Viva Terra - Organic Beauty for the Home

Viva Terra is a serene haven on the web for selecting the most beautiful, tactile, organic wares collected from all over the world. Products that are so completely captivating that it's hard to narrow down your list from what you want, to what your budget actually allows for you to have. Since I love to shop online, and particularly find Viva Terra to be an exquisite experience all around, I've collected a few of my favorites to share with you.

I'm so attracted to succulents, aren't you? My grandparents have them clustered in rock gardens all over their farm in Rhode Island, and I even have a few here in my backyard. We didn't have them when I was growing up in South Carolina, the closest we had were the towering spiny aloe vera plants, hardly a cute little succulent. I enjoy looking at succulents up close, their distinctive patterns, colors, and textures - some smooth, some with peach fuzz, and all pleasingly plump. Viva Terra now stocks a succulent wreath that is hand-assembled into five groups succulents in shades of green-gray, burgundy and silver. I've not seen anything like this before, I really love it! This living wreath is not only eco-friendly, but enchanting. Just add water every six to eight weeks and viola! a wreath that will love you long time, $89. Next, a relaxing lamp caught my eye, the light in the forest lamp with tall reeds that dance delicate light throughout your space, $298. Also, did you see these whimsical twig letters for $89? A bit pricey, but certainly a nice addition to warm up a room.

As a pottery lover, I'm always looking for interesting wares that are more modern and clean than the ones I find at the folksy craft fairs here in New England. That's why I'm really drawn towards the hand-formed dipping set with it's soft sensual curves, in clean white, for $65. For the bathroom, why not gift a friend with the root bowl & organic soaps set, with 100% organic soaps displayed in a small bowl carved from the roots of a discarded Chinese fir tree, $49. Who can resist a handbag? Although this isn't an item for the home, I can't turn away from this cozy red tufted alpaca handbag, a hand-crocheted beauty with seasonally shed horn carved handles, in red or chocolate. $259. With jeans and a charcoal ribbed turtleneck, this red bag would add a relaxed elegance to your ensemble, and hipify it a bit, too. If it's entertaining you love, the slate tray + petal servers will serve you right. Petal-shaped ceramic bowls mix with smooth slabs of natural slate, sold in a set of four, with chalk, $49-69

Finally, two more considerations for your Viva Terra shopping list. The driftwood trivet from natural sculptor Josh Harris, who combs the coasts of Northern California to collect driftwood to assemble into primitive art trivet (how cool is that?), $45. I'm seeing these ladders everywhere lately, and for the price, I think it's a worthwhile object to use in your home. This bamboo towel ladder can display your towels, or you can use it to air dry them. Take it out of the bathroom and use the rungs to drape your favorite magazines in your living room or home office. $129

Do you have any favorites? Can you incorporate more of the outdoors into your indoor space? How do you do it currently (plants, driftwood, flowers, shells, stones, etc.)?

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