Can I just say how nice the owners of Nutshell Stores are...Ann and Gwen. Yes, they are business people, but moreover, they are "real" people. Do you know what I mean? Just talking to them on the phone...you just want to kick-back with Ann and Gwen on the patio - cold cup of iced tea in hand. They're just so pleasant. We know if you purchase from them, you'll be happy. Laid-back and easy to talk to, we strongly suspect customer service is their forte. This is the exact type of company we love teaming up with and recommending to you.
We enjoyed reading their background info on their website and how they got involved in an
e-marketplace. These ladies sure have a sharp eye on trend! And just think about how much time, energy and money you invest to make the interior of your home look clean-cut and beautiful. Shouldn't you give that same amount of care and attention to your outdoor space?
And they sell so much more than rain chains. Their hammocks are a riot. Feel free to scope out the range of all they have to offer on their website and sign up for their newsletter like I did. And if you're an Amazon Prime girl like me, you'll be able to appreciate that they always offer free standard shipping on all items. There's also a great spring sale going on right now too! Go to the site for the coupon code.
In a nutshell, water hits your roof and flows into your horizontal gutter, which then channels the water vertically into a downspout. Rain chains replace this vertical downspout. But unlike an ugly plastic or aluminum downspout, striking rain chains allow you to magically see the rainwater trickling down. Rain chains are made with a series of connected copper or other type of metal cups such as aluminum hung from a decorative chain.
Rain chains are functional jewelry for your home or cottage that are picking up in popularity fast! Decorative eye candy. Best of all, they are highly customizable pieces, you create what you want. You have a plethora of options to choose from at Nutshell Stores. Copper? Aluminum? Brass? Stainless steel? Iron? Brass? Even ceramic and wood are options. Want something more high-end? Then check out their premium rain chains. And speaking of style, you choose; link or cup style. It's all about your personal flare and price range.
You can't beat the soothing sound of water cascading down the pipeline. It's just so serene and relaxing. Water has that power. The power to calm. As much as I love my living plants, I'm always looking to pair them with non-living items that invigorate my outdoors space such as a rain chain.
- Invest some time determining a good spot for your rain chain. Make sure you choose a location where it can be seen an admired. Some of the cups styles can actually splash a bit, so you might not want to hang one right outside your front door.
- Decide if you prefer a cup or link style. Cup styles might be easier to shorten or lengthen because you can always just subtract or add the cups. Some of the larger cup styles might be more appropriate if you gets tons of rain where you live. Not only are they heavier, but they can handle the extra water pressure.
- Rain chains can be left out all winter. Be careful, in a bad wind storm though they can come apart. If you get a lot of snow and ice, the water weight can detach the links causing the chain to come apart. Preventative measures are best. Knock off the ice before it becomes too heavy. Or, if the ice melts during the day, drain the water then.
- It you live in a windy area, it might be smart to anchor the bottom of the rain chain. You can buy kits for this.
- You can also buy an installation kit. Installation kits are designed to funnel rain water more efficiently down the chain by reducing large openings in your gutter. I highly recommend buying one of these!
- Rain chains can and should be used for water conservation. You can buy a copper basin and allow it to overflow. Or, you can put a barrel or other container at the bottom of your rain chain and redistribute that water.
- I've seen rain chains used as succulent planters, even inside the house! But I like the idea of planting air plants in these cups even more. Air plants don't require dirt and can just be placed in the cup. If you plant succulents, you'll have to line the bottom to contain the soil. Try Spanish moss.
- antibacterial & antimicrobial
- an eco-friendly & natural product
- able to withstand snow and ice
- clean-cut and stunningly spectacular
- able to patina beautifully and even protect itself with this green film that forms naturally on copper (will never rust)
- like a fine cherry wood, will darken over time. It's like comparing a brand spanking new penny to one that is 5, 10, 15 years old.
- will last many decades, a real heirloom piece
- durable and attractive ~ what could be prettier than copper construction? Worth every penny!
One copper Nautical Cups rain chain valued at $150!
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