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Deck Decorating Ideas: A Pergola, Lights and DIY Cement Planters

Posted by: on April 24th, 2014 | Make A Comment

Deck Decorating Ideas: A Pergola, Lights and DIY Cement Planters


Sometimes it’s hard to see the possibilities of a long-neglected back deck. But with a little love and a few good deck decorating ideas, you can turn your outdoor space into a place with a serious wow factor.

Take for instance Jen Stagg’s complete deck makeover. She’s the creative mind behind the popular decor and DIY blog withHEART. And when we say complete deck makeover, we do mean complete. Jen’s deck went from being kind of sad to being an absolute showcase with a new pergola, outdoor lights, outdoor curtains and her DIY cement planters. 

She created her outdoor dining room for our Patio Style Challenge series– we send some of the best bloggers on the Internet a new patio furniture set to spark their creative patio decor ideas, which we get to share with you.

Take a look at the gorgeous photos of her new back deck. And check out her many DIY ideas that went into this wonderful deck makeover, including the video tutorial for her DIY cement planters.


You know those backyard living spaces that conjure dreams of summer nights, parties with friends, and relaxing over a beautiful outdoor meal? Yeah…. so I had opposite of that. It was an embarrassing, barren, boring back deck that we had put (very) far on the back burner while we focused on remodeling the inside of our home during the winter.

After the snow melted, we were left with this. Shield your eyes my friends, it ain’t pretty….

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Ideas to Steal for Creating Your Own Outdoor Dining Room

Posted by: on April 23rd, 2014 | 2 Comments

Ideas to Steal for Creating Your Own Outdoor Dining Room

How much more outdoor entertaining would you do if your deck was outfitted with the right patio furniture? Imagine how al fresco dining would heighten the experience of a casual Sunday breakfast with the family. 

We asked interior designer Erika Ward of BluLabel Bungalow to outfit her deck for outdoor dining. We loved the family friendly under deck patio she created for our Patio Style Challenge series, so we were thrilled she agreed to join us for another Style Challenge. 

Her newly designed upper deck is beautifully appointed and ready for outdoor dining. Read on for her terrific ideas on how to create your own outdoor dining room. 


The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge not only ushered in warmer temperatures, but also turned up the heat on our deck with the Fall River 7-Piece Patio Dining Set by Hampton Bay. Its fiery-hued upholstery and cushions make a red-hot statement that is tantalizing to the senses and stimulating to the appetite.

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An Outdoor Space That’s Colorful, Comfortable and Renter-Friendly

Posted by: on April 22nd, 2014 | 29 Comments

An Outdoor Space That's Colorful, Comfortable and Renter-Friendly

Sometimes those of us who rent our homes feel left out of the fun of decorating our outdoor spaces. We can’t make major alterations to the house we rent, and we don’t want to spend a lot of money on a patio that we will eventually leave behind. But design blogger Shavonda Gardner wants to show you being a renter does not mean you have to forego creating a beautiful patio decor on your back deck.

We noticed her excellent decorating and DIY ideas on A Home Full of Color and asked her to take part in our Patio Style Challenge. We sent her a patio furniture set and asked her to style her deck around it. 

She came up with a colorful outdoor space that’s comfortable and inviting, and it cleverly makes full use of her small outdoor space. And best of all, she didn’t do any major construction, and she can pretty much take it all with her when she moves. 

Read on for Shavonda’s patio decorating ideas that are great for renters and homeowners, alike.

The minute the calendar signals spring’s arrival I immediately start conjuring plans for outdoor living and entertaining. So when The Home Depot invited me to take part in this year’s Style Challenge I was thrilled! As with many renters, and urban dwellers alike, I was challenged by both space limitations and the inability make major structural changes to our outdoor space. With these obstacles in mind I set out to create a casual, comfortable space perfect for my friends and family to enjoy.

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A Backyard Makeover With a Zen Spirit

Posted by: on April 21st, 2014 | 3 Comments

A Backyard Makeover With a Zen Spirit


Excellent decor–indoor or outdoor–reflects a personality. Blogger Camille Simmons expertly captured her brother’s passion for community and the environment in the backyard makeover she completed at his California home.

