As you think about incorporating nature into your interior design, be sure to consider using live-edge wood elements. Live-edge refers to the practice of showing the natural edge of the material, rather than an edge that has been cut or shaped by hand. Stone and wood both lend themselves to showing more natural texture and beauty through the live-edge treatment, and isn’t that what embracing natural elements in your rooms is all about?

Kitchen

Gorgeous live-edge wood kitchen island extension. | japanesetrash.com

The use of live-edge wood in interior design has been around since the first tree stump was used as a stool, but when Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam incorporated it into her kitchen, people took notice.

Bedroom

A live-edge wood headboard. | japanesetrash.com

This headboard is a terrific example of incorporating live-edge wood into a contemporary space.

Mudroom

Live-edge wood bench adds interest to this mudroom. | japanestrash.com

This live-edge wood bench is a smart and visually interesting addition to the mudroom/entry space.

I don’t have a green thumb. Every time I try to keep plants indoors, it doesn’t work out like I hoped. While I like the idea of having plants here and there, the reality for me is I wind up with sad pots filled with dirt–once the body of the deceased has been disposed of. But it’s a given that one sure fire way of incorporating nature into your interiors is with indoor plants, so here’s a very brief look at a few stylish examples of that:

Black, White & Grey

Pistache in Amsterdam. | japanesetrash.com

This event space is a mix of industrial and traditional with a black, white, and grey palette; it’s quite handsome. The charcoal colored pot with the impressive cactus is nice.

Stylish in Stockholm. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s that same palette again, but in a Stockholm apartment; this time the plants are potted in neutral-hued containers.

I like the deep green of the cactus here. | japanesetrash.com

The deep green of this cactus is delightful among the neutrals on this table photographed by Anders Schonnemann.

Concrete Containers

Round concrete pot by Roughfusion. | japanesetrash.com

Concrete planter by Roughfusion. | japanesetrash.com

Rough Fusion (or roughfusion? I’ve seen it both ways) would be where I would turn if I wanted containers for indoor plants. He made these two and has stores on Etsy and Scoutmob.

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