There's an uncanny relationship between human beings and the natural world — no matter how small or grande its impact is on our lives. The Biophillia theory, first introduced by E.O. Wilson (humor me if you will for a moment), hypothesizes that there is an innate bond between human beings and other "living systems," including plants, forests, the weather, animals and other forms of life. You may find traces of our connection through the emulation and desire to surround ourselves with nature in the most intimate places we dwell. Some do this by installing ceiling-to-floor windows, showcasing the beauty of the land in which they live, while integrating it with the interior design and architectural structure of their home. Others nurture plants and animals, or dedicate parks and gardens for the community to share. It's an instinctual and oftentimes intentional for us to adhere to the Earth through every aspect of our lives, including our homes.
Above: Tao Zen Garden Starburst Decorative Pillow $39.
Renee Naleppa, a head designers at LOCZIdeisgn, also happens to be a nature enthusiast who's paintings, jewelry and designs are pregnant with elements of nature. After a weekend jaunt to Lake Tahoe, she sent me over a slew of photographs from her trip that heavily influenced these home decor picks. We felt this week's blog would be a proper venue to share her finds.
The imagery reflects how the influence calls directly to the Earth. Above, twiggy deciduous trees take a break from the winter before merging into spring. And much like we do, the silky embroidered twig inspired pillow allows us to rest comfortably in bed, or lounge in our living-rooms in intellectual preparation for our next day, moment, or phase in life. Renee also favors The Zen Garden Begging Collection from AllModern that coordinates perfectly with the pillows. Above: Spun-Glass Spheres Chandelier, $1200, by Shades of LIght and Tahoe's Waters
It's also difficult to deny that the waters of the calm Tahoe shoreline float much like this spun-glass chandelier placed perfectly next to the silk-linen curtains.
"When lightning strikes the beach the formation of a really neat column of glass is formed," Renee recalls from her trip. The resultant flute is called a fulgurite, based on the Latin word for thunderbolt. The term glass developed in the late Roman Empire. It was
in the Roman glassmaking center at Trier, now in modern Germany, that the late-Latin term glesum originated, probably from a Germanic word for a transparent, lustrous substance!
Above: Lake Tahoe Rock Formation
Above: Carlo Abruzzese - Architect / Artist at SF
Each piece in the art above represents a State within the United States, but its color scheme and angular influences are apparent in the Tahoe rock formations above. Renee loved the whole gallery wall style and adds that while it's possible to purchase specific pieces or blocks, it's best to be able to display the work in it's entirety. If she had to choose, Renee would prefer pieces from the Northeast, and Western regions of Maryland [both of our home-towns], seen on the far right. You can also take a look at better images of Carlo Abruzzese's artwork, here.
The cyclical presence of nature in our designs is a never ending story —and blog post. We intend to bring you more of an inside look of our personal influences. If you have any photography and personal decor pieces whose similarities parallel each other, feel free to send them along. We'd love to share them on our upcoming blog posts.