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Foraging in the forest:
finding materials that link your home to the great outdoors

Thinking about redecorating? Before you run to the nearest interior design store, consider looking to the forests instead. Natural, minimally-worked materials help create an interior that seamlessly transitions from the outdoors a relaxing environment that's a pleasure to come home to. Ideas include:

As you incorporate natural materials, don't forget the world just outside your windows.

What works in the Southwest will fail utterly in the Northwest because the color palettes are so different in the two regions. Using wood from your own property is one way to ensure that the colors will work as is matching and coordinating outdoor hues with your home's fabrics, flooring and countertops.

The final result is like a breath of fresh air blowing in from the countryside. It will not only be a more open and inviting space, but one that may heal and renew as well.

Amy Snyder is the interior designer at Sun Pine Homes, a custom home builder and developer in Prescott, Arizona. Sun Pine's current project is developing The Canyons at Granite Park, a residential community first founded in 1905 and filled with ancient boulders. For photos and more information, please visit www.LiveTheCanyons.com or www.SunPineHomes.com

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