Interior Designer Teaches Us How To Connect To The Outside World Using Natural Materials

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Amy Snyder, interior designer for Sun Pine Homes, a custom home builder and developer in Prescott, Arizona has unveiled a new article. Foraging in the forest: finding materials that link your home to the great outdoors can be found on her company’s website, http://www.graniteparkaz.com.

Amy Snyder, interior designer for Sun Pine Homes, a custom home builder and developer in Prescott, Arizona has unveiled a new article.

Foraging in the forest: finding materials that link your home to the great outdoors can be found on her company’s website, http://www.graniteparkaz.com.

According to Snyder, it’s possible to design with sticks and stones found on the forest floor. Instead of a formal curtain rod, she suggests using a smooth piece of wood. “You can also carve and shape sturdy branches into stair case railings,” Snyder said.

Her other tips include emphasizing natural processes in your home’s interior by choosing furnishings and accessories which change over time. This concept, known as Wabi Sabi in Japan, emphasizes the asymmetric, imperfect and transitory nature of life. In practical terms, it encourages the use of natural materials like rice paper and bamboo screens, whose colors deepen in response to the passage of time. Other materials to consider include rusted metal, rattan and wicker.

According to Snyder, as you incorporate natural materials, it’s important not to forget the world just outside your windows. What works in the Southwest will fail utterly in the Northwest because the color palettes are so different in the two regions. Using wood from your own property is one way to ensure that the colors will work – as is matching and coordinating outdoor hues with your home’s fabrics, flooring and countertops.

Foraging in the Forest contains other suggestions for seamlessly connecting the indoors and outdoors, as do Snyder’s other articles. For more information, visit the Sun Pine Homes website at http://www.graniteparkaz.com.

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