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Bring Natural Design Into Your Home With These Tips & Books from Author Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez

Bring Natural Design Into Your Home With These Tips & Books from Author Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez

There is so much beauty to be found around nature and Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez shares in her debut book, Embracing Natural Design, how you can bring sustainable elements into your living space. Stephanie employs organic forms:stone and wood pieces, and natural weaves with texture, such as seagrass, caning, bamboo, and rattan as well as tropic greenery and flowers to enliven interiors for urban dwelling.

Stephanie has made her name as a designer of furnishings and interiors in warm climates. Embracing Natural Design showcases far-flung stylish homes through beautifully photographed residences, a must-have book for everyone who wants to elevate their homes.

Here are some tips on how to bring natural design into your home from the author herself and a few book recommendations that you can add on your reading list.


Tip #1 from Stephanie: Embrace greenery indoors by adding flowers and potted plants.

Give your space a touch of greenery by adding potted plants indoors. There are several indoor plants that don’t require a lot of attention and direct sunlight such as succulents, pothos, and monstera. You may also opt to make your space more vibrant with a vase of fresh flowers from your local market: these will make perfect displays in your living room or dining area.

Tip #2 from Stephanie:
Add natural elements in your design through wallpapers, textiles and surfaces. This brings beautiful tactility and warmth to a space.

While minimalism might be a safer route, don’t be afraid to explore and add more personality to your space by adding wallpapers, textiles, and surfaces. If these may be too much, you may also try placing framed prints on your walls to add warmth to the space.

Tip #3 from Stephanie: Support local furniture and objects that highlight artisanal craftsmanship.

A space surrounded by delicate objects and pieces of furniture that are sourced locally not only adds beauty to your home, but it makes it more meaningful–it has depth through the beautiful stories and intricate craftsmanship of the artists. Sourcing out local products also means supporting the people behind the handcrafted pieces and uplifting our Filipino culture and heritage.

Tip #4 from Stephanie: Champion conscious design by introducing pieces made of natural, sustainably sourced materials.

Being a champion for sustainable materials doesn’t just make your space stylish or appealing, but it also extends a greater impact that affects the external. This is your chance to be creative as well, you may choose to adopt upcycled items and give them a new life in your space.


Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez’s Suggested Reading list List:

Architectural Digest: The Most Beautiful Rooms in the World by Rizzoli 

“A visual journey of inspiring spaces.”


Rattan: A World of Elegance and Charm by Rizzoli

“A dive into Rattan's history and the old world natural elegance it evokes.”


Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

“An autobiography. The story of a unique business that has stayed true to its values of purpose and sustainability despite phenomenal growth.”


What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

“What I listen to for inspiring essays and truths that are good for the soul. This is what I listen to when I stroll my baby.”


My Life in Full by Indra Nooyi

“A rich and powerful memoir of a respected female leader.”

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