Outdoor Accessories

Ceramic Birdhouse

This little ceramic birdhouse is on sale- $96.00 down from $120.00. And, if you are concerned about its credentials, don’t worry: it’s made from clay fired in a kiln that’s powered by renewable energy, glazed with an earth-friendly lead-free glaze, has a reclaimed cedar wood roof, and hangs from a suede cord. Satisfied? Also, wouldn’t this be a nice Mother’s Day gift?
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Price: $96.00
Available from: Branch Home

Handmade Cedar Wood Rope Swing

If you have a tree where a swing would work and 150 bucks lying around*, what are you waiting for? The weather is nice and ripe for appreciation, and a tree swing is just the thing to entice you and your friends/family oudoors. This handcrafted swing by Dzierlenga F+U is made from local cedar in upstate NY and can be personalized with a message, name, or initals. Talk about a great housewarming gift, eh? There’s also the Carved Oak Rope Swing ($188) which has a nice curve to it.
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Price: $155.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Grado Wall or Stake Thermometer

On this first day of spring, perhaps you will consider an outdoor thermometer. Sure, some/most of us rely on our smart phones to tell us the weather, but there’s something exceptionally nice about just looking out the window and knowing what to expect when we step outside. Available in a wall-mounted window thermometer ($43.79) as well as standing thermometer with stake ($81.39).

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Price: $43.79
Available from: Emmo Home

Thuya Rainwater Tank

The world of above ground rainwater storage needs help. No matter how practical they are, most designs are eyesores and run the risk of upsetting your neighbors. However important that may or may not be, it’s worth noting that there’s definitely room for improvement. This tank is perhaps not the prettiest (nor the least expensive), but it is a heck of a lot better to look at than most, and it has a weird faux-topiary shape that might just camouflage itself in the right surroundings. Also not horribly offensive to the eyes are the Rainwater HOG ($325), Exaco ECO 67 Wooden Rain Barrel ($239), Algreen 50 gal. Castilla Rain Barrel ($129), and the Graf Sunda Rattan Wall Tank ($350).

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Price: $438.80
Available from: Lumens

Loll Fire Ring

Now that it’s most certainly autumn, it’s time to think about ways to still enjoy your outside space despite the chill in the air. This fire ring will hopefully facilitate many s’mores and stories, and as it’s made from 3/16 thick steel with a solid raised internal floor to contain the ashes, it’ll do the job of keeping your fire right where you want it. The recycled poly top keeps out the elements while also doubling as an off duty cocktail table. At three feet wide, it’s just large enough for a small gathering… grab your graham crackers and marshmallows.
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Price: $590.00
Available from: The Utility Collective

Kammock

Have you heard of the Kammok? It’s a light weight camping hammock made from a nylon fabric called LunarWave™. It’s soft, strong, breathable and can easily pack away into a small bag for easy transport. Currently a Kickstarter project, you can donate whatever sum you desire, but if you’re hoping to receive an actual Kammock, expect to donate $85 or more. Check it out at Kickstarter.
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Price: $85.00 donation
Available from: Kickstarter

Original Tree Swing

Perhaps some of our derrières might not quite fit on this tree swing, yet it’s worth reminding that it doesn’t take much to make something similar. Should you not wish to toil away making a wooden disk, this reclaimed elm seat is kiln-dried and finished with mineral oil.

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Price: $68.00
Available from: terrain

Cardboard Cooler Boxes

No need to go out and buy a huge plastic cooler for your next outdoor fete, just snap up a couple of these recycled cardboard coolers. It has the same thermal performance as a plastic cooler and can be recycled at the end of its use. No worries about the weather either, as it’s lined with a waterproof coating that makes it reusable and weatherproof. Smart.
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Price: $14.99
Available from: Cascades

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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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Purchase Information:

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.

Purchase Information:

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

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.

Purchase Information:

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.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: UncommonGoods