A storm in the city means a lot of downed branches and trees. So sad. But there is a silver lining, I like to bring a bit of downed branch home to use as a modern centerpiece. The leaves do well with a bit of a cleaning from a damp cloth. And make sure you get the branches right after they've fallen for a multitude of reasons.
I especially like the eucalyptus with seed pods. A giant branch in a clear glass vase makes for a sharp, modern arrangement that easily lasts over a week. I picked up this branch after last weekend's windstorm. (And, yes, those are funfetti cupcakes. Astounded by my baking genius yet?)