Bird feeders are a continuous source of wonder in a garden and patio space. These little boxes bring a huge amount of life to a backyard garden space, and help supply nourishment for birds. They become even more interesting when the little box itself is as interesting as the birds it attracts. So often bird feeders are quaint and cutesy, as opposed to stylish and vibrant. With so many sculptors, glass blowers, designers, and artisans creating exciting modern bird feeders, we figured we would run down a list of the best modern bird feeders on the market today. All of these contemporary bird feeders are available for purchase, though the prices can vary wildly depending on materials and degree of customization.
After a great deal of time spent sitting, and after a detailed look at several different chairs with a wide variety of materials, specs, and warranties, our choice for the best Adirondack chair is the Polywood line of folding Adirondack chairs. This CPVC chair is superb, is the most comfortable Adirondack chair. The selection of colors available is a big selling point: the designers seem to be having fun with their color choices. The word we overwhelmingly associate with this chair is solid. The Polywood line of Adirondack chairs is very well made, and these chairs are certain to fit into any home design environment. From a modern home to a transitional design to a traditional home, these chairs can go anywhere. The warranty supplied is an outstanding 20 year limited warranty. Polywood’s environmentally-friendly chairs are relatively maintenance free like all CPVC chairs, and are our top choice among the best Adirondack chairs.
After many hours of research (ahem) checking out various models of inflatable hot tubs, we at OutsideModern have determined that the Intex PureSpa Jet & Bubble Deluxe Portable Hot Tub, Octagon is the best inflatable hot tub. It is certainly not the cheapest option, but it offers the greatest functionality, is super comfortable and convenient, and is quite attractive as well. A strong bonus that we put a lot of weight on is the warranty offered by Intex. After much consideration, the Intex Octogon PureSpa Jet and Bubble Delux is our pick among the best inflatable hot tubs. Read More
The Woodhaven 5′ steel firewood stand uses a clever custom-fit firewood cover system that is integrated with the log rack. The cover is designed to shelter the wood that is to be burned in the near future, while speeding up the seasoning process for the wood further down the rack. In the end, this covered firewood rack is the best firewood rack available today. Read More
There are many ways to illuminate an outdoor area, and string lights are an extremely popular and versatile way to create a casual, yet charming ambiance. String lights can be easily installed without professional help, and work very well to accentuate various garden and patio features like pergolas, porches, walls, umbrellas, etc. There are many different types of string lights, and while you probably have a few boxes of those traditional Christmas-style string lighting in the attic, those don’t really make the magic that a high quality set of string lights with sizable, good quality bulbs will supply. The color of the light is different, the brightness is significantly different, and the overall vibe created is much more pleasant. But which set of string lights is best? Here we will examine several different options for best outdoor lights for patio, and make our recommendation for best outdoor lights for patio and garden.
Solar Garden Lights can provide a wonderful low-light ambiance when dusk descends, and can provide lovely illumination to pathways, walls, and stairs, and other obstructions for safety. These lights are generally extremely easy to install, and are virtually maintenance free once they are set up. Solar garden lights are easy to move around, should you wish to reconfigure your garden, and don’t require an electrician or a handyman to modify. They can increase your curb appeal, and also help guide guests to your house at night. But which package offers the best solar garden lights? There are many path light packages available at different price points, and different feature areas. In this article we will review several different packages of path lights, and determine the best solar garden lights for your needs.
Looking to bring a fire feature to your back yard or patio, but can’t decide if you want to buy a chiminea, fire pit, or ethanol fireplace? Here is the ultimate guide that goes over all of your outdoor fireplace questions!
Outdoor fireplaces are a wonderful attraction on chilly fall evenings. They bring heat, light, and a heartening warmth to those in their midst. There is something magical about watching flickering flames. Being by a fire with friends and family brings a deep connection that virtually all of humanity shares. The ability to cook can be helpful, and even simply roasting marshmallows can be a rewarding experience! Back yard fireplaces help to extend the useful length of time one can use a yard or patio space, because it can be quite comfortable sitting outside by a fire, even on a chilly evening. These units can be an excellent compliment to grilling, and can help keep a back yard party or event going long into the night.
Watching movies outside in the back yard on the best outdoor projector screen for your needs is awesome. A starry night in the summer, the sounds of the evening, a gin and tonic, fresh air, and a classic movie outside with the kids is just magical. Kicking back in your chaise lounge under the stars with a glass of Red from the Arbor while watching the latest Game of Thrones episode with your friends is a real treat. And all of this is possible with an outdoor movie screen, some speakers, and a projector.
Outdoor theater setups are really cool and fun, but are obviously a different beast than simply buying a nice 1080P or 4K LCD indoor tv screen and setting it up in the family room. Configuring an outdoor theater can be complicated, and in the coming days OutsideModern will publish a guide as to how to get an outdoor theater system up Fully Operational, from projectors to sound to 3D viewing, etc. But this post is focused on outdoor movie screens alone. To complete your setup, you’ll also need a projector, speakers, the necessary cables, and a power supply capable of giving power in the location you plan on projecting. Beyond that, you’ll need a screen, and that’s what we will focus on today. Read More
After much time spent by the fire, analyzing and comparing several different outdoor fire pits on the market today, we at OutsideModern have determined that our top choice among the best fire pits to buy is the AZ Patio Heaters GS-F-PC Propane line of Fire Pits. These units are the best options available for a fire pit. They are simple, functional, and attractive. Just push the button to getting them started, and there is no need to chop wood. Available in four different styles and finishes, the flame is attractive, and should you choose to, you can find several different colors of fire glass to customize the fire pit to your needs. Read More
Proper shading is a crucial element to creating a pleasing outdoor environment. It is easy to neglect shading a back yard or patio space, and it is often easier to just grab something quick and functional rather than taking time to find the right shade objects, ones that are beautiful, functional, and that contribute to magical, modern outdoor environments.
For those of us who live in and around cities, on small parcels of land with tiny outdoor spaces, it is crucial to maximize every square inch of land, and to supply as much privacy as possible while making the outdoor space feel more expansive than it really is. Considering the outdoor space both horizontally and vertically is key to getting the most out of your outdoor area.
Fortunately, there are many ways to create beautiful, modern, shady environment where you will want to spend all your time without breaking the bank. This guide will give you some ideas. Here we will look at trees and shrubs, sun shade sails, market umbrellas, cantilever umbrellas, awnings, pergolas, gazebos, and porches. A mix of several different options may be the best way to create a stunning outdoor space, and we encourage you to get creative! Read More