Butterflies bring movement, color – bright and iridescent, whimsy and a sense of exoticism to our lives. They exude happiness and optimism… not to mention a little mystery and elegance. But there are so many pretty butterfly accessories… one can get overwhelmed! So I thought I would only share products I love, that really capture the multi-faceted nature of butterflies, from companies and designers that understand the beauty and innate symbolism of butterflies. Too much to ask of a wallpaper or chandelier? I don’t think so.
Despite the French-sounding name, Thibaut is an American company, first established in New York City in 1886 by self-starter Richard E. Thibaut, when he was just twenty years old. Known for their gorgeous palettes and painterly quality, Thibaut is usually the first place I look for wallpaper and fabric in lush, no-holds-barred floral and faunal patterns.
The slightly tropical Lillian, seen here in blue, and its coordinating trellis Margo epitomize Thibaut excellence.
|Lillian wallpaper and fabric in blue|
|Margo wallpaper in blue|
Lillian comes in six colors, in both fabric and wallpaper, and Margo is available in the same colors but only as wallpaper.
|Detail of Lillian in white|
For a less “decorated” look, I can imagine a cheerful room with one wall papered in Lillian, all the soft furnishings slipcovered in tailored white linen or raw silk and Ingo Maurer’s Johnny B. Butterfly pendant light. Can’t you?Charming Gwen, a wallpaper from Thibaut’s Great Estates Collection, comes in five colors.
|Gwen wallpaper in white|
|Detail of Gwen in blue|
|Palm Beach lamp|
|Barbara fabric in dark chocolate|
|Kelsey fabric in citrus|
|Butterfly Garden in metallic gold|
|Large Gemma chandelier|
|Brown Moth paperweight|
|Dark Green Butterfly glass tray|
|Green Butterfly Luna Moth glass tray|
|Small plate from Amber Leaf pattern|
|Medium plate from Amber Leaf pattern|
|Detail of Butterfly Garden in eggplant|
|Dinner plate from Exotic Butterflies pattern|
|Butterfly Orb adds a little metal to a traditional room.|
Butterflies Live! is a seasonal exhibition in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Conservatory in Richmond, Virginia. It includes mainly tropical and subtropical butterflies and runs until October 14. Admission to the Garden is $11 per adult and $7 per child and includes entry to Butterflies Live!. The Butterfly Pavilion is a permanent exhibit within the NMNH in Washington, DC. Of course, admission to the Museum and the related exhibit Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution is free, but touring the Pavilion costs $6 per adult and $5 per child. So, go be inspired yourself!