Water gardens are a wonderful way to bring a sense of nature’s beauty and mystery to a patio, deck or any other outdoor space. And, much like other types of gardens grown in pots and planters or various and sundry repurposed vessels, a mix of plants in different colors, shapes and textures will make your aquatic gardens more striking. They’re also relatively easy to create and maintain.
If you would like to take some time to reflect on the many ways you could arrange a water garden for your home, we invite you to take in the rest of this post.
Combine different aquatic varietals to create a veritable garden of delights in whatever container your choose. True aquatics prefer to remain completely submerged in water (like parrot’s feather), while semiaquatics arevarietals whose roots are wholly or partly underwater (like umbrella palm). Floaters such as water lilies or hyacinth rest delicately on the water’s surface.
Warm summer nights should be enjoyed outdoors. But to do that, you’ll need to incorporate lighting into your outdoor space. During our Patio Style Challenge this spring, our bloggers incorporated lighting in several different ways. Here are a few of their outdoor lighting ideas.
HANG STRING LIGHTS
In the photo above, Whitney of The Curtis Casa added custom iron posts to her deck so that she could easily string bistro lights, giving her deck a warm and romantic feel. We love the way they look next to the potted Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree.
Bryn added wooden posts to her brick patio so that she could easily string lights. We love the laid-back feel it gives to her classically styled space.
Dana of the blog House*Tweaking used top rail fencing with a looped end cap to support her string lights. Anchored in cement, these bases are portable, so they can be moved around Dana’s patio to accommodate a larger seating area or party!
Shutters on most residential homes today are merely window dressing. Nailed in place to the side of your house, they are unlikely to provide much privacy or security.
But please, don’t take these statements as an indictment of shutters. We love them, and they perform a much-needed decorative function, framing windows with architectural detail and often a splash of color. They have attractive and useful applications inside the home as well.
The team at Martha Stewart Living created this short video to show you how repurposed shutters can make a beautiful wall organizer for your home office or almost anywhere around the home. Anduin Havens, design director for video at Martha Stewart Living, demonstrates just how easy it is to do, using little more than a drill, a few screws, paint and shutters (of course).
If you live in an area that has lots of chilly evenings, a fire pit is an easy way to make your outdoor space function for more than just sunny days. We love the welcoming vibe it gives to a backyard, plus you could indulge in s’mores anytime you’d like! Here are three fire pit ideas for building a warm seating area in your own space.
USE AN ANTIQUE OR SALVAGED FIRE PIT
In the courtyard of her urban home, Hannah of Maple & Shade incorporated a vintage fire pit that’s been in her family for years. The round, open shape of the pit and its large, circular handles are unusual but interesting, and the years of wear perfectly complement their 100-plus-year-old home.
This stylish divider provides a little privacy on your platform deck while letting the breeze through. We have step-by-step instructions for the DIY outdoor privacy wall project. You can also download printable instructions.
If you have ever shopped for new curtains, you know that there are lots of elements to consider. There’s choosing the right color and fabric, deciding on the length you want them to hang, not to mention the drapery hardware. The devil in all the details can get a bit overwhelming. So, we’ve asked Martha Stewart, one of the country’s leading experts on design and décor, for her advice to help you select the right drapes and curtains for your home.
In this short video, Martha unveils the secrets of choosing window treatments for any room in the home. Here’s a sampling of the topics she covers.
Even before you take your first measurement, decide how high above the window you want the curtains to start. And, here’s a tip some of you may have already picked up from The Home Depot Style Guide: Hanging curtains higher above the window creates the illusion of greater height in a room.
Martha’s advice for a clean, modern look, is to have curtains fall flush with the floor. If you want something more dramatic, add 2 or 3 inches so the curtains puddle slightly on the floor.
On Color and Curtains
Neutral curtain colors are a popular choice because they’re easier to blend into the rest of a room’s décor and are less likely to fade. But don’t be afraid to go with a pop of pattern like a quatrefoil or stripes to add some visual excitement to a room.
About Fabrics for Curtains
Lighter fabrics like linen, silk and variations of these materials filter light beautifully and hang nicely, making them good choices for a sunny room. Blackout curtains in velvet, suede, tapestry and other heavy materials are excellent for blocking light and controlling room temperature.
After viewing the video, you will feel more confident about selecting window treatments that enhance the look of each and every window in your home.
Whether edging landscape, laying a patio or driveway, or creating a winding pathway to your favorite spot in the garden, pavers and paver stones are versatile and durable materials that can add beauty and functionality to many outdoor areas around your home.
There are several different types of paver materials to choose from, including natural stone, brick, concrete and rubber composites, as well as many styles and color variations.
As you will see in this short video clip prepared by Rick for The Home Depot Community, laying pavers is also relatively easy to do. In areas small or large, the list of tools and materials needed for this project is not very extensive. You’ll need pavers or paver stones, of course, and paver sand (for filling in and leveling the ground), a square shovel, a level and perhaps a trowel.
Once you get the ground you intend to pave over leveled off at the right height, it’s just a matter of setting the pavers and filling in the gaps.
And here’s a tip you won’t find in the video: An interesting pattern can make even the most inexpensive pavers stand out. So consider the path less traveled when planning the layout and design of your patio, walkway or drive.
If you want to do more research on pavers and paver stones before starting starting your project, be sure to check out our pavers buying guide.
Stenciling is a decorative painting technique that dates back thousands of years. Some of the earliest examples of stencils were hand tracings found on the walls of caves in France and Spain. Today, everyone from professional interior decorators to novice DIYers are creating walls with stenciling — and using stencils on countless other surfaces — to create points of visual interest throughout the home.
This brilliant multicolor houndstooth stencil was chosen by the designers at East Coast Creative for a stellar room makeover. As you can see, stencils, murals and wall decals are available in an endless variety of patterns and styles. Investing the time and energy to accent a wall in your home with patterned details can update the look of any room in your home, too.
As you’re preparing your outdoor space for entertaining family and friends, if you run into any garden-related questions, you can find the right answers by visiting our Garden Club online or the Garden Center of your local Home Depot. And for inspiring ideas from some of our favorite DIY bloggers that you can repurposefor your own outdoor spaces, be sure to check out all the amazing images from our latest Patio Style Challenge.