August 2013 Posts

Outside In

By John Hunt

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, whether it is the shortening of the days or the back-to-school displays.  But something makes me want to “hold on” to the outdoors.  I love fall but I know that soon I will be staying inside more and more in the coming months.  So, I would like to share a few pictures and ideas (thanks, Pinterest!) of some innovative ways to bring the great outdoors inside.

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I love this idea!  Bring a young tree inside, roots and all.  A trip to your local nursery or garden center is all it takes and a wise selection (perhaps a Japanese Maple?) could easily be planted in the yard after its indoor tour of duty.  The colored foliage reminds me of the intense depth of color in late summer and early fall.

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I have always been a huge fan of birch and aspen. This room really fascinates with its interplay of textures and light.  I love the juxtaposition of the natural trunks with the smooth floors and upholstered pieces.  Amazing!

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What a simple yet classic way to bring more life to a room!  Mount a window box inside and fill it with a few upright AND trailing plants.  Perfect for a mudroom, this could also be a great way to welcome winter with a few evergreens for the holidays.

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Notice how these bookshelves seem to “float” in front of the timbers.  Simple wooden boxes mounted to the trunks make the perfect place for books and accessories.

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“Natural” can be represented in many ways.  Painting this table, constructed of roots, a bright white takes it to a more refined level, perfect for any small spot in your home.  A few fresh branches from your yard complete the statement.