Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Birds are no longer the stylized, paired- down silhouettes of days recently past. The new bird revival is all about natural, fully realized renditions. Pretty and sweet, this bird will adorn your walls in prints, and cover your sofas.

Photo Courtesy of Gracie
I have been seeing a return to the classics for awhile now. Pretty rooms with traditional elements are where things are headed. What an elegant statement a hand- painted scenic wallpaper is in a gracious dining room. Gracie, a classic house for hand painted Chinoiserie papers and antiques, is where decorators turn when they want the best. With a material such as this too much is never enough. If you want to make a statement without the commitment, frame the panels and hang them. Browse the stunning artistry on their easy to use site, Gracie Studio

Photo Courtesy of Loise Body Wallprint
This bird could not wait to escape the confines of his cage. Printed on silk, it can be purchased from the shop at Louise Body Wallprint

Photo Courtesy of Mecox Gardens
The scale of this bird painting creates a strong presence in an interior. The majestic pelican shown in great detail adds a bit of fun and whimsy. From Mecox Gardens

Against a painted wall or simple background, a large scale Heron print hung in a pair makes a terrific statement. By keeping the surroundings clean and without too much pattern, these birds have a striking effect. From Hedstom & Judd

Bird paintings from Groundwork look great when hung salon style.

Photo Courtesy of 1st
Check out this stunning 1920's birdcage from Pamela Lerner Antiques, it would be great in a sunroom or entrance foyer. It just oozes charm.

Photo Courtesy of Two's Company
The bird in a cage motif continues. Bamboo accents make this a charming piece to put over a console or in a small powder room. Find this along with other gilt bamboo pieces through Two's Company

Photo Courtesy of Mottahedeh
Virginia Blue, a new pattern from Colonial Williamsburg takes the ever popular blue and white color scheme and adds a shot of pretty. Known for their Chelsea Birds pattern also from Williamsburg, Mottahedeh has created another stunning print based on archived patterns.

Areaware, known for their injection of high design into functional and decorative items is up to their usual whimsical tricks. This pattern, Seconds, is meant to look like the imperfect pieces that get cast off in the porcelain factory. With the bird placements at random and upside down, their imperfection is what makes these pieces fun.

This sweet little settee from Design Legacy gets straight to the point. But do we want to sit on birds, or just look at them? Discuss.

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