We were just admiring the Wilton House by NYC interior designers Carrier and Company. The interiors put us at ease and we're thinking one reason for this is each room has a touch of the outdoors. It's simple stuff, like plants, cut flowers, fruits and natural wood...
Living Plants: The living room has live plants on the coffee table. A tall, slender orchid plant beside a low, round moss arrangement bring greenery and delicate beauty right into the center of the space.
Cut Flowers: The dining room brings the outdoors in with fresh cut flowers. The informal style of the arrangement makes it feel as if these were just brought in from the garden outside. The bouquet's large size brings a lot of leafy greenness to the heart of the table.
Fresh Fruit: Green apples are one of our favorites for fruit bowls and for snacking. These also bring a fresh green color to the interior and look great in that great big wooden bowl.
Natural Wood: The bedside table is a casually-placed section of tree trunk. Its worn and rounded edges suggest age and use and its natural finish brings a warm patina to the room.
These "outdoor" elements, when combined with the natural materials, neutrals, and greens used throughout the house, make for some extremely inviting, relaxing interiors. See the rest of Wilton House at the Carrier and Company website.