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6 Natural Design Accents in the Home

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Connecting a home to its environment can be as simple as bringing parts of the natural world back inside. Click to see six homes that beautifully incorporated natural design accents.
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  Norwegian WoodAs part of an effort to appreciate the outdoors, a Norwegian family designed their vacation home to incorporate nature. The door handle of their sauna, for example, is just a piece of driftwood they collected at a nearby beach.  Photo by: Pia Ulin  Photo by: Pia Ulin

    Norwegian Wood

    As part of an effort to appreciate the outdoors, a Norwegian family designed their vacation home to incorporate nature. The door handle of their sauna, for example, is just a piece of driftwood they collected at a nearby beach.  

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa CruzThe railing of an open upstairs hallway in a zero-energy Santa Cruz house is another application of collected driftwood in the home. Photo by: Gabriela Hasbun  Photo by: Gabriela HasbunCourtesy of: GABRIELAHASBUN©2012

    Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz

    The railing of an open upstairs hallway in a zero-energy Santa Cruz house is another application of collected driftwood in the home. 

    Photo by: Gabriela Hasbun

    Photo by: Gabriela Hasbun

    Courtesy of: GABRIELAHASBUN©2012

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  An Idyllic Vacation Home in GreeceTo shade their patio from the piecing Mediterranean sun, a Greek couple installed a thatch of locally sourced dried palm fronds.Photo by: Andrea Wyner  Photo by: Andrea WynerCourtesy of: Andrea Wyner

    An Idyllic Vacation Home in Greece

    To shade their patio from the piecing Mediterranean sun, a Greek couple installed a thatch of locally sourced dried palm fronds.

    Photo by: Andrea Wyner

    Photo by: Andrea Wyner

    Courtesy of: Andrea Wyner

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  Ship ShapeYou can practically smell the sea breeze in this Amsterdam home, thanks to architect Pieter Weijnen’s “brand of maritime modernism.” The seashells decorating the concrete base pictured here connect an inland home to the ocean. Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

    Ship Shape

    You can practically smell the sea breeze in this Amsterdam home, thanks to architect Pieter Weijnen’s “brand of maritime modernism.” The seashells decorating the concrete base pictured here connect an inland home to the ocean. 

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)Architect Ken Meffan saved rocks excavated during the construction of his California home, and set them as seats into the concrete floor of his family room. Photo by: Todd Hido  Photo by: Todd HidoCourtesy of: Justin Reid

    Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)

    Architect Ken Meffan saved rocks excavated during the construction of his California home, and set them as seats into the concrete floor of his family room. 

    Photo by: Todd Hido

    Photo by: Todd Hido

    Courtesy of: Justin Reid

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   Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)In addition to using rocks for chairs, Meffan also saved the imprints of leaves his daughter selected from the backyard by pressing the specimens into wet concrete during construction. Photo by: Todd Hido  Photo by: Todd Hido

     

    Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)

    In addition to using rocks for chairs, Meffan also saved the imprints of leaves his daughter selected from the backyard by pressing the specimens into wet concrete during construction. 

    Photo by: Todd Hido

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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