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

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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

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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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Top 5 Blizzard Safety Tips

Posted by: on February 8th, 2012 | 2 Comments

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Who doesn’t love a snowy winter day filled with snow angels, warm cups of cocoa and cozy nights by the fireplace? But those of you who’ve ever been stuck in the middle of a blizzard know that there really can be too much of a good thing! So make sure you’re prepared for when these serious winter storms blow into town with our blizzard survival safety tips:

1. Stay inside!  Blizzard survival is all about staying safe and warm. That means seeking shelter and staying there until the dangerous conditions have passed. If you’re outside during a blizzard you run a very real risk of suffering from frostbite and/or hypothermia. And even if you are sufficiently bundled up to hold off these dangers, you’re still not out of the woods yet. Very low visibility and icy roads make for treacherous driving conditions. It’s also very easy to get lost in a total white-out or big snow drifts, whether you’re in your car or on foot.

2. Keep heating options open.  Downed power lines are common during severe weather so it’s important to have a back-up plan to stay warm when the electricity is out. If you have a wood burning or gas fireplace you’re in luck. Just be sure to always have all of the necessary fireplace accessories on hand in preparation for blizzard conditions. Kerosene heaters and generators are also great heating alternatives. Just be sure to maintain proper ventilation when in use and keep pets and children away.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #8 Tools Can be Romantic, Too

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

Day 8 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 do-it-yourself project romantic, especially for the woman who wields tools. 

This can be a romantic Valentine gift. Really.

 

Craig:  Valentine’s Day is all about romance and chocolates and flowers, of course. But there’s no reason it can’t be a day for practicality, too. I’d like to suggest to the guys that a tool kit could be a terrific gift for Valentine’s Day. I say give your squeeze a tool bag.

Shaina:  A tool bag?! That’s not very romantic. Any guy who resorts to that is likely to be spending the night in the garage on Valentine’s Day night. What will you propose next?–a new motor for your bass boat?

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How to Organize Your Garage

Posted by: on February 7th, 2012 | 2 Comments

It’s always a good time to get your garage in shape. De-cluttering and organizing your garage is a great way to get prepared so that you can be ready as soon as Mother Nature gives you the green light!

In this video our Home Depot Community Forum associate, Coach Dave, shows you what a tidy garage looks like and how to achieve it. Between shovels and trimmers and pruners – there’s a lot to find a home for. But Coach Dave explains how wall-mounted brackets and organizers can free up precious floor space and keep all your garden tools handy so that you have easy access to everything. Stop by our How-To Community Forum to chat with Coach Dave and other Home Depot expert associates.

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: #7 Window Screen Earring Holder

Posted by: on February 7th, 2012 | 4 Comments

Day 7 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 reminds Thomas that do-it-yourself gifts are extra thoughtful, but shiny stuff is good, too. 

How to make an earring holder with window screen and a picture frame

 

Thomas:  A lot of guys are tired of getting their wives and girlfriends the same type Valentine’s Day gifts every year. The same old dozen roses, boxes of candy and teddy bears just seem boring. And what if a fellow gave his sweetie a necklace and earrings for Christmas? More jewelry just seems unimaginative.

Ayana:  There’s nothing at all wrong with a dozen roses and some candy or a teddy bear. Trust me, we love that kind of thing. And don’t EVER hesitate to give your girl something shiny. But I understand what you’re saying, and anyone in that situation is definitely due for a Valentine’s gift makeover. All it takes is a bit of do-it-yourself creativity.

Thomas:  DIY is good, but don’t assume that all guys are real handy with tools. I hope whatever you have in mind isn’t too complex.

Ayana:  Don’t worry. When it comes to DIY Valentine’s gifts, this is pretty easy.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetie: #6 Pizza on a Floor Tile

Posted by: on February 6th, 2012 | One Comment
Quarry tiles used as a pizza stone

Day 6 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 cooking on a floor tile can impress your sweetie.

Jae: I don’t know what all the fuss is about Valentine’s Day gifts. I say go old school. I say give a little box of those heart-shaped Valentines candies, like the ones you used to get in grade school with the “Be My Valentine” messages on them.  You know – cute and kitschy.

Caroline: You’re joking right?  Good luck with that.

Jae: Isn’t everyone always saying, “It’s the thought that counts … yadda, yadda”.

Caroline: That is a very important sentiment, but the message you’d be sending with that particular “thought” is, “I completely forgot Valentine’s Day so I got you this candy on my way home from work.”

A much more thoughtful gift would be a homemade dinner with your special someone.

Something easy would be a homemade pizza. Even you could do it, Jae. Think of cooking a pizza as a DIY Valentine’s gift.

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