A Mom & Daughter Day at Teafarm

Yesterday was a beautiful day, a perfect Mom-Daughter day to spend at Teafarm. Have you been? If not, it’s definitely an outing to make.

Here’s a little of what we got to enjoy…

Blue skies and bright sunshine.

Beautiful views.

Colourful gardens.

Shade from the rays of the sun.

With organic tea and sweet sampler pairing al fresco.

Look at the colour of the tea! I love the teapot – a quick flip of the lever on top, and you can steep the tea longer if you wish it to be stronger.

But this pot of organic artisan crafted tea was steeped perfectly for me! And how about the sweet sampler treats… shortbread, chocolate truffles and apple ceylon cake fresh out of the oven. Decadent and to die for!

All this was way more enjoyable, because I was with great company, too! 😉

This day was on Kaleigh – it was her Mother’s Day treat! Pretty awesome daughter, don’t you think?

And for a little more Teafarm flair…

Notice the rusty chain attached to the post?

You know how I love rusty old things!

And here you see just a snippet of the original barn, which has been converted into usable indoor space.

That’s right. Teafarm is also home to Margit Nellemann’s gallery and studio where she creates, displays and sells her amazing pieces.

Here, a stunning Margit Nellemann clay vessel, and in the background, a beautifully patinaed rain chain.

Are you inspired to stop by Teafarm?

Kaleigh and I really appreciated the relaxing pace. We were able to linger over our tea, savor our sweets, and soak in the beauty around us. Conversation flowed, while time felt like it stood still… A perfect way to spend our day. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Photography by Sheila Zeller / Kaleigh Duralia

The Eames Black House Bird

So last Friday I wrote about the extraordinary Eames Walnut Stool. And in putting that article together I spied this very sleek, elegant black bird in some of the images I sorted through. As I delved further, I learned that this bird has come to be known as the Eames Black House Bird. Okay, I’m sure you already knew that, but for me it was a moment of enlightenment… and so now I have to share! See, that’s the great thing about blogs… you learn and you share 🙂

Here’s the exquisite creature that captured my eye.



Isn’t he great?

All the research basically says the same thing. The black house bird was acquired by Charles and Ray Eames on their journey through the Appalachian mountain region of the eastern United States. They were known to spice up their collections with objects they discovered in their extensive travels, and the black house bird happened to be one of them.

The original black wooden bird, c. 1910, was created by Charles Perdew. Perdew had been the owner of a gun repair business, but turned it over to his son in 1930 and started to carve birds full time. He carved miniatures, half sizes and full sizes of all kinds of birds for decoys.


Do you think this bird looks real?


I wonder what the cat thinks!

The house bird became one of the most prized American folk art objects the Eames’ owned…


And stood in the center of their famous Pacific Palisades living room for over fifty years.


Doesn’t this authentic Mid-Century Modern room make your heart pound just a little bit faster? And there in the center is the famous bird, sitting up proud and tall. He’s actually close to 11″ x 3.5″ x 11″, but I think he looks bigger than that, in spite of the open, soaring space of the Eames living room.

And in this space too.


Maybe the stature of this object is symbolic of its notoriety. The black house bird was not only a prized object in the Eames home, but it was also seen as an accessory in many of the Eames’ photographs. The bird became a trademark prop, most notably in the famous publicity photo for the Eames Wire Chairs.



This image happens to be a 1952 original front cover from an issue of ‘The Architectural Review‘!

Based on the original artifact and in cooperation with the Eames Family, Vitra is now producing the first series of this figure, which you can purchase for $210 US. And so… this is on my wish list of things to save for and invest in! Funny how the wish list grows with each post 😉


The Eames’ house bird is made of solid alder with a black lacquer finish and steel wire legs, though Perdew worked mainly in pine. But he was also known for utilizing reclaimed timbers from old bridges, beams from empty buildings, or leftover wood from sash and door factories.  If you were to come across a vintage (c. 1910) original of Perdew’s black house bird, it is apparently now worth an estimated $3650 US! So there’s investment, and then there’s INVESTMENT!

Especially when paired with a Wishbone chair!


 But I can also see him in this setting here…


Paired with these Eames Molded Plastic chairs here.


So, how long have you known about the Eames Black House Bird? Do you have any stories to tell?

Where have I been?! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photograph source linked below each photograph.