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Decorating with Natural Elements

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I was inspired by the organic and natural feel of the branch dowel (above) featured in Good Things this June. Elements from nature, whether from the forest or the sea, can be incorporated into different d├ęcor through a few subtle accessories.


Take your workspace into the outdoors with bark-wrapped desk accessories.


Add a rustic element to a colorful wall with this double tasking project. The branch is both a sculptural element and an organizing tool for necklaces and other small items hung from nails.


One part fun, one part function, these upside-down planters from New Zealand designer Patrick Morris can be used for fresh herbs or plants and add some visual interest to vertical spaces. (Sky Planter, from $25)


Unlike the branches, some natural forms can be hard to find. Faux coral echoes the graceful beauty of the sea. (Faux Antler Coral from Pottery Barn, $25)


Make nature the central element of a room with these tree stump tables clustered together in front of a seating arrangement.

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Comments (4)

  • Fresh and beautiful ideas.

  • I enjoy decorating with nature elements even if my neighbor doesn't like the idea. I remember the time I found some fantail palm fronds and spray-painted one lavender and the other yellow and hung them in the family room. I thought they looked great and she said, 'they're just fronds', so I painted even more of them! I like the Nicoise Terrine and Displaying Succulents in June's Good Things also.

  • Thanks for featuring our branch necklace holder - we loved that easy tutorial!

    Great ideas here, Kevin.

  • I'm always a fan of saving money, so that branch idea sounds quite clever. The upside down planters are great too. How do you find these things?!

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