Designer Tip of The Week: Decorating with Natural Elements

Time Several Hours

Budget $ $$$

Skill Level

WORDS BY The Havenly Team

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Published on July 30, 2015

It’s no secret that Havenly’s designer, Becky, has beautiful style, but she also has the inside scoop on decorating with fresh florals! Becky Shea is a design consultant and lifestyle curator in New York City. Her career began in Manhattan, where as a visual merchandiser for brands like Levis and Elie Tahari, she designed memorable lifestyle displays for their New York flagship locations. Since then, she has created timeless residential and commercial solutions for clients in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. In 2014, her brand evolved to include the successful launch of her lifestyle line, Fishtail + Mums at West Elm Market in in DUMBO.

Here is what she has to say about decorating with natural elements in your home:

“When your home gets together with organic, living elements–magic happens. Every home should have something living, because it’s the easiest way to bring that corner of the room lacking that “little something” to life with minimal effort. Bringing natural elements into the mix can give your existing furnishings and room a fresh update that simultaneously soothes the soul. The local market is a perfect place to find inspiration, and becoming friendly with your local florists is a great way to get the inside scoop and freshest pickings! These images give you an inside glimpse of my home and the arrangements I’ve curated in 2015.


While curating, keep these thoughts in mind:

1. Mix and match floral fillers, (Baby’s Breath is a fantastic one) these can stretch your dollar and give you a bulkier bunch. They also live a little longer! Some other swoon worthy fillers that I love include Yellow Aster, Green Dianthus and Nagi.

2. Find inspiration at your market and use produce to accessorize your furnishings- artichokes, lemons, and tangerines are my favorite!

3. Succulents are a home run, easy to take care of and live a lifetime. They require minimal water, care and 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. I love these on my window sills and often find myself moving them around the apartment to get a glimpse of their beauty from a new angle.

4. Coffee tables, accent tables, dressers, windowsills, and countertops- doll them up with organic, livings elements! This is an easy and inexpensive way to “freshen” up your space and give those existing pieces an update that will make you and your guests feel right at home.”

Thank you for your fresh perspective, Becky!

Happy decorating,