Here’s guaranteed family fun on the back deck. It’s a cleverly designed outdoor checkers game table. And it has a secret that makes it both beautiful and functional.
Ashley Phipps from Simply Designing came up with this terrific do-it-yourself idea for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun.
Here’s the tutorial for Ashley’s awesome Outdoor Checkers Game Table.
We had built a deck and pergola a few years ago, and then last year we stained our deck! It was perfect for grilling and for just sitting on, but we didn’t have a table on it, so we could never enjoy dining outside. We have been wanting an outdoor table for a long time and with a little brainstorming, I came up with the perfect solution!
This beauty functions as a pretty outdoor mosaic patio table…
But with just a little flip…
Our pretty, tiled table top turns over to reveal not one, but two checkerboards!
We have here a cool outdoor game DIY project, but with a twist. It has quite a lot of twists, in fact.
It’s a copper and macrame badminton net, bringing together the unlikely pairing of sports and crafting. And it’s pretty awesome.
Rayan Turner from The Design Confidential came up with this clever idea for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun.
Rayan not only gave us the macrame badminton net, but she also came up with a fun tent fort for her little boys and a lounging area for the grownups. It’s a great spot for playing or snacking and just generally hanging out in the backyard with the family. This is a real inspiration to anyone who’s looking for ways to get more out of his or her backyard.
As a child, playing outdoor games was something we did as family in the evenings and on weekends. We lived in the countryside with no cable TV and not much in the way of entertainment aside from exploring and outdoor activities we could play with just one or two other people at a time. We played horseshoes with one of our two nearest neighbors on weekends and tether ball after school before we started homework. But by far my favorite pastime was playing badminton with my family, so when I was presented with the challenge of creating a fun outdoor game to play with my own little family, there was no question which direction I would take.
Live flowers or a potted plant make great gifts– for house warmings, hostess gifts, get-well-soon gifts, or just about any occasion. We have a very easy way to dress up the plant a little to make an especially nice presentation to your gift recipient.
The vibrant colors of annuals and perennials can make your summer party extra special. Here are some party ideas featuring potted plants and flowers that you can use next time you entertain. Use the flowers for your summer tablescape. After the event transplant the plants outdoors for a pretty touch of color until the fall season, or place them on your front porch to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
This summer, to spread the spirit of long summer days, sprinkler running, watermelon snacks, and summer fun, we created a brand new spin on our popular Style Challenge series–and we’ve asked some of the best DIY and home decor bloggers to join us. This year, in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge, we have 17 bloggers ready to share their summer fun with you. We hope you’ll be inspired by their creative and fun ideas to get outside and play!
Challenged to build a creative outdoor game, each blogger is given one month to bring the idea to life. We are excited to introduce the talented participants of our 2014 Outdoor Games Style Challenge:
Alix is a lifestyle and DIY blogger at A Ruffled Life, she’s crafting life with glitter and spunk! A Utah resident, Alix loves throwing a good party and spending time with her husband and son – and a baby girl on the way!
Amber, an avid DIYer and crafting enthusiast living in Miami. Learn more about Amber on her blog, Damask Love, where craft is always in session.
Amy is a craft blogger at Modge Podge Rocks, living in Atlanta. Obviously a Modge Podge afficianado, Amy regularly shares DIY and craft ideas. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with!
Bathroom renovation is a very popular home improvement. And a little can go a long way when it comes to upgrading your bathroom.
Gwen Hefner knows all about home renovation. She writes about decor and home renovation on her blog The Makerista.
Here she shows us how she and her husband made her bathroom look fantastic, and did it without spending a lot.
Like many couples, in our home improvement efforts we somehow put the master bedroom and bathroom at the end of the to-do list. In the last five years we’ve renovated every other room in our home, and it was finally time to tackle our personal space. I’m sorry we didn’t do it sooner.
When brainstorming this space, we had a few things to consider. As far as functionality, the layout works for us and we didn’t see a need to move anything around. We never use the corner hot tub, but for resale purposes we decided to keep it in–it seems like something no one uses but everyone thinks they want.
The room has wonderful, natural light and I wanted to play off of that, keeping things bright and clean. I also knew we wanted to try and think outside the box to create something with items anyone can get, but make them feel custom.
That’s where the flooring came in. With a budget of $2,000, we dove in to create a classic space that still packs a lot of personality.
