Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Touch of Nature

The Natural Decor philosophy is all about incorporating things derived from or taken directly from nature.  Each vignette in my house, from this newly constructed shelf behind the wood stove, to objects atop the counter, has a connection to the natural world.  

In the photo above you'll notice wood in the form of the small box and planks cladding the wall, metal, a pressed botanical specimen, earthenware, and shed deer antlers.

Surrounding the sofa, there are more objects from nature:  house plants, gourds, a cashmere throw, a pumpkin wrapped in honeysuckle vine, more wood, and a dried seed head. 

 In the kitchen, you'll see potted herbs, marble tiles, more wood, porcelain, and pantry staples in glass jars.

Potted plants dot nearly every surface of my home.  This house gets phenomenal light, and my plants are most happy here.  

The centerpiece of the dining table is a collection of gourds given to me by my daughter, which are corralled in a wooden tray.

Incorporating natural objects into decor enriches a home in several ways.  These items add texture, color, life, contrast, and layers of interest.  They are also inexpensive, and readily accessible.  A home abundant with gifts from the natural world feels authentic.  Just as no two people are alike, no two homes should be alike.  I do not want a home that looks like someone else's.  My home must reflect my personality, my interests, my relationships, and my personal history or it does not feel as if it is actually mine.  All items shown in this post do those things.  They are a part of my story.   

Wishing you a warm, peaceful, and authentic Thanksgiving.

Until next time,


  1. Like the labels on the glass jars. What a great idea.

  2. Your wood burner is wonderful. The Natural Decor really works well in this home. Its all beautiful to me. I would much rather see a pine branch from a walk in the woods than a plastic blinging item from a walk in a super store. Lol. Happy holidays to you!

  3. I'm so impressed you can grow lemons. Your cabin is looking so tranquil and cozy. Love it!


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