Articles in: Porch

Gold and Glam (But Not Too Stuffy) Christmas Decor

Posted by: on November 12th, 2014 | 20 Comments

Gold and Glam (But Not Too Stuffy) Christmas Decor

Jen Woodhouse doesn’t do stuffy. She couldn’t even if she tried. All you have to do is read the first paragraph of her Christmas decor article below to see exactly what we mean. But she most certainly knows how to make a room look glamorous, but always in a comfortable, relaxed sort of a way. 

She’s a super talented stylist and an accomplished DIYer. She writes about decor and more on her blog House of Wood, and she’s taking part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Jen, and several other top drawer designers, mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to see the great Christmas decorating ideas they’d generate.  

Jen’s holiday decor is gorgeous, and brimming with warmth and personality… just like Jen herself.


OH.MAH.GOSH.YOU.GUYS. I am so excited to have been invited to participate in The Home Depot’s Holiday Style Challenge this year! And yes, this kind of excitement warrants ALL CAPS, all annoying like that. I can’t even tell you how honored, humbled, and completely intimidated I am to be included in this group of crazy talented bloggers. You guys. I almost peed my pants. I am not even kidding.

Gold and Glam (But Not Too Stuffy) Christmas Decor

When the Style Challenge mystery boxes showed up on my doorstep, it was literally like Christmas morning here at The House of Wood. Except it was 72 degrees out and October. No big deal. That didn’t stop me from tearing through the boxes like a kid on Christmas day.

I was thrilled to find that they were filled to the brim with magical goodies, mostly in a metallic gold palette. Shut the front door. Home Depot, have you been reading my diary? I have been crushing on all things gold and metallic lately, you’d think it was my job.

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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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Front Porch Decorating Ideas: Southern Charm with Mediterranean Color

Posted by: on April 14th, 2014 | 25 Comments

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: Southern Charm with Mediterranean Color

Amy Mikkelsen will tell you that, for the best front porch decorating ideas, you might want to look to the South.

She’s the author of a decorating and lifestyle blog called Your Southern Peach, so she should know. She gave her front porch a complete makeover for our Patio Style Challenge. We sent her a new patio furniture set, and challenged her to amaze us with her patio decorating ideas.

We love her new front porch, with its charm and comfort. Her ideas would apply to a back deck or a patio as much as a front porch. But we were a little surprised when we learned where her color inspiration came from. 

Read on for Amy’s front porch makeover.

The South is known for it’s hospitality and nothing welcomes guests like a gorgeous front porch! I also love sneaking away to the porch throughout the day for a glass of iced tea, to listen to a rain storm or simply catch my breath. It’s amazing what ten minutes under a porch fan can do for a busy mom!  Life seems to slow down on the front porch, doesn’t it?

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: Functional, soothing, comfortable and Southern

Prior to this, we only had two wooden rocking chairs and a small side table so seating was limited, as was table space and style. When I envisioned my front porch for the Home Depot Style Challenge, I wanted it to be functional, soothing, comfortable and southern!

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Patio Decor Ideas: A Modern, Family-Friendly Deck

Posted by: on April 14th, 2014 | 29 Comments

Patio Decor Ideas: A Modern, Family-Friendly Deck

It’s impossible to say which of the very creative and family-friendly patio decor ideas we love the most from Lesley Graham, but the porch swing might be it. And when we say porch swing, it might not be exactly what you’re thinking.

Lesley has tons of great ideas for decorating and raising a family on her eponymous blog Lesley W Graham. We asked her to take part in our Patio Style Challenge. That’s where we send new Home Depot patio sets to some of the best decor bloggers on the Internet and challenge them to amaze us with their patio decor ideas.

Lesley and her husband created what amounts to an outdoor family room that’s great for relaxing, entertaining, or just watching their girls grow up. And it looks smashing, too. It’s modern and attractive, yet it blends seamlessly with their vintage farmhouse.

And there’s a swing. 