Grace Mitchell has one of the most wonderful front porches we’ve ever seen. She shared some exceptional front porch decorating ideas when she took part in our Patio Style Challenge. We were interested to see if she had made any changes to her porch since then.
It should be no surprise that the creative mind behind A Storied Style would have made a number of tweaks, big and small, to freshen up the look of her front porch. What we didn’t expect was that her front porch refresh would include a fun day of summer activities for her children.
Our front porch sees a lot of activity, especially in the warmer months (which are many, thanks to the fact that we live in Texas), and we have spent countless hours in this space the past year. Since we live in an area full of old homes, the porch is central to the culture and community of our neighborhood. I love the fact that we know our neighbors, and our neighbors know us, and we can chat and walk back and forth between each other’s porches. It’s really quite nice.
When we finished our porch makeover last year, it felt like gaining an extra room, and we have enjoyed it through all seasons. I am happy to say our Woodbury dining set literally still looks as beautiful as the day we got it, and it can survive lots of little hands and meals and projects with ease.
When we last saw Jewel Hazelton’s patio furniture, it was on someone else’s deck. And a mighty fine-looking deck it was.
Jewel is the lifestyle blogger behind Eat.Drink.Shop.Love, and she took part in our Patio Style Challenge series a while back. But she was knee deep in moving boxes, getting settled in a new condo at the time, so she styled her friend Sonya’s small deck with the furniture. Lucky Sonya! But the furniture is now in its rightful place, and we get a chance to see Jewel’s expert small patio ideas in not one, but two places.
As you’ll see, Jewel makes full use of her condo balcony, creating a comfortable and colorful space that’s great for relaxing (and growing a few herbs).
My inspiration behind this space was to make an outdoor living area feel like an indoor space. I wanted my patio to serve as a functional area that was perfect for winding down after a long day’s work or for entertaining friends on the weekends.
It’s amazing what just a few new cushions, an outdoor rug, and some rearranging can do to make a patio look new again.
We loved the casual, eclectic patio designer Tobe Reed created for our Patio Style Challenge series. Tobe writes about the continuing improvements to her beautiful home on Because It’s Awesome, and we wanted to see what she might do to give her patio a bit of a refresh.
Her patio decorating ideas are so simple, but, as you’ll see, they are so very effective.
I had a great time putting our outdoor space together last spring, and welcomed the opportunity to give it a refresh with this year’s Patio Redux. We’ve been fortunate to have expanded our family since the last time I was here so a bit of simplifying and baby-proofing was definitely in order.
I initially felt like we didn’t change much about our space, but looking back on last year’s patio, it really has evolved quite a bit! We needed to relocate the fire pit and simplify the seating situation in the lounge area. To do this, I opted to break the sectional up into a sofa and chair combination. I love that the chair backs keep a low profile so you can look out into the yard no matter where you sit.
Sometimes decorating decisions we make in one home don’t work so well when we move to a new place. That’s what happened with the bright aqua patio set Hannah Maple used to style her courtyard a while back in our Patio Style Challenge series. The color was great originally, but it wasn’t going to work in her new backyard.
Hannah’s the creative mind behind the design blog Maple + Shade, and she knew exactly what to do to make her old patio set work in a new setting– spray paint. As you’ll see, she also brought in some new elements in her mini patio makeover including some simple landscaping.
Take a look. You’re likely to pick up a few outdoor decorating ideas for your own backyard.
Interior decorating may be my trade (and my passion), but when I’m not working on a client’s home…or my own…I pretty much live for the outdoors! Landscape design has always been a fascination of mine, not to mention a huge priority when it came to revamping the homes I’ve owned.
I couldn’t believe my luck last spring when the amazing Home Depot team asked me to participate in the Patio Style Challenge. Remember that ramshackle city space my husband and I brought back to life with a makeover of the courtyard? It needed some major love, and thanks to Home Depot, that’s just what we gave her!
Well, believe it or not, we’ve moved again! You see, Hubby and I are expecting our first baby in September. Our downtown cottage was a gem to live in, but it was tiny, and we were both longing for something a little more quiet and family-friendly, so we found a quaint little bungalow in a charming downtown neighborhood to house our growing family.
So now we have an actual backyard!! And let me tell you…it’s glorious. Well, okay…it needs some work…but the potential is definitely glorious!
Here’s a little glimpse: