The Nature-Inspired Trends Our Editors Are Loving Right Now

They're anything but garden variety.

July 13, 2021
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that nature is truly a salve for our bodies and our minds. Perhaps that’s why it suddenly feels so fresh and so right to bring the great outdoors—and outdoor pieces—into our homes. Here, we share the elements that help create an indoor idyll.

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1. Wicker Reborn

Forget your grandmother’s rocker: No longer synonymous with porches and patios,
the latest generation of wicker furniture looks equally at home in a formal parlor as in a sunbathed garden room.


2. Dainty Dishes

Summer may be fleeting, but you can capture its beauty—and serve it up—by laying your table with a garden of floral plates. As long as the theme is pretty, a jumble of colors and patterns can be most pleasing.

Clockwise from top: Sweet Pea Dinner Plate, $195, christopherspitzmiller.com; Tulipomanie Porcelain Dinner Plate, $195, scullyandscully.com; Passifolia Bread and Butter Plate by Hermès, $130, neimanmarcus.com; Bloom Collection by Laboratorio Paravicini, from $72, landofbelle.com; Izmir Dessert Plate by Laboratorio Paravicini, $430/set of 4, artemest.com; Chinoiserie Garden Dinner Plate by Cabana Capri, $245/pair, modaoperandi.com; Genista Plate by John Derian for Astier de Villate, $132, johnderian.com.Kevin Kerr

3. Tree Huggers

Consider it a migratory pattern: These containers are so good-looking, you’ll want to make their move indoors permanent. Oversized, artful and bearing no resemblance to their garden variety terra-cotta cousins, they’re ideally sized to hold an ornamental tree for a year-round breath of fresh air.


4. Charming Chintz

As any arrangement of flowers reveals, a mixed bouquet is often the most beguiling. Here, a set of dining chairs is updated with mismatched floral prints for a result that’s part old-school elegance, part new-school nonchalance.

Fabrics on chairs, clockwise from top: Baudin Butterfly Chintz, Nancy by Vogue Living, Loudon Rose, and Servilia Stripe; all by Schumacher, fschumacher.com. On table: custom napkins in Nose Gay by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher, fschumacher.com; French Press, $75, lecreuset.com; Simple Mug by Astier De Villatte, $140, johnderian.com; Bloom Collection plates by Laboratorio Paravicini, from $72, and White Rim Pink Twist Tumbler, $65, landofbelle.com; Rattan Underplates and Egg Holders by Cabana Capri, from $35, modaoperandi.com; Shelburne Flatware, $85/set, farmhousepottery.com.Francesco Lagnese