This cat looks like she's singing . . . and calling for a feathered friend! The Here Birdie Birdie Bird House ($40) offers a bird-sized hole to draw in a flutterer. While it's pretty cute for a birdhouse is the idea of a cat eating a bird too odd for you?
We all have enough trouble keeping up with cleaning our own homes, but we shouldn't forget about the birds, either! According to the National Audubon Society, you should empty your birdseed feeders of old seed and hulls about once or twice a month, and then clean them by immersing them in a nine-to-one water-bleach solution. Rinse them thoroughly and then fill them with new seed before you replace them. Disinfecting them regularly will keep the feeders free of pathogens, bacteria that can cause disease in our beloved birdies!
Designs of all kinds were unleashed over the weekend at the Dwell on Design Expo in LA. Although I wasn't able to make it down to SoCal for the event, I have seen a ton of interesting pics, but sadly not many that cater to our four-legged pals. Not to fear – one of the companies that has me excited to see what else they can come up with is HOM, whose designs are definitely meant to remind you of nature, but possess a cool, modern flair. While looking over their website, the first thing that caught my eye was this beautiful bird house! Not only is it a cool design, it's made from environmentally safe and non-toxic materials, as not to harm those wild birdies you'd be feeding!
As an urban dweller, I don't come into contact with nature as much as I'd like. But I do have the benefit of a backyard full of birds: hummingbirds, blue jays, and all sorts of others that my amateur bird-watching skills have yet to identify.
Though bird-watching may not be the hippest hobby, there are tons of hip bird houses and bird feeders on the market right now. My favorite is probably this J Schatz Egg Bird Feeder ($125), which comes in a rainbow of colors. Here are the other great high-design bird dwellings I've found.