Beauty is in the eye of the Peacock

14 Aug

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If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

 I remember as a child turning up to stay with my grandmother, carrying all of my toys in an oil cloth print bag from Liberty’s of London. My grandmother would not allow me to bring the bag into the house, not because it was dirty, but because of an old age british superstition that it is unlucky to have a peacock feather in the house… something to do with the representation of the evil eye….!  But this superstition would not appear to be something which has stood the test of time with the boastful bird making it’s way into the home in many different forms, as we see a reimergence of this icon of 70’s style…. Hear are a few of my favourites… which is your favourite….

The Peacock Chair

The Peacock chair came into existence in western interiors during the late 19th century, with the introduction of Rattan from China.  They were mainly used in the garden or porch areas, regaining popularity in the 60’s and 70’s and making a prominent comeback in the twenty tens!!!.

Seline de Maeyer

No longer do you need to be constricted by the natural cain as they peacock chair has been uplifted to bright Fusia’s and fresh mints to suit any style and personality….such as the chairs from below

Peacock Chair Fushcia

Peacock Chair in Fushcia from

Childs Peacock Chair Mint

Child’s Peacock Chair in Mint –

BOHO CHIC // The Peacock Chair

…or for a more modern take on this design classic….the Peacock chair by Studio Dror (below).

Peacock Chair lounge chair design by Studio Dror 2 Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful   Its Beautiful Lounge Chair from Studio Dror

The Peacock Chair by Studio Dror

Peacock Headboards

From the porch to the bedroom… the peacock headboard….

Kantha Quilt Jasmine

Peacock headboard –

From the classic of the rattan headboard from the (above) to the more contemporary take of Bohemian Home’s printed bamboo headboard (below)….

Peacock print headboard on bamboo –

Displaying your feathers by other means…..

Florence Broadhurst’s Peacock Feather’s print wallpapers and fabrics from Sydney firm Signature Prints

Peacock Feathers

…or the perfect hand embroidered cushion from Tasmanian embroidery artist Tara Badcock….

Tara Badcock Peacock “Majestic India” Cushion.

…..or…. forget the feathers and take inspiration from the colour…..

source interior

Well taking the words of Emerson I shall continue to be that “ignorant peacock” and hopefully bring you some more extraordinary discoveries as I bustle along and continue my colourful journey……. Just don’t tell my grandma!!!

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9 responses to “Beauty is in the eye of the Peacock

  1. EverydaySparks

    August 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Yay, it’s one of my favourite colours, BCD – love it! The chairs are a wee bit OTT for me, but those headboards are fabulous. I remember being creeped out by peacock feathers in someone’s house when I was little – they had them in a vase as if they were flowers, rather than bits plucked from an animal. Creepy! Love this post though 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      August 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you EDS glad you enjoyed it. The chairs are a it out there, but I king of like them in a quirky way, I was trying to ease into the Neon trend slowly 🙂

  2. This Sydney Life

    August 15, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I would like a Studio Dror chair please, BCD. Maybe you could pick one up for me and hand it over when we have cake…?

    • birdcagedesign

      August 15, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Thought you might! Might have to be next birthday! 🙂 gives me another year to try and win lotto!

  3. livingsimplyfree

    November 3, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Love the color, the headboards are amazing and I would happily use a small piece of that wall paper. I couldn’t see it covering a large area it would be overpowering in my space.

  4. chiredesign

    March 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I absolutely love peacock blue – I’m obsessed! And now I have a new obsession – rattan peacock chairs. Gorgeous. Great post!

    • birdcagedesign

      March 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      They are easy to get obsessed about:-) Thank you for stopping by

  5. essenziale-hd

    March 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Great post and LOTS of inspiration! thank you for sharing!

    • birdcagedesign

      March 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you, I am glad that you enjoyed. Thank you for stopping by 🙂


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