Cozy, Folk Art-Style Fall Decorations for the Home and Garden

Posted by: on October 23rd, 2014 | Make A Comment

 Cozy, Folk Art-Style Fall Decorations for the Home

 

Melissa Valeriote is an artist and designer whose delightfully quirky folk-art style is immediately recognizable. She also has a wonderful obsession with holidays– the name of her blog makes that pretty clear: Melissa Valeriote’s Fantastical World of Holidays

She’s previously shown us how she used faux pumpkins to create a luminous Halloween garden. She’s back with more of her enchanting fall decorating ideas, this time focusing on the fireplace mantel, the entryway and again in her backyard.

This is Melissa’s contribution to our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge series. We sent Melissa and several other notable design bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween and fall decorations. The bloggers then performed their magic, generating Halloween and fall decor ideas we all can use in our holiday celebrations.

Melissa’s fall decorations create a warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere, capturing the spirit of autumn in a truly unique way. Read on to see how she created her fall decor, including a simple DIY for a flower planter that doubles as a support for café lights.

Harvest is a time for gathering. A time when food, family and friends are far more important than getting things done. Rich colors and spicy scents are in abundance. With a little help from Mother Nature, feathering your nest for the holidays is made easy as another growing season comes to an end. So head outside, gather up a selection of fallen foliage, in a mix of vibrant hues and textures and join me in my journey of creating an atmosphere of rustic style and comfort by comingling the found with the fabricated in small vignettes throughout home and garden.

The Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge Box Arrives

Cozy, Folk Art-Style Halloween Decorations for the Home

 

The process of the Style Challenge is short and sweet from start to finish. A mystery shipment is delivered to my doorstep, and I am given a couple of weeks to complete a design project, utilizing the contents of the box. The goal of the project is to inspire Home Depot Blog readers to try their hand at some DIY holiday projects of their own.

I hope you are inspired to try your hand at something you see here or in the many other wonderful Style Challenge posts. You will learn that many of the projects are quite simple and can be accomplish in just one weekend or less creating holiday memories that may end up lasting a lifetime.

 

Cozy, Folk Art-Style Halloween Decorations for the Home

Upon opening the shipment, I discover nested crates, harvest basket wreaths, burlap pumpkins, grapevine pumpkins, stuffed fabric owls and wood yard signs. The wood and moss green toned color scheme has all the perfect makings of a rustic harvest theme for the home.

Halloween Decorations for the Front Door and Entryway

 

Cozy, Folk Art-Style Halloween Decorations for the Front Door

 A home’s entrance sets a tone for both family and guests. These shimmering Harvest Basket Wreaths hanging on the outside of the front doors make the perfect first impression, transitioning our home from summer to fall. A pumpkin spice scented candle in the foyer adds a spicy scent, adding another layer to the style statement.

 

Halloween Decorations for the Mantel and Fireplace

 Artist Melissa Valeriote's mantel stripped bare for Halloween Decorations

In the family room I stripped down the fireplace mantel, leaving it looking rather cold and in desperate need of the warm seasonal colors of fall.

As the days get cooler and the nights come early, I wanted to create an atmosphere around the hearth  that is both soothing and restorative using earth tones and warm flickering candle light.

 Melissa Valeriote's mantel decorated for fall

Fall decorations for the mantel

 Many of the items you see on the mantel are from Home Decorators Collection.

Fall decorations for the mantel

The burlap pumpkins from Home Depot add both texture and charm to the rustic setting on the mantel.

 

Fall decorations for the mantel and fireplace

For the firebox I chose to stack the nested crates and assemble vignettes within, using a variety of found fall foliage and a mix of candlelight to entice those who pass by to sit and enjoy an unhurried moment or two.

 

Nested crates with fall vignettes

Fall Decorating Idea: Nested crates with fall vignettes

 Fall Decorating Idea: Pottery Jack-O-Lanterns, Candles and Straw

After completing the mantel, I made a quick trip to my neighborhood Home Depot store to pick up some items for the garden. That is when I stumbled upon these charming and well constructed pottery pumpkins. I fell in love with the rustic tones and festive faces, so I decided to scoop them up and see how I could incorporate them into my design.

