Thursday, October 7, 2010

♥ the bird is the word.

bird in flight, el salvador.

if there is one thing i have learned from working in interior design sales, it
is that people can be very particular about how they decorate their homes.
one superstition that has always struck me as odd has been the fact that many
people have an aversion to anything containing birds.

the myth goes that if a bird flies into your house, it means important news,
if the bird cannot get out, it means death. i have also heard that families
with bird decorations in their homes will have daughters that never marry.
(which i am sure to some, is a fate worse than death! )

supposedly, actress lucille ball hated birds ever since 1915 when she was
three years old and a picture fell off her wall, a bird became trapped in
her house and her father died unexpectedly. so, much later in life, when she
happened to notice that the wallcovering in the front hallway of
her 1950's beverly hills home contained small birds within the pattern,
she supposedly had it all torn down even though it was fairly expensive!

and after all of these tall tales, i must tell you, i think birds are pretty magical.
nick's last name (and someday mine) is "ramage" which in french means
"birds singing in the trees."my mom has a love bird tatooed right on
her forearm. one summer a pair of robins built a nest outside of my
brother's window and laid bright blue eggs that actually hatched. my bff thinks of
she and her husband as birds :)

i think we should start a new tradition where birds symbolize
the lightness of life rather than the gravity of it.

here are some of my fluttery favorites:

chinoiserie duvet set, dwell studio

a–twitter wallcovering, new from schumacher.

and of course, andrew bird! duh!

5 ♥ love notes.:

  1. its funny you did a post on birds and the negativity that follows the imagery of birds ... since I'm deathly afraid of birds. I've never heard of some of these myths, but it's quite interesting.

    Although I must admit, some of the images (the bed sheets, pillow, ring) are quite stunning.

    Momma J.

  2. Oh dear - it looks like I'm in for a bunch of unmarried daughters. I love birds in decor (and Andrew Bird). I had no idea about the bad connotations. Good thing I'm not superstitious.

    xo Marissa
    (The Well-Appointed Catwalk)

  3. LOVE those bird duvet covers so much!! :)SarahD

  4. The birdcage duvet set is so it! Great post!

  5. that's what i'm saying! i don't see any problems with birds!



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