I must admit, I am a lover of birds. I can't help it. Even though when I was younger I was led to believe that birds are bad luck and a bad omen -- a sign of death or misfortune.
I never believed this superstition. And when traveling in Greece one summer, I noticed all my relatives had live birds in cages on their verandas. So that theory for me went out the window.
The colorful lemon yellow of the American goldfinch, the vibrant fire red of the male cardinal and even the female cardinal with her orange beak are intriguing. What about the blue jay? Although a bully at the feeder, his bright blue variations are always beautiful to see.
Whether by watching the social scene at the feeder or being inspired by how our feathered friends are used in design, I am a lover of birds.
Using bird design in décor can be easy, fun and whimsical at the same time. Without going overboard, a few simple ideas for the bird-lover can enhance any living space.
Here are a few ideas to spark the imagination:
Wall art: Collect a few driftwood branches or tree branches, fasten to the wall in a grouping of three, or one if you prefer. Then set a collection of ceramic white birds upon them or in color of your choice.
Exterior décor: Create some interest with a brass bird door knocker to greet guests at your front door.
In the bathroom: Create a conversation piece in the bathroom. Using a tree branch and a bird ornament (found at a local craft store), secure the branch to the wall.
Another bathroom idea is to use a bird bath as a holding table next to the bath tub for bath salts, washcloths, soaps and lotions. Or place colorful sea glass in the center of a stone bird bath and add a round piece of glass to the top, creating an end or side table.
Interior décor: Accent pillows with birds or a bird cage are a novel idea to add a punch to a plain sofa and to display your interest in the subject.
While decorating with a theme or a novel idea is always fun and interesting, some advice to keep in mind, stay on the lighter side of accessorizing and avoid the overindulgence bug. Uncluttered and tasteful, not tacky, are words to remember while using your passion as a decorating topic in your space.
Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs and RAW Furnishings, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/daley decor. She also blogs at debbedaley designsllc..