Archive for February, 2007

Picnic Table Made from Recycled Skis Perks up Backyard

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

picnic table made from recycled skisLooking for some outdoor furniture that is environmentally friendly? Maybe something made from reclaimed wood or something… recycled? Well, if you’re a ski enthusiast (or just like the idea of having furniture made from recycled sports gear), check out this picnic table.

Made from reused but top-quality skis, the table is supposed to last for years. Since skis are made to withstand being damp, you won’t have to worry about rot or mildew with this piece. The table will cost you $485 from the Snow Shack. It’s not cheap, but just think of all the trees you’ll be saving (and, okay, it’s just cool to have something a little different when it comes to outdoor furniture).

Snow Shack

Cute Whale Tail Towel Hooks Are Great for the Swimming Pool

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

whale tail towel hooksIf you have a backyard swimming pool, and lots of people come over to use it (or your family constitutes “lots of people”), then you may be tired of the beach towels scattered/draped/hung-from all the pool-side furniture you own (and maybe that oh-so-convenient tree branch). Installing some outdoor towel racks or hooks can help towels dry quickly and keep them wrangled into one place.

These whale tail hooks help create a fun nautical theme and will likely be appreciated by young pool-goers. Available from Frontgate, the prices run $20 for a small hook and $70 for a large one. Since you can buy them singly, you can get exactly how many you need.

http://www.frontgate.com

Outdoor Wall Sconces Protect Candles from the Wind

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

outdoor candle sconceIt’s not uncommon to see candles in people’s homes, but they can add a lot of atmosphere to the back patio or deck, too, especially if you do a lot of outdoor entertaining. Of course, you have to worry about wind blowing the candles out if you’re enjoying them in the backyard. Fortunately, these Catalan Wall Sconces are specifically designed with candles in mind; they come with glass shells that protect the flame from passing breezes.

They come with a hand-rubbed dark rustic finish and a protective powder coating that’s supposed to withstand the elements (though you can use the sconces indoors as well). The candle holders are available from Crate & Barrel for $100 a piece.

Crate & Barrel