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, sofas, and eco-swings and hammocks, 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.
Ceramic Log Bird House @ Sprout Home (24.99)
Shovel Birdhouse by Jay Habraken @ Areaware ($225)
Grass and Twig Birdhouse @ Terrain ($24)
Eva Solo Hanging Bird Feeder @ Grounded Modern Living ($59.99)
Loll Cube Birdhouse @ Loll ($68)
Audubon Soda Bottle Bird Feeder @ Design Within Reach ($10.50)
Pigeon Toe Ceramics Disc Bird Feeder @ Branch (Sm, $32; lg, $54)
Modern Bamboo Birdfeeder by Oryx and Crake Design @ Supermarket ($95)
Born in Sweden's Window-Mounted Birdfeeder @ A+R Store ($18)
Weathered Birdbarn @ Terrain ($58)
Charm Hanging Modern Bird Feeder (Yellow) by Joe Papendick @ 1000 Markets ($65)
Roost Bodega Birdhouses @ Velocity Art & Design ($83 - $98)
Droog Birdhouse @ Emmo Home ($95)
Big Brother Birdhouse by Dennis Nino Classen @ Sleek Identity ($98)