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I think incorporating the simple beauty of natural elements is one of the easiest and most attractive ways to include any season into your decor. There are so many lovely things in nature! And because I like being subtle in my decor, utilizing natural elements makes sense to me.

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By using natural fiber rugs, window treatments, natural fabrics, or even twigs from the yard, I can achieve a rich and warm room without too much muss and fuss. Natural burlap wrapped around pillows or frames can give some natural texture and seasonal pizazz!

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Don’t over think your decorating. Keep it simple so you can focus on the beauty!

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Oh how I love that kitchen! Kitchens can tend to be full of cold and hard surfaces, but with the addition of bamboo cutting boards and rattan baskets you can really warm things up.

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Beautiful colored flowers in pitchers of creamy white and browns, be still my heart!

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Natural things are so beautiful all by themselves in a bowl, you can’t go wrong!

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Branches for curtains complete with twigs and birds nests! Inexpensive & naturally beautiful!

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Framing natural elements, such as these sea whips or flowers, is a great wall to fill up wall space!

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Grouping natural mosses, rocks and plant material into cake stands or other containers makes a naturally beautiful centerpiece!

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I love this idea for keeping special memories! Gather sand and shells picked up on vacation and put them in individual glass containers marked with labels identifying the date and location of collection! I love the simple beauty and meaning of decor like this.

So many inspiring ideas for creating a naturally beautiful home!

this post was originally published in september 2008 The Inspired Room- and the ideas are still fresh and pretty for this fall!

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Have a beautiful Friday everyone! Keep on adding and enjoying those Fall Posts & Homegoods Fall makeover entries on the Fall Nesting Party!

If you have a beautiful life post, you can add it here! Every Friday we pause for a moment to remember the beauty we found or created. We are full of linky inspiration this week! I’m adding my post to Hooked on Fridays!

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    Wonderful images you chose. The neutral color palette is soothing and obviously timeless. That cake stand display is utterly charming.
    Jane T.
    .-= Atticmag´s last blog ..Blueberry Lattice Pie =-.

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    Hi Melissa. Natural elements sure are perfect for fall! Neutral textiles and Mother Nature’s souvenirs of summer are the perfect combination to feature in our homes this season. Thank you for featuring so many wonderful photographs, and thank you for continuing to host A Beautiful Life!

    Happy Fall!
    ~Arleen
    .-= Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home´s last blog ..Autumn’s Richness ~ Rooms with Brown Walls =-.

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    I have to admit that with your inspiration I am slowly but surely sliding into my best loved season, Fall.

    Love this post– love the natural elements.

    As always — thank you for your hospitality.

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥
    .-= Claudia@DipityRoad´s last blog ..Living Beautiful- A Bunny Visit =-.

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    great ideas and awesome inspiration photos. i have vowed to simplify and not over think or over do my fall decor this year. i am going to use what i have on hand and make it feel cozy and comfy. i’m doing my nesting this weekend!
    .-= Emily@remodelingthislife´s last blog ..Lisa Leonard Designs $75 Giveaway =-.

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    Those images and ideas are simply beautiful…and they are sooooo fallish and nesting-ish!
    .-= Linda@Lime in the Coconut´s last blog ..Stairways of hope… =-.

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    The curtain-rod branches complete with nests made me smile. What a fun idea. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Melissa! :-)
    .-= Julia @ Hooked on Houses´s last blog ..Hooked On Old-Fashioned Candy Stores =-.

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    I love when magazines start decorating for spring and summer because color abounds. With fall, things tend to go more neutrals and browns (and I have nothing against a good, rich brown) and I have the overwhelming urge to run through the rooms tossing oranges and golds willy-nilly to brighten things up a bit.
    .-= Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good)´s last blog ..THE BEST SANDWICH IN THE WORLD! =-.

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    This is my absolute favorite time of the year, well, after Christmas;) I just love the decorating ideas you shared. I might have to try and make a couple of those pillows. That is my dream kitchen by the way. I will be cooking in it soon(I hope!).

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    I love natural elements in decorating too. Great post! Hope you have a wonderful weekend…
    .-= pk @ room remix´s last blog ..Creative Decorating Tips =-.

