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Stylish and Functional Small Space Patio Sets

Posted by: on April 29th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Inspiration board with different styles of patio sets for small spaces


Even if you have an outdoor space that is on the small side, there’s no reason you can’t turn it into a functional space to enjoy some sun or shade. A petite patio set is the way to go. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite small space patio sets. Which one would work best for you?


The Hampton Bay Summerville Patio Balcony Set in yellow has a nostalgic feel, and its compact scale will give purpose to the smallest of balconies. We love the bright pop of color used in the yellow vinyl-strap chair!

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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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Small Deck Decorating Ideas by Jewel of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

Posted by: on April 22nd, 2013 | 6 Comments

Small Deck Decorating Ideas:  Hampton Bay Fenton Chat Set with Green Striped Outdoor Rug, Potted Plants and Colorful Throw Pillows

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.

Small outdoor spaces can be tricky, but we knew Atlanta native Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love could pull together a comfortable, chic space, no matter the size. Her small deck decorating ideas are marvelous. We love the pops of chartreuse she brought to this little outdoor deck! She also shares some very clever DIY ideas to personalize the space.

I was thrilled when The Home Depot asked me to participate in their latest Patio Style Challenge. At the time I was knee deep in moving boxes preparing to move into my new home.  So I asked my friend Sonya, who was also a new homeowner, if she would allow me to spruce her patio up for summer. The Home Depot sent me the Hampton Bay Fenton Chat Set to be the centerpiece of this small deck update.

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Decorating a Small, Urban Balcony by Mandy of Fabric Paper Glue

Posted by: on April 15th, 2013 | 19 Comments

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.

For our Adirondack Challenge, we asked Mandy of Fabric Paper Glue to share her small patio decorating ideas using an Adirondack chair as the basis of her space. Read how she transformed an otherwise boring small balcony into a beautiful outdoor space with color and purpose.

For me, an Adirondack chair elicits thoughts of relaxation — whether I imagine a pair of them facing a serene ocean view or a set of four surrounding a cozy fire.

You know what absolutely doesn’t make me think relaxation? My friend Jillian’s small balcony.

Exhibit A:

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: A bland, colorless small balcony


Sure, a balcony around Washington, D.C., is a luxury, but like most of the balconies in this city, it’s small and bland. My mission? Bringing purpose and style to this space.

Luckily, I had ideas brewing just waiting for a blank slate like this one. The first of these percolating ideas was a reading nook — a perfect use of an Adirondack in a small space, if I do say so. It’s one of those home features that warms my little book-lovin’ heart, but unfortunately falls off the list of must-haves in my own 600-square-foot floor plan. My second idea was stripes. My veracious love of bold, black-and-white striped fabric shouldn’t surprise a soul who follows my blog (see my posts about a striped tote, a striped document envelope, another striped tote, and a striped clutch), yet it’s simply not a pattern that would work with my own home decor. You can read some more about my inspiration in a post I wrote about an urban bookish balcony.

Small Patio Decorating Ideas: An "Urban Booksih Balcony" with an Adirondack chair, patterned outdoor rug, striped pillows and herb garden

Well, folks, not only is this balcony everything that my stripey-reading-nook dreams were make of, it’s also got some other pretty fantastic patterns, a little luxe lighting, a few lush greens, a handful of pretty pink flowers and … GOLD!

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Man Caves: Small Man Cave Ideas

Posted by: on February 6th, 2013 | Make A Comment


The first rule of Man Caves is you have to build it. No matter how limited you think your space is at home, find room. If you’ve just added a new kid to the family: Congratulations. Moved to a smaller place: Put your big boy pants on. Working from home now: No excuse. We’ll remind you here again of the advice we shared from the author of Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory in our very first Man Cave column – find a space, one that reflects who you are and what you love, and get into it.

Now that we’ve dispensed with the tough love, here are a few fascinating (and wacky) ideas for you to consider while you’re working on the designs for your own unique space. Derek Diedricksen built this one above in his back yard using mostly scrap wood and old pallets for less than $200. So what are you waiting on?

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Inspired: The Marie Arm Chair

Posted by: on September 4th, 2012 | Make A Comment

French arm chair inspiration board

Every house has its nooks and crannies. Maybe there’s a landing at the top of your stairs that isn’t being put to use. Or perhaps there’s a bump out in your kitchen that isn’t quite big enough for a breakfast room. While sometimes awkward or unusual, those little spaces are perfect opportunities to create a cozy little nook to read a book or do something that just feels nice, like enjoy a cup of tea or chat with an old friend on the phone. It’s important to create those comfy little personal spaces wherever you can because they invite you to relax 24 hours a day. We all need a little bit more relaxation time, don’t we?

In the inspiration board above, we’ve created the ideal spot for a tête-a-tête. In any corner of your home, add a pair of chairs, a fluffy foot rest, some lovely ambient lighting, and you’ve created a peaceful little spot.


A soothing paint color like Behr’s Cloud Burst (490F-5), is a perfect jumping-off point for creating a place to kick back. Of course,  if you’re carving out a little seating niche in an established room, then adding another paint color to the walls may not seem logical. It can help to have a paint color in mind even if you aren’t actually painting as a reference for bringing in accessories. A paint swatch can serve the same purpose as an inspiration photo. It definitely guided us as we put together this imagined nook. 

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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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Stylish Small Space Living

Posted by: on January 28th, 2011 | 5 Comments

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone prefers a modern-day “McMansion” when it comes to their living space. Many of us still choose to reside in houses or apartments that are not necessarily super-sized. Making a small space feel more abundant (while still remaining stylish) requires a plan and some creativity, but it can certainly be done!

Your Living or Great Room
One of the most important rules for maximizing your family room or living room area is to select furniture pieces with built-in storage space. These types of units allow you to store items such as ottomans or rolling cubes away until you need them.  Likewise, a bi-level coffee table offers twice as much surface area for stacking books and trinkets.

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