One of my favorite things about decorating for the holidays is the rampant use of natural and organic materials. Many of the decorative items used for the season can be found outdoors, from pinecones to cranberries to trees!
Recently my son and I were looking to pick up a bag of pinecones to add to our holiday décor and he insisted that I get the ones that were painted gold. I tried to explain, as much as you can explain to a four-year old, that we couldn’t purchase those because they don’t appear that way in nature. This moment to me was a testament to my evolution as a designer. There was a time when I would have grabbed those golden pinecones and headed straight to the cash register!
A Newfound Appreciation for Nature
All of us have a natural connection to the outdoors. Whether you are a homebody or you enjoy taking a long hike, we cannot help but to admire the rising sun, rolling hills, snowy mountain peaks, sparkling stars or a field of flowers. We may not understand it, but our natural environment has a way of energizing us and making us feel at peace.
This intrinsic connection to nature is something we do not have to dismiss when decorating our own homes. You may be thinking, “I have a few plants sprinkled around my home!” I am not just making a reference to plants. Plants are a good start, but homes should feel inviting and one way to achieve this is by incorporating various natural elements in your spaces.
Homes to me are meant to look beautiful, but that does not mean they have to resemble a department store set up. Using elements that appear in nature make a home feel lived in, warm and welcoming. At one point, I was content with using lots of ceramic or metal in a space. Now I make sure to bring in a few elements that feel like home. A woven basket in the corner, a carved wooden tray, a capiz chandelier or agate bookends are constant reminders that the world and us are interconnected.
As an ode to nature, I rounded up a few rooms that tastefully represent our natural environment. I hope you enjoy!
The designer of this space could have chosen any number of accessories to put in this space. Instead he or she went with outdoorsy branches and fresh picked vegetables that evoke a sense of calm.
This space is hitting all the right notes. The stacked stone fireplace, the live edge table and the botanical centerpiece are as organic and natural as it gets.
As if all the natural light coming into the space weren’t enough, those two woven ottomans are serving us up a dose of the outdoors.
In a room that is otherwise modern and full of clean lines, this organic coffee table breaks up the simplicity of the design.
Bringing nature in isn’t hard. With just a few small tweaks, you may find yourself feeling much more relaxed and at peace in your spaces.