Bees are my heroes. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply is pollinated by insects, predominantly bees. We’d never survive without them.
One day I would love to have my own bee hive – a bit impossible at the moment – though I have considered having a hive on the balcony. Not sure whether the neighbours would like it though.
I first became aware of bees as a design motif back in 1986 when Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew. I remember being fascinated by the fact that her shoes and the train on her wedding dress were embroidered with bees – among other things. They were a reference to the bee on the Ferguson family coat of arms.
Napoleon used the bee in his insignia as well. La Rochere – the oldest glass factory in France still makes Bee glassware based on a set of glasses owned by Napoleon.
Bees and their hives have inspired designers for centuries. This Beehive Beverage Jar from Sur la table would look wonderful on any buffet.
Yum – a Honey-Glazed Beehive Cake from Martha Stewart.
This Hive design in Lime from Flora and Fauna by Patty Young shows bees busy at work.
This Queen Bee Pillow from Etsy seller WordGarden in graphic black and white would look great in any bee lover’s home.