Living in Central PA, I find this time of year most uninspiring when it comes to decorating my house. While I’m glad the clutter of the holidays is gone, I still like to have color and interesting details fill my home. 

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Of course, it’s too early for spring. I also don’t really do Valentine’s Day and if I see another pinecone, I might scream. Thankfully, the other day inspiration struck when I was doing a little shopping at Walmart. Yes, I was somehow inspired by Walmart. Alert the design gods. Anywho, the store had just received a huge shipment of “exotic angel plants,” and I knew they’d add the perfect amount of freshness, life, and inspiration to my space. So, I loaded up my cart and off I went.

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With my plants on hand, I was ready to break out another new treasure! This past November I was extremely fortunate to find this old chicken feeder on eBay. Normally, these suckers come with a hefty price tag. Luck was on my side, and I was able to pick up this guy for under $40 (with shipping). Talk about a steal. I actually never even opened the box until yesterday. It sat in my basement untouched for three months. Get it together, Michael! 

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

So, I simply put in my plants, added a few candlesticks, tucked in a little moss – and a centerpiece was born! I love how the plants are peeking out of the rusty galvanized screen. The candlesticks add a little sparkle and glam. It’s all the things I love.  

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

I have a terrible track record with these plants. (Though, I blame myself because I probably should not be buying something with “exotic” in its name.) But that doesn’t stop me from trying. Hopefully, I can keep them alive for at least a few months. At $2.50 each, it seemed worth the risk. 

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

While it’s not much, this little centerpiece definitely got my creative brain working. I’m excited to tackle a few other areas in my house in hopes of no longer being uninspired by this season. How do you decorate this time of year?  

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  • Anonymous at

    Wow! That turned out perfect! Well done! Your comment about one more pinecone made me laugh out loud! You have inspired me, i have the day off and just might freshen up-spring up my table! Thanks, Sharon

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Sharon! I’m so glad you like it. The fresh plants make all the difference.

  • Anonymous at

    This looks so cool! The chicken feeder is so unique. You always put things together that I would never think of–and it always looks so good. I feel kind of inspired to buy some real plants now too, especially since my decorating is non-existent at this time of year.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m loving the chicken feeder! Oh the possibilities. Thank you very much!

  • Donya Mullins at

    I love this whole room! The ferns with the candles are perfect in the chicken feeder and makes the table look fabulous.
    Thanks for sharing and A Southern Soul is inspired!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much Donya! It’s one of my favorite spaces in my house.

  • Glenda at

    This is gorgeous I love anything to do with chickens I wanted to pin this but I’m a dummy pin it on your board where we can show our friends. Thanks

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Glenda – there is a ‘pin it’ button at the bottom of this post and I have pinned it to my boards as well. Hope that helps. Thank you!

  • Amy at

    Looks fabulous!

  • Heather at

    That looks really great!

  • wendy at

    I’ve a feeder like this one and I think I’ll ‘borrow’ your idea. Did you leave the plants in their pots or plant directly into the feeder? Did you place plastic in first to prevent drips/leaks? Looks really good!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Wendy – good points I totally forgot to mention. This is why the comment section rocks! I just set the pots, in their original plastic containers, directly into the feeder. Since it’s already rusted, I don’t really care. Plus, I will probably take the plants out to water them. Hope that helps.

  • peachyplum at

    How gorgeous would this be for a rustic wedding centerpiece? LOVE!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awesome! Love that idea!

  • Alli at

    I would absolutely freak out if I found something like that!!!
    NICE FIND Michael!!!!
    Great call on loading it with the plants too!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I know. I was freaking out a little bit too! I still can’t believe it! Haha. Thank you!

  • twentyphive at

    In LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with the chicken feeder. You never cease to inspire me, Michael. Thank you for that!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      How kind of you! Thank so much.

  • Deb Hornick Gotham at

    This is what you’ve done with the chicken feeder!

  • Sharon at

    Love the green – it’s so welcome this time of year – and love unusual things used in unusual ways (the chicken feeder). Really pops with the yellow – so cheerful! Enjoying seeing all the things you are doing, and especially love the colors.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s so fun to play around with different objects and give them new functions. So glad you are loving it. 🙂

  • Sheila at

    I am so jealous. I want a chicken feeder. You got it for a great price.

  • Anonymous at

    Love the entire room…that chicken feeder is so cool !! You really brought it to life with those pretty plants and candle sticks. Wish you could come decorate for me in Southern California !
    Thanks for all the inspiring posts.


  • Designs By Pinky at

    Wow, great find, Michael!!! It looks awesome on your table. I am buying plants right now too. I like the feeling of something alive in the house during the winter. Pinky

  • camille at

    Great centrepiece and I definitely agree, a splash of green plant life colour should always be welcome in any home.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! Yes, I’m totally loving the green.

  • karen@somewhatquirky at

    Man I’ve had one of these for about 8 years and still haven’t done a damn thing with it! Probably because my vision for it (plate holder or kitchen lighting) doesn’t match the capabilities of my home. I have a hard time finding spaces that are long enough to put it on. Maybe I’ll do this on my mantle this spring.

  • Bon at

    I really like the rust and the gleam of the glass together with the fresh plants. Anything ‘chickeny’ I am saving for the real deal; my dream is to someday actually have my own girls! Just 3 would be great. I did pin this onto my ‘Around the House’ board, to inspire me as the fresh yellow walls are like the ones in my sunroom.

  • Unknown at

    This is just beautiful. Really.

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    Ridiculously cool! But totally in the wrong house… yes, that indeed is jealousy talking. 🙂

    LOVE it M!

  • Wild Oak Designs at

    I never thought of an old chicken feeder as decorative….but now I will be looking. That is the most inspiring use for one ever! I love the plants and then the added candlesticks. Genius!
    Come for a visit to my blog

  • The Nester at

    Michael, love the chicken feeder but I can’t keep my eyes off the baubbles on your chandelier! Round crystals? Glass ornaments? I searched and found where you bought it but it looks like it had normal not so stunning crystals to start with, I’m sure you’ve talked about it, did I miss it? Those glass balls are to die for!!!

  • HollowSquirrel at

    Love the chicken feeder — fabulous, but can I bother you for the paint color? Our dining room is orange creamsicle, and I want more of what color you have. I hope you can help! thank you!!!

  • Jessica @ FourGenerationsOneRoof at

    I’m new here and this is the bomb! LOVE it! I want a chicken feeder now 🙂 Pinned to the Better Homes & Garden “blogger home projects board” 🙂

  • Terri at

    That looks fantastic! I just love your design style. I am slowing decorating our new home and stop by your blog daily for inspiration. Word of caution on the Walmart plants…..treat for bugs even if you don’t see any right away. I am speaking from a rather embarrassing experience. They can make indoor dining seem very outdoorsy without much notice. On my way to check out the Threshold line at Target!

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