A little bird told me...

Love sometimes strikes us in odd ways. It's the only explanation I can give you for my rather sudden, ongoing love affair with birds, at least when it comes to decorating my dining room.
I never quite got the affection other people had for birds when it came to decorating until a couple of years ago when I realized I was starting to find the motif quite striking ~ I suddenly found myself pulled toward bird patterns and prints. It was then I decided I wanted to incorporate some bird patterns when I redid my house last year.
I really wanted to use a bird-themed wallpaper in my dining room, but failing to find one that tickled my fancy, I went with a large bird-themed wall stencil instead. The stencil turned out beautifully and since then I've been wanting to add some artwork featuring birds to the room. Just recently, I stumbled across a couple of simple, inexpensive bird canvases that I absolutely loved, so I brought them home.
My first idea was to put both of them on the same wall since the wall is so big, but that didn't really work. I had been thinking the top of the secretary needed something, so I put one of the canvases there, added a couple of my blue vases and that worked perfectly.
I hung the other bird canvas on the wall and am still debating about whether to have a frame put around it to make it a tad more substantial. One day I think yes, the next no. What do you think? Frame it or no?
After I found the bird canvases, I came across a lovely light blue bird house that I thought would look great in the room, so it came home with me, too. I put away the tea cup tower display on the sideboard and replaced it with the birdhouse and a pretty candle. I added a couple of other items in the same color palette to finish the look.
All in all, I'm loving my little bird theme in the dining room. I'm trying to keep it somewhat subtle, rather than overwhelming. What do you think?

I am linking to:
Blue Monday at Smiling Sally
Homemaking at Hope in Every Season
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully


  1. My niece has birds in her kitchen and she also loves owls, but not in a crazy-owl-lady sort of way. And my twin sister has a bit of a bird theme in her dining room. They are so cute.

    Your painting is lovely.

  2. Oh, Eileen, I just LOVE all the touches of blue in your place.

    Have a good Blue Monday!

  3. I think your bird paintings are lovely and look fine without a frame. As for placement, I don't know that I have the eye; I move things around in my home on a fairly regular basis. I couldn't help but think, though, how one of the birds might look above your buffet.

    I'm off to reconsider my own artwork placement now!


  4. Love the painting/stencil, Eileen! It's a restful focal point in your room. I have a fetish for birdcages (new ones) without birds, because I feel birds should not be caged:)

  5. How beautiful the bird paintings are where you put them. I like them with or without a frame. Many designers do not use frames these days. I too love birds and have them all over my home.
    Lovely idea.
    xo, Jeanne

  6. Gorgeous bird paintings. I love the first one.

  7. A beautiful bird!

    Trying to catch up with BLUE Monday.
    Your comment is always appreciated and valued!

    Blue Celebration

  8. I love the bird painting! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!


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