Hang On The Hammock
From its one-store origins, Nags Head Hammocks has expanded to multiple locations in coastal North Carolina, along with an online storefront that ships nationwide. Even with growth, the company has maintained its approach. In fact, many Nags Head Hammocks are still made just as they were 40 years ago, when the business began. Expect made-to-last hardware, spreader bars of hand-varnished white oak, and soft yet weather-resistant DuraCord® rope. There are cheaper options, but perhaps none as comfortable or well-made. Available at Nags Head Hammocks; starting at $169.
Gather 'Round the Pit
With a sculptural profile shaped by artisan metal workers in Northeast Ohio, the Patriot Fire Pit draws attention to itself as much as it lends the ambiance of flickering flames to summer nights. But most of all, homeowners appreciate the quality of the Patriot. For one thing, it comes with no small or moving parts—no parts whatsoever—that might wear out or to break. In fact, made of 100% heavy-gauge American steel, it's guaranteed to last a lifetime, even with year-round exposure to the elements and zero maintenance performed. Available at Ohio Flame; price varies by size.
Don't Let Them Topple
Made by a small business in Minnesota, this outdoor yard game is big on charm. The wood game set is just one of the backyard amusements created by Snake Eyes Lawn Dice. Sturdy enough to stand up to outdoor wear, and sealed with a protective stain, this party favorite can keep the family entertained for years to come. Available at The Grommet; $150.
Take a Swing
This porch swing is built not only with durability in mind, but sustainability as well. POLYWOOD, based out of Syracuse, Indiana, takes pride in crafting outdoor furniture from recycled milk jugs that can endure nature's elements. The Vineyard swing looks like white-painted wood, but it won't splinter, crack, chip, peel or rot, and it's easy to clean. Available at The Home Depot; $428.95.
The first piece of outdoor furniture that POLYWOOD ever created was the classic Adirondack chair, which now they have 16 unique designs for it! Their South Beach Adirondack boasts a roomy seat and curved back for supreme comfort.The eco-friendly material and marine-grade quality hardware ensure no rusting, cracking, or any other damage that outdoor furniture typically endures—this is all backed with a 20-year warranty. With over 10 color options, this Americana staple will look perfect in your yard. Available at The Home Depot; $299.
A Perfect Planter
Love the look of hanging flower boxes but don't have a deck to hang them from? This American-made plant stand from Charlton Home resembles that classic style. Made from plastic, the stand is sturdy and can hold up against the elements. Line your patio with a few for a colorful border. Available at Wayfair; $45.99.
A Soft Spot
How many floor coverings can stand up to the foot traffic, sun, and rain that falls on a busy porch or patio? That's where this American-made braided rug from Plow and Hearth stands out. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, its reversible design comes in bright colors that won't fade in the sun, plus it is also mold- and mildew-resistant, meaning it will keep your outdoor space in style. Available at Plow and Hearth; from $49.95.
Cook A BBQ Feast
Proudly manufactured in Arkansas for 60 years, this part-grill, part-smoker from Portable Kitchen has been favored by professional chefs and respected BBQ journalists alike nearly just as many decades for the even temperatures its cast aluminum construction provides. Rust-proof and portable, the charcoal grill withstands all of the elements, making it a perfect companion out back or on a camping trip. Available on Amazon; $369.99.
What home couldn’t use a little extra storage, even outside? This nautical rope basket is made by local lobster fishers for The Rope Co. in Tenant's Harbor, Maine. Crafted out of 100% USA-made rope with a wood-bottom insert, it’s built to withstand the elements. Use it to stash blankets for cozy evenings outside. Available at The Grommet; $99.
Rest and Relaxation
Pull this American-constructed chair up to the fire pit for a comfortable spot. Thanks to its synthetic wood construction and selection of stainless steel hardware, you can enjoy this seat for many seasons to come without worrying about mildew or rust. And while it is made from plastic, its “natureTEX” surface gives it a natural grain and wood-like texture. Available at Wayfair; $199.99.
Just because you’re not a fan of the sticky and smelly chemical bug spray doesn’t mean you have to tolerate pesky mosquitos while enjoying your backyard. The folks at Skeeter Screen down in Garland, Texas came up with a stylish solution to keep the pests away. Their mosquito repellent diffuser doubles as an attractive ceramic decor piece. Filled with its DEET-free repellent, made from lemongrass oil and geraniol, it will ward off mosquitoes and other bugs up to around 200 square feet. Now you can get back to kicking back and relaxing outdoors. Available at The Grommet; $17.95.
Hidden in Plain Sight
The last thing you want when you spend time caring for an attractive landscape is a septic lid or pipe creating an eyesore on your property. Mock Rocks are a creative solution for hiding the ugly parts of your landscape. The faux rocks are made from a recycled polyethylene blend that will look good and last for many years. Available at Plow & Hearth; $99.95.
Before you come inside after a day tending the garden make sure you wipe your shoes off on the Waterhog Mat. The American-made cable weave doormat captures and soaks up moisture and dirt before it tracks inside, as well as hold onto 1½ gallons of water per square yard thanks to its water dam border. The super durable mat is sustainable. Each Waterhog Mat is made from 10-30 recycled water bottles! Available at Plow & Hearth; $30.99 - $118.99.
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Upgrade from ordinary house numbers to this decorative address plaque. From a selection of colors, you can personalize the recycled cast aluminum sign for yourself or to give as a housewarming gift. The pineapple detail, a symbol of hospitality, is the perfect welcoming touch to greet visitors. Available from Plow & Hearth; $79.95.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!