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Inspired: His and Hers Reading Nooks

Posted by: on October 23rd, 2012 | Make A Comment

His and Hers Reading Nooks inspiration board

In a busy home, everyone needs their own private space, somewhere just for them that caters to their individual needs. If you’re a bookworm, maybe a reading nook is just that spot for you. If that’s the case, then a comfy arm chair, good lighting, and soft accessories are just the way to create a relaxing oasis to take in your newest best seller (whether it’s a hard cover or on your tablet!). In the inspiration board above, we’ve designed two spaces, one for a more masculine reader, and one for a lady.

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Inspired: Small Bedroom Ideas

Posted by: on July 9th, 2012 | One Comment

Small space bedroom ideas


When pulling together a bedroom in a small space, it can be intimidating to start ticking off the different items you’ll need: a bed obviously, two nightstands, a dresser, a few lamps, maybe a chair… But where will all of these things go in a short-on-square-footage bedroom?

That’s what this inspiration board is about– small bedroom ideas.

One easy way to maximize your space is to limit the number of feet on the ground. Remember to use your walls to your advantage. Rather than nightstands, opt for two floating shelves on either side of the bed, and instead of table lamps, try swing arm wall sconces. You’ll still have a place for an alarm clock and your cell phone, and proper reading light, but you won’t have to worry about squeezing so many pieces of furniture into the room.


To create a creamy, warm backdrop for this bedroom, we used Behr Ultra’s Jasper Cane, a subtle tan with a hint of peach.

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Man Caves: Mad Men Style

Posted by: on April 26th, 2012 | 4 Comments
Mad Men Style Season 5 image

Image via AMC


We looked the historic spaces a few famous men created for themselves in an earlier Man Caves column, and saw how each reflected something of the character and passions of the men who hung out in them. And like great men in the past, men today want control over the look and design of their space, fuelling the great popularity of manly retreats in home.

The challenge for many guys is how to create a unique space with a masculine vibe that goes beyond your average converted basement. Traditional man caves with the flatscreen, kegerator, autographed sports jersey and pool table are no problem. But how do you put together a sleek, modern look for a cigar/wine room, or a bar/poolroom/study, or a living room?

Take inspiration from Mad Men, we say.

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Colorful Tea Kettles Add Interest to Your Kitchen

Posted by: on March 24th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Small kitchen appliances and accessories are an easy way to add a punch of color to your kitchen. Like a scarf to your overcoat, colorful tea kettles can make a big, colorful statement in your kitchen without much commitment. Get tired of the color you picked? No big deal, just leave your scarf in the closet for a while — same goes for your colorful tea kettle. For little money and even less effort, you can really give the most useful space in the house a little extra zing!

Colorful tea kettles

Center: BonJour 2 Qt. Polished Stainless Steel Tea Kettle with Copper Bottom; Clockwise: Mustard Yellow Kitchenaid 9-Cup Tea Kettle; Mustard KitchenAid 6-Cup Tea Kettle;  Yellow Rachel Ray 2Qt. Curve Tea Kettle; Old Dutch Tangerine Cast Iron Kyoto Tea Kettle; KitchenAid 1.5 Curling Tea Kettle in Green; Rachel Ray Curve Tea Kettle in Green; KitchenAid 2 Qt. Globe Tea Kettle in Turquoise; Rachel Ray 2 Qt. Curve Tea Kettle in Blue; KitchenAid 9-Cup Tea Kettle in Midnight Blue; KitchenAid 9-Cup Tea Kettle in Red; KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 8-Cup Tea Kettle in Red;  Rachel Ray Curve Tea Kettle in Orange

Browse more Tea Pots & Kettles here. What color will you pick?

Designer Diaries: Patio Inspiration

Posted by: on March 20th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Recently, we brought you our first installment of Designer Diaries, where we spoke with Home Depot Director of Trends & Design Sarah Fishburne about her design process. Today, Sarah tells us where she found inspiration for Patio 2012:

Above all, our design team is inspired by color, but you would be surprised where some of that patio inspiration comes from!

