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Patio Decor for Easy Outdoor Entertaining

Posted by: on April 16th, 2014 | One Comment

Patio Decor for Easy Outdoor Entertaining

Lifestyle blogger Carrie Waller knows how to throw a party. For ample proof of that, just take a look at her charming DIY wedding. She makes it look so easy.

And easy entertaining is the subject we’re interested in here. Easy outdoor entertaining, specifically. We asked Carrie to show us how she’d set her backyard deck up for a little dining al fresco with a few friends. It’s part of our Patio Style Challenge series in which we send a Home Depot patio set to prominent lifestyle bloggers to see the amazing patio decor ideas they come up with.

Carrie served up a delicious grilled pizza recipe, a couple of easy DIY projects for the table setting and tips for a simple tablescape guaranteed to make guests feel welcomed.

Read on to see her ideas for easy outdoor entertaining.

When it comes to entertaining, for me it’s all about simplifying. I fill the gaps between platters of homemade finger foods with store-bought goodies, have a running collection of special occasion dishes within easy reach and grab up budget linens whenever I see them on sale to make last minute parties a cinch to pull off.

But outdoor entertaining? With so many additional layers, like indoor/outdoor fabrics, casual (read: unbreakable!) party ware and chic accessories fit for the outdoors, it was only recently that I gathered the gumption to try it out myself.

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Patio Decor Ideas: Lounging Inspiration from the Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on April 9th, 2014 | Make A 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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Inspired: Patio Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

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



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.



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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10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted by: on March 14th, 2014 | 8 Comments

10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning is more than merely cleaning every nook and cranny inside your house. It’s also about making you home ready to invite friends over, fire up the grill, and have some warm weather fun.

That’s certainly the way Anna Moseley thinks about it. She’s the creative mind behind Ask Anna, where she answers your questions about cleaning and organizing. We asked her for her top ten spring cleaning tips. She focused on outdoor spring cleaning tips, with advice on how to clean the garage floor, the barbecue grill and more.


This year I wanted to take a slightly different approach to spring cleaning and get the outside of the house looking spiffy for our friends and family get-togethers. The first thing you notice when you drive up to someones house is the outside. Is the garage door dirty, are the windows cloudy, are there cobwebs hanging in the eves? Not for long, because today I’m going to show you how to clean all those and more so that your house will make a great impression on all your guests!

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Inspired: Patio Decorating Ideas

Posted by: on March 12th, 2014 | One Comment


No matter the size of your space, you can set up a great outdoor lounging or entertaining area with just a few accents. Here are a few patio decorating ideas to inspire you to get outside!

Adirondack Chairs

If you’re sprucing up a smaller space, Adirondack chairs are a great solution for a relaxed and laid back vibe. Where space is limited, grab a couple of these loungers and add a small table for a drink, a snack and a good book. Mandy Pellegrin, of Fabric Paper Glue, shows us how in this small urban setting.

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Inspired: Colorful Patio Ideas

Posted by: on March 6th, 2014 | One Comment

Colorful Patio Ideas

Make updating your outdoor living area one of the first items on your to-do list. It’s a great project if you love enjoying sunny weather or entertaining friends and family. Adding color is an easy way to create an atmosphere that’s cheerful and inviting. Here are a few patio ideas that will help you get your home ready for spring faster than you can say, “Spring Equinox.”



Since there are (most likely) no walls in your outdoor space to paint, choosing a patio set is the next best thing to adding a large splash of color outdoors. We love the soft blue cushions in this Hampton Bay Fenton patio set. The wicker creates a cozy atmosphere for your space while cushions and pillows add comfort.

Create visual interest to your patio with plants and flowers. Update your garden with flowerbeds. Or if you’re a novice gardener looking for something low maintenance, try planting drought-tolerant succulents and cacti in multi-colored planters. For an easy way to achieve this look, you can also make your own by spray painting terra-cotta pots.

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Fall Decorating Ideas: A Quick Front Porch Makeover

Posted by: on October 31st, 2013 | One Comment

Fall Decorating Ideas: A Quick Front Porch Makeover


With the first of the fall holidays among us (Happy Halloween!), you’re right on time for a little last minute addition to your front stoop that will look great for Halloween and into Thanksgiving! Anything in the form of pumpkins, hay bales, mums and pansies will give you that festive feel! This in-town Atlanta front porch has a great symmetrical structure but it was looking a little sad and lonely, so we decided to give it a good aesthetic overhaul!

Here’s what we did for this quick fall front porch makeover, and the thinking behind our fall decorating ideas.

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Amazing DIY Halloween Yard Decorations From The Shadow Farm

Posted by: on September 27th, 2013 | 11 Comments

DIY Halloween yard decorations

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

David Schilling pulls out all the stops every October to create the Shadow Farm, an amazing Halloween yard display in front of his home. In this Halloween Style Challenge, he shows us how he created some impressive DIY Halloween yard decorations with the Home Depot products we sent him. His simple decorating ideas will inspire you to take your own Halloween yard display to a new level. 

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I remember being spooked as a kid by the cool jointed paper decorations my grandpa would hang in his house, along with the bright plastic lanterns he would put up in his windows. There has always been something magical about the season, with the burst of color in the leaves and the sapphire blue skies, the crisp mornings and early nightfall. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.

When asked to participate in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge, I was honored and immediately responded with an eager “YES!” I love decorating my yard for Halloween, and have become know as “the scary man” by the neighborhood kids. Out of context, that might not be a good thing, but as an homage to my haunted yard, I consider it a high honor. As I anxiously awaited the arrival of my box of secret goodies, I began to doubt myself. Our yard and house were in pretty bad shape; with overgrown flower beds, bare shrubs from an extreme trimming last fall, and fading paint on the trim.

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Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard

Posted by: on September 25th, 2013 | 22 Comments

Spooky halloween display with purple lights, fog, and a grim reaper

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

Scott Stoll is an award-winning papier-mâché artist who specializes in Halloween decorations. With his Halloween Style Challenge, he pulled out all the stops with his outdoor Halloween decorating ideas. He shares with us some of his techniques, too, with links to tutorials for some of the papier-mâché creations he used in his amazing Halloween display. Take a look to be impressed and inspired…


Halloween has always been a big deal at our house, for many years we have transformed our yard into a fun and creepy experience suitable for both kids and adults.

The sights and sounds of Halloween always make an appearance every October, and with the help of The Home Depot, our backyard was transformed into a magical Halloween experience that can be enjoyed while sitting around a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.

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