Bring the outdoors with organic materials, textures and colors. Here's how to enjoy the tranquil affect natural garden-inspired accessories bring to your home with 7 simple ways.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden,” wrote Frances Hodgson Burnett in The Secret Garden. Part of being human is a deep driven desire to connect with nature and other living things. There is science for this called biophilia may explain why an afternoon walk just makes you feel good. It may also explain why after the stress of a pandemic year garden and nature inspired interiors are popular. We are naturally drawn to the peaceful qualities in nature. Natural elements can be brought inside through colors, plants, flowers, wood furnishings, natural fibers and images.
PHOTOGRAPH BY SARAH DORIO, MEET THE YOUNG ATLANTA DESIGN LEADERS REINTERPRETING CLASSIC STYES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION, ATLANTA MAGAZINE
When natural and garden-inspired elements are used in interior design they replicate the tranquility of the outdoors in a way that makes you feel calm without even having to step outside. When you incorporate nature into the furnishing, accents, and material choices even thought of it makes us feel grounded and at peace... and that bring me joy. The space (above) by Clary Bosbyshell Firm, Margaux Interiors Limited is proof. Does it bring you joy, too?
Look for wood with a hint of something raw like knots, open edges or exposed grains. Stones like marble can add depth and sophistication. Simply just adding a branch or leaf or bowl of berries is enough to give a feel-good quality that only nature can give and a touch of whimsy to your home. I love it!
SHOP: BROWN DOWN FILLED BIRD TOILE PILLOW, PARK HILL COLLECTION
Fluffy down adds natural softness to this accent pillow. This 22-inch-square pillow features a removable cover. The neutral tones of brown, tan and sand with soft eggshell white offer a palette that compliments most anything.
SHOP: CARVED SHOULDER WOOD VASE SET, KALALOU
Rich with patina and texture, wood brings a sense of history and the forest to any room. This set of two carved wood vases adds uncluttered warmth and dimension to a shelf, mantel or tabletop. The vessels are not watertight, so they work best with dried or faux stems.
DIY Living Arrangements With Succulents
PHOTO BY SAVAN PHOTOGRAPHY, DIY: HOW TO: GETTING HANDS ON WITH SUCCULENTS WITH POTTERY BARN
Choose houseplants with texture and interest that function as art. Succulents with their puffy, shapely leaves make the perfect statement-making plants. They grow best in indirect light. It's easy to make your own living centerpiece with a DIY like this one. And these plants need minimal care and only needs watering about every one or two weeks.
Wood Based Lamps
Sleek shapes give natural woven materials a modern update. This wooden urn-shaped lamp features a rustic yet refined silhouette. Crafted from wood with a natural finish, it compliments almost any home decor aesthetic.
PHOTOGRAPH: BY CORBIN GURKIN, DESIGNED BY: CHRISTY HULSEY
Showcasing bounty of the garden, fresh flowers always, always make a gorgeous natural accent. Pick up tulips, carnations and hellebores from the grocery store and forage a little greenery yourself. Every flower is unique, but easy to arrange
vine-like branches, this grapewood accessory makes a gorgeous natural accent. Snag one of these dried branches to display on a dining table, mantel, or shelf. Each piece is unique, but easy to arrange with these tutorial videos.
Stone is sleek and almost addictive. I find myself always wanting more. It can be used for a lodge-like feel as in this powder room's sink fittings. It's nice how this space uses reclaimed wood and stone in effort to bring the outside in.
Faux (and real) Greenery
A hint of greenery goes a long way in brining the feel goods on. Clipping branches or stems is a good idea. Or you can pick up clippings from the grocery or plant nursery. As you can see (above), in a beach house in Portugal, the master bathroom takes on a rustic, light feel-good aesthetic with plenty of reclaimed wood and greenery. When a real greenery cutting isn't an option then artificial greenery in natural colors and appearance can go a long way when it comes to adding a hint of nature to your space. Check out our life-like selections in our faux botanical collection.