January 12, 2011

Romantic Aviary Retreats

"Click on Photos to enlarge details"
If I were a bird this is where I would want to live, over looking the room singing, just singing.
My passion remains undimmed for collecting birdcages and birdhouses. As a designer I feel the trend of adding nature to our homes will never wither away. Like many collections, it doesn't matter what you collect as long as its done with passion. Mixing your collecting into your home design without looking like a collection. I am enamored with this cage, it truly has my heart.

Late 19th Century French Birdcage, France.
Hand carved and painted wood, late 19th Century, French Birdcage. Sliding cage doors on either side, open space for feeding tray, wall mount.
height: 37" depth: 12 1/2" width/length: 38 1/2"
Price $1,675
Regalo Antiques
351 Peachtree Hills Ave
Suite 137
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-237-4899
Ref. : 0901238269282

Birdcage, large, French, weathered wood and aviary wire
erarly 20th c.
Birdcage, large, French, weathered wood and chicken wire.
height: 48 in depth: 15 in width/length: 45 in.
DHS Designs
6521 Friel Road
Queenstown, MD 21658
Phone: 410 827 8167
Ref. : 091119870480

French Birdhouse built by me (Dore) I added antique embellishments, and used vintage woods restyled into the making of the birdhouse.
Wild Bird Feed sign is listed for sale in my "etsy" on this site
Artist Dore L. Callaway
Dore L. Callaway Interior Designs
Southern Calif. usa
I adore my vintage collection of old rickety birdcages. I find myself adding to them and then selling off the ones I can do without. European flea market style decorating allows you to incorporate new with the old, elegant piece's with the rustic, adding uncommon elements to complete your flea market style.

Aviary cages take me on a beautiful journey wondering where these perfect, and cozy cages have been before they found a resting place with someone to love. These little old properties filled with character will steal your heart, letting the wild birds work in harmony in your home and garden.

"Inspiring the hunt for lost birdcages, giving them a home."


High Street Cottage said...

Wow, they're beautiful. And had no idea so pricey. We missed out on a free vintage cage two weeks ago. Long story, but suffice it to say I'm sure it will be in an antique shop for a lot. It would have been free, a roadside find, hubby went back to get it and it was gone.

Fishtail Cottage said...

I love this post.......wish i could buy that green one that hangs on the wall - i is beautiful! Wish Wish Wish! It is just so unique & full of details - love how they can fly back and forth into both sides....love it!

Angela said...

So pretty...my grandmother had a large round cage built with cedar posts and wire in her backyard. In the summer it was home to about a dozen parakeets. I dream of something like that!!

Jenny @ Faith + Pearl said...

Such a sweet post. Thanks for sharing!

Debra@CommonGround said...

These birdcages are just amazing, and you have a wonderful collection. Your little birdie creation is so very sweet, I always love your art!

Faded Charm said...

I'm with you.....if I were a bird, I'd love to live in any one of these fabulous aviaries. What a life it would be!

Take care,


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Speaks to my heart, fellow nature girl. Love, love, love. Wish you lived next door to me, we could swap things out.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

The bird cages created by you are over the Moon beautiful, Doré... almost forgot in all my enthusiasm here!

Anonymous said...

Love your collection of bird cages, Dore... each one beautiful in its own way! Nature is such a huge part of how I decorate my home. I couldn't imagine my home without it.
Hope the rest of your week is wonderful, my friend!
Jo :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh ma chère amie,

I always say when I see something breathtakingly stunning and I find that it is FRENCH, I always smile. When we were in France several years ago, my husband even commented and said, "I love the way the French make things, with such quality and style." TRUE! There is a sublime beauty, NOT TOO ORNATE, especially of this country, farmhouse nature, that I JUST LOVE and you are correct; incorporating nature themes into our collections will never go out of style!

