Jan 14, 2013

Bird Watching

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds

Photography credits:  1)  Dress  2) Ornaments 3) Cake  4) Pitcher 5)  Glasses   6) Pillow  7) Tray

While Lucy Liu’s floral Caroline Herrerra dress at the Golden Globes last night may have taken it a step too far, I STILL love how bird and floral motifs have been prominently showcased in design and fashion recently. The Japanese scenics that were first used on Kakiemon porcelain in the 17th century adds a touch of whimsy and elegance, whether you are introducing it on a pillow or a platter. It can also make a big statement. I recently added a wall of Gracie Wallpaper to my living room and it brought some of the outdoors into my Manhattan home.

Take Note – If you are using this type of fluid pattern, surround it with solids so the pattern doesn’t get overbearing. For example, we’d mix that gorgeous Fornasetti tray with the solid Vetro Vero pitcher. The pitcher has a graceful beak-like spout, yet its design lines don’t overpower the tray.

How have you used the bird and floral motif in your design? Have you brought it into your party design or designed a cookie with a bird motif? Have you brought the design into your home or your wardrobe? I’d love to hear!




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