Bring in the Birch

Birch trees photo by Fiona Fraser

Hi Dearest Nature readers! So excited to be posting here for the first time.

Growing up in the Aussie bush, I was always surrounded by nature. Trees out every window, bright blue skies, creeks surrounded by vines and thick undergrowth to explore, and birds happily waking me up in the mornings. Since leaving home to live in the city seven years ago, I have always felt the need to go back home and soak up as much nature as I can before heading back to the concrete and steel.

I didn’t realise how much nature inspires and comforts me.

So, always being on the look out for little ways to bring nature into my city house, I’ve been excited to see the use of Birch in a lot of interiors across the internet. Birch has such a woodsy feel to it and makes me think of cabins in the forest, deers darting around outside on a soft layer of snow that dusts the ground (if only we had that in Australia!).

There are plenty of ways to use birch (and tree branches) in the house.  Here is a collection of my favourite:

birch decor roundup by Jasmine Flamenco

About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.

Color Crush: Mellow Yellow

Various products by Leah Duncan

There’s not a whole lot of yellow in my life. I own one yellow article of clothing — a dress from Shabby Apple — and that’s about the only thing I can think of off the top of my head. I have nothing against yellow, but it’s always been a little too edgy and loud of a color for

me to infuse into my wardrobe or home with it. Thanks to the likes of Leah Duncan, I’ve been drawn to varied shades of muted, mellow yellows like mustard, amber, saffron, goldenrod.

work by Leah Duncan

A little bit of info about Leah
Originally based in Austin, Texas, Leah recently relocated to Brooklyn, New York is an artist, designer, and a self-taught seamstress and surface pattern designer whose artwork is characteristically unique and whimsical. Her prints are the perfect remedy to sprucing up a boring wall and her pillows are the kind that make me want to curl up on the couch reading my favorite book on a rainy day.

Be sure to visit Leah’s shop and blog and follow her on twitter.

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.

Artwares by Yevgenia

Hand-painted ceramic tea set by Yevgenia

Currently residing in New York, but originally from Moscow, Russia, Yevgenia Davidoff is a traditionally trained artist who “studied classically in Moscow and then continued in New York at the School of Visual Arts.” Yevgenia sells hand-painted dinnerware, glassware, travel mugs, and a host of other enchanting artware in her Etsy shop.

I first heard about Yevgenia’s work by way of one of our contributors, Jonathan Chapman aka Mr Yen. Jonathan posted a feature about Yevgenia’s products on his blog a little while back and upon first seeing her work I was in instant amazement. Her alluring hand-painted kitchenware is the sort of thing that you’d want to show off in your kitchen, the perfect dishes and cups to display in open-shelving.

artware by yevgenia

Those egg pods would make quite a statement this Easter or any day of the year.

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.