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May 11, 2011

17 nature-inspired decorating ideas

By: Elaine Song

17 nature-inspired decorating ideas Author: Style At Home

Accessories
May 11, 2011

17 nature-inspired decorating ideas

By: Elaine Song

As the temperature rises and we shed our winter skin (you know ... giant coats, sweaters and boots) there seems to be an energy in the air. We want to bask in the gorgeous sunshine all day long, but what about when the sun sets and it's time to go back indoors? Why not bring the outdoors in? Get inspired by the life and beauty outside with some nature-inspired decor. Here are 17 ways to give your home an au natural feel.

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Botanical ramekins
These hand-painted ceramic bowls are so beautifully vibrant they are perfect for serving food or displays. These flower-shaped ramekins come in seven different styles. Buy the same ones to make a set or make an eclectic tabletop bouquet and buy all seven! Horchow, $35 each.

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Lotus flower chandelier
This chandelier is undoubtedly a showstopper piece. Made of hand-cut shells to resemble lotus flower blooms, this light fixture oozes feminine elegance. Viva Terra, $329-$649. nature-decor-wall-clock.jpg
Wood wall clock
A modern twist on the old grandfather clock, this walnut-finished pendulum clock is kept clean and simple to emphasize the natural look of bark. Crate & Barrel, $199.95. nature-decor-wallpaper.jpg
Woods wallpaper
Create an enchanted forest in your own home with this woods-printed wallpaper. Cole & Son, contact manufacturer for prices. nature-decor-table.jpg
Silver maple table
This table is as rustic as a dining surface can get, but this silver maple table is absolutely stunning. Made of single width slabs, this table is the closest you can get to a tree falling in your dining room - you know, without all the mess and damage. Urban Tree Salvage, $5,125. nature-decor-shell-mirror.jpg
Shell mirror
Made out of white seashells, this mirror is the real deal. The scallop details of the shells add a soft texture to the mirror and create an instant beachy feel. Pottery Barn, $199. nature-decor-bookends.jpg
Tree bookends
Keep your desk or bookshelf organized with these whimsical bookends. Made of polyresin, these green trees are always in bloom and will add a pop of colour to your shelves. CB2, $59.95. nature-decor-coffee-table.jpg
Oak coffee and side tables
With clean lines and a seamless oak veneer, these coffee and side tables are a great addition to any living space. The light colour of the wood veneer is a light, neutral tone that won't overwhelm your space. West Elm, $149-$399. nature-decor-hurricane.jpg
Driftwood bud vase
Whether at the cottage or on your deck, these driftwood bud vases make a charming addition to your rustic decor. abbottcollection.com, contact store for prices. nature-decor-bamboo-dry-erase.jpg
Bamboo dry erase board
Be inspired by nature in more ways than one. Not only is this bamboo dry erase board a perfect way to bring the outdoors in, but it's also eco-friendly! CB2, $69.95. nature-decor-coasters.jpg
Tree trunk coasters
Made to resemble a tree trunk, these wood coasters are great indoors and outdoors. Use them at the cottage or for a picnic in the backyard. Chapters Indigo, $9.99 (set of 4). nature-decor-wood-bowls.jpg
Acacia wood dinnerware
Forget plastic and paper plates for your next backyard picnic, this dinnerware set brings bowlfuls of nature straight to the table! Viva Terra, $35-$89. nature-decor-cake-plate.jpg
Cabbage cake plate
Display your decadent desserts on this cabbage leaf-inspired cake pedestal. Williams-Sonoma, $49. nature-decor-vase-rocks.jpg
River rock vase fillers
Fill a trio of vases with river rocks or simply display some in a beautiful bowl and instantly add rich, natural colour and texture to your decor. Pottery Barn, $10-$12. nature-decor-hooks.jpg
Bird and vine hooks
Add some life to your door. With 10 hooks and no assembly required, this over-the-door item gives you great storage with ease. Urban Outfitters, $28.
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