Architecture & Design // 5 min Read

Behind the Design: Using Natural Elements

Written by Palmetto Bluff

Aug 19, 2020

"Bringing the outdoors in" is a popular concept in classic Lowcountry architecture. With unparalleled views, cool breezes from the May River, and a temperate climate in the winter, many of the homes at Palmetto Bluff are made for year-round living with features like raised front porches, private courtyards, expansive screened porches, fire pits, and more.

In addition to outdoor living spaces that provide a connection to your natural surroundings, incorporating natural elements like wood, leather, stone, and organic textiles into your interior design results in a beautiful aesthetic that is on-trend, calming, and timeless.

Part of the Builder Guild Collection and built by Brightwater Homes, this Mews home is a great example of how you can bring the outdoors in with textures and accessories inspired by nature. Interior designer Mikaelah Seifrit from Southern Grace Interiors uses wood, leather, and woven accessories like throughout the home - creating a classic, comfortable Lowcountry retreat.


The soft, neutral tones of the cabinets create a restful feel in this kitchen. The open shelving elevates crisp, white dishes to an artful design element in the space.

Dining Area=

In the dining area, bamboo windowpane-style chairs soften the geometry of the trim details. Simple line art, framed to match the chairs, ties the room together without being visually overwhelming.

Living Room Leather Chairs=

The simple mid-century shapes of the furniture pieces balance with the heavy texture of woven leather chairs, stone coffee table, nubby fabrics, and plush down pillows, creating a cozy space perfect for fireside chats and a good book.

handwoven Bed=

The warm, natural tone and texture of the raffia bed frame contrasts with the cool, deep blues to complete a well-balanced and harmonious space.

Guest Bedroom Wood Accents=

The rich hues of the leather and wood accents are picked up in the intricately patterned rug, livening the muted grays in this bedroom.

Kitchen Pendants=

These fun, natural seagrass pendants tie together the nearby organic elements found throughout the well-defined spaces of this open floor plan.

Guest Bedroom Wood Leather=

Wood and leather are used sparingly, but with great impact, in this high-contrast, heavy-textured space.

Woven Chairs=

Similar to the dining area, these wooden chairs with a unique geometric pattern add a welcome organic element to the crisp architectural geometry in this space.

Guest Bedroom Cabinets=

The cool colors of the cabinetry and paint are balanced by the natural warmth of leather and rattan décor, creating a small space that is big on style.