Aug 12, 2009

Decorating with Birdcages

Neiman Marcus

I have never owned a feathered friend, but I have a nice collection of birdcages! I am hooked on birdcages, because they are whimsical, fun and interesting pieces. They have a sculptural quality which makes them useful when you need a little something to fill out a room. They make wonderful accessories and can be used in many different and unexpected ways.


Country Living

Birdcages can work in modern or traditional spaces and about every style in between! Whether hanging high from a ceiling, placed on a table or tucked low in a corner these Tweet Retreats are versatile!



Better Homes

Birdcages come in a variety of prices, but you can find inexpensive ones if you keep your eyes open! When you spot one don’t get hung up about the color, because you can easily change it with the magic of spray paint. What is important to consider is the shape and size, because you usually can’t alter these features.

JC Penny

Everything in interior design cycles, going in and out of style. The trick is learning how to work with pieces you already own to keep a current look. Birdcages have been around as long as people have kept birds as pets. They serve a useful purpose and have a timeless quality. The basic birdcage is timeless, but how it's accessorized makes it either current or outdated. Several years ago a peach raffia bow and artificial flowers would be trendy on a birdcage, but now it would look horribly dated.
Today, that same birdcage painted white and filled with candles and sea shells would look chic and trendy. So don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, learn to salvage what you can. If something has nice lines and you like the item then fiddle with it a bit. See if you can make it work by doing something creative with it. Taking this approach is kinder to our environment and easier on the wallet. Remember often the most clever and interesting rooms evolve over time layer by layer.


I have moved several times over the years, so didn't have the luxury of buying specifically for my current home. To compensate, I use techniques to make my furniture work in the different spaces. For example, I have cathedral ceilings in a couple of rooms, so I placed birdcages on top of armoires to gain more height and drama. This created a better sense of scale to fit the tall spaces.


Orchids are ever so trendy at the moment! Adding one to this arrangement keeps it current and adds a pop of vibrant color.

I follow interior design closely (passionately!) and know what is current and understand how to spot quality. However, I am not a slave to every hip and trendy look that is thrown out every season. This is my personal philosophy and for me chasing after the latest fad is silly and exhausting. I keep an updated look by incorporating items that appeal to me and make sense. I strive for my home to look fresh and current and add trendy accessories that don't cost a fortune, because they usually looked dated quickly.



Hot tickets among bloggers are cute ceramic birdies. Also favored are roosters, monograms and burlap anything! Please feel free to add to this list of Blog World's hip and trendy!


The above is a great look and probably many of these pieces you can find at garage sales or thrift stores. If you have the desire, you can learn to develop your own own sense of style. By following the principals of good design, which include scale, balance and proportion, you will learn to create a beautiful and Stylish House of your own. I have had several readers tell me they think it is neat I shop on the second hand market even though I am an interior designer. I shop everywhere, but it needs to be quality, clean and classy or I leave it untouched.


Jail Bird!




Love these candles, just make sure the birdcage is made from metal.



Posted: Gina's @ The Shabby Chic Cottage & Julia's @ Hooked on Houses

40 comments:

  1. Hi Cathy, Your birdcages are fabulous. I wold love to have most of the birdcaes you featured. When I think of the ones I passed up because I was on the look out for birdhouses! *kicking self* Now that I am on the lookout for a good one, most are $$$.

    Thank you for your informative and fun post. Love the "jailbird" ha!

    Tina

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  2. Books! That's what I need in my bird cages! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and thanks for joining!

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  3. Cathy, great pictures and information! I like birds, we have dozens of them in our backyard and we feed those:) I also have a few in my kitchen, but no birdhouses. I would love to have one, just haven't found the right one, I guess. I love the one with the books and the bird in it. Very clever! Hugs, ~cindy s~

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  4. Hi Cathy, love all your birdcages. They are so lovely and very elegant too. Wonderful ideas!

    Barb :-)

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  5. Love all the birdcages! They really are fun!

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  6. Love all your birdcages! I'm not participating; just visiting.

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  7. I love this post ... even though it's making me a little sad I don't have a birdcage/s of my own! :) I am completely in love with the candles in the cage ... that is stunning! Great inspiration.

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  8. These bird cages are just GORGEOUS! I wonder where I could get my hands on something like that :)

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  9. What a great collection of birdcages. I love what you've done with them.

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  10. How funny,Cathy, when I read that you have cathedral ceilings and have put birdcages on armoires to fill the space ~ I have done the same thing in our great room! I had a really nice size wood bird cage {that was really inexpensive; bought online somewhere} and put it on top of a computer armoire. It really filled the space nicely. Love that first picture too ~ I wish I lived in a climate where I could do that and leave them there year-round.

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  11. What fabulous birdcages. I love them all. I just think they are so grand. I love the candles in them. That is so pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Love your bird cages.
    Great idea to put candles in them.

    blessings,
    Barbara Jean

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  13. Hello Cathy - what beautiful bird cages! I especially love the black one, so fabulous. Thank you for sharing the photos!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  14. What pretty birdcages! Don't know why, but have always liked them.

