Most people see a piano and think that it’s just a musical instrument. Artist and musician Jonathan Miranda Sickmeyer had a different idea when he found an old upright piano on Craigslist. The thing was listed as free—the person posting it wrote that if no one wanted it, the 110-year-old piano was off to the dump. “All the keys were stripped of [their] ivory so I couldn’t salvaged any of it,” Sickmeyer recalled on Bored Panda.
Who says that our avian friends don’t deserve the same stylish accommodations as humans? These delightful birdhouses, modeled after historic architecture, give birds plenty of space to play, rest, and frolic while adding an architectural touch to the outdoors. The stylish, compact quarters are the brainchild of Douglas Barnhard, a successful cabinetmaker, who founded the home decor firm Sourgrassbuilt.
Crafted from wood scraps and succulent tiles, Barnhard lets his imagination run wild—combining the architectural styles of Frank Lloyd Wright and Joseph Eichler, and mimicking the clean lines of the Bauhaus school. Many of the birdhouses incorporate succulents, which provide a pop of color and an alluring element for birds. Walnut, bamboo, teak, and mahogany are just some of the types of rich materials that give the houses their character.
The above Eichler-inspired shelter has a movable roof with a succulent planter and a viewing window that will have our feathered friends wanting to move in permanently. Sourgrassbuilt currently has models available on Etsy that vary in pricing, depending on the size and structure.