Mother Nature’s Modern Side

Helen Norman, Better Homes & Gardens; Ballard Designs, Sur La Table

Want to bring the outdoors in but in a less traditional way? If so, you’re in sync and on trend because this Fall’s focus is on Mother Nature’s modern side. With new takes on design classics, the look is as clean and fresh as a sunny Spring day and just the thing to help homes beat the chill as temps begin their seasonal dip.

Ballard Designs

The charming bloom shape of the Bouquet pendant light was inspired by a necklace. Sculpted of steel with a matte brass finish, this light is designed for a vintage bulb, suspended within a clear glass globe, for a slight industrial touch. $129.

Ballard Designs

Although Cantonese ginger jars and vases date back centuries, Ballard’s Canton Vase Collection reboots the look in a modern way with floral and geometric patterns in a warm brown hue. Crafted of high-fired, water-tight porcelain. Small jar/$99. Medium vase/$129. Large vase/$149.

Z Gallerie

Aptly named, the Geode on Stand combines a cut geode rock with a K9 glass pedestal that reflects light like a prism. Because natural minerals are used, each piece is unique and may vary in size and color. This is a high-end designer look at a real world, affordable price. 12.25” high/$39.95. 14.5” high/$49.95.

Sur La Table

I like this Marble and Acacia Wood cheese paddle for the ying and yang it serves up in both color and texture. Featuring two of nature’s most popular elements, this paddle is for more than serving cheese or charcuterie. Display it decoratively on a wall for shape and tonal contrast or as a base on which to display small collectibles. This hand-crafted cheese paddle is a multi-functional must-have.  Small/$29.95. Large/$50.

Crate and Barrel

Imported from France, Laguiole® Olivewood flatware puts a modern spin on a species of wood as old as time itself with naturally contoured olive wood riveted handles and sleek stainless steel heads bearing the Laguiole® signature bee icon. Crafted in the heart of the French countryside for over four generations by the Dubost family, this is flatware that combines style with staying power. 4-piece set/$59.99. 16-piece set/$219.95.

Are some of these pieces a bit on the pricey side? Yes. However, homes with design depth and integrity are a mix of deals, steals and investments. So they’re worth it. Add one or two of these furnishings to your home and see the difference they make.