Mother nature is my favorite artist. Whenever I think about design, and how I can create something new, I look to nature. Shells are sculptures engineered for utility, and leaves teach me that a good formula never gets old.
I collect fascinating objects from nature. From the grand 16th century curiosity cabinets to casual beach combing, the way in which we collect things can be as fascinating as the objects themselves.
While I was doing some spring cleaning I found these bleached white snail shells that I had collected about ten years ago. I was living in Santa Barbara at the time, and I had a garden that was just full of these old shells, and I was continually digging them up. After awhile it became less about gardening, and more about shell hunting. I have quite a nice collection of these little pretties, and I'm happy to bring them out to display again.
I also enjoy collections that other people have put together. These are vintage mineral samples that I sold recently. I appreciate the care that went into the bottling and labeling of these rocks and crystals.
Decorating with nature I think comes naturally to us. The colors, shapes, and textures are automatically appealing, and inspiring. :)