Create a Naturalist's Living Room
Neutral finishes and furnishings put the focus on accents gathered from the land. Here's how to display tokens from far-flung explorations for a cohesive and cozy den
Every adventurer needs a welcoming place to come home to. Case in point: this light-filled living room decorated with heirlooms and keepsakes from the homeowners' journeys. To create it, designer Carol-Ann Speros started with an unfussy foundation of white slipcovered sofas, dove-gray walls, and a sand-hued sisal mat. She then layered on sentimental treasures, such as a beachcomber's bounty of coral; the couple's collection of polished stone bookends, eggs, and orbs; a vintage cowhide rug from Wyoming; and lush landscape paintings that were handed down from a relative. For help creating an affordable nature- and travel-inspired living area like this, read on.
Scour secondhand shops for an oil painting of pastoral scenes to evoke the spirit of 19th-century naturalists. We found this one for $50 at online antiques emporium Ruby Lane (rubylane.com).
The homeowners' upholstered wood-frame chairs are pricey repros of heirlooms from the 1800s. This nearly identical perch costs half as much and is just as stunning.
About $810; hickoryfurniture.com