Inspiration of the Week: Au Naturel

Hope everyone has had a great start to the week! Last minute Friday afternoon I got a wild hair and took a trip down to the see some old friends who were out at the camp I attended for eight summers as a child. Imagine the Parent Trap (all girls, swim caps, no jet skis), and that is where I grew up spending my summers. Lucky girl! I was able to enjoy the scenery and hop in a kayak to go down river on the Guadalupe. Talk about a great way to end the summer heat! Something I love about this particular place is the integration of native materials, such as limestone and cedar, into design. I could sit on a porch swing and look at the splendor all day! It got me thinking how much I really am inspired by design that connects to elements of nature.

There are places like these below that LITERALLY use existing nature to build their designs upon. These tree houses rival that of Swiss Family Robinson (a fave story and movie of the Sprucettes). How exhilarating to experience what it is like to live like a bird!

This house I saw in some reading a while back. I was stunned by its beauty and how its creators used recycled products. It goes to show that you do not have to use all new materials to make a show-stopping statement.

Also, furniture (as we know particularly well) can be made of something easily found in nature and be truly stunning (maybe not always used for sitting:).

I think this all sits close to home at Spruce. Use what you have or an old treasure you have found. You can transform it into something entirely your own!