Articles in: Outdoor Rooms

A Small Urban Balcony: Patio Decorating Ideas by Alex of Things That Sparkle

Posted by: on April 26th, 2013 | 6 Comments

A small urban balcony is decorated with the Fenton 4-piece Outdoor Set

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.

Not every outdoor space is a big, lush, grassy backyard, which is why we asked interior designer and native Chicagoan, Alex Kaehler to join our Style Challenge and give her small outdoor space a fresh makeover! We love seeing the way she brought color and style to her small urban balcony.

Living in downtown Chicago, we treasure our outdoor space, but sadly, the little deck off our bedroom has always been ignored. We had a couple chairs to sit out there and read, but no real attention had ever been paid to it. Enter The Home Depot. When we were given this beautiful outdoor lounge set I knew exactly where it would go. It is the perfect spot to sit and read a book, or have girl friends over for cocktails.

With two chairs, an ottoman and a love seat, the Fenton 4-Piece Seating Set provides us with tons of seating for entertaining and lounging. I love the colorful bohemiam vibe we were able to create with the use of the rustic trays, white garden stool, and lush greenery.

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Places: The Pergola

Posted by: on April 3rd, 2013 | 6 Comments


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.

Take a look for yourself.

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4 Stylish Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Posted by: on March 26th, 2013 | 4 Comments


Outdoor decorating ideas illustrated by an Image of an outdoor room with a chic, cozy lounge feel


Take advantage of warmer weather with these outdoor decorating ideas for your porch, deck or outdoor living room. We’ve pulled together four stylish looks — incorporating patio sets, accessories and more — to get you thinking about how to spruce up your outdoor space.

First up, a plush, intimate outdoor living room that also displays a hint of glamour.

The variety of brown tones give the room an earthy feel. But the room is taken to luxurious heights with drapes, and an area rug that helps to define the space. It all adds up to an easy, breezy patio that has a sense of privacy, too.

It could easily be nestled into a California back yard, a stylish boutique resort — or better yet, your own chic, cozy lounge.

In the above photo: Hampton Bay Madison 3-Piece Patio Set, oak barrel planter, outdoor curtains

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Man Caves: Outdoor Retreats

Posted by: on March 15th, 2013 | 3 Comments


Man caves are more than just places where men retreat to get away from the constraints of day-to-day life. They’re about a state of mind, too. And finding a space where you’re free to play, create or just do nothing often requires some magical thinking. It calls for a willingness to overlook spatial limitations, or in many cases, a temporary suspension of disbelief.

Take, for example, this unimaginably cool outdoor theater, equipped with a DLP projector, a Blu-ray player, a 40-foot screen hand-constructed from PVC pipe and fittings, and seating for about 400 of your closest friends.

Some might say you were dreaming if you proposed building a theater like this in your back yard. But it wouldn’t exactly be science fiction to conjure up a slightly less fanciful space.

So here are a few more outdoor man cave ideas for you to consider. We hope you’ll find that the man cave you plan to create for yourself isn’t so far-fetched after all.

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Places: The Screened-In Porch

Posted by: on March 13th, 2013 | 6 Comments


The porch is perhaps the signature architectural feature of the American home. It’s an element that still evokes strong feelings and memories of home life, particularly in the South.

Whether stemming from nostalgia or a desire to create more livable space outside the home, screened-in porches are growing in popularity once again. Contractors and national real estate associations have noted the trend. Movements like new urbanism contribute to the building of more front porch communities. And ad hoc organizations like the Professional Porch Sitters continue to add branches.

We encourage you to follow the unofficial motto of the Professional Porch Sitters as you view the rest of this post: Sit down a spell. That’ll wait.

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Inspired: Update Your Outdoor Living Space with Stripes

Posted by: on March 4th, 2013 | One Comment

Inspiration board with striped hammocks, umbrellas, pillows and area rugs


Update your outdoor living space with stripes! Whether you go for the classic cabana stripe or a more colorful option, we love the way a stripe brings personality and symmetry to a space.


The Algoma Hammocks striped option blends a bright blue and black color palette for a relaxed look. For a neutral stripe, we love the Pawleys Island Regency Sands swing for its simple, wide stripe and sandy color. The RST Outdoor hammock bed in Ocean Breeze stripe brings the perfect punch of color to your outdoor space.

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Inspired: Outdoor Patio Seating

Posted by: on February 19th, 2013 | One Comment

Outdoor patio seating inspiration board

While it may still be chilly in your neck of the woods, soon enough the weather will warm up and it’ll be time to start thinking about your outdoor space. We’ve been inspired by all of the colors and designs that debuted in our 2013 patio collections. So we thought we’d walk you through a few of the outdoor patio seating options you’ll see this year.


These three patio sets have a classic rolled arm shape typical of a more traditional style. The Martha Stewart Living Cedar Island Collection features a faux wicker seat paired with an elegantly rolled arm. The Hampton Bay Woodbury Collection features a wicker-style frame with classic beige cushions. The Hampton Bay Fall River Collection has a lattice detail on the back, which gives it a more playful feel.

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