Monday, 27 April 2015 17:56

What Your Shoes Say About You

Mens Shoes

Shoes can say a lot about the man that wears them. Mens shoes are diverse and have as much personality as the people that put them on.  Whether they're made for work, or they're the perfect pair for evening wear, every shoe says a lot about you. 

Here's a quick look at our style guide for mens shoes:

  • Trendy Authority.  There's something about wing-tipped shoes that speaks volumes when it comes to commanding authority.  Bed/Stu shoes command authority with a vintage style reminiscent of the 1940s.  This line suits many different styles and personalities.  They pair perfectly with a suit if you're heading to the office, and they set a standard in trends if you're into skinny jeans.  The Bed/Stu brand is one of the most versatile mens shoe options on the market.
  • Regal Relaxation.  When the work is done, and it's time to relax, some men may opt out of style.  You, however, know how to do relaxation right with your Rivieras.  These shoes speak volumes to a man's forceful fashion sense, setting forth a style that's both relaxing and regal with each step he takes.
  • A Well-Rounded Look.  If you want to tie your look to your personality, show how well-rounded and put-together you are by finishing your head-to-toe style with shoes that contour to your feet.  Avoid a painfully skinny shoe in favor of a high-quality design that show you care about the foot your put forward to the world.
  • Back to Basics.  If you're looking for a shoe that tells people that you can make any outfit work for any situation, a basic black shoe is where you should start.  You can start with a simple pair of slip-ons that will be comfortable for all occasions (including the office, of course), or go for a lace-up pair that commands attention.
  • Sandals with Style.  You're near the ocean, so of course you're expected to relax when you're done with a hard day's work.  Forego the cheap options in favor of stepping out in style, even when you're off the clock, with sandals made from quality leather such as Birkenstocks.  High-quality flip flops are another great option that goes with most not-at-work options.  Look for brands that exude excellence with every step.


If you are looking for unique home items and high quality mens shoes in Sarasota, Florida, stop in and see us at Black Bird Home Gallery.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:03

Shop BedStu’s at Black Bird

BedStu’s are an exceptional shoe and a customer favorite. Each shoe is beautifully hand crafted with materials that are aged to perfection with unique hand finishes. Cushioned outsoles provide durability and comfort and their rich leather components give them an authentic vintage feel that is engineered to last.

Hand dyeing, burnishing, and aging gives each pair its own individual character creating variations in color, meaning no two pairs are the same.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:01

What Is Contemporary Design?

The contemporary design style was born in the mid half of the 20th century when a range of styles merged. Today’s contemporary style features both round and sharp edges a like, a mostly neutral color pallet- sometimes with a pop of color for accent- and a comfortable, welcoming feeling.

Modern or Contemporary?
While these design styles are similar, there are definite differences between them. Modern design features bold, stark lines giving a minimalist feel. Contemporary design focuses more on basic lines, form, and shape, giving a warm, comfortable feel.

Achieving the Look
Keeping a less is more mindset is best. Use solid or subtly patterned fabrics rather than bold, colorful prints and go with minimal accessories in lieu of large collections. Colors usually include a range of neutrals, black, and white and often feature a punch of color through simple room décor or an accent wall. When walls are painted with a neutral, a great backdrop is created for the rest of the room.

Décor is a huge element of this look. The space between pictures and décor on the walls is just as important as the décor itself. Use round edged décor to balance out sharp edges and welcome the idea of high-gloss finishes. Chrome, steel, and glass work great when mixed in with the neutral color pallet, keeping the less is more mindset in mind. Combining shine with texture, like ribbed or crackled glass or brushed nickel and copper, works great. A few pieces here and there can really tie a room together!

Using the proper lighting as your room accent creates a great focal point. Find floor and table lamps with straight lines and sleek finishes. Incorporating color into your fixtures with, for example, a lampshade, is a great place for the rooms pop of color. Using recessed or track lighting can draw attention to accessories and décor.

Ultimately, achieving a contemporary look is not difficult. Paying attention to color, lines, and textures is the key. When keeping these factors in mind and adding your own personal touches, your perfect room can easily be achieved.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 19:59

Black Bird Home Gallery Awards

Did you know we hold numerous awards for our elegant furniture and accessories? We are proud of our reputation here at Black Bird Home Gallery and are delighted to satisy our customers needs. Check out a few of our awards! 


