Mostly I want a logo that is clean, fresh and conveys a very uplifting, positive energy. I don't want anything too trite -- if you are going to incorporate a bird or a nest please do so in a way that looks more stylised or line-drawing-ish.
I don't want anything that looks too formal or fancy -- or on the flip side -- anything that looks too contemporary or harsh. I am envisioning something where the lines are soft and curved (to convey a comforting, welcoming, approachable feel) In terms of color -- nothing too bright -- and nothing too dull. Again, I am trying to find a good middle ground that is inviting and nurturing and approachable -- without being too cute or at all cartoonish.
Absolutely no clipart or stock photos should be used.
I need the logo to be able to be used on all of my branding (website, printed collateral, etc.)
Magazines that convey design looks I like: House Beautiful, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living
Here are several logos I really like: (the first one is my very favorite)
Please let me know if you need more information!