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Feather Your Nest – Find of the Week

Feather Photo Wallpaper by Federkern at WayfairUK

As I type this the dawn chorus is in full flight, with my kids on school holidays I am up with the lark to write, although here in suburban Nottingham it is more often the relentless chattering of a tiding of magpies. If you can’t beat them join them, so inspired by the dawn chorus,  I’ve picked out some stylish feather interiors.

Let your interiors fly with these feathery friends. Pictured above is Federkern Photo Wallpaper an imaginative way to create a feathery feature wall in your home.

Below lots more feather interiors pictures, wall art, cushions, mugs and rugs guaranteed to help your home take flight. I have my beady eye on the peacock feather rug. You?

What birds do you have in your garden?

Feathered Home Accessories

1. Graham and Brown Feathered Friends Photo Frame  2. Artist Lane Feather Shield by Ayarti Wall Art

3. Feathers Cushion Cover  4. Birds of a Feather Bird Stickers by The Binary

5. Buttercup of London Scandi 10cm Fine Bone China Feathers Mug  6. Safavieh Gregory Peacock Feather Hand Tufted Rug  7. Esprit Home Feather Beige Green Novelty Rug (also available in rich red and silver).

Which quote describes your home?


I Like This Place… wall art by Bookishly at WayfairUK.

I like to think that home inspiration can come from all kinds of places, books, films, clothes, nature and travel, I think a house becomes a home when it has things that tell the story of its inhabitants. But I also know feeling at home is a very personal thing and that for some, having a space free of clutter and belongings is what makes you feel at home.

Since I started to blog more about homes, I started looking for quotes about homes and homemaking as inspiration. The same ones seem to crop up over and again, and they can be a bit didactic, so it was refreshing to find this one.

Good old William Shakespeare. I wonder what he would have made of my house? The quote is from As you Like It, a title which in itself arguably sums up exactly how a home should be. I love that it is down to earth and practical, but has wit, fun and frivolity. That’s exactly how I picture my home.

Bookishly has a huge range of wonderful quotes about home and much more, their wall art is inspired by literature, from The Great Gatsby, to Sherlock Holmes, to The Wizard of Oz, to Little Women, there are lots of beautifully presented quotes to choose from.

This is a classic, so much so I had forgotten it was a quote from The Wizard of Oz.


There’s No Place Like Home, from The Wizard of Oz

I love this wall art featuring William Morris, and I try to abide by it, but generally fail, so I am not sure I want it on my wall, but maybe I need it!


Have Nothing in your Home, wall art by Bookishly at WayfairUK

Alice in Wonderland might be more fitting, depending on your household’s sense of humour.


We’re All Mad Here, from Alice in Wonderland

But for the ultimate in romantic homefelt sentiment, you can’t beat this quote from Jane Eyre. Sadly I remember reading Jane Eyre in my summer holiday to Tunisia, with an ex boyfriend, while preparing for my second year doing English at University – funny how memories stick to things – so I am going to stick with Shakespeare’s wise words for my home.

Jane Eyre

Whereever you are is my home, wall art from Jane Eyre

There’s a lovely story behind the production of Bookishly wall art too, each piece is unique as the background page is randomly picked from Shakespeare’s Complete Works. The team at Bookishly hunt down lovely old yellow papered books in second hand book dealers and charity shops. The frame is handmade in England by a local family business and has no glass so you can feel the lovely old page. The frame hangs flush to the wall or can stand on its own, making it perfect for a bookshelf.

Which quote best sums up your home? Do you have a mantra for your house?

I’ve gathered a few more I like over on Pinterest too.

Follow Penny Alexander’s board Home Quotes on Pinterest.

Through the Keyhole – South Carolina Gullah Art Home Inspiration


I don’t know about you but I love to look around people’s homes. This has inspired a new feature on A Residence, Through the Keyhole. The lovely thing about being a blogger is making new friends online, but you don’t always get to meet or do the simple things like pop over for coffee.

Through the Keyhole gives you a chance to do just that, have a sneaky peak inside someone else’s home. I’m not going to tell you who’s home this is, except to say she is a great writer, her blog like her wall art is full of colour and love and that she no longer lives in the UK, but I will take you though the keyhole to her blog later if you can’t guess, or if you’re curious, which I am sure after reading this you will be.


American Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of each November. For seven of the eight years that my husband and I have been together, we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving in the States. We’ve flown with our young son from the UK to South Carolina – a full day of travel – to spend time with some of our closest friends.

South Carolina is a wonderful place. We gather on a small island, accessible only to homeowners and holidaymakers renting one of the seafront houses. Deer roam freely, dolphins swim off the beach, and large alligators in the marshes keep the golfers on their toes. We fill our fridges with beer, fill our bellies with fresh shrimp and oysters, and fill our hearts with music, laughter and love. It is my favourite holiday.


Last year, for the first time, we couldn’t make the trip. We had just moved from the UK to Australia. My husband was settling into his new job, our son was starting at a new school, and I was busy getting all our boxes unpacked. It just wasn’t possible. So we had to celebrate Thanksgiving with just the three of us, alone in a new land.

Luckily, wherever we go in the world, we take some reminders of South Carolina with us. Every time we have been there, we have picked up a new piece of art at a wonderful place called the Red Piano Gallery.


Red Piano stocks only Gullah Art – paintings, drawings, sculptures and woven sweetgrass baskets made by the descendants of enslaved Africans who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia.


Gullah culture is bright and beautiful. When you draw up outside the Red Piano you park by a metal tree covered in blue glass bottles – a way of wardingoff ‘haints’ or evil spirits. Inside, the works of art are infused just as deeply with colour and meaning. Many of them are painted on pieces of reclaimed wood or corrugated iron, and the subject matter often reflects some of the main focuses of Gullah life such as food or music.


Some people might look at our Gullah art and turn their nose up at it. They may think the pictures are too naïve or roughly executed. But every single one of them has helped turn our new Aussie house into a home. The purple watermelon that hangs in our kitchen, the blue crab that sits in my office, and Benny the Blues harmonica player, who greets you when you walk in our front door… We love them all.



I am not sure when we will next be back in South Carolina, but I am so happy that we have brought a little part of that sweet place with us. It always makes me smile.


I love that today’s Through the Keyhole mixes treasures from this families travels into their home decorating, to make a home from home wherever they travel.

Have you guessed whose house this is yet? Do you want to go through the keyhole and find out more?

Okay, time to put you out of your misery, *puts on best Loyd Grossman voice* Who would live in a house like this? Let’s go through the keyhole …just click it.


To take part in Through the Keyhole, please contact me using the links in the sidebar or in my About Me page.

As regular readers will know A Residence is now part of Wayfair, the homes and interiors online store, for more wall art inspiration, check out all Wayfair’s wall art, and some unusual wall art inspirations.

Keyhole picture credit