There are many outdoor items that, although needed as functional parts of our space, aren't always attractive. Hose reels usually fall into that category — although they're needed to keep your line kink free and functioning, most are plastic and a little on the ugly side. So forget new and check out this vintage option instead. We came across this lovely idea over at Sunset magazine, where 3 vintage spools have been mounted to the exterior of the house for wrapping a hose around. Most likely the spools won't be waterproofed, so you'll want to apply a coat of sealer to the outside before installing.
This idea feels more rustic than not, but since many of the options at retail are "old world" iron or icky plastic boxes, we're ok with a little vintage, especially outdoors with plants and nature where these wooden spools fit right in.