July 7th, 2012
Books

Flight of fancy

I love birds. My grandmother was an avid birder and wrote books for children identifying the different species that live outside of Chicago. I now take her old binoculars on my walks and watch the hawks soaring overhead and the Snowy Egrets and Blue Heron feeding at low tide. There is a woodpecker out back, but I have not yet gotten a glimpse of him. I am hoping he is a Pileated. And our lawn is strewn with Robin’s egg shells that we keep in bowls on the coffee table.

I’ve had my eye on the book, above, “America’s Other Audubon”. The author, Joy M. Kiser, tells the story of Genevieve Jones, who in 1886 started a book of drawings of nests in her native Ohio. Miss Jones died three years into the project and her family finished it for her. The detailed drawings are captivating.

Recently, On My Plate, a great blog by Melissa Skoog Dunagan (an old Vogue friend), ran a post on the popularity of birds in fashion and homewares. Not sure I would wear a bird print, but my favorite fabric is by Brunschwig & fils and it depicts birds with thistles- I have pillows and lamp shades made out of it. My desk is covered with white ceramic birds my girls have collected for me and one day, I will paper a room in the fabulous Gracie wallpaper, below.

Gracie wallpaper

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  • Love the Gracie wallpaper! Thanks for sharing!

    Jill Seidner | Interior DesignJuly 7th, 2012  7:03 PM

     

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