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From Drab to Fab: The Proper Way to Bring the Outdoors In

From Drab to Fab: The Proper Way to Bring the Outdoors In

Spring in Jackson Hole is divine. Flowers fight their way through the snow, mud cakes our boots and, after hibernating all winter, it’s time to scrub everything clean and throw the windows open.

This time of year also means resurrecting that old design cliche “bring the outdoors in,” which (admittedly) kind of makes us cringe. It dredges up scary thoughts of overgrown dentist office ferns, bland neutrals, antler everything, and wood, wood, and more wood.

Stop right there…

The outdoors is a riot of color. Mother Nature isn’t drab and brown, she’s bright, fresh and a little garish—greens, reds, yellows, purples and blues mix with texture and grit.

Mountains or city, “bringing the outdoors in,” needs a new definition—bold floral prints in a powder room, modern twists on wood textures, fresh flowers that look like a fabulous case of bedhead. It’s about color!

This year, revel in all the tricks Mother Nature has up her sleeve and smile knowing you handily defeated one of the most dreaded design cliches.


Flora & Fauna

It may seem an obvious choice, but we aren’t talking about faded Laura Ashley. Floral wallpaper has had a rebirth in the last few years and we love the results. Their scale dominates a room or quietly lures you in, and rich hues scream for attention.

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Add this to your walls and instantly feel the effect of the moody grey background and acid florals. Gorgeous and glamorous yet down to earth. Your4Walls.co.uk

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Moody, painterly, and glamorous but not over the top when mixed with dull, worn wood. PoppyTalk.com

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Want to talk about impact? Here it is. This oversized, slightly blurred floral tile is meant to look like a fresco revealed behind layers of old plaster. Introduce this Warhol-esque tile and say hello to spring. NYTimes.com


Nubby & Natural

Connect with nature by adding texture to your space in a new way. Try a modern twist on a classic wood table, or look for unexpected ways to incorporate into a room with light fixtures or tile. The possibilities are endless.

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This side table is downright sexy with modern lucite encasing rugged wood. Adds a touch of texture without going full log cabin. BleuNature.comFrom Drab to Fab|The Proper Way to Bring the Outdoors In|Life's Too Short For Beige

A chandelier turned it on its head. The knotted ball of twigs makes a statement over a dining table. Rough yet refined and right up our alley. Decoholic.org


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What says spring better than outrageously oversized blossoming branches in poppy pink? Embrace their natural shape and allow the wild tangle of branches to breathe.

Wild Florals

Let flowers be flowers. Coax them into a vase or old tin box and then let them unfold, open, and breathe. Welcome the curves in the stems and you’ll be rewarded with a dramatic and earthy stunner.

Our friends over at Lily & Co. shared with us what they are loving right now.

“Spring is such an amazing time for flowers—blooming branches, local french tulips and daffodils, spirea, anemones, garden roses, scented geranium, maiden hare fern, and Japanese ranunculus are all making a return. We love to play with natural styling to let the flowers stay in their natural form.

Mix elements of texture and height. Start with large full blooms such as garden roses or peonies for substance then add dainty anemones or muscari along with tall blossoming quince or cherry blossoms for height.”

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Give me color!

Kelly green is spring in a color! “Bring the outdoors in” and echo the colors sprouting up around you by adding this deep, fresh hue to your home.

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The Grace Home Design Office gets a blast of brilliant and bold kelly green in floor-to-ceiling drapes. It tempers the hot pink and plays off of the cool turquoise loveseat.From Drab to Fab|The Proper Way to Bring the Outdoors In|Life's Too Short For Beige
Oscar de la Renta’s showroom is a study in the power of color. Supersaturated kelly green resonates off the walls and is echoed throughout the room in a beautifully curated gallery wall. Lonny.com

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