Cozy, Folk Art-Style Fall Decorations for the Mantel and Fireplace

These cheery grinned pumpkins add a playful and primitive feel to the firebox. I will use these pumpkins again in another outdoor nighttime display that I will post on my blog.

Halloween Decorations for the Backyard

With a balance on my Home Depot gift card and plenty of product yet to be utilized, I decided to spice up the backyard in preparation for holiday celebrations with friends and family.

 Potting soil and flowers from The Home Depot ready for fall outdoor decorating

Materials for a DIY planter and sting light hanger 

Fall flowers from The Home Depot

 I wanted to sting some café lights across the patio to brighten the area so I studied several how-to videos online then got to work. I went back to The Home Depot and purchased two flower containers to use as the base for the string lights. I set 8 ft. tree stakes in the center of the containers using Fence Post Concrete.

To add color to the project, I filled the containers with an assortment of festive flowers.

 

 I used ½ inch PVC piping to create a drainage hole for the planned flower bed.

 I used ½ inch PVC piping to create a drainage hole for the planned flower bed.

I inserted eye hooks on the top of the tree stakes to anchor the café string lights.

I inserted eye hooks on the top of the tree stakes to anchor the café string lights.

 

Fall flowers and a pottery jack-o-lantern

Seasonal flowers are so cheerful. It was hard to limit myself to purchasing only enough flowers to fit inside the containers. So I didn’t.

I had enough flowers and plants left over to fill another small planter box that you can see on my blog.

 

 Fall Decorations: A Grapevine Pumpkin

A dozen of these grapevine pumpkins came in my shipment. With a little bit of work I knew I could make them into lovely luminaries for the yard.

I inserted a battery operated pack of string lights into the center of the basket cage. I cut 8-in. strips of rustic color ribbon, and looped it through the top of the glittered foliage then hung them on shepherd hooks along the border of the yard.

 

 Fall Decorations: A Grapevine Pumpkin with Outdoor Lights

 Fall Decorations: A Grapevine Pumpkin with Outdoor Lights

To add more lighting to the border, I set these cheerful, candlelit pottery pumpkins underneath each of the hanging grapevine baskets.

 

Halloween and Fall Decorations for the Backyard

Halloween and Fall Decorations for the Backyard

The remaining Pottery Pumpkins were placed underneath two weathered fence boards to make a display shelf for the nested crates. This could also double as a small bench or a side table to place food and drinks… oh the possibilities.

Fall Decorating Idea: Nested crates and pottery pumpkins on two weathered boards

Fall Decorating Idea: Nested crates and pottery pumpkins on two weathered boards

Fall Decorating Idea: Nested crates and pottery pumpkins on two weathered boards

Fall Decorating Idea: Nested crates and pottery pumpkins on two weathered boards

Fall Decorating Idea: Nested crates and pottery pumpkins on two weathered boards

 

One last look at the patio before the festive transformation:

 Artist Melissa Valeriote's backyard before fall decorations

Artist Melissa Valeriote's backyard decorated for fall 

All aglow and ready for festive twilight gatherings that can now easily extend late into the night thanks to the addition of the glimmering lights and the harvest home décor from the Home Depot.

 

Melissa Valeriote is an artist in the Bay Area who specializes in amazing one-of-a-kind holiday decorations. See her creations on her blog Fantastical World of Holidays.

 

The mystery shipment of Halloween decorations The Home Depot sent to Monica included these items:

 

For more great ideas for Halloween and fall decorations, see other articles in our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog, and follow our Halloween Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest.

Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Chic Halloween Decorations for Your Mantel (and a Fireplace Makeover)

Posted by: on October 22nd, 2014 | One Comment

Chic Halloween Decorations for Your Mantel

 

 

We love the new trend of glam Halloween decorations. We’d never want traditional orange-and-black Halloween to go away. (Don’t worry. It will always be the go-to theme for Halloween.) But shiny, sparkly white and gold Halloween can be so cool. Take for instance the chic Halloween decor Monica Benavidez created for her mantel and fireplace.

