There are few things that bring nature, strength, beauty and warmth into a home more than wood. Fortunately, almost every design style affords us a chance to incorporate wood into the design; be that modern, farmhouse, cottage, mid-century or craftsman. Even when we are confined to the unadorned architecture of a builder grade apartment we can still add furniture that displays nature’s gift of wood.

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Beadboard, wainscoting, floors, shiplap, butcher block, beams, corbels and moldings all add that natural look to our living space. There is a specific energy that wood holds. It breathes nature into our home. Even when there are imperfections, that only adds to its beauty. It changes over time and develops a patina, showing the beauty of age.

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The trend toward new materials has not diminished wood’s appeal. After a time, we realize that plastic, artificial, composite, look alike and pictures of wood products may seem more durable and inexpensive, but they never hold the true feel, beauty and luster of real wood floors, beams and moldings. When we feel deeply into our home we can sense the energy of the wood and the power of nature that we have added to our living spaces.

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When we design our home, we are given the singular opportunity to curate materials that give back, that immerse us in their power and connect us to a more natural way of living. Sometimes this is a one-time chance. Once floors are installed they will be there for decades. For most of us, money is the reason we select imitation materials. That is a practical reality but there will always be ways to incorporate the real thing into some areas. On occasion, maybe we can feel our way through these choices as opposed to think our way through. The heart tends to lead us back to nature.

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