decorating with a birdcage

i kind of have a thing for bird cages.  i have a small collection of them that sometimes gather together on our buffet, but more often are spread throughout the house.  this big one is perfect for the table behind my couch.  i love that its big and not a dinky little tchochke, but that it doesn’t take up a ton of visual space since you can see right through it.

during christmas it often has ornaments hanging inside, with a plate of ornaments sitting at the bottom.  but beyond that, i have a hard time thinking of ideas for the inside of it.

then i spotted this idea when i was looking through a pottery barn catalogue.

books inside – of course!

i would have to clear out my bookshelves to fill this wide of a birdcage, so i filled a little more of the space with a pretty cake plate and smaller knick-knacks.  it is a little more punchy than the pottery barn version, but i think it goes well with the rest of my house.

i’ve had a design lull for a long time when it comes to my house – no motivation to try anything new.  at first i thought it was just contentment, which is great.  but then i realized that i was just not feeling creative and had no ideas of fun things i could try.  but the bug has hit me again in tiny spurts, so i’m doing my best to find little bits of time when i can be creative in my house – so fun!


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    I bought a birdcage once that was a plant stand. My intention was to put a potted bird of paradise flower inside (get it?). I thought it was clever. Never did it though; we live in too cold a climate for bird of paradise to grow, even indoors.

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    This looks really cute. I think it’s maybe harder for you to find creativity in your home because you sew and make so many other creative items for a business. Doing stuff to your house costs money, I try to move stuff around often to feel the change that I like and desire. But I always end up buying new stuff too, it just happens when you think about your home as much as I do. so maybe your lucky!

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    It’s adorable. You are quite creative, just look at the entryway you’ve created. How do you need to change that around when it SCREAMS happy?

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    Really cute! If my kids weren’t at the age where it would just end up in the floor I would totally experiment with something like that.

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    So cute … as an interior designer, I give it a big thumbs up!! Getting inspirition from catalogues is a great idea.

  6. 6 I want a birdcage!! :)

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    I have a great bird cage on top of my armoire in the living room. I have big chunky candles in mine and some greenery creeping through it. Yours looks great! The limits are endless ;D

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    I loooovvvvveeee bird cages too! I just got a large one from my mom that I plan on painting antique white. I can’t wait!!! I have another one on my bar that I feel with candles. I’ve got a ton pinned on pinterest too!!! Loving how you displayed yours.

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    Looks very cool, and the bonus is my boys couldn’t break everything inside. lol

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    Definitely mentally pinning this. Such a neat idea!

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    I love to decorate with bird cages too but I never thought about putting anything in them. Great idea!!!

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    What a fun idea! I have a bird cage that I love but I only bring it out at various times when I can think of something to put in it. I think I’m getting it out tomorrow and filling it with books!

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