What is it about owls? Maybe it’s the wide eyes, the pretend feather ears or their ability to rotate their heads. Or maybe it’s their reputation for being wise. Whatever it is, they’re a long-time favourite of mine, reflecting in all the owl-based goodies I’m coveting for the little one.
Firstly, there’s a wealth of owl art out there. This deep blue silkscreen-printed tree scene by Lisa Jones is the perfect centrepiece for a nursery (Â£65 from Soma Gallery) while Printspace’s Owl Stack is a hoot (sorry) and could be combined with the equally fab Turtle and Bird Stacks for a contemporary triptych. Prints are $18 each, plus $6 shipping to the UK ($0.75 for additional items). If you’re more wall sticker inclined, Forwalls’ chalkboard owl (above right) is for you. This clever chap is art with a purpose – great for ‘don’t forget’ lists or just doodling – and he’ll set you back about Â£18, including shipping from Australia.
Staying in the nursery, Danish design company MOW Living has an oh-so-modern children’s owl-print duvet set in purple or brown, stocked by FunktionAlley for Â£58, and I can’t imagine anyone not falling in love with Studio Roam’s cashmere baby blanket, designed by BG fave Donna Wilson – at Â£159.20 it’s an indulgence, but it’s sure to become a family heirloom. Zoe Keeton’s fabulous embroidered cushion, Â£40, may never make it as far as the baby’s room – it’s definitely chic enough to earn a place on the sofa.
Enna’s screen-printed cotton Sleepy Owl music box will hopefully have a soporific effect on your baby (a wise investment at about Â£38 including p&p), but if the retro colours don’t do it for you, those lovely folk at Esthex have also launched a funky owl music box by the name of Hendrik, but he’s waiting for a UK stockist – we’ll keep you posted.
Many must-have Scandi brands, including Ej Sikke Lej and Smafolk, have featured owls on their too-cool-for-school clothes – so much so that they’re almost ubquitous. For something a bit different, Evie Lala’s baby shoes, about Â£20 including p&p, are quirky, cute and reversible.