Feather One’s Nest


Birds and Butterflies wallpaper by Schumacher www.mahoneswallpapershop.com

This week I read about the team of designers helping the Duchess of Cambridge get her new pad, Anmer Hall, ready for the soon to be family of four. Now that’s a good gig.

Ooh the fun Kate and I could have had, browsing little interior boutiques and antique dealers in those idyllic Norfolk villages. No doubt stopping for scones and jam (and maybe mum-to-be mocktails) Sigh. 

But when it comes to royal nesting, the lovely Duchess was, of course, hands on as ever. Evidently she sought professional advice purely to ensure the decor in the 10 bedroom country estate was sympathetic with the grand Georgian architecture. HRH is quite capable of choosing the 'fluffy stuff’ herself, thank you very much.

With the sofas in situ, The Cambridge’s can now patiently await the arrival of the royal stork. But what of the rest of us anxious baby watchers? Well how about we pass the time feathering our own nests, yah? (Panic not, you don’t even need a baby for this joyous event)  

 Forget all that nonsense about bad luck, birds bring instant romanticism into a home and the kind of chirpiness you can’t fail to feel good about. 

It’s not until now that I have realised just how many references I have made to feathered friends at House Candy HQ.  Here’s just a few:


There’s artwork


Wall sconces...


Bird cages...

Oh, and it seems that birds in the bathroom is becoming something of a signature House Candy thing...


Swan Lake wallpaper by Nina Cambell £64 per roll www.amara.com


Flamingos wallpaper by Cole and Son £72 per roll www.amara.com

Flights of Fancy

If wallpaper is just a bit permanent for you, there is a great choice of accessories that aviary home can handle (sorry… was that the sound of water’s breaking?)


Tree cushion £125 www.heals.co.uk




Heron Lamp £212.50 www.oceanlighting.co.uk


Tapestry wall hanging £965 www.therugcompany.com

Daring and colourful, birds bring a bit of the unexpected to an interior. Be it the common garden bird or a camp pink Flamingo. Stepping outside the box and trying something new is where the magic happens. 

So good luck with your nesting Ma’am, I’m sure Anmer Hall will be every bit the stylish and sophisticated pad that befits our favourite foursome. A home where formal rooms designed to host the most glamorous of functions will merge with laid back family spaces. Rooms where a young brood with huge responsibilities can escape the glaring eyes of the world … and no doubt wing 
parenthood like the rest of us. 

Best wishes family Cambridge.



Brought any birds into your abode? Please tell me about it below!






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