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Simple Patio Decorating Ideas Coming in Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on June 18th, 2014 | Make A Comment

Simple Patio Decorating Ideas Coming in Patio Style Challenge



Sometimes a patio needs a complete makeover. Sometimes it just needs a few tweaks to freshen it up. We’ve seen some outstanding patio decorating ideas in the several full-on backyard makeovers featured in our ongoing Patio Style Challenge series. But let’s see what some of our favorite design and DIY bloggers can do to spruce up their their outdoor spaces without a total redo. It’ll be a Summer Patio Refresh, if you will.   

Six very talented bloggers who took part in previous Style Challenges agreed to revisit their patios, decks and backyards with a eye toward simple, small and inexpensive tweaks that will make their outdoor spaces look new again. We should see the results of their patio revamps soon here on The Home Depot Blog, and we are eagerly anticipating their new outdoor decorating ideas.

Here’s who is taking part in this summer patio refresh Patio Style Challenge: 

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Outdoor Decor Trend: Succulents

Posted by: on June 10th, 2014 | Make A Comment

Outdoor Decor Trend: Succulents

The use of succulents is an outdoor decor trend we’re seeing in our most recent Patio Style Challenge series. We’ve seen them hanging, planted in groups, single plantings… On side tables, dining tables, bookshelves, hanging gardens, and just about everywhere in between. Above, Atlanta-based lifestyle blogger Anna, of In Honor of Design, created a bar cart area off to the side of her renter-friendly patio. These tall tin buckets spray painted with copper spray paint and planted with short succulents are a neat combination.

Outdoor Decor Trend: Succulents

Michelle Hinckley, of 4 Men 1 Lady, decorated her tall dining table with single succulent plantings in bright containers. The yellow decor scheme and complimentary container colors create a really interesting contrast. Plus, it never hurts to have an aloe plant easily accessible in the spring and summer when sunburns are common!

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Artificial Grass: An Outdoor Decorating Trend

Posted by: on June 3rd, 2014 | One Comment

Artificial Grass: An Outdoor Decorating Trend

Artificial grass, faux grass, fake grass, synthetic turf… whatever you call it, it’s an outdoor trend. We certainly noticed it in our popular Patio Style Challenge series with three of our guest contributors using artificial grass in clever and stylish ways.

Above, popular DIY blogger, Ashley of Sugar & Cloth, created a clean and modern look in her urban backyard. When guests walk through the fence gate, they’re greeted not only with lots of stylish planters and greenery, but also with a unique pathway. Ashley inverted the old pebble walkway idea and placed squares of artificial grass as “stepping stones” through her backyard. So stylish!

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Patio Side Tables: Outdoor Decorating Ideas Seen in Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on May 29th, 2014 | 5 Comments

Patio Side Tables: A grill stand and table made from two skateboard decks

In our popular Patio Style Challenge series, bloggers from all around the country share their impressive DIY skills and outdoor decorating ideas. One outdoor trend we’re seeing in the series is the use of unique patio side tables. Using unexpected materials, colors and tools, these DIY patio side tables are as functional as they are attractive. Above, Chicago makers, Emily & Ryan, solved a small balcony dilemma with a unique skateboard cocktail table that doubles as a grill and a conversation piece.

Outdoor Decorating Ideas: A DIY rolling ottoman with a cooler inside

DIY blogger, Mandy, of Fabric Paper Glue really wowed us with this bright and geometric cooler project. You’d never know there’s a simple Styrofoam cooler hidden inside. It’s an easy solution for seating and a convenient spot to grab a cold drink!

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This Front Door Replacement Made a Huge Impact on Curb Appeal

Posted by: on May 15th, 2014 | 14 Comments

 This Front Door Replacement Made a Huge Impact on Curb Appeal

One way to have a big impact on your home’s curb appeal is to replace your front door. The good news is that front door replacement can be easy and even fun. 

That’s the takeaway from Emily Clark’s door replacement story. She writes about low-stress decorating on her blog Emily A. Clark: design. simplified, so we invited her to contribute to our Style Challenge series with this Curb Appeal Challenge. Here, she walks us through how she chose a new front door, had it installed and then painted it.

Take a look at how her new front door had a big impact on the whole look of her home.

When I found that our front door was beginning to crack down the middle a few months ago, at first, I was bummed that front door replacement was just another project to add to our t0-do list. Then, I started thinking about the possibilities of changing the look of our traditional home and adding a little color. And, suddenly, I found myself at The Home Depot shopping for doors and picking up paint swatches.

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Pergola Ideas from The Home Depot’s Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on May 13th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Pergola Ideas: A gorgeous pergola styled by Lesley W. Graham

In our popular Patio Style Challenge series, we saw a few particular trends pop up in our guest bloggers’ spaces. One of those trends: pergolas! Here’s a round up the terrific pergola ideas from our talented guest contributors. 

Above, Lesley Graham added a sleek and slim pergola to her renovated modern farmhouse home. We love the two-tone look she created by pairing stained wood boards with white horizontal ones. Plus, the gold joist hangers are a fancy detail.

Pergola Ideas: Lindsay Jackman's patio makeover

Lindsay, of  The White Buffalo Styling Co., created a bohemian oasis with a gorgeous pergola, all from a very blank slate. Granted, Lindsay and her husband have been renovating their cottage bit by bit over the past year and a half, but this backyard transformation is quite impressive.

