Outdoor Living:

A Cozy Studio She Shed

Posted by: on August 21st, 2015 | 5 Comments

A Cozy Studio She Shed

Katrina Sullivan of Chic Little House wanted her own small retreat where she could work, think or just relax. Building and decorating her own she shed in her backyard was the perfect solution.

 

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A Coastal She Shed

Posted by: on August 19th, 2015 | 14 Comments

A Coastal She Shed

This adorable coastal-style she shed was designed by Danielle Driscoll of Finding Silver Pennies. She lives in Scituate, Massachusetts, literally a stone’s throw from the harbor and several sandy beaches, so it’s no wonder she chose the beachy theme for her backyard retreat.

 

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A Cozy Cottage She Shed

Posted by: on August 18th, 2015 | 26 Comments

A Cozy Cottage She Shed

“She sheds” are one of the best trends we’ve seen in a long time. A she shed is sort of like a man cave, but outdoors, in a shed tricked out to be a cozy, comfortable retreat in the backyard.

We asked some of our favorite DIY and design bloggers to show us their ideas for a she shed. Kristen Whitby blogs at Ella Claire. Here’s her cozy she shed. 

 

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Unique DIY String Light Poles with Concrete Base

Posted by: on July 22nd, 2015 | 2 Comments

Unique DIY String Light Poles with Concrete Base

These DIY string light poles are extra sturdy and they look unlike any string light poles we’ve seen, with tree trunks taking the place of wooden or metal poles in the concrete bases. 

Jessica Gregg, one of the three “Sorelle Sisters” of J. Sorelle, created these string light poles for our Cement DIY Challenge– with concrete being an important ingredient in the project. The lights are a lovely addition to her rustic and nature-inspired patio decor. 

If you don’t have Aspen tree trunks, you can certainly use regular wooden or metal poles. You can also use these concrete bases for volleyball nets, tether ball poles, umbrella stands, or anything of that sort.

Follow the easy step-by-step instructions to create your own string light poles, and take inspiration from the rest of Jessica’s patio decorating ideas. 

 

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6 Unique Versions of a DIY Serving Station

Posted by: on June 16th, 2015 | One Comment

6 Unique Versions of a DIY Serving Station

This DIY serving station is a great project, with so many ways to customize it. We asked some of our favorite bloggers to build the DIY serving station based on a Home Depot serving station tutorial and add their own twist to the project.

The results are so clever and quite impressive. Take a look at these six unique examples of the DIY serving station for inspiration.

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5 Awesome DIY Grilling Carts

Posted by: on June 16th, 2015 | Make A Comment

5 Awesome DIY Grilling Carts

 

These DIY grilling carts were built by some of our favorite DIY bloggers. Each one is functional and attractive, but each also has its own style. In some cases, they started with a grilling cart tutorial by designer Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern, but added their own touches to the project.

Check out these awesome DIY grilling carts to get you inspired. 

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A Coastal Rustic Christmas with an Oyster Roast

Posted by: on November 17th, 2014 | 28 Comments

A Coastal Rustic Christmas with an Oyster Roast

In the warmer parts of the country, it’s not crazy to think about celebrating the holiday season outdoors. In South Carolina that could include holding an oyster roast. That’s what Krystine Edwards did, and she created a special rustic Christmas look for her party.

Krystine writes about decorating and home remodeling on her blog Living Pretty Styled. She set up her rustic Christmas oyster roast as part of our Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations and let her work her decorating magic.

Read on for inspiration and ideas for your own rustic Christmas look.

 

Here in Charleston the weather around the holidays is unpredictable, one day you can be freezing and the next you’re at the beach. For the most part it stays fairly warm up through Christmas. We spend as much time as we can outdoors and most importantly in our backyard. We are lucky to live on over a half of an acre, so there’s plenty of room to have all friends over for weekend family fun. So, when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Holiday Style Challenge and to use some outdoor Christmas decorations, I was over the moon!

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Christmas Decorating Inspired by Santa’s Workshop

Posted by: on November 4th, 2014 | 14 Comments

Decorating for Christmas: A Backyard Santa's Workshop

There might be no better inspiration for Christmas decorating than Santa’s workshop. And though we’ll likely never be entirely sure what this legendary work space looks like, holiday scholars agree that St. Nick almost certainly makes full use of the color red, likely with green trim in his workshop. That was the starting point for Melaine Thompson, author of My Sweet Savannah, when she decorated her backyard studio for Christmas. 

