If you’re looking for the perfectly designed beach house, there’s nothing more inspiring than the outdoors.  Take cues from nature and bring elements of the outside in by incorporating shells, wood, plants and woven accessories into your dream home.

A fig leaf plant in a woven planter adds tropical flavor.  Photo courtesy of Coastal Living.

For a more streamlined and modern look, try planting an indoor palm in a sleek, rectangular, white planter box for a dramatic entry like this in celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe’s house.  Photos courtesy of Richard Powers and Heart and Design.

Succulents are easy to care for and look underwater-worldly when placed in a giant clam shell used as a planter. Place it in a fireplace for an unconventional beach-inspired look.

It also makes a great centerpiece for the dining or back patio table.

Reclaimed wood incorporated into the canopy bed and exposed beams adds warmth to this bedroom.

Wood is also a great accent to this Bahia, Brazil living room.  Photos courtesy of Casa.  See more in the Style Files.

A driftwood orb chandelier from Ocean Offerings makes a dramatic statement above the dining room table.

Anthropologie never ceases to amaze with their unique furniture designs like this Manzanita bench inspired by fallen tree limbs and twisted roots.

Now get outside and get back to nature.

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