Sheron Cardin's Input...: More Decorator Talk; Living With Nature is Living With...

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

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My backyard has turned into an aviary this year for several reasons...here are some sure fire elements if you want to attract birds to your backyard...

  • I am building a water feature with a waterfall, bubbler, and a fire pit  pond aka bird bath!

  • Birds eat dry dog food as evidence is left behind on the bowl dog food Who knew!

  • Patio draperies are perfect for nesting   patio (Excuse the disheveled panels, we just had a wind storm blow through here and yes, those are x-mas lights I leave on year round...they make great mood lighting in the evenings...better than candle glow.)

I love birds and used to spread bird seed in the back half acre just for them but they have moved to the main house for the above reasons. Why not? Everyone is looking for spa bathrooms, 24/7 gourmet buffet dining, and a room with a view!

However, with birds come the bird droppings! I am freaked out about the mess and I want to deter them from hanging out on the tops of the fabric panels. I have shoved rolled up newspaper in the nooks and crannies and have a bowl of pebbles to toss at them, hoping they will consider the patio an unsafe place to raise their children. I have a moratorium on the nest building for the moment but I don't think it is going to hold.

While sitting on the patio today...browsing the Sunday paper, I look up and start watching a skinny little sparrow walk this little ledge above the drape. First he sits in the corner to see if there is enough space to build a nest, looks around and takes a couple of steps and repeats. He is trying to figure out if his sweetheart will fit and be comfy. He quickly darts away to the big tree in back. I can just tell he is going to get his sweetheart to come check out the new digs. Sure enough here they come, land right in the spot he wanted to share with her and they investigate in the same way...sit, look around, then move 2 steps and repeat.

Ah, no...I don't think so! I slip my shoes on, shooed them off and grabbed another piece of the Sunday paper quickly shoving it into the new digs with my handy stick. I return to my chair and watch. 

Here they come. They're looking, checking out the changes, hopping and squatting, investigating the new digs. Do they think I am trying to build them a better location like a developer? Or maybe they are wondering who built a nest so darn fast! Uh-oh, they like it. I run for the sports section of the paper and wad that up adding to the bulk, hoping they won't like that model. I sit back again to observe.

At that moment it occurred to me that birds look for housing just like we do...

  • Timing/need
  • Location
  • Fit

This is worth a post in AR I thought! I am really enjoying this like a scientist. Birds are just like people or is it people are just like birds? Does the word Empty Nestor's ring a bell? I don't know if I am going to win this battle but the moral of the story is: well, I don't know what it is yet...but I am thinking I should make my next patio draperies out of washable tub drapes secured by large rings on a thin rod since I am going to end up using these for their original purpose...canvas drop cloths! Just another day...

 

Namaste

Comment balloon 22 commentsSheron Cardin • March 18 2007 04:01PM

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SOAR! Birds of a feather flock together here on AR!

Hope you find a peaceful agreement with your real feathered friends. Squawk,cheep, chirp, peep....

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 12 years ago
No suggestions eh? I really need help. I am going out of town for a week and am afraid they are going to take over. Squawk!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Obviously it's the female species that makes the final decision on the home!
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) over 12 years ago
Danny - that is a funny take I must say. I must be loosing my sense of humor to have missed that one. Thanks for your slant.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron,

I've said it before and I'll say it again....I LOVE your posts!  They are hillarious and keep me laughing throughout the day (which, as you know, isn't great in a business situation :)  You're bookmarked and starred, thank you for a good laugh!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Hi Sheron - All I could think of when reading this was Alfred Hitchcock's "the birds".  Maybe they are really taking over in CA! (lol)!!!!   No worries about birds today here in NY, I think it's too cold for them.  (too cold for humans too)!

I have a brother who lives in Irvine.  Are you close to there?  Anyway, I think I should call him now and warn him that the birds are coming (LMAO).

Posted by Maureen Graziano (Third Eye Home Staging) over 12 years ago
Sheron, egg-ceptional blog, as always. Glad to see you are stopping to smell the roses (or scrape bird poop) on a sunny Sunday. You always give me a smile...thanks!
Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 12 years ago

suggestions hummm...ing bird let me think....OK - some restaurants here have these large plastic OWLS to deter bird guests from landing on the patrons - the Owl is a bird of prey of course so the others skeddaddle when they see them until they figure it out (I've seen them at Walmart)... also plastic snakes seem to be used as well... make a SCARE crow?

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 12 years ago

Carole - thanks for laughing...I'll remember that as I grab my footstool to climb higher with my stick and newspaper...this is my 100th post and it is about poop and evictions ;) Now that's funny!

