The experts say: Many people disregard their home’s style and period when they decorate. Unless it’s done very carefully, ignoring your home’s style will destroy the original design’s integrity.
May we suggest: At Natural Home & Garden, we’ve always believed that your personal instincts are more important than anything—even designers’ edicts about period, style and appropriate furnishings. Definitely pay attention to your home’s style when you choose furniture and colors, but your home will be most satisfying if you listen to your own instincts. Rebecca Taksel helps you ask your home what it needs in “Natural Home Design: Conversations with Your Home.”
Get quiet and let your home tell you what it needs.
The experts say: Water features can quickly get out of hand. Pools, waterfalls and jetted tubs are often underused, difficult to maintain and a bad return on investment.
A natural pond is a healthier way to bring water into your backyard. Photo by Tim Matson
Not feeling quite so ambitious? This sweet tabletop fountain is a simple DIY project that anyone can make, and you can change its contents to reflect your mood of the moment, from energetic in the morning to calmer in the evening. Use this fountain as the focal point for a meditation or self-reflection space—a place where you can be alone, calm and in the moment.
You can change the contents of this tabletop fountain to fit your mood. Photo by Joe Coca