a touch of nature

A Touch of Nature: Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal features the work of Artist Michele Oka Doner, renowned for adding a touch of nature inside homes. The 69-year-old artist sees little difference between her freestanding sculptures, public-art installations, furniture, jewelry, and her commissions for condo buildings and private homes.

“People come to you with their quote-unquote problems, with their strange spaces they can’t figure out what to do [with],” says Oka Doner.

“Her art has this beautiful gestural, spiritual quality. It’s always in dialogue with nature,” says architect Dirk Denison, who has known Ms. Oka Doner since he was a boy.

Whatever you think of her work, homeowners that hire Oka Doner end up with a true green work of art. Take the amethyst and bronze doorbell she created for Hollywood producer Joel Silver’s Los Angeles home; or the coral-like balustrade she created for a staircase in a Houston home; and then there’s the 132 gilded, dragonfly-pattern scrim panels for a disco room in a home in Gstaad, Switzerland. All her designs are original. All add a touch of nature inside.

Today, you don’t have to go to the lengths of hiring Oka Doner to add a touch of nature inside your home. Just mimic the bountiful freshness of nature by incorporating simple elements into your home decor. Organic and eco-friendly products can be found just about everywhere today and can turn your home into a health haven. From lighting and accents, to walls and decor, green products help improve your well-being and your relationship with Mother Earth. Embrace nature with sustainable indoor decor that promotes a fresh take on design.

All you have to do is Google sustainable indoor décor for a list of companies that specialize in green interiors. You’ll find everything from eco décor and eco-friendly fabrics, to sustainable furnishings, reclaimed wood, and green materials. Browsing the links might give you some awesome ideas to incorporate inside your new Napa Valley home.

If you are looking for that perfect property where you can work on adding a touch of nature inside, all you need to do is contact me at 707-738-4820 or email me [email protected]. As a top producing Realtor® in Napa Valley, I have access to some extraordinary wineries, vineyards, estates and homes in Napa, Yountville, Saint Helena and Calistoga that are not on the open market. The inventory is extraordinary right now and each and every property has spectacular views, the perfect backdrop to bring nature inside!

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