Nature Inspired Decorating

There is nothing like our natural world to inspire us in decorating.  Of course we use fresh flowers from our gardens in the summer (or grocery store if you don't have a green thumb) and even fresh vegetables such as artichokes and mushrooms look so pretty in a floral arrangement.  We pick up sea shells at the beach and just display them for wishful thinking later or maybe even make bookends out of conch shells.  In the Fall we use the textural qualities of acorns, pumpkins, pine cones, and dried hydrangeas to bring warmth into our homes.  Later we love to cut fresh evergreens .....providing life to the barren winter landscape during the holiday season.   But now it's January.   And I see all over blog land everyone freshening and decluttering and reorganizing, including me.  One of my favorite things to do is bring in pretty unusual bare branches to plunk into one of my white ironstone pitchers.....simple, pretty and fresh.  And as the winter progresses these branches will begin to burst with green.......letting us know that Spring is truly on the way if only hastened by our indoor heating.  A couple of years ago Bobby G. planted a Curly Willow aka Corkscrew Willow down by the lake and just this year I think I can cut a few branches off of it....yippee! 

We had a beautiful little snow fall yesterday, just enough to make the world look so fresh and pure and clean.  I love to take walks when we have a snow like this......looking for various animal foot prints.  And believe you me while the ground is frozen, this is the ONLY time of the year I will venture into the heart of the woods without fear of running into some kind of critter.  LOL.   And  sometimes I am extremely lucky to find white tail deer antlers that are naturally shed every year.  We call them 'shed finds'.  I see the "fake" ones selling in Anthropologie,  Ballards and other stores we all love.  But there's nothing like the real thing.  These "found sheds", sun bleached by nature itself are so gorgeous in their architectural forms.  A friend used hers in an antique dough bowl along with some old books and it's a beautiful display.  I am using mine on the front porch, piled in the rusty and worn white cherub urn.  I have just a few of these antlers available in the shop.

Won't you join me my latest walk?  It was soooooooo cold and windy but I made that New Year's promise to exercise more so here we go.  Ben,  my dog, adores our walks.

Walking under the arbor.....yep...that's the arbor that leads out from the lower patio to the back yard.  And it's covered in clematis.  Pretty sad looking right now, isn't it?  But just you wait!  In about 4 months it will be covered in big purple and white blossoms. :)

First, I want you to meet the newest additions to our family.  Punkin', so named because we got her this past Fall and Pepper, so named because of her coloring. They are Brahmas and are beautiful, docile, quiet, and huggable.  They are known as gentle giants and have feathery feet and legs and real fluffy feathers and called the 'chic chicks' of the chicken world. :)  These Chic Chicks just gave us our first brown eggs yesterday so they are earning their keep.  You can see that they are unfazed by Ben.  I think they could walk all over him and he wouldn't care.

A walk always entails going to see Bama and Lacy.  They love to look in my pockets for treats.  Today it was carrots and peppermints.

 The woods behind the pasture fence is where I am heading today.  That scene looks so cold.

The most beautiful ferns grow in the woods.  I have tried to transplant them in the natural areas of the yard but no luck.  I guess the man upstairs knows best.

Coming to one of the creeks that lead down to the lake.  Can you spot Ben and Bobby G. trying to decide where the best spot to cross is.

I decided to shimmy across this fallen tree to get to the other side of the creek...NOT.   :)

This is that Curly Willow tree I was telling you about.  I cut some of it's branches, as well as some pretty ones I found in the woods, to bring inside.

Okay....I am really getting cold now so I am heading inside.   Follow my shadow and me inside. :)  (do you know how hard it is to hold the camera in one hand and take a picture?)

And here are the "shed finds" antlers I was telling you about.  I have placed one in with my collection of shabby white vintage candlesticks for the winter white decor. Could easily be in the pages of Jeanne d'Arc Living, don't you think?  It's such a serene scene.

I put dinner in the crockpot this morning and man oh man is it smelling good right now and I think it's just about ready.  Set the table for me and I'll serve it up.  xoxo


Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Oh happy day Lynn,
What a fun post.Even if its cold and snowy outside.I miss not haveing horses.But I do now have chickens with my peacocks now. I'm going to look into the beautiful ones you have.Thye are gorgeous. I do have two arcondas.I spelled that wrong,but I'm to lazy to look it up.They are the chickens that lay the colored eggs. We het ligh blue to dark green. The rest of our chics are just rhode island reds and Barrocks. Spelled that wrong too. Tey all lay brown eggs.
I would have loved to see you go across that fallen tree. LOL
Your land is just gorgeous.
Love how you displayed the antlers,
Well sweet lady,I will see you in blogland, I've always enjoyed your visits. You take care,be careful outside,
XXOO Marie Antionette

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love those antlers (sheds), Lynn, and curly willow has always been a favorite with me.

If you get a chance, take a peek at the tropicals (palms, etc.) the girls used to do our house for Christmas. I am in love with the sago palm fronds that one of the girls used, and she added white starfish to it.

I checked my email earlier and emailed you back and will check again in a few.


