Saturday, 19 September 2015

The Horizon trend from Graham & Brown: Nature in the home

The Graham & Brown Horizon Trend is all about the inspiration around us in the natural world and bringing it into the home, whether that be a holiday, a favourite day trip or your own local landscape. Maybe a found item such as a feather can be the trigger for a new room scheme or a paint colour for a wall or piece of furniture.

There is no question that my love is for the British Isles, the rolling bucolic landscapes of our countyside and the rugged coastlines and sandy shores from Cornwall to Pembrokeshire and to my home county of Cheshire with its lush green fields.

Even more so I adore the changing seasons with their different textures and tones, and non-better to me than autumn – purple heathers on the heath, golden shades of a harvest hay field, the paint brush dipped oranges and yellows on the tips of big oak trees that slowly week by autumnal week take over the final tree to copper and brown leaf fall. In the hedges are the knots of green, purple, black and wine, blackberries bursting with colour, ready for picking. In the orchards are russet apples and golden crab apple fruits – a crimson display in misty mornings.
yellow crab apples

I bring nature into the home all year round, holly in winter, bulb flowers in spring, sweet peas in summer and in autumn a display of umber leaves, acorns and shiny brown conkers in prickly shells – you can see my recent autumn display here.
vintage nature book

With autumn resplendence afoot, nature very much influences my current interior design. I love to inject the rich, earthy colours into the home for a cosy feel. For me it has always been the British Isles that I cherish, far more than any exotic place; it is the woodlands and countryside of my own country that inspire me and make me happy. 

I can remember doing a nature diary at primary school and spending a lot of time in the local park that backed onto farmland, collecting beech nuts and sycamore helicopters, gluing them into a scrapbook or sketching them. This love probably led to me studying ecology and thus areas of my home do show this love of flora and fauna – stacks of vintage nature books, old drawings of wildlife picked up at charity shops, hedgehogs, badgers, foxes aplenty on decorations and pine cones filling vases.

My next project is to upcycle my dark wood storage unit, an item passed on by a family member that needs sprucing up and then I can display my British landscape and nature books on its shelves. I have decided to paint the piece in a rich purple colour reminiscent of the bramble hedges at this time of year and wallpaper the sides in the elegant Oriental Blue paper from Graham & Brown. I will be starting this in the next week and will be sure to show you how I did it and the end result.
Oriental blue wallpaper

I think team with a nature inspired picture such as the feather wall art from Graham and Brown it will be a lovely little book nook for the autumn and winter.
feather wall art

*Featured post, words are my own honest opinion*


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