I’ve never been shy about proclaiming my love for all things owl-ish, but I must confess to a more general obsession with bird-based goodies. Helene Ige’s Birds of a Feather and Djeco’s Flights of Fancy mobiles were both given to my little one when he was born and I wasn’t able to resist Bold & Noble’s Birds Around Britain print, so his (vaguely) animal-themed nursery has a definite avian twist.
I’m always drawn to birdie buys when I’m browsing online, so here’s a round-up of a few of my current favourites.
Quilts are always popular for nurseries, but can sometimes look a bit twee or girlie. No chance of that with Got Me in Stitches’ super-modern baby quilt designs. The cool grey Birds on a Line ($90, plus $9 p&p) oozes minimalist chic and would be ideal for a neutral nursery – I’d be tempted to display in on the wall rather than use it, it’s so fabulous.
If vintage is more your thing, you’ll love Clare Nicolson’s Dolly Birds – a set of five different-sized bird cushions in fab floral fabric. Not cheap at Â£90, but utterly adorable all the same.
Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage can do no wrong in our eyes – Natalie recently featured one of her board books (these make great gifts). I absolutely adore the bird-decorated baby book and memory box, $50, which contains an album to fill with memories – photos and notes on first smile etc – plus envelopes for locks of hair or hospital bracelets tucked in a handy drawer. How amazing would this be as a new baby gift?
Couverture’s lacquered Pigeon container, Â£35, could sit just as comfortably on a grown-up dressing table as in a child’s room. In fact, I’m eyeing it up as a new home for my collection of cocktail rings.
Birdy Nam Nam’s colourful Birdybirth felt garland, â‚¬18.50, tells the story of a bird’s creation, from egg to bird with impressive plumage, so it could serve as an educational tool as well as a cheerful decoration.
Crochet is seriously hot at the moment. BG fave Anne Claire Petit has created this amazingly intricate bird in a cage (Â£105 – yikes!), but for a slightly smaller price point you can snap up one of these incredibly cute rattles, â‚¬26, plus â‚¬4 shipping, from DaWanda seller Mamachee.
Clotheswise, there’s no shortage of items influenced by our feathered friends, but Brights & Stripes’ rainbow-bright multi-coloured print t-shirt, Â£16.99 (try The Hedgepig or Peter & Jane, and leggings, Â£15.99 – ooh, matchy matchy – are a definite winner. Green Baby’s autumn collection features a sweet birdie print in either pink or chocolate brown on organic cotton blankets, Â£15, sleeping bags, Â£40, sleepsuits, Â£12, trousers, Â£11, and bibs, Â£5, perfect for nature boys and girls. Inner-city babies may prefer the pared-down urban chic of Thornback & Peel’s pigeon bodysuit, Â£15. I’m secretly coveting the cushion, Â£60 – after all, who can resist the charms of a pigeon on a trilby?