Driving home tonight along the road I could see lots of cars bursting with belongings and decorated with surf boards, bikes and even canoes as families headed towards the coast for either a long weekend or their summer holiday. No matter whether you are heading to the sea, country or even the city one thing we long for is a view. We love to soak in our surroundings, to breathe in different air and experience the wonders that this new and exciting place has to offer. Each landscape is natures own gift to us, they have carved their dramatic decor to fascinate and inspire us. Interiors inspired by nature can be just as captivating. At Eat Sleep Live we have a real passion for natures gift since we craft our own furniture from wood that can be hundreds of years old. In a world which is very wasteful, we love to be able to create beautiful pieces of furniture from what is all too often, a discarded material. Looking as strong as the tree it depicts but yet with an unexpectedly soft surface texture, the MeroWings Birch Tree Trunk brings the feeling of adding nature to any living space. [caption id="attachment_5847" align="aligncenter" width="594"] Tree Trunk, Merowings International[/caption] From wood to stone, their outdoor bench has two discrete uses prop them up vertically as a stable seat big enough for two, or horizontally as a classical pouf. [caption id="attachment_5846" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Stone Bench Outdoor, MeroWings International[/caption] Designer Nigel Coates has also been inspired by nature for some of his creations such as his Animalia furniture collection for the Italian brand Fratelli Boffi. He uses materials such as natural wood frames, glass and animal skin upholstery in his collection to make you feel like you're in the desert. [caption id="attachment_5848" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Animalia Furniture Collection, Fratelli Boffi[/caption] This time of year you can't help but be moved by the vibrant colours brightening our gardens. Every day I drive down the road near my home where the council have planted wild flowers, I am sure you have some near you too. Over the last couple of months I have seen such a spectrum from luscious purples to unforgettable red poppies that I can't help but smile. Flowers that women adore was the inspiration behind this incredible sofa which was designed to fuse emotional appeal with arms that will comfort you whilst you relax. [caption id="attachment_5849" align="aligncenter" width="449"] FIORI, Albina Basharova[/caption] We need wild flowers to help one of our own endangered species, the honey bee. The hive of the honey bee with its distinctive hexagonal shapes is celebrated in this beautiful Nectar Lampshade. [caption id="attachment_5850" align="aligncenter" width="586"] Nectar Lampshade, designtree[/caption] Our skilled craftsmen prepare each beam of wood by hand, sanding it to bring out the character of the wood and create a smooth finish. Each piece of wood has its own story to tell, and that story continues once it’s transformed into a beautiful piece of furniture that will have pride of place in your home. [caption id="attachment_5852" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Eat Sleep Live[/caption] This is why we have deep admiration for the work by Greg Klassen who also creates furniture that is timeless and distinctive. His collection inspired by lakes and rivers is gorgeous, such as this Cedar Lake Table made from a hollowed cedar trunk highlighted with hand-cut blue glass inlay is powerfully moving with its great mix of texture and natural tones. [caption id="attachment_5851" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Cedar Lake Table, Greg Klassen[/caption] Utilizing the natural formation of this wooden sculpture is the basis of this piece of abstract art with a tea light twist. [caption id="attachment_5853" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Tree Light, PUJI £99.00[/caption] This tree light is obviously missing a few leaves. But leaves and nature are the inspiration behind the elegant porcelain La Luna collection. [caption id="attachment_5854" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Leaf Votive, IN-SPACES £13.00[/caption] This Terrain Watercolour Candle boasts an unusual botanical fragrance. Its ceramic jar looks like a an interpretation of the beach with it's layered stripes of blue and sand shades and would be perfect for upcycling long after candle life is over. [caption id="attachment_5855" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Terrain Watercolour Candle Earl Grey & Cucumber, Berry Red £25.00[/caption] Interiors inspired by nature is one thing but what about interiors that are alive, or Living Interiors as they are known. Increasingly popular at trade shows and events, elements of their design are also being translated into home furnishings. One of the more popular materials for Living Interiors is moss. Can you imagine stepping out of your morning shower onto the soft and tactile bath mat. What's more the excess water that usually soaks into your mat, will actually keep this bath mat alive. I want one! [caption id="attachment_5856" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Real Moss Bath Mat, dornob.comReal Moss Bath Mat, dornob.com[/caption] Recalling a range of landscapes from Tuscany’s rolling hills to the exotic Amazon rainforests, the Secret Garden Table is a mosaic of a variety of moss and is designed by home furniture company Ayodhyatra. [caption id="attachment_5857" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Secret Garden Table, Design Boom[/caption] These cute grass seating pieces are so enchanting, although I am not sure they would be so magical should a mini beast or two make it their home. I think this furniture by Mindscape is more about design than functionality. [caption id="attachment_5859" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Peddy, Mindscape[/caption] We couldn't end without showing you some showstoppers of Living Interiors by Verde Profilo. Each project this company undertakes is unique as they believe there should be no limits to creativity. They state their designs "make more spontaneous the relationship between the individual and nature." They truly have a passion for nature which is evident in their stunning Moss Design Collection. [caption id="attachment_5860" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Moss Design Collection, Verde Profilo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5861" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Moss Design Collection, Verde Profilo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5862" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Moss Design Collection, Verde Profilo[/caption] If you would like to see how we craft one of natures incredible creations, why not arrange a private viewing of our workshop. Here you will see our team of exceptionally talented craftsman handmaking our collection of furniture. I know we are biased but trust me it's well worth a visit.