Thursday, July 20, 2023

Vintage Birdcage Candleholder with Seashells

I get on a mini seashell obsession during the months of July and August. Seashells are "summer" to me, so I don't display them other times of the year. Since we live in the middle of the Midwest, (no where anything "coastal"), I have to take advantage of this time of year. So last week I shared a display in the Garden Room, and this week I have a fun Pinterest inspiration vignette in the Entry.

To get started, let's look at the bottom of the pic... I get stuck in a rut easily, so I made it a point to try something new on the shelf underneath. Two antique seed boxes and my antique music box are stacked for a different look. Okay, now onto the birdcages.

I love Pinterest and I spend a lot of time on there gathering inspiration and ideas. Some people prefer IG, but you can type in a topic on Pinterest and browse to your heart's content. If I have an idea in my head I always turn to Pinterest to see where that might take me. As far as I'm concerned Pinterest is a completely different animal to IG. And saying that, I have images that are iconic to me. The photo below is one of those that has always intrigued me; combining vintage birdcages, candlelight, and seashells into one amazing visual.

I put together two different birdcages with the few shells that I have for a summery evening display. Here is the entry console before lighting that evening glow. I don't have tons of shells, nor any coral, so it's missing a bit of the drama, but still pretty.

I've since moved the birdcages around; the smaller one to a different spot so as not to overwhelm or compete with the display. I have them here together to share with you.
I tried to complement the colors of the shells, and found this parchment colored bird print that I felt matched those colors... creams, peaches, pinks, and browns.

My paperwhites are still in the white pottery vase, but it's time for sunflowers, zinnias, hydrangeas, daisies, and rudbeckia.  I change up my entry console about once a month as I look for the nuances of each season, and try to coordinate my décor.

The larger birdcage has a taupe ribbed pillar candle in a clear glass votive. (You know the candle that you buy and then can save the glass holder). The mesh screen at the bottom makes it a little harder to see the shells.

The smaller cage has a votive candle in a mercury glass cup.

I can't believe I've been looking at that photo for the last 10 years
 and just now tried to replicate it. 

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  1. Your shells are so lovely -- that's quite a collection and they look beautiful in that cage. You have just the spot for it, too! Oh, I love seeing your beautiful home and arrangements!

    1. thanks Jeanie, I love the light in the entry. It's always a pretty place for a quick changeup vignette.Hope you're having a great week.

  2. Looks beautiful and you have a great collection of beautiful shells. Have a good rest of the week. Hugs. Kris

  3. Beautiful, Debra! The shell vignettes are a really nice transition into late summer.

    1. thankyou Rita, hope you're having a good summer!!

  4. I agree with you, I use Pinterest the same way and prefer it for that for sure :) This is lovely Debra, you certainly have brought coastal vibes to the Midwest! Hugs- Tanya @twelveOeight

  5. Oh! I love this Debra. I'm with you, seashells are my go to for decor during the summer. I've actually styled some larger shells in my ornamental birdcage so I absolutely love, love this. You nailed the vintage vibes as always. Pinning for future inspiration. I love Pinterest too. XO- MaryJo

  6. Gosh Debra...that is gorgeous!!! You did such a beautiful job of using those seashells and turning them into a lovely Summer display. How fun to use an old birdcage, too!! Pinned!

  7. I love the birdcages Debra, I wish I had one. The parents of my best friend growing up were avid antique collectors, oh the stories I could tell... she had a birdcage that stood on a pedestal and I always admired it, even back then. I agree with you, Pinterest is my favorite. I was never much into social media before beginning a blog, and even now I am not so much. I much preferred emails coming to my inbox, and getting lost for hours on Pinterest. Does that mean I am getting old, err, I mean older? teehee... have a happy week!

    1. I will be sharing this post tomorrow on Whimsy Home Wednesday Debra. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I love this look so much. Mixing seashells with other elements of nature and garden themed decor. There are birds and flowers near the coast of course! To add coastal elements doesn't always mean "anchors away!" So pretty and creative!

  9. So creative and pretty. The birdcages are lovely. Makes for a lovely summer vignette. I am happy to feature your vintage candleholder with seashells at Love Your Creativity.

  10. Loving the whole display. It's very charming. You could even add a seabird to your display.


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