River Pebbles

Take inspiration from the great outdoors and use pebbles and river stones to bring a relaxed feel to your home.

When searching for decorating ideas, don’t forget one of the greatest resources available to you – nature. It offers an array of exciting materials, such as feathers, flowers, driftwood and stone, which are all great for creating a stylish interior. Shannon shows you how to create a sophisticated display with something as simple as pebbles.

  • Stones and pebbles come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Their rounded organic form suggests a certain femininity, and even though cold to touch, their form and smooth surface makes you want to pick it up and cradle it in your hands.
  • Pebbles add texture and interest to any table setting. The organic nature of pebbles and stones are perfect for softening the clean lines of today’s interiors.
  • Take three pebbles of varying shapes and sizes, stack them from biggest to smallest, and tie with raffia for a very original door-stop.
  • Put some black pebbles in a clear glass vase, fill with water and top with your favourite flower.
  • Coat your pebbles with oil or keep them wet and their real colours will shine through.
  • Mix different textures by combining smooth pebbles and stones with spiky grasses and weathered wood.
  • Give your stones a fresh look by painting them a very watered-down white wash
  • Melt a dinner candle straight onto the top of a pebble and turn it into a candle holder. Rub a little gold leaf onto the pebble. Gold leaf can be found at art supply stores.
  • Fill the entire decking area by your pool with white pebbles. The contrast in colour of white next to the aqua blue water is breathtaking, and provides a clean, minimalist look.
  • Place some white pebbles around your potted succulents. It keeps the soil moist and looks gorgeous.
  • Pebbles are a non-renewable resource, and should never be taken from the river or the beach. That doesn’t mean they’re an unattainable decorating idea – pebbles and stones are widely available in hardware and homeware stores.

Equipment and Suppliers
Patio Garden Designs
Level 1
66-72 Reservoir St
Surry Hills, Sydney
Tel. 9280 3550

Empire Homewares
18-20 Oxford St
Paddington, Sydney
Tel. 9380 8877

Medina Candles
1/33 Botany St
Bondi Junction, Sydney
Tel. 0410 624 696

Orson & Blake
Cnr. Devonshire and Riley Sts
Surry Hills, Sydney
Tel. 8399 2525

Dinosaur Designs
585 Elizabeth St
Surry Hills, Sydney
Tel. 9698 3500

Planet Furniture
419 Crown St
Surry Hills, Sydney
Tel. 9698 0680

Butchhardt Designs
Tel. 0408 264 964

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