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Outdoor Accessories

The Weather Station

You need a smartphone to check the weather? Pfft. You wouldn’t if you had this Weather Station affixed outside within view of the kitchen sink. Best Made Co. has joined forces with a manufacturer in Germany to bring you a weather station that does things the old fashioned way. A thermometer and a hygrometer simultaneously read heat and humidity; when both needles cross in the hatched section of the gauge, you’ll know it’ll be a pleasant day. Those city folk can have their phones- you’ll rely on something that’ll never need a power cord, thank you very much.
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Price: $178.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Portable Barbecue by Groovebox

Don’t say goodbye to outdoor eating just yet- Groovebox has this oh-so-convenient Portable Barbecue to get us grilling out on our patios/parks/campsites in the crisp fall air. The whole design breaks down flat to make transport easy (it has a carry bag), so make sure to bring it with you on your next outing. Don’t forget the marshmallows.
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Price: $72.00
Available from: Horne

Sunda: 2+ Person Tent & All-in-One Hammock

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, chances are you’ll be interested in the Sunda Tent & Hammock. Configure it into its tent mode, and you’ll have 35 square feet of livable space that’s perfect for two people. Or, should you find yourself on rocky ground, take it into its hammock version, which becomes a one-person, all-in-one hammock shelter. Plus, there’s a ‘Fly Light’ mode that’s suited for a more casual, outdoor, day shelter. So many options, all with the same pack of materials. There’s a ton of extra features: Lumos™ light enhancing fabric, interior zippered pockets for storage, hanging loops for gear… they all add up to a well suited shelter for your next outdoor adventure. Learn more on their Kickstarter Page.
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Price: $299.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Hose Jockey Wall Mount

If a messy hose situation is ruining the appeal of your outdoor area, you’d best get things sorted with an appropriate storage solution. There’s many storage options around for much less than this one, but most are slightly depressing in that they’re made of plastic or have unnecessary/disappointing decorative accents. Ten10 Design’s Hose Jockey, on the other hand, keeps hoses tidy without offending your design sensibilities, and is made of industrial-grade, powder-coated steel.
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Price: $119.00
Available from: Modernica

Arbor Birdhouse

I know next to nothing about birds, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a birdhouse. And, hey, there’s no way I’m going to settle for just any birdhouse, because there are standards to uphold, aren’t there? This Arbor House is made from recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE)- that translates into 24 recycled milk jugs- and thermally modified maple. That means no maintenance whatsoever, except for cleaning it out each season, of course. There’s also the Pitch, Rapson, and Cube birdhouses to consider, all in various colors from Loll Designs.
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Price: $106.00
Available from: Loll Designs

Mirtoon Automatic Hose Reel

Have you seen any decent garden hose storage options? If you have, please don’t keep it to yourself. If you haven’t, I may need to bite the bullet and buy the Mirtoon Automatic Hose Reel, as it doesn’t offend my very finicky design sensibilities. It’s wall mounted, can pivot 180 degrees, and automatically stops and retracts with a little tug. The spray gun has 5 settings and an adjustable nozzle. Sure, it could be a tiny bit more streamlined, but that’s being extremely picky considering the alternatives.
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Price: $240.00 - 471.00
Available from: Luminaire

NeighBirds Birdhouse

There’s never a bad time to put up a birdhouse, especially if that birdhouse is modular. A modular birdhouse? Yep, thanks to the hexagonal log shape of the NeighBirds Birdhouse, it can be paired with other units as your avian neighborhood grows. The soft polyester strap won’t damage your tree and stretches to accommodate more houses.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Gessato

Eva Solo To Go Grill

A small, portable grill that looks a little like a bento box gets a big ‘yes, please’ from anyone who has ever eaten outdoors. It’s a charcoal grill, so there’s nothing complicated about it. A built-in handle and a nylon strap secures the whole thing together to make transport extra easy to the backyard, beach, or campsite. Silicone handles, dishwasher-safe parts, and a black enamel finish all further add to the function and overall aesthetic.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Gessato

Plodes Wave Outdoor Fire Pit

Fall and fire pits go hand in hand, don’t they? If you’re in the market for a new one, set your sights on the new Plodes Wave Outdoor Fire Pit. It’s one heck of a looker, with only two pieces of plate steel welded into a round form that easily encourages friends and family to gather ’round. Take note of the sine wave along its outer shell’s bottom edge, which forms a stable tripod base. Both versions (30″ or 40″ dia.) are finished with a rust patina.
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Price: $1,755.00 - 2,310.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Litho Hammocks

American flags and hammocks go together like peanut butter and jelly as far as I’m concerned. So, when an American flag hammock has an easy-to-setup strap system that allows for hanging in less than 30 seconds, I’m going to sit up and pay attention.

Litho Hammocks utilize Cam Buckles and two 11 ft. straps to make installation a breeze. The extra long straps allow you to put the hammock almost anywhere. No tree damage either, as the webbing won’t cut into bark like other ropes. Do you like your own existing hammock, but it could be easier to set up? Not to worry, there’s the option for a simple conversion kit as well.
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Price: $30.00 - 85.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Aquart Outdoor Shower

Remember me halfway promising to find more outdoor showers for you? Here’s one, and it’s exactly the sort of thing you could make if you were truly industrious but you probably won’t because it’s $200. Seletti’s Aquart Outdoor Shower has a hefty cement base and polished copper fittings. Hook it up to a hose, and voilĂ ! You’re ready to have your very own outdoor shower experience. Now, how to make sure you get hot water instead of cold? Maybe have a very long black hose? Hmm.
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Price: $204.00
Available from: Gessato

Lean-To by Scout Regalia and Reunion Goods & Services

That summer sun is so damn hot sometimes, isn’t it? How to get some relief without denying yourself the freedom of the outdoors? Get a Lean-To, like this one from Scout Regalia and Reunion Goods & Services. It’s a simple shade structure, with front and side panels that open up to let the breeze in. It’s easy to assemble and easy to knock down, and it also comes with a travel bag to make things easy. Set it up at the beach or in your own backyard to beat the heat.
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Price: $499.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

Viteo Outdoor Shower

Does anyone else feel like they need an outdoor shower? It’s sort of a no-brainer if you’ve got a pool or lakeside retreat, or if you just love to bathe al fresco. But what do you do when there’s not existing plumbing to support a regular shower? You get an outdoor shower that hooks up to your garden hose, that’s what.
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Price: $1,250.00
Available from: Luminaire

Yellow Leaf Hammocks

Did you have a nice Memorial Day Weekend? Now that summer is unofficially here, perhaps we should discuss hammocks. Yea or nay? I believe the correct answer is ‘yea’- though if you voted ‘nay’ it’s probably due to the fact that most hammocks aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing things. However, Yellow Leaf Hammocks have several that look entirely decent, and you’ll probably even grow to love the stripes (colorful or neutral) after spending a lazy afternoon reclining in one. And, by the way, relax a little- it’s summer.
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Price: $145.00+
Available from: Yellow Leaf Hammocks

Prism Steel Chiminea

If you’re going to have a chimney, it might as well be a geometric, prism-like one. Raw, hand-welded steel will develop a patina (that’s a nice word for rust, by the way) over time and the chimney is removable for cleaning.
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Price: $698.00
Available from: Terrain