Mother Nature got it right: Natural textures have no shortage of appeal. Including elements like wood, leather, and stone around your home is incredibly easy.
Natural materials—crystals, geodes, wood, and leather—are front and center in these designs.
BOXED IN Show off your favorite crystals, succulents,
or other treasures in a gold-trimmed, see-through box, right. Measure and cut plexiglass sheets for the four
sides. The size will depend on your preferred height and the size of your base (ours is a flipped-over wooden drawer organizer). Arrange the back and one side piece on a flat surface with the connecting sides touching. Tape the pieces together on both sides using gold foil tape and
a ruler to keep tape edges even. Add the third and fourth sides, and then tape around top and bottom edges. Set
the box on your base.
GEO-RGEOUS, DARLING Bring shimmer to an unexpected place with the natural sparkle of geodes, left and opposite. When selecting geodes for drawer pulls, look for halved or sliced stones that have a flat back area for adhering the screws or bolts. Clean and dry the geodes, then mix epoxy (according to directions) and apply to the head of a flathead screw or bolt that fits the dresser hole.
Rest the screw head-down on the back of the geode until dry. Use a washer and nut inside the drawer to secure the knob.
HERE TO ROCK Give your footwear a stylish spot to dry with a custom stone-lined boot tray, above. Once you select a boot tray, purchase or scavenge enough rocks to cover the bottom. The amount of rocks needed depends on the size and depth of your translucent boot tray. (You can purchase landscaping rocks at most garden or large hardware stores.) Wash off any dust from the rocks, and let dry. Apply an adhesive to the bottom of the boot tray, and attach rocks in a single layer.
LOOK AT YOU! A simple mirror becomes a statement piece with rustic leather straps and brass accents, this photo. Select a mirror with space on the frame to thread the leather straps through. (We used a mirrored tray from World Market.) Measure and cut a leather strap to the appropriate length for hanging the mirror, taking into account the loops that you will make to secure the strap on the frame. Use a leather punch to make a hole 1 inch from each end of the strap. Thread the strap through the mirror frame evenly on both sides. Fold each end of the leather strap to create a loop, then mark and cut another hole where the first hole meets. Secure each loop with a brass button screw-back stud.
Watch + learn! See this swirly wall art come to life at: BHG.com/Abstract
RIPPLE EFFECT Create striking artwork using simple watercolor techniques, this photo. Spread newspaper over a flat surface, and set a large canvas on top. Using a foam brush dipped in water, saturate the entire canvas. One drop at a time, add liquid watercolor in your desired colors to the wet canvas, allowing the color to spread. We recommend sticking to two or three colors to avoid looking muddy. Press on the canvas in different areas to guide the paints (see how-to, opposite).
Add colors and more water until desired design is achieved; let dry overnight.
ROUGH MARBLE SLAB + HAIRPIN LEGS = STUNNING SIDE TABLE. THE LIQUID GILDING PAINT MAY SOAK INTO THE MARBLE A BIT BEYOND THE EDGE ITSELF, MAKING THE TABLE ALL THE MORE INTERESTING.
WE USED DRAWER ORGANIZERS FOR THE BASE OF OUR PLEXIGLASS DISPLAY CASES. FEATHERGRAIN WOODEN DRAWER ORGANIZERS, FROM $4; CONTAINERSTORE.COM
BECAUSE OF THE BOARD’S RAW EDGE, MEASUREMENTS FOR THE TWO STRAPS LIKELY WON’T BE THE SAME. KEEP YOUR INTENDED HEIGHT CONSISTENT AND MEASURE EACH STRAP SEPARATELY.
NO LEATHER PUNCH? PLACE THE LEATHER ON A SCRAP OF WOOD, THEN USE A RUBBER MALLET AND AN AWL OR LARGE NAIL TO POKE HOLES.
PURCHASE FURRING STRIPS TO FRAME THE CANVAS. PAINT A COORDINATING COLOR TO FINISH.