Outdoor Accessories

Parasol Shadylace by Chris Kabel

How quickly time flies. I posted this back in 2007, and, as is usually the case, the price has changed since then. While the Shadylace certainly isn’t new to the scene, I still think it’s a lovely choice for an outdoor umbrella. Light filters through the waterproof leaf motif, making you feel as though you’re sitting underneath a tree. Such a great alternative to all those semi-boring umbrellas out there.

Available in white or green.
Wood, steel, polyester (PE).

Dia. 7′ x H 7’5″
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Price: $390.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign.com

Tweet Bird feeder

Here’s my tweet: Bring more fauna into your life with this sheet metal bird feeder with white epoxy coating.

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Price: $19.95
Available from: CB2

Mini Grill with Cool Bag

It’s starting to be picnic weather, and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited.

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Price: $40.00
Available from: Greener Grass Design

Bacsac Mobile Gardening Containers

Here’s a perfect gift for a garden loving friend who perhaps only has porch or balcony space.

Imported from France.

Purchase Information:

Price: $108 and up.
Available from: A + R Store

Outdoor Kitchen Plans by Nina Tolstrup

If you took a quick look through the few pics of London’s Design Festival 2010, you might have caught a glance at Nina Tolstrup’s Outdoor kitchen. Seeing as the plans are free and available for download, you might want to check it out and see if it’s suitable for your own outdoor area. (Also, in case you’re curious, Nina made the kitchen for the outside deck of her family’s small Beach Chalet, that we did a quick post on back in ’08.)

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Price: $FREE
Available from: studiomama

Cast Iron Fire Bowl

We featured this fire bowl way back in ’08, but now that it has a Stainless Grill top option, it’s pretty much the perfect thing for these early fall evening dinners… or S’mores, of course.

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Price: $465.00
Available from: DWR

Pila Outdoor Showers

The clean lines of this barely there shower head would work in any modern garden. The units come with integrated teak bases in the higher priced models or an adapter is included for connection with a standard garden hose.

Stainless Steel construction for outdoor durability.

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Price: $619.00 and up
Available from: Calazzo

Wheel Easy Wheelbarrow

Yeah, it’s a wheelbarrow. Borrrring, you say. Not so. In fact, the redesigning of commonplace things is really where the excitement begins. We all get used to how things look and function, and sometimes we forget that simple improvements can make a huuuge difference. Case in point, this wheelbarrow.

The metal container is replaced by durable, vinyl-coated canvas. This means you load it from the ground, no repetitive lifting. Just sweep/push/roll whatever you’re moving onto the canvas. If you’ve ever raked leaves or done other yardwork, you’ll know this would make one heck of a difference. The cart’s center of gravity is low, so you lift a smaller portion of weight too. Also, it’s collapsible for easy storage and transport. All this improves the quality of life for those of us moving/gardening/cleaning/etc., which is the whole point of design, isn’t it?

The canvas supports up to 150 lbs.

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Price: $65.00
Available from: UncommonGoods

Flower Grenade

These “Throw and Grow” flower grenades take guerilla gardening to the next level. Just be careful not to hit anyone; these babies would hurt.

Design by Tony Minh Nguyen and Snowhome for Suck UK
Pack of 3.

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Price: £12.00
Available from: SUCK UK

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SR Patio Garden

Remember the Raised Garden Box Kit? If the DIY aspect put you off, Scout Regalia now has an assembled patio garden option. If you’d rather use some elbow grease to save the $100, the DIY kit is still available as well.

SR Patio Garden (Assembled), $185.00
SR Patio Garden Kit DIY (lumber not included), $95.00

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Price: $85.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

Box for the Birds

We’ve featured a few birdhouses before, but this will be the first one where you will get the satisfaction of putting it together yourself. No tools are needed either, it snaps (and unsnaps) together in about a minute. Great for kids or ones not so confident in their hand skills.

Measures 10.5″h x 8.5″w x 9.35″d when assembled.

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Price: $34.00
Availability: Buy Box for the Birds here

Food Map Container

What looks like a small bath tub on wheels is a growing space for an edible garden. It features a special contoured base that drains water quickly and evenly to prevent plants from over-soaking, but also has a central reservoir where a small amount of water collects to keep the soil moist longer. Comes in a Short or Tall configuration, and is priced at $150 and $160 respectively.

Manufactured in Los Angeles County.
Designer: Food Map
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Price: $150.00
Available from: FoodMap Design

Picnic Set by Carina Ahlburg

Has spring officially sprung? I’d say so, and it’s got me daydreaming of afternoons at the park. I’m not a huge person for picnics, but this set by Swedish designer Carina Ahlburg has me reconsidering. Check it: plates, cups, tableware, with one big bowl for storage and/or serving, for four people.

Designer: Carina Ahlburg
Tableware is in stainless steel.
Material: Melamine.
Height 4.3″ (11 cm), 9.4″ dia. (24 cm)

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Price: $75.00
Available from: Huset-Shop.com

Cube Birdhouse by Loll

I’ve long been saying that I want to live in an anthracite cube. If only I were bird size I could live in this one.

It’s made with reclaimed milk jugs and richlite (natural wood fiber laminate).

Size – 5.5″ x 5″ x 6.5″

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Price: $68.00
Available from: gSelect

Blend Design: Birdbottle by Julie Rooney

Our first free header spot* goes to Julie Rooney of Blend Design. The Birdbottle was actually first posted on BLTD last August, but we now get a chance to ask Julie a few questions about the design:

What inspired you to create this product?
I was inspired to design the Birdbottle when I was at someoneís home and on their backyard fence they had a replica of the old Williamsburg bird bottle. It struck me as a unique take on a birdhouse and when I researched it more I discovered it had a really great history to go along with it as well. So I thought it would be great to create a modernist version of this once colonial object.

How long did it take to create a final version ready for sale?
The first initial sketch for the Birdbottle was done several years ago but I didnít actually start working on bringing it to life until my husband and I launched Blend Design which was in early 2008. It then took us about a year to get it to its final version. We did several prototypes until we got to the final end product that we are really happy with.

What were the major hurdles from first inception to final product?
The major hurdle that we encountered with creating the Birdbottle was with the actual manufacturing of the product. Being a small company we couldnít afford to do large quantities so we struggled with being as cost effective as possible. We also wanted to work with local vendors. But we discovered that many companies donít want to be bothered with such low quantity orders, which is understandable but frustrating none the less. Fortunately we were able to find some great vendors and our product is entirely manufactured in Pennsylvania.

Thanks Julie for participating in our short q&a.

More about the Birdbottle:

What once was a functional necessity in the 18th century is now a testament to modernist design and simple function. Constructed out of aluminum, the Birdbottle’s tubular profile and slanted entrance roof provide ample security for nesting birds. The polished stainless steel perch welcomes birds home and provides a perfect spot for them to sit outside and watch over the surrounding landscape. Made in the USA

$142.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $142.00
Availability: Buy Blend Design: Birdbottle by Julie Rooney here