Right at Home: Feath­ers soar as a decor trend

The Progress-Index - At Home - - NEWS - By Kim Cook

When you think of a feather, what comes to mind? Pea­cock plumage in flam­boy­ant, irides­cent blues? Or maybe a leafy glade full of for­est crea­tures and woodsy hues?

The nat­u­ral beauty and ex­tra­or­di­nary va­ri­ety of bird feath­ers have made them a decor trend. The mo­tif re­ally took flight last fall in both fash­ion and home, and feath­ers are now emerg­ing in spring decor col­lec­tions, too.

Christina McCombs, an in­te­rior de­signer in Lake Mary, Florida, says she's see­ing all sorts of feath­ers in ev­ery­thing from table­top ac­ces­sories to fab­rics and wall cov­er­ings.

"In re­cent years, we've seen a big resur­gence of na­ture in­flu­enc­ing de­sign, feath­ers def­i­nitely be­ing part of it," she says. "Feath­ers sym­bol­ize new begin­nings and light­ness, mak­ing them a per­fect ad­di­tion to decor for the New Year."

A look at some places where feath­ers have come home to roost:

At An­thro­polo­gie, there's a chan­de­lier crafted out of welded brass feath­ers and a shower cur­tain with a fall­ing feather quill pat­tern. (www.an­thro­polo­gie.com )

Michael Aram's limited-edi­tion feather sculp­tures, in­spired by his fan­tasy of find­ing a large feather dur­ing a for­est walk, are ren­dered in nick­elplated bronze. (www.michae­laram. com )

Jayson Home's evoca­tive se­ries of In­sta­gram-y feather photographs printed on hand­made pa­per are quiet, rus­tic, mod­ern wall art. Speak­ing more loudly at the other end of the style spec­trum is a col­or­ful tray with de­coupaged feath­ers on a gold metal­lic back­ground. Pillows en­crusted with ac­tual rooster feath­ers, in gold or ebony, are play­fully ex­u­ber­ant. (www. jayson­home.com )

Feath­ers are printed in soft blues and greens on birch wood, cre­at­ing a for­est of sorts, at West Elm. Water­col­ored feather medal­lions look like dream catch­ers on an or­ganic cot­ton du­vet cover and sham. (www.westelm.com )

"I've seen a huge feather in­flu­ence in fab­rics and wall cov­er­ings," McCombs says, cit­ing Mary McDon­ald's new col­lec­tion for Schu­macher, in par­tic­u­lar. McDon­ald's Firenze de­sign is based on a Floren­tine mar­bled pa­per.

"While it's not bla­tantly a feather mo­tif, the in­spi­ra­tion is sub­tle and time­less," McCombs says. "I'd love to make a bold state­ment with this and put it on some fab­u­lous win­dow treat­ments." (www.fschu­macher.com )

French wall-cov­er­ings firm Eli­tis has an ethe­real col­lec­tion of feath­ery prints, in­clud­ing Eu­raquilo and Tra­mon­tane. (www.eli­tis.fr )

John Nolan's pea­cock win­dow cur­tain has featherly flair, with a large, color-sat­u­rated print. (www.houzz. com )

And de­signer Thomas Paul uses birds and feath­ers as fre­quent in­spi­ra­tion, in groovy '70s-style de­signs, chic damask, and toile-like pat­terns for pillows and nap­kins. His Feather rug fea­tures an over­size frond-like feather mo­tif on tufted wool, in cream on a deep egg­plant back­ground. (www.jos­sand­main.com )

Tem­pa­per's Feath­ers re­mov­able wall­pa­per fea­tures a feather print on ei­ther a sil­ver or golden "Twi­light" back­ground.

Archival Dé­cor has black-and-white striped feather el­e­ments pho­to­printed on pillows or of­fered as framed dé­cor. (www.archivaldecor.com )

And at Pot­tery Barn, feather sil­hou­ettes be­come bold graphic art on white pa­per, framed in inky black. (www.pot­tery­barn.com )

Is your own cre­ativ­ity ready to take wing?

McCombs says, "One of my fa­vorite uses for the feather mo­tif, and prob­a­bly the eas­i­est, is wall art. I love do­ing a photo col­lage of mat­ted and framed feath­ers. This is a sim­ple DIY project that any­one can in­cor­po­rate into their home and make a chic state­ment."

For a sim­ple how-to — us­ing seethrough frames from a crafts store and feath­ers ei­ther found or pur­chased — go to www.chap­ter­fri­day.com .

This photo pro­vided by Jayson Home shows rooster feath­ers that are dyed a deep ebony hue, then af­fixed to a linen­backed pil­low to cre­ate a strik­ing work of art. Thereís a rec­tan­gu­lar ver­sion as well, fea­tur­ing gold metal­lic feath­ers, backed in vel­vet.

This photo pro­vided by Michael Aram shows a nick­elplated feather sculp­ture that is an ar­rest­ing ex­am­ple of the mo­tif. De­signer Christina McCombs says it’s one of her fa­vorites. ‘I can see this placed on a great con­sole in an en­try­way or placed on a stack of cof­fee ta­ble books on a low book­case.’

This photo pro­vided by An­thro­polo­gie shows a chan­de­lier crafted from brass feath­ers that makes a strik­ing state­ment.

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