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Tips and Ideas on How To Build a Floating Deck

Posted by: on May 9th, 2014 | 13 Comments

Tips and Ideas on How To Build a Floating Deck

Perhaps the most striking feature of Kristin Jackson’s recent backyard makeover is the island deck– or floating deck– she and her husband built. It’s a pleasant, shady spot in her backyard that incorporates the trees in its design. Kristin is an interior designer and author of the design and DIY blog The Hunted Interior, so it’s no wonder the deck not only looks wonderful, but it’s also so well constructed.

Kristin kindly offered to share her how-to for her deck… or maybe it’s more of a how-it-was-done. Either way, she offers some good ideas on how to build a floating deck similar to hers in your backyard, as well as some building and planning tips that come from her experience with this project. 

Wanting to add some functionality and much needed curb appeal to our backyard, we decided to build an island (or floating) deck in between our existing trees. The landscape, or lack there of, provided a blank slate to create a backyard oasis to relax on.

Our original plan was to build the one-level, step-up deck in between the four trees, but after trying to maneuver around the exposed roots, we learned our best solution was to shift the deck over and have the deck encompass one of our existing trees. This made our original straight forward square deck a little more complicated, but not too much.

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A Gorgeous Backyard Makeover With an Interior Designer’s Touch

Posted by: on May 9th, 2014 | 33 Comments

Gorgeous Backyard Makeover by Kristin Jackson of The Hunted Interior

What happens when an interior designer turns her creative attention outdoors? You get a gorgeous backyard makeover that raises the bar on backyard redesigns everywhere.

We’re talking about the amazing work of designer Kristin Jackson, who’s the author of the very popular blog The Hunted Interior. We were thrilled that she agreed to take part in her second Patio Style Challenge

In her previous Patio Style Challenge, she focused on the deck on her house. This time, she transforms her whole backyard into a big, beautifully decorated outdoor living room. There’s so much to love–the tree-hugging deck, the ingenious use for a tree stump… and the glam flamingos. 

Get ready to take notes. This backyard makeover is amazing.

After completing last year’s Patio Style Challenge, I had no idea what we were going to do this year. There was no way I was going to redo all the hard work we put into last year’s project, so I proposed a brand new outdoor space to utilize our completely under used plot of land in our backyard. After living in our home for six years and doing nothing with the landscape under four large trees, we made a plan to create an outdoor oasis to entertain, play and enjoy.

As you can see below, not much playing has been going on here folks.This was our before. Granted this was taken in January, so the view definitely improves with some grass, leaves and beauty that spring brings, but let’s just be honest… there is zero curb appeal here.

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This is the Coolest Apartment Balcony in Chicago

Posted by: on May 8th, 2014 | 5 Comments

the Coolest Apartment Balcony in Chicago

Ryan Lange and Emily Belden were, by their own admission, “the weird, artsy kids” when they were growing up. Things haven’t changed so much judging from how they decorated their small apartment balcony.

Emily is a writer and doer of creative things. Her husband Ryan does creative things, too, often with a welding torch or a computer-controlled gizmo that cuts stuff. They pretty much earn their living just making very cool stuff. Check out Handmade America to see what we mean. 

We wanted to find out what they could do to amp up the teeny-tiny balcony attached to their Chicago apartment. So we signed them up for our Patio Style Challenge. We sent them a patio set and a Home Depot gift card and got out of their way while they did their thing.

All we can say is, wow. We never would have thought of using a skate board deck as raw material for a patio makeover, or that we’d see an airplane motif in outdoor decor. That’s what you get with Ryan and Emily, though. And it’s awesome.

Here now, the coolest apartment balcony in Chicago… 


When The Home Depot asked us to be a part of their Patio Style Challenge, we couldn’t believe it. Mostly because it forced us to imagine a time where there wouldn’t be snow on the ground. C’est la vie when living in Chicago, right?

So what exactly did the project include? A sturdy patio set (we selected the color) and some Home Depot gift cards. Other than that, there were no rules. So we went no-holds-barred.

We had one handicap: space. We weren’t outfitting a backyard deck or patio; we were working with our small city balcony.

Even so, we were able to completely transform our tiny balcony and create a very sweet outdoor space.

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This Renter’s Backyard Makeover Took Only Two Weekends

Posted by: on May 7th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Renter's Backyard Makeover

Caitlin Moran’s home was in dire need of a backyard makeover. But since she and her husband hope to move soon, the makeover needed to be quick and easy and as portable as possible.

A quick and easy backyard makeover is exactly what we have from Caitlin, who writes the popular lifestyle and decor blog Style Within Reach. It’s her addition to our Patio Style Challenge–we send talented bloggers a patio set from The Home Depot, and they use it to show off their outdoor decorating ideas. 

Read on to see the simple ways she solved some common backyard problems to make her patio ready for outdoor entertaining. 

It’s always been a priority to make my rental homes feel like me. I go all out with painting and decorating so I have a cozy, comfortable place to spend my days. At the same time it’s hard to put too much effort into a house that is only yours temporarily.

However, we have a huge backyard and big flat concrete patio that we’d love to utilize more this summer! We just needed to make a few easy changes to the yard. It only took two weekends. We also built a portable bar that can go with us to our next home.

I’ve been living outside ever since!

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