The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge 2016

Mar 31, 2016

The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

After much waiting with excitement, today I'm sharing my photos for +The Home Depot  Patio Style Challenge. I know by now many of you must have read about my backyard transformation (here and here) and how special these areas created are to me and my family.

The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge
The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

When it came to styling the conversation area, I try keeping an organic and fresh look that will feel relaxed and in connection with the nature that surrounds this space. As you'll see this space is my retreat for gardening but also a special corner to spend the nights with family and friends.

The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge
The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

To know more about my selection of accessories and furniture pick, and to see more of this space, visit their The Apron (The Home Depot's blog) here.

The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge
The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

Hope you enjoy the ideas on this little new outdoor space of ours and don't forget to see more here.  And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

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Make an Easter decor that works as a keepsake

Mar 23, 2016

Easter decor and keepsake

Creating a special table setting for Easter can sometimes be time consuming and expensive. But how about making something different for your guests so they can take it with them back home? Flowers and plants are always welcomed by many and giving them as presents makes it even more special.
Today I'm sharing a simple tutorial on how to create a succulent pot arrangement that doesn't only looks cute, but it carries back home a message of warmth and sharing.
All the products used for these tiny arrangements are available at +Michaels Stores and most in the $1+ section. The terracotta pots (I painted at home with spray paint), grapevine garland and butterflies are from the flower department.

Easter decor and keepsake
Easter decor and keepsake

After spray painting the flower pots and waiting for them to dry, I planted the small succulents and cut a piece of grapevine that will imitate a handle for the pot. Once set, I added the tiny garden metal pieces as an accent hanging from one of the sides of the grapevine handle. To finish it, I glued the tomato magnets (that read "Home Grown!")  to a wooden plant marker and this gave the arrangement the final perfect touch.

Easter decor and keepsake

Because +Michaels Stores $1+ section had so many great accessories to add to our table setting, I also bough small muslin bags that read "Food for Thought" and inside I placed the fabric napkins in the folded as rabbit ears and with it, the cutlery.

Easter decor and keepsake
Easter decor and keepsake

I love how simple yet fun this whole table setting ended up looking. It was an inexpensive option but one that I know my guests will love.
Have you planned on your table setting decor for Easter just yet?

Easter decor and keepsake

And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

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Style your entryway for all four seasons

Mar 21, 2016

Style your entryway for all four seasons

I have a thing for entryways! But don't get me wrong, it's just that I like how they greet guests in such a personal way. When a door to a home opens, they are the first thing visitors get to see. They have the power to make them feel welcome, safe while getting a taste of the warmth and heart of that home.

Style your entryway for all four seasons

Style your entryway for all four seasons
Whether Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, you can always make the best out of your entryway and give your guests a pleasant surprise each time they come to visit. 
I particularly treat my entryway seasonally. Each with a special twist and change that will respond to that specific time of year. That doesn't mean that this area will stay untouched during those months; there is always room for improvement!
Do you like changing your entryway for each season? Or does it stays the same throughout the year?

And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

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How we created our sitting/conversation outdoor area from scratch

Mar 19, 2016

How to create a sitting outdoor area
Creating the floor for a sitting outdoor area is not a difficult task. Taking some measurements and enjoying the moment is the key to it.
I've been asked several times about some of the materials I used and other details of our patio transformation. This area measures around 50'x50' and for us that's a whole lot'a backyard. So we divided it in two zone: for dining/gathering and a sitting/conversation area.
On the dinning/gathering area we had a company that came by to pour concrete based on the design I planed. You can read about this part of our patio transformation here.
Now, for the sitting/conversational area we did a grid using some 24'x24' concrete pavers and gravel. This area is set behind our master bedroom's exterior wall and close to the entrance from our backyard of our home. Because this was a smaller size area, pouring more concrete would have resulted into an expensive project. Also, we have some water pipes running out and under this area, so a large block of concrete would've been a problem if something were to happen in the future with these lines.