Thank you as always, for coming to visit with me. I have been so busy lately with work and coming home to view all the progress on our two rooms. Soon we will be moved in, for all that is left to do is paint, put up the trim and closet doors to my husband's office. It is so GORGEOUS! But we do need to find a chandelier and have the exposed beams put in but not until a couple of months for that work was not included in the price. Oh, the cost!!!!

Have a lovely day dear friend, Anita

Vintage Gal said...

Love, Love, Love the birdcages. So pretty. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures

Amy Chalmers said...

Some of those birdcages are incredible works of art! Your collection is lovely Dore.

Victoria said...

They are all so beautiful! That second really is my favorite though, so lovely!

Anji Johnston said...

You are a woman after my own heart dear Dore. I have been collecting birdcages for years, even went through a phase of making lots of them last summer. Mine, unfortunately, are nothing like yours! Yours are romantic, elegant, unique - any bird would be enticed to fly and nest in one. Mine - not even fit for a crow! Thank you for all the inspiration as always. Time to clip my wings....

Marie said...

Wow...your birdcages are absolutely beautiful! J'adore birdcages. The most I've paid for a birdcage was $499 from Anthropologie. But $3000??? Yours are beautiful so I'm heading to your Etsy store now.

Saying hello from a fellow WW participant. Please stop by when you get a chance, I'm having a nice European giveaway. Au revoir.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Such a lovely post and gorgeous selections of bird cages! I love the green one in the first picture!!

:) Becky

vignette design said...

Love this post Dore about bird cages. I have a small collection, but none of them are truly vintage.
I also appreciate your comment on my post about the books. My point was simply to enjoy books for all the reasons you stated, that books to me are sacred. It's the romantic in me! The thought of tearing off the covers though just so they fit the decor seems weird. I do like the look too, only if the books are truly old, and well loved. Then, it is wonderful to preserve them and keep instead of discarding.
I knew when I wrote this post that I was sticking my neck out there! Some people will disagree with me for sure. I guess I don't understand why Pottery Barn is selling torn up books for $39! You can bet they weren't "found" that way.
I always love to hear from you my friend!

Romeo said...

Meow, mew Dore! I am so sorry I missed you when you stopped by....you should have woke me, I would have loved to share some creme with you. That sunbeam was just so heavenly and it lulled me to sleep before I even knew what happened. Now it is gone and my Dore has returned home.....so I did what any loyal cat would do.....I came by YOUR home to visit with you! And I see you left some warm creme out for me...come sit with me and we'll share this....

Did you notice "her" birdcage display there in the office? "She" too has a love of old birdcages!!!! "She" has been wanting to put them out on display and make some sort of vignette with them, but it's slow coming....I will show "her" your post and collection and purrhaps this will lead to some inspiration. I am certain it will not be as elegant as yours, you know how "she" puts a weird twist to whatever "she" does....

The bird houses and sign you made are (as is the norm) beautiful!!!!!! Such talent and love in those two paws of yours!!!! I think purrhaps I'll stay just a bit longer....maybe some of your talent will rub off on me so that I can carry it home to "her".....

Purrs and whisker smoochies,

your Romeo

Pam said...

What bird wouldn't want to live in one of these. Beautiful.

Karin Corbin said...

I love the green birdcage! My passion is for designing and building birdhouses based on historical architecture.

vignette design said...

Hi Dore!
I'm baaaaaack! haha. Return visit to say that yes, I realize the whole burlap, feedsack, Belgian European look is where this is coming from. And I really love that look too. When I was at Round Top in Texas, there was a dealer who was selling the most beautiful books ever. They were all from Denmark! But it was that look, some with parchment covers, some with marbled covers, all gorgeous.
I was also considering adding my two cents in my post about the Kindle and how it is replacing books in a way. I think you should write it though! ~Delores

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I have been eyeing a beautiful old bird cage in the shop that I am in. After seeing this beautiful post I think it will be coming home with me on Saturday!

Wally B said...