She’s the author of the blog Monica Wants It. Monica is one of the design and decor bloggers we invited to take part in our Halloween Style Challenge. We sent several bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween and harvest decorations. The bloggers then used those items to create fresh new takes on fall and Halloween decorating for us to share with you.

Monica’s Halloween Style Challenge resulted in a glam Halloween mantel that’s very chic, but still fun. She shows us how she came up with some of her Halloween decorating ideas. But first, she needed to do something about her fireplace… 

When I got word that I’d been challenged to decorate my mantel in a Halloween/Harvest theme, I panicked. I love decorating my mantel, but for the past four years I’ve truly despised our fireplace area. I didn’t want to let you all down by having a boring fireplace, so I knew something had to be done stat!

 

Fireplace Makeover

My husband and I decided to take this challenge to the next level by not only decorating our mantel, but also by completely revamping the fireplace surround. We put the “all” in challenge, y’all! Here’s what the mantel and fireplace looked like before—the fireplace screen was gold, had several dents, and the firebox was super grimy. Add some beige brick and it was very much stuck in the 1990s.

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DIY Spooky Halloween Decorations: Secrets from a Hollywood Designer

Posted by: on October 21st, 2014 | 5 Comments

DIY Spooky Halloween Decorations: Secrets from a Hollywood Designer

Hand it to a Hollywood production designer to know exactly how to turn his front yard into a creepy– seriously creepy– Halloween display. We’re talking about Johnny Love, who has a growing following of fans for his annual Love Manor Halloween house, his amazingly elaborate tribute to the macabre.

He’s shown us how he turned his fireplace into a faux stone hearth suitable for a horror movie. He also shared his expert techniques in creating a eerie ghost paintings and haunted house lighting

And now, his newest contribution to our Halloween Style Challenge series. We send mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween decorations to some of the most talented designers and DIY bloggers on the internet, and step back to let them come up with their special takes on Halloween. 

Johnny Love shows us how he created a very spooky Halloween decorations–a flying Grim Reaper figure, along with hanging jack-o-lanterns and faux tomb stones– all made from materials found at The Home Depot.

When asked this year to venture outside and create a visual Halloween focal point I was pretty excited. I’ve always found with outdoor spaces you can utilize such a natural environment to create something frightening. That being said, I wanted to create something extra frightening… a flying monster. However, rather than approach it from a shock value, I wanted to create something both artistic and macabre.

I remember when my school had dress up days for Halloween, my go to was always the Grim Reaper. I’d spend countless hours shredding away any black fabric I could get my hands on and then stitching it together. The way the different shades of darkness caught the wind’s hands was always very beautiful… and eerie. I think when wondering the aisles of Home Depot and stumbling upon some black weed block fabric all those memories came back to me. I knew I wanted to create the silhouette of a dark spirit flying over a graveyard.

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Halloween Decorating Ideas: A Not-Too-Creepy Halloween Party

Posted by: on October 20th, 2014 | 18 Comments

Halloween Decorating Ideas: A Not-Too-Creepy Halloween Party

 

Sometimes it’s hard to walk that thin line between creepy Halloween and cute Halloween. But we think Katrina Sullivan, author of Chic Little House, did it perfectly with her Halloween decorating ideas. 

She offers her Halloween ideas as part of our Halloween Style Challenge. We sent Katrina, and several other excellent decor bloggers, mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween decorations and asked the bloggers to come up with clever and practical ideas to decorate for the holiday. 

Katrina shows how she created not-too-creepy decorations for a Halloween party. Along the way, she shares some super simple Halloween decorating ideas along with a couple of easy DIY projects you can use for your own Halloween decorating. 

 

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, mainly because of my love of Halloween! I absolutely love dressing my home up in Halloween décor. For me Halloween is a time of magic and pretend, and pretty much anything goes from over-the-top scary, to cutesy Halloween décor. Personally, I land somewhere in the middle– I like a mix of creepy and pretty. I adore The Home Depot Style Challenges, and I’m thrilled to be asked to participate in the Halloween Style Challenge.

