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Low Maintenance Backyard Design Ideas

Posted by: on April 6th, 2015 | 13 Comments

Low Maintenance Backyard Design Ideas

We’re calling this a backyard makeover, but it’s really a lot more than that. It’s more of a backyard design extravaganza. And best of all, everything you see here is low maintenance, and uses very little water. That makes these backyard ideas particularly good for anyone who lives in the desert or is dealing with drought conditions… or who just wants to spend less time caring for the yard and more time enjoying it.

This low maintenance backyard is part of our Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog, but we had something special in mind. We wanted to see what Caitlin Ketcham of Desert Domicile could do with an entire backyard, so we upped the stakes. We challenged Caitlin to create a dream backyard, and we’d make it happen. Her backyard design ideas and drought landscaping includes plenty of outdoor seating, an outdoor dining area, a grilling station,a floating deck and even a luxurious carpet of artificial grass.  

All we can say is wow! Caitlin’s backyard is full of terrific outdoor ideas that are practical and very stylish, and they require little upkeep. We got her to write up some tutorials, too, for the several DIY projects you see in her backyard.

But first, Caitlin’s amazing backyard makeover reveal…  

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Patio with Pergola Ideas and An Outdoor Sectional Set

Posted by: on March 31st, 2015 | 29 Comments

Patio Ideas Starting With a Gorgeous Outdoor Sectional Set

These patio ideas revolve around a lovely, muted patio sectional set that makes the outdoor space comfortable, versatile and easy to decorate. 

We sent the modular seating to designer Bethany DeVore of Dwellings by DeVore for our Patio Style Challenge series. We challenged Bethany and several other talented design bloggers to style attractive and functional outdoor spaces with a patio set from The Home Depot as a starting point. 

Bethany makes the most out the space under her pergola with colorful art, a cool Craigslist find, privacy curtains and an amazing DIY hanging succulent planter. There are so many terrific patio ideas here that would make any outdoor space something special.     

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Backyard Deck Ideas with Dining Set and Window Boxes

Posted by: on March 30th, 2015 | 12 Comments

Patio Dining Set Center of Stunning Deck Makeover

A bright, well-appointed backyard deck makes spending time outside so much more enjoyable. Mallory Fitzsimmons of the blog Charming in Charlotte used a Home Depot patio dining set as the starting point for her new backyard deck idea that’s full of bright and bold color and clever ways to ensure a little bit of privacy. 

This is Mallory’s contribution to our Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Mallory the patio dining set, and let her take it from there. Read on for her gorgeous decorating ideas to inspire your own backyard deck makeover.

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Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

Posted by: on November 20th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

She states it right there in the About section of her blog, Sugar and Charm: Eden Passante has a passion for sweet recipes. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she managed to get sweets into her Holiday Style Challenge.

Just to explain, our Holiday Style Challenge series involves sending mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to some of our favorite design and lifestyle bloggers. We then get out of the way as the bloggers create fun and creative holiday decor in their own unique ways.

Eden had the brilliant idea of setting up a hot cocoa stand in her front yard, all decked out for Christmas. Her Christmas decorating ideas would work for a fun outdoor cocoa party, weather permitting. Judging from the photos, it must have been a chilly day when Eden set up her cocoa stand. And if it’s too cold for an outdoor holiday party where you live, these ideas will work equally well indoors. 

Speaking of the apparently chilly day for Eden’s cocoa stand… let’s just say that looks can be deceiving, as you’ll discover.


My challenge was to style an outdoor area, so my passion for entertaining and undeniable sweet-tooth lead to creating the perfect and easy holiday hot cocoa stand. We live in a neighborhood where, during the summer months, there’s a lemonade stand on every corner, but I’ve yet to see a hot cocoa stand!

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

My goal was to design something effortless and charming that would make people want to stop for a little Christmas in a cup.

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A Coastal Rustic Christmas with an Oyster Roast

Posted by: on November 17th, 2014 | 28 Comments

A Coastal Rustic Christmas with an Oyster Roast

In the warmer parts of the country, it’s not crazy to think about celebrating the holiday season outdoors. In South Carolina that could include holding an oyster roast. That’s what Krystine Edwards did, and she created a special rustic Christmas look for her party.

Krystine writes about decorating and home remodeling on her blog Living Pretty Styled. She set up her rustic Christmas oyster roast as part of our Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations and let her work her decorating magic.