Her blog, Planning Pretty, focuses on cooking and entertaining, as well as decor, so you can bet the patio she created is also great for family gatherings and outdoor dining. 

This was her contribution to our Patio Style Challenge. We send our favorite bloggers patio furniture sets from The Home Depot to spark their ideas for creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces. 

As you’ll see, the new patio she created is peaceful, natural and energizing, with plenty of charming details to make it one of a kind. 


Entertaining is a huge part my lifestyle, but my family’s too! We love to celebrate holidays and birthdays with backyard barbecues. My husband and I live in the city where outdoor space is limited, so all parties are thrown at my brother’s house.

Although the gatherings are always casual,  having an informal patio arrangement makes entertaining tough. My brother only had random chairs, patio sofas and benches in a jumble under the pergola-like canopy in his yard. But I knew with the canopy frame in place, I could create a great outdoor room with lots of shade from the hot California sun. My brother also holds team meetings in the yard for the non-profit organization, Ubuntu Green, so doubling as an outdoor work space would be a bonus.

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Backyard Makeover With Color and Comfort

Posted by: on April 18th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Backyard Makeover With Color and Comfort: Eileen Beaver on her backyard deck with her dog Rowan

Even an interior designer can neglect the “exterior design” when moving into a new house. But the day comes when it’s definitely time for a backyard makeover.

That pretty much describes the situation with Eileen Beaver. She’s all about excellent design, as you’ll see on her blog A Creative Day, but her backyard was kind of underwhelming. 

That is, until she took part in our Patio Style Challenge. That’s where we send some of our favorite design and decor bloggers new patio sets from The Home Depot to generate great patio and deck decorating ideas. 

Eileen’s new, improved backyard is colorful and stylish, but keeps comfort and outdoor relaxation a priority. It’s great for lounging or entertaining. (We’re hoping for an invitation to brunch on her back deck sometime soon.) There’s a hanging herb garden, too!

Take a look…


The mister and I are true South Carolinians–year-long outdoor living is our way of life. The weather is gorgeous most of the year, which calls for many backyard brunches, glasses of wine and grilling. We bought our 1940s bungalow in the winter of last year and spent most of the year renovating the interior, which left our sadly neglected back yard to be tackled this spring.

When The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Patio Style Challenge, it was the perfect push to create a welcoming living space out of an area that had definitely gotten the short end of the stick!

Backyard Makeover With Color and Comfort: Brunch on the deck

Here is a glimpse at the backyard before we got to work on improving it:

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Patio Decor for Easy Outdoor Entertaining

Posted by: on April 16th, 2014 | 10 Comments

Patio Decor for Easy Outdoor Entertaining

Lifestyle blogger Carrie Waller knows how to throw a party. For ample proof of that, just take a look at her charming DIY wedding. She makes it look so easy.

And easy entertaining is the subject we’re interested in here. Easy outdoor entertaining, specifically. We asked Carrie to show us how she’d set her backyard deck up for a little dining al fresco with a few friends. It’s part of our Patio Style Challenge series in which we send a Home Depot patio set to prominent lifestyle bloggers to see the amazing patio decor ideas they come up with.

Carrie served up a delicious grilled pizza recipe, a couple of easy DIY projects for the table setting and tips for a simple tablescape guaranteed to make guests feel welcomed.

Read on to see her ideas for easy outdoor entertaining.

When it comes to entertaining, for me it’s all about simplifying. I fill the gaps between platters of homemade finger foods with store-bought goodies. I have a running collection of special occasion dishes within easy reach, and I grab up budget linens whenever I see them on sale. All to make last minute parties a cinch to pull off.

But outdoor entertaining? With so many additional layers, like indoor/outdoor fabrics, casual (read: unbreakable!) party ware and chic accessories fit for the outdoors, it was only recently that I gathered the gumption to try it out myself.

