Colorful Tea Kettles Add Interest to Your Kitchen

Posted by: on March 24th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Small kitchen appliances and accessories are an easy way to add a punch of color to your kitchen. Like a scarf to your overcoat, colorful tea kettles can make a big, colorful statement in your kitchen without much commitment. Get tired of the color you picked? No big deal, just leave your scarf in the closet for a while — same goes for your colorful tea kettle. For little money and even less effort, you can really give the most useful space in the house a little extra zing!

Colorful tea kettles

Center: BonJour 2 Qt. Polished Stainless Steel Tea Kettle with Copper Bottom; Clockwise: Mustard Yellow Kitchenaid 9-Cup Tea Kettle; Mustard KitchenAid 6-Cup Tea Kettle;  Yellow Rachel Ray 2Qt. Curve Tea Kettle; Old Dutch Tangerine Cast Iron Kyoto Tea Kettle; KitchenAid 1.5 Curling Tea Kettle in Green; Rachel Ray Curve Tea Kettle in Green; KitchenAid 2 Qt. Globe Tea Kettle in Turquoise; Rachel Ray 2 Qt. Curve Tea Kettle in Blue; KitchenAid 9-Cup Tea Kettle in Midnight Blue; KitchenAid 9-Cup Tea Kettle in Red; KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 8-Cup Tea Kettle in Red;  Rachel Ray Curve Tea Kettle in Orange

Browse more Tea Pots & Kettles here. What color will you pick?

Grill It: Do I Really Have to Clean My Grill?

Posted by: on March 24th, 2012 | 2 Comments










A: Outdoor cooks agree that it’s best to use a stiff-wire brush to clean most grills — to keep your food tasty and to ensure that the grill stays around for longer. (For porcelain-coated grills, the weapon of choice is a brass-bristle brush.)

Allow the grill to heat up for about five minutes, then scrub with the grill brush before you get cooking. Simple as that. If you don’t have a brush on hand, crumple up some aluminum foil, hold it with grill tongs, then use it to scrub the funk off your grates. After cooking, you can crank up the heat for five to ten minutes to burn off any food pieces, too.

If you’ve got an “emergency grade” cleaning job, try this trick: tightly wrap cooking grates with aluminum foil, shiny side facing out. Place inside your hot grill for 15 to 30 minutes. After the grate cools, unwrap and see if your problem has disintegrated in the foil.

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How to Remove Moss, How to Encourage It: Two Views of a Rootless Plant

Posted by: on March 23rd, 2012 | 4 Comments

So is moss a good thing? Or a bad thing?

There’s been a little back and forth on this recently on The Home Depot’s Community Forums, with some handy tips not only on how to remove moss, but also how to encourage the growth of moss.

It started when Forum associate LawnRanger mentioned in his post, Get the Moss Out, that he’d been getting questions from Community members about how to get rid of moss from lawns and patios. “Moss is nice and green, but as with all weeds, if it is in the wrong place, it has to be removed,” LawnRanger astutely pointed out.

Moss is nice, but if it’s in the wrong place, it has to be removed.

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How To Create A Disappearing Water Fountain

Posted by: on March 22nd, 2012 | Make A Comment

You’ll soon be spending a lot more time outdoors, so why not make it as enjoyable as possible? Few things are as relaxing as the sound of running water. And by installing a water fountain in your patio, deck or backyard, not only will you be able to enjoy this soothing sound but it will also help to beautify your outdoor space.

Installing a disappearing water fountain feature is not as difficult as you may have thought.  In fact, if you use a pre-made fountain it’s actually very easy to do and this video shows you how. The simple steps include assembly, filling it and plugging it in. There are a few important things to be aware of, however, and you’ll learn how to properly position and level the fountain, select the correct type of outlet to use and ways to conceal the cord. For more advice on how to install a fountain, or any other outdoor feature like a hot tub, sauna or pool, feel free to ask any of our expert associates on the How-To Community Forum.

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

Places: Closets With Chandeliers

Posted by: on March 22nd, 2012 | 4 Comments
Chandelier closeup shot image

Image via Citified


Chandeliers aren’t just for grand dining rooms or lofty foyers anymore. Today, these beautiful, often extravagant hanging works of glass and light come in a huge array of sizes, styles, colors and designs. Chandeliers of all sorts are being used to create a statement in almost every room in the home, from kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and … closets?

The idea of hanging a chandelier in the closet sounds a bit over the top. But think about it: for the one-act play of life, the closet is kind of like the wardrobe department; it’s where we hang our costumes. Why not dress it up with some dramatic lighting?

And as you will see in the examples we found, you don’t need a palatial walk-in the size of condo to add a touch of glamor to the lighting in your closet.

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Patio Ideas: Update with Accessories

Posted by: on March 21st, 2012 | 6 Comments

Update Your Patio with Accessories | Process

If your outdoor space isn’t ready for warm sunny days and crisp spring mornings, we have ideas to help you create the perfect outdoor oasis for your space. These patio ideas will make your outdoor space cozy and comfortable. Furniture is clearly an important part of making your outdoor room livable, but patio accessories are an important part of creating an inviting lounge area. Pillows, throw blankets, and rugs are the best way to make your outdoor room feel like the perfect spot to relax with a book and a cup of coffee. We’ll show you how to finish your space with a few key accessories.