Read on for inspiration and ideas for your own rustic Christmas look.


Here in Charleston the weather around the holidays is unpredictable, one day you can be freezing and the next you’re at the beach. For the most part it stays fairly warm up through Christmas. We spend as much time as we can outdoors and most importantly in our backyard. We are lucky to live on over a half of an acre, so there’s plenty of room to have all friends over for weekend family fun. So, when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Holiday Style Challenge and to use some outdoor Christmas decorations, I was over the moon!

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for A Cozy Winter Patio

Posted by: on November 14th, 2014 | 23 Comments

Christmas Decorating Ideas for A Cozy Winter Patio


Emily Clark always has distinctive Christmas decorating ideas. We were so impressed with her woodland-inspired Christmas theme that she showed us previously here on the Home Depot Blog. She’s the author of Emily A. Clark: design. simplified., and she’s back with more creative ideas for Christmas decorating. This time she moves outdoors to create a cozy winter patio for the holidays. Of course, not everyone lives where sitting on the patio is much of an option in December. But take a look and you’ll see these decorating ideas are easily at home, too, indoors.

This is Emily’s second contribution to our Holiday Style Challenge series, a Christmas tradition here. We pack up mystery boxes of Home Depot holiday decorations to send to some of our favorite stylists and designers, and then leave the rest to them.  

Read on to see Emily’s very clever modifications to some of the decorations we sent her to give her Christmas decor her own unique look.   

Here in the Carolinas, the winter months are fairly mild well into December. And, truthfully, I’m always a little sad when we “close” our patio late in the fall. So, for the Holiday Style Challenge, I dreamed up a cozy Christmas outdoor space where we could light candles, snuggle under blankets and sip hot chocolate.

Christmas Decorating Ideas for A Cozy Winter Patio

First, I decided on a color scheme. Although we don’t have a lot of it in our house, I don’t think you can beat traditional red for outdoor Christmas decorating. I started by choosing a (non-traditional) red, white and black fabric for new pillows and bought several cans of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in gloss apple red.

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Christmas Decorating Inspired by Santa’s Workshop

Posted by: on November 4th, 2014 | 14 Comments

Decorating for Christmas: A Backyard Santa's Workshop

There might be no better inspiration for Christmas decorating than Santa’s workshop. And though we’ll likely never be entirely sure what this legendary work space looks like, holiday scholars agree that St. Nick almost certainly makes full use of the color red, likely with green trim in his workshop. That was the starting point for Melaine Thompson, author of My Sweet Savannah, when she decorated her backyard studio for Christmas. 

Melaine took part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent her, and several other talented stylists, mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to see what sort Christmas decorating ideas the bloggers would come up with.

Melaine’s backyard studio is bursting with Christmas cheer. She makes full use of the traditional color scheme, and she added so many charming details. And even if you don’t have your own garden house, we think you’ll pick up plenty of inspiration for your front porch and for your indoor Christmas decorating. 

When I was first asked to participate in the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge I was thrilled. I love any sort of challenge and creating a space with things that I did not pick out on my own would be a fun project. When the boxes started arriving I was very excited. It truly was like Christmas morning.

I opened up the boxes and saw a lot of green and gold~lovely. Then I saw a ton of red. Shoot, as much as I love red, I can never make it work in my own home. However, in the end I was able to embrace the red, and now I think I love red, and it makes the space I created much more magical.

So, my assignment was this: To create a outdoor space using what The Home Depot sent me. I decided I wanted to do something a little less ordinary than your typical porch or front entryway.

Decorating for Christmas: A Backyard Santa's Workshop

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Cozy, Folk Art-Style Fall Decorations for the Home and Garden

Posted by: on October 23rd, 2014 | One Comment

 Cozy, Folk Art-Style Fall Decorations for the Home


Melissa Valeriote is an artist and designer whose delightfully quirky folk-art style is immediately recognizable. She also has a wonderful obsession with holidays– the name of her blog makes that pretty clear: Melissa Valeriote’s Fantastical World of Holidays

She’s previously shown us how she used faux pumpkins to create a luminous Halloween garden. She’s back with more of her enchanting fall decorating ideas, this time focusing on the fireplace mantel, the entryway and again in her backyard.

