4 Easy Ways to Decorate a Nature-Inspired Home

February 17, 2016 | By | Comments (1)

Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network.

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Owner of J Banks Design, Joni Vanderslice

Today, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, designers Joni Vanderslice and Shelley Wilkins of J Banks Design share four easy ways to create a nature-inspired home that brings the outside in.

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Project Manager, Shelley Wilkins

“At J Banks Design, we’re known for delivering projects that have an authentic sense of place. It’s important that our designs establish a relationship between the internal structure and the external surroundings so that the design feels authentic.  Typically, we will use local artisans for specialty pieces or local artists to add the right flavor.  We also create a connection through color, texture and form.  In this particular home, which is located in a coastal plantation known for its natural beauty, we were inspired by the palettes we found outside.  Creating an internal balance with the outdoors allowed us to give our clients a sophisticated, yet casual and comfortable home, perfect for their relaxed lifestyle.”

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1.  Take a walk, and let Mother Nature be your inspiration!
Throughout the home, we used hues and color stories that we observed while surveying the property. Leafy greens, marsh blues, earthy browns and sandy taupes comprised our palette.

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2. Use authentic, natural materials, like rich woods, leathers, natural linen, hide and wicker.
These materials and textures will soften a home’s transitional lines and add an organic vibe.  The traditional wooden dining table is the perfect example – we specifically chose it to mimic the surrounding woods outside.

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3. Use natural motifs for art and decorative accents.
In this particular project, we used framed prints of coral, sea turtles, ferns, and waterlilies, as well as whimsical fern wallpaper in the master bathroom.  These touches connect the natural architectural elements with the traditional decorating style.

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4. Include animal print! The ottoman and pillows in the living room pull the entire home together and add a pop of glamour.

All photos courtesy of J Banks Design. 


  1. cocoweb

    Love this. Great lightening is essential as well, whether it’s natural light or the illusion of natural light.

    January 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm

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