Maureen - me too! It's not like we have a shortage of trees so what is the need for my patio? Does global warming have anything to do with this??? One of my Decorating Den partners way back in the 80's lived in Irvine where we had our weekly meetings...I am smack in the center of California right now and the only water we have here is our flood basins or whatever you call them...a cut out in the ground to allow for run off during the rainy season...anyway, we call it Lake Selma. Irvine is in South Orange County...aka Heaven on Earth.

Sue - yep, that's me...the pooper scooper. At least the horses are gone now...cause that's real big you-know-whats.

Karen - owls??? I sold the 2 we had in my last yard sale with the price tags still on them. We bought them to keep the woodpeckers away...I think they got bored and left on their own.

Thanks for stopping by everyone. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

OK, there has been a compromise I am willing to live with. I have extended the moratorium to the outskirts of drapery land. The love birds can build their nest away from the fabric as pictured here...the newspaper has been extended another 300%

compromise

Another natural phenomenon is the dog (I guess I am still on my brain brake) My wild child Copper has not left this truck in 4 days except to eat. There is some thing she wants very badly living under this truck. I did not know for sure until today that there are baby rabbits under there. She is covered in engine grease trying to crawl under. She is resting temporarily as seen below

copper

So once she either catches the babies or they escape, she is trapped by her instincts. While I am watching the birds build their nests and copper rabbit sitting, I will try to figure out what to do with this jimmy fix for a leaky faucet. I believe that is a plastic bag tied around that faucet.

faucet

I am a city girl lost in a country mind set. My idea of nature is a painting of the landscape of Taos. I promise my next post will have pretty pictures in it.

 

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

BarredOwlBarred Owl Plano, TX Holifield Science Center

WhOOO needs plastic when you got the real thing? I'll be right over

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 12 years ago

Karen - you are a hoot! It's too late...they got me...

tippi

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

 Sheron,

Just another friend trying to help in any way I can. 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 12 years ago
You are sure to keep all living things away...including me!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Just saw the baby rabbit and Copper is no where in sight...

rabbit

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

LOVE the snake and the baby cottontail!  Cooper was asleep on the job. I'm a nature freak!!! One of my previous "adventures" here in Dallas been, "trail guide and animal handler"wylie coyote Here's another friend that lives in da hood where I live...wylie coyote- do you think he's a good selling point? 

 

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 12 years ago

COPPER --- sorry not cooper... my bad and I know how sensitive animals can be

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 12 years ago

We are surrounded by coyote's howling all night long...sometimes we have stereo howls. I have only seen one and they are so raunchy looking. How fun that you were an animal handler. What did you do exactly? We should have a past life group...I think it would be interesting.

I would recommend that you don't show houses at night!!! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

  home staging bearThis is as wild as it gets at my house. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 12 years ago
Ahhhhh, thatsanicea!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
I worked at a nature center for the school district when I first moved to Texas for 4 school years. I led school kids from grades K -5 on tours of the blackland prairie (the area of No. Texas we reside on) and also taught the animal lessons on alternate days which included animal handling from snakes, rats, turtles, oppossum, birds to anything that was young enough to handle that would come in (sometimes baby coyotes, squirrels, racoons, you name it whose moms had died or sometimes were taken from attics) but they'd be released into the wild when old enough.  The only animal I decided I did not like to handle was the rat - he bit me and it was not a pretty bite those buck teeth are like hooks and they don't let go!  It was fun and I still go out there when I get the chance.  I  was also a docent at an old farmstead here too, dressed up in "little house on the prairie style" garb and led 3rd graders on the tour of the farm.  My daughter thought it was a hoot!  Yeah, we've all had some fun times!  A "past life" post hummmm....Sheron I'd be interested in yours!
Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 12 years ago

Karen - I forgot to reply...soooo sorry! Your past life sounds very interesting. Kinda like an average day around here in Selma!!!

laughing cat

My past? Hmmm, what can I say...since I am a valley girl from LA, I didn't see my first pig until I was 26. There was a truckload of pink pigs outside the restaurant I was dining in and when I came out and saw them...I couldn't believe my eyes! They were pink with squiggly tails and snorting. I was shrieking like a pig myself saying "Oh look! Pigs! Real Pigs!". Now mind you, this is in the Rocky Mountain High town of Evergreen just West of Denver. Everyone was looking at me like I was nuts. 

I also owned a restaurant and added a pizza oven for all the single guys (I am very thoughtful!) so to market the pizza's, I would bribe the security guy to go around to all the swimming pools on his motor scooter and get pizza orders. Can you picture that? A security guard in his uniform on a motor scooter pulling up to all the babes at the pools? He was in HOG heaven. Too funny!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

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