There are many beautiful ways of doing this. One of our favorite is to use a Japanese-style rain chain, or kusari doi. Among other things, the liquid water flowing down the chair gives you a little bit of beauty to look forward to every time it rains. We like designs like this that remind one of the beauty and power of water and gravity.
For sources, read on.
There are other sources for rain chains, but Cobre, located in Portland, Ore., sells hand-hammered, fair-trade, 100% recyled copper rain chains online; the one pictured above starts at $12 per linear foot.
To get started, here's some local information on disconnecting your downspout: • Portland, Ore. • Toronto • Milwaukee Does your city have a similar program? Add a link in the comments below, or drop us an email.