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  15. Hi Cathy,

    Yours is honestly the blog that I can't wait to read! I just love the whole birdcage idea. Like Glenda, I have always liked birdcages, Your pics are so colorful and interesting looking. I especially love the one with all the candles and the turquoise birdcage with the purple orchid.

    Jana

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  16. Hi Cathy, I love how the birdcages look and especially with the candles! I have only one birdcage. I may play around with some candles in it and see how it looks. Thanks for the idea!
    ~Patti

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  17. yes, I'm def going to put a birdcage decal or two in my new home! love em

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  18. Cathy, thanks for the bird cage posting, loved the photos, so great....gave me great ideas. I didnt know orchids were trendy??!? Ive been growing them for over 22 yrs...see my photos..
    thanks again
    kate

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  19. I have serious Neiman Marcus/bird cage envy right now!!!!!!!!!! I simply adore bird cages and need to add a couple more to fill in some spaces in my living room!

    If you ever run across any photos on vintage ceramic parrots I would love to see them!!!

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  20. Hi Kate,
    Like I mentioned everything in design goes in and out of style! I love the sweeping graceful lines of orchids and their colors.
    Cathy

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  21. I just LOVE all your designs and insightful ideas. Not really a fan of birds... but you make the bircages look downright elegant! hmmm I've seen some at yard sales... but they didn't appeal to me... until I read this, thank you for the pictures. I always love your bloggy-ideas and look forward to many more.

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  22. I LOVE Birdcages... Great post!

    If you get a chance, stop by my Blog for a visit and say hi! I put up a new post today of my pillow featured in Romantic Homes magazine.
    Have a great day,
    Aimee

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  23. What great ideas! I love birdcages and have been thinking about buying 1 or 2 to go above my cabinets. I love the first pic of all the different colored ones on the wall. Great post! Kristen

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  24. You have some great birdcages! Love that little green bird too!

    Katherine

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  25. Lovely ideas! Thank you for sharing all the different ways of decorating with bird cages.

    Great post!
    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

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  26. Just dropping by to see how thigs are going.
    The bird houses are great and a nice decorating touch.
    Have a super week-end and God Bless,
    d

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  27. love them all!!! especially with candles inside~so cute.
    have a wonderful weekend.
    chasity

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  28. Thank you for a great idea for a certain corner
    that needs that certain something.....now all
    I have to do is find THE one. Do you ever run
    out of new ideas??? Hugs, Myke

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  29. WOW! Cathy! What a plethora of ideas! I was delighted as I love bird cages. Three of mine have birdies in them..real ones that wake me in the morning with their songs...but I have a few others also...but no many idea's of how to use them. Thanks so much! What a fun post!
    Have a great weekend!
    Mona

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  30. Hmm, love the tip about using them to bring a bit more height to the stuff in high-ceiling rooms. I will be thinking that over, for sure!

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  31. I'm crazy about bird cages too! I just found a terrific little number at the GW in my area. For FIVE dollars. It just doesn't get any better than that. Yours are outstanding!

    Blessings,
    Spencer

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  32. Hi Cathy,

    Thanks for stopping by! I thought for sure I had left you a comment on this post.... well anyway, the birdcages are great! I have a large one like the one in last photo only in a natural finish.

    I love the wall arrangement and I really like the one with the assortment of candles placed inside too.

    Yes btw, it was exciting to be one of the winners of Melissa's giveaway! I received the package yesterday, and I posted what I did with my goodies, if you'd like to come over and see.

    Take care,
    Sherri:)

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  33. Neat ideas. Unfortunately for me they work better when you've got lots of room and higher ceilings. But I can admire them.

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  34. Cool! I never thought that bird cages could be used as decorations.

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  35. Hi Cathy... just looking around your blog and ran across this post. I have birdcages on the porch but not in the house... you've convinced me to move one inside... a metal one... and I'll be putting some candles inside it... what a great idea! thanks for the info... now I'm off to read more!

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  36. Decoration is all about innovation. As we can see in this section we can use a simple thing like a birdcage and make it a high decorative furniture. I have a couple of old birdcages that I was about to throw, but I will try to apply some of the ideas showed above (I like specially the one of the candles :) ).

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  37. Hi!

    There are some beautiful bird cages on this site. I have a white bird cage that we received as a wedding gift to place cards in a few years ago. We are expecting a girl soon and I would like to use it in her room. Do you have any ideas of what to place in there? Also, shall I hang it from a stand, ceiling or place it on the wall?

    Thanks,

    Vanessa

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  38. Great post! Thanks for sharing. I found a great little bird cage at a consignment shop and just had to have it ($12!) but I didn't know what to do. No I have lots of ideas! :)

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  39. Wow! These are some neat ideas for using birdcages to decorate a tabletop or other spaces.

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  40. I just bought a VERY LARGE bird cage at a garage sale......LOVE it and would like to use it outside on front or back porch,,,,thinking about live ivy and flowers and rice lights. Does anyone have a suggestion for another brilliant idea?

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Cathy