Inspired By Nature: The Dragonfly

Since moving to South Carolina, I have become accustomed to seeing cockroaches (excuse me, "Palmetto Bugs") the size of Volkswagens, spiders in unearthly colors and dragonflies as numerous as the gnats I left behind in CT.  Normally, I run away from all bugs as I really can't stand them.  In fact, Terminix is on my "favorites"  list on my iPhone.  But the other day, as I was chatting with a neighbor, a dragonfly came and landed on my shoulder and looked at me. So I looked back.  I must admit that I didn't want it sitting there for long but it was there long enough for me to get a good look.  It was remarkable.

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audobon.org

Its 2 pairs of wings were as delicate as centuries old lace, yet could maneuver around better than the most advanced helicopter.  The color of its body was a gorgeous cobalt blue. And there was something so pleasing about the proportions- the long slim body and the outstretched wings.  For all of these reasons, Dragonflies, like Bees, have been darlings of the design world for hundreds of years. Inspired by their beauty, this morning, I set out to find all things Dragonfly. I don't like things to look cutesy-pie, so my advice is to look for patterns that are linear. Straight patterns will look sophisticated and yet still whimsical with the beautiful dragonfly.  Here is the best of what I found:

Sunbrella makes an outdoor fabric that features dragonflies.  Wouldn't it be lovely on a patio in a garden?

sunbrella

sunbrella

From Horchow, Elaine Smith's Aqua Dragonfly pillow is just gorgeous.  But is it because it's also aqua?  You know how I feel about aqua!

Horchow

Horchow

 

I love this wallpaper from Porter's Paints in Australia.  It captures the delicacy of the Dragonfly beautifully and doesn't look too "buggy".  Restricting the colors to two help keep it sophisticated.

porter's paints  

porter's paints

 

I love it in the oatmeal color way in this room done by Niche Interiors:

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houzz.com

If you aren't ready to whole heartedly commit to this insect, you could always start small.  I love these dragonfly bath accessories.

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atouchofclass.com

Combine them with these Dragonfly towels in your bathroom:

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amazon.com

Dragonflies look charming on clothing, too.  This scarf I found on Pinterest from Crew Clothing Company UK is so pretty:

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pinterest.com

Would you wear dragonflies on your feet?  Maybe I would on sandals like these from Zulily:

You can also wear dragonflies in your hair. How charming are these antique nickel hair pins from Etsy?  I would definitely wear those.

Or maybe if that is too close for comfort, a single dragonfly resting on a smooth leather journal would work:

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Amara Living Ltd

There are so many ways to bring this ancient, beautiful insect into your home.  

Happy Tuesday!