Last week’s look at the use of green for your interior decor ended with an image that showed pendant lamps suspended from a large bent branch. This got me thinking about some of the different ways we can bring nature into our living spaces. If you happen to live in a lovely area with windows that bring that beautiful view inside, that may not be as important to you. But items in a natural or semi-natural state can provide a beautiful foil for light, minimal spaces or for the hard lines of many common furnishings.
There are quite a few choices when it comes to adding the natural world to your interior space. Many times this can be achieved solely through material choices – wood floors and stone walls would be standard. But we can also bring the outside in with smaller gestures like grabbing a fallen branch and using it as wall art or standing it in a vase. These can be left raw or painted to emphasize their irregular shape. We can collect rocks from pebble to boulder size and use them to create a juxtaposition with the smoother surfaces of our home. Fallen logs can be used as is, or gently milled to provide an eating or working surface. Seed pods, bird nests, anything you find on a hike can be a great addition, even if it sits nestled on a shelf between stacks of books. This doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, but can be a quick rest for the eye. My family has collected rocks and driftwood for years, piling stones on the hearth, and filling tall glass cylinders with sticks of many sizes. They’re great to touch and serve as a gentle reminder of the outdoors as well as past memories.
(above) Branch over Bed