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Nature in the Home - weekly pick...

Image by Little Buckles
Hey there!
Nature in the home has really stepped up a gear this week as we are all gathering greenery into the home.  So many beautiful wreaths, stars, pine cones and of course trees!

My favourite image of this week was this one of little Bella.  Such a beautiful shot, fabulous colours and that simple arrangement of holly sprigs in that white vase... I fell  in love.  In fact I loved this so much, I showed Dan immediately. (I always show Dan, Andrea's photos, as I want to live in France!!).

If you head over to my facebook page you will find my 'nature geek' image too.

I'm going to have a little break over the Christmas period, but please do keep tagging your found, foraged, grown and gathered items of Nature with #natureinthehome as we all love to see them.  I shall be back in the New Year!

This weeks top 8:

Nature in the Home - weekly pick...

Image by @corikindred
Just look at these mushrooms!  I love this image and the brilliant and simple way they have been displayed.  Perfect works of art.  Thank you to Corikindred for submitting this image to #natureinthehome this week.

If you pop over to my facebook page you can see my favourite 'nature geek' over there... it is adorable.

See you next week....

An alternative mid-winter wreath...

So it's started, the Christmas decorating.  This year I'm going for a natural look, bringing elements from nature, all foraged and found.  
The above wreath was made from dried items from my tiny garden. It shows how lazy I have been in my garden tidy this year, as I've left my sweet pea stems to to dry on the canes.  I'm pretty pleased actually as they have made an interesting addition to a standard twig wreath.

More details on how I made this and two other wreaths (think hydrangea heads and feathers) can be found on my monthly column over on Seeds and Stitches blog.

Nature in the Home - weekly pick...

Image by the colourful @xantheb
This weeks #natureinthehome favourite belongs to the ever colourful and creative Xanthe Berkeley.  I adored this shot of colour popping up on my instagram feed.  Those yellow leaves against the blue table cloth and those nails!  That woman does great hands!

Thanks Xanthe, for reminding me I need to add some colour to my world. :)

If you pop over to my facebook page you can see this week's 'nature geek', and she really is too!  Just like me.

And if you hadn't seen on Instagram, here is this weeks #natureinthehome8 collection... such beauties!

Nature in the Home - weekly pick...

#Natureinthehome submission by daria.bright
Each week I am staggered and humbled by the amount and quality of images submitted to my little project #natureinthehome.  People worldwide using the hashtag and playing along.  It is a wonderful thing!

This week I chose this image by Russian florist daria.bright.  Not my usual style, but I love it nonetheless. Her gold top is awesome and really sets off those stunning blooms.  A hint of Christmas sparkle I think.

If you head over to my facebook page, you will also discover this weeks 'nature geek'... go see.

This weeks top 8 picks was: (click over here to see who they all belong to)

See you next week for some nature beauty!

Nature in the home - an update and a weekly favourite...

Image by Eloeil
It's been a long, long time since I posted on here about my weekly project #natureinthehome.  Well, it has been going strong over on Instagram, with over 2,800 images submitted.

Each week I have chosen my favourite 8, called #natureinthehome8.  How I choose these images is all on a feeling, composition and colour, and whether they 'sit' right as a group. I kind of curate a collection.  This weeks collection can be seen over here, along with all the other weekly collections.

I've decided to bring Nature in the Home back to the blog, because I love it and miss it here. It will remain an Instagram project, but I shall pick my favourite to appear on the blog.  This weeks favourite is above and belongs to Eloeil.  

To be honest I could pick any of Eloeil's images, all are beautifully captured with such a gentle way, with a calm, dream like quality.  I love them.

Also once a week I shall add an image to my Facebook page - calling it 'nature geek' (in a nice way, not in a rude name calling way, never!).  Please head over there to see who it is this week.

Ah it feels good to be back sharing this here again, my project of now nearly four years is still going strong!

Styling the seasons - September...

A few months back Katy emailed me about her exciting new project she is launching with Charlotte of Lotts & Lots.  It's called Styling the Seasons, and as I have a huge love of all things natural and seasonal they thought I'd love to play too.  Well yes!  I would.

