Spotlight: Ornis Gallery

Posted by Greta Braddock on Aug 11, 2016

When it comes to great design, southerners have a certain knack for decorating elegant homes that merge past and present—often topped off with a wraparound porch game that is on point. Every year, Southern Living mag brings together the brightest and best in interior design to build and/or renovate their Southern Living Idea House. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the tradition, and we were thrilled to learn that one of our newest pros, Ornis Gallery, would be prominently featured in 2016's dream home—and that we would be providing custom-framing for the project.

Swan by Olaf Rudbeck. Keep reading and this could be yours!

Ornis Gallery is the publisher of more than 140 remastered fine art prints from Swedish artist Olaf Rudbeck. Between 1693 and 1710, Rudbeck, an ornithologist and botanist, documented Swedish birds with incredible detail and beauty. Rudbeck studied and illustrated everything from owls, hawks, and falcons to grouses, woodpeckers, and crows. But it was the aquatic collection—swans, ducks, herons, and cranes—that designer Mark D. Sikes chose to showcase in the Idea house.

The living room of the Southern Idea House features Ornis Gallery's aquatic bird prints on either side of stunning french doors and incorporated into dual salon walls, framed in our Dark Walnut Gallery frames and our Gallery Wide frames in Dark Walnut. Photo credit: Mary Katherine Morris.

The fresh take on classic mallard prints perfectly complemented the naturalist vibe of the home and brought a new twist on Southern tradition. “Mark created the perfect art wall with one large square piece in the middle—as an anchor—surrounded by smaller horizontal and vertical formatted birds,” said Art Publisher Lawrence Guerra. “He created two art walls using more than 22 of our framed pieces. It’s such a beautiful living room!” 

One of the two salon walls featuring Ornis Gallery prints that designer Mark D. Sikes created. The pieces are framed in our own Dark Walnut Gallery frames, with the anchor piece framed in our Gallery Wide frame in Dark Walnut. Photo credit: Mary Katherine Morris.

Make sure to pick up the August issue of Southern Living to see pictures from the entire abode—or better yet, take a trip to Birmingham to visit in person. The Idea house is open to the public until December 2016.

Ready for even more good news? In celebration of the project, we’re giving away Ornis Gallery's 30" x 30" remastered Swan print (pictured above), custom-framed in our Gallery Wide frame in Dark Walnut, valued at $1250! Just sign up for our mailing list on for your chance to add some beautiful avian art to your own collection.

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