Kristen Fencl
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September 6, 2012
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Tahoe home improvement: Embrace Mother Nature

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — One of today’s hottest design trends is a return to nature. From fabrics to wall coverings to accessories, our living spaces can easily reflect an embrace of Mother Nature.

As our lives outside our homes become more harried and stressful, we are turning to our homes as retreats, and decorating them with furnishings and accessories we find soothing and comfortable.

Here’s a look at several areas of interior design that can get you back to nature!

Fabrics: Linen and Cottons are great natural fibers that add a touch of the outdoors to any room.

Colors: From gorgeous garden shades to the rich fruit tones of deep raspberries, soft banana yellows, plums and strawberries. All these colors are uplifted by nature’s green — the color that will dominate our interior decorating in this decade — from deep, leafy green to teal, to greens with a yellow tint.

Furnishings: Today’s worn weathered wood styles, featuring more of a matte finish with lighter wood tones, are even appearing on contemporary furnishings. Sofas and chairs are being covered in natural cotton — and sport trims of raffia and hemp. Wicker and rattan furniture mixed with warm wood tones lend themselves to more of a casual style of decorating.

Window Treatments: Floral print drapery fabrics designed in simple yet stunning Drapery Panels is like having a great looking picture frame surrounding a favorite photo. By coordinating your “blooming” window treatments with furniture, bedding — even your linens, you’ll find yourself surrounded by Mother Nature’s beauty.

What better way to start soothing the soul than in your own home.

Relax! Enjoy! You deserve it!

— Kristen Fencl, CID, is an interior decorator and owner of Decorating Den Interiors. Learn more at, or call 775-832-8012.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 6, 2012 12:18PM Published Sep 6, 2012 12:17PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.