Design Currents: Creatures Great and Small

Animal motifs enliven and strengthen a room, and connect the indoors to nature.

In a Fort Greene townhouse home to Chused & Co.’s Jenna Chused, a painting of an ostrich reinforces the parlor’s serene creamy and sepia tones. Leopard spots animate candles from Studio SFW shop House SFW. A papier-mâché mouse wall mount from Collyer’s Mansion strikes a note of whimsy.

Baby foxes peer from their lair in a faux-bois ceramic stump crowned with branches, a petite vintage planter by Weller Woodcraft from House SFW. A softly colored owl feather embroidered on a natural linen tea towel recalls happy finds on nature walks.

a parlor with an ostrich painting above a marble mantel

Interior design by Chused & Co. Photo by Jeff Holt

leopard spot candles

Leopard spot candles from House SFW. Photo courtesy of Studio SFW

a papier-mache mouse

Papier-mâché mouse wall mount from Collyer’s Mansion. Photo courtesy of Collyer’s Mansion

ceramic planters

Vintage Weller Woodcraft fox planter from House SFW. Photo courtesy of Studio SFW

a tea towel with a feather

Embroidered owl feather tea towel by Coral and Tusk from Collyer’s Mansion. Photo by Will Ellis

Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the Fall/Holiday 2022/23 issue of Brownstoner magazine.

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