The owners of this home love being outside, so they wanted to bring that love of nature and its beauty home with them. To make this happen, they have installed a bathroom with lots of natural features. The floor of the shower is crafted from decorative stones and is made to look like a natural stone river bed. The tile on the walls and the floor help to highlight the natural look of the space with complimentary colors. The final touch is the tub, which is tucked neatly below the window so that bathers can look out onto the scenery while still maintaining their privacy.
This spa inspired bathroom takes its inspiration from nature. With a naturally colored marble sink and a backsplash and floor that mimics the natural serenity of a stone river bed, this space is the perfect place to relax in nature, even when you can't get outside.
For a more organic edging, look to stones. Light colored river rock creates a striking edge between lawn and planting beds. When using river rock for edging, you’ll need to monitor for weeds or grass creeping into beds. To reduce weeds or grass, hand pull or spray. Placing weed fabric under stones can help suppress grass, but it may break through eventually.
Integrating natural components into an outdoor space where children can play, relax and get in touch with their surroundings can be a simple or elaborate landscaping proposition depending on your property. One example is creating a creek bed with river stones that can channel water through your yard while also serving as an idyllic zone for reflection and self-discovery.
A bed of local river stone serves as both a decorative border to the patio and a drainage system that keeps water from the home's foundation in front of the balcony attached to the master bedroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2011.
The stream that bisects this family's front yard is as elegant and peaceful as any stream found naturally occurring. Designed to mimic a stream that might be found in the mountains around the home, small stones line the riverbed, while large stones are placed around the river to give it boundaries, but also to make it look more natural.
A screen made from framed 19th-century engravings conceals the TV when not in use. A root wood bowl sits on a walnut console table, and an upholstered ottoman holds a bowl of Moroccan amber beads and river stones from the Indus River for an organic, natural feel.
Because this stately home is set along the North River, the landscape architects also installed stone steps that would allow their clients to walk right by the water. Shrubs and other plants line the path and offer additional natural texture.
One of the best ways to bring visual interest to your garden says Wade, is to mix materials: boulders, pavers, pebbles, river stone. It not only gives a more naturalistic look, you aren't tied to just one high-cost material, but you blend pricier and more inexpensive materials.
Stone steps lead from the artsy copper gate through a bed of natural rock in this stylish backyard. Stone tile flooring surrounds the lit swimming pool and wicker lounge chairs. A double waterfall feature draws the eye to the far stone wall.
Ornamental grasses add year-round texture, movement and color to rain garden designs. Tufts of blue fescue bring a steely hue to this rain garden and blend beautifully with variegated green and gold sedges. A formal paver stone edging gives the garden a formal look that echoes brick raised beds by the house. Use river rock to complement a rain garden’s water-related theme.
In this modern terrarium, floral designer Laurel LeMaistre used a combination of natural found material, such as birch bark and swirled branches along with petite orchid plants, and polished river stones. Orchids are a staple flower for all modern design, and their simplicity and longevity make them a perfect choice for terrarium work, says LeMaistre, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.