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Garden Bird Houses: A Sanctuary for My Feathered Friends

I'm a dedicated nature lover. Anything I can do to ensure the well-being of my feathered friends makes me happy. Observing avian wildlife in my backyard is even better. This is why I own several birdhouses. My favorite is the acrylic birdhouse that clings to my French patio door. This birdie sanctuary is transparent and crystal clear. It allows me to view nesting birds without disturbing them. The themed birdhouses I've purchased at various garden stores and specialty shops add a splash of color and exciting decor to my yard. In my small collection are farmhouse themed birdhouses, nautical themes, colonial themes and even a birdhouse "mansion". As you can tell, these birdhouses bring me as much pleasure as their intended occupants. You might say these pieces are "for the birds", but I know they're more than that.

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Tips For Creating An Industrial-Themed Dining Room

Industrial-themed homes are becoming very popular today, and you can achieve this type of look by purchasing the right types of furniture, fixtures, and decorations. If you are trying to slowly transform your entire home into an industrial look, you should choose a room to start with, and your dining room might be a good place to start. Here are some tips as you begin preparing for this project.

Color Scheme

An industrial-themed room involves creating a look you would find in an industrial building. Because of this, industrial-themed rooms often contain:

  • Exposed ductwork
  • Exposed pipes
  • Wood beams on ceilings
  • Raw wood
  • Metals, such as chrome, copper, stainless steel

A room like this will generally contain neutral colors, including grays, tans, and browns. Any colors of nature work well and choosing a color scheme is a good place to start with planning your project.

Furniture Selection

The next thing to think about is the furniture you will place in the room. You could make your own furniture for your dining room, or you could shop for it at a furniture store. To achieve an industrial-theme in this room, the furniture you select could be one of the following types:

  • Raw wood – A common part of this theme is incorporating raw wood into the room, and you can easily do this by purchasing a table made of wood that has an unfinished look. The table set will most likely come with wooden chairs, and it may even come with other furniture to place in the room.
  • Metal table – Metal dining room furniture is another option you could choose. This type of set may come with a stainless steel table and metal chairs.
  • Tall table – Finally, you could choose a regular table, or you could choose a tall one that comes with bar stools. You can find both options of table sets within this decorating scheme.

The furniture you choose will help you achieve this look, but there are so many other things you can add to the room to help you with this theme.

Fixtures and Decoration Tips

The colors and furniture in the room are important, but here are three other ways to incorporate this theme into your dining room:

Flooring

If the room currently has hardwood flooring, you could leave it because hardwood is common within this theme. If the room has carpet in it, you will need to remove it, and you could replace it with hardwood. As you look at the options in hardwood, look for one that offers a rustic look. Reclaimed hardwood is one of the best options, but there are other species of wood that offer worn looks.

Another option for flooring is to put in a concrete floor. Concrete is a common material found in warehouses and industrial buildings, and you can finish it with a color or texture.

Lighting

A key characteristic of industrial buildings is dropped lighting. When you choose light fixtures, look for ones that contain poles. You can then hang the poles from the ceiling to drop the lights down.

Decorations

As you search for wall decorations for your new dining room, keep them simple. Don't go overboard with your wall art. Instead, select a couple of nice pictures, mirrors, or decorations. Shopping at garage sales is a great way to find the right decorations for a room like this, and you could purchase things to hang such as:

  • Old cast iron pans
  • Old kitchen utensils
  • Wooden shelves
  • Plate sets

If you are ready to begin your redecorating project, start by visiting a furniture store for more info. This will give you a lot of great ideas for your dining room, and you may be surprised by how many options there are with industrial-themed furniture.