Natural Materials in Home Decor
I‘ve always had an appreciation for using natural textures in home decor. Antiques, hand crafted furniture or decor and natural home building materials all add so much character! Certainly most of us have mass-produced or faux finishes in our homes, but the beauty of real natural woods, stone and other authentic materials provide an ambience that is really unmatched. And there is nothing like seeing beautiful craftsmanship in home building, decor and landscapes!
I enjoy admiring homes with exteriors made of real stone and aged shingles. Look at that awesome steep shingled roof, the copper dragonfly downspout and the stone around the rounded door too! Isn’t it adorable? No other house quite like this, I’m sure!
A few years back I was out looking at houses with my mom and we found this delightful timber and stone house that was built by the woman who owned it. Cute, right?
Can you imagine how much love was poured into building that house, timber by timber and stone by stone? The process of building your own home with natural materials must be so rewarding!
We’ve never built a house (that would be a DREAM!) but we have had fun building things for our homes from natural material straight from the source. My husband and I drove up a mountain once to select our own flagstone for our walkway, piece by piece, from a quarry.
In our last house we even designed a handcrafted cabinet with real bamboo trim. We actually went out to a really cool bamboo garden to hand pick our own bamboo for the cabinet. It was so fun to not only pick out the materials for our own cabinet but to be able to appreciate what went into creating that cabinet!
After designing the bamboo cabinet, I fell in love with bamboo! Now I want to plant bamboo in my backyard as a natural screen for privacy. Don’t you feel relaxed just looking at a bamboo garden? I’ve seen people use big troughs to plant it in so it is contained (it grows like crazy and we don’t have space for it to spread out). I can’t wait to hear the bamboo leaves gently blowing in the breeze in my own backyard! The perfect way to relax!
Just look at the awesome texture from this driftwood fence and metal arbor at a house in Cannon Beach, Oregon! It adds so much personality to this beach house.
I believe these carved wood numbers are made out of teak, aren’t they lovely? Once you see the layers of beauty in real wood grain it is hard to go back to embracing particle board or plastic! There is nothing quite like REAL texture.
My parent’s beach home was remodeled a few years ago with a lot of natural materials. I adore the beautiful colors in the slate shower and the added contrasting texture of the teak bench.
This carved wood bird on the stair newel post is the work of a local craftsman, not something you would likely be able to buy in a mass produced product catalog! And all the natural wood on the walls and steps and the slate floors create such a warm personal space to getaway from it all.
I love seeing what a craftsman can make in his own workshop! This cool Adirondack chair was at a local Portland, Oregon bamboo garden. I think it adds so much to the story of your home and the personality of your space when you know where your furniture originated and who made it.
Even though you might not actually know who made your furniture, it is fun to imagine where it originally came from. This is the French iron swan chair I recently found at an antique store. I believe it is a hand-forged — the craftsmanship is really beautiful! It is now a statement piece in my office. And the swans are just quirky enough to make me smile every time I see them!
An ordinary chair from an office supply store is certainly functional, but for me it is much more fun to have a chair that has a story to tell.
Do you appreciate natural materials and textures in your home as much as I do?