In honor of the end of summer (yes, Fall officially begins tonight at 11:09pm), I am dedicating this post to the ultimate symbol of springtime and sunny days: birds. No, I am not talking about those kitschy Thanksgiving turkey platters or the grim black crows of Halloween decorations. I mean the colorful, whimsical birds we associate with warm days and lush gardens.
I reject the idea that decorating has to be dictated by the seasons, just as I reject the rule about wearing white after Labor Day. Just because it's getting colder doesn't mean we have to envelop ourselves in pumpkin- and maroon-colored chenille throws and go all gloomy. I say if there are fewer birds outside your window, bring them inside on your plates and pillows!
Bird motifs have long been popular in home decor, but it seems like they are everywhere these days, from wallpaper to ceramics. But I must confess that I may be particularly attuned to the avian theme lately. Several weeks ago my daughter discovered a bird's nest in our front yard. The mother bird, a grey dove, was snuggled up with her baby (who frankly looked a little old to be still living at home...). What a treat to stumble onto such an idyllic scene so late in the summer! But then, cruel nature reared its head in the form of Dinah: our middle-aged, pot-bellied and gentle (to humans, anyway) Calico cat. Twice this week I opened the front door to find a dead bird splayed across the doorstep. (We can only hope one of them wasn't our Mama's boy slacker teenager from the nest).
Because I can't punish Dinah for following her hardwired instincts, I offer this final tribute to birds before our feathered friends head South.
Shown above top row, left to right:
1. Wooden birdcage mobile from Ferm Living - $89.50.
2. Thomas Paul linen pillow.
3. IIttala's Taika serving bowlsat Finnstyle - $72.
4. Bird wallpaper in a room by stylist Emma Thomas on Desire to Inspire.
5. Blue wrens print by Australian illustrator Cat Macinnes.
Bottom row, left to right:
6. Bird inspired sugar and creamer set by Menu of Denmark. Available at Unica Home.
7. Otomi fabric squares, shown here on stretcher bars. From Jacaranda.
8. Mid-century Danish Royal Copenhagen dish, $98 on Etsy.
9. Ceramic hooks from LAPD.
10. Peacock dinnerware from Anthropologie - $14-$20.
And, we couldn't resist just one more pretty one: John Derian tray from Trillium. $70.