There’s hardly a DIY project that Natalie Dalpias won’t tackle. She’s the author of the blog The Creative Mom, where she has advice and DIY projects covering decor, cooking parties and more. Here, she shares with us her tutorial for a cute and practical farmhouse bench.
I’ve been wanting to build my own pieces of furniture for a while now, so when I came across this DIY farmhouse bench plan from Ana White, I knew I had to try it out–with a few modifications. This bench really isn’t too hard. I actually built the entire thing 100 percent by myself, which really impressed my husband. I know that if I can do it, you can do it too.
Artificial grass, faux grass, fake grass, synthetic turf… whatever you call it, it’s an outdoor trend. We certainly noticed it in our popular Patio Style Challenge series with three of our guest contributors using artificial grass in clever and stylish ways.
Above, popular DIY blogger, Ashley of Sugar & Cloth, created a clean and modern look in her urban backyard. When guests walk through the fence gate, they’re greeted not only with lots of stylish planters and greenery, but also with a unique pathway. Ashley inverted the old pebble walkway idea and placed squares of artificial grass as “stepping stones” through her backyard. So stylish!
Interest in macrame seems to be enjoying a revival these days with more and more people learning how to macrame decorations for their homes. You’ll also see examples of the centuries-old craft showing up in the decor of hip boutiques across the country– including the Seattle shop of jewelry maker Moorea Seal.
Here, she shows us how to macrame a beautiful room divider similar to one that hangs in her store. She says she took inspiration from the ever crafty ladies at A Beautiful Mess. But Moorea added some shine to the design with small pieces of copper pipe, which picks up on the theme of the DIY copper pipe jewelry displays in her store.
Just follow the steps, and you’ll have your own macrame room divider.
In our popular Patio Style Challenge series, bloggers from all around the country share their impressive DIY skills and outdoor decorating ideas. One outdoor trend we’re seeing in the series is the use of unique patio side tables. Using unexpected materials, colors and tools, these DIY patio side tables are as functional as they are attractive. Above, Chicago makers, Emily & Ryan, solved a small balcony dilemma with a unique skateboard cocktail table that doubles as a grill and a conversation piece.
DIY blogger, Mandy, of Fabric Paper Glue really wowed us with this bright and geometric cooler project. You’d never know there’s a simple Styrofoam cooler hidden inside. It’s an easy solution for seating and a convenient spot to grab a cold drink!
Jewelry designer Moorea Seal also knows how to display jewelry– in her store in Seattle or at home. Here, she shares her tutorial for a copper pipe jewelry display. “The copper looks gorgeous against the contrast of mixed metal necklaces and bracelets. And the industrial but refined look of the pipes keeps the overall vibe of the jewelry display really chic and a touch rustic,” she says.
And she’s absolutely right. This copper pipe jewelry display is a stylish and practical way to hold your bracelets, necklaces and watches on your dressing table.
A designated serving area for outdoor dining and entertaining with a serving cart is a must, according to a handful of participants in our most recent Patio Style Challenge series. Style these beverage carts with serve ware, glasses, drinks, herbs and flowers to create a stylish and functional piece. Above, lifestyle blogger Anna Lisemeyer and her husband built a custom bar table to hold all of their essential items in their renter-friendly backyard design. Anna shared the DIY bar table tutorial on her blog, In Honor of Design.
DIYer Michelle Hinckley completely made over an old serving cart with a bright red coat of Rust-Oleum spray paint. Just a few coats of spray paint create a whole new look for this piece. Styled with succulents, fresh fruit, and flavored beverages, Michelle’s bright makeover serves as a centerpiece in her colorful patio space.
One way to have a big impact on your home’s curb appeal is to replace your front door. The good news is that front door replacement can be easy and even fun.
That’s the takeaway from Emily Clark’s door replacement story. She writes about low-stress decorating on her blog Emily A. Clark: design. simplified, so we invited her to contribute to our Style Challenge series with this Curb Appeal Challenge. Here, she walks us through how she chose a new front door, had it installed and then painted it.
Take a look at how her new front door had a big impact on the whole look of her home.
When I found that our front door was beginning to crack down the middle a few months ago, at first, I was bummed that front door replacement was just another project to add to our t0-do list. Then, I started thinking about the possibilities of changing the look of our traditional home and adding a little color. And, suddenly, I found myself at The Home Depot shopping for doors and picking up paint swatches.
In our popular Patio Style Challenge series, we saw a few particular trends pop up in our guest bloggers’ spaces. One of those trends: pergolas! Here’s a round up the terrific pergola ideas from our talented guest contributors.
Above, Lesley Graham added a sleek and slim pergola to her renovated modern farmhouse home. We love the two-tone look she created by pairing stained wood boards with white horizontal ones. Plus, the gold joist hangers are a fancy detail.
Lindsay, of The White Buffalo Styling Co., created a bohemian oasis with a gorgeous pergola, all from a very blank slate. Granted, Lindsay and her husband have been renovating their cottage bit by bit over the past year and a half, but this backyard transformation is quite impressive.
Here’s a clever Mother’s Day idea: Give her a Home Depot gift card on a plant stake.
Include one with a plant from your local Home Depot store. A living plant can symbolize the nurturing and care that a mother provides, so it makes a particularly apt gift for Mother’s Day. Choose a flowering plant that blooms in your mother’s favorite color to make a big impact.
And add the Home Depot gift card to make your Mother’s Day gift do double duty. The plant serves as a personal expression of your gratitude, and because it lets her choose a gift for herself, the gift card ensures that your mother will find something specific to her interests.
No matter if your mother loves gardening, home improvement, interior design or landscaping, she will find something to love at The Home Depot. The Home Depot Gift Card has no monthly fees and never expires, so Mom can take her time to find exactly the right piece for her project.
This Mother’s Day, give the mother in your life a gift you know she’ll not only appreciate, but also use.
The Home Depot has plants to hold up a gift card stake, you know. Check out the Flowers, Plants & Trees at the Garden Center. Or stop by your local Home Depot store.
For more great Mother’s Day gift ideas, take a look at our helpful guide at the Home Depot Gift Center.
Perhaps the most striking feature of Kristin Jackson’s recent backyard makeover is the island deck– or floating deck– she and her husband built. It’s a pleasant, shady spot in her backyard that incorporates the trees in its design. Kristin is an interior designer and author of the design and DIY blog The Hunted Interior, so it’s no wonder the deck not only looks wonderful, but it’s also so well constructed.
Kristin kindly offered to share her how-to for her deck… or maybe it’s more of a how-it-was-done. Either way, she offers some good ideas on how to build a floating deck similar to hers in your backyard, as well as some building and planning tips that come from her experience with this project.
Wanting to add some functionality and much needed curb appeal to our backyard, we decided to build an island (or floating) deck in between our existing trees. The landscape, or lack there of, provided a blank slate to create a backyard oasis to relax on.
Our original plan was to build the one-level, step-up deck in between the four trees, but after trying to maneuver around the exposed roots, we learned our best solution was to shift the deck over and have the deck encompass one of our existing trees. This made our original straight forward square deck a little more complicated, but not too much.