I used to live near Briancon in the Hautes Alpes, and my good friend Thierry's parents had one of those bird cages on the wall of their living room. Happy Memories Dore. Thank you

Karin Corbin said...

Hi Dore, I should have left you a link to photos of the birdhouses (and dollhouses) I have designed and built.

http://karincorbin.blogspot.com/ is my primary blog where one can see behind the scenes and follow the progress on my current miniature building project, an imagined, ancient, half timbered, coastal cottage from France. Postings about it are interrupted with other things too such as the new miniature paper buildings and discussions about tools and methods of work for creating miniature buildings.

Heaven's Walk said...

I adore that last one, Dore! Is that one for sale? These beautiful cages makes me want to have a couple little birds singing in my house. :)

xoxo laurie

Gypsea Nurse said...

I would have never known! They are all so so beautiful!! You do amazing work as well!

Cielo Azul Jewelry said...

I had no idea there were such beautiful bird cages!!!! I'd love to live in the first one too=0) Thank you so much for educating me. These are all SO lovely.

Have a great night,

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

I LOVE that you have a collection! It's one of those things that I always want to bring home with me, but never do. I have no problem collecting cutie birds that could live in those cages. There is just such wonderful decor out and about celebrating and "singing" the praises of two captivating creations :) XO to you! Kelly

Young at Heart said...

how very beautiful, I had a friend who had a huge one, quite beautiful, needed it's own room though!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Dore, I LOVE this post! Fabulously gorgeous!!!

Happy 2011!

Anne said...

I've given you a shout out about this wonderful post, come see!

Anne said...

Thanks for your lovely comment, Dore! I love the phrase "rickety little homes"...

michelle said...

Just beautiful Dore! I always wonder with vintage things, what their stories are and where they have been, the people that loved them and what they were like. It is somewhat romantic to think of all the possibilities. These bird cages make me wonder as well, what beautiful little bird inhabited them and the wonderful songs they must have sang! Thank you for sharing these and I adore your collection!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Dore,
beautiful and I just adore your collection of cages! Have a wonderful weekend.

Simple Home said...

Oh dear Dore, I love the little birdcages you've shared! You are so talented in your creating.
Have a blessed Sunday my friend :-)

WhiteWhispers2u said...

My Dear how did I miss your post, so sorry! I now know what I could be looking for you.I was just at a new friends and she had the sweetest lil birds in this beautiful cage from Pottery Barn of all places.I have a soft spot in my heart for them as well.
Stop over I have a new blog design I would love to hear what you think.~Cheers Kim

Phyllis said...

I love bird cages too and have my grandmother's old one. I remember her always having a canary in her kitchen.

Love the top aviary!!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dore
I just popped over from Anita's blog. and love all the cages you have here.. the antiques and your own creation.. so clever.. love your little bird tray[?] too.. Have a great week xxx Julie

Unknown said...

Absolutely lovely!!!

Martina said...

Awesome pix Dore - yes Birdcages are so inspiring, even without a bird. A home for our imagination!

Jenni said...

These are all so lovely! Yours is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the last few smaller, more simple ones, as well! Especially that last one! It is stunning! :)

I hope you are having a good day so far!


Unknown said...

WOW are those awesome!!! Especially the French one you made Dore, fantastic! You have such a great eye for design!!

Hugs ~

:) T

Terrell said...

Oh I just adore the first one...I think because it's just so unusual and I love the rustic chippy paint! I think birds would appreciate that french appeal too, don't you think ha!! Hope your week is great!
Hugs and all the best,
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Drawn to The Sea said...

I so agree... old birdcages are like old clocks. They speak to our hearts.

Peaceful day,

Verde Farm said...

Beautiful blog and beautiful post. I just got a chance to visit and I’m so excited. Love your signs--love it all :)
Amy at Verde Farm

helle said...

All of them so absolutely lovely!! Thanks for sharing..


Cindy Adkins said...

Beyond gorgeous, Dore!!! I hope you got my email!!!

