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  1. Embrace the Serenity: How a Nature-Inspired Interior Brings Joy into Your Life

    Andi Gregg Professional Furniture Artist

    In today's fast-paced and technology-driven world, finding solace and tranquillity has become
    increasingly important. Many individuals are seeking refuge from the constant hustle and bustle of
    daily life, turning to nature as a source of inspiration and respite. While spending time in natural
    surroundings has its undeniable benefits, incorporating a nature-inspired interior into your living
    space can also bring immense joy and enhance your overall well-being. In this article, we explore the
    numerous ways in which a nature-inspired interior can infuse your life with a sense of calm, serenity,
    and happiness. I am Andi Gregg, artist and professional vintage furniture restyler, lover of all things
    nature and the delicate joy it can bring to our lives. I hope you enjoy this and can find some
    inspiration to bring nature into your home interior.

    1. Connecting with Nature Indoors

    Nature-inspired interiors strive to recreate the beauty and essence of the natural world within your
    home. From earthy colour palettes to organic materials and textures, every aspect of the design
    aims to foster a deep connection with nature. By surrounding yourself with elements such as
    wooden furniture, stone accents, and natural fibres, you can instantly create an environment that
    promotes a sense of grounding and harmony.

    2. Enhancing Physical and Mental Well-being 

    Studies have shown that exposure to nature has a hugely positive impact on our well-being. Bringing
    nature indoors through a nature-inspired interior can have similar effects. Natural light streaming
    through large windows, indoor plants, and flowing water features can create a soothing ambiance
    that reduces stress and anxiety, improves mood, and boosts overall mental health. Additionally,
    natural elements have been known to improve air quality and promote better sleep, leading to
    enhanced physical well-being.

    Big Windows for nature inspired interiors

    3. Aesthetically Pleasing and Timeless Design

    Nature-inspired interiors often embody a timeless and elegant aesthetic. Earthy tones, soft hues,
    and natural materials create a warm and inviting atmosphere that never goes out of style. By
    incorporating elements such as natural stone countertops, wooden flooring, or botanical wallpapers,
    you can achieve a harmonious blend of beauty and functionality. The result is a visually pleasing
    environment that brings a sense of joy and satisfaction each time you step into your home. I
    absolutely love the nature inspired name illustrations that Rachael from Little Flowers By Sligo
    creates – they create the perfect focal point for a child’s nursery or playroom and make a wonderful
    nature inspired keepsake to treasure forever, which is always joyful. This woodland inspired one is
    one of my particular favourites:

    Woodland Illustrated Name

    4. Creating a Relaxing Sanctuary

    Your home should be a sanctuary—a place where you can retreat from the outside world and find
    peace. A nature-inspired interior can help you achieve just that. By carefully curating your living
    space to reflect the serenity of nature, you create a haven of tranquillity. Incorporate comfortable
    seating, cozy textiles, and natural scents to evoke a sense of calmness and relaxation. This dedicated
    space allows you to unwind, recharge, and find joy in the simple pleasures of life. I am absolutely
    passionate about creating a sanctuary in your bedroom that allows you to rest and relax, as well as
    be inspired. My painted bird vintage dressing table is a beautiful way to incorporate nature into your
    bedroom interior; with its delicate finches and calming green colour you can add a touch of whimsy
    to your living space that you will be able to enjoy even when you make updates to your other décor.


    Vintage Painted Bird Dressing Table

    5. Inviting the Outdoors In

    In a nature-inspired interior, the boundaries between indoors and outdoors blur, creating a seamless
    transition from one to the other. By strategically placing large windows, skylights, or glass doors, you
    invite natural light and picturesque views into your living space. This connection with the outside
    world not only adds a sense of spaciousness but also allows you to appreciate the changing seasons,
    witness the beauty of the natural world, and feel a deep sense of harmony with your surroundings.

