How to decorate with nature inspired elements

Today is a little different of a post, with the holidays coming up there is a lot of companies contacting me about charities and other great causes they want me to help highlight. Which gets me so excited! I have a few special posts coming up, this is one of those posts. Not only is this helping bring light to a few causes, but I am also giving some decorating advice, How to decorate with nature inspired elements


I worked with Uncommon Goods for this post, collaborating on some decorating ideas and also working with them on their newest campaign, Better to give program. Since it was started 12 years ago they have donated over $1 million to charities around the world! This year they have partnered with 4 amazing charities, when you purchase anything from Uncommon goods you will have a chance to choose from 4 charities that Uncommon goods will make the donation to. You shop and help out, which is pretty amazing! I like to shop, and I like to help out, so it is a happy partnership!


Because I worked with them, I was able to select from one of the charities and Uncommon Goods donated money to that charity in my name. The one I chose to support was American Forests which works to help keep our forests healthy and plants trees. The other three options are RAINN which is a anti-sexual violence organization giving support to victims, educating the public and public policy improvement. International rescue committee, that works tirelessly to rescue and support refugees to improve their life and health. Lastly, Reach out and read that encourages children having access to books and improving literacy.

All of them are amazing causes each with their own team of heroes working to make this world a better place. I love to see brands working with programs like these, to try to make a drop in the bucket of what needs to be done. Check out the non-profit organizations and find out which one speaks to you when it comes time for you to select your choice of charity with your purchases! Since this is also a home decor blog, I am ready to talk home decor now!


Now, lets get back to these nature inspired elements! The way to incorporate them into a coastal styled home like mine is with shells. I created this gallery wall using pictures from my home town in Southern California and the many shells I have collected.


If coastal decor is not really your go-to style, adding simple wood elements is amazing! I get most of my wood from a local barn that sells wood, or from wood pallets. This picture frame gives off such a warm and rustic touch to a home.


The biggest project I have done with a nature element is this console table. It was rough looking, had an uneven edge to it, but it was a true beauty when I found it in the barn sale I mentioned earlier.


This picture also shows another small idea to use nature, rocks! I fill hurricanes with rocks all the time. It adds a great texture to a table or setting. But most importantly…. look at the rustic and un-done edge to the table! I left it as is and am so tickled with the results, still, years later.


If you are not wanting to bring nature literally into your home there is a few great options to have a “faux” nature feel. Like these tree trunk stools from Uncommon goods. They are actually all soft, the tree texture is simply fabric. My in-laws came over and saw a picture of my kids IO posted on Facebook with these stools in the shot, and my in-laws were in a heated debate on if I actually cut down a tree or something for these stools. They look that real!


These paper flowers I made are another great way to bring a little piece of nature in the home, without cutting the flowers. Granted, it is a whimsical and not very realistic looking touch, but it still brightens up the home just the same.


Here is another new piece from Uncommon goods, this octopus book end. This is a fun way to add nature into the home, animals! Or in this case a sea creature. I fell in love with this little guy and knew it had to be in my home in all it’s coastal glory!


Apples, oranges, pumpkins in fall… all of them are such a simple way to incorporate nature into your home.


cozy fall decor ideas

Adding in greenery and even nature themed throw pillows. These are subtle ways to add nature themed elements without going completely obvious and having a barn wood table. Sometimes subtle is the way to go.


Many moons ago I made these little moss squares, it was in the early blogging days. I still swap these out and put them around my home quite often. They add a great pop of green and such a fun texture to the space.



Or you know, go super obvious and use lemons! In this picture I have lemons, greenery and sticks. All simple ways to bring in the natural elements. I adore having things like this in my home. I tend to decorate in cooler tones of gray and blue, which are beautiful but can feel stark at times. Adding all of this nature, real or not still warms up my home so much!



Tree trunks, you can never go wrong with a few of these on hand.


Sticks, also actual, legitimate sticks. I had a bush that had died in my back yard. Before we cut it down I took a bunch of the sticks, they were so beautiful and wound in a way I knew I could use in my home. I have incorporated these in my home all year long. They work from Spring into Winter.


Pause for a cute kid reading on the new stools! These tree trunk stools are so unique and are a big hit in my home, they are light weight enough for my little ones to move around the living room. Which they do all-the-time! Uncommon Goods is an amazing brand that I am so proud to have partnered with! In doing some research on them I discovered that they are committed to, being part of the B Corporations which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Their priority is to improve wage levels, environmental impact and give back to the community. This is a brand I can stand by, knowing my support of purchasing items from them will do more than line the pockets of already wealthy individuals. On a completely home decor stand point, they have the cutest and most unique items for sale I have seen! It makes me feel like I am shopping a tiny local market, but have the convenience of seeing many items and being in my pajamas.


How to decorate with nature inspired elements is probably something I could go on and on about! I incorporate so much of it into my home, I only shared a portion of the decor. I wanted to keep it with general seasons, but once I throw in some fall decor or Christmas decor the nature elements really start taking off. As I said, these ideas really warm up a space, ground the cooler tones, and can be done with keeping a lower budget in mind. Most can be created from actual things in your back yard, letting you use that money on a few larger pieces to finish up the look. On a personal note, we are entering a fun season of the year with family time, and holidays. I always try to focus on this time as a time of giving and reflection of how blessed I am. I am so honored to be a small part in bringing great causes to the forefront and giving to some much deserved organizations! 

Do you use nature elements in your home? 


73 Comment

  1. Wow there are some great pieces here. Love the logs as a seat that was brilliant.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  2. kallee says: Reply

    Oh my goodness, such great inspiration. I love the moss squares. I may have to make some. I love adding greenery to my decor. The tree trunk stools are amazing!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! The moss squares were really easy to make, I use them all the time as decor.

