Inspired: The Balstrade Console Table

Posted by: on May 1st, 2012 | Make A Comment

Balstrade Console Table Inspiration Board

An entryway is one spot in your house that shouldn’t be left untouched, as it’s the first place anyone will see when they visit your home. Besides serving as an eye-catching spot for guests, it serves as a useful place to drop keys and mail when you’re rushing through the door.

If you’re not sure what to put in this narrow space, consider an easy formula, shown in our entryway inspiration board: a console table, paired with a lamp, a small seat, an oversize piece of art, and a little tray for catching odds and ends. That’s really all you need to finish your front entry.

This inspiration board began with the Balstrade Console Table, with its rustic wooden finish and dramatic turned wood legs. We chose several accessories that matched the distressed finish of the table–the mirrored tray–and some with finishes that contrasted it–the glossy, cream lamp. In a space that has fairly neutral colors, it’s important to combine varying textures to keep the vignette interesting.

BOTTOM ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT):

The French Side Chair in Antique White has a very feminine silhouette, which complements the strong shape of the Balstrade Console Table. By pairing a chair that’s visually lighter than the console table, the two furniture pieces balance each other out.

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Lawn Care: Level Up Your Lawn Against Turf Diseases

Posted by: on April 30th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Maintaining the health of your grass is vital to the beauty of your lawn. Turf diseases that kill or discolor grass can spread quickly and resist treatment. By the time you spot their symptoms, it may already be too late to provide effective control.

With rising temperatures contributing to disease-friendly conditions, now is the time to act. Your best lawn care defense may be to raise the level of low spots in your yard.

A man watering his lawn

Make sure you're not feeding a fungal infection when you water your lawn.

 

Most turf diseases are the result of infection by one or another strain of fungus. These cryptic little creatures, neither quite plant nor animal, thrive in warm, wet environments. The fungi that cause turf diseases, like brown patch or red thread, get their start in low spots where water drains poorly. The combination of damp ground and summer heat allows fungal populations to explode, ultimately damaging the health of your lawn.

Raising the level of depressions in your yard helps prevent fungal diseases by making it difficult for water to pool. For most warm-season grasses (Bermuda, centipede, St. Augustine, and zoysia), spring is the proper time to level.

As you’ll be moving soil around your yard, a wheelbarrow is a near essential tool for this lawn maintenance job. Use it to combine sand and planting soil, then haul the mixture to each low spot in your yard. With a shovel, apply only about a half-inch layer at a time. Sweep it with a broom to help it settle around existing grass. When you’re done, fertilize and water the raised patches. If, after a few weeks, the treated areas are still lower than the surrounding terrain, repeat the process. For the soil and fertilizer you’ll need for leveling off low spots, visit the Home Depot Garden Center.

In the immortal words of that 18th century lawn care expert, Benjamin Franklin: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” By leveling your lawn, you’ll be applying a good deal more than just a pound of prevention. That adds up to a ton of cure that you’ve saved yourself in the long run.

First Look: Garden Hoses, Sprinklers, Timers and More

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

The biggest complaint you’ll hear about garden hoses is that they kink too easily, making what should be a relatively easy, even enjoyable task an exercise in frustration. The Home Depot has you covered with garden hoses guaranteed not to kink or tangle.

In this video, Home Depot associate Stacye Baker highlights our commercial and heavy duty garden hoses, along with a few types of sprinklerstimersnozzles and hose repair kits that will make caring for your lawn easier and more affordable.

The products explained in this video:

Goodyear Commercial Grade All Rubber Hose

NeverKink Heavy Duty Hose

Nelson ContourMaster Sprinkler

Our First Look series highlights videos our store associates watch to learn about the new products and services available at The Home Depot. We share them here so that Home Depot customers, especially professional builders and serious do-it-yourself enthusiasts, can see what’s new in the aisles at The Home Depot.

Grill It: What is a Smoker? Why Do I Want One?

Posted by: on April 28th, 2012 | 3 Comments

A smoker grill

Q:What is a smoker? Why do I want one?

Smokers are grills designed to cook meat “slow and low” with smoke rather than direct heat. The wood chips can impart a lovely woodsy flavor in the food – think applewood-smoked bacon. If grilling on a direct flame is the equivalent of sautéing on the stovetop, smoking is more like baking in the oven.

You don’t need to flip meat on a smoker since the temperature is more or less constant in all parts of the smoker grill. (That means you should keep the lid closed, of course. The more you open the lid, the less even the cook.)

First, you’ll soak the wood chips in water, which adds moisture that will keep your food nice and tender. Different wood species are suited for different cooking jobs. Oak chips, for example, are a classic pair with brisket while mesquite will team up well with beef and vegetables. Experimenting with the different combinations is definitely part of the art of smoking.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.

Spring Garden Project: Mailbox Garden (and Makeover!)