She tells us all about how she did it… 

When we first started dreaming up this space I had several things in mind: kid-friendly, modern farmhouse style, and that we wanted the patio (or back deck in our case) to be an extension of our kitchen. We’ve been renovating a 1910 farmhouse outside of Atlanta for a little over a year. We didn’t really touch the outside until we got a handle on our interior. My vision for our home from the beginning has been “modern farmhouse.” I want a clean, modern aesthetic with touches of traditional farmhouse.

Patio Decor Ideas: Clean, modern aesthetic with touches of traditional farmhouse


Our back deck is not very big and it originally looked like this picture below. Sad.

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Patio Decorating Ideas: Turning a Deck into an Outdoor Living Room

Posted by: on April 14th, 2014 | 30 Comments

Patio Decorating Ideas: Turning a Deck into an Outdoor Living Room

When you want to turn your deck into a veritable outdoor living room, think about the virtual walls and ceiling. That’s the secret behind Stephanie Fisher’s absolutely gorgeous deck makeover. 

Stephanie blogs about decorating and DIY on Glitter and Goat Cheese. She took part in our Patio Style Challenge, where we send Home Depot patio sets to some of the best decor bloggers on the Internet. They then share their deck and patio decorating ideas as they create attractive and comfortable outdoor spaces.

Stephanie told us she was going to build a pergola over her back deck. But we are blown away by how she used that structure to completely transform her deck into an enchanting place for entertaining or just relaxing on warm summer evenings. Read on to see how she created this extraordinary outdoor space.  

When my husband and I started house hunting a couple years ago, one of our strict requirements was a fenced yard with a deck. We love being outside with our dog, Macy–whether we’re chasing her around in circles, savoring a cup of coffee, or (my husband’s favorite) obsessing over the lawn. My dream was a comfortable, inviting deck that would become an extension of our home.

Well, we found a house that matched our requirements, but our deck has been sadly neglected since we moved in. Thank goodness for The Home Depot–this year, we finally have the outdoor living room of our dreams!

Before this Patio Style Challenge, our outdoor area was in a sad state. The deck itself was in decent shape, but there was no structure to the space. One end held our grill, an old metal dining table sat in the middle, and the other end housed two cheap patio loungers. One of our first goals was to define a living area with an attached pergola.

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Patio Decor Ideas: Dining Al Fresco Inspiration from the Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on April 2nd, 2014 | One 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.

When you’re ready to get your outdoor space into tip top shape, we can help! Read on for plenty of great ideas and patio trends to watch.

Patio Decor Ideas: String lights, bold color mixed with a pastel, and a few graphic patterns

Easy and elegant aren’t two words often used together, but in this flawless outdoor entertaining space, Brittany of brittanyMakes shows us that elegant actually can be easy. All you need to achieve this look is a few key elements: string lights, bold color mixed with a pastel, and a few graphic patterns.

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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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Holiday Door Decorating Ideas for Your Small Porch

Posted by: on November 15th, 2013 | 13 Comments

You don’t have to have a grand veranda to have an impressive Christmas display on your front steps. That’s the message Kelly Marzka has for anyone who’s been neglecting the front door at Christmas time.

Kelly is an intrepid DIYer who writes about fixing up her home at View Along the Way. We were thrilled she agreed to participate in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent Kelly and several other terrific bloggers each a mystery box of Christmas decorations. We asked them to show us the amazing holiday decorating ideas they came up with.

Kelly’s holiday door decorating ideas are perfect for anyone who feels like his or her front porch just isn’t worthy of Christmas love. She shows us how she took some simple garland, Christmas lights and poinsettias, and turned her home into a holiday showcase. Along the way, she shares some clever tips on making the most from your garland and how to make a unique holiday wreath.


Just like Santa, The Home Depot brought Christmas to our front door this year!

When I heard we were assigned to decorate our front door for the Holiday Style Challenge this year, I was a little skeptical. We don’t have much going on in the way of front porches, or even any overhead awning for shade. Just a tiny stoop. Our front door is Tiny Tim, a Christmas underdog who just wants to celebrate the season despite not having much to offer.