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Outdoor Decorating Ideas: A Lush, Eclectic, Bohemian LA Patio

Posted by: on April 15th, 2014 | 9 Comments

Outdoor Decorating Ideas: A Lush, Eclectic, Bohemian LA Patio

Outdoor decor should be bold, bright and fun. At least that’s what Justina Blakeney says. 

Justina is a designer and stylist in Los Angeles who has created a one-of-kind patio for her vintage bungalow that proves you can pull out all the stops when you’re decorating your outdoor space.

Justina writes about her eclectic, international design sensibilities on her blog simply called Justina Blakeney. We were thrilled she agreed to take us up on our Patio Style Challenge– we sent her a Home Depot patio set, and she styled a gorgeous patio around it. 

It’s a tour de force of bohemian style, with delicious color, dazzling patterns, lush greenery and easy comfort. Take a look at the photos, and read on for her distinctive outdoor decorating ideas. 

A patio overhaul at my Los Angeles 1920s bungalow (jungalow!) rental was LONG overdue. Ever since I had my baby girl eighteen months ago the plants in our container garden were dunzo–only the kale survived the drought.

Trees were overgrown–and not in a ‘rustic’ way–in a neglected way. The hodgepodge of furniture that I had more-or-less dumped out there was looking, well, dumpy, and as the spring rapidly approached I knew something had to give.

Enter the Home Depot Style Challenge (and the help of Sara Bauer from Immaculate Space) to give it the makeover it so desperately needed.

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Patio Decor Ideas: Lounging Inspiration from the Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on April 9th, 2014 | Make A Comment

As we get ready for the 2014 Patio Style Challenge, we thought we’d share some of our favorite patio decor ideas from past editions.

Inviting friends over for an impromptu evening soiree is easy when your home is prepped and ready. These outdoor spaces, styled by our fabulous Style Challenge bloggers, are here to inspire you to get your outdoor spaces ready to impress.

Patio Decor Ideas: Dark neutrals and warm tones with a few metallics and bright green foliage.

This cozy, covered deck styled by the talented Joselyn Taylor of Simple Lovely is basically a big comfy pile of pillows, right? We love the way Joselyn accented dark neutrals and warm tones with a few metallics and bright green foliage.

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Inspired: Patio Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

Posted by: on March 26th, 2014 | Make A Comment



Since warmer weather is approaching, it’s time to get your patio ready for outdoor living and entertaining. After spending the cooler months cooped up inside, it’s a nice reprieve for many to spend time outdoors with family and friends. Backyard entertaining will be in full swing before we know it, so you’ll want to have your patio prepared for guests and spending sunny days lounging. We have some patio ideas that will make your backyard ready for outdoor entertaining.



The first step to creating an outdoor oasis is selecting a patio set that’s right for your needs. Start by looking for a dining table. You can even add chairs to create a lounge area if you have enough space. The Brown Jordan Greystone dining table and patio chairs is one of our favorites and will last you long throughout this season and the next. This patio furniture looks so good you might consider bringing it indoors! Think classic design mixed with luxurious comfort.

Since you’ll most likely get a lot of use out a of a good patio set, plan ahead for cooler summer nights by adding a fire pit. Not only does it make a great centerpiece for lounge chairs, but it also encourages relaxation and conversation. The UniFlame bronze fire pit is a stylish option that comes with lava rocks and variable flame settings. But if you’re looking to enhance this look even more, add luster to your fire pit by switching out the lava rocks for glass FireCrystals.

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Inspired: 4 Patio Layout Ideas

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

Inspired: 4 Patio Layout Ideas

Whether you call it a layout, blueprint, design, or even feng shui, we hear a lot of advice about the “flow” of a room. From the size, the lighting, the objective of the space – Are you watching TV? Relaxing around an outdoor firepit? Dining with friends? – the same details and principles of design that dictate your indoor space, apply to outdoor spaces, as well. Here are four easy patio layout ideas that make your outdoor space comfortable and functional.

Casual Chat

Get the group together or pull a chair away to flip through your favorite magazine. The Lynnfield Chat Set is great for a group dynamic. Create symmetry by placing two chairs opposite each other or round everybody up in a circle. The choice is yours!

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