We had a lot of pets in my family—dogs, cats, hamsters, ferrets, even a cockatoo named Baby. This, by the way, is not Baby. Nor is it a bird we're giving away. At least not today. I do think it's pretty, though—the flashy crest, the snowy plumage—like Baby, only without all the chatter.Scott's in Atlanta with my friend Deborah Buck. We were down there doing a story together for my old column Weekend Shopper at House Beautiful. They were such strong, statuesque pieces, Italian probably, from the 50s, and not a chip on them. When Deborah and I saw them, we both looked at each other and thought, Lamps!
Photography by Michael Blackwell
I had the cockatoos set on chinoiserie bases to give them the feel of being on a strong pedestal, like a Corinthian column. And I didn't want to ruin them by drilling into the porcelain, so I had a professional wire them through a tube attached to the base. I chose black shades lined in gold leaf to reflect onto the birds, accentuating their definition. Very Hollywood Regency, I thought, perfect for a credenza or gorgeous old bureau.
Photography by Brendan Paul
Now here's the best part: While the cockatoos I found may have been vintage, our friends at The Well Appointed House, a fantastic source for furniture, lighting and accessories, have a few cockatoos of their own, one of which they're giving away!The Well Appointed House blog, scroll down the right sidebar and click Follow. Then come back, leave me a comment, and you're in! The contest ends at midnight on Thursday the 8th. We'll announce the winner the next day! Good luck, baby!