But The Home Depot sent us some fun Christmas-y delight and we got to work dressing up Tiny-Tim-the-front-stoop with garlands and greenery and a DIY monogram wreath.

Here’s how it looks all dressed up for the season:

Holiday Door Decorating Ideas for Your Small Porch, by Kelly Marzka of View Along the Way

I have “a thing” for fresh greenery, can you tell?

It looks beautiful and smells like Christmas to me!

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Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas for the Front Door

Posted by: on November 14th, 2013 | 9 Comments

Holiday Decorating Ideas for the Front Door by Kirsten Krason of 6th Street Design School

Pity the front porch at Christmas. While most of us lavish decorating attention on our family rooms during the holidays, often the front door is ends up being an after thought. But Kirsten Krason, author of the DIY blog 6th Street Design School, has some holiday decorating ideas for the front door to help inspire you to make the front of your home look as Christmas-y as your living room.

We sent Kirsten a mystery box of Christmas decorations for our Holiday Style Challenge. Kirsten used those holiday items to wow us with her clever decorating ideas. 

Take a look at Kirsten’s front porch trimmings– they’re lovely, welcoming and full of Christmas spirit. She also shares with us a couple of very easy DIY projects that will make your Christmas decorating extra special. 

We don’t have a lot of room on our porch so I mainly focused on the area around the front door. In my box from The Home Depot they included a bunch of Martha Stewart Christmas ornaments. I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate these ornaments into my front porch holiday decor, so I strung them together to create a grouping that I could hang by my front door.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Front Door: Inside Out for the Holidays

Posted by: on November 13th, 2013 | 8 Comments

Sometimes, even crafty, creative, visual people just aren’t sure how to decorate the front door for Christmas. There’s certainly nothing wrong with hanging a wreath on the door, and turning your attention indoors for the real show. But Chris and Julia of the aptly named DIY blog Chris Loves Julia wanted to do something more than the ordinary with their front door this Christmas.

We know this because we invited them to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent out mystery boxes of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot to some of the best DIY and design bloggers we could find. Then we wait for them to amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas. 

They came up with an idea that’s pure holiday decorating genius. It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. Julia shares with us, in a most entertaining way, how they made their front door something special for Christmas.

As DIYers, you’d think going overboard on holiday décor is a given for us. Sad to say, it’s never really been that way. We’ve hung lights on the roof, and decorated our tree different ways each year, but outside that, we’ve been pretty bland. That’s why we were so stoked when The Home Depot asked us to be involved with their Holiday Style Challenge. It was the motivation we needed to focus on making one area of the home extra special. And, to top it off, they asked us to do the front door. I mean, if you’re gonna go all out, the front door is the place to do it. It’s like an open invitation to all passersby to join you in celebrating the undisputed champion of most wonderful times of the year.

We moved into this home not long ago, and are still making friends with our neighbors. We not only wanted our front door to be an invitation to be of good cheer, but a warm welcome to all of our holiday visitors. Because our front door before this challenge? Dang.

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Front Door: The Door Before Decorating

Booooooriiiiing. I think that may even be our dog, Charly (she makes a lot of appearances), in the window, yawning from all the ho-humness. Don’t you worry, pup. We’ll get those sleigh bells ringling and ting-ting-tingling in no time.

So as part of our mystery box, The Home Depot sent us a bunch of globe lights, made by GE. ["Super Sphere Lights," to be precise. -ed.]

Let me tell ya, those things are awesome. We immediately knew we wanted to use them, but weren’t sure where they’d fit best. I think they are designed to hang as a sort of outdoor light garland, but either way, they’re definite attention grabbers, which is awesome.

Our front window expands about eight more feet to the right in the photo above, and that’s where we were planning on putting our Christmas tree, inside the house. But we didn’t want the lights to take away from the Christmas tree, do we?

Of course not!

Well, what if we take the globe lights inside and hang them on the tree? Still visible from outside, and really adding to the tree. Maybe like so, shown below?


Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Front Door: "Super Sphere" Christmas Light

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