Starting with September, Katy & Charlotte have challenged us to reflect the change of seasons and in our own homes. We can choose any surface in our home (shelf, dining table, mantelpieces etc.) and style that surface to reflect the new month and what it means to us (relaxation, celebrations, family, nature). Then share our images by using the hashtag #StylingtheSeasons.

So of course, I chose my mantel and found & gathered items from nature.  To me September really straddles the seasons.  One foot still firmly planted in Summer while the other is just dipping it's toe into Autumn.  I have tried to reflect this by using a mix of items.  Dried flower heads from blooms now faded, shells from beach holidays, pressed flowers from June meadows.  Feathers and a fox skull from recent walks, and the orange berries to signify the change to Autumn.

Yes, September, you still feel like summer to me... with a hint of Autumn.

Why not join in with #stylingtheseasons, you can do so at any point during September.  I shall be back for October.

p.s. - I have been NOMINATED!  In the Amara Interior blog awards.  OMG!  Thank you.  Voting is now open, if you feel like voting for me, please hop over here.  Thank you xx

You can read all my interiors posts by clicking on the decor tab in the header or by going over here.

 Amara Interior Blog Awards

Nature in the Home update...

Nature in the Home took a little break for Summer here on the blog. Although it has been quiet on here, it has been wonderful over on Instagram.  It's week 15 for 2014, and this weeks collection is particularly beautiful.  I love how the end of Summer is bringing more muted shades into our photography, and the use of feathers, butterflies and fruit is making an appearance too.

Nature in the Home will be back on the blog in Autumn, but you can still join in with the weekly submissions on Instagram using the hashtag #natureinthehome.  Please join us, it will be lovely to see what you find.

04: Inspiration - Nature in the Home - Collections by Caroline South...

I am delighted to have Caroline South as my final 'inspiration' of the Spring/Summer series of #Natureinthehome.  I have followed Caroline's blog (Scraps of Us) for many years now, and have always found her images and in particular her collections incredibly inspiring.  I hope you do too...

Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do?
I'm Caroline and I'm mum to Archie 3 and Elizabeth 6. From a young age I have always loved being creative, taking photos, drawing and making.
Since having children my main passion has been for recording and documenting them growing up and our adventures, which I share on my blog and Instagram. In addition, I love making making memory books and am constantly taking notes of the things they say.
As a family we love to get out and about as much as possible. We live just a few minutes from the beach so spend many hours there exploring and searching for treasures.

I love your garden mood board series, how did this idea come about?
I came across the garden mood boards on Karin A photography blog and just loved the idea. It's a monthly link up where you record the flowers and foliage found in your garden. The idea of recording a visual diary of what is growing throughout the seasons in this way really appealed to me. 
As you will probably notice my preferred way to display objects is to show them organised neatly, often using linear and symmetrical layouts. With this in mind I chose to show my garden mood boards in this way.

You have just started a new series called 'collections' could you tell us a little about that?
We always end up with little collections of bits and bobs, things we have picked up at the beach, park or just in the garden. Things brought home in buckets, bicycle baskets or stuffed in pockets.Treasures like sea glass, stones with holes, feathers, seed pods, leaves and fur cones..... or if it's Archie a piece of moon rock or a dinosaur fossil!
I thought I would start photographing all of our finds that we accumulate as a way of remembering and documenting them mostly through Instagram. Following this I decided to start a monthly blog series with the hope that others may join in and share their own collections. 

You have a love of nature, that is evident in your photography, can you tell us where this love began?
I grew up on the Isle of Wight, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, fields, beaches and forests. I spent lots of time with my family walking along the beaches looking for shells and sea glass or through the woods with my drawing pad and pencils in hand! 
I now explore the West Sussex coastline with my own children and have passed on my love of exploring for treasures to them.

I love how creative you are, where does your inspiration come from?
I guess my inspiration comes from all around me, from nature itself and the shapes of objects to the colours and how these compliment each other. The changing seasons and variety of flowers, fruits and wildlife that can be found in my garden give me inspiration that is constantly evolving. 
I keep my photos simple to focus on the colours, shapes and forms of objects or landscapes. I often use a lot of white space or contrasting colours so the objects are not lost in the background detail. I like capturing everyday moments of the kids growing up and take inspiration from this too.  

