Planning on hosting lots of backyard get-togethers this spring and summer? When it comes to outdoor entertaining, a few fun extras can take your backyard barbecue to the next level.
OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
If you live in a part of the country where it can get chilly once the sun goes down, a fire pit is an outdoor entertaining essential. We love the rustic, wooden edges of the UniFlame Square Slate Tile and Faux Wood Gas Fire Pit. Pull a couple of comfy chairs up to this guy and enjoy its warm glow.
The first rule of man caves is you gotta have a man cave. It needn’t be anything big or fancy, just a place you create to enjoy the things you like to do. And there’s something about grilling over an open fire that for many guys feels a bit primal and essentially man cave-ish.
So, we thought it would be cool to look at some outdoor kitchens that might serve as inspiration for men who enjoy nothing more than firing up the grill year round and preparing great meals.
Whether you want to keep it simple and homey, like Paul’s outdoor kitchen above that we spotted on Manland, or you’d prefer to cook up something special, we encourage you to just do it.
As the weather turns warmer, many of you may be thinking about outdoor spaces in need of completely new or updated patio furniture.
If you have already been actively shopping, you know there are many things to consider. Color, style and comfort are the things most of us tend to focus on immediately. But what about the amount of exposure to the elements your patio furniture will endure year after year? Or, how will you actually use your outdoor furnishings? And what about the size of your outdoor living space? Will that 5-piece seating set you covet really work on your apartment balcony?
For help with these questions and others you may not have considered, we asked Home Depot associate Mike for his advice. This short video covers everything from the different types of material used in making patio furniture to the many ways you can tailor your outdoor space to suit your personal style.
Whether your goal is to create a space for a quiet retreat or to design an outdoor room for dining and entertaining, after this video you’ll feel better informed and ready to live a better life outdoors.
The Cedar Breeze is what we think of as your basic pergola. It comes unpainted, notched, pre-cut, pre-drilled and ready to assemble in a day’s time. Paired with an all-weather wicker seating set and surrounded by plants and flowers, it transforms an ordinary patio into an extraordinary outdoor room perfect for a gathering of friends and family.
An architectural structure that can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt, the pergola later became a common feature of Italian Renaissance gardens, often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Today, the same design can be used in your landscape to define a passageway, frame a focal point in your yard, or create the illusion of shelter without the feeling of being confined.
Options for pergolas abound. You won’t have difficulty finding one to match your intended use or desired look. You might, however, be surprised by the many different ways people are using pergolas not only to enhance their outdoor living spaces but also the look and feel of their home.
When it comes to lawn care, it might help to think of it in the same way as caring for a small child. After waking from its long winter nap, your lawn will be hungry. It will need regular attention. And if it’s neglected for too long, your lawn may get quite unruly and eventually go to seed.
It’s difficult to know what is best when it comes to feeding your lawn to ensure proper growth and development. That’s because there are so many different lawn fertilizers on the market. And the nutritional information on the packing can be as difficult to understand as new math. Don’t even get us started on organic lawn care.
In this video, he explains the product numbering system and how it relates to choosing the right fertilizer for your lawn. He also talks about the importance of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium for healthy, thriving plant life. Soils often lack one or more of these components, making the addition of fertilizer necessary.
After watching this video, you’ll be able to choose a fertilizer with the proper formula to help you raise healthier lawns, flowers, plants and trees.
The best time to apply fertilizer to your lawn will vary depending on your location. But you can visit our new and improved Garden Club at any time for answers to your fertilizer questions and all things garden-related.
If you’ve been to a Home Depot store in the last few weeks, you know that it’s grilling season again! We’ve pulled together lots of grill options in varying price points. Which one would work best for you?
Ceramic materials are some of the oldest manufacturing and art materials known to man. Some of the oldest human artifacts are pottery — a type of ceramic — produced some 27,000 years ago. That’s certainly a testament to the durability of the material.
Ceramic materials are used in all sorts of industrial and artistic settings, but the first ceramic material that might come to mind is the ceramic tile in your bathroom or kitchen.
And, as we can see in the image above of a wall covered in a beautiful ceramic tile by Merola, ceramic materials can be quite eye-catching as well as practical.
What are ceramics? Ceramics are non-metallic substances created through exposure to high heat and then cooling. When heated, these substances form crystalline structures at the molecular level, which make them rigid and strong.
What are some of the cool properties of ceramic? Ceramics can be molded into just about any shape you’d want, and after heating will remain rigid and durable. Ceramics can be good thermal and electrical insulators, and they don’t oxidize (rust). Add a glaze to ceramic tile, and it’s practically impervious to water. The glaze will also smooth out the surface to the point that teeny-tiny particles and microscopic critters such as bacteria don’t have much to hold on to. That’s why ceramics are used in places that need to be especially clean.
How is ceramic used? Let’s see … it’s rigid and durable. An electrical insulator. Doesn’t rust. Impervious to water. That sounds like a great material for the floors and walls of bathrooms and kitchens! That’s why ceramic tile is one of the most common uses of the material. Those same properties make ceramics good for dinner plates and other tableware. We are all familiar with ceramics as an artistic medium. And that’s not to mention the many high-tech uses, including semi-conductors, bio-medical implants, spark plugs, and even heat tiles on the Space Shuttles.
Take a look at how ceramic tile can be both beautiful and useful.
We heart outdoors! And after taking a look at the photos our readers and Patio Style Challenge participants posted on Instagram using the #HeartOutdoors hashtag, clearly they do, too.
In this installment of our In The Wild series, we rounded up a few of our favorite photos that represent outdoor spaces and projects to make them better. You may even find a few patio decorating ideas that will make your outdoor space more enjoyable. All it takes is a few quick updates and a little bit of decor inspiration.
Above: vegas928 on Instagram says, “Finished project. Snow white Indian Hawthorne, lantanas, Japanese boxwood and more! #yardwork #homedepot #heartoutdoors”
The Home Depot Spring Style Guide is back again and it’s bursting with fresh home décor ideas, inspiration and how-to projects for the entire home. Sarah Fishburne, our Director of Trend & Design, put together this short video to tempt you with glimpses of what’s to come this spring from The Home Depot.
From updating your outdoor spaces with the latest patio furniture and accessories to gardening tips and delicious recipes from Martha Stewart, you’ll see intriguing ideas to help you do and enjoy more outdoors.
We’ll show you how to spring ahead in style with your home’s décor as well smart, chic, budget-friendly updates for the kitchen, bath and much more.
Plus, you’ll want to follow our spring cleaning calendar, powered by The Weather Channel, for daily forecasts and cleaning suggestions to keep your home spotless all spring.
Spring too can be like a box of chocolates — always delightful and often filled with surprises. One day the weather couldn’t be more perfect, and the next you’re donning extra layers to keep warm. So while we fully encourage you to gorge yourself on color, pattern and texture as you prepare for the outdoor season, don’t be so quick to pack away all your sweaters, scarves and blankets — or the fire pit.
Before the temperature rises and you sit down to devour the days of spring, we’d like to entice you with some ideas for fire pits that provide comfort and warmth in ways you may not have imagined.