Birdhouses with Curb Appeal

By Naira Ruiz
Spring is here…finally! That means increased daylight, budding plants and the return of migratory birds.
Since we tend to spend more time outdoors in spring, it’s important that our outdoor spaces are as beautiful as the insides of our homes. A great way to complement any yard is to add a charming birdhouse from Appalachian Spring. Humans will be drawn to the beautiful design and birds will be drawn to the structure’s usefulness.
Just as there are a multitude of home designs for people, the same is true for birdhouses.
For example, birdhouses can be elegant, like this mahogany “avian bungalow” topped with a hand-burnished copper roof and large hanging loop.

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According to the makers at Heartwood Architecture, the design was inspired by the “graceful lines and angles of a migrating flock.”
If you’re looking for something more whimsical, Heartwood Architecture also makes this Nottingham birdhouse.

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With its curved asymmetrical design, it looks like it was plucked straight out of a fairy tale!
This cherry and copper birdhouse from Abby’s Acre also has a fairy tale feel.

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The craftsperson, Al Buss, says he drew his inspiration from the Gothic Revival barns and farmhouses of his native region.
Birdhouses can also have a decidedly more modern vibe. Thanks to TV shows like “Mad Men,” mid-century modern design is all the rage once again. With Five Ply Designs, you can bring a little mid-century modern to your garden. These birdhouses were inspired by the famous Case Study Houses.

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They’re constructed by hand and the facades are painted in retro colors and topped with an untreated, solid cedar roof. They can be mounted on a wall or hung with the attached cable.
You can also find styles that blend in with nature, like this rustic birdhouse by Maine Line Products.

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It’s made of native Maine white birch and trimmed with striped maple.
Of course, all of these birdhouses not only look great from the outside, they’re safe, durable and designed to appeal to nesting birds. Birds can inhabit a birdhouse anytime of the year, but since they typically begin searching for a home in spring, putting your birdhouse up in early spring will increase the likelihood that it’ll be inhabited.
You can find these styles, as well as an assortment of other birdhouses Appalachian Spring carries here.
Happy bird watching!

Gardening in DC in April!

It’s springtime in DC and we are enjoying the bounty of the Cherry Blossom bloom!

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Photo credit Copyright: David M. Dworkin 2016.

 

Now all things turn to gardening and spending time outdoors.

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So we set out our birdhouses

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including our latest acquisitions from Five Ply

 

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and plant Carruth critters in the moist mud.

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And we wander back down to the tidal basin for inspiration.

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Photo credit Copyright: David M. Dworkin 2016