March 21, 2010 in Features

Spring designs for birds

Avian motifs dominate retailers’ latest offerings
Kim Cook Associated Press
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Burke Décor offers a duvet in pastel silk by Plum Pretty Sugar. Burke Décor
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On the Web Angela floral vase, $60; Pink Fan ruffled pillow, $39.95; Tara Plateau bowl, $40; Capiz Garden stool, $99.95 Douglas Sheran’s Little Bird pillow, $29.95 Simrin’s floral placemats, set of 4, $48; India Rose Conure doormat, $32; Plum Pretty Sugar duvet, $188; Verdigris deco sparrows, set of 3, $24 Bird canvas illustration wall art, $279; Bird Bath stoneware serving bowls, $49-$59; embroidered bird/nest pillow, $39-$49 First Flight wall decals, $48; bird silhouette hook, $6 Grace embroidered bath towels, $10-$68; dotted Zinnia knob, $8 resin Chrysanthemum wall plaque, $29.95; porcelain filigreed urn, $99.95 Blue crocodile printed leather slipper chair, $149; blue glass bowl, $7.99 P. Waiwiriya’s Sparrow clips, set of 16, $15

The return of birds and birdsong are one of spring’s most welcome signs. This year, retailers are acknowledging this with pretty avian motifs on all sorts of home décor.

Pottery Barn’s collection features sparrow-printed bedding and table linens, embroidered and printed pillows, and even a wall canvas with an antique bird illustration. There are stoneware birdbath serving bowls, and mugs with wee “nests” tucked into the handles.

For a more modern take on the theme, MOMA stocks a flock of perky, colorful bird-shaped clips that could hold artwork or undies on the line.

Urban Outfitters has an interesting set of First Flight wall decals, plus a sturdy hook shaped like a bird’s silhouette.

CB2’s spring line features a striking accent pillow designed by artist Douglas Sheran, who is a member of Creativity Explored, a nonprofit visual arts center for the developmentally disabled in San Francisco.

His bird illustration, in a swath of rich green over black and white, resembles Japanese brush painting.

There are some new takes on popular hues this season. Two in particular look especially fresh:

Blue: The adaptable blues are back in a big way. They’re popping up all over soft furnishings and tabletop pieces. Bright versions give a room a bracing shot of color, while muted versions, paired with white or chalky yellows, are soothing.

For inspiration, check out the Grandeur and Harmony palettes in Olympic Paint’s new Audubon collection.

Anthropologie offers a beautiful ceramic knob festooned with bright blue dots; a set of those would refresh the kitchen cabinets. There’s the charmingly named Grace towel collection, too, in blues and pinks, embroidered with springy flowers.

French blue and Wedgwood blue are elegant tones: Homegoods’ blue crocodile-printed leather slipper chair looks swanky, but is priced modestly.

Pottery Barn’s soft, silky blue throw will comfort on a rainy spring day. Z Gallerie is stocking a French blue filigreed urn, and a beautiful resin plaque embossed with a realistic blue chrysanthemum.

Pier 1 and Homegoods have several unusual bowls in their spring collections that look like melted blue beach glass, as well as new versions of the multifunctional ceramic stool, this year in vibrant turquoise.

Blush: That ethereal pinky peach color often called blush is another important shade for spring fashion; it’ll be just as big in décor.

With any of the new creamier pastels and light woods, it’s romantic and cottage-y. Pier 1 has a floral-printed glass vase and a delicately ruffled toss pillow that fit the bill.

With black or chocolate accents, blush reads modern; its versatility makes it appealing.

Burke Décor has Simrin’s rose-shaped placemats, embroidered with metallic threads; while inspired by vintage fabrics, they have a nice graphic quality that would suit a contemporary place setting just as nicely.

And Burke’s luscious Plum Pretty Sugar duvet set in pink tones looks just like ribbon candy – sweet, like the first taste of spring.

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