Tuesday, January 23, 2018

For The Birds and a Budget DIY

Audubon prints are everywhere. 
They are even being billed as a popular new "trend" on some of the trendiest blogs.

I grew up with Audubon prints so I find them neither new or trendy but classic, timeless and, to me, part of Southern decorating. Always.

But it is fun to see my favorite Audubon prints being used on favorite blogs and sites.

I'm obviously partial to the shore and tropical birds.

I have the Flamingo in my downstairs powder room. 
I've changed things around in there over the years but the big, pink bird stays!

The most recent change in the Powder Room was to paint the mirror and cabinet to match each other and in a fabulous, rich pink. 
SW Grenadine.
It changed the whole room!

The image below was on a favorite blog, Chinoiserie Chic,
 but it is actually in the home of Junell at Seekers Bazaar.

I have the American White Pelican in my Library.
It's a One Room Challenge from a couple of years ago. 
Everything in there is black - the walls, trim, bookcases- and he's the perfect moody guy to watch over things.

Here is Mr. Pelican in a post from a great blog, Forever Cottage.

Jill Hinson Interiors | Audubon Print

Designer Holly Mathis uses BIG Audubon bird prints like nobody's business!
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(That room plus such a cute pooch!)

And just recently, I redid my Entryway and a favorite Audubon print found its way in!

(Sorry for the reflections in all the pictures. The photo shoot trick is to take the glass out. I'm happy I got it framed the first time so that wasn't in my plans.)

I have always loved this pink bird too. 

This one was a DIY and under $25.00!
Yes, big and gorgeous and under $25.00.
Keep reading!

Audubon prints can be expensive but if you want the look without needing the print to be old or rare then this DIY is for you. 
I first found out from the Painted Hive blog about free high resolution downloads from the Audubon Society.
The Roseate Spoonbill in my entryway is 20x30 and  cost less than $15.00 to print on matte photo paper. I spray painted an IKEA frame gold that cost about $10.00.
I sent the image to Walgreen's photo center, added a coupon code for 40% off (they run online coupons constantly!) and picked it up an hour later. 
I popped it in the frame and it was ready to go!

I'll definitely be doing this again!!


  1. I absolutely love Audubon prints Marcie and yours look fantastic in your home! Thank you for sharing your wonderful source for inexpensive copies--what a great discovery. Now I just need to figure out where to use one (or two!).... XO, Elizabeth

    1. Thank you. I hope you can find someplace to use a print or three. The Audubon website is so fun to scroll through and think of where to use them. Can't wait to see which ones you choose!