Outdoor Accessories

Luncheon on the grass (picnic blanket)

Dine upon one of Edouard Manet’s most scandalous works. To learn more about the painting, go here.

Picnic blanket/tablecloth
100% cotton
Size : 150x200cm

€180.00 or $226.80, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: &euro180.00
Availability: Buy Luncheon on the grass (picnic blanket) here

MIO at Target

That’s right, it’s Earth Day today, so, as a nod to our little planet, I’ve compiled some of MIO’s products available at Target. The following three posts are eco-friendly as well.

MIO Herb Garden Grow Kit – Set of 2: $19.98 Buy it here.

MIO 3-pc. Bamboo Handle Gardening Tool Set: $20.97, Buy it here.

MIO Watering Can: $24.99, Buy it here.

MIO Composter: $99.99, Buy it here.

MIO Solar Path Light – Set of 2: $29.99, Buy it here.

(* MIO was founded by the Salm brothers (Isaac, the numbers guy and Jaime, the design guy) with the objective of combining business rigor with environmentally and socially progressive design. -MIO)

More information:

View MIO at Target here

Soji Modern Lantern

These lovely lanterns are solar powered, so you’ll not have to worry about electricity or wires when having your outdoor soirees.

Already Included: 9″ Lantern with built-in solar panel, AAA Rechargeable Battery, Wire frame supports,
Stainless steel hanging handle

$39.99, Buy it here.

(thanks Jamey!)

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.99
Availability: Buy Soji Modern Lantern here

Folding Bird House

Technically this would be a bird feeder, right? Either way, it sure looks good.

This contemporary bird feeder comes flat-packed and easily folds upright. Includes a wooden perch and a metal string for hanging. Made of white-painted steel. Hand-wash only.

Designers: Jesper Moller Hansen,
Dorthe Weis, 2007
Size: Assembled: 7h x 10w x 7.75″d

$50.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy Folding Bird House here

Luau Portable Lamp

If you’re planning on spending any time lounging around outdoors this summer, you might want to consider these portable indoor/outdoor lamps (plus, right now you can get two for the price of one).

The Luau Portable Lamp (2006) makes standard table lamps look so, well, stationary. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, Luau is a lighting solution that delivers dimmable light without being tethered to an electrical socket. When Luau is lifted from its base, the lamp automatically lights and the glow lasts for six to 10 hours. Increase or decrease the amount of light by spinning the lamp with the bottom against your palm. At its brightest setting, Luau delivers warm ambient light, and can be placed on a surface or hung from a hook or tree branch on its stainless steel handle.

H 15″ Diameter 8.5″

Buy 1, get one free. (Valid Apr 7, 2009, until quantities last)
$198.00, at DWR

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.99
Availability: Buy Luau Portable Lamp here

Audubon Soda Bottle Bird Feeder

Such smarts! What other things can you make from a plastic soda bottle? A ton of things apparently. Here are some links: DIY soda bottle bird feeder, self-watering plant container, hanging planter (like the grow-your-tomatoes-upside-down thingy), and a bunch of other stuff.

H 3.5″ W 5.5″ D 1.25″
Zinc alloy.

Available 5/1/2009
$15.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy Audubon Soda Bottle Bird Feeder here

Solar-operated Lighting at IKEA

What a nice surprise, IKEA is now offering solar-operated lighting.

a few from the collection:
Solar-operated post, $9.99, Buy it here.
Solar cell light chain, 5 uplights, $14.99, Buy it here.
Solar cell lighting chain, 8 globes, $19.99, Buy it here.
Solar-operated lighting (assorted colors), $19.99, Buy it here.

[posted by katie]

Raised Garden Box Kit

I second the opinion that this is a great kit, and simplifies creating a raised garden bed considerably… however, you do have to source your own lumber, so it would be nice if the price was a bit lower.

Kit allows for gardens of variable sizes and lengths.

Included: 4 corner brackets, 2 middle brackets, 40 stainless steel screws, 8 (SR) Garden ID tags,
Grease pencil, Instruction Guide

Update: Scout Regalia has lowered the price. 03/23/09.
$120.00 $85.00 (+ shipping)

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Availability: Buy Raised Garden Box Kit here

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Solar Birdhouse

This birdhouse absorbs sunlight throughout the day so that at night it can be a very visible landing pad for your feathered friends.

