Garden Bird Houses: A Sanctuary for My Feathered FriendsGarden Bird Houses: A Sanctuary for My Feathered Friends

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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.


Choosing Furniture Your Kids Will Love (And You Will, Too)

Of all the rooms in your home that you have to furnish, your child's bedroom is one of the most important. Children's furniture has to be the perfect blend of practical and fun, and safety should always be a priority when choosing the items that will furnish the room. Not sure how you can please your child and find something you'll love, too? Here are some tips to make choosing kids' furniture that you'll both love, much easier.

Look for furniture that will age with your child

It can be tempting to fill a young child's bedroom with cute, tiny furniture, but remember that the furniture that meets a toddler's needs won't necessarily work for an older child. Unless you can afford to replace your child's bedroom furniture every few years, it's best to look for furniture that can "age" with the child so you'll get more use out of it.

From the earliest days in the nursery to the teenage years, if you choose the right furniture the first time, you won't waste time or money replacing most of it as your children outgrow it. Look for items such as changing tables that convert to dressers, cribs that convert to single or full-size beds and some basic pieces that can be used at any age, like a sturdy chest of drawers. Make sure that if you do buy items that can be converted, you keep track of the required fittings you'll need to make the change.

Make safety your top priority

Just because furniture is marketed as children's furniture, it doesn't mean that it's safe for your child. Younger children especially may be at risk if you choose bunk beds or loft beds before the child is ready for them. The recommended age for these types of beds is age 6 and up. Younger children risk injury from falling off the top bunk, especially if they have a difficult time climbing up and down the ladder.

Beds aren't the only furniture that poses a risk to children. Tall, heavy items, like a chest of drawers or a bookshelf, can pose a serious risk if they aren't anchored to the wall securely. Sadly, one child dies every week from unsecured, falling furniture in their home. A simple anchor that attaches furniture and televisions to the wall can prevent them from falling on top of curious kids who may want to play or climb on the furniture. 

Make it fun

Children's rooms give parents the opportunity to create a fun place for kids to sleep and play. Many furniture stores sell fun accessories and furniture for kids that is practical, yet fun, keeping both parents and kids happy. There are lots of ways to make your child's room more interesting and playful. From colorful children's furniture to bright, cheerful accessories like rugs and tables, it should be easy to find something that you'll both love.

One way to keep your child's room functional and fun is to invest in some cute and clever storage furniture for storing toys and games. Toy chests that double as seating, built-in under-the-bed storage and hanging toy organizers can make the room look fun and help kids keep clutter under control. 

Miniature versions of grown-up furniture can make a child's room really fun. Miniature armchairs, settees and rocking chairs let little kids feel big, and they make children's rooms look pulled together and fun.

Children may be the youngest members of the family, but that doesn't mean they have to have a childish bedroom. With a the right furniture, you can create a room that both you and your child will love for years to come. To learn more about your furniture options, check out a company like Design Center Furniture.