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