Decorating & Design

December 3, 2012

Owled Out

Am I the only person who is owled out? This season, the motif of the moment appears to be owls. In the past week alone, I’ve received a slew of press releases featuring owl this and owl that. Every website I browse also has some sort of owl ornament, accessory, ceramic piece or textile inspired by that cute nocturnal creature.

I wonder who decided the owl should be the “it” motif of 2012? What will we do in two years time with all the owl objets we’ve acquired? Will we still want to arrange our flowers in owl vases, drink our coffee from owl mugs or cosy up against owl cushions?

Portlandia’s Put A Bird On It spoof illustrates my point quite effectively.

Don’t get me wrong — as an editor of all things decor and design, I love the notion of bringing nature into the home and taking inspiration for our interiors from the great outdoors. But sometimes, a theme or motif just gets too darn gimmicky. At this point, I don’t give a hoot about the owl.

With that said, there are some very compelling owls on the market right now, and I’ve rounded up a few of my faves below:

Glazed Tawny Owl from Anthropologie.

Nature Nursery Owl from Anthropologie.

Caviar Owl from Anthropologie.

Owl Pillow Cover from West Elm.

Owl Dessert Plates from West Elm.

Owl print from Natural Curiosities.

What do you think of the owl motif? Comment below! Any guesses as to the next big trend for 2013?

Photo credits:
1. Glazed Tawny Owl, Anthropologie
2. Nature Nursery Owl, Anthropologie
3. Caviar Owl, Anthropologie
4. Owl Pillow Cover, West Elm
5. Owl Dessert Plates, West Elm
6. Banzanini Owl Studies 1, Natural Curiosities