My Challenge space is dressing our dining room up in Halloween décor. The Home Depot, was generous enough to send me some goodies to help kick-off my pretty creepy Halloween décor. My sweet tooth cravings go into overdrive during Halloween, which made perfect sense to create a sweets table for the Style Challenge. I wanted to keep the main them in my Halloween décor white and black, showcasing hints of orange, gold and green in saturation.

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A Cute Halloween Party Snack Table

Posted by: on October 17th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Home Depot Style 1

 

This cute Halloween party snack table is the creation of Katie of Made to be a Momma. She styled the table for our Halloween Style Challenge– we send mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween decorations to some of our favorite DIY and decor bloggers to see what terrific Halloween decorating ideas they can come up with. 

Katie really knocked it out of the park with her purple, orange and black Halloween streamer, fall mums and pumpkin displays. Read on for her colorful Halloween party ideas.

Fall is definitely my favorite season! I admire the colorful leaves, enjoy apple cider donuts and love sipping on a mug of hot cocoa! Every year we have a fun Halloween party with our friends and their kids.

I’m not big into the creepy side of Halloween though. I enjoy the friendly ghosts, spiders and the famous black, orange, and purple colors Halloween brings.

When I was contacted by the Home Depot Style Challenge team about being a part of their Halloween Style Challenge I could barely contain myself. I immediately started planning. We love to entertain, and I thought what more fun and fitting than an apple cider and caramel apple snack table. This table is fully decked out in Halloween type decor and some yummy harvest appropriate treats!

A Cute Halloween Party Snack Table

 

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Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas: How to Throw a No Fuss Fall Dinner

Posted by: on October 16th, 2014 | 5 Comments

Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas: How to Throw a No Fuss Fall Dinner

Fall and holiday entertaining is supposed to be fun. And it is! But being a great host can become overwhelming without a few tricks. Lindsay Jackman, author of The White Buffalo Trading Co., has some terrific Thanksgiving entertaining ideas for us in the form of a fall entertaining guide. She has the game plan for you, along with some great fall decorating ideas and a simple DIY candelabra. 

This is her contribution to our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge. We’ve sent some of the best lifestyle bloggers on the web some Home Depot fall decorations and let the bloggers work their magic creating practical decorating ideas and projects.

Take a look at Lindsay’s entertaining tips, and you’ll be ready to throw a great dinner party with a minimum of fuss, leaving more time for you to actually enjoy yourself.

Fall is finally here! Pumpkins fill the stores, the air is finally crisp (if only at night in the south), and pumpkin baked goods are all I can think about! Everything feels festive and something about the season just makes me want to entertain.

I love throwing a dinner party and setting a beautiful table for friends to gather round. But so often, it becomes a huge production and I end up wishing I hadn’t thrown the party to begin with!

Follow my simple fall entertaining guide filled with the tips I’ve learned to make fall entertaining easy and fun not only for your guests, but for you!

Prepare in Advance

Fall Decorating Ideas

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How to Decorate for Halloween: A Dark, Spooky Forest in the Living Room

Posted by: on October 15th, 2014 | 18 Comments

How to Decorate for Halloween: Dark, Spooky Forest

Decorating your living room and fireplace mantel for Halloween can be tricky. You don’t want it to be too spooky, and you probably want to have a little fun with it, but it has to be a look you can live with for a several weeks. We think Jennifer Griffin nailed it. She says she has no formal design training, but she certainly knows how to decorate for Halloween. 

The fact is, Jennifer clearly knows how to decorate for any occasion. Take a look at her blog Dimples and Tangles, and you’ll see what we mean.

She is one of the terrific DIY and design bloggers we invited to take part in our Halloween Style Challenge. We sent each blogger a mystery shipment of Home Depot Halloween decorations, and then we stood back while they came up with fresh and inspiring Halloween decorating ideas. 

Jennifer came up with a Halloween mantel that’s warm and colorful with interesting textures and tons of wonderful detail. Read on as she takes us, section by section, through her creative process, including how she modified some of the items we sent her to give them her special look.   

I was so excited when my friends at The Home Depot invited me to be a part of this Style Challenge. I mean, doing a project for one of my favorite companies, in my favorite season, with some fun new products… what could be better?