    Embrace the Serenity: How a Nature-Inspired Interior Brings Joy into Your Life

    Integrating nature-inspired elements into your interior design is more than just a trendy aesthetic
    choice; it is a way of bringing joy and serenity into your life. By creating a space that emulates the
    beauty and tranquillity of the natural world, you can find solace, rejuvenation, and a sense of
    fulfilment in your daily life. Whether it's through the use of natural materials, the incorporation of
    plants and light, or the mindful arrangement of furniture, a nature-inspired interior can transform
    your home into a haven of joy and well-being. So, embrace the serenity and let nature infuse your
    life with a newfound sense of happiness. If you would like to explore bringing nature into your home
    with a bespoke furniture commission then please get in touch for a chat.
    Much love,

    Andi xx

  2. Commissioning a bespoke watercolour painting can seem like an extravagent option, but it is important to understand the process behind the gift in order to see its true value. An original painting requires patience, creativity and technical skill. It's a personal and meaningful way to capture moments that are important to you. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the process behind creating a bespoke watercolour painting.

    Step 1: Initial Consultation and Order
    The first step in the process is to have an initial consultation. If you have an idea in your head and perhaps you're not sure how it will look in reality, always email me to share your thoughts and ask for advice. Many of my clients contact me before ordering to make sure that I can meet their requirements - this is an important first step. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your ideas and vision for the painting. You can talk about the subject matter, the size and style of the painting, and any other specifications or requirements you may have. This conversation will help me to understand your needs and create a painting that truly reflects your personality and style. 
    Step 2: Sketching and Drafting
    Once the initial consultation is complete and you have placed your order, I will create a sketch or draft of the painting. This will give you an idea of what the final piece will look like and allows you to make any necessary changes or adjustments. I will work with you until you are completely satisfied with the sketch.
    Watercolour Pencil Detail
    Step 3: Preparation
    Making sure that your painting is perfectly presented is a critical part of the process. I always stretch my watercolour paper, which is a common process used by artists to ensure a flat surface whilst painting. I sketch out your agreed picture onto the stretched paper, ensuring the placement on the paper allows for mounting and framing if required. At this point I also consider the colour theme chosen by the client and prepare my tools.  I use a combination of Daniel Smith watercolours and White Night Watercolours. These paints are very high quality, industry standard and ensure long lasting vibrancy. I use 300gsm textured watercolour paper which I buy locally from a small art shop Lateral Art- I like to support local businesses as much as possible. 
    Woodland Lily Name
    Step 4: Painting the Final Piece
    The final step in the process is to paint the final piece. I work meticulously to create your bespoke watercolour painting. This can take several hours or even days depending on the size and complexity of the painting. I use a variety of techniques to create depth, texture, and colour in the painting. This includes using wet-on-wet, dry-brush, watercolour pencil and ink detail to create a unique and beautiful piece of art. I like to send regular email updates to my clients so that they can see the painting unfolding.
    Step 5: Framing and Delivery
    Once the painting is complete, I prepare the painting for posting. I mount all of my paintings as standard; it means that regardless of budget, paintings arrive looking completed and beautifully presented. If the client selects to have their painting framed, I then mount and frame in-house so that the painting is sealed and strung ready to hang straight on the wall. I source all my frames locally from The Factory Framing Centre in Newcastle, a fantastic family run business. 
    Posting orginal artwork is a delicate operation and must be done carefully to avoid any damage. I always use corner protectors on my frames and I only use recycled or biodegradeable materials when packaging my work. Where possible I use Royal Mail's Tracked and Signed for services but where this is not possible due to size or weight, I use UPS. 
    In conclusion, creating a bespoke watercolour painting is a truly unique and special process that requires great care and attention to detail. It's a personal and meaningful way to express your feelings and emotions, and capture moments that are important to you. My aim is that a bespoke watercolour painting can become a beautiful and timeless work of art that you will treasure for years to come.
    If you would like to order a painting, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me
    Felix WIP