This Spring, Home Softens Up

Jonathan Adler, West Elm, Vivaterra, Wedgwood

The harshness of winter is giving way to a Springtime scene that draws inspiration from nature in quiet, contemporary fashion.  Blues, browns and whites form a familiar, yet fresh, palette in subdued tones. Shapes are more rounded and organic with simple, clean lines. Natural materials add authenticity. Here’s how to bring this easy-does-it look home in modern style.

West Elm

For a look that’s totally unexpected, try these eye-catching Nature Pendants which mix elements of stone, feather and decoupage on a mirrored surfaces with velvet backing. Set/3, $99.


Although this Stone Spiral on Stand is shown in an outdoor setting, it’d be beautiful indoors, too, on the mantel or tucked into a bookcase shelf. Each spiral is handcrafted of natural river stones (so each piece is unique) in a mandala-inspired shape that relaxes the eye and mind. $150.00 

Jonathan Adler

Perched on a heavy marble base, Jonathan Adler’s Menagerie Mod Owl sculpture is a bird of another feather crafted with subtle layers of pattern and a soft satin matte glaze.  $98.


Made in England of blue and white Jasper, Wedgwood’s Blue Pebble Small Shallow Bowl features an elegant, modern silhouette and a unique brush stroke method that mimics the fluid, organic shape of a water-washed pebble. Each bowl carries the maker’s mark and a unique product number. $125.

West Elm

Designed to capture the feeling of motion, the Verve area rug is like having a watercolor painting underfoot with its soft blur of color and tonal contrast created with variegated stripes. Available in six sizes. $74-$674.

This design point-of-view is ideal for the times in which we live.  This Spring, soften up at home. You’ll be glad you did.