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Celebrate the Fourth of July in Style

Posted by: on July 1st, 2013 | 2 Comments

Celebrating the Fourth of July with red, white and blue accessories



Our nation’s birthday is this week, so to celebrate we thought we’d round up a few of our favorite items that feature shades of red, white, and blue. They would work beautifully for a July 4th party!


If you’re hitting the local pool or attending a friend or family member’s July 4th party, a tote bag is a must. Stash your swimsuit, a hostess gift and some sunscreen, and you’re ready for the festivities! The Hampton Tote is our pick because of its jute body and leather handles.

A pair of striped throw pillows is an easy way to add some festive red, white, and blue to your outdoor space without being too kitschy.The Hampton Bay Midnight Stripe is classic enough to be used year round but feels especially fun this time of year.

A comfy Adirondack chair makes for a perfect spot to enjoy the evening fireworks. We love the combination of the Home Decorators Collection Blue Montauk Cushion on a white chair.

This Folding Patio Armchair is made of eucalyptus, so it’s exceptionally strong and stands up to weathering. Why not pair it with the Hampton Bay Star Pillow?

A patio umbrella is sure to get a lot of use on this sunny holiday. This red Martha Stewart Living Cedar Island Patio Umbrella is accented with a bold stripe.


Get lots of inspirational ideas and inspiration boards featuring products from and our sister site, Home Decorators Collection – along with irresistible finds from around the web.

Outdoor Entertaining: 7 Ways to Take Your Backyard BBQ to the Next Level

Posted by: on April 8th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Fun ways to bring life to your backyard barbecue inspiration board


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.


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.

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Fresh Table Setting Ideas from Katie of Modern Eve

Posted by: on April 17th, 2012 | 4 Comments

Outdoor Table Setting Ideas with Katie of Modern Eve

The Apron Blog is thrilled to introduce a new series, Style Challenge, featuring some of our favorite bloggers from around the web. We challenge our guest bloggers to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using a single Home Depot product as a starting point.  

To kick off spring, Katie Anderson of Modern Eve shares her ideas  for preparing a gorgeous outdoor table setting using the Thomasville Palmetto Estates 7-Piece Patio Dining Set as her foundation. 

Colorful table setting with the Thomasville Palmetto Estates Dining Set

Longer days and rising temperatures remind me to get outside and enjoy my patio. I love dining alfresco, whether for a Saturday brunch, a quick weeknight dinner, or Friday night steaks on the grill. When we landscaped our backyard a couple of years ago, it was important for me to plan a space for outdoor entertaining, including a well-defined dining space. We poured large concrete pavers (which will soon be filled in with green moss) and have been looking for the perfect dining set to complete our space. We were very excited to receive our new patio table and chairs, the Thomasville Palmetto Estates 7-Piece Patio Dining Set, from The Home Depot. It’s modern and neutral, which allows me to dress it up depending on the occasion.

Today I’m sharing an outdoor brunch table setting idea, inspired by my favorite colors of the season, coral and mint. The color palette is refreshing, like a cold glass of lemonade, but also warm and inviting. I started with a mint colored pitcher and bread basket, which I already had, along with a glass pitcher and summer drink glasses. I paired these with some coral placemats and accent plates. My talented friend Angie from Posh Floral put together three gorgeous floral arrangements which included peonies, pincushions, and succulents. I have to say, I love how it turned out.

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Napkin Rings for Your Next Dinner Party

Posted by: on March 27th, 2012 | Make A Comment

We love the idea of taking a very common material and using it in a very uncommon way. Which brings us to today’s installment of Repurposed: copper pipe fittings.

Copper is such a gorgeous metal. Not only does it have a rich, warm color when new, but this metal ages beautifully.

Next time you are in the plumbing aisle browsing for interesting entertaining ideas, how about picking up some simple $3.74 napkin rings?

Repurpose a copper pipe fitting as a napkin ring

Simply roll your napkins up tightly, and slip them through the pipe coupling. Voila! a beautiful metallic napkin ring.

Repurpose a copper pipe fitting as a napkin ring

You can use these napkin rings to add a little shine to your everyday place settings, or to inspire an entire copper color palette at your next dinner party. If you’re interested in giving the copper a nice patina before using them, use a combination of vinegar, ammonia, and salt to give the copper a green powdery finish using this faux aging method.

How do you feel about copper? Do you like it’s shiny, warm finish? Or the green patina it has as it ages? Would you use these copper fittings as a napkin ring?

[Editor's Note: Repurposed is a series dedicated to showcasing clever, new ways to use products we all know and love.] 

Late Summer/Early Fall – Perfect for Entertaining Outdoors

Posted by: on September 9th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Even though temperatures in many parts of the country are still hovering around the ninety-degree mark (as they have been for the past several weeks), the inevitable end of summer is just around the corner.  

Chances are, you’ve partaken in your fair share of concerts, festivals and backyard pool parties this season. While it’s always nice to be a participant or guest at such events, there’s nothing quite as special – or as memorable – as hosting an outdoor gathering of your own.

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