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  1. NATURE IN THE SPACE

    Visual Connection with Nature

    Views outdoors are one of the most obvious ways we can connect visually to nature. Not all homes have the luxury of outdoor space so we need to be more creative in creating spaces that nourish us.

    Photo by Qimono, Canva

    How can we make the most of our views of nature from our own homes? 

    The obvious way is to make the most of the views from our living space through our windows where we can see natural landscapes or green spaces. 

    Views of trees or other vegetation enforce our connection with nature and alert us to the changing seasons and weather patterns. Views outdoors also informs us of the time of day as we become accustomed to the day's rhythm.

    Here are a few simple ways to draw nature into our homes and help us make the most of our outdoor views.

    • Place interior furnishings so as not to obscure the view out of the window.

    • Turn chairs at angles, so when sitting, you can see outdoors.

    • Draw curtains and blinds back fully exposing as much of the view as possible.

    • Keep window ledges uncluttered.

    • There may be things you can reposition outdoors making your view from indoors more appealing.

    Other ways to connect your home with nature:

    • Potted plants are an easy and low-cost way to bring nature into your home and can also be useful for improving your home's indoor air quality. Ten house plant suggestions suggestions

    Photo by Inna Yatsun, Unsplash
     
    • Adding interest to your spaces by adding plants in macrame hangers works beautifully with trailing plants such as an indoor ivy, you can find a selection of trailing plants to choose from here along with care advice. Plants in hangers provide us with an indoor canopy of vegetation giving us a sense of refuge and a safe place.
     
    Photo by Mutzii, Unsplash 
    • Cut flowers placed around your home in vases brings life and vitality to spaces. Studies show that having flowers in our homes invigorates feelings of joy and aids wellbeing. 
    how flowers can bring vitality to you space
    Photo by Evie S, Unsplash 


    Ways to improve views into a garden or courtyard from inside your home:

    • Window ledge planters provide views of greenery from indoors, try planting with aromatic plants such as herbs or lavender providing lovely aromas to drift in through an open window. See how to make a windowsill herb planters here
    Jill Wellington - Pixabay
    • Consider putting up a trellis to hide a plain wall and planting with climbing plants in time you will have a lovely view of 'green'. 

    • If your budget allows you could green-up your urban spaces with living walls and planting green-roofs. This becoming more popular and we will begin see more of this type of planting as people become more familiar with the benefits of biophilic design.

    example of living walls - biophilic design

    Public Domain Pictures - Pixabay
    • Create planted courtyards with seating areas acting as transitional spaces from indoors through to outdoors.

    dpexcel, Pixabay

    Hopefully you will have some ideas of how you can enhance your homes connection to nature. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.

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    List of Sources: 
    https://www.perrywood.co.uk/gardening-tips/top-ten-house-plants-that-literally-clean-the-air/
    https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/15-of-the-best-trailing-house-plants/ 
    https://howtoculinaryherbgarden.com/windowsill-herb-garden/
  2. Taking a morning break on the beach for a little bit of en plein air painting... A lovely quiet spot for just right for some nature therapy and absorb the peaceful atmosphere, familiar sounds of seagulls, oystercatchers and lapping waves on the beach...


    My attention was drawn to the rock formations reaching out into the sea, so I sat a while to paint...

    https://youtu.be/SM-iQik-RGQ

     

    This is a lovely activity to engage in with just a small sketchbook, pencil and some watercolour paints and a brush. You can do this anywhere just pop your kit in a small bag and set off for a walk in your favorite nature spot, cloud be the local park or even your own garden wherever you feel the most relaxed.

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  3. The biophilic design process for the creation of the Little Owl home decor collection. The little owl design story was too cute not to share. Spending a week visiting the nest area, taking care not to disturb the family of owls, taking photos, little film snippets and sketches. They were located in an old oak tree in a suburban park near to a children's playground! So I don't think they even noticed us being around.

     

    The collection captures the days leading up to the baby owlet finally deciding to fledge, this was such a special project for me as I love to create art directly out in nature being immersed in the environment.

     

    My design focus is on how we can bring nature into our homes and my inspiration is taken directly from nature. This is my favourite part of the design process by watching the Little Owl family and being outdoors my imagination and creativity just flows.

     

    The collection consists of Luxury cushions, lampshades and printed wooden artwork. I hope my designs resonate with my customers love of nature, I feel when you love an item, you will cherish it for years to come.

     

    My earliest memories are of playing out in nature and being around animals. This synergy inspires my designs today and the desire to bring these natural elements through my artwork into home interiors that can positively influence our well-being. Being in nature reduces stress and brings us joy. We can replicate this in our homes by choosing these qualities as a necessity, not just a design style choice.

    Image by <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/jplenio-7645255/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=2562079">My pictures are CC0. When doing composings:</a> from <a href="https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=2562079">Pixabay</a>
    Photo jplenio Pixabay

    I hope you will love the new Little Owl design, I'm so excited to be launching the new collection just in time to cosy up your sofa with the luxury of velvet in a deep shade of moonlight blue for cooler months ahead at the same time providing a little bit of nature therapy for the home.

         
     Photo Canva

    Please do check out the full collection of the Little Owl home decor in the shop 

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