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Rustic doesn't have to equal taxidermy animals and knotty pine. Some of the most attractive uses of natural elements are the ones employed with the most restraint. Adding a few outdoor objects into even the most minimalist of spaces provides warmth and interest without overpowering the rest of the decor...

Even on a grand scale, nature retains its simplicity:

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However, if you're not up for hauling in a mammoth tree, have no fear; you can still achieve the refreshing effect of a natural display by using what you have in your own home —like the fruit you're waiting to ripen...
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or the stones and twigs you find around your yard while enjoying this glorious unseasonably warm weather...
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We also like the practical uses of natural decor. We've posted before on how to use a tree branch as a curtain rod, but branches can take on many more quirky functions. A couple of favorites are the clothing rack we spotted in a Ferm Living display:
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Make a similar rack by wrapping picture hanging wire around the ends of a thin but sturdy branch, attaching it to eye-hooks in the wall, and then using s-hooks (available at hardware stores or Ikea) for the coats, umbrellas, etc.


And the shelf alternative for displaying a limited number of thin accent pieces:
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Replicate this branch idea by tying twine to the ends of the branches and suspending it from hooks in the ceiling.
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What ways have you seen nature worked successfully into decor?

(Images: 1 left, 1 right, 3: Leah Moss; 1 center: Pure Style; 2: Elle Interior; 4:Skona Hem; 5: Domino; 6: Ferm Living; 7: Insidesign; 8: Christine Rudolph)