Mother Nature is by far my favorite designer
Whether its a new calendar year, a new school year, a new week or a new day...there is something grounding in starting with a clean palette.
For this reason I continue to decorate in neutrals, even as colors are really starting to make a splash. [I saw a pink fridge the other day!]. With a neutral palette you can always add color but at any moment that you feel you need a 'redo' it's as simple as pulling out those elements and boom...you've got a fresh start.
“Mother nature is by far my favorite designer. She keeps things neutral, in earth tone hues and then, on a few special occasions a year, she adds a pop of color.'
I am a nature girl. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and have camped and visited Mt. Rainier every year of my life. The air, the soil and the energy of it grounds me. As I became an adult and had space of my own to create, I realized that mother nature is by far my favorite designer. She keeps things neutral, in earth tone hues and then, on a few special occasions a year, she adds a pop of color. I like to do the same as it helps me and my home feel grounded. When I want to add a pop of pastels over Easter, or reds and blues in July, it is easy, quick and not overwhelming because I do not need to overhaul everything to give it those touches.
Using nature in decorating
One of the easiest (and most inexpensive) ways to decorate is to bring mother nature in to your space. That might seem easy in spring and summer, even fall, but winter? Yes! Bare or almost bare branches are a favorite design element of mine, as well as pine cones and other winter fare. Of course house plants can be used anytime of year and greenery feels like a breath of fresh air in any room, as it is literally producing oxygen and helping to clean the air. You kill every green thing you touch? Me too. For that reason I pick very inexpensive plants, like $5-$15 and if I kill them, I don't feel so bad. But through the process I have found some that are actually pretty easy to keep alive! Right now I have Pachira Money Tree, Yucca Cane and Hawaiian Sunrise plants that I have kept alive for months, yay me! I especially enjoyed this article about plants that work well in the bathroom. Fresh cut flowers are my favorite way to add actual color and still very much qualify as mother nature. Don't spend a bunch on this either. My local grocery stores are my favorite place to pick up a bunch of flowers for inexpensive and my favorite thing is a single stem of anything in a stem vase. Scroll below for some mother nature inspiration.