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tip deLuxe - Look to Nature

LOOK TO NATURE

In an era when so much design is bold and over-the-top, it can be challenging for the average person to step outside his/her comfort zone and make unique decorating decisions. One way to overcome this obstacle is to look to nature. Chances are if it - color, pattern, texture - works in the natural environment, it will work in your home. Look at the examples below and you'll see ... even Mother Nature has a glamorous side.

As seen in last week’s Luxe & Lucid post, my shelling excursion on Chappaquiddick yielded a wealth of design inspiration.

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Cool, distressed planks and end cuts for wood floors in a beach house or country home.

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A colorful yet delicate faux finish for a table, cabinet or mirror.

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acorns

I gathered these acorns while on a walk in Battery Kemble Park last fall. The warm tone and subtle striae would make for a beautiful wood finish.

Think outside the box and the ubiquitous animal print and the animal world can add a unique and unexpected layer of interest to your interior.

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silvereye

Who knew? Chartreuse is a natural color! I would love to develop a living room color scheme based on the Silvereye’s feathers – chartreuse, beige and grey … done!

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eve robinson kips bay

And just such a room exists – the cool, sophisticated 2008 Kips Bay living room by Eve Robinson. To quote Ms. Robinson, “The living room is about the color of life. It is fresh, confident and colorful.”

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James Rixner’s take on the same combination of hues.

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jimmy choo

Snakeskin was the textile this past year. Inspired by fashion and the fabulous footwear of Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, I designed a custom console table for a client’s downtown bachelorette pad and had it wrapped in a faux snakeskin leather.

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elephant skin - shannon plummer

This incredible photo taken by Shannon Plummer illustrates the complex texture of an elephant’s skin. SJW Studios has a wallcovering that when installed on the reverse, mimics just such a texture. Or you could enlist the talents of a decorative finisher like Colorfaux Designs who created the look below.

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Tortoiseshell is both classic and modern – a finish that will never go out of style. I mean, really ... could the shell above be any more beautiful?!

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mitchellyanosky mirror

Huntley & Co. is fabricating a mirror similar to this Mitchell Yanosky version to hang above the vanity in a client’s master bath. So chic!

And finally, the haut monde of animal skins. Shagreen. The pebbled skin of rays and sharks can be found in its natural form – for a price – in accessories and furniture. But it’s also being replicated these days in finishes and textiles to great effect. I will never, ever tire of this naturally glamorous material.

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clockwise from top left: Clement Rousseau chair c. 1921, David Iatesta mirror in a Huntley & Co. powder room, R&Y Augousti bronze/shagreen/agate vases and antique secretaire by Jacques Adnet.

You don’t need to look far. Rustic, subtle or glamorous – nature can inspire any interior.

Tricia xo

* POSTSCRIPT *

Huntley & Co. is featured this week in the Before & After section of lushclick.com - a modern girl’s online design and lifestyle resource founded by Elizabeth Manresa. Check it out!

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