Birds of a Feather

It’s finally March, y’all, and you know what that means? Spring is just around the corner—March 20 to be exact (and I am so counting the days). In my backyard, there are some seriously determined daffodils making their way up through the frozen tundra, Backyard Bunny made his first appearance this weekend, and a few cardinals and blue jays have been brightening up the mostly still-bare trees.

At the same time in the design world, bird motifs have been popping up everywhere over the past few months. I’m not sure if it’s partially because of our current collective Twitter obsession, but this season, home decor—from furniture to accessories—has completely gone to the birds.

Charles and Ray Eames House Bird

First up is Charles and Ray Eames’ iconic House Bird. Avid collectors of folk art objects, the creative couple had a similar bird that held a prominent spot in the center of their living room for more than half a century. While the original came from the Appalachian region of the U.S., Vitra has reproduced this prized piece, crafted from Alder wood with a black lacquer finish and steel wire legs.

CB2 Creativity Explored Abstract Pillow

I’ve made no secret about my obsession with pillows, and I really love this one from CB2, both for its cool design, and its back story. This exclusive new pillow—called “Little Bird”—is the result of CB2′s partnership with Creativity Explored, a nonprofit visual arts center in San Francisco where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art. “Little Bird” was created by Douglas Sheran, and features an abstract wash of greens over a black sketch on off-white cotton. The pillow includes the artist’s signature in the corner, and a percentage of the sale of each pillow will go directly to Creativity Explored.

Pottery Barn embroidered bird pillow

A little more classic but still popping with great color are Pottery Barn‘s new hand-embroidered pillow covers. In red, blue or yellow, each cover is incredibly detailed, from the brilliant bird and branch design to the subtle background and fabric-covered buttons on the back closure.

Anthropologie daybed furniture

Honestly, this entire post could be nothing but all the fabulous things Anthropologie has to offer…but I used as much restraint as possible and limited my selection to only two pieces. First is the gorgeously crafted Benoa daybed. Made from mango wood, the daybed boasts a hand-carved tropical leaf design, and is topped off with a pair of equally tropical birds.

Anthropologie daybed

Is this not beautiful? The level of detail here is just phenomenal, and I am always amazed at what talented artisans can create with their hands.

Anthropologie bird rug

My other Anthropologie pick is the Island Song rug. It’s a bold shot of personality for a living room or bedroom, and is available in several sizes…including a 3′x5′ that might just fit in my hallway.

Crate and Barrel bird tiles

With spring comes getting outside again, and I’m really looking forward to sprucing up my winter-worn space. Crate & Barrel‘s four-piece set of terra cotta tiles are a fun and mod way to add a punch of color to an outdoor area, thanks to the bright green background and the silhouetted design.

Kohler Tidings Game Birds sink

Inspired by 19th-century dinnerware, Kohler‘s Tidings with Game Birds sink is decorated with etched pheasant images framed by scrolled and quilted accents. Shown on the Alcott tile-in sink, this would be beautiful in an English country kitchen.

Known for his bold prints, Thomas Paul has expanded his signature style into an exclusive lighting collection with Seascape Lamps. There are loads of colorful shade options for floor and table lamps for a custom look, but I am so in love with the sconces! The magenta hummingbird design is both cheery and cheeky, and would be perfect for any spot that needs an extra shot of light and color.

Complete with bird and birdcage, Urban Outfitters‘ vintage-inspired jewelry stand is such a pretty way to display your baubles. Especially if you’ve got a significant earring collection. Available in several colors including turquoise, above, the stand is made of iron and features scroll accents that would be ideal for hanging necklaces.

5 thoughts on “Birds of a Feather

  1. I do like the Charles and Ray house bird. I managed to see it last fall in the Aron Design Store in Budapest. Thank you for bringing some early springtime into our lives.

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