After receiving the assignment of decorating my mantel, I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go until I received my boxes of mystery items from The Home Depot. One item in particular inspired the entire design. Keep reading to find out what it was, but because of it the idea was born to do a dark, spooky forest theme.

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Fall Decorating Ideas: Curb Appeal and a Harvest Bonfire Party

Posted by: on October 14th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Fall Decorating Ideas: A Harvest Bonfire Party

When you’re looking for fall decorating ideas with a rustic, country charm, Liz Fourez’s family farm is an especially good place to start. 

We sent several of our favorite design bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decorations to see what fabulous decorating ideas the bloggers would come up with for our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge. Liz is the author of the DIY and lifestyle blog Love Grows Wild, and these ideas for decorating her home for fall are her contribution to the Style Challenge.  

Liz covers a lot of territory. She shows us how she boosted her home’s curb appeal, she carves a pumpkin, and she styles a fall harvest bonfire party for her family. As a bonus, she also has a short tutorial for her easy DIY mason jar lanterns. 

Welcome to our harvest party! There are so many things I love about this time of year… watching the leaves change colors, visiting the pumpkin patch with the kids, baking all kinds of yummy fall treats, and of course, football season. But this time of year is also special to my family for another reason… it’s harvest time! Our family farms corn and soybeans here in Indiana and Illinois, so fall is a very busy time for us. There are plenty of long days and late nights spent in the field, and when we finish harvesting our crop for the year, it’s time to celebrate!

So I’ve been busy getting the house ready for a big harvest bonfire, and the front of our house was the first project I tackled.

Fall Decorating Ideas to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

We have some pretty shrubs along the front of our house, but the cheap, plastic edging that runs the length of the house has definitely seen better days. Now that the heat of summer is over, we decided it would be the perfect time to replace the edging with stone blocks, which added a ton of curb appeal to our home.

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Halloween Decorating Ideas for Those Who Don’t Have a Mantel (or Do)

Posted by: on October 13th, 2014 | Make A Comment

Halloween Decorating Ideas for Those Who Don't Have a Mantel (or Do)

These whimsical, cute Halloween decorating ideas would work great on a fireplace mantel. There’s no reason to feel deprived, though, if your home doesn’t have a fireplace. Natalie Dalpias, the crafty mind behind The Creative Mom, is here to show you how to create a Halloween display without a mantel. 

This is her contribution to our Halloween Style Challenge. We send mystery shipments of Home Depot Halloween decorations to some especially talented bloggers to see what sort of decorating ideas they can come up with.

Natalie has some very practical Halloween ideas with a few of her own special DIYs to make her mantel-that’s-not-a-mantel burst with fun Halloween spirit.

Halloween Decorating Ideas for Those Who Don't Have a Mantel (or Do)

I always love decorating for Halloween. I love that pretty much anything goes for this season and while things can be cute, you have more freedom to spook things up and add more fun touches than you usually can. With that being said, I will admit that I’m a HUGE wimp. I don’t really love scary things, and I didn’t want to scream with fright every time I walk into the room, so while I added some spooky things into my decor this year, I tried to keep it on the fun side… you know, for the kids *wink.

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Fall Decorating Ideas for an Outdoor Dinner Party

Posted by: on October 10th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Fall Decorating Ideas for an Outdoor Dinner Party

 

We just love designer Erin Souder’s fall decorating ideas– they’re beautiful and sophisticated, yet are so practical and easy to pull off. She’s the creative mind behind House of Earnest, and this lovely outdoor dinner party setting is her contribution to our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge

We sent mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decor items to some of our favorite DIY and design bloggers to see what amazing decorating ideas they’d come up with.  

Erin not only styled the dining table beautifully, she actually made the table for this outdoor setting. Add a fun party photo booth, and hang some outdoor lamps, and you’re ready to celebrate fall in style. 

Although most of our yard is flat open field, we have the most perfect grove of just a few trees with a shaded clearing in the center. Throughout the years, I’ve always thought that would be an amazing spot for an outdoor dinner party. When it came to the challenge of styling a harvest dining room, I couldn’t for the life of me image doing it indoors, and it looked like the perfect time to take advantage of that little grove.

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