About the Author

Craig Allen

Craig is a world traveler, life long learner, inveterate explainer of things and an intellectual nomad. He's worked in public radio, dubbed Godzilla movies into English, and written for CNN International. Craig readily admits that he's a bit of a tool klutz, and his thumb is only a pale shade of green-- which makes him a pretty typical home owner. But he knows how to get answers, and no matter how dead the grass is, or how crooked the shelves are, there's always next weekend...


Celebrate Spring at a Home Depot Garden Party

Posted by: on March 11th, 2014 | 8 Comments

Join us for a Home Depot Garden Party to celebrate spring! We’re throwing garden parties in cities across the country to welcome warmer weather and kick off the gardening season. You’ll enjoy garden-themed activities and garden-to-table fare, with exclusive recipes created by local chefs. We’ll also have experts on hand to guide you through planting [...]

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Spring Cleaning Tips: The 6 Spots You Might Be Missing

Posted by: on February 21st, 2014 | Make A Comment

  There’s something about emerging from winter hibernation that flips the Spring Cleaning switch in a lot of us. There’s almost a genetic desire to air out, wipe, scrub and scrape everything in sight. But we all miss something in this annual spring cleaning exercise. That’s why we came up with spring cleaning tips focused [...]

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5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas

Posted by: on January 14th, 2014 | 8 Comments

      Everything’s easier when you’re organized. And we’re here to help you. We have some clever, and oh so simple storage ideas here that make life just a little bit simpler. These five storage solutions are very affordable, too.   How much stuff do you have cluttering the counters in your bathroom? Makeup [...]

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Energy Saving Tips to Lower Your Energy Bills

Posted by: on October 14th, 2013 | Make A Comment

  As the temperatures drop, you might be bracing for a spike in your energy bill. The average U.S. household spends half its utility bills on heating and cooling the home. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, you could actually be LOWERING your energy bills even while turning up the heat this [...]

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How to Plant Strawberries

Posted by: on August 8th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Strawberries are the quintessential summertime fruit. In this short video Jen and Maureen from The Home Depot How-To Community show you to plant strawberries in a container garden– in this case galvanized buckets. It is an easy planting project with yummy results. First they make drainage holes in the bottom of their bucket with a [...]

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Tips For Choosing Paint Colors

Posted by: on August 6th, 2013 | One Comment

At The Home Depot you will find over 3,000 different paint colors to choose from to create just the right tone and feel for in every room of the home. And while we’d say that this is certainly a good thing, so many choices can make it a bit tricky deciding which colors to go [...]

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Top Grilling Recipes on Our Grilling Board on Pinterest

Posted by: on April 24th, 2013 | Make A Comment

  The grilling recipes are the most popular part of The Home Depot’s Grills & Outdoor Cooking board on Pinterest. It’s no wonder; one of the joys of grilling is dazzling your family and guests with amazing feats of outdoor cooking prowess. Always having a new, awesome recipe up your sleeve is one way to [...]

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Meet the Material: Ceramic Tile

Posted by: on March 29th, 2013 | One Comment

  Ceramic materials are some of the oldest manufacturing and art materials known to man. Some of the oldest human artifacts are pottery — a type of ceramic — produced some 27,000 years ago. That’s certainly a testament to the durability of the material. Ceramic materials are used in all sorts of industrial and artistic [...]

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Home Improvement 101: Types of Seating

Posted by: on March 22nd, 2013 | One Comment

Home Improvement 101 explains the words and terms you’ll find in home improvement, decorating and DIY. We’re pinning these mini-tutorials on our Home Improvement 101 board on Pinterest. We’re also rounding up a few of them each week here on the Apron blog. In this installment: types of seating.   The scrollwork on the back of this chair is [...]

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Home Improvement 101: Prints and Patterns in Home Decor

Posted by: on March 8th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Home Improvement 101 explains the words and terms you’ll find in home improvement, decorating and DIY. We’re pinning these mini-tutorials on our Home Improvement 101 board on Pinterest. We’re also rounding up a few of them each week here on the Apron blog. In this installment: prints and patterns in home decor.   Faux bois refers to a pattern [...]

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