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DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

Posted by: on July 15th, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

 

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…

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

But with just a little flip…

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

Our pretty, tiled table top turns over to reveal not one, but two checkerboards!

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A Cool Outdoor Game DIY with a Twist: Macrame Badminton Net

Posted by: on July 14th, 2014 | Make A Comment

A Cool Outdoor Game DIY with a Twist: Macrame Badminton Net

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.

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Summer Party Ideas: Decorating with Potted Plants

Posted by: on July 10th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Summer Party Ideas: Decorating with Potted Plants

Summer Party Ideas: Decorating with Potted Plants

 

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.

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Summer Fun & Games Ideas Coming in Outdoor Games Style Challenge

Posted by: on July 9th, 2014 | Make A Comment

Summer Fun & Games Ideas Coming in Outdoor Games Style Challenge

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:

First Row

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!

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Front Porch Decorating Ideas: A Flower Wall and a Turquoise Chandelier

Posted by: on July 4th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: A Turquoise Chandelier and a Flower Wall

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.

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Small Patio Ideas: From One Patio to Another

Posted by: on July 3rd, 2014 | 2 Comments

Small Patio Ideas: From One Patio to Another

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.

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Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

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

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

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.

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A Bohemian Bungalow Patio Makeover

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

A Bohemian Bungalow Patio Makeover

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:

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Small Patio Ideas: A Patio Makeover Revisited

Posted by: on July 1st, 2014 | One Comment

Small Patio Ideas: Friends gather round a fire pit to roast marshmallows

It’s been a year or so since Brittany of brittanyMakes turned her small patio into a wonderful place for outdoor entertaining. The gorgeous painted floor was a big hit, and the patio has been the site of many a get-together with friends. 

Brittany has a report on how the painted concrete floor is holding. She also describes some of the tweaks she’s made along the to make her patio even better. Check out the new photos of her now s’mores-ready patio, and read on for small patio ideas you can apply to your own outdoor space.

I’m not gonna lie, my family, friends and I– we’ll take any excuse for a good hang out sesh. From BBQs to s’more parties, we like to have a good time!

Last year, The Home Depot encouraged us to spruce up our patio spaces, and you may recall our bold yet elegant BBQ soiree, which was the patio transformation of a life time if you ask me.

Small Patio Ideas: A new umbrella means more comfort on sunny days

So, how our patio has fared over the last year? Some of you may be curious how the stenciled concrete has held up, or how we protected our patio set from the elements, or whether or not we actually made any improvements at all?

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Patio Decorating Ideas: A Chic and Colorful Patio Refresh

Posted by: on June 30th, 2014 | 2 Comments
Patio Decorating Ideas: A Chic and Colorful Patio Refresh

What’s the point of having a backyard pool if you can’t see it? That was one of the questions Cassie Freeman of the Hi Sugarplum! blog was asking herself after spending time on her newly styled patio. Her patio makeover was part of our Patio Style Challenge series, in which the best design bloggers on the Internet create gorgeous outdoor spaces using a Home Depot patio set as a starting point. We just love the patio decorating ideas they come up with. 

Sometimes though, after living with the new patio, some of these talented bloggers discover a few tweaks were in order, or they just want to freshen up their patios a bit for the new summer. In Cassie’s example, getting a better view of the pool was the goal, among other small changes she wanted to make. 

Here’s Cassie’s refresh of her (already very nice) poolside patio decor. You’re likely to pick up a few simple ideas for renewing your own outdoor space.  

 

Whether or not to participate in last year’s Patio Style Challenge was a no-brainer, especially since we started with a barren, blank slate of a back patio. Granted, we have a pool, so it wasn’t completely awful, but we had no ambiance or place to actually enjoy it! Thanks to the beautiful Home Depot Woodbury Seating Set, and some colorful accessories, we were able to transform the space, and have enjoyed it ever since.

But after living with it for a year, we realized a few simple changes and additions would make it a true outdoor living room, in essence, giving our home more usable square-footage, and fully utilizing the pool area. So of course I jumped at the chance to participate in the new challenge!

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