Nature is at the heart of Hans Blomquist's decorating philosophy, and in his brand new book, Inspired by Nature, he explores the connection between our environment and emotional wellbeing - harmonious textures engage our senses and earthy tones create a sense of tranquillity where we need it most. We've picked some of our favourite homes and still-life displays from the book to give you a taste of Hans' perfectly imperfect styling.
Burnt & earthy Nature is the greatest source of colour inspiration for any interior you want to decorate. Whether you are designing a colour scheme for a whole room or just adding in some textiles or creating a still life, if you take your inspiration from tones found in nature, you will achieve great results and create an interior you can live with for a very long time.
Natural gatherings Walking along a beach, in a forest, through ﬁelds or even in a city park, you will always ﬁnd something that nature has created that you can incorporate in an existing still life or use as the inspiration for a new one... There is always something worth bringing home to use in a picture or add to a still life, so I always keep my eyes open and collect everything from bleached driftwood, a shell or a pebble on the beach, to a branch or dried plant on forest walks.
Soft linens Every day should feel special and every meal should be treated like a celebration, even if you are just eating a bowl of pasta or a boiled egg. Easy-to-wash linen makes it easy to create an inviting and festive everyday table setting. When we lay our table at home for breakfast, lunch or dinner, we always use a tablecloth to make the meal feel more special. A large linen tablecloth is very simple to make from linen fabric or can be bought ready-made, while inexpensive linen napkins are easy to ﬁnd.
A place to hide At the end of the garden at the Camellas-Lloret B&B near Carcassonne, France, stands a small house that owners Annie and Colin Moore call ‘the apartment’. Attached to the apartment is a greenhouse-like space overlooking the garden. It’s a chilled hideaway where you can hang out on cooler days or when it’s raining outside while still enjoying the garden views. Simple, timeless perfection.