Patio Decorating Ideas: Turning a Deck into an Outdoor Living Room

Posted by: on April 14th, 2014 | 29 Comments

Patio Decorating Ideas: Turning a Deck into an Outdoor Living Room

When you want to turn your deck into a veritable outdoor living room, think about the virtual walls and ceiling. That’s the secret behind Stephanie Fisher’s absolutely gorgeous deck makeover. 

Stephanie blogs about decorating and DIY on Glitter and Goat Cheese. She took part in our Patio Style Challenge, where we send Home Depot patio sets to some of the best decor bloggers on the Internet. They then share their deck and patio decorating ideas as they create attractive and comfortable outdoor spaces.

Stephanie told us she was going to build a pergola over her back deck. But we are blown away by how she used that structure to completely transform her deck into an enchanting place for entertaining or just relaxing on warm summer evenings. Read on to see how she created this extraordinary outdoor space.  

When my husband and I started house hunting a couple years ago, one of our strict requirements was a fenced yard with a deck. We love being outside with our dog, Macy–whether we’re chasing her around in circles, savoring a cup of coffee, or (my husband’s favorite) obsessing over the lawn. My dream was a comfortable, inviting deck that would become an extension of our home.

Well, we found a house that matched our requirements, but our deck has been sadly neglected since we moved in. Thank goodness for The Home Depot–this year, we finally have the outdoor living room of our dreams!

Before this Patio Style Challenge, our outdoor area was in a sad state. The deck itself was in decent shape, but there was no structure to the space. One end held our grill, an old metal dining table sat in the middle, and the other end housed two cheap patio loungers. One of our first goals was to define a living area with an attached pergola.

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Patio Decor Ideas: Lounging Inspiration from the Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on April 9th, 2014 | One Comment

As we get ready for the 2014 Patio Style Challenge, we thought we’d share some of our favorite patio decor ideas from past editions.

Inviting friends over for an impromptu evening soiree is easy when your home is prepped and ready. These outdoor spaces, styled by our fabulous Style Challenge bloggers, are here to inspire you to get your outdoor spaces ready to impress.

Patio Decor Ideas: Dark neutrals and warm tones with a few metallics and bright green foliage.

This cozy, covered deck styled by the talented Joselyn Taylor of Simple Lovely is basically a big comfy pile of pillows, right? We love the way Joselyn accented dark neutrals and warm tones with a few metallics and bright green foliage.

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Patio Decor Ideas: Dining Al Fresco Inspiration from the Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on April 2nd, 2014 | One Comment

As we get ready for the 2014 Patio Style Challenge, we thought we’d share some of our favorite patio decor ideas from past editions.

When you’re ready to get your outdoor space into tip top shape, we can help! Read on for plenty of great ideas and patio trends to watch.

Patio Decor Ideas: String lights, bold color mixed with a pastel, and a few graphic patterns

Easy and elegant aren’t two words often used together, but in this flawless outdoor entertaining space, Brittany of brittanyMakes shows us that elegant actually can be easy. All you need to achieve this look is a few key elements: string lights, bold color mixed with a pastel, and a few graphic patterns.

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DIY Sign

Posted by: on April 1st, 2014 | Make A Comment

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Here are instructions on how to build this eye-catching DIY sign– with three different types of lettering. It’s a fun and easy DIY project. 

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DIY Chalkboard

Posted by: on April 1st, 2014 | 9 Comments

DIY Chalkboard

 

This DIY chalkboard is easy to make. There are a million uses for it, too. Write seasonal greetings, display the menu at a wedding reception, guide guests to your backyard when you’re having a cookout, write a family to-do list, or let the kids have fun drawing pictures on it!

For this project, we could use chalkboard paint to create the chalkboard surface. But instead we’re going to save a step by purchasing MDF boards that already have the chalkboard surface applied. Having chalkboard MDF for sale might be one of The Home Depot’s best kept secrets!

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DIY Centerpiece

Posted by: on April 1st, 2014 | 3 Comments

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This cute DIY centerpiece is easy to make, and it would look great decorating a spring party, or as a way to add some greenery to your home.

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10 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted by: on March 28th, 2014 | One Comment

10 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

Sometimes a few simple steps can make a major difference in sprucing up your home for spring. Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room is an expert at offering simple ideas to make your home cleaner and more comfortable, so we asked her to share with us a few of her spring cleaning tips.

Here are her practical, and sometimes unexpected ways to make spring cleaning simple and effective– so you can start enjoying the season and your sparkling clean home.  

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10 Cleaning Tips for New Parents

Posted by: on March 26th, 2014 | 10 Comments

10 Cleaning Tips for New Parents

Bringing home a new baby is a special time for parents. It’s full of love, joy, and excitement… not to mention sleep deprivation, a whole new category of messes, and a burgeoning need to defend against germs.

Kaley Diaz knows all about this. Not only is she a mommy and a children’s photographer, she also writes about all things baby on her blog Kaley Ann, and as a contributor to the parenting blog Modern Parents, Messy Kids.

Here are her top cleaning tips for new parents– with a few tips on how older siblings can help out and feel involved, too. She starts, though, with a great gift idea for the new parents.

 

Gift Idea for New Parents: Make a "New Baby Cleaning Kit"

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Make a “New Baby Cleaning Kit”

Sure, sweet onesies and ruffly dresses are fun to buy, but why not give parents what they really need to have a baby? A new baby cleaning kit will be the most appreciated and used gifts that the new parents receive. (And if you are an expecting parent, go ahead and make yourself one – you won’t regret it!) Our second baby was born a few months ago and this is the gift that I wish I had received, so now I make them for all my new parent friends.

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Inspired: Patio Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

Posted by: on March 26th, 2014 | Make A Comment

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Since warmer weather is approaching, it’s time to get your patio ready for outdoor living and entertaining. After spending the cooler months cooped up inside, it’s a nice reprieve for many to spend time outdoors with family and friends. Backyard entertaining will be in full swing before we know it, so you’ll want to have your patio prepared for guests and spending sunny days lounging. We have some patio ideas that will make your backyard ready for outdoor entertaining.

 

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The first step to creating an outdoor oasis is selecting a patio set that’s right for your needs. Start by looking for a dining table. You can even add chairs to create a lounge area if you have enough space. The Brown Jordan Greystone dining table and patio chairs is one of our favorites and will last you long throughout this season and the next. This patio furniture looks so good you might consider bringing it indoors! Think classic design mixed with luxurious comfort.

Since you’ll most likely get a lot of use out a of a good patio set, plan ahead for cooler summer nights by adding a fire pit. Not only does it make a great centerpiece for lounge chairs, but it also encourages relaxation and conversation. The UniFlame bronze fire pit is a stylish option that comes with lava rocks and variable flame settings. But if you’re looking to enhance this look even more, add luster to your fire pit by switching out the lava rocks for glass FireCrystals.

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Inspired: 4 Patio Layout Ideas

Posted by: on March 21st, 2014 | Make A Comment

Inspired: 4 Patio Layout Ideas

Whether you call it a layout, blueprint, design, or even feng shui, we hear a lot of advice about the “flow” of a room. From the size, the lighting, the objective of the space – Are you watching TV? Relaxing around an outdoor firepit? Dining with friends? – the same details and principles of design that dictate your indoor space, apply to outdoor spaces, as well. Here are four easy patio layout ideas that make your outdoor space comfortable and functional.

Casual Chat

Get the group together or pull a chair away to flip through your favorite magazine. The Lynnfield Chat Set is great for a group dynamic. Create symmetry by placing two chairs opposite each other or round everybody up in a circle. The choice is yours!

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