Above you see the birdcage purchased on Wednesday at Goodwill. The bottom section was plastic, not attractive and had a big crack, so it was pitched. After a bit of fiddling around (this translates to multiple instances of trying out things that wouldn't fit at all for ages) here is how it looks as current centerpiece on the dining room table:
Its base is now a wicker tray that fits the cage circumference perfectly. Inside is a little wooden vase full of bird feathers, a metal candle holder like a stylized sunflower with votive light in it and a miniature rattan chair with a ceramic pear on it. Everything except the feathers came from thrift shops. There is a piece of posterboard behind it to eliminate the clutter on the other side of the room from view. I am excited about this as a decorative jumping off place; thinking ahead to other occasions during the holidays and seasons it seems destined to play a role early and often.
Do you have a special piece, a tray, wooden box, unusual cloche or other item that is a go-to regular in your decorating efforts? Are you thinking ahead to the fall and winter months, making plans for a replay of an old favorite or eager to try a new idea that just sprang to mind?
Have a safe and fun long weekend if you and your family are together for Labor Day.