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All decked out: Bird feeders and houses
Now that I've covered decor, lighting, furnishings, planters, fireplaces and more, this final installment of 'All decked out' is for the birds. Literally.
Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 08:47 AM
Welcome to the final installment of “All decked out," a series of of posts where I've tackled a part of the home where the great outdoors and the green indoors meet: your patio, porch, lanai, deck, or whatever you might call it. In this months-long quest to help you reach eco-friendly, well-appointed deck-dom, I've recommended planters
, non-gruesome bug traps
, alfresco eatin’ and drinkin’ wares
, decor items
, low impact lamps and lanterns
, eye-catching watering cans
, outdoor furnishings including chairs
, and eco-swings and hammock
s, low-VOC stains and sealants
, bleach-free cleaners
, outdoor fireplaces
, and an item that makes lounging on a back deck or porch complete: a good book
On the topic of deck-side lounging, there's nothing quite like doing it in the presence of some friendly avian company ... provided they keep the chirps and twitters
at a reasonable volume. The easiest way to attract birds to your deck is to set up an easily accessible shelter that acts as one part decor, one part bird buffet. I've recommended unique bird feeders and houses before
but here's a few new additions (along with a few old favorites) to add to the mix. Added bonus: many are many from eco-friendly materials. Also, be sure to check out this MNN slideshow of 10 funky bird feeders and bird houses
for more ideas.
Shovel Birdhouse by Jay Habraken @ Areaware
Grass and Twig Birdhouse @ Terrain
Loll Cube Birdhouse @ Loll
Pigeon Toe Ceramics Disc Bird Feeder @ Branch
(Sm, $32; lg, $54)
Modern Bamboo Birdfeeder by Oryx and Crake Design @ Supermarket
Born in Sweden's Window-Mounted Birdfeeder @ A+R Store
Charm Hanging Modern Bird Feeder (Yellow) by Joe Papendick @ 1000 Markets
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