There is something warming and calming about natural materials and textures incorporated into the home. From a vase full of greenery to wooden framed pictures, they are layers that help us feel connected to nature. And nature in itself is calming. Think of those moments walking through a forest, or sitting by rippling water. Or watching the sun go down behind tall mountains. Nature is beautiful in its purest form.
In today's society we are moving more towards manufactured mass produced pieces. Pieces that are often short lived and easily replaced. Our homes are shiny. And therefore often lack warmth.
But it's those pieces that are made with care, time and artistry that last. And often fill a home with complete comfort and give it a story to tell.
It doesn't necessarily mean filling our homes to the brim with antiques or thrift store finds. Nature allows us to breath. So too should our homes. It's about selecting pieces carefully and curating a calm and serene space. For isn't that what we hope in a home - that it provides a peaceful feeling after our often busy days?
We can bring nature into our homes through colour. Tones found in the natural world. Think of the layers of blue in a vast ocean that meet a pebbly shore of shades of grey. Or the green tones in a wavy country landscape divided by earthy dirt roads.
And then there is texture. Placing a handmade timber bowl with visible grain and knots atop an otherwise modern kitchen counter can add warmth. And then fill it with seasonal fruit collected from a weekend market. Placing rugs made from natural fibres like jute or sisal throughout the home rather than synthetic. Bringing in textures of natural leather and linen. And woven baskets filled with children's blocks and various toys.
We can also bring life in with indoor plants. Or framing photographs of landscapes taken on our travels. Cutting a small branch of greenery from a tree in our garden and placing it in a vase on the dining table. And plating up simple foods on earthy plates. And a salad tossed with wooden spoons.
To truly appreciate our homes we need to learn to embrace the imperfect. And not feel like we need to replace things as soon as a small hole forms, or when marked from the kids sticky fingers. These tiny imperfections tell the stories of our lives. While those pictures in a glossy magazine or on Pinterest look appealing, what is truly beautiful is a home well lived. A home with a story that is real.