French Basketeer.com said...

I'm back to life after the long beach flea this weekend! I LOVE birdhouses, and birds, but can't bring myself to have a caged one so I feed the wild ones. These are fine examples and reasonably priced, as antique ones get crazy expensive. I love yours, they are in budget! wishing you a lovely week!

LaPouyette said...

Hello Dore,
These bird cages/houses are some of the most beautiful ones I've seen for a long time!!

Lovely and very interesting post, Thanks!

Greetings from the Périgord

Unknown said...

Those bird cages are unbelievably beautiful. Oh, I love them! They fetch quite a high ticket (and the craftsmanship & antiquity is worth every penny). I love your little collection, too. If at anytime you feel you can do without the very last gray one, let me know. I'm in love with it. Thank you for sharing such a pretty post with us.


joanna said...


All was fabulous -- and I couldnt agree more with your love for vintage bird cages-house. However, you work is lovely and affordable -- so I may not spend 3600, on a vintage piece but I would buy yours.
Merci--- Yes I received the beautiful hand painted poetry & bird plaque. First let me say it came nicely wrapped package with great attention to detail in shipping & handling.
Gave me great confidence in ordering from you again, for I know it will arrive safely.

Secondly, I love it, I cannot say enough about this pretty painting on wood. I loved it the first moment I saw it on your blog, and now as I look at it in my home, I wonder why I waited to buy it. All I can say it was not an impulse buy , however more out of love for the beauty of this piece.

This will be my inspiration piece, and I am going to take pictures of it and place it on my side bar with reference to your blog, and also use it in place of the fleur de lis I often use at the end of my poetry on my blog.

At one time I had a floral and herb business and its name was 'bird hill gardens' so it has a deeper & richer meaning then just a pretty piece.

The last thing I would like to mention is the quality -- often and I am sure this happens to others as well that something looks great in the photo but when it arrives, well disappointment, NOT HERE -- when I opened the package it was everything I imaged.



Burlap Luxe said...

Je vous remercie beaucoup pour vos belles paroles.

"STRAY birds of summer come to my window

to sing and fly away.

And yellow leaves of autumn,

which have no songs,

flutter and fall there with a sigh."


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I had a lot of fun putting it together. I would love your feedback on it if you've got a spare minute.

Rosemary said...

Love these!!
I have a lot of birdcages too!!
I think they are so pretty decorating a space.
Have a fantastic weekend,

*❀* said...

i am so glad to have visited your sweet pretty blog

via Anita's lovely post.

warmest wishes xx


Debra@CommonGround said...

Love this post, I'm so glad you linked up with VIF!!!

Sandy said...

A designer after my own heart! A touch nature will never go out of style. I love that first bird cage so unusual and so out of my budget but lovely nonetheless.

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

How beautiful! Love the one you built!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma chère amie, Doré!

Oh, tes paroles de tendresse me touchent; je suis émue de ton amitié et fidelité de venir, même si tu es occupée!

Tout va bien chez moi; je suis un petit peu crevée, mais autrement, contente! J'ai envie de CRÉER ma notre renovation chez nous continue, mais nous sommes en train de finir.

Merci pour être venue, et je t'embrasse tendrement....Anita

Anonymous said...

The birdcages are amazing!They are gorgeous. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your blog is fantastic.


Tamra said...

Oh my gosh I love that first one hanging on the wall!!!

I would love to have that hanging in my barn/home, but at that price I will just have to admire it from afar, sigh.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW I would be happy with just one of those, they are stunning!!!

Rachel Wright {The Inspired House of Wright} said...


I'm obsessed with all things birds right now!

btw- I'm from Atlanta! :)

paperbird said...

i collect bird cages- these are all so stunning.
i especially LOVE the first one and have not seen that style before.
thank you for sharing the beauty!

Anonymous said...

Cool bird cages!

ChiPPy-SHaBBy said...

AmAziNg BirdCages!*!*!
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

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