What is your favourite time of year?
I would have to say summer! I love the long days, being able to wander along the beach with the kids in the evenings, paddling in the water or watching the sun setting over the sea. I love the bright colours of the flowers and that they are so abundant at this time of the year. I love the school free days of the holidays, spending more time with the kids, having adventures or just lazy days spent at home in the garden.
That said I do try and appreciate the changes that come with each season, the crisp days and beautiful colours of autumn or the first blooms and new growth appearing in spring.

How do you like to display nature in your home?
We have an ongoing display on our kitchen windowsill of all the current bits and pieces we find on our adventures. The kids are always adding to it. Taking pictures of these things is a good way to keep a record so I can clear if off occasionally and make way for new finds!
Sometimes special things get placed on the mantelpiece or in bowls - like the sea glass, I'm also partial to taping objects to the wall too!
We are currently making a section of our garden into a beach area. I like the idea of having a space to keep our finds that make their way home, especially the larger pieces like lengths of rope, driftwood or washed up floats.

Finally, what is your favourite flower?
It is hard to pick just one but I love the bright colours of poppies growing wild and hydrangea, the different colour variations in the flowers, through to the dried skeletons left behind in the autumn.

Thank you Caroline!  Everything here resonates with me so much.  I have a collection of sea glass on the mantel, bowls of shells everywhere... I must start to make collection photographs too.  

#natureinthehome - collection 10...

So here we are, Week 10, the final week before taking a Summer break.  What an amazing 10 weeks it has been!  Such variety, beauty and colour!!

To date there has been 860 submissions on Instagram via the #natureinthehome tag.  860!  I am blown away.  We have celebrated roses, sweet peas, shells, seed heads, peonies, oh remember the peonies!  You guys have taken the idea and gone with it, creating mandalas, arrangements and shot them in such fabulous images, all taken on a phone!  Isn't Instagram wonderful!

Please keep adding to the hashtag #natureinthehome over the Summer, I will continue to make a collage on IG and have a weekly round up of my favourites.  Let's go wild, make some incredible things with shells, flowers, seeds and vegetables.... whatever you fancy!

I shall be popping back later with another #natureinthehome Inspiration interview... this should really inspire you for the next 6 weeks!

Have a wonderful break, #natureinthehome will be back in September for late Summer / Autumn goodness!


03: Inspiration - Nature in the (my) Home - Hannah (Seeds & Stitches) house tour...

Hannah and I have a mutual love of nature, crafting and interiors.  Her blog was one of the very first I followed when I started out four years ago, blogging.  During this time I have seen Hannah's then London flat, grow and transform, the birth of Frankie and then their move to the country.  Her style is natural, colouful, crafted and uniquely Hannah - which I adore!

I am delighted Hannah has given me a little house tour... over to Hannah!

We moved from our little London flat into a 3 story Kentish cottage a little less than a year ago. Our new home coincided perfectly with my newfound plant obsession. All surfaces were viewed through the lens of potential plant worthiness, and instead of unpacking boxes I was furtively buying new plants on the ebay app. “Just checking my emails!” I’d say, as my husband unloaded crates of crockery. And so our home slowly filled with ferns, palms and succulents, placed carefully around the mounds of boxes.

Our move also took us much closer to the beaches and the forests of Kent, so before long, the plants found themselves jostling for space with piles of dried seaweed, stones and shells from the beach and acorns and branches both big and small from the forest.

I am literally always on the hunt for natural treasures. Every time I leave the house I return with a little (or a big) something stashed away in my pockets or basket. Having a toddler gives me more of an excuse to stop and admire the stones or pick wildflowers or weeds. But I’ve always done it.

Soon, and rather unexpectedly, we are leaving our ramshackle Kentish monolith. (Ok, monolith may be a slight exaggeration. It just felt like that when we moved from our little 2 bed flat) so I was prompted recently to take some photos of the beast, in memoriam. And, in exchange for Lou’s lovely words on Seeds and Stitches, here are some words, and a little tour of the nature in my home, for Little Green Shed.

