Simple ways to bring the outdoors in

As the days get colder and shorter, Alexander and I have been spending more time indoors than we would like to. Being cooped up with a restless toddler is not much fun, so to lessen the doldrums of winter, I've been making special effort to enliven the house with a bit of nature so as to cheer ourselves up. Here are a few ideas on how you can bring the outdoors in.

Potted indoor plants - I used to work in a gloomy basement office where I'd spend hours without even a window to look out of. I remember how the mere presence of an indoor office plant on my desk would made a difference to my work day. Indoor plants are an instant way to cheer up any indoor space and are also great for reducing air pollution and improving creativity. I love having a variety of flowering and non-flowering indoor plants to add colour and interest.
Herb/ flower wreaths - I like to hang a herb wreath in the kitchen during the winter months so I have them handy for cooking with (instead of having to run out into the cold dark garden to cut some!) They also smell and look amazing. Flower wreaths are fun to make, so pretty to look at and add warm, colour and texture to any indoor space. Be sure to check out my tutorials so you can make your own herb wreath and flower wreath.
Botanical wall art - I do love botanical prints; they are elegant, pretty and a lovely way to bring a bit of nature in. Scour thrift shops for unique vintage posters or if you're feeling creative, why not make your own botanical print with my easy tutorial here.
Decorate with nature elements - Every time I go for a walk, I can't help but come home with lovely bits of nature that I've collected along the way. I'm talking seed pods, interesting branches, pebbles, pine cones and nuts, which I place in vases, bowls, glass jars to decorate my home with. In fact, there's a tangly seed pod from an old palm tree hanging on my living room wall that doubles as my alternative Christmas Tree every year.
How do you bring the outdoors in?

13 Responses to Simple ways to bring the outdoors in

Ice Pandora said...

I have a few pots with vegetables in it so
that's a start with bringing outdoor indoor!
Thanks for the tip c: Xx
http://icepandora.blogspot.com

kidgranny said...

I love that you can whip up a beautiful herb wreath like a professional florist! They are so gorgeous and must smell wonderful as well.

Anouk said...

Lovely suggestions Trishie. It's amazing how much plants or just a bouquet of flowers can transform a room!

Kati said...

Oh, I really like the branch in the last picture!

Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!

Have a great day,
-Kati

Ananka said...

I love the Christmas one, amazing :-D

Tina Bradley said...

Such great tips! I love potted indoor plants. Love the idea of the botanical prints as well! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Pamela RG said...

These are wonderful suggestion Trishie. It's really important to be close to nature.

My Garden Diaries said...

Beautiful Trishie!!!! I was completely taken with your wreaths! And everything for that matter! What a creative way to liven up the inside of your home with nature! Stunning! Happy Friday my friend! Nicole xoxo

Rose said...

Feel like in spring now! Lovely way to bring some life and colours into the house. I like the herb wreath and wall arts. Simple but beautiful.

burntfeather said...

Anyway to bring nature indoors gets my two thumbs up :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The wreaths are so pretty! I wish I could have more flowers in the house, but my cats end up eating them...

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Hi Trishie, I do love hanging herbs in my kitchen too. They smell divine and also handy anytime you need them. And I am with you in collecting specimens from my walks, such lovely little treasures. I love your tangly hanging decor. Is that from a palm branch? I'd like to keep one for Christmas. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your week.

Blessings,
Aida

Beauty Box said...

I'm def keeping the plant art idea as a way to decorate the house. I'm not arty at all but seems so doable and looks so pretty! And printing roses out of bok choy stems - genius.