Nature-inspired Workspaces

Farrah Sit's workspace via Etsy (check out Farrah's shop here)

If I had a greener thumb, my workspace would probably resemble a greenhouse, something along the lines of where several of Brittany Campbell’s (of The Home Ground) shop items were photographed. Truth be told, I probably wouldn’t mind living in a greenhouse like that, though I’d have to remember not to throw stones nor wear my birthday suit in it.

Here’s a glimpse at a handful of creative folks who have carefully (that is, not gone overboard like I probably would if given the chance!) and artfully incorporated nature and nature-inspired objects into their workspaces.

nature-inspired workspaces

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.

Outdoors In: McLaughlin Designs

Elisa's favorite teacup, a Paragan Bone China tea cup

Say hello to the lovely space of Elisa McLaughlin, the creative mastermind behind McLaughlin Designs, where you can find just about every beautiful DIY under the sun. Here’s Elisa to take it away:

Recently I moved from a beautiful cabin in a small mountain town to Southern California. The contrast is stark in vegetation, weather, and lifestyle but I am doing well in my new home. My husband, my kids and I moved in with my parents. All of this to say, my creative space is my bedroom. Since it is my only room I wanted to make it relaxing and inspiring so I can create in it. One of my favorite pieces of furniture in my room is my hutch. It belonged to my great-grandmother and I painted it a few years back and distressed it. I found new hardware at Anthropologie and Home Depot and gave it new life.

antiques from Elisa McLaughlin

[images above]: I found this amazing old window at an antique shop in North Park San Diego. I love the layers of paint that are chipping away. My parents have the most amazing peach roses in their yard that I keep snagging for my room. The numbered canisters are spice canisters I found at Anthropologie when they went on clearance. 

old books from McLaughlin Designs

[images above]: Another thing I am so in love with is old books. This has been a life long obsession for me and I find them all over, thrift stores, antique stores, swap meets, and flea markets. There is so much character in the fabric binding, it is so much more organic and full of life than paper binding.

headboard and pillows from Elisa McLaughlin

[images above]: Since my space is my bedroom I have to show off my headboard. I found, years ago, a beautiful room divider from World Market that was made in India. I made a rag banner or ribbon banner to string across the top. I found fun pillows from Ross’ and got my bedspread from Anthropologie. 

bookshelves in Elisa McLaughlin's space

[images above]: My husband built me book shelves, which I really love. My books are the possession I own which most define me. If you spend a moment looking at them it will seem they have no rhyme or reason. In the course of my life I have loved many things and they are all reflected in my books. Among them are the classics specifically, Steinbeck and Hemingway, Russian History and Language (I studied Russian Language for three years and spent time in both Russia and Ukraine),  Art and Drawing, Gemology, Lewis, Shakespeare, English Literature, and I could keep going. 

succulents from Elisa McLaughlin

[images above]: One very fortunate thing about living in San Diego is the weather allows for succulents to thrive. I adore succulents and I am propagating a bunch to sell in the shop I am opening In a month or so. They are everywhere in my room and home. 

tree branch coloring pencils from Elisa McLaughlin

[image above]: I put these stick crayons in a glass apothecary jar. I love the blending of art and nature. They were given to me by a close friend who got them from Africa. They sell something similar at Anthropologie.

McLaughlin Designs swimming pool

[image above]: After all the indoor shots I thought I should include a picture of the outdoors. This is a shot of our garden and pool. Very inspiring. The other place I create is outside. 

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: Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith's studio

Next up in our Outdoors In series is the radiant home and studio of North Carolina-dwelling artist Michelle Smith, a mother of a toddler, a photographer, stylist, and maker of lovely home decor, wearables, and more. Michelle is also the founder of The Rock & Shop Market, “an indoor fashion, art & music flea market featuring over 65 emerging, independent local and national designers selling their products plus live music by local performers” since 2004.

Check out her amazing spaces below.

Michelle Smith's home: first floor

MIchelle Smith's home: bedrooms

Michelle Smith's studio

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: Lay Baby Lay

Photo by Joni Lay

I’m stoked about today’s installment of our Outdoors In series. I recently invited graphic designer and room stylist extraordinaire Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay to share nature-inspired bits of her home with us. If you have yet to see her inspiration boards, I encourage you to drop everything and head over to her blog and take a gander at a few of my favorites. And if you’re no stranger to the world of blogging, then you’ve probably seen photos of Joni’s daughter’s (Vivi Charles, a little bundle of joy with one of the most infectious smiles ever!) nursery. Read on to find out a little bit more about Joni, her family, and her inspirational home.

An introduction from Joni:
Hi, I’m Joni, a graphic designer living in Atlanta with my husband, Chip, and our 17 month old daughter, Vivi Charles.  I stay home with Vivi and blog at laybabylay.com where I focus on nursery design and write about my experiences as a new mother.  We bought our house four years ago and we love it.  It’s a little bungalow that was built in 1948, so it has a lot of character (and lots of creaks!) and it is perfect for our little family.  I grew up in South Georgia and spent a lot of time on my family’s farm growing up, and we still go back often, so many of the details in our home reflect that.    

Most of the furniture in our house is vintage — I rarely buy anything new, except for upholstered furniture and rugs.  I love pieces that look like they have a story, and one of our favorite outings is to go to antique markets.  It makes me happy that Chip shares my enthusiasm for it, and I’m always inspired when we have the chance to go.  I also love putting fresh flowers throughout our house.  Our yard has lots of flowers (no thanks to us, the previous owners knew what they were doing!) and I enjoy taking advantage of it.  Our bedroom is still a work in progress (you can see my inspiration board) but really I’m always tweaking and updating things as I’m inspired.

living room

kitchen and dining room

[images above]: My dad helped me build the dining room table, as well as the coffee table, which is made of wood remnants from my great-grandmother’s house.

bedroom and bathroom

[images above]: The photo in the bathroom is my grandfather walking through a field of corn he planted.

nursery

[images above]: a few photos of Vivi Charles’ nursery, see more photos over at Lay Baby Lay.

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.