Bring the Outdoors In: It's a Walk in the Park
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There is something about being outdoors, in nature, that is invigorating and refreshing. In my designs I always try and bring that outdoor energy indoors, too. One obvious way to do that is with houseplants, but there are many other ways to create that outdoorsy-vibe in the home as well. An outdoorsy color-palette that includes various tones of greens, browns and blues brings the feeling of the hills, the skies and the fields into the home. Natural materials like wood, leather, jute, rattan and wool also help to bring the outdoors, in, and once that bright, open feeling is created through the addition of the right colors and textures, I like to add a little bit of pattern to the mix. Patterns occur so much in nature--in the rich furs of animals, the bright scales of underwater dwellers, on the petals of flowers, in honeycombs and shells, in the way that trees dot the sides of a mountain--I like to bring in these patterns subtly. There is no better way to do this than through patterned details like lamp shades and accent pillows. One paramount element to outdoor-inspired decor is bringing in the sunlight--one great way of doing this is to create a 'sun' in the home by including a statement sputnik lamp, especially a gold or brass one as a focal point in a room. Get the look: 1. Sputnik Antique Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Pendant Light 2. White Leather Strap Adjustable Jamie Young Round Wall Mirror 3. Arteriors Hadley Modern Brass Black 65 1/2-Inch-H Floor Lamp 4. Cream and White Contemporary Faux Orchids with Greenery 5. Glacier Glass White Resin 13-Inch-H Small Vase 6. Modern Reid Grey 72-Inch-H Shelving Unit or Media Stand 7. Pascal White Plastic Wood 30 1/2-Inch-H Side Chair 8. Modern Large Square Buff Leather Jamie Young Ottoman 9. Carmela Walnut 23 1/2-Inch-W Side Table 10. Roxbury Green Chenille 89-Inch-W Sofa 11. Infinity Metallic Silver Tile 18" Square Down Throw Pillow 12. Chevron Ikat Canvas Aviva Stanoff Down Throw Pillow 13. Jay Yellow Ikat Set of 2 Safavieh Decorative Pillows 14. Blue and Beige Shock Stripe Contemporary Throw Pillow 15. St. Claire Wood with Taupe Drum Shade Modern Table Lamp Once all of these elements are combined, your home will feel as lively, natural and as refreshing as a walk in the park...