Description: Solar Birdhouse, Meranti wood
Dimensions: 18 x 9 x 9 cm / 7.1 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Design by: Studio OOOMS

€ 70.00, Buy it here.

or $105.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: &euro70.00
Availability: Buy Solar Birdhouse here


Check out this modular lattice wall: it can be mounted indoors or out and can expand as needed. The only catch is that it hasn’t been manufactured yet (I know, sorry) and will need a minimum amount of people to fund the project in order for it to become reality. So, if you’re interested, take a look at their site.

Borne out of the limitations of traditional wood slat lattice too large for downtown condominiums and apartments, Cellule is snapped together to allow climbing plants to grow in any complex urban space. At 183mm x 183mm (7.20” x 7.20”), it can quickly cover wall surfaces but is small enough to fit most environments and obstacles. Each module has mounting features for cable ties to attach to railings and a generous hole for screwing into wood, drywall, siding, brick, or concrete. Made from UV stabilized polypropylene, Cellule can be used indoors or outdoors and is fully recyclable. -joydevivre.org

sold in sets of 9 modules and caps. Mounting hardware is not included.

$36.15 CAD, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.15
Availability: Buy Cellule here


This is quite possibly the coolest birdhouse ever.

Inspired by the geodesic dome popularized by architect Buckminster Fuller. Its rounded shape makes an ideal nesting place for wrens, finches, swallows, warblers, and other small birds. An easy access door allows for simple cleaning so you can freshen the house at the start of each season.

Designer: Kelly Lamb
Material: Ceramic
Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 8 inches

$95.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Availability: Buy Geo-Birdhouse here

Charcoal Grills

Hurray for Labor Day. In the spirit of backyard barbecues and picnics, here’s a couple of grills that we haven’t posted before (to see the ones we have, click
here). If neither of these meet your requirements, namely having it today, you can always check out your local Home Depot for some savings on some of the bigger (i.e. more permanent) grills, chances are they’ll have a pretty good sale going on to clear out some of their summer inventory. Or, pick up the disposable Grill-n-Go ($5.99), which can usually be found at your local grocery store. As always, use caution when grilling; here’s some safety tips that will help keep you aware of things to avoid.

Yakitori Charcoal Grill: $48.00,
Buy it here.
Grilling area 100″ sq
11″ W x 8″ H

Chromed Bucket Grill: $40.00,
Buy it here.
Packaging: Gift box
Size: 10.5″ x 10.5″

Tomorrow we’ll return to our normal amount of posts. Enjoy your Labor Day!

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Charcoal Grills here

Scotts 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

If I had a yard full of grass, I’d totally buy a push reel mower.

The Scott’s classic reel mower is light, maneuverable, and economical. The business end of this push reel mower is solid, sharp, and everything a reel mower should be, with five heat-treated, knife-sharp steel blades that can be adjusted for nine grass heights with very easy wheel tabs. With its 10-inch wheels, radial tires, and 20-inch cutting width, this mower should enable you to cross whatever terrain and reach whatever hard-to-access rogue patches of grass you desire. There’s no soft cushion on the handle, which is too bad, but otherwise, the Scotts Classic is a durable, well-constructed, simple device.

  • 20-inch reel mower with 10-inch dual tracking wheels and rugged radial tires
  • 9 grass heights to choose from (1-3 inches) controlled by quick-snap height adjusters
  • 5 heat-treated, steel blades;
  • Includes mower, handle, composite wheels
  • 2-year warranty

Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Availability: Buy Scotts 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower here

D & M Depot Fiberglass Planters

There’s something about large rectangular containers that has me itching to get some water-loving plants (like the ones pictured on the right).

“Constructed of fiberglass, these lightweight yet sturdy cubes are water tight and easy on the eyes. They’d look good anywhere, inside or out. How you put them to use is only limited by your imagination.”

Colors: Black, chocolate or beige.

Cube, 14 in., $230.00, Buy it here.

Rectangle, 17 in., $401.00, Buy it here.

Rectangle, 40 in. (shown on right), $735.00, Buy it here.

Pillar (shown on left), $498.00,
Buy it here.
(pillar has a recessed area up top for use as a display area. Beige only.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $230.00
Availability: Buy D & M Depot Fiberglass Planters here

Tunto Keinu Swing

This picture has me wishing for a sunny day (and $250 to burn).

Layered pieces of birch wood.
Available in Green, Light Blue, or Red.

Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Availability: Buy Tunto Keinu Swing here