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Motif of the Moment: Feathers

Motif of the Moment: Feathers

Left top: Feathers on display in Hannah Ferrara’s Portland, Oregon jewelry; photo by Tim Robison for Imogene and Willie. Left bottom: Handmade ceramic glazed feather ornaments by Sofia Nohlin via Fine Little Day. Right A bed dressed in Plumes by Matouk by Lulu DK.

New for spring, Matouk introduces Plumes by Lulu DK for Matouk, a large-scale feather print based on one of the best-selling patterns in Lulu’s fabric line. The offering brings us in a new direction, away from last year’s florals and the geometrics that came before.

Informed by the organic, textural nature of the feather, Lulu takes the popular motif and makes it her own, imbuing it with delicacy and movement. She says, “It would be impossible to be an artist and not be awed by bird feathers, its colors and patterns.”
Feather prints and actual feathers have been a fashion and interior design mainstay, right now reflecting the season’s free spirit sensibility. Lulu speculates, “Maybe everyone wants to be a bohemian at heart.” Let’s look at some examples of the feather trend in home décor.


Left: Photo by Virginia MacDonald for Style At Home. Right: Photo by Gia Canali for Domaine Home.

Catherine Therrien, an editor of top Canadian décor magazine Style at Home, used a blown-up peaock feather print fabric for the drapes in her living room, pictured on the left. The large scale patter and dusky blue colorway continue to the area rug on the floor, and is also picked up in some of the accessories, namely the lampshade and vase. Smaller prints on the contrasting colored pillows balance the look.

In the West Hollywood condominium pictured at the right, Stefanie Cove, a managing partner at event production firm Yifat Oren & Associates, takes a feminine approach for her home bar with a feathery, scalloped wallpaper in chalky tones. Wood stools add gravitas while the circular mirror and gold lotus pendant add shine.


Left: Photo by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot. Right: Photo by Michael J. Lee.

Interior stylist Kara Butterfield, whose former apartment in the South End neighborhood of Boston is pictured on the left, revels in the objects she finds in nature. Butterfield makes a point of displaying her treasures in interesting ways, layered in glass or Lucite, or nestled in re-purposed containers. Here, feathers stuck in a clear drinking glass become instant art on the Scandinavian chest.

The photo on the right features a Tudor-style home in the suburbs of Boston designed by Nashville, Tennessee-based designer Stephanie Sabbe. She spotted the framed feather print on Instagram and knew it would be perfect above the slipper chair in the foyer. Sabbe says, “The feather is the new neutral artwork, replacing botanical prints.”


Right: Photo by Laura Makabresku. Left: Photo by Tim Robison for Imogene and Willie.

In the photo on the left, Polish photographer Laura Makabresku decorates her quiet workspace with relics of the outdoors, from twigs hung in a line above a whale print, to a clutch of feathers in an amber bottle.

On the right, jewelry designer Hannah Ferrara, whose company is called Another Feather, used the feathers she’s gathered over the years to create a wall installation. Her collection includes feathers of seagulls, herons, bluebirds, pheasants, grouse, and wild turkey.


Left: Photo by Michael J. Lee. Right: Vita Lighting.

Designer Yvonne Blacker used a framed print of an actual peacock in the mudroom she created for the North Shore Design Show in 2012. The piece, which came from local chain Circle Furniture “set the mood and color palette for my vignette,” she says.

A gaggle of goose feathers are attached to a metal frame to create this dramatic statement light fixture, the Vita Lighting Eos 1 Goose Feather Pendant. Hung above the dining table is softens the dark colors and clean lines of the table. In a bedroom the pendant would add instant romance.


1. 1960s Feather Sconces  2. Lola & Kate Framed Feathers  3. Fallen Quills Dish Towel  4. Vita Lighting Eos 1 Goose Feather Pendant  5. I Can and I Quill Notecard Set  6. Michael Aram Gold Feather Serving Dish  7. DENY Designs Feather Dance Coaster Set by Iveta Abolina  8. Fratantoni Lifestyles Gold Leaf Feather Mirror.