'Back to nature' remains popular on many interior design blogs. With up-cycling and recycling a close second, although many of the inspirational ideas go hand-in-glove, killing 2 birds with 1 proverbial stone so to speak. This week I've been doing my usual browsing and have chosen some fabulous posts to share with you; some DIY projects, other super cool furniture and furnishings that will defiantly be added to my wish-list. I simply adore these stools made from wood with a leaf imprint – the tactile smoothness cries out to be touched on a daily basis. As stools they may be a little hard on your bottom but the visual experience is well worth the minor discomfort in my opinion. Summer's arrived and we're heading to the coast in droves! If you've got kids a great way to keep them occupied and safe is to do a little beach combing – the trend is catching on fast and it's not just the kids that are scouring the beach for treasures. Driftwood, shells, pebbles and glass worn smooth by the pummelling of the waves can all be gathered to create tea-light holders etc. A great way to get a few home-made accessories for free. Mindy Miles Greensberg posted about Lights Up a NY company who deign and make light-shades from recycled plastic bottles – take a peek at the post and you'll see that these light-shades really stand out from the crowd; being functional and beautiful in their own distinctive way. This delightful blog, as the name suggests, is perfect for anyone looking for beach and coastal ideas for their home. I particularly like the post Easy DIY Driftwood Mirror. Few words and a couple of of images showing a beautiful drift-wood mirror frame is all that's need to send you rushing off to the coast this weekend. Erin shares some fabulous images of Sabrina Alfin Interiors. As you eye wanders across the images you find yourself looking at some natural accessories – little star fish, shells etc. placed into corners of display boxes which double up as coffee tables – hints of the sea shore abound in this charming post; thanks for sharing Erin :)