Sunday, September 19, 2010

Flights of fancy ...

I have been seeing birds everywhere! No, not like in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. These are the adorable birds that are popping up in fabrics, art, wallpapers, home accessories and jewelry. I even noticed that one of New York’s hottest young fashion designers, Michelle Smith, has them gracing her Milly luxury label website.

It seems our little feathered friends are flocking the retail markets. So, I may have to bring home more of these beauties like the ones below.

The sweet, 100% linen Chinoiseri Long Pillow (above left) is $98 from Dwell Studio. It measures 24" x 12" and includes the 100% feather down insert. West Elm's Vintage Bird Duvet Cover and Shams (above right) sell for $29 - $139.

The dramatic Floral Birds wallpaper by Antonina Vella for Seabrook Designs (above left) combines black, metallic and white at $162 per roll at Burke Decor.

I never thought I would be attracted to a wall decal, but these birds on a limb are just too cute! Designed in Denmark and made in Europe, this wall sticker is super easy to apply to just about any flat surface. The Love Birds decal is $96 from Cosmopolitan Outlet.

Drooling all over a plate is generally a bad thing, but I can't help myself when it comes to this Lovey Bird Plate from Mordenti Pottery (above left) that is sold on Etsy. If you want a similar bird in your hand (each plate is unique), you better be quick. This potter's work is in high demand and sells the moment it's posted. I am seeing the Aviary Fabric from Duralee (above center) all over high end furnishings in the US and EU. You can buy it in five different colors (including maize shown) from Calico Corners at $21.24 per yard. I wish I were decorating a young girl's room, because I adore the Little Bluebird (above right) that sells for $25 on Etsy. The artist, who sells under the name of Folk Art by Kerry, infuses this handmade, primitive sculpture with rustic elements to add whimsy and charm.

Both of the endearing watercolors above are from Mincing Mockingbird and sell on Etsy for $18 each. The art is printed from the original watercolor, signed by the artist, and centered on a sheet of professional, digital art paper. This artist cleverly names each piece, like 'A Vague Sense That There is More to Life Than Eating Gnats' (left) and 'Looking at Clouds as an Acievable Destination' (right).

I'm thinking that the Spotted Sparrow Branch Necklace (above left) designed by Smile Sophie would be a perfect gift for a favorite friend. A lovely, simple sparrow hangs from a sterling silver branch and is attached to a delicate sterling chain. It sells on Etsy for $15.

Okay, so you want to know what I've already purchased? Four of the ceramic 'Sitting Birds' plaques (above right) have made their way to my house. I actually bought them for a decorating job I worked on this summer in Florida, but decided to go a bit more tropical. So, I had to keep these. (Oh, what a shame!) They came from Hobby Lobby, a great little store that has a good selection of wallet-friendly home accessories.

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