August 20, 2014

Decorating our Home with Nature

Jun28

coral as decor

Often, the best home decor is inspired by nature, found in nature and doesn’t cost one penny. That is “Decorating on a Dime” at its finest, or in this case, “Decorating for not even one dime.” Often, we stop at adding freshly cut flowers to our favorite vase, but the ideas on decorating with nature are endless.

I passed many pieces of this dirty coral at the beach. It was wet, a bit slimy and blended into the sand.  The bigger issue? My eyes were not open to the possibilities that existed to showcase this as a decorating wonder. (My daughter opened my eyes :)).

Isn’t it breath taking? It’s so unique, and yet often we pass by possible decorating items like this with out a blink.

sea coral

I should have known better. I’ve been inspired by my dear friend Kimba who opened up to me the world of decorating with sticks.

using sticks to decorate

How simple, frugal and yet a wonderful touch that any decorator wanna-be could attempt.

sticks on mantle

And then there’s the Nester, who encouraged me to look at my time at the beach in a whole new way. She has me combining  items that typically get stashed in the attic. She’s showed me that decorating can be casual, thrifty and also reminds me that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. (Which is a good thing because nothing in my home has ever been perfect…never, ever…)

decorating with starfish

Starting by looking around our home and yard, we probably have many of the items at our finger tips to make our mantle amazing. Look how elegant she makes decorating with nature just by things that we already have on hand.

decorating mantle with nature

I’m so grateful to have permission to think outside the typical “decorating box.”

Not that any of us need permission, but sometimes the idea of House Beautiful can be enough to make us not even want to take the first step towards making our house a home.

Peek outside your windows. Is there anything in nature that you can bring inside to brighten your day?

I’d love to hear how you decorate with nature.

using nature in decor


Comments

  1. I grew up in Hawaii and we used beautiful found shells in some of our decorating. My parents were given a huge branch of black coral (I don’t think you can get these anymore) as a gift years ago. They have used it on their wall as a piece of sculpture and it is gorgeous and such a conversation starter. Now that I live in Eastern Washington State we have taken to decorating with driftwood found at the river or lake, interesting and varied stones found at the lake at my parent’s home in Montana and pinecones of all shapes and sizes.

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  2. We decorate with shells, wildflowers, etc. I found this really cool tree down by a creek in our yard that has beautiful twisted branches. They look now grace several corners of my house. Pinecones and cuts from evergreens are great in winter!

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  3. I, too, love decorating with nature and it is thrifty. BTW, I have that same yellow olive jar in my living room =)

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  4. In the fall, it’s acorns, neat sticks, and pretty leaves (although I heard that acorns can contain maggots – yuck!). In the spring, willow bud branches. In the summer, my “mantel” is decorated with my big piece of Maine driftwood and an assortment of seaglass and shells I’ve found over the years. I just posted about it on my blog if you want to stop by! :)

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  5. I love bringing nature indoors to decorate with, and if you are just aware of the possibilities, it can be super easy.
    In the summer, I love to just have fresh fruit in a collander on the island for a few hours. The smell is wonderful and beautiful to look at.
    In the fall, I love to collect acorns and put them in a pretty hurricane lamp, surrounded by leaves from our yard. Coffee beans are another pretty filler for pretty jars…the list goes on and on….

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  6. I love nature indoors!! Beautiful job!

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