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Home Decor Trends: Birds Take Flight

I’ve noticed that birds are popping up a lot in the home decor trends for 2015. We like the look so I’ve done some bird-spotting to share bird decor images and inspiration with you. Our six cats like the bird decor trend too but hmm… I think maybe for a different reason!

Decorilla’s reviewAntique French Armoire carved bird of best design trends at Maison & Objet’s 2015 show in Paris said: “Birds are everywhere – textile patterns, porcelain, crystal, plastic, paper…” A little bird told me that bird themes also rocked the 2015 Las Vegas Market. Of course, birds aren’t new in home decor. We often see carved birds on our antique furniture, like this detail on an 1890 antique French armoire in the Normandy style.

Vintage Bequet vaseSimilarly, this vintage Bequet vase (in our gallery now) is hand-painted with the bluebird of happiness. For thousands of years the bluebird of happiness has been a symbol of prosperity, cheerfulness, good health, and renewal of springtime.

The extravagant blue, white, and gold hand-painted vase, dating to the 1950s and signed by the famous Belgian ceramics manufacturer Bequet, reminds us that a beautiful bird will always look classic.

But everything that’s old is new again, right? Now birds are flying into home decor in every way you can imagine and in every style.Galbraith & Paul wallpaperThis Galbraith & Paul bird wallpaper shows just how enchanting the effect can be. I love this for an accent wall or perhaps in a hallway so you walk through an aviary of birds as you move through the house. The wallpaper might be a bit too busy for a large room, though.

Bird Tapestry DecorWe just started stocking new high-quality tapestries and this timeless tapestry caught my eye. The bird tapestry is designed by an English artist and the thing I like about tapestries is that they are so flexible in your decor. You can move it between rooms to give a fresh look to different spaces, and even take it with you when you move. (Tricky to do with wallpaper!)

Gray flower and bird pillowA throw pillow is another soft furnishing that just invites a bird motif if you are feeling nesty! This bird throw pillow (created with a French textile, but finished in the United States) comes in several colors and it would charm the birds out of the trees in any style of decor.

Dale Tiffany Peacock LampDesigner Rachel McCann said that while birds of all types would be important in accessories in 2015, the peacock would be one of the strongest motifs.  Peacocks are so classic and elegant, as in this sculptural peacock Dale Tiffany table lamp with a peacock cast bronze base. The hand-rolled art glass shade with a peacock feather design adds to the theme.

pheasant hunting style chandelierWe just started carrying some beautiful chandeliers and sconces based on antique Black Forest designs. I’m not surprised that I found one flaunting pheasants! Made in the USA, they are cast in resin with gorgeous details as you can see in the foliage and feathers of these handsome pheasants. The chandeliers look like carved wood and they have a nice weight to them – perfect for your Hunting Style decor!

Quail bird bookendsThe same company also casts bookends with very realistic decorative designs. This pair of quail bookends shows just one of the many types of wild animals, birds, dogs, and horses.

Bird of Paradise hand-painted VaseFinally, I just have to show you this beautiful new hand-painted Bird of Paradise vase or urn. It’s from the Chelsea House collection that we are also now stocking, which is part of Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture. The lidded porcelain vase stands 19″ high and the hand-painted birds make a stunningly colorful impact.

I’d never suggest that anyone should flock to buy bird decor just because it’s a trend. But to me it’s not a trend that will ever fly out of fashion. Bird designs are timeless, chic, and always alluring. What do you think? Does bird decor sing for you?

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

All About Bequet…

Hubert Bequet began creating beautiful ceramics in 1926 at the Belgian ceramics manufacturer Auguste Mouzin et Cie (AMC).  (This manufacturer was later renamed La Faencerie de Wasmuël, which operated from 1878 to 1951 in the southwest coal-mining region Borinage region of Belgium.)  AMC was known for fine quality ceramic pieces and specifically for their 1910 introduction of mass production ceramic mantle clocks.

 Bequet opened his own ceramics production factory in 1934 in Quaregnon, incorporating everything he had learned at AMC. The apex of success for the factory was in 1963 when it employed 150 workers, but eventually closed its doors when the pottery and its director then began to experience various problems. The large factory closed in December 1982. Hubert Bequet did however continue to produce pottery in a small workshop, “The Ceramics of Borinage”, until April 1985 before closing for good.

Known not just for his colorful, high-quality ceramic pieces with gold rims and elaborate decoration, Bequet also brought mass production to the forefront of the ceramics industry.  Early pieces were either unsigned or imprinted with Belgique and a model number. Pieces  made later on were marked with “Made In Belgium: H. Bequet Quaregnon.”

Below is a slideshow of sample Bequet work.

Bequet ceramic piece

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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