Photo Gallery: Au Naturel Decor
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“The rich, warm live edge wood that folds around the kitchen island and that stunning brass stove hood have made this Brooklyn kitchen the subject of many decorating fantasies,” says Escapade blogger Sharalee Mushore. The wood lends a natural touch to an otherwise modern kitchen.
The fashion stylist and Bullet with Butterfly Wings blogger was inspired by her passion for surfing when it came to decorating her coastal home. A soft palette of whites and creams, translucent materials and natural textures lend an airy, sun-bleached look. In the dining room, a weathered wood table and shell chandelier give a nod to nature. Modern chairs and a silver branch sculpture strike a glamorous note.
South of the Tropic of Cancer, Larsen found a home in Baja, Mexico. In 2008 she had this simple, 1,300-square-foot one-bedroom concrete-block-and-plaster-home built. The rustic home blends seamlessly with its stunning surroundings — the Sierra la Laguna mountains, the Pacific Ocean in the distance and miles of desert. An unfinished table, earthenware on the shelves and hanging dried herbs give the room a soft, natural feel.
A soft, tone-on-tone palette is juxtaposed against concrete floors and exposed beams in this industrial loft. The decorator and stylist favours natural materials and fabrics like the leather on the two Danish chairs and the wool of the vintage Moroccan rug. Tall, sculptural pieces of driftwood, a rusty wheel rim, and a dried branch on display on the coffee table lend the room a rough, raw element.
Stylist April Tidey used roughhewn furniture and accessories to decorate her Vancouver loft. She came across this old white medical cabinet while it was being carried into a store as she was leaving. Beside it, stacked pieces of wood form an impromptu side table. A large piece of driftwood wrapped with wire is artfully hung on the wall, and a spiky white lamp resembles botanical marine life.
In the 2011 Princess Margaret Showhome, Montauk’s Geoffrey sofa was custom-slipcovered in ivory linen. It serves as a light backdrop for custom throw pillows in solid linen edged in a contrasting blanket stitch and a Navajo-inspired Ralph Lauren woven cloth. Two Safari Camp chairs and tree-stump side tables give a rugged yet refined look.
Create an interesting window display by clustering organic objects in contrasting textures. A large shell holds decorative silver balls and a piece of coral. Surrounding it are mauve mollusks and vintage books. Large glass bottles look as thought they&
New York interior designer Amy Lau took on the task of warming up this 4,000-square-foot West Chelsea loft — formerly an art gallery. Lau used exposed brick with natural hemp and wool rugs throughout. A wood live edge coffee table, coral and shells give an organic touch.
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A neutral palette exudes serenity and cleanliness. Freelance stylist Jenn Cranston created a headboard out of a bamboo screen, and unique lights by rewiring two pendants and wrapping the cords in raffia. Throughout her cottage, Jenn uses branches for sculptures and displays grass and leaves from her garden.
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The owners of this Lake Simcoe beach house wanted to create a space that reflected its location but still looked modern. White walls and furniture are paired with earthy accents like a jute rug, wicker baskets, seashells and tropical greenery. A small bird perched atop the cabinet enhances the nature-inspired theme.
Create an earth-toned palette with white, cream and brown accents. A simple linen curtain, sculptural white coral accessories and an entomological print give the room an outdoorsy vibe. Fresh flowers on the tub tray add an unexpected, feminine touch.