We began by selecting a color palette. For this porch swing area, we pulled our color palette from the Coral Breeze Layla Trellis Pillow which combines a soft aqua with a vibrant coral. We then selected the Pisa Blue 22 inch Pillow which complements the aqua in the color pillow and has a similar geometric shape.

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Gardening Tips for Spring Planting

Posted by: on March 20th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Spring is in the air. For those of you who are just itching to break out your garden tools and sink your hands in the dirt, use this last week before the official start of spring to learn a few tricks of the trade and get your garden off to a great start this year.

Check out this helpful video full of useful gardening tips for spring planting. Need a little help designing the look of your garden? Wondering how to keep your combination of low and high water plants healthy? This video has got you covered! It also has great advice on the proper way to take care of your soil, as well as what plants and flowers to look for. Visit for even more helpful garden ideas for spring as well as our Garden Center for garden tools, plants and bulbs, landscape supplies and more!

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

Inspired: Zest Up Your Patio with Citrus

Posted by: on March 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment


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Need some quick upgrades to get your (sad winter) patio bright and fresh for Spring immortal? We’re inspired by perky citrus hues from the shelves of The Home Depot and around the web. Check out these eight ideas that lend some zing to outdoor spaces:

Top row (from left to right):

The limes and tangerines in these stylized, design-forward MoMa Store cloth coasters add a generous splash of color to your tabletop — and beg for an icy cold drink to be sat on them. 

Stage your patio with a water pitcher spiked with slices of orange or grapefruit. Not only does the treat add wonderful aromatics to your outdoor lounging experience, you get a generous splash of color too.

This STOK Charcoal Tower Grill is compact, portable and sunny, too. The built-in chimney, vents and thermometer allow for precision cooking and the removable ash catcher makes for simple clean up as well. We dig the interchangeable grill accessories you can buy, including a pizza stone, griddle or vegetable tray. (Yes, this means you could cook every meal outside.)

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Designer Diaries: Patio Inspiration

Posted by: on March 20th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Recently, we brought you our first installment of Designer Diaries, where we spoke with Home Depot Director of Trends & Design Sarah Fishburne about her design process. Today, Sarah tells us where she found inspiration for Patio 2012:

Above all, our design team is inspired by color, but you would be surprised where some of that patio inspiration comes from!

Every fall, our team heads to Paris for the Maison&Objet trade show. We gather ideas, follow trends, and make note of new and interesting color combinations.

Arden Nazir Larkspur fabric samples

These fabric samples were used to create the Arden Nazir Larkspur throw pillows, fabric by the yard, and the Arden Nazir Larkspur bench cushion.

Fabrics are also an essential inspiration to our design team – some of our patio collections’ fabrics were inspired by rugs. Or perhaps a fabric inspires a glass mosaic pattern. Our design team is constantly reinterpreting inspiration for new and exciting projects.

Poolside Casablanca Knot Malibu Blue Geometric Pillow

These two fabric samples became the Poolside Casablanca Malibu Blue Geometric Pillow and the Poolside Dawson Stripe Blue Stripe Pillow.

Casablanca Knot & Poolside Dawson Stripe Pillows


The Maison&Objet trade show in Paris is always a huge source of inspiration, as is Paris in general. I find inspiration just walking along the Seine, maybe the color and patina of a copper pipe fitting on a beautiful old building, the color of the Seine River, or the fashion in a window display. All sorts of things will catch my eye, and I’ll use it in some way in our next collection. That’s the funny thing about inspiration, you really never know where it will come from next.


Martha Stewart Dana Point Collection


In the case of the Martha Stewart Dana Point Collection which was available from 2008 to 2010, our design team used a metallic pewter faucet finish as their inspiration – giving vendors the faucet and asking them to match it exactly.


Martha Stewart Dana Point Collection Inspiration


Like I said, you really never know where inspiration will come from — in this case, a simple bath faucet inspired the finish of an entire patio collection!

Thank you, Sarah, for giving us a glimpse into your creative process. 


DIY Jewelry Project: Repurposed Valve Handles

Posted by: on March 19th, 2012 | 4 Comments

Gosh, The Apron Blog just loves all of the clever ideas that come from the blog community. Behold, friends of The Apron Blog, this DIY jewelry project from Stripes + Sequins featuring a valve handle of all things. Truly, Grace, how did you come up with this? We bow down to you in all your out-of-the-box, glam thinking.

Repurposing valve handles to make a statement necklace

Photos via stripes + sequins

For the full tutorial on this DIY jewelry project, visit Grace’s blog Stripes + Sequins!

For a more floral look, check out the DANCO Square Broach Valve Handle at The Home Depot. (We have others, too.)

Thanks for letting us share your fabulous project with our readers, Grace!

[Editor's Note: Repurposed is a series dedicated to showcasing clever, new ways to use products we all know and love.]