Every fall, our team heads to Paris for the Maison&Objet trade show. We gather ideas, follow trends, and make note of new and interesting color combinations.

Arden Nazir Larkspur fabric samples

These fabric samples were used to create the Arden Nazir Larkspur throw pillows, fabric by the yard, and the Arden Nazir Larkspur bench cushion.

Fabrics are also an essential inspiration to our design team – some of our patio collections’ fabrics were inspired by rugs. Or perhaps a fabric inspires a glass mosaic pattern. Our design team is constantly reinterpreting inspiration for new and exciting projects.

Poolside Casablanca Knot Malibu Blue Geometric Pillow

These two fabric samples became the Poolside Casablanca Malibu Blue Geometric Pillow and the Poolside Dawson Stripe Blue Stripe Pillow.

Casablanca Knot & Poolside Dawson Stripe Pillows


The Maison&Objet trade show in Paris is always a huge source of inspiration, as is Paris in general. I find inspiration just walking along the Seine, maybe the color and patina of a copper pipe fitting on a beautiful old building, the color of the Seine River, or the fashion in a window display. All sorts of things will catch my eye, and I’ll use it in some way in our next collection. That’s the funny thing about inspiration, you really never know where it will come from next.


Martha Stewart Dana Point Collection


In the case of the Martha Stewart Dana Point Collection which was available from 2008 to 2010, our design team used a metallic pewter faucet finish as their inspiration – giving vendors the faucet and asking them to match it exactly.


Martha Stewart Dana Point Collection Inspiration


Like I said, you really never know where inspiration will come from — in this case, a simple bath faucet inspired the finish of an entire patio collection!

Thank you, Sarah, for giving us a glimpse into your creative process. 


Get the Faux Bois Trend

Posted by: on March 7th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Wood grain tiles

Contemporary interiors are associated with a sleek, muted aesthetic – think crisp whites, sleek fixtures and appliances, and a much more minimalistic approach to accessories. It’s because of this clean look that the faux bois trend has become so popular. Among the melamine and the stainless steel and the glass and the edited furniture, you need some natural elements like wood. Faux bois does you one better though by giving a space a hint of quirk – is it real or isn’t it? The cheeky pattern feels fresh and fun, but it still evokes the natural feel of real wood.

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Places: Farm To Table Dining Areas

Posted by: on February 16th, 2012 | One Comment
Eclectic farm-to-table dining room image

Image via houzz

The farm-to-table movement has grown from a small, cult-like foodie following in the 1970s spearhead by “slow food” guru Alice Waters and her legendary restaurant Chez Panisse, to a full-fledged cottage industry, with its own distinct look and feel (Travel + Leisure). Now, restaurants committed to serving the freshest, locally sourced food can be found in nearly any city you visit. These restaurants have re-imagined the dining scene, by creating simple, elegant, informal, communal and sometimes slightly upscale dining spaces that encourage you to linger at the table a while after your meal.

Feast on some of the farm-to-fork inspiration that diners have taken home (along with their to-go boxes) after the jump.

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Make Storage Solutions Pretty

Posted by: on January 31st, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 31 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: My final organizing tip of the month is not clever, just important. When you’re organizing, make storage solutions look pretty! When you’re organizing your linen closet or kitchen pantry, keep the style of the rest of your home in mind and do your best to make sure that function and frills work together. 

Pretty closet

Image from Houzz

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Create a Built-in for your TV

Posted by: on January 30th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 30 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If you’re looking for a better way to store your TV and television components, consider having a built-in space specifically designed for your electronics. This home takes the useless space from a staircase and turns it into a hard-working media cabinet!

Built-in media cabinet

Image from MyHomeIdeas

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

How To Store Dishes in Pot Drawers

Posted by: on January 29th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Day 29 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If you have deep pot drawers that you’d like to use to store dishes, use pegboard and simple wooden dowels to make sure your dishes don’t move in the drawer.

Safely store dishes in pot drawers

Image from BHG

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]