Fresh Ideas for Bringing the Outdoors into Your Decor

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)

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