Articles in: Spring

5 Essentials for a Cozy Outdoor Cabana

Posted by: on April 23rd, 2012 | 8 Comments

Cozy Outdoor Cabana Area from Centsational Girl

In celebration of all things patio, Kate Riley from the DIY and home improvement blog Centsational Girl shares her tips for building an outdoor space that feels comfortable and inviting for you and your guests. 

We live in Northern California’s Wine Country and grow our own grapes in the backyard. When we spied the Home Depot cabana we knew it was the perfect structure to provide shade on the hot summer days, but still take in the view of the landscaping all around.

Here are my five essentials for creating a cozy yet stylish cabana.

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Using Drought Tolerant Perennials in Your Container Herb Garden

Posted by: on April 18th, 2012 | 4 Comments

Drought tolerant perennials in a window box


Here’s a DIY container herb garden project that will set you up with a fairly low maintenance little garden that should come back each spring, and last for years to come. Plus, it will use less water than other herb gardens, which is great for water conservation.

The key is using drought tolerant perennials.

In the window box shown above, I used lavender, rosemary and sage (from left to right); these three herbs always play nice together because they all like well-drained soil and full sun.

To get started, you’ll need:

1 window box with a coco liner
1 lavender plant
1 rosemary plant
2 small sage plants (or 1 large sage plant)
potting soil
Shake ‘n Feed (optional)

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Deck Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Posted by: on April 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments

The weather’s warming up and it’s time to start extending your living space into the great outdoors. Decks are great for dining, entertaining or just relaxing with family. So take care of your deck by protecting it from the elements with just a few simple cleaning and maintenance tips.

This video offers detailed instructions on how to properly get your deck ready for regular use. It walks you through all of the necessary steps including, sanding to remove loose wood or finish, safely applying a cleaner, using a pressure washer to rinse, and applying a stain or sealer. It also includes helpful tips about wearing protective gloves and safety glasses, and how to choose between the different types of cleaners. Our expert associates on The Home Depot How-To Community Forum can also answer any other DIY questions you may have. And be sure to visit our Garden Center to get everything you need to beautify your outdoor space all season long.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Patio Ideas: Update with Accessories

Posted by: on March 21st, 2012 | 6 Comments

Update Your Patio with Accessories | Process

If your outdoor space isn’t ready for warm sunny days and crisp spring mornings, we have ideas to help you create the perfect outdoor oasis for your space. These patio ideas will make your outdoor space cozy and comfortable. Furniture is clearly an important part of making your outdoor room livable, but patio accessories are an important part of creating an inviting lounge area. Pillows, throw blankets, and rugs are the best way to make your outdoor room feel like the perfect spot to relax with a book and a cup of coffee. We’ll show you how to finish your space with a few key accessories.

We began by selecting a color palette. For this porch swing area, we pulled our color palette from the Coral Breeze Layla Trellis Pillow which combines a soft aqua with a vibrant coral. We then selected the Pisa Blue 22 inch Pillow which complements the aqua in the color pillow and has a similar geometric shape.

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Inspired: Zest Up Your Patio with Citrus

Posted by: on March 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment


Illustration: Laura Sullivan

























Need some quick upgrades to get your (sad winter) patio bright and fresh for Spring immortal? We’re inspired by perky citrus hues from the shelves of The Home Depot and around the web. Check out these eight ideas that lend some zing to outdoor spaces:

Top row (from left to right):

The limes and tangerines in these stylized, design-forward MoMa Store cloth coasters add a generous splash of color to your tabletop — and beg for an icy cold drink to be sat on them. 

Stage your patio with a water pitcher spiked with slices of orange or grapefruit. Not only does the treat add wonderful aromatics to your outdoor lounging experience, you get a generous splash of color too.

This STOK Charcoal Tower Grill is compact, portable and sunny, too. The built-in chimney, vents and thermometer allow for precision cooking and the removable ash catcher makes for simple clean up as well. We dig the interchangeable grill accessories you can buy, including a pizza stone, griddle or vegetable tray. (Yes, this means you could cook every meal outside.)

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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. 


It’s Time To Prepare For Your Spring Garden

Posted by: on March 12th, 2012 | 3 Comments
A Beautiful spring garden layout. Image via Slideshow Bruce


Take advantage of the last few weeks before the change of seasons to start preparing your spring garden. It’s the perfect time to research gardening ideas and get things organized so that when the weather warms up you’ll be ahead of the game and the envy of all your neighbors!

Here’s what to do.

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Seasonal Maintenance For Your Fruit Trees

Posted by: on June 8th, 2011 | One Comment

Hello to all my fellow gardening enthusiasts!

Spring has a foothold across this great land of ours and summer is almost here.  That means that there are certain tasks that you should be putting on your current “To-Do” list.  For instance, when was the last time you took the time to aerate the lawn around your fruit trees?  To aerate means to allow air to penetrate and circulate through materials such as dirt and soil.  This process is made easier by using a variety of lawn and garden cultivating tools.

In many areas, soil may have a tendency to compact and allow water to run off rather that penetrate into the ground.  Compacted soil will not allow air, water or nutrients to percolate into the ground and reach the feeder roots of the plant or tree.  If water does not reach the feeder roots of your fruit tree, you may experience fruit drop, a condition where the tree will drop its fruit prior to being fully grown or ripened due to lack of water.

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Flower Power (Episode 2): Selecting The Best-In-Breed Plants and Flowers For Your Garden

Posted by: on June 4th, 2011 | 2 Comments

Watch Episode 2 of The Home Depot’s web series chronicling our selection process of the most innovative new plants and flowers with the best garden performance at the 2011 Spring Trials.

Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy This Memorial Day

Posted by: on May 30th, 2011 | Make A Comment

One of our favorite ways to celebrate Memorial Day is by entertaining friends and family in the great outdoors.  And whether you plan on having a big backyard blowout or a small, intimate get-together there are a few things you can do right now to make this day of outdoor entertaining a much more pleasant experience for you and your guests.

You already know that everyone’s going to be hanging out on the patio so why not make sure that it looks its best?  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your outdoor space look like a million bucks. In fact, simply sprucing up what you already have may have the biggest impact of all.  Start by pressure washing your deck.  This is the best way to get rid of built up dirt and grime and make your backyard area look shiny and new.  If you don’t already own a pressure washer, you can rent one at your local Home Depot Tool Rental Center.

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