House plants die. Fresh flowers get expensive. Trickling water fountains eventually drive you nuts. If you crave nature in the city and wish for something more primordial than plastic, how about drawer pulls made from glacial stone? Skipping Stones Studios in Sandpoint, Idaho, harvests (with permits) river-tumbled rocks from the shores of the Purcell Trench, where a giant Ice Age flood from glacial Lake Missoula formed an abundance of streams, rivers and lakes thousands of years ago. The stones are chosen for size, shape and feel. They're transformed into hardware with elegantly minimal mountings of brushed nickel or oxidized titanium.
(pic from Michale.) They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations and can be custom-designed to complement your cabinetry. The "split stone" option has a bit of the power of Andy Goldworthy's fissure installation at the deYoung.
But for a quick fix for a nature-starved home, we like the simplest option: river rock drawer pulls. At $12.60 apiece, a set of six would allow you to transform a wooden dresser or your kitchen cabinets into something earthy and zen in a matter of minutes. Available at Skipping Stones Studios.