May 3, 2017
Ah… spring. Time to throw open the doors, get out the patio furniture and bask in the loveliness of blooming flowers and happily chirping birds. Or, if you live where I do, continue to hide indoors as it snows day after day after day. Which pretty accurately describes the month of April here. Now it’s May and the snow might be gone again – you’d think we’d be safe. But, in Alberta, we’re never really safe. From tsunamis? Yes. Spring snow storms? Hell no.
C’est la vie. Let’s get outside when we can and stare at our beautiful backyards covered in snow through the windows the rest of the time. If your backyard isn’t quite beautiful yet, I’ve unearthed a few green outdoor decor items to get it there. All of these items were created with the environment in mind, meaning they are made out of recycled, reclaimed, energy-efficient or natural materials.
So, sit back, scroll through and imagine the scent of flowers and sound of birds. Can’t you just feel the sunshine?
More of a decorative toolbox than a functional one, but that’s kind of the point of decor, isn’t it? Still, you could certainly store all kinds of things in this beauty – gardening tools, ingredients for homemade fertilizer, or your smaller green outdoor decor during winter. Made out of 100% recycled wood, you could also use it as a planter by simply slipping a few potting plants inside or turn it into a little herb garden!
Because you can’t have a reclaimed wood toolbox without a matching reclaimed wood ladder now can you? Also made from 100% recycled wood, turn your ladder into a trellis for climbing vines or use the rungs as shelves for storage or other decor such as potted plants, decorative watering cans and other outdoor knick knacks.
Do you dream of snuggling with your whole family whilst ensconced in a traditionally-woven Brazilian hammock made of organically cultivated cotton? Of course you do. Plus, the company that sells these hammocks donates five euros from each purchase a project that supports street kids. Good for the environment and humankind!
I think most homeowners interested in pretty-ing up their yard already own a set of solar powered garden or patio lights. Aside from the oh-so-popular solar light on a stake, there are also string lights, fairy lights, motion sensors and the pictured cap lights, which I’ve always liked because they look built-in even though they just sit perched atop a post. I’m definitely getting some of these for our driveway’s future rail fence out on the land.
Nothing makes an outdoor space feel more like an extension of the indoors like a beautiful rug for your bare footsies to walk on (I don’t know about you, but I’m all about the bare feet outdoors). Woven from straw made out of recycled plastic – you just hose it off for cleaning! Our backyard faces south and our wooden deck gets hellishly hot at times so a rug is a must.
What’s a cooler natural resource than bamboo? I mean, it’s the fastest growing plant in the world and can grow three to five feet in 24 hours. It also releases 30 percent more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide than other plants. And patio furniture made out of bamboo is cool too. Not only is it super eco-friendly, but it’s extremely durable and lightweight so you can easily schlepp it along with you on your next outing.
Is there anything more comfortable than sitting beneath the stars in an adirondack chair next to a crackling fire? And you can bet you’ll be extra comfortable knowing your chair is made out of post-consumer plastic. Plus, this particular chair was designed to not look plastic-y and instead resembles a good old-fashioned wooden adirondack.
Made of recycled hard plastic composite, yet looks like stone or pottery, this planter is extremely durable in all weather (so it can be put out in celebration of spring only to be snowed on and still look oh-so-good). I’m seeing a mix of lettuces planted in here. Or maybe lavender. Have I mentioned my obsession with lavender? It’s right up there with my obsession with recycled plastic.
The ultimate in green outdoor decor – an eco-friendly item that is also a shade of green (which just so happens to be my favourite colour… duh). This bird feeder is another dual purpose item as it is both cute and functional. Because, as Mary Poppins said, “feed the birds.”
Do you own any green outdoor decor or are planning on purchasing some this spring/summer season? Don’t forget second hand items – such as antiques! – are another way to green it up. Leave a comment about the post or let me know what your favourite thing is about spring. And don’t forget to subscribe for more posts on sustainability as well as architecture, interior design, DIY projects, crafts, gardening, home decor and healthy eating. Happy basking!
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