By Heather J. Paper
It doesn’t matter whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow last week. Just for the record, Punxsutawney Phil did see his while, here in the South, General Beauregard Lee did not. Seems the North and the South still can’t agree.
But even as record-setting snowstorms continue to pound the country, there are certain signs of spring. Specifically, birds are migrating back at a record pace. Okay, maybe not the real thing—yet. But furnishings with bird motifs are flyin’ off the shelves. Case in point is a new line of pillows from Pottery Barn. I love that these realistic renditions of fine feathered friends are hand-embroidered, against a backdrop of leaves, no less.
Proving that they’re also on top of the trend, Velocity Art and Design carries (at last check) more than 200 bird-inspired items, running the gamut from placemats and prints to a to-die-for Iannone Design Hummingbird Dresser. Among the mix is this table lamp by Thomas Paul, whose designs are always a breath of fresh air. And this one seems the perfect antidote for an already-too-long winter.
Finally, wallpaper with bird themes is nothing all that new but when’s the last time you saw a wall covering devoted to a flock of pigeons? Rare Device is one of my new fave sites; it regularly delivers cutting-edge products and this is no exception. The hand-printed wallpaper, designed by Aimee Wilder, comes in two colors but, personally, I’d be happy with either. I’d wrap a room in it and call it “The Birds,” a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Alfred Hitchcock.
This is my kind of bird watching. No binoculars needed.
Heather Paper is a freelance writer/editor who specializes in all subjects design-related. A contributing writer for Miscelaney, she’s a dog-lovin’, wine-slurpin’ resident of Atlanta who considers Seattle her second home.