Outdoor Accessories

Neuton Mower

If you have a lawn, take note:

“The EPA estimates that of the 800 million gallons of gas used to fuel lawn mowers in the U.S. every year, about 17 million gallons are spilled, which can contaminate ground water. However, your ‘it’s bad for the environment’ excuse for not mowing the lawn is about to end. The Neuton Battery-Powered Mower (2007) is a smart alternative to loud, gas-guzzling machines that are difficult to start. It runs on a rechargeable battery, and in place of a pull-cord, this mower starts by turning a safety knob and squeezing the handlebar.”

*produces no CO2 emissions
*24-volt battery gives you enough power to mow for 45-60 minutes

Purchase Information:

Price: $479.00
Availability: Buy Neuton Mower here

Rainwater Hog

I had posted the waterHOG in our Remodel section at the beginning of this month, and sure enough, it is now available through DWR. This non-permanent water storage solution can work as a single unit or in multiples and can be installed vertically or horizontally.

“The Rainwater Hog (2006) is a small-scale modular storage tank for collecting rainwater that can be reused for watering plants, washing the car or whatever you need…The Hog can be installed vertically against a wall, or horizontally, and it’s specifically sized to fit between structural frames. One unit holds 47 gallons of rainwater collected from a downspout, and if a larger capacity is needed, simply attach another Hog. A percentage of sales will go to the nonprofit Water Aid. A Leaf Catcher/Outlet Kit must be purchased (sold separately) for the Hog.”

H 71″ W 20″ D 9″

Purchase Information:

Price: $650.00
Available from: DWR

Leather Handle Topiary Sheers

I can honestly say I’ve never admired Topiary Sheers before.

“Inspired by the design of sheep shears, the Leather Handle Topiary Shears (2005) have a one-handed grip which positions the hand right over the blades, offering maximum cutting control. Great for topiary shaping, these Shears are also ideal for lawn edging, pruning, opening compost sacks and dozens of other trimming jobs around the garden. The soft, weather-treated leather handle offers added comfort for hours of trimming.”

H 10.5″ W 3.5″ D 1.5″

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Availability: Buy Leather Handle Topiary Sheers here

Rosendahl Outdoor Thermometer

Barely-there thermometer to aid your ‘is-it-cold-enough-to-wear-a-coat’ dilemma each morning…

‘Outdoor Thermometer to be placed directly on the window. Easy “click” on and off when cleaning the window.’

Dia 9cm

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00
Availability: Buy Rosendahl Outdoor Thermometer here

Birdhouse (Birch)

Maybe it’s a bit early for the birds where you are, but come springtime you’d be ready with new diggs for your feathered friends.

Birch and pine
17″ x 8″ x 5″

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Birdhouse (Birch) here

Recycled Tyre Planter

Not sure if this is to everyone’s taste, but I really like this planter. It’s not just that it’s made from recycled tires, it’s the handcrafted quality and texture that make it a unique choice for planting or storage.

“Each one strong and beautiful. Each one slightly different.
Suitable for growing small trees and shrubs, bedding plants and herbs, potatoes and squashes. Also a great way to store rakes, hoes and spades.”

Handmade from 100% recycled tyres.

Height 60cm; Widths 44cm, 48cm and 52cm

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Availability: Buy Recycled Tyre Planter here

Clapper by André Klauser

Mmmm…Is there anything better than sun dried laundry? “When not in use it folds up and fits into the smallest of corners. Max. Load: 58 underpants.”

Neoshed- Birdhouses

If these birdhouses were in a competition they’d win hands down. All have detachable mounting bracket and hinged floor for access.

From left to right:
Type a01, Inspired by the work of Richard Meier, 7″L x 7″W x 7″H
Type 01, Inspired by the type01 shed, 6″L x 6″W x 7″H
Type 02, Inspired by the type03 shed, 6″L x 10″W x 9″H.
[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $150
Availability: Buy Neoshed- Birdhouses here

Chilewich Shag Mats

You can’t beat this rug. Or rather, you can (ha ha), but it’s just as easy to hose it off with the garden tap. Not a bad price for a good-looking mat that can go inside or out…

“Indoor/Outdoor all-weather mats designed by Sandy Chilewich to be as durable as they are graphically bold. We’ve been using them in the entryway and in front of the kitchen sink, and they take the abuse in stride. Just hose them off to clean. Quick to dry, and resistant to mold and mildew.”

Black/White or Blue/Green, 24″x36″

Purchase Information:

Price: $62.00
Availability: Buy Chilewich Shag Mats here

Folding Picnic Set by XXD

I’m sure there are places right now that are enjoying the type of weather that begs for picnics, even though where I am it would be unheard of (too hot). This set is so small it can fit in your glove compartment! How’s that for spontaneity?

“Equipped with two plastic plates, two sets of silverware, a corkscrew and a container for salt and pepper, the picnic set unfolds to provide an instant “blanket” and everything you need for instant gratification – just add a bottle of wine, some bread , cheese, salami….and you’re ready to eat…”

when folded, 8″ x 8″ x 1″

Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00
Availability: Buy Folding Picnic Set by XXD here

Take Away Bird Feeder by Eva Solo

If you like our feathered friends, you might also like this lovely glass bird feeder. Very simple and elegant (as far as birdfeeders go), this looks like it would blend in nicely with any outdoor environment.

“This bird feeder is made from mouth-blown glass and designed to withstand wind, weather and beating wings. The ball can easily be suspended from bushes, trees and the eaves of your house – and filling it with seed and other natural products is extremely straightforward.”

* IF Design Award 2007

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy Take Away Bird Feeder by Eva Solo here

On The Edge Pots

These are quite clever and the perfect solution for those of us who could use some more greenery yet have limited space.

“Designed to straddle the railing of a balcony, the pots are made from water-resistant polyethylene and can rest on any railing with a maximum thickness of 60mm. Two separate compartments offer multiple planting options. The On The Edge Pot is ideally suited for urban dwellers with limited outdoor space, but can easily be used in the workspace or restaurants to liven up a patio.”

H 12″ Diameter 12″

Purchase Information:

Price: $85
Availability: Buy On The Edge Pots here

“Calle” Gardening Tools

Are there other garden tools that fit together to save space? Or is this in fact the first time that someone has considered improvements to the design of garden tools?

“These gardening tools snuggle together, interlocking to save space and create grace. Fom Con & Con, masters of plastic design, the tools can be stored in a wall-mount holder, which is designed so that it can also be stuck in soil. In three funky colors to match your colorful flowers.”

13″l x 3″w

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Availability: Buy “Calle” Gardening Tools here

Ball String Lights

An affordable, textural lighting string for indoors or out…

“These Ball String Lights are a string of 20 lights that look like balls of yarn, creating the soft lighting that you need for any gathering. Put these up out on the deck or even indoors, the illuminations will indeed give your party decor an extra touch. Comes in solid and multi-color combinations (multi-color string lights are different shades of the specified color).”

Purple Multi, Red Multi, Tan Multi, and White Solid Available.

Total length is 9.75 feet.
3″ each

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.95
Availability: Buy Ball String Lights here

tuttisuperterra planter by marco ferreri

These look pretty amazing when stacked high and used as an outdoor space divider, though I’d be more than happy with just one.

“another great design from the mind of marco ferreri, the tuttisuperterra can be used alone or in a series as a stackable, modular design piece. manufactured in terracino lite, a terracotta-esque composite that is more difficult to chip and crack. currently available in terracotta finish only.”

dimensions: 11.8″ x 19.7″ x 19.7″; 15.4 pounds.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Availability: Buy tuttisuperterra planter by marco ferreri here