How to create an interior inspired by the great outdoors
Harness the intrinsic beauty of the natural world with pattern, texture and hues that take copious design notes from the great outdoors
Create a dining table fit for a May queen with handmade floral napkin rings, wicker placemats and serving platters, chunky ornamental candlesticks and, naturally, plenty of bulbs and blooms.
The kitchen is ripe for adding accessories made from rustic wood. From breadboards and spoons to crates and plate racks, invest in this versatile material that only gets better with age.
Marry mismatched vintage ceramics with a pretty tablecloth for a relaxed approach to teatime.
Even functional areas, such as a busy hallway, can be dressed to great effect with a botanical print or two, woven baskets and cosy throws in rustic shades.
Drift off to sleep surrounded by the sights of nature. Bedlinen decorated with flora and fauna motifs, potted plants and curios under bell jars are all brilliant ways to usher the outside in.
If your entrance hall is large enough, think about adding a few touches of greenery. An indoor wreath is a surprising and wonderful element that never fails to provide a cheerful welcome.
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