It’s never too early to start holiday shopping. Crushing crowds and last-minute idea deficit often make gift giving a chore instead of the generous and thoughtful experience it’s meant to be.
Whether you have gardeners on your list or friends who proclaim themselves to be black thumbs, look to nature-inspired décor for guaranteed gift-giving success this season.
Home and garden trends today mirror one another. Inside décor takes a page from nature, bringing the outdoors in with houseplants, garden-inspired patterns and warm, earthy hues. Soft sage, creamy caramel and rich espresso tones fill walls and woodwork in modern interior design. Natural textures like wood, wicker, burlap and macramé pair seamlessly with ceramics, metal and glass. Matchy-matchy is out; creative combinations are in.
Plants make wonderful gifts, especially indoor plants that perk up a house during dreary winter days. Easy-care plants like bromeliads, dracaenas, pothos ivy, peperomia, ponytail palms and tillandsias (also known as air plants) grow well indoors in less light and a more controlled climate.
Pair a pretty plant with the perfect pot for a simple gift that matches any décor. Indoor plants have graduated from traditional pottery containers to a host of creative vessels that add dimension and depth. Trendy farmhouse designs feature terrariums, galvanized metal containers and even wooden boxes adorned with plants to brighten a room.
Tillandsias enhance any décor. They don’t need a pot or even soil. Simply add them to decorative bowls, plates, baskets or any other stylish container and mist them with water about once a week.
If that special someone on your gift list doesn’t have enough light, water or time to take on a live plant, today’s faux plants fool even the most discerning gardener or decorator. Olive branches and cotton stems are all the rage, along with simulated succulents. Home décor stores and hobby shops all carry them now. Whether you’re filling a large space or a nifty nook, a little pop of nature fits any décor.
Don’t forget to think vertical. Plants also make great trailing wall art.
When redecorating, I wanted succulents to drape down from a wall planter. But the space was flooded with scorching afternoon sun and would have fried succulents in no time. Instead, I found beautiful faux succulents for my design idea and no one was the wiser. (Except when I pointed it out to everyone who came over.)
There is no question that I’m a gardener when you walk into my home. From delicate bird statues to botanical print dish towels to a succulent wreath hanging on the guest room door, there are hints of nature throughout each space. Woven in with different styles and color palettes, they provide an intentional unifying element throughout all of the interior design.
So, look to natural, garden-inspired indoor décor for gifts that bring the beauty of nature inside this holiday season, such as:
Decorative bowls, plates, vases, trays
Coffee table or how-to gardening books
Botanical prints, stationery or note cards
Indoor windowsill herb gardens and containers
Tillandsias (air plants) with cool containers like saucers or bowls
Decorative watering cans or misters