Sheila :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

Your post makes me wish that I lived surrounded by beautiful farmland like yours...what a pleasure it would be to take long walks and be able to bring the outdoors in the way you do, Lynn. I love that curly willow and the antlers are just awesome. I love this post!


Terri said...

Hello Lynn, I am enjoying my first visit to your lovely and inspiring blog. Thank you so much for visiting me and for "following". I am returning the visit and "following" as well.
See you again soon,

Amy Kinser said...

Beauty obviously surrounds you. Love your horses and chickens. We love our chickens..really love the eggs.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I was right there with you! Then I thought Oh, maybe she should not go into the woods herself...I was so glad that hubby was along. How lucky you are to have all of that land and such a gorgeous place to walk. I am a city girl and live downtown Orlando, I like to walk to all of the happenings, but I can so appreciate a walk in the woods.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, I enjoyed my virtual walk with you. I hope to do it soon for real. Your chickens are adorable and congrats on getting fresh eggs. You know I love the antlers and the way you displayed them. I am enjoying the ones you gave me. See you soon.

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh, what beautiful photography. What a lovely walk you have taken us on.

Vintage is for Lovers said...

You have the most beautiful farm. I have always dreamed of having a home like yours . . . maybe someday. In the meantime, I enjoy being welcomed into yours . . . xo Samantha

Susanne said...

Oh, I wish I lived in the country, your place is so beautiful, love the snow!

I had some antlers in a vignette this Christmas, can't remember where they came from though. Out junking somewhere I suppose. Ha!

Thanks for visiting my blog, Susanne.

Unknown said...

Dear Lynn,
had no idea you had horses or chickens (or rooster, not sure what they are) (I'm from the city where we buy our eggs from the market..lol)..I love them little guys..I did fall in love once with a Bantam (sp?)rooster in Tenn. He was so much fun..
But now, I do know about curly willow as my floral design classes used it all the time..your's is wonderful..If I lived close by I would be begging for a piece here and there..you would be posting a No Trespassing Shirley sign..hahaha

French Basketeer.com said...

HI ~ Found you from Mimi's....what a wonderful walk to go on...the chickens, horses, curly willow, the river...it's all goodness. I too used the deer sheds a lot this year, and still using them, love....thank you for a beautiful post, I wonder where you live??

Sandi McBride said...

Loved the walk about and you are so right about taking hints from nature in decorating. I once asked for a dress the color of my grandmother's Fiesta Lantana. She explained to me that man could never hope to match the beauty of the color combos in nature, but I sure would have loved a dress just that color,

trash talk said...

Thanks for taking me for a beautiful stroll. I have now completed my quota of daily exercise thanks to you!
Love the chickens, shed finds and your words.

Ruth Cox aka abitosunshine said...

What a wonderful walk! Punkin' is a cutie; I love chickens.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ohhhh brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....but it does look beautiful ! and I KNOW dinner was delicious.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh what a beautiful place you have. We live on five acres and it is so nice to get out and walk it. We don't have a creek,pond or horses though so it's not as exciting!

Margaret Cloud said...

I have never found antlers in the woods and I have been in plenty of woods looking for old bottles. You look like you have on a wool snowsuit. I love the walk we took today but I don't think I would be brave enough to shimmy across that tree. I probably would have been in the water. That woods scene does look cold. I raised chickens once and wrote a post about them, and they did reward us with brown eggs, lots of them Glad to see you are staying true to take walks. Have a nice week.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday Dear Lynn,
Happy Birthday to you!!!

Hope you have the best Birthday Ever..

p.s. be glad you could hear that! LOL!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh how I love all your space! I felt just like I went on a walk with you. Your pictures are beautiful. I really like what you did with the antlers and the arrangement....very nice.
I laughed when I read your comment about asking the guy for some stuff going to the dump. We're just keeping it out of the landfill, right? Good for you and I hope you do something fabulous with what you salvaged.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Hello~Nice to meet you and thanks for the visit to my blog.I thought I would stop over for one myself.Love the chickens and it looks like your having a Birthday so Happy Birthday Enjoy~Cheers Kim

Unknown said...

Miss you! Wish we could have met during your visit in NY. I would have loved to catch up with you. Truly enjoy visiting your blog and boutique. Every time I see those chicks, it makes me want to move further into the country and get some of them. Brings back wonderful childhood memories. How's business going for you? Hope all is well. Drop me a line soon! x0x0

Sarah said...

Lynn, thanks for taking me along on your walk. Love the idea of having your own curly willow tree. What a wonderful resource. Love natural elements about the house, and the shed antlers were a great find!
Stay warm and cozy! ~ Sarah

Medifast Coupons said...

What's in the crock pot and what time?
Love the pictures, really nice, you live in a beautiful spot.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a wonderful place to live ~ I can only imagine how lovely that clematis is when it blooms! Hope you will post a picture. It looks cold, but it also looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing and thank you also for visiting me and leaving such a nice comment.(-:

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! That's what I should do; walk at least three and a half miles a day... But with the misty weather we have now, doesn't look exciting...

The Nile 2010 is coming to an end! But the temple of Philae surely deserves a comment. Blogtrotter Two has it. Enjoy and have a superb weekend!

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