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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?


Gorgeous live-edge wood kitchen island extension. |

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.


A live-edge wood headboard. |

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


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

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


The experiment of focusing a week’s worth of Japanese Trash content around one topic is continuing this week with posts on interior design inspired by nature. Or bringing nature into your interiors. Or just the general idea of incorporating nature. It’s a broad theme, and I’m looking at it from multiple directions, such as:

Indoor Plants

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: indoor plants. |

Plants inside the home are an easy way to bring nature into interior design. Photo: Anders Schonnemann.

Live-Edge Wood

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: live-edge wood. |

I’ll also take a look at incorporating live-edge wood elements into your interior design. Photo: Dustin Aksland.

Lakemoore Drive

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: Lakemoore Drive. |

You won’t want to miss this house tour featuring a renovated 1960s showpiece. Photo: Full Tilt Photography.

Favorite Cabins

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: favorite cabins. |

Cabin life is just about as close as any shelter can come to being part of nature; I’ll show you some of my favorite cabins. Photo: Thomas Murphy and Rick Rochon.

Cabin Style

Coming up this week on Japanese Trash: Cabin Style. |

You don’t have a cabin but want to live like you do? I’ll share some ideas for bringing cabin style into your space. Photo: Kevin.

There are a few more posts still in the planning stage for this week, so you’ll have to check in to find out what else I have in store for you as I take a look at nature at home.

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