This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.
When it comes to home décor and design, it’s all about styling a space that’s your own and putting your look together. We all have our unique quirks and when we learn to personalize our space with those things then we create something truly us.
You all know that I’m a bit of a Nature nut. I love to surround myself with things that are inspired by the outdoors and often things that literally come from the outdoors. Today we’re partnering with Sauder to talk about how to take regular furniture and infuse them with your personality for their #puttogether challenge.
I used their cubes to create our gardening nook. It greets us in our mudroom and is filled with the things that we’ll be using the most this Spring: seeds, books, gardening tools for adults and children, adorable little rain boots. It seems especially relevant because Sauder is all about sustainability.
- Many Sauder products are manufactured with engineered wood — a composite of high-quality trimmings and post-milling leftovers.
- Sauder converts residual sawdust into electricity with its very own cogeneration plant; remaining wood waste provides a variety of sustainable uses, such as animal bedding.
- Nearly 40 percent of Sauder’s power is generated by converting manufacturing waste into energy.
- Sauder products and packaging are made up from 97 percent recycled material.
Just like how our space is inspired by nature, I wanted to share with y’all a few more decorating tips. Nature provides some amazing decorating options. And if you’re environmentally conscious or simply inspired by the out of doors there’s nothing better than bringing a bit of it indoors. Decorate with nature!
Rocks, Shells, or Pine Cones
Fill a basket with large pine cones for a smile lodge feel. Add drama by painting the pine cones with glitter, silver or gold spray paint.
River rocks can fill a tall glass vase or be used to surround a candle in glass holder. Likewise small shells can be used to fill a vase or hold a candle. Larger rocks or shells can be used independently as a focal point. Large shells or rocks can be used as bookends as well.
Plants are of course an easy way to bring nature inside your home. However, rather than simply putting a plant in a decorative pot you can get creative. For example, you might craft a basket out of chicken wire. Using a plastic liner you could fill it with dirt, place several succulents or cacti in the dirt and then place decorative river stones or sand to conceal the dirt.
Sticks & Branches
Bamboo stalks leaning in a corner add a nice, simple touch. You might find a few larger branches and mount them on your wall. Or bundle sticks together to create a centerpiece or wall hanging. You might also weave small green sticks into a bowl or a basket to hold other natural items.
Of course you can also keep it simple and place a few ornate branches in a decorative vase. In the spring pussy willow branches add a nice touch. Their soft buds add an unusual texture and contrast to the rough branches.
The simplest way to decorate with flowers is to cut them from your garden and bring them indoors. You can get creative with the container or vase to add flair. For example, an old bucket packed with large blooms can be quite striking.
Dried flowers can be used to create interesting elements to your home. You can laminate them and create coasters, placemats and even wall art.
A single large bloom cut from its stem can be added to a decorative bowl filled with water. Add a few floating candles and you have a serene centerpiece.
When it comes to bringing nature indoors, you’re only limited by your imagination. Keep decor basics in mind: Scale, balance and theme all help to make sure your outdoor items look natural indoors too!