Owls may seem like a rather random design trend, but actually, the wise motif goes back several decades, if not more. Way back in 1965, mid-century modern designer George Nelson created this playful Omar the Owl Clock ($130), and the design was re-released by Vitra in 2004.
Now, owl motifs are finding their way onto all sorts of home decor, particularly accent pieces like trays and throw pillows. I think these products strike a nice balance between whimsy and wisdom. Here are some of my wise ol' owl finds.