Looking for alternative ways to bring the great outdoors inside?
But there’s plenty you can do to add a natural touch to your interiors…
1. Peacock feathers
One of the big trends for Christmas decorations again this year, with vibrant blues and greens, peacock feathers are a perennial favourite to brighten up homes.
Rather than follow a peacock around all day waiting for it to shed its tail feathers, head to online stores such as The Feather Factory, where you can buy a bunch to pop in a vase or frame.
With no crowds, autumn’s a fab time for a trip to the seaside, to take blustery strolls along the beach.
Keep an eye out for intricate pieces of washed up wood, the bigger the better.
From great big banisters to small sculpture bundles, driftwood’s a quick and eye-catching way to add a little nature to your home.
3. Autumn leaf mobiles
A great way to entertain kids and grandkids is to take them on a woodland walk and task them with collecting the prettiest fallen leaves they can find.
Sycamore trees are great for this as their leaves go the whole gamut of reds and yellows.
Back home, you can thread them together into ‘mobiles’ to hang, or use them for making leaf print paintings for the walls.
4. Dried teasels
Keep your eyes peeled on your autumn rambles for these spiky little dried flower heads, which look brilliant in a tall vase, or sprayed silver and gold as Christmas decorations.
Even better, as they provide a home to wildlife, get some teasel seeds and grow your own in the garden. Just try not to prick yourself!
The classic scented oranges of Christmas, you can make them easily by poking cloves into fresh oranges and then hanging them in a cool dark place to dry out for about a week.
Not only do they look great, they make natural air fresheners too.
Bit of an obvious one, but there’s lots you can do with flowers, from floating petals in a bowl of water, to pressing them and decorating cards or popping them in picture frames.
A bunch of pale pink late summer roses hung upside down with string will dry into a pretty feature – or peel the petals off to make your own bowl of pot pourri.
7. Herb pots
Think small pots of thyme and rosemary, those great seasoners of roasted root vegetables, lining your window sills and filling your house with their winter warming scent.
8. Grow your own avocado
Another great one for kids: you can either suspend an avocado stone over a jar of water with toothpicks, or just half plant in a small pot of soil and keep well-watered in the dark.
When it starts to grow, bring it out and pop it on a windowsill for a home-grown houseplant and great little talking point.
9. Pumpkins and gourdes
Pick-your-own farms around the country, like Garsons in Surrey, are open for you to come and choose your Halloween pumpkin.
But don’t overlook the mottled green ones and their close relatives, knobbly gourds, which make excellent autumn displays.
10. Holly and ivy
You’ll no doubt by now have a secret, go-to holly berry spot, where you pick your own branches to decorate the house at Christmas.
Who wants to pay handsomely for the same thing at a garden centre?
Keep watch on your patch and don’t gather too early or it’ll dry out. Same goes for ivy.
11. Butterflies and bugs
Slightly macabre, admittedly, but dead bluebottles, butterflies, ladybirds and even wasps you find on your windowsills (poor things) can actually make pretty interesting displays in glass cases.
More fiddly, but more impressive, are rows of butterflies stuck in a box frame on the wall.
Your other half might moan at you for ‘bringing more rocks home’, but on your beachcombing expedition, you’d do well to collect some smooth grey beauties and pop them in a glass bowl to bring instant zen and coastal chic.
You can also embed them in footpaths or use them to line flowerbeds.
13. Log fires and candles
Collect kindling and make full use of your fireplace to get that cosy Danish ‘hygge’ feeling. Same with candles.
Nothing says natural beauty like a flickering flame.