Posted by: on April 27th, 2012 | 11 Comments

Mailbox with bright flowers

Curb appeal doesn’t start with a brightly painted front door or perfectly trimmed hedges. The first impression of your home’s personality is the often-overlooked mailbox. Giving yours this cheerful makeover will set you back less than $50, but will make a big first impression. In addition to planting a ring of flowers, we upgraded the actual mailbox and numbers, spray painting them to correspond with the fresh array of spring colors on display. You may find your letter carrier lingering as he delivers the bills and bank statements.

Check out the Mailbox Garden discussion on our forums, then print out this Garden Club Project card to take with you to your local Home Depot store.

Products needed for mailbox garden

Here’s what you’ll need:

Plants of various heights and colors

A shovel

Garden soil

Mulch or edging (optional)

All purpose plant food

Primer

House numbers

Spray paint

Sandpaper

Mailbox

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From the Forums: Is My Oak Tree an Underachiever?

Posted by: on April 27th, 2012 | Make A Comment
Upview of beautiful oak tree

Image via mscaprikell

 

If you pick the right variety of tree for your climate zone, once its roots are established, and given enough water, the tree should thrive without much work on your part. But Home Depot Community Member kfish was concerned about the apparent slow growth of an oak tree, and took those concerns to The Home Depot’s Community Forums, along with some photos. Take a look at what kfish had to say, along with the expert answer from Forums Associate FlyingHDsod:

kfish:   I have this great oak tree I planted in my yard about 5-6 years ago. I think it is a Georgia oak or something similar. I bought it from Trees Atlanta at their annual tree sale, and I know they helped me pick out one that was suitable for my in-town, full sun site. It seems pretty healthy – it leafs out every year. But I swear in the 5+ years I have had it, it has probably only grown two feet. My neighbor keeps suggesting we dig it up and make sure it isn’t root-bound. My mother thinks maybe we planted it too deep and more of the base needs to be up. I am just scared to try to dig it up because I might do more harm than good.

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Walking the Aisles: 5 Things to Know about the Maytag FIT Ovens

Posted by: on April 26th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Maytag Wall Ovens with FIT System

Arriving in Home Depot stores May 1st, new Maytag wall ovens with the innovative FIT system make kitchen renovations and updates easier for the do-it-yourselfer. Designed to fit into any kitchen cabinet, the FIT System includes  adjustable trim and insert pieces to make the oven taller or shorter based on your unique kitchen design.

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE FIT SYSTEM

1. It’s The Largest Available Oven Capacity for a 27- or 30-Inch Wall Oven

You can have the convenience of the Maytag FIT system without compromising on the interior size of your oven space. The 27-inch Maytag FIT wall oven comes with 4.3 cubic feet for a single wall oven and 8.6 cubic feet for double ovens, and the 30-inch Maytag FIT comes with 5 cubic feet for a single oven and 10 cubic feet for a double oven. That’s more space for chocolate chip cookies, homemade pizzas or turkey dinners for your family.

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Man Caves: Mad Men Style

Posted by: on April 26th, 2012 | 4 Comments
Mad Men Style Season 5 image

Image via AMC

 

We looked the historic spaces a few famous men created for themselves in an earlier Man Caves column, and saw how each reflected something of the character and passions of the men who hung out in them. And like great men in the past, men today want control over the look and design of their space, fuelling the great popularity of manly retreats in home.

The challenge for many guys is how to create a unique space with a masculine vibe that goes beyond your average converted basement. Traditional man caves with the flatscreen, kegerator, autographed sports jersey and pool table are no problem. But how do you put together a sleek, modern look for a cigar/wine room, or a bar/poolroom/study, or a living room?

Take inspiration from Mad Men, we say.

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Places: Outdoor Play Sets

Posted by: on April 26th, 2012 | Make A Comment
Image of crochet playset

Image via Kids Web Japen

 

Play lets children exercise their creativity and imagination. It also teaches them to share, to negotiate and to compromise, all skills that will prove invaluable once they leave the playground.  Play sets of some kind have been around for a long time, perhaps as long as there have been kids to play on them.

The colorful, phantasmagorical playscape installation at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan pictured above from Kids Web Japan is an example of how far the idea of play sets has come. It’s probably not an option for most backyards, but you won’t need anything nearly this radical to provide a rich play experience for your kids.

 

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How To Create A Tree Ring

Posted by: on April 26th, 2012 | One Comment

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You’ve already picked up a few gardening tips from The Home Depot’s YouTube channel, now here’s another landscaping trick to try out. Tree rings are a great outdoor design element that does double duty. It is a fun decorative touch that adds visual interest to your landscape, and it can protect a tree’s root system and shield tree trunks from damaging contact with outdoor power equipment.

This video shows how to build a tree ring by using a few simple materials, including a shovel, top soil, tree and shrub garden soil, mulch, retaining wall bricks and sand.

It walks you through the process of leveling the area around the tree and properly placing and layering the bricks so that they form a perfect border. You’ll also get other cool ideas for uses for your tree ring, like using it as a garden bed for plants and flowers. Be sure to check out our How-To Community Forums for tons of cool landscaping ideas from our expert associates, as well as our Garden Center to find what you need to keep your garden growing all season long!

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.