Wednesday, 16 July 2014 19:56

5 timeless pieces of home decor

Forget the impulse buys, cheap deals and trendy designs that will be out of style before you know it. It's time to stop all that wasteful shopping and splurge on furniture and other home goods that you'll keep forever. 

Dining Room Table
Cottage-style table and chair sets will hold their value forever. As far as finish goes, opt for something simple, like black or maple. From family dinners to homework to holidays, a lifetime of memories will be created at this very table.

Luxury meets functionality when you light up the grand entrance of your home with a classic chandelier. Try a hand-crafted piece that incorporates glass jewels and bronze structure for an ultra-classic look. 

Wall clocks serve more than just their basic function. They pieces of simplistic beauty, style and sophistication. A large, dark metal piece with roman numerals is possibly the best piece of decor for the largest wall in the home.

Original Artwork
The next time you attend a community art show, keep your eyes peeled for a piece that takes your breath away. And don't be afraid to splurge- not only are you supporting the local arts, but chances are, it will stay in your house for a very long time.

Area Rug
Persian, Turkish and Oriental rugs are a home staple to many. These tapestries will likely outlast other pieces of furniture in your living areas. Bonus? They look even better with age.

Stop by our gallery today to add a few timeless pieces to your decor!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 19:54

5 tips for keeping your furniture beautiful

Failing to maintain your beautiful pieces of furniture is a major home decor no-no.
There are plenty of homemade and store-bought cleaners for the different surfaces and materials of your decor, but take a few extra steps for the most care. 
Following these tips and tricks will keep your furniture looking its best!
1. Keep leather furniture out of direct sunlight. 
If your living room gets plenty of natural light, try to position it on a north or south wall. Keeping it out of the light prevents drying and cracking.
2. Test furniture cleaner in an inconspicuous spot.
It's so easy to make a stain look worse if the cleaning mixture doesn't agree with the material or surface its cleaning. Test a small spot on the back of a couch (if it's against a wall), the inside
3. Clean spills and stains as quickly as possible. 
We're human, accidents happen. Like clothes, removing the stain before it sets will increase the chances they will disappear. It's best to have the right cleaning products for your furniture BEFORE these spills happen. 
4. Go green.
Avoid harsh chemicals, especially for your wood and leather furniture. 
5. Protect your fabric.
If your shopping for something new, many fabrics and upholstery material now have stain repelling technology. A similar treatment can be done on older pieces by a professional cleaning service. 
Monday, 12 May 2014 19:52

An Eye for Design

Have you come in to our store lately? We'd love to hear how the experience went! Here's a great review from a customer who was in last fall: ]

"The first time I walked into Blackbird was like going into that little store in Gremlins where the dad bought Gizmo. It's filled to the rim with amazing, functional and some one of a kinds items (gifts, lighting, tables and furniture). They sell "off the floor" so you will not see the item return to the store....once it's gone it's gone.

In talking to the owners, Wayne and Mindy, I discovered they hand select each item in the store based on their travels across the globe. They sort of remind me of a mix between Peterman from Seinfeld and The Most Interesting Man in the World. They have an eye for design and any time I'm in town I stop in."

Thank you, Matt!

Monday, 31 March 2014 19:48

Decorate for summer with Black Bird

As the rest of the nation begins to thaw from a record-breaking winter, and all the spring breakers and snow birds slowly head back north, it's time for the locals to come out and play! After your spring cleaning is done, treat your home (and yourself!) to something nice. We're always getting in new stuff, so be sure to stop by frequently and see what's new at Black Bird! 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 19:46

It's that season again, Sarasota!

We couldn't be more excited to welcome all of our seasonal residents for another beautiful winter-spring in Sarasota. Can't decide what to do with that guest room? Maybe your furnished condo needs an upgrade? Our collections range from classic Floridian beach homes to modern and LA glam.

It's out with the old, and in with the new. There's something for everyone at Black Bird Home Gallery, so stop in today!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 19:43

We now carry Match Pewter home accessories!

One of the most exciting things for us is when we get new items in the store! It is great seeing new pieces with different colors and designs. One of our latest additions is stunning Match Pewter. We have many pieces all over the store, ranging from frames to clocks. Look closely and you see their amazing detail and finish. Stop in the store and we will show you all of the great new pieces that we have added to the gallery! 


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