Melaine took part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent her, and several other talented stylists, mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to see what sort Christmas decorating ideas the bloggers would come up with.

Melaine’s backyard studio is bursting with Christmas cheer. She makes full use of the traditional color scheme, and she added so many charming details. And even if you don’t have your own garden house, we think you’ll pick up plenty of inspiration for your front porch and for your indoor Christmas decorating. 

When I was first asked to participate in the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge I was thrilled. I love any sort of challenge and creating a space with things that I did not pick out on my own would be a fun project. When the boxes started arriving I was very excited. It truly was like Christmas morning.

I opened up the boxes and saw a lot of green and gold~lovely. Then I saw a ton of red. Shoot, as much as I love red, I can never make it work in my own home. However, in the end I was able to embrace the red, and now I think I love red, and it makes the space I created much more magical.

So, my assignment was this: To create a outdoor space using what The Home Depot sent me. I decided I wanted to do something a little less ordinary than your typical porch or front entryway.

Decorating for Christmas: A Backyard Santa's Workshop

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Fall Decorating Ideas for an Outdoor Dinner Party

Posted by: on October 10th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Fall Decorating Ideas for an Outdoor Dinner Party

 

We just love designer Erin Souder’s fall decorating ideas– they’re beautiful and sophisticated, yet are so practical and easy to pull off. She’s the creative mind behind House of Earnest, and this lovely outdoor dinner party setting is her contribution to our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge

We sent mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decor items to some of our favorite DIY and design bloggers to see what amazing decorating ideas they’d come up with.  

Erin not only styled the dining table beautifully, she actually made the table for this outdoor setting. Add a fun party photo booth, and hang some outdoor lamps, and you’re ready to celebrate fall in style. 

Although most of our yard is flat open field, we have the most perfect grove of just a few trees with a shaded clearing in the center. Throughout the years, I’ve always thought that would be an amazing spot for an outdoor dinner party. When it came to the challenge of styling a harvest dining room, I couldn’t for the life of me image doing it indoors, and it looked like the perfect time to take advantage of that little grove.

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Outdoor Fall Harvest Party Ideas With a Classic Americana Style

Posted by: on October 6th, 2014 | 30 Comments

Outdoor Fall Harvest Party Ideas With a Classic Americana Style

Crisp fall air and expectations of the coming holiday season creates a great atmosphere for an fall harvest party. Kristin Cadwallader, the creative mind behind Bliss at Home, has styled an outdoor fall harvest party to remember. 

This is part of our ongoing Halloween Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Home Depot Halloween and harvest decorations to some of our favorite DIY and design bloggers, and we challenged them to create interesting and creative Halloween of harvest decor. 

Check out the nature-inspired fall centerpiece Kristin created. She also gives us her quick tutorial for a gorgeous wood slice art piece. 

Kristin’s fall harvest party has a classic rural American vibe to it with a very cool classic pick up truck serving as a gathering point. But even if you don’t have a vintage vehicle on hand, you’re sure to pick up some practical style ideas for your fall gathering.   

Fall has always been my favorite. I’ve learned to love every season, but fall will always be the one that I love the most. (Shhhhh! Don’t tell winter, spring, and summer!) The colors, the scent of apples and cinnamon, and the perfect weather always get me excited this time of year. For this Halloween Style Challenge, I wanted to take my love of the fall outdoors and host a fall harvest party in our backyard. Every year, we always end up entertaining here–whether it be a bonfire or an outdoor movie night. This year, I wanted to provide a relaxed atmosphere for some dear friends and their kids. Just snacks and fall drinks along with some good conversation on a beautiful autumn evening.

I’ve always enjoyed providing a fun setting for our get-togethers. Here’s how I brought fall to our backyard!

My Dad purchased a 1948 Chevy pick-up not too long ago that just happens to be bright orange. It was too perfect not to ask about for our fall party!! With a little hint-dropping, he gladly let me borrow it. I loved the idea to use it as a drink station for our party.

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