How to create a sitting outdoor area
To make sure each paver sat aligned in the grid, we used a 2" x 4" wood beam piece as shown on the right side on this photo.
The process of making this area was a simple one. We first cleared the area and removed any existing grass (or what remained of it). After we were left with only the soil, we made sure that it was all level. And for this we used a large wood beam as a level.

How to create a sitting outdoor area

We pour a couple of bags of sand over the soil after the leveling stage was over. The sand bed works by providing a cushioning base for the pavers. An 1" or so was used because if more, we would have ended with misaligned and/or uneven pavers.
To make the grid we also used a 2"x 4" wood beam in between each paver. This helped on providing a better alignment and a faster arrangement of each of the pieces. After all the pavers were set, the gravel was spread and I used a hard bristled broom to push leftover gravel into the spaces. We tried on leveling the gravel with the set pavers to make the surface look all even.

How to create a sitting outdoor area

The idea of making the most out of our backyard by creating areas for different activities is something I've always envisioned. Incorporating plants either inside containers, pots or planted directly into the soil enhances the natural look and fresh ambiance of this area.

How to create a sitting outdoor area

Because this sitting/conversation area visually connects with the dinning/gathering space, I continued the white stones edging around it. It frames perfectly this area besides by also creating an attractive accent.
I love spending time in this area. From here I can work, plan ahead or simply dream of all the activities we can do as a family.

Soil, sand, pavers, wood beam, gravel, broom... repeat!

Are you considering creating an outdoor sitting area? If so, what DIY projects do you have in mind? I always love reading your ideas and comments! And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.
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Live Better in the Outdoors

Mar 14, 2016


Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories

A couple of months ago we decided on replacing part of our backyard grass for concrete. That might have sound a little bit too strong coming from a person like myself who loves almost all things green and nature. But because this was just 1/3 or our patio, we ended up making the most out of this area. And now we have two beautiful sitting places where our family can get together and share memorable moments.

Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories

But what about furniture? Well, for this small area I found a +BHG Live Better Carter Hills Outdoor Conversation Set at +Walmart that was just the right fit and that had me at "Hello". The set comes with enough space to sit 5 persons and the tan color that I chose is perfect to pair down with different colors of outdoor toss pillows.

Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories

This Carter Hills set came with a slat-topped coffee table. To styled it, I placed a ceramic bowl (also from BHG Live Better at Walmart) and used it as a mini-edible garden with some fragrant herbs like mint and lavender. For that extra bit of color, I added to this arrangement two different types of decorative kale. It's incredible how simple plants can create an interesting table centerpiece and bring life to its decor.

Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories
Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories

In combination with the ceramic bowl, I used a Crossbar Metal Outdoor Lanterns. Nowadays these can be found in different materials and sizes and serve as decorative elements as well as illuminating accents when the night falls. If you love the look that these Crossbar Metal Outdoor Lanterns bring into our exterior, remember you can buy them online here as part of the new garden collection of BHG Live Better at Walmart. These come in three different sizes, so you can better mix-and-match them (since I couldn't resist, I ended up picking all three).

Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories

I also added a 12" Ribbon Ceramic Lantern to add ambiance during the night with a LED candle, or character with a plant during the day. As you can see green is my favorite color! I placed it on the side of one of the chairs to enhance this little corner.

Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories

Now, to finished this entire area we hanged the Edison Glass string lights to bring a vintage vibe into this decor and set some Beaumont Solar Powered Landscape Lights to frame this little gathering nook. Some palms and other potted plants helped on giving this outdoor area it's own organic identity.

Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories
Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories
Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories

This area is now ready for my guests and a couple wine glasses! When styling your outdoor space keep in mind three things: a coffee table to set beverages and/or appetizers, lighting for the evening gatherings and a comfortable and beautiful sitting set like the Carter Hills from +BHG Live Better at Walmart. What other accessories are a must in your patio sitting area?

Patio Styling with BHG Live Better Accessories

So honored to be part of the BHG Live Better Network where, as a blogger, I've received compensation by BHG at Walmart. The opinions stated here are my own. For more updates on their products and decor ideas, you can always follow them on FacebookPinterest, Twitter and Instagram.



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