From nature to your home


I firmly believe that everyone enjoys nature — breathing the fresh air and taking in beautiful scenery — amazed by its magnificence and mysteries.

I firmly believe that everyone enjoys nature — breathing the fresh air and taking in beautiful scenery — amazed by its magnificence and mysteries. Stating you don’t like nature is like saying you hate chocolate… But joking aside, we all need a few guilty pleasures in life — letting nature recharge our batteries can also be one of our little indulgences.

The wish to be one with nature is nothing new. We do plenty of activities during the year — just to be closer to nature, such as outdoor sports, sightseeing trips, holidays in the countryside and camping.

Over the years, many people in different fields have tried to incorporate nature into their way of thinking, their vision and their art — like Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the founding fathers of modern architecture. He started the “Prairie School” movement, something he liked to describe as an organic style of architecture. The main idea of this style was quite simple — create a link between building and nature. To this end, the guiding principle was to create houses that were lower in height with horizontal lines and roofs with a gentle slope. In this way, the natural surroundings could be given greater prominence than the house. The use of materials, such as stone and wood, are also important in achieving this harmony.

This style is far removed from the cold and minimalist industrial aesthetic. As I have mentioned in previous articles, the trend is no longer to focus on interior design with uncluttered and bare styles. The return to more natural and warm building materials is what’s really in. You have no doubt noticed that, in architecture, the organic style has made a strong comeback.

In addition to this organic trend in architecture, there's also been a parallel development — what I would describe as organic furniture. Also inspired by nature and the surrounding greenery, this type of furniture stays more “raw,” in a state that's far more natural and less touched by human hands.

This organic furniture is often made from pieces of tree trunks and is used to create dining tables, benches, seats, side tables and other large pieces. However, there has also been a trend in decorating accessories that are often made from driftwood. Driftwood is wood that has been carried by water along the coastline. This wood is worn and grey, giving it an appealing decorative character. Moreover, because this wood is dead, it will not bend as it dries, avoiding any unwanted changes to your decor.

A more natural style gives your home a more calming effect, closer to and in harmony with nature. This look could become your safe haven in the city, a way to relax and recharge your batteries, even at home. If you long for change, choose this type of furniture. I'm convinced it will withstand the test of time, just like the “Prairie School” style homes have.
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Caroline Larocque began her career as a kitchen designer right after she completed her studies.

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