I’ve moved many, many times. Upsizing, downsizing, across the country and back again, into new homes, old homes, rentals and pretty soon, we’ll be moving into a newly renovated mid-century modern ranch. While each move presents different challenges, I guarantee everyone is on the same page with this: after an exhausting day of moving and unpacking, the last thing you want to do is dig for the toilet paper and your bedding.
This post won’t help you with the former, but instead will save you from a miserable night’s sleep. Have you ever had to sleep on a bare mattress covered in a beach towel? I have. It’s the pits. It took one move of that for me to figure out a system to make the first night in the new home go a little more smoothly.
You’ll need a few simple supplies including your favorite detergent (mine is liquid Tide), garbage bags, a marker, and Febreze. And of course, your bedding.
I have a system when it comes to packing bedding and it starts with washing. When you strip down your bed, give everything a good wash. The sheets, the mattress pad, your duvet, maybe even your pillows. I always like to go into a new environment with everything fresh and clean.
Have you moved in the past or are you planning to move soon? At some point in life, we are usually left with someone else’s grime and dirt to clean up. Heck, sometimes it’s our own grime! Moving is stressful enough, never mind worrying about cleaning and disinfecting cabinets and floors. For me, I suffer from allergies and dust is a huge trigger. Whether you have baseboard heat of forced hot air, dust lives under the registers and it’s necessary to clean them at least once or twice a year. Heat registers are one of the biggest dust culprits in a home. Another part of the home that is important to disinfect and clean is your kitchen cabinets. Here are a few cleaning tips that will be helpful in your quest of removing residual grime. I have chosen Mr.Clean, Bounty and the Swiffer Bissel Steamboost to get the job done!
Catlin Ketcham’s recent backyard makeover for The Home Depot Blog’s Patio Style Challenge series featured several DIY projects. Caitlin’s the designer and blogger behind Desert Domicile, and here she has a tutorial for a vertical succulent garden that decorates her front porch.
You can make this 2 x 2 ft. hanging succulent garden yourself. Just follow Caitlin’s step-by-step instructions.
It’s hard to say what’s the best part of this deck makeover. There are so many decorating ideas and DIYs here, it’s hard to choose. That’s certainly a testament to the talent of Sarah Dorsey of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.
She took this deck makeover on for The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge. The Brown Jordan Outdoor Set we sent her was where she started– that, and a nice, large deck that seriously needed to be restored.
Sarah turned her deck into an exceptional outdoor living area, with its hanging bench, pergola frame, outdoor curtains and lovely planters. She walks us through her outdoor decorating ideas, and explains how she refinished her deck.
Stacey Blake had a decent patio. But she wanted more. More patio, that is. Her patio makeover started with extending her patio’s cement pad, and as you’ll see, it was very good idea.
Stacey is a talented DIYer who blogs at Design Addict Mom, and her patio makeover is part of our Patio Style Challenge Series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her the outdoor dining set to get her patio makeover kicked off, and she did the rest.
She takes us through her design ideas and execution, along with showing off her boys’ sandbox on wheels and a handy potting table next to her new patio. But first, she explains how she extended the patio and then painted the cement.
In some parts of the country the climate limits how much of the year you can enjoy a screened in porch. That is, unless you decorate the porch with year-round enjoyment in mind.
Jennifer Bridgman of The Chronicles of Home did just that. Her screened in porch is a lovely outdoor living room that’s good for all seasons. OK, maybe three seasons… this is Massachusetts we’re talking about here.
Jennifer offers these decorating ideas as part of our ongoing Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her a patio furniture set, and Jennifer came up with all the porch decorating ideas.
You certainly don’t need to live in New England to get some inspiration here that could make your screened in porch or covered patio into something special, even if it’s just the warm-weather months.
Alix Adams breaks it down for you with three concepts– tips, if you will– that guided her in creating an outdoor living space that’s family-friendly and ready for making guests feel at home. You know Alix from her blog, A Ruffled Life, and this is her contribution to our Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog.
We sent Alix some Home Depot patio furniture, and let her loose with her outdoor decorating ideas to finish her outdoor living space.
It is indeed an attractive and very functional living space. Alix made sure there’s plenty of room for relaxing, entertaining, and for the kids to be kids. Take note of her three patio decor tips to get you on the way to your own fabulous outdoor living space.
Amanda Hill from Recycled is not fond of brown. So the brown ceiling of her covered deck had to go, and she came up with an ingeniously simple way to replace it.
That was just the beginning of her back deck makeover, though. It’s part of our ongoing Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her a patio bistro set, and Amanda did the rest.
Amanda has a little of everything for us here– colorful pillows, a cool succulent garden, a new grill… and that clever ceiling treatment. See and be inspired.
We love the bright, airy colors on this covered porch styled by Darnetha Myers of Chippa Sunshine. It was time for a patio makeover, and as you’ll see, she brought some excellent porch ideas to the project. But Darnetha also provided a clean canvas for her outdoor decor artistry by stripping and staining the cement patio first.
This patio makeover is Darnetha’s addition to our Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We offered her a new patio set to get her outdoor decorating ideas started and left it up to her how to incorporate that in her patio decor.
Read on for inspiration and ideas for your own patio makeover.
Copper finishes are a decor trend these days, and they’re moving outdoors as garden accents. That’s a big reason why this patio design by Andrea Crawford Proctor of Couture House Interiors has so much warmth and character. The layout of the patio, split into two separate areas, is also almost like adding two extra rooms to her home.
Her patio design and makeover is part of our Patio Style Challenge series. We sent her a Home Depot outdoor furniture set to work with, and Andrea applied her impressive design skills to complete the patio makeover.
Andrea’s cozy and comfortable patio is a must see. The warmth of the copper accents, including some simple spray paint DIYs, really make her outdoor space special. And DO NOT miss her amazing succulent fountain; it’s ingenious.