With summer almost here, why not bring some natural elements into your decor? Open nearly any decor magazine and you’re likely to find pages of interesting ways to incorporate natural elements. What is also wonderful about using natural elements is it’s relatively inexpensive.
I suggest looking for natural elements that catch your interest or pique your natural curiosity. These selections will tend to create instant conversation pieces. I have always been a huge fan of incorporating sand, stone and moss into many of my home styling vignettes. Try filling tall, clear vessels with pure white sand and topping them off with a bed of river stones, rose petals or a single succulent. Items such as moss, pure white decorative sand and river stones can be purchased at most craft or floral supply stores.
Using the unexpected
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Between beetles, ladybugs and butterflies, insect-inspired decor is hot right now. The same colors we admire in nature can be brought into the home. Often these types of artificial nature-inspired elements are made of colorful silk or resin. These decorative elements often come on clips or pins and can be attached to leaves, branches and even artificial baby cabbages or lettuces. You can find curly branches at floral stores or craft shops or venture into your own backyard in search of the perfect find.
In general, I suggest allowing the texture and color of your natural elements to shine. In other words, allow nature to be nature. One of my most successful table designs for a wedding involved placing fresh apples in large clear vessels flanked by candles sitting on a simple birch coin.
Most of all, don’t be afraid to seek out and use the natural elements you admire and bring the outdoors in.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert.