{of birds & butterflies}


Completely charmed by Parisians Colette & Pierre’s Ceiling Bird . . . After a visit to the Château d’O in Normandy, Colette fell in love with a flock of ceiling birds that appeared to be holding up the crystal chandeliers in the Château, and immediately set off to recreate a similar effect with the help of an artist friend who was commissioned to paint the elegant bird in their Paris dining room.

The effect is magical.

Reminds me also of the stunning silver-leafed ceiling adorned with silk butterflies from an earlier post . . .

{images: top – apartment therapy; bottom – photography by Leah at More Ways to Waste Time}

18 Notes
  • how pretty is that?! i love it!!!
    your posts are always beautiful and inspirational.

  • Wow, so amazing!

  • Paloma & Lisa – how lovely it must have been to see the silver butterfly-scattered ceiling in person.

    Heidi Ann – you’re too funny. Would love to see photos of your future ceilings if you decide to use these ideas.

  • grannysmithgreen and songy – surprised by the adjectives, “disconcerting” and “sinister”, but after coming across The Birds on television recently, can maybe understand where you’re coming from :)

  • I need to have this. I must find a way!

  • It is magical! Breathtaking photos. I wish I had a chandelier, sigh!

  • These are fantastic…so beautiful.

  • Oh my goodness, this is beautiful – especially the butterfly one. It is giving me ideas, although our ceilings are probably a bit too low for it to work …

  • I saw the butterfly room as room. It was ethereal. I remember falling in love with the rock crystal wall sconces as well. If I could have snuck them out in my purse…..
    Lisa & Alfie

  • Hello, I am announcing it now….I will be stealing these “ceiling” ideas, without the least bit “guilt”! :)…with grand hopes that versions of both will grace future ceilings of mine!!!…Just exquisite!…..heidi XO

  • so magical that it feels a little sinister. hmmmm

  • OMG ! Thank you for sharing this… this is wonderful, really.

  • Beautiful and magical indeed!

  • Absolutely amazing, yet a bit disconcerting.

  • these are really enchanting.. I love them!

  • What a great idea with the bird. That is so whimsical! I was lucky enough to see the second room with the butterflies in person at the San Francisco Decorators Showcase House back in May. Pictures don’t do it justice. It was gorgeous!

  • Magical is the perfect adjective for this art! I love it:)

  • Really beautiful!!!
    Great post!

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