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    I love working with old photographs, I did one of my recently and posted it. There was something simple about old photos that I love especially when hung together, although I haven’t done anything with this one yet except work on the image.

    Tracy
    .-= The Crazy Suburban Mom´s last blog ..Dude, your mom’s bangin’ =-.

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    I love all of these, especially the flowers. Natural elements make everything feel comfy and relaxed but they can be so elegant at the same time.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday – Look Around You =-.

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    I love every single one of those images. Thanks for always providing such great inspiration!
    .-= Jaime @ A Place Out West´s last blog ..is it fall yet? =-.

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    I am drooling over pictures 3 & 5….love them. Thanks for sharing friend.
    .-= lylah ledner´s last blog ..Last Night . . . =-.

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    Gorgeous. The tone on tone nuetral color palette is one of my favorites. I find it so calming. I’d be a tad worried about how dirty things might get btw the kids and my Boston Terrier, but one can dream, right?
    .-= Meredith´s last blog ..I Heart TextExpander: or, tools that allow me to hide my laziness =-.

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    Very beautiful pictures…inspiration at its best! Thank you so much and have a wonderful, creative weekend!
    Clara & Marcela

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    Fabulous inspiration, Melissa.

    I came by earlier and left my link. I was in the midst of making beef bourguignon, since we saw Julie and Julia yesterday, I was inspired:-). Now that I have it simmering away, I have a minute to visit.
    .-= Pat@Back Porch Musings´s last blog ..~Cooking With Julia~ =-.

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    A beautiful, inspiring post. You never disappoint! I adore those framed sticks too–I feel a copy cat moment coming on…
    .-= The Nester´s last blog ..Home Wasn’t Built in a Day =-.

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    I love all those natural elements-that’s a great reminder to really keep it simple. I love the twig curtain rods-what a great idea!
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..Fall Nesting =-.

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    I love all the natural fibers and incorporating the outdoors inside. Autumn is such a wonderful time of the year but living in Phoenix, it still is just like summer now. But I love to visit your blog and daydream. After all, I grew up in New York so I know what fall is really like.

    BTW, I mentioned The Inspired Room on Heart Choices on my thankful Thursday post. It was about slowing down and I mentioned four blogs that helped me to slow down and …enjoy. And of course, yours came to my mind Melissa.
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday ~ Slowing Down =-.

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    Love the pictures! I usually go kicking and screaming into fall because it means summer is over and winter is just ahead. Will start gathering some pretties for my fall decor this weekend with a full fledged nesting day in a couple of weeks. Got a yummy Spiced Cider Wallflower from Bath and Body so at least my house is smelling fall like.

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    Love those pillows! Gotta question…do you know any good hotels in Seattle? Or at least what area we should look at to stay in if we want to be close to all the sites and action?
    .-= rachel´s last blog ..when the levee breaks =-.

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    Am enjoying everyone’s fall themed additions to the party, it has really helped to get us in the mood for changing seasons.
    .-= Pearl Maple´s last blog ..Celebrating Seasons =-.

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    I love it. Recently I have fallen passionately in love with natural elements for textiles – coarse linen, tweed, roughly woven or knitted wool…
    .-= Passementerie´s last blog ..Because it’s so very simple =-.

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    Those are all great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Cindy S.
    .-= Cindy S´s last blog ..What a Busy Week! =-.

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    I can’t be inspired by Fall, as I live in Australia.
    I am being Motivated By Spring.
    The return of the chairs (see my Blog or Mr Linky Link above) has been a real boost.
    I have rearranged my bedroom, and as my sister (we share a house) is going overseas tomorrow, there is some serious rearranging about to happen.
    Jane
    .-= Jane´s last blog ..photohunter #177 =-.

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    I like autumn colors (gold, rust, burgundy, etc.) for decorating and I’m also especially fond of leaf patterns.
    .-= Elizabeth Barrette´s last blog ..Weekend Meet-n-Greet 9-5-09 =-.

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    I’m loving these images! I’m obsessed with bringing nature indoors…botantical prints, rocks, shells etc! Love the moss and rock centerpiece- that one I will attempt.
    .-= Live In Full Color´s last blog ..An Animal Of A Different Color =-.

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