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Decorating with Bird Nests | Shabby Chic Style

Decorating with Bird Nests | Shabby Chic Style
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At the risk of turning into  a Portlandia cliché, I’m really fond of birds’ nests as a decorative motif. Exhibit A: this ring, purchased at a shop in, ahem, Portland (Maine, not Oregon). The symbolism may be heavy-handed, but nests do make me feel happy and cozy.

Put a Bird’s Nest On It

Fortunately, the marketplace agrees with me. Any vaguely French Country or Shabby Chic home shop is likely to have a supply of nests in its inventory. The problem is that I can never find a good spot for them now that I live with a 3-year-old who likes to play indoor baseball.

On a recent visit to the wonderful Twin Elm Farm in Peterborough, New Hampshire, inspiration struck. I picked up three cute little nests, all priced under $12 and realized that they would look great on the wall of my bedroom, right above a Turkish birdcage I found at Brimfield.

Fly home.


I simply hot-glued the eggs and feathers in place and mounted the nests on wall hooks. It’s an inexpensive and naturalistic way to dress up the wall, and I love the way these objects work together.

Use hot glue to keep the eggs in place.



Amy Traverso


Amy Traverso


Senior lifestyle editor Amy Traverso oversees Yankee's Food and Home & Garden departments and contributes articles to the magazine. Amy book, The Apple Lover's Cookbook (W.W. Norton), won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for the category American. Follow !
Updated Thursday, March 1st, 2012

2 Responses to Decorating with Bird Nests | Shabby Chic Style

  1. Heather A March 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I love it. Put an egg on it.


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