Exposure to nature has never been more important than it is today. Between longer hours in the office and longer commute times, we’re spending more time than ever before indoors and away from the natural world.


What this means is we’re missing out on the essential psychological and physiological benefits that exposure to trees, fresh air, mountains, and bodies of water provide us with. But it’s not all doom and gloom thanks to the philosophy called “Biophilia” that is reshaping how we think about and interact with our environments.


Essentially, biophilia is changing the way we work, live, and operate within the built environment. As a species, we have divorced ourselves from our natural habitat: the open plains. Just as zoo animals and lab rats that are placed in sterile, unenriched environments show signs of physical and mental stress, so do humans when forced to work in lean, sterile, and unenriched homes.


We can reduce the negative impacts of sterile, lean homes and actually enhance our environments by integrating a variety of biophilic features such as green walls, plants, natural woods or stone, and more that mimic the natural world. These biophilic elements effectively create a positive response as if people were exposed to the natural stimuli in real life.



Core Features of Biophilia: 

Scattered, clustered, varied vegetation

Overlooking landscapes

Blurring the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors

Dynamic and diffuse light

Natural scents

Proximity to water

Use of natural and local materials

Shelter and privacy


Benefits of Biophilic Design:

Improved health

Increased mood and feeling of well-being

Improved productivity

Reduced stress levels

Mental restoration & reduced fatigue


Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing; as the world population continues to urbanize, these qualities are ever more important. Given how quickly an experience of nature can elicit a restorative response, design that reconnects us with nature – biophilic design – is essential for providing people opportunities to live in healthy places and spaces with less stress and greater overall health and well-being.


So tell me, when is the last time you spent time in the nature around you? How did it make you feel?


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Whether you just finished building your awesome new deck and are looking for some design inspiration, or are looking for ways to make your old deck look and feel new again, you’ve come to the right place!


There are a number considerations to be made, both from a stylistic and functionality standpoint, to transform your deck into an extension of your home’s living space.


This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are 5 items to consider when decking out your deck, and some tips on how to implement into your outdoor space.


Choosing The Right Outdoor Furniture

Trying to decide which pieces of outdoor furniture to purchase for your deck can be overwhelming with SO many options available at your local home improvement stores.


The number one thing to keep in mind here is that your outdoor furniture should look – and feel – comfortable, allowing you to spend as much time as possible with family and friends outdoors (because they never want to go inside!)


Have a big, lush backyard out in the country? Opt for wicker furniture that harmonizes with the outdoor environment.


Living in an urban setting? Select furniture with sleek, sophisticated designs (think modern, clean lines).


However you decide to go, consider adding bright, cushy outdoor throw pillows that will bring in pops of colour and give your deck indoor-worthy styling touches.



Outdoor Rug

With so much focus on selecting furniture, finding the perfect outdoor rug that will compliment your space is often times an afterthought.


Rugs are a great way to provide visual separation between spaces on the deck (think dining and conversation areas). They can also make the space feel more cozy and inviting, replicating an indoor living room or den.


In much the same way as pillows, selecting a rug with bold patterns and colours can add a spark to your deck, and liven up a traditional space.



Outdoor Speakers

Having a supply of good tunes while relaxing on the desk is a must!


There are many options available for weatherproofed outdoor sound systems.


For a more traditional set up, consider hanging speakers up and out of the way along your home’s roof overhang around the deck.


Alternatively, some speakers are integrated into natural elements, like rocks, and can be seamlessly integrated into the outdoor space.


On a budget? Portable speakers with bluetooth connectivity are a convenient, inexpensive option to move around the deck.



Plants and Planters

Strategically placing tall planters or a row of evergreens around the perimeter of the deck will allow for a more private, intimate feel.


If you’ve chosen a more neutral palette for your deck furniture and accessories, consider adding a container garden with a variety of plants, colours, and textures to liven up the space.



Outdoor Lighting

Just because the sun is setting doesn’t mean you have to go inside.


Keep the conversations going long into the evening by installing outdoor lighting.


Consider hanging a decorative porch light or even a chandelier from an outdoor canopy or pergola if available.


Not an electrician? No problem!


A simple, inexpensive way to illuminate your deck is to hang string lights. These warm, inviting lights come in a variety of styles and easily transform an outdoor space.

You may have already started to think of your next personal goals for this upcoming new year 2020. But have you achieved the goals to complete the small projects in your home before the fast approaching new year? Are there areas in your home that need some sprucing up to feel more completed and put together? Here are some tips:



HOW TO STYLE AN OPEN CONSOLE TABLE



HOW TO ARRANGE SOFA PILLOWS


HOW TO STYLE A BUFFET



HOW TO PAIR RUGS IN OPEN CONCEPT SPACES


HOW TO STYLE BATHROOM SHELVING


HOW TO STYLE A NIGHTSTAND


Coming up with a design for the look and feel of your home can be exciting, but let’s be honest, it can also be intimidating. When you’re indecisive and worried about buyers remorse, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Perhaps you know what you want, but you just need some extra reassurance and advice. Don’t waste any more time – collaborate with Nature's Interior and get used to having a professional interior designer on speed dial!  Learn how this works by clicking HERE!


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