CHI Good Questions: Source for Driftwood?

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Steve emailed us a good question: I've been looking for a long time for a decorative piece to hang in the large open space above my TV/media center (shown above). I'd like something rustic or natural to contrast the sleek tv and speakers and have recently been looking for a nice large piece of driftwood.

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Only problem is I can't seem to find a source for decorative driftwood. I've found a place online (Nettleton Hollow) that has an amazing selection of natural branches/wood, but shipping is expensive and I really would like to pick the piece of wood out myself. Do you know of someplace in the Chicagoland area that carries unique pieces of driftwood? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

We made a call to a local expert, Jeff at Fresh or Faux on Armitage, hoping that he carried driftwood in his shop. He does not, but had the brilliant suggestion of trying an aquarium supply shop. They often sell driftwood, and most likely the costs would be lower than a place that specifically sells it for decor purposes. We called the Old Town Aquarium on Wells, and they said that they do sell driftwood, although the sizes available can vary.

Any other resources or suggestions for Steve? Please let us know in the comments below...


(Thanks, Jeff!)

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