
leviathan, yes, technically it would be Hanzo no mori but I like the way hanzomori sounds better, rolls of the tongue better.
I wish i had taken a picture once I had cut the branches in half before I started soaking them. doh. but it looks better than how a cropped version of the first photo would look, since I have more "tops" now to use. and while I liked the tall look from the first photo a lot, it would creating a lighting nightmare
going to post a separate thread in GT asking for carpet suggestions.