We love the English language as much as the next person but, every now and then, we have to hand it to the French. They have a knack for taking the most common words and making them sound (dare we say) so sexy? For instance, designers are currently ga-ga over furnishings with plain and simple organic shapes and finishes that seem somewhat naked to the eye but are dubbed "au naturel" in the land of ooh-lah-lah. Whatever the language, the look's the same. It's naturally fabulous both indoors and out. Horchow's
Woven Table and Benches are handcrafted of textural water hyacinth and mango wood; and each bench is topped with a cotton cushion.
No two West Elm
Natural Tree-Stump solid wood side tables are alike because they're made from naturally fallen cypress tree.
We love the clean lines and natural sensibility that Crate & Barrel's
Bamboo bath accessories lend to the vanity.
If you're into eco-friendly bamboo, you'll be floored (literally) by our True Bamboo. This hardwood flooring is more rustic and natural than those yellow-hued others in the marketplace. That’s because our True Bamboo uses the entire stalk and flattens it out - so each plank looks like the actual bamboo pole. This exotic wood is finished with a bio-based, renewable coating system and has a 25-year wood wear through warranty.
Another floor to take note of is Heirloom Hickory
. This elegant rustic look delivers the best of both worlds. - it has the natural character and subtle texture of reclaimed wood, but is actually a newly engineered hardwood floor that's more structurally sound that conventional solid woods. Heirloom Hickory won't buckle, cup or twist and its cross-grain construction is far stronger than a single piece of solid wood.
Going au naturel never looked--or felt--so good!