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“Put A Bird On It!”

Trends in Interior Design happen all the time, whether they circulate in and out over time or simply pop up, make a statement, and then quickly fade. After being inspired by a bird fabric during a recent client meeting, we realized we were seeing birds everywhere! Hit television show Portlandia has coined the phrase – “Put A Bird On It!” Check out their hilarious video linked to the above pictures. Can you think of a more fun trend??? We hope it sticks around for awhile!

Even on Etsy – the “social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items” – it’s easy to find the modern bird motif that seems to be popping up everywhere! Check out these great pillows from ClassicByNature!

And wallpaper – how can we ignore it! You’ll see more great wallpaper images next month, but we LOVE these bird inspired walls by F.Schumacher, Wallnutz, and Osborne and Little.

These great accessories can spice up any space (or outfit)! We love these graphic and colorful plates from Sarah Cihat and this awesome bag from Spread Shirt. Or…this amazing light fixture – talk about flight of the birds!!! Ingo Maurer has a wonderful range of unique and delicate light fixtures which certainly make a design statement in any space.

Can these lamps be any more fun!? We LOVE this gold plated table lamp with birds perching on the limb, along with these oh-so-fun bird motif lampshades wrapped in fun wallpaper by Thomas Paul! Or for a DIY project, check out this delicately painted lampshade showcased on Carol Raley’s blog, Southern Chateau.

Now for a statement…we love how much of a focal point these walls make, especially against the simple furnishing in each space. While you might think that throwing a large pattern on the wall would stir up the overall look of the design, these rooms demonstrate how a focal wall can “ground” a room – establishing a concept for colors, patterns, and textures throughout the space.