Hey Kirkland. How about that storm?! After gas stations were running out of gas and the flashlight and battery aisles at Fred Meyer were mayhem in anticipation of Seattle's Armageddon Storm of 2016, it's good to know we all made it through. Homecomings canceled, stores closed early....and then finally, at about 7pm last night the wind picked up and rain started slamming into our windows like a fire-hose. Five minutes later it was calm, and my husband was yelling at the window at nobody in particular, as if to provoke Mother Nature herself, "Is THAT all you've GOT???!! That's it?!" I prefer to look at it as a great practice exercise in our family's emergency preparedness. And bonus: I was in sweatpants by 5pm that day.
Prior to the perfect storm, I had a chance to meander into a new shop called The Birdcage, at 132 Central Way (previously Chalet Cadeau) and meet its lovely owner, Terry Millson. Terry had a furniture store in the middle east for 32 years and has decided to bring her interior design expertise here to Kirkland. She is partnering with her daughter, Nadia, who is at NYU's art school studying design. The large open space holds treasures both old and new from around the world. This is unlike going to a Pottery Barn or West Elm (opening 10/20 in Bvue btw) where there's a good chance your friends might select the same items for their living rooms. AWKWARD.
Terry places emphasis on being unique and offering high quality items that she knows she can stand behind. "An interior should be as interesting as the person who lives/works there," she touts, and says that her one of a kind things express personality and bring character to a space. There are giant Moroccan doors, rare tapestry pillows and, yes, there are plenty of birdcages which almost feel like an architectural sculpture themselves. Of course she does interior design consulting and they also offer custom upholstery. A wide variety of furnishings and accessories can accommodate anyone's individualized style. Go check it out for yourself.
The Birdcage is open Mon-Thurs 10-6, Sat 10-7 and Sun 11-5. 425-803-6854.