Places: Farm To Table Dining Areas

Posted by: on February 16th, 2012 | One Comment
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The farm-to-table movement has grown from a small, cult-like foodie following in the 1970s spearhead by “slow food” guru Alice Waters and her legendary restaurant Chez Panisse, to a full-fledged cottage industry, with its own distinct look and feel (Travel + Leisure). Now, restaurants committed to serving the freshest, locally sourced food can be found in nearly any city you visit. These restaurants have re-imagined the dining scene, by creating simple, elegant, informal, communal and sometimes slightly upscale dining spaces that encourage you to linger at the table a while after your meal.

Feast on some of the farm-to-fork inspiration that diners have taken home (along with their to-go boxes) after the jump.

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Scotts Makes Spring Lawn Care A Snap!

Posted by: on February 16th, 2012 | Make A Comment


It won’t be too long before spring has sprung and that means you and your family will soon be venturing back into the great outdoors. And from backyard barbeques to tossing the ball around with the kids or simply relaxing in the sunshine – no one knows better than Scotts® that having a lush, healthy lawn is the perfect backdrop to any outdoor activity!

Scotts® Snap™ Total Lawn Care System is here just in time to get your yard ready for those pesky warm-weather issues like preventing crabgrass, killing weeds, fertilizing the lawn, killing insects and fire ants, and planting grass seed. This new system revolutionizes the lawn care process by making it so much easier:

    • The Snap™ system consists of individual Snap Pacs that connect easily and directly to the Snap™ spreader.
    • After connecting the Snap™ Pac to the spreader, simply lock it into place. Snap, lock and go!
    • The Snap™ system automatically configures the spreader settings to ensure correct application.
    • The EdgeGuard feature keeps the product where you want it. No accidentally fertilizing the neighbor’s lawn!
    • Self-sealing Pacs mean no messy clean-up and storage. No more struggling with attaching and detaching large fertilizer bags.

No more measuring, fumbling around with spreader settings or handling unused product. Scotts® has made creating a beautiful lawn a snap! Watch this video and see for yourself how easy it is to use the Snap™ system.

Our very own expert associate, Coach Dave, also gives an easy-to-follow tutorial in this video on how simple it is to use Scotts® Snap™ Total Lawn Care System to create the lawn of your dreams.

Be sure to visit for even more help getting your backyard retreat in tip-top shape for spring with outdoor power equipment, patio furniture, grills and more! And don’t forget to browse through our Garden Center for tons of gardening products and ideas!

All About Glidden Duo Paint & Primer

Posted by: on February 16th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Painting is one of the easiest ways to totally transform your space and Glidden has just made it even easier with the new Glidden Duo Paint & Primer In One.

Our resident paint expert PatInPaint gives the rundown on this recent addition to the Glidden family. Some of the paint’s highlights include its great wall adhesion, as well as impressive stain blocking and resistant qualities. Glidden Duo also gives you plenty of options by being available in flat, eggshell and semi-gloss. And in addition to the everyday Glidden colors, you can also get this paint in any of the Martha Stewart colors too! is the place to get all the painting supplies you’ll need. Be sure to visit PatInPaint, or any of our other expert associates at the Home Depot How-To Community Forum for all sorts of painting project tips and ideas.

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

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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