Birdhouses for Fun and Function (and a good cause)


THERE WAS SO MUCH TO SHOW YOU in last week’s post about artist Stephanie Reit‘s garden that I saved her wonderful birdhouse collection for another time. Now’s the time.


The birdhouses that dot her East Hampton backyard are both attractive as garden ornaments and well-used by the local birds.


But there’s yet another layer to Stephanie’s birdhouse fascination. Each year, around this time, she makes a whimsical sculptural assemblage in the form of a birdhouse to donate to the annual Artist and Celebrity Bird House Auction, a fundraiser for the South Fork Breast Health Coalition.


That’s this year’s delightful ‘piano’ birdhouse, above. See below for a peek at a few she’s done in the past:



About cara

I blog for fun at, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here:
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5 Responses to Birdhouses for Fun and Function (and a good cause)

  1. Nancy says:

    Can’t believe no one has commented! These are jsut wonderful! Whimsical, folkloric and magical.

  2. Julie says:

    Me too… So glad I found your blog.. these are just delightful.. I am your new follower and when I get time will be sure to go back through your older posts… ciao Julie

  3. cara says:

    Welcome, Julie – all the way from Australia! Love your idea of using a blog to explore an alter ego and, as you say, ‘snap out of the doldrums.’ Hope you have as much fun with it as I have with mine.

  4. Don says:

    I tried to view your pictures on your blog, but cannot view them. We are always looking for new ideas.

  5. cara says:

    That’s right, Don. Unfortunately, due to my own tech-stupidity, I’ve lost about seven months worth of blog images (Aug’09-Feb’10). I’ll be working to gradually restore them, but it will take a while. I’ll get to the birdhouse one right away, since you were interested enough to inquire. Thanks for reaching out.

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