This is Melissa’s contribution to our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge series. We sent Melissa and several other notable design bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween and fall decorations. The bloggers then performed their magic, generating Halloween and fall decor ideas we all can use in our holiday celebrations.

Melissa’s fall decorations create a warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere, capturing the spirit of autumn in a truly unique way. Read on to see how she created her fall decor, including a simple DIY for a flower planter that doubles as a support for café lights.

Harvest is a time for gathering. A time when food, family and friends are far more important than getting things done. Rich colors and spicy scents are in abundance. With a little help from Mother Nature, feathering your nest for the holidays is made easy as another growing season comes to an end. So head outside, gather up a selection of fallen foliage, in a mix of vibrant hues and textures and join me in my journey of creating an atmosphere of rustic style and comfort by co-mingling the found with the fabricated in small vignettes throughout home and garden.

The Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge Box Arrives

Cozy, Folk Art-Style Halloween Decorations for the Home


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DIY Spooky Halloween Decorations: Secrets from a Hollywood Designer

Posted by: on October 21st, 2014 | 7 Comments

DIY Spooky Halloween Decorations: Secrets from a Hollywood Designer


Hand it to a Hollywood production designer to know exactly how to turn his front yard into a creepy– seriously creepy– Halloween display. We’re talking about Johnny Love, who has a growing following of fans for his annual Love Manor Halloween house, his amazingly elaborate tribute to the macabre.

He’s shown us how he turned his fireplace into a faux stone hearth suitable for a horror movie. He also shared his expert techniques in creating a eerie ghost paintings and haunted house lighting

And now, his newest contribution to our Halloween Style Challenge series. We send mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween decorations to some of the most talented designers and DIY bloggers on the internet, and step back to let them come up with their special takes on Halloween. 

Johnny Love shows us how he created a very spooky Halloween decorations–a flying Grim Reaper figure, along with hanging jack-o-lanterns and faux tomb stones– all made from materials found at The Home Depot.

When asked this year to venture outside and create a visual Halloween focal point I was pretty excited. I’ve always found with outdoor spaces you can utilize such a natural environment to create something frightening. That being said, I wanted to create something extra frightening… a flying monster. However, rather than approach it from a shock value, I wanted to create something both artistic and macabre.

I remember when my school had dress up days for Halloween, my go to was always the Grim Reaper. I’d spend countless hours shredding away any black fabric I could get my hands on and then stitching it together. The way the different shades of darkness caught the wind’s hands was always very beautiful… and eerie. I think when wondering the aisles of Home Depot and stumbling upon some black weed block fabric all those memories came back to me. I knew I wanted to create the silhouette of a dark spirit flying over a graveyard.

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Fall Decorating Ideas: Curb Appeal and a Harvest Bonfire Party

Posted by: on October 14th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Fall Decorating Ideas: A Harvest Bonfire Party

When you’re looking for fall decorating ideas with a rustic, country charm, Liz Fourez’s family farm is an especially good place to start. 

We sent several of our favorite design bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decorations to see what fabulous decorating ideas the bloggers would come up with for our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge. Liz is the author of the DIY and lifestyle blog Love Grows Wild, and these ideas for decorating her home for fall are her contribution to the Style Challenge.  

Liz covers a lot of territory. She shows us how she boosted her home’s curb appeal, she carves a pumpkin, and she styles a fall harvest bonfire party for her family. As a bonus, she also has a short tutorial for her easy DIY mason jar lanterns. 

Welcome to our harvest party! There are so many things I love about this time of year… watching the leaves change colors, visiting the pumpkin patch with the kids, baking all kinds of yummy fall treats, and of course, football season. But this time of year is also special to my family for another reason… it’s harvest time! Our family farms corn and soybeans here in Indiana and Illinois, so fall is a very busy time for us. There are plenty of long days and late nights spent in the field, and when we finish harvesting our crop for the year, it’s time to celebrate!

So I’ve been busy getting the house ready for a big harvest bonfire, and the front of our house was the first project I tackled.

Fall Decorating Ideas to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

We have some pretty shrubs along the front of our house, but the cheap, plastic edging that runs the length of the house has definitely seen better days. Now that the heat of summer is over, we decided it would be the perfect time to replace the edging with stone blocks, which added a ton of curb appeal to our home.

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