Meet The Material: Mosaic Tile

Posted by: on February 15th, 2012 | Make A Comment

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The history of mosaic tile dates back some 4,000 years, and though there is some disagreement as to its exact origins, most historians believe the use of mosaics came to Greece via Egypt [Wikipedia].

Modern mosaic tiles offer you a diversity of colors, shapes and styles to create one-of-a-kind appeal on nearly any interior or exterior surface.

What is mosaic tile? Mosaic tile is an arrangement of small squares or pieces of stone, colored glass, porcelain, marble, travertine or other materials assembled in a way that creates a picture or complex geometric pattern. The small squares that make up a mosaic are known as tessera (the Greek word for “four”).

What are some of the cool properties of mosaic tile? The look of mosaic tile can be quite mesmerizing. Tessellation, the complex mathematical process that produces the repetition of geometric shapes with no gaps or overlap over a two-dimensional plane, deserves most of the credit for this bedazzling effect.

What is mosaic tile used for? Mosaic tile is used as a decorative application for flooring and walls, kitchen counters and backsplashes, for shower or tub surrounds and on variety of surfaces, both indoors and out.

What can you use mosaic tile for? Step up the look of your home’s staircase by using mosaic tile on the risers. Use mosaic stones to create a beautiful pathway through your garden. Or cover a reclaimed wood table with mosaic tile and give it an artsy new finish.

See more interesting ways to use mosaic tile after the jump.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #14 Making a Last Minute Idea Magic

Posted by: on February 14th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 14 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In this edition, Craig has a last minute gift idea, and Shaina tells us the magic words that will make this idea really cast a spell.

Give kisses, hugs and do-it-yourself on Valentine's Day


Craig: OK, it’s almost too late. It’s Valentine’s Day, and any guy who hasn’t figured out what to get his sweetheart had better get his act together, fast. Fortunately, Home Depot is there for you with what just happens to be the perfect DIY Valentine’s gift of all—a Home Depot gift card. It’s fast, it’s easy and you can even get a card with an image perfect for Valentine’s Day.

There. Problem solved. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Shaina: Hold on. You’re not done yet. For one thing, the woman will clearly recognize a last second attempt to stay out of trouble, so we’re off to a very bad start. But worse, you’re still missing the romance. Any fellow in this situation will have to step up his game. He’ll at least need to present the card with some flowers—which, by the way, you can also pick up at The Home Depot—and a card with a very important inscription.

I know exactly what to say that will keep the last minute guy out of the doghouse, and firmly plant him in his lover’s heart.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #13 Fire Up Your Love Life

Posted by: on February 13th, 2012 | One Comment

Day 13 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, despite his reputation as a wet blanket, Jae shows Caroline that he’s actually quite warmhearted. Or is he just blowing smoke?

Firepot Valentine's Day Idea

Jae:  Here’s a really hot idea for Valentine’s Day, something that’ll really light a fire in the heart of any lover.

Caroline: A “hot” idea that will “light a fire”? I get it. You’re suggesting snuggling up in front of a roaring fire. That would certainly be very romantic, but not everyone has a fireplace. This DIY Valentine’s gift idea seems a little limited.

Jae: You’re on the right track, Caroline. But this is a way to set up a romantic evening for two at home in front of the fire—even if you don’t have a fireplace. I found this awesome product at The Home Depot called a Firepot.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #12 Make it Red

Posted by: on February 12th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 12 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Ayana explains that it’s the color that counts, and Thomas gives us the scoop on what’s red at The Home Depot. 

Red is definitely on display at The Home Depot this Valentine's Day

Ayana: Red is definitely the Valentine’s Day color. That means that, as long as it’s red, just about anything can make a good DIY Valentine’s gift.

Thomas: You can find many DIY items on that are available in red. Take for example the Milwaukee’s 18V Red Lithium Ion Compact Drill. It comes with a dual red lithium-ion batteries, charger, drill and carrying case. You can have your Valentine do LOTS of projects around the house with this as a gift.

Ayana: That sounds like a good gift, but I don’t know how he’d feel about the honey-do list that would come with it. He’s been asking me to add some color to the house. I thought painting his office would be a nice surprise. Maybe a grayish blue with a red accent wall. He’d love that.

Thomas: That is a great idea! I found Behr Premium Plus Blue Willow, an interior flat paint with a gray-blue tint that would be perfect. Pair it with Glidden’s Red Geranium, a brighter/darker shade of red that would liven up any office for sure!

Ayana: And if you want to go all out, get your DIY sweetheart those Milwaukee brand tools and add the DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa Single Serve Coffemaker in red. Who doesn’t love sipping on gourmet coffee throughout the day. It would complement the office decor perfectly.

Editor’s Note: If men are from Mars, and women are from Venus, how can you choose the best Valentine’s Gift for someone on the other planet? Our DIY Valentine’s Gifts series highlights 14 great Home Depot gift ideas for your sweetie.



DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #11 Make Love Last With a Live Plant

Posted by: on February 11th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 9 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Shaina tells Craig how to make love last, even when the chocolates have all been eaten. 

A purple orchid, as an example of a live plant for Valentine's Day

Give a live plant for Valentine's Day-- a Purple Phal Orchid, perhaps

Craig: I know it’s traditional for a guy to his girl a big bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day, but I always thought that was kind of a waste. After a couple of days, the flowers are all dead. It’s like there’s a big, splashy display, but it all fades away so fast. Why spend money on stuff that doesn’t last?

Shaina: Gee, Craig, how romantic. Never, ever underestimate the power of a big, splashy display, especially on Valentine’s Day. And, seriously, this isn’t an economic transaction. It’s LOVE.

I hear you, though. Girls love receiving flowers, but it is a little sad when it’s finally time to toss the flowers into the compost bin. Or when all the chocolates are eaten. That’s really sad.

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Orchids Are For Lovers?

Posted by: on February 10th, 2012 | Make A Comment
Orchids for lovers

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Valentine’s Day is upon us. This week folks will scramble to find those last minute gifts for their sweethearts. Are you one of them? If so, plant expert and Home Depot Forum associate Grow2Girl offers a gift idea that will make your honey swoon.

According to Grow2Girl, orchids are for lovers. Really? Roses and carnations are the ever popular Valentine’s blossoms. Who would have ever thought orchids would make it to the list of great gifts for your sweetie? Whether you are an orchid novice or a pro, she offers great advice.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #10 Romance is a Money Saver

Posted by: on February 10th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 10 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, despite the dim light, Ayana sees romance, and Thomas sees savings.  

Dimmed lights and roses for a romantic dinner

Dimmed lights set a romantic mood


Thomas:  One DIY Valentine’s gift idea I had was to install a programmable thermostat and also some dimmers in the dining room, bathroom, kitchen and bedroom.

This isn’t really a traditional Valentine’s gift, but these projects will help save money, which you might put towards a romantic vacation later in the year.

Ayana:  You’ve made really good points about lighting efficiency and saving money, and who doesn’t love a vacation with their sweetie? But you don’t have to convince me of the connection between dimmers and Valentine’s Day. Ever hear of mood lighting? It’s one of the most important ingredients in a romantic Valentine’s Day evening.

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Places: Modern Moroccan Bedroom Design Ideas

Posted by: on February 9th, 2012 | One Comment
Calm contemporary Moroccan bedroom image

Image via Inspire Bohemia

This year we’re seeing a resurgence again of Asian and Middle Eastern influences in home décor, and particularly an interest in all things Moroccan. A dizzying array of rich, earthy hues, vibrant textiles, bold geometric patterns, and ornate hand-carved wood and stone all come together to create a look and feel that is warm, graceful and opulent. Morocco’s distinctive style is an eclectic brew of African, Arab and European cultures.

To illustrate how you can spice things up at home with this sumptuous style, here’s a look at a few extraordinary Moroccan bedroom design ideas that exemplify the versatility and charm of the Mediterranean.

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How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet

Posted by: on February 9th, 2012 | Make A Comment

This DIY project may sound a little out there but, just like our duct tape roses idea, it will be the perfect present for anyone who appreciates a fun and unique gift from the heart.

You can complete this duct tape wallet DIY project in six easy steps. All you need is duct tape, a box cutter, scissors, and a ruler and you’re on your way! Feel free to customize the wallet to fit your sweetheart’s personality. Use different colored duct tape or decorate the outside. Let your imagination run wild! Our associates at The Home Depot How-To Community Forum have tons of other gift and project ideas so be sure to check them out and say “hi”.

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

DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #9 Faux Bois Cookies

Posted by: on February 9th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 9 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Caroline shows Jae how to bake cookies that worth carving his initials into.  

Faux bois Valentine's Day cookies

Jae:  What do women really want for Valentine’s Day, besides the usual box of chocolates and red roses? Caroline, you’re a girl—help us out.

Caroline: ‘You’re a girl?’ Wow, you’re so astute, Jae!

I don’t think that Valentine’s Day gifts need to be something grand or over-the-top, though I’m sure none of us would turn down a luxe gift like roses or chocolates, but I think the important thing is to remind your Valentine that you were thinking about them on this day of love. I think sweets are really a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift, not only because of the lover nicknames like ‘sweetheart’ and ‘sweetie’ but because they feel indulgent. Plus, they say ‘you look hot and I love you even though you just shoveled two dozen chocolate truffles into your mouth.’

Jae: It will take a while to erase that mental image from my brain. But anyway, how do I give my sweetheart a sugary gift without it looking like I ran to the pharmacy last minute and grabbed the first red heart box I found?

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