5 easy steps to make your home feel more natural

June 16, 2021

You’ve probably heard of the term “cottagecore” thrown around recently. It’s a trend that asks us to pick up more sustainable skills that help us blend in more with nature. Not all of us, however, have the luxury of quitting our everyday lives to move to an Italian vineyard. Not me at least! What we can do is bring a slice of the nature-themed aesthetic, with its simplicity and cozy energy into our homes. (Psst! We’re launching exciting things to protect the cozy energy of your home.

Here are five tips on how to get started:

1. An Earth-Tone Palette

The best way to recreate nature is to recreate nature’s color schemes!

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Incorporate warm and cool shades of browns, yellows, greens, and blues. You can find a lot of these options at Home Box and you can choose to shop online! (You would want to get home insurance as soon as you add new items to your home). I’d suggest picking three or four of your favorite shades as your main color palette to ensure coherence throughout the whole room. 

Something You May Not Know: Lucky Furniture has the coolest wooden items and they deliver your items to your doorstep!

2. Vine Leaves

Recreate the lush green rows of grapevine leaves of the summer European countryside with artificial vine leaves. An even better option (if you’ve been blessed with a green thumb) invest in real-life vine leaf plants.

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Something You May Not Know: If you’re in the UAE, you can order your plants online from Plantshop! You also get a 15% discount on your first order. 😄


Blessed green thumbers this is, again, your time to thrive.

Bring out your favorite flowers from lavenders to daisies to hydrangeas (my personal top-three) and create a mini-greenhouse in your home. Simply, pick your favorite flowers and have them delivered to your house when you order from 800 Flower.

You can also build your own mini garden with some mint, Aloe Vera, thyme plants, etc. Build a zen relax space, study space, or just living space. You could even impress your friends by using your own home-grown plants in your next pot-luck dish. Not to worry, home insurance will also protect all of your favorite plants!

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Something You May Not Know: There are SO MANY plant shops to choose from in Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi. Not only that, you get to find irresistible deals!

4. Wall Prints, the Next Move?

Wall prints are your best bet to make any room look more lively and fit a specific aesthetic. The best part is, whenever you feel tired of a piece, just switch it out!

If you’re looking for more affordable options to buy art pieces in the UAE, check out this article by TimeOut magazine and start your own art collection!

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But if you have the budget, take this opportunity and support your local artists! My personal favorite platforms to find local artists are Instagram, Etsy, or Tiktok. Better yet, visit the small pop-up boutiques around your emirate (in Abu Dhabi I like going to Galleria Mall) and invest in a timely piece. Just don’t forget to insure your new timeless pieces so you can invest with an easy mind. Yes, this is a shameless self-promo, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Something You May Not Know: You can shop online for the coolest wall art pieces at Draw Deck!

5. Fun Vases & Figurines

On the topic of supporting local artists, get a handmade unique centerpiece for your home. From vases to candle holders, to fruit bowls, the world is your oyster. Or in this case, the home is your oyster? You get the point.

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Get a cute mushroom, a gnome figurine, a quirky misshapen earth-colored vase, or all three! You’ll find all of that and more on Amazon. These unique pieces add life into any room, simultaneously fitting the theme and pulling it all together entirely.

I invested in one before moving into my dorm (cute yellow “artsy” vase from West Elm) and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get. All eyes are immediately pulled to my vase and my friends have even tried “borrowing it.” It’s the best investment I made in terms of decor, a sector in my life that I find important. It brings me peace of mind while simultaneously showcasing my personality.

Something You May Not Know:
You can give your space an Insta-worthy make-over when you order online from Typo!

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