About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Outdoors In: Decorating with Nature

Photo via Better Homes & Gardens

I have a rock and shell collection from my childhood that I’m eager to put on display someday, but my little dearests are still young enough that if I left a rock collection out on the coffee table, dining table (check out the simple rock collection centerpiece below) or anywhere within their reach, I’d soon find the rocks in every nook and cranny of our house.

Are you a collector of nature? If you don’t have natural items on display in your home, here’s a roundup of ideas for decorating with nature and displaying nature in your home.

nature decorating ideas

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Wild About: July 20, 2012

Personal notecards by Ellinée

The endlessly talented Ellinée team (who work in one of the most breathtaking studio spaces) recently relaunched their site and have filled it with numerous nature-inspired designs. I’m currently smitten with their summer party invites in vibrant colors and exciting designs that are sure to be the talk of the neighborhood and town.

summer party invitations by Ellinee

I’m also head over heels about their thank you cards, too, particularly the ones in cooler colors, refreshing in the heat of the summertime.

thank you cards by ellinee

For further inspiration, visit Ellinée’s fantastically redesigned shop and blog that’s filled to the brim with inspiration and DIY ideas.

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About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Oh, Albatross

Oh, Albatross sells a myriad of vintage pieces that are unexpectedly paired so beautifully with nature. It makes me think of the moss/algae-covered rocks I saw at the 1000 Steps Beach last weekend, the nice contrast of bright green plants against a dark, rustic object. I asked the Mr. what he thought of these photos from Oh, Albatross and he said they kind of remind him of a show we occasionally watch on the History channel, Life After People, in that nature juxtaposed with industrial pieces make him think of overgrown ivy in urban settings.

products form oh, albatross

Oh, Albatross’s vintage storage pieces are a great way to store vintage treasures and plants, no?

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

1000 Steps Beach

Photo by Donaville Herrick

Photo info

  • Location: 1000 Steps Beach (South Laguna Beach, California)
  • Camera used: Nikon D90
  • Lens used: Sigma 30mm f1.4

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go on a mini vacation (sans the little dearests!) with the Mr. for a couple days. We hadn’t really planned out where we were going, so we decided to keep it relatively close — a hop, skip, and jump away over along the coast of southern Orange County. We started the vacation with a night’s stay in San Clemente and the next day we drove up Pacific Coast Highway and made our first stop in southern Laguna Beach, to a little secluded area called the 1000 Steps Beach.

We walked down a flight of about twelve stairs, which I imagine is where the beach derives its name (though there aren’t actually 1000 steps), to reach the beach. It’s much easier going down the steps than back up if you’re out of shape like me — two days after climbing up, my calves were still in pain. Here’s a shot of the Mr. descending the stairs and I know, they don’t look daunting from that angle.

The beach itself is surrounded by tidepools, caves and countless moss/algae-covered rocks like in the picture shown above. I love the way the green really pops out against the dark, watery rocks.

If you ever find yourself in south Laguna Beach, be sure to check out 1000 Steps Beach. It’s the perfect place to relax and hang out for a few hours or half a day enjoying the sound of crashing waves on the rocks.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Color Crush: Rust

Here’s a current color crush of mine that can best describe the heat of the summer right now: rust. It’s been in the 90’s in my neck of the woods, with a few random rain and thunderstorms here and there the past few weeks. I’m not usually a fan of red, but I love it combined with oranges and browns. These colors of rust make me yearn for fall, though fall the heat often seems to rise a bit higher in September and October.

rust color crush

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.