About the Author

Laura Sullivan


Laura, the design lover who brings you Inspired and various other projects on this wonderful blog, has a decade of experience with journalism, blogging and craftiness. An obsessive grammarian and Atlanta native, she travelled over 50,000 miles of Asia for three years after college, falling in love with travel and food writing. After getting a master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois, “Sully” moved to New York City with a car full of stuff and no plan. She worked for Time Out New York, Everyday with Rachael Ray, iVillage.com, Parenting magazine and other publications. Laura was most recently an editor and reporter for Patch.com, a local news website that's part of the Huffington Post Media Group. Laura taught herself how to sew in high school, loves vintage aprons and once bought an entire carload of bricks in the frenzy of a DIY project... and she wasn’t even sure if/where they might work. She likes taking pretty pictures and does not look good in turquoise, unlike other Apron bloggers.

Top Five Questions About Buying a Gas Grill

Posted by: on April 25th, 2013 | 6 Comments

A gas or propane grill can be a big investment. And these days there are so many models and features to consider, it can be hard to know if you’re getting the right grill for your needs. Here are the answers to the top five gas grill questions customers ask us at The Home Depot. [...]

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Places: The New Thanksgiving Table

Posted by: on November 8th, 2012 | One Comment

  No place speaks to the abundance and togetherness of Thanksgiving more than a well-laid table. We’ve been inspired by the completely original Thanksgiving tablescapes from some of our favorite bloggers, which we’ve been enthusiastically pinning on this Fall Harvest Pinterest board. So in the spirit of the season, how could we keep these grand [...]

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DIY Décor: Make a Festive Metal Sign with Christmas Lights

Posted by: on November 6th, 2012 | 3 Comments

This DIY metal sign is great for Christmas, or any holiday   With luminous white light bouncing off the reflective metal, this DIY metal sign with a holiday message is a polished, classy version of the Light-Brite toy you played with as a child. With this simple project, it’s easy to customize your holiday message [...]

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In The Wild: Self Portraits in Shiny Objects and Security Screens

Posted by: on November 5th, 2012 | Make A Comment

  When people see themselves on a screen (or just in a shiny object!), seems like they can’t help themselves: They’ve got to capture the image for eternity. Check out this round-up of self portraits that individuals have posted publicly on Instagram, Twitter and around the web of themselves on security screens and shiny objects [...]

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In The Wild: Halloween Monsters in the Home Depot Aisles

Posted by: on October 29th, 2012 | Make A Comment

  As Halloween approaches, we’re reminded that monsters and ghouls are lurking everywhere … including the aisles of Home Depot stores everywhere. Check out these Flickr and Instagram photos of creative and creepy Halloween monsters seen in The Home Depot (and a Home Depot monster spotted at Dragon*Con). These photos were posted publicly and tagged [...]

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Clean House: Red Wine Stains

Posted by: on October 27th, 2012 | 7 Comments

Q: Party foul! My dinner guest just spilled red wine on my white wall. How can I keep the stain from setting? A: We tried out this cleaning tip for red wine stains — and it worked! In a glass or plastic bowl, mix together two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish detergent (the stuff [...]

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DIY Décor: DIY Lamp Made from Upcycled Bottle

Posted by: on October 24th, 2012 | One Comment

  Rough industrial accents look great when pitted against plush, pillowed bedrooms. That’s why this simple DIY lamp looks lovely in this setting. It is just an old glass bottle and some hardware, collected from aisles of your local Home Depot that you don’t often meander down. (Hint: You’ll need to locate the electrical and [...]

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In The Wild: Home Depot Associate Faces

Posted by: on October 22nd, 2012 | Make A Comment

The Home Depot associate is a special person. This diverse group of talent puts on the orange apron and walks the aisles every day at Home Depot stores across the country. Take a look at their bright, shining faces in this collection of photos tagged with #homedepot and posted publicly on Instagram and around the web. [...]

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Lead Paint Safety for Families and DIYers

Posted by: on October 22nd, 2012 | 4 Comments

We fawn over historic homes just as much as the next person. The high ceilings. The beautiful crown moulding. The grand staircases. But if your home was built before 1978, there’s a good chance that it contains lead-based paint, and that’s why lead paint safety is so important. If these homes are not maintained and [...]

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Clean House: Use An Electric Toothbrush for Cleaning Bathrooms

Posted by: on October 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Q: When cleaning bathrooms, scrubbing the little crevices is one of my least favorite things on earth. What to do? A: Grab a bathroom cleaner—any one will do, but this tactic is especially useful with a anti-bacterial micro-abrasive bathroom cleaner—and then pick up a cheap electric toothbrush at a dollar store. You can also use [...]

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