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DIY Decor: Decorative Stocking Holder on a Rustic Christmas Mantel

Posted by: on October 29th, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Decor: Decorative Stocking Holder on a Rustic Christmas Mantel

The fireplace mantel (or a prominent book shelf) is the traditional center of Christmas celebrations at home. It’s where you hang the stockings and display other Christmas decorations. We have some Christmas mantel decorating ideas  with a rustic DIY stocking holder taking center stage. The stocking hanger is easy to make from an ordinary cedar planter box and some decorative coat hooks. Just follow the step-by-step instructions.

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DIY Spooky Halloween Decorations: Secrets from a Hollywood Designer

Posted by: on October 21st, 2014 | 7 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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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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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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DIY Bed Frame Made from Plywood and Moulding

Posted by: on October 3rd, 2014 | 12 Comments

DIY Bed Frame Made from Plywood and Moulding

This classic looking DIY bed frame is the creation of Ashley Turner of the DIY duo Shanty 2 Chic. Plywood and moulding are the main materials, and you can customize the moulding to create a look for the bed that’s all your own. We have printable instructions that you can download, too. 

 

After building all of my kiddos beds for their rooms, it was finally time for mine! We have had a mattress on the floor for the past year because we decided to sell all of our furniture when we moved into our new home. I’ve had this bed design in my head for some time and to say that I’m excited to finally see it come to life is a huge understatement.

It may look like a beast to build but it is actually very easy, with the right tools, our plans and our step-by-step tutorial!

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Check Out the DIY Bookshelves in This Home Office Makeover

Posted by: on September 29th, 2014 | 9 Comments

DIY Bookshelves in a Home Office Makeover

Bookshelves generally play two roles– functional and aesthetic. In this home office makeover, the DIY bookshelves add some much needed shelf space, and they certainly make the previously bare room look warm, comfortable and sophisticated.  

These DIY bookshelves were created by Tracy Laverty and her husband Steve. Tracy is the author of the DIY and lifestyle blog Right Up My Alley, and this DIY bookshelf tutorial and home office makeover are part of our ongoing DIY Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We pick a particular material– in this case, plywood — and challenge some of our favorite bloggers to come up with useful DIY projects or inspiration to share with our readers. 

We’re so impressed with Tracy and Steve’s woodworking skills, and as you’ll see in the photos, the home office makeover resulted in a bright, elegant and well-organized work space. 

Our home office has been in the same condition since the day the contractor finished building it; contractor grade walls, no curtains, essentially the storage room where we put things that have no other home. As you can see in the photo below, it was also unorganized and ready for a revamp.

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How to Build the Best Kids