  3. I absolutely love all of these natural decorating ideas! Such great inspiration!

    1. Emily says: Reply


  4. Angela says: Reply

    Those tree trunk stools are great. Loving all these ideas for bring nature indoors.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! I am really happy with the tree trunk stools!

  5. I love all of the natural elements in your home. The Better to Give program from Uncommon Goods is wonderful, I love to see companies giving back!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! It is a really great program!

  6. Louise says: Reply

    LOVE these ideas! I was sent a big bag of natural bits and bobs to make decorations for the house with a while ago and I had absolutely no idea what to do with them. Got loads of ideas now, thank you so much 🙂


    1. Emily says: Reply

      Awesome, so happy you found some inspiration from my ideas!

  7. Alecia says: Reply

    I’m a huge fan of using natural elements in decorating, I love the natural world and I find it so inspiring. I absolutely LOVE that console table, it makes me want to redecorate my entire house just so I can make one

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! The console table is one of my favorite DIY furniture pieces!

  8. So many awesome ideas I don’t know what to pick first! I particularly adore those tree stump stools! So cute! And those moss squares too!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! The stools are amazing!

  9. Everything you chose is completely perfect with your style. I couldn’t love it all more. Those tree trunk stools are adorable!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much Liz!

  10. The console table is great- my fav!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! It is one of my favorite furniture pieces I have made!

  11. These are some wonderful tips! And I love all the decor, you have a great eye!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much Jillian! I have a lot of fun decorating my home!

  12. Sarah says: Reply

    I love the wood picture frames and console table! Shopping and helping out is a great combination!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! I agree, getting to do both is always a plus 🙂

  13. My boys would go nuts for those tree trunk stools! They’d be moving them all over the house I’m sure. 🙂 I love the paper flowers the most.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      My kids love them too! They are so light weight to move around, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it 😉

  14. Thank for your inspirations. Love all your ideas, specially the one with books, fruits in a jar and the little trunk. I have a simple stick I found on a walk with my dogs (really to say, my dog found it) and I have it on the top of a small cabinet. Love it!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Awesome! I love adding those little touches to my home!

  15. Amanda says: Reply

    Great tips! I love using more natural elements in my home decor – always adds such a great texture and feel to the room.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      It does add great texture to a home, great way of describing it!

  16. Ariel says: Reply

    I’m jonesing after that blue glass lamp on your entryway table!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks so much Ariel! I love that lamp too 🙂

  17. I love when natural elements are used in home decor, looks warm and inviting!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Very true!

  18. I love the whole look and aesthetic. Some beautiful pieces here.

    1. Emily says: Reply


  19. I love looking at your posts. I love the earthy beauty you bring into your space. It has a very relaxing vibe.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much Michelle! That is exactly what I am going for, relaxing! I have a lot of fun decorating my home.

  20. Love the stump stools!!!!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      They are a lot of fun!

  21. TColeman says: Reply

    I am loving all of these different ideas. Decorating with nature is always fun because the possibilities are endless and it brings a more rustic look inside. Love it!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      So true, it is very easy to come up with some additions for a home.

  22. I am pleasantly surprised at all the colour…these all look great.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! Using natural elements does not mean they have to be neutral!

  23. Kati says: Reply

    Love the natural touches in your home, and the giving back.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! It is great to decorate my home and find a way to give back. Bonus points! 🙂

  24. Martha says: Reply

    Great job, love bringing the outdoors in. Everything looks great!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  25. Holly says: Reply

    I love all of the natural and rustic touches! Hugs, Holly

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks so much Holly!

  26. Amaia says: Reply

    What a beautiful home deco!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  27. Susan says: Reply

    Love all your natural decor items especially those tree stumps. I never heard of Uncommon Goods before. I’m definitely going to check them out.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Awesome! They are a great brand with a ton of beautiful home decor!

  28. rosemary palmer says: Reply

    Loving these – and this proves it doesn’t always cost a fortune to decorate.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      So true! I hope to prove that a lot with my decor and blog!

  29. Great inspiration, Emily! Nature is my favorite to use in design!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks so much!

  30. Lots of great ideas for adding nature to your decor. I want to make stools out of some of the logs lying around our property, but yours look much more comfy. 🙂

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Those would be awesome stools!

  31. I love birch!!! Beautiful incorporation of natural items! I love the different texture natural items bring in…

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks so much!

  32. Aubrey says: Reply

    So many great ideas! I absolutely LOVE the rough barn wood entry table. Gorgeous!

  33. Sarah says: Reply

    So many great ideas! I love using nature in decorating. I especially like those rustic picture frames you made. I’m sure the log stools would be a huge hit with my boys!

  34. I absolutely ADORE all of your projects. I am a natural element kind of gal, too. I do use faux florals bc of cats in our home, but I find if I can add some natural elements like branches and twigs and moss, etc, they don’t look so “faux.” Thanks for sharing all your pretties.

  35. Maddie says: Reply

    Those tree trunk stools are awesome! How fun.

  36. Ashlee says: Reply

    I so love that you were able to give back to charity!! That is beyond amazing, and I cannot decide which piece of furniture I love more! I love the edges on the console table! What a great post! Xo

  37. Leanne says: Reply

    I love decorating with natural elements. You have so many great ideas I can’t wait to use!

  38. Emily,
    These are gorgeous pieces. I want them all. Adding nature elements to your home does change the look of your home. I love this idea and I am going to add more nature elements.

  39. I love love love it all. Great choices and everything goes perfectly in your home. PInning!

  40. I am in love with those faux wood stools & it looks like your kids do as well! So cool!

  41. Love the shell wall. I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate our shell collection into our decor!

  42. Great ideas! Those stools are precious.

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