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  1. 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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  2. 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>
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    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.

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

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  3. NON-VISUAL CONNECTION WITH NATURE

    How to create homes that positively enrich our senses.

    Our senses are highly adapted to the natural environment and have evolved to enable our species to survive, our unconscious mind still connects with Mother Nature today. Biophilic design is associated with our inherent love of nature and design experts are beginning to develop ways to connect our interior spaces with the natural world, helping to improve our well-being, productivity and creativity.

    We have discussed how we can make the most of our visual connection to nature in our homes, but to further enrich our experience we should consider engaging with all of our five senses.

    experiencing nature with the senses
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    To better understand the non-visual connection, think about when you were last in nature and what sounds you heard, what aromas did you notice, did you taste Blackberrys or touch the surface of a tree? Engaging your senses deepens your connection within the environment. Adding some of these elements will provide more sensory-rich experiences in our home. 

    blackberry picking good for the soul
     
    Photo by Nine Köpfer on Unsplash

    Sounds

    Listening to the sounds of nature can physically help us to relax. The trees blowing in the wind, bird song, or the gentle flow of a stream can calm us. Replicating these sounds in our homes can have the same therapeutic benefits. To become aware of the sounds of nature, be still and listen. Opening windows you will hear the sounds of nature, you could hear the birds singing, the wind blowing in the trees, or the sound of rain.

     watching the rain

    Photo by Courtney Smith on Unsplash

     

    • Providing bird feeders can encourage birds into your garden and maybe they will serenade you.
    • Sound recordings of nature are available to download via apps and you could then listen to sounds of nature at your leisure.
    • You can purchase indoor water features to place on a table top or even install a built-in wall of water!
    • Wind chimes are a lovely way to bring in sounds as they gently sway with the rhythm of a breeze.

    wind chimes

    Photo by DynamicWang on Unsplash
    • We could also appreciate the sounds that our home makes, maybe a creaky wooden floorboard replicating sounds of woodland branches creaking in the wind.

    • Our pets familiar sounds, how we love to hear our cats purr or maybe our dog's tip-tapping feet on a bare wood floor makes us aware of other living things around us.

    Touch

    Touch is a sense that is always present and under appreciated. Research has found how objects feel can influence how we interpret them. Consciously appreciating textures and surfaces around our home can stimulate our feelings. Touch is an inquiry of the mind through our fingers which can bring a sense of calm. Our sense of touch provides a wealth of information about the natural environment including temperature and humidity. 

    • Wooden surfaces can be very tactile and provide interest within our spaces.
    • The coolness of a smooth granite worktop. 

    • A variety of home textiles in natural fabrics such as warm comforting blankets to create cosy relaxed spaces. 

    • Flooring surfaces, bare wooden floors, rugs, carpets and ceramic tiles. Feeling with our bare feet helps to locate us. We know, for example we are in the kitchen or bathroom when we feel the coolness of tiled flooring.

    • Stroking our pets is widely understood to reduce stress levels. Therapy dogs visit health care centres and hospitals, we are comforted by their presence.   

    pets as therapy

    Photo by cottonbro Canva
    • Touch can affect our comfort levels and not just with our hands, think about how nice it is to relax on a comfy sofa or get into a comfy bed with freshly washed linen and how nice soft your towels feel against your skin. 

    Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash

    Smell

    Studies have shown that fragrances found in nature that are considered a high pleasantness, can have a profound effect on reducing the first signs of stress. Aromas can also evoke emotional responses linking to memories. Fragrances from the outdoors can be present when doors and windows are open, you may even smell the rain this is known as Petrichor.

    lavender oils for the home

    Photo by Mareefe 

     

    • Fragrant flowers in vases provide beautiful aromas in the home.
    • Natural potpourri using flowers and herbs. See how to make potpourri at Learning Herbs 

    make your own Potpourri

    Photo by Elly Fairytale
     
    • Rose or lavender sachets placed in draws or hung in a wardrobe, a lavender sachet under your pillow at night may even help you drift off to sleep. 

    • The aroma of freshly-baked bread or brewing coffee could evoke memories of nourishment and well-being.

    freshly baked bread

    Photo by RÅ«ta Celma on Unsplash
    • Cleaning your home with natural cleaning products from companies like Green Scents supplying environment-friendly naturally fragranced products.

    • Naturally fragranced candles made with beeswax.

    Taste

    Growing your-own food offers a great way to connect your taste buds to nature! Vegetables seem to taste so much better when you have grown them or picked it yourself. Gardening is a mindful activity that lowers stress, provides exercise and healthy food at the same time! Studies have shown that soil produces a natural antidepressant that makes you relaxed and happier when inhaled or touched.

    home grown vegetables

    Photo by Skitterphoto 
    • Herb garden on a windowsill

    kitchen windowsill herb garden

    Photo by Harry Grout on Unsplash
    • Living salads, you can get these from the supermarket providing you with lovely fresh salad leaves.

    • Indoor pots of herbs, chilies, peppers or small growing varieties of tomato plants.

    • Growing strawberries indoors I love this idea! See how here at the Balcony Garden Web. I have got to try this!! 

    • Picking wild blackberries or blueberries when in season used in your recipes, just divine! 

    bleck berries foraging

    Photo by Jamal Yahya
    • Foraging for food has increased in popularity our ancestors would have done this. To engage with this we need to be careful about what to pick. Always seek advice from a foraging expert. 

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    Sources:
    Clemens G. Avery 2018, Forward to English edition, Marc Bekof 2018, Biophilia Effect 2018, pg 29
    https://www.ambius.com/blog/biophilia-a-better-building-experience/
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    Article cover photo by Tsunami Green on Unsplash