I don’t know about the rest of you, but with summer just around the corner — not to mention a stretch of beautiful weather here in NYC — I’ve been thinking about the outdoors an awful lot lately.


As things warm up over the coming weeks, I’ll be focusing on a seasonally special part of the home where the indoors and outdoors convene: the deck/patio area. Not everyone has one (including yours truly) but if you do, be sure to keep on checking back for my “All decked out” series of posts where I'll be tackling topics including eco-friendly outdoor furniture, patio planters, nontoxic wooden deck stains/treatments, green-ish ways to keep winged pests at bay while you lounge on the lanai, and more. 


To kick things off, here’s a handful of items that should find a welcome home in any eco-accessorized back porch.



Recycled Sheet Metal Watering Can @ Real Goods ($15.95)















Maze Wall Hanging @ CB2 ($99.95)
















Pigeon Toe Ceramics Kerr Votive Lantern @ Supermarket ($30)















Coffee Sack & Corte Pillow @ Viva Terra ($89)















Baileys Citronella Candle @ terrain ($25)















Recycled Glass Lanterns @ West Elm ($7; set of 3, $21)















Mini River Rock Fire Bowl @ Restoration Hardware ($49)















Ting Seat Belt Pillow - Red @ Branch ($114)















Blown Glass Cage Terrarium @ terrain ($138)















Solig Solar Powered Table Lamp @ IKEA ($19.99 - in-store only)















Bird Wind Chimes @ Design Within Reach ($12 - $18)



















Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

All decked out: Outdoor eco-accents
WIth summer on its way, now is the time to outfit your deck, porch, patio, lanai, terrace or what have you with stylish and sustainable decor.