Design Trend: Animal Art


Flamingo Watercolor via The Lovely Cupboard
Why wouldn't you want a hot pink flamingo hanging out in your living room everyday? I can't think of a good reason not to have one. Isn't this guy magnificent? Maybe it's not the typical choice to hang in a historic 1940's home...

I don't care; he's perfect.

I'd like to name him, but I'm afraid that might be a little crazy. If I can think of a good name, I still might.

This print has actually been sitting in my attic for over a year. I purchased it for a gallery wall in my dining room that never happened. (That whole room has been on hold for two years. Maybe that's a good thing because I've changed my plans about 5 times so far.) Instead of waiting for the room that will probably be put off a while more, I decided to try it out in my formal living room. He's going to be here a while. I moved the longhorn print I had on my mantel into the office...I figure one piece of animal artwork is the max before it starts feeling a little too National Geographic.
Flamingo Watercolor
Animal artwork has been around forever. (Literally. I mean what else adorned the cave walls?) Lately, I've seen so many great pieces that feel either whimsical or sophisticated.

Just for fun, here is a man's perspective on the topic...

     STU: What are you writing about?

     HEATHER: Animal artwork.

     STU: Oh, like that picture of dogs playing poker and smoking cigars?

     HEATHER: No, not like that...Anything but that.

There are gorgeous animal prints, photographs, and mixed media work available on sites like ImageKind, Society 6, and Etsy. Using animals in art is a great way to bring life and something unexpected to your walls. The choice of animal can work within the style of your home. Exotic animals help bring a global feel. Birds are used a lot in of traditional decor. Horses can either feel rustic or completely modern depending on the composition. Here are a few of my favorites from around the web.
Animal Artwork via The Lovely Cupboard
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Sometimes I see a trend and really like it other spaces but not in my own home. I've fully embraced this one though. What do you think? 

Q: Do you have animal artwork in your home? 

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Nursery Organization
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Organizing a toddler's room turns out to be quite different than organizing one fit for a baby. Perhaps that's just my experience. When Gemma was a newborn I had items in her room perfectly arranged, so I knew exactly where to access them. Once my maternity leave was over, this sweet little utopia of a room quickly became a colorful hot mess. These days my fiercely independent 15-month old wants to do everything herself, including pulling out toys and books. I worked with HomeGoods to reorganize her "toddler room" room that allowed her a bit more independence and me a few corners of controlled clutter.

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DIY Ribbon Table Runner
I keep a stock pile of ribbon on hand for no particular reason. All sizes, colors, and patterns are welcome to hang in my stash. Ribbon is one of those craft supplies that calls to you from the shelves in the store. Even if you don't need any at the moment, you can usually convince yourself that you will eventually. (Is that just me?)

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