The kitchen has 3 windowsills and 3 big windows, so most of the plants reside there, in varying states of protest over the too high/too low light levels. I am learning more everyday about such things.

Frankie's Room
I am a little obsessed with sticks. We have a huge one above our kitchen table (devilishly hard to photograph) and other branches all over the house. We often paint or wrap wool around them too, like the stick mobile I made for Frankie-Rose’s room.

Beach treasures in the hall
Living by the sea is wonderful for many reasons, not least the treasures she posits on the beach for eager eyed beach combers like Frankie Rose and I. I love the almost architectural form of this dried seaweed, collected from Whitstable beach. We have beautiful gnarled or pockmarked shells with glistening iridescent interiors and sea-smoothed beach stones in little stacks all over the house.

We spend most of our time in the kitchen downstairs, so most of the plants live there too, where we can watch and fret over them, and bicker about who’s over or under watering them. So the lounge harbours our sturdiest plants. An enormous Mother-in-Laws tongue stands sentinel next to the telly, a sturdy 8 pronged cactus guards the sideboard (along with more beach treasures) and a virulent spider plant that I am eagerly awaiting to self-propagate hangs by the sofa in a home made hanging plant holder.

We have a cactus in the bedroom too, again chosen because it requires almost no attention, yet provides its sleeping neighbours with air purification at night.

We change the natural decorations in the house according to the seasons, give or take some time for procrastination and busyness. It’s Summer and I look around me and the house is covered with beach treasures. In Autumn we paint dried leaves and hang them on the wall, and gather acorns in bowls. In Winter we keep evergreen branches in vases on the table and paint sticks to display around the house. In Spring, we dry little wild flowers and make them into a garland, etc etc. 

It’s good, we’ve found, to be grounded in the seasons, to be more aware of what’s happening outdoors, and to be in the fresh air as much as to-do lists allow. Its good for sleep and room to think. Good to leave the laptop and housework behind. Good for tiring hyper toddlers. Good for the soul.

Thank you Hannah!  I wholeheartedly agree, it is good for the Soul.  Having tactile reminders of the seasons passing.  I adore your home, it's sad you are moving, but I look forward to reading your next adventure and how you make the next house a home.

I write a monthly column for Seeds & Stitches on Nature in the Home, you can read my last post here.

#natureinthehome - collection 9...








Wow!  Colour!  Such vibrancy, beauty and contrast. I am in love with this weeks submissions.  In particular Jen's teapot - oh yeah!  That teapot full of garden blooms just rocks.  AND I adore Lucy's feed.  She can take photos that one! ;)

Thank you everyone who has taken part in #natureinthehome - our little community is growing every day.  Next week shall be week 10, and I've decided to stop the weekly collections for the school holidays.  I shall dip in and do a massive round up at the end of July, and again at the end of August.  The school holidays will be so busy, that I don't think I shall have much time to do it on here. BUT I shall do a weekly collage of submissions on IG still.  So please do carry on, tagging your beautiful images with #natureinthehome.

Do pop back later with a stunning house tour, and why nature in the home is important to them!

#natureinthehome - collection 8...






So we are here again - Wednesday - and another weekly look at the #natureinthehome submissions.  Did you know that there are now over 750 images on Instagram under that hashtag!  750! And this is only week 8!  Two months.  I am overwhelmed, amazed and full of gratitude.  It is incredible no?

This week I chose images that were, bright, beautiful, colourful and natural. This could be the arrangement, the materials used or the quality of the image.  (some of the submissions on IG are stunning, but sadly the quality of the photo is poor (grainy) which makes it difficult to enlarge and have up there on the blog.  I would love to feature everyone at some point, so please try to shoot your images in a good light source, to prevent grainyness. (made that word up, I know!).

OK - lecture over!  It's JULY!  Time for deep rich reds, oranges, grasses, seed heads, shells from beach holidays, pebbles decorated... over to you!  Have a lovely week.