There used to be this notion that incorporating multiple outdoor elements into your living space would make your home look too bohemian and was not the most modern option; We all remember the dated looks of wood paneling and wicker furniture. When it comes to modern homes, many people think of marble, brass, steel and other metallic accents. However, nowadays, incorporating reclaimed wood, re-purposed teak elements and unique pieces made of petrified wood can make your home look chic, contemporary and expensive. These natural elements create a homier environment and make your home feel less sterile.

Reclaiming My Wood

The beauty and character of reclaimed wood is undeniable but what exactly is reclaimed wood? Reclaimed, or re-purposed, wood is materials taken from deforestation, torn-down structures, old doors, columns, etc. and then given new life. Not only is it an eco-conscious practice, but the wood is more weathered and distressed giving it a richer color and appearance that doesn’t resemble the cookie cutter pieces that have been massed produced.

At Home Source, we scour the world for solid lumber that is then crafted into ornate objects for your home. For example, our Camden Hutch and Buffet was masterfully crafted from historic doors and other pieces of furniture that was then given a grey wash to make it look uniform. We strive to be sustainable when creating our one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that cannot be found anywhere else in the Houston area.

The Root of Beauty

Another way to bring nature into your home is to literally take it straight from the ground. Some of our most majestic and eye-catching items are ones that have been formed from teak roots located in Indonesia, like the JS 161 Console Table or the RIS 529 Coffee Table. In order to make these tables, the roots are unearthed from the ground and are then sanded and polished to look expensive and professional. You cannot find pieces like these anywhere else and we guarantee they will make guests gasp when they see them in your home.

Petrified Wood Isn’t Petrifying

We can’t get into the specific scientific definition of what petrified wood is – that is for geologists – but a short description is that it is wood that has been turned to stone through millions of years of fossilization. However, all you need to know is that it is beautiful. Petrified wood includes hues of browns, warm amber and cool greys, and can be used in your home in many different ways. We offer gorgeous side tables and coffee tables that take a cross section of petrified wood and construct unique pieces of furniture. But it isn’t just tables, figures of petrified wood make eye-catching décor options that can bring an earthiness to any room in your home.

Fun with Animals

Ducks and fish and horses,  oh my! It isn’t just about the materials that you bring in your home, it can also be about how you decorate. Incorporating your favorite wildlife into your home can not only bring visual interest but a whimsical vibe. For example, if you enjoy the South Asian aesthetic, why not include one of our cast stone elephants? Little touches like this can bring a whole room’s theme together and create conversation elements.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to incorporate natural elements into your home and utilize their properties to make your space feel more alive.

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