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Emma Fexeus is a professional design blogger and WAHM of three living in Stockholm, Sweden. She started emmas designblogg while working as an assistant decorator at an interiors magazine in 2005. The blog functions as a source for decorating inspiration and showcases the works of talented stylists and photographers.The few products that are blogged are almost exclusively organic and/or handmade. Emma believes this is the way to go to influence people to live in a more sustainable way.

I have really fallen for the nature-inspired decorating trend that’s so big right now. The organic details mimic the shapes and textures found in nature and encourage bringing real tree and stone pieces into your home in a simple way. It reminds me of the forest, even on days when I stay inside.



Collect sticks, rocks, moss, acorns, chestnuts and leaves on a leisurely walk or find the faux variety here on Etsy. Mixing real plants, sticks and stones with fake ones makes your display much more appealing.

[Wild Twigs Natural Wreath by HollyFerencze, 24k Gold Acorn Necklace by GurKimel, The Leaf Post-It by lemontree77, Tiny Pinecone Candles by peaceblossomcandles, Custom Leaf Silhouette by jennyleefowler]



Soft wood and even softer stones: that sounds weird, right? Well, with woodgrain patterned fabrics and felted wool rocks, anything is possible!

[One Little Stump by littleseedlings, Felted Pebble Wish Stones – Set of Three by delica, Tree Stump Floor Pillow by bebemoon, Felt Pebbles by kneek]


I love fresh cut flowers, but I’m not a big fan of the fake variety (dusty plastic roses displayed in cheap restaurants come to mind) or flower prints. Dried flowers are almost worse because they are, in fact, dead, and who wants dead things around them? I don’t. The problem is, death comes quickly to the flowers I buy. These fresh but long-lasting alternatives will endure for years without any risk of wilting!

[Magnolia Bug No. 6667 by kariherer, Habotai Blossom Cushion by emmajanedesigns]



Birch bark can be used in so many ways: as a pattern, in jewelry, candle sticks, lamp shades, vases…the possibilities are endless. It lends a Scandinavian vibe to your home and looks great matched with a sheepskin rug and blonde wood.

[Birch Bark Ring in 14K White Gold by esdesigns, Porcelain Birch Bark Cup by bobedafarm, Birch Bark Necklace by woofbark]



Of course, there is more to nature than wood, plants and stones. Don’t forget the things in the sky, like rain drops, snowflakes and clouds! They make excellent patterns for fabrics, vinyl wall decals and wallpaper. They are also great for beautiful, peaceful mobiles, cushions and softies.

[Wolli Snow Mountain Toy Box by BabiesBreath, Blue Woolen Cloud Pillow by myfavouritedress]

And don’t even get me started on animals and animal prints! Yes, those things can be used in stylish ways, but I think I’ll have to save them for another Storque post…


Until then: thanks, Emma! For more of her modern design aesthetic, visit emmas designblogg.

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