Outdoor Accessories

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.

Purchase Information:

Price: $590.00
Available from: The Utility Collective


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.

Purchase Information:

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.


Purchase Information:

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.

Purchase Information:

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″

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.

Purchase Information:

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.)

Purchase Information:

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

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.

Purchase Information:

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

Purchase Information:

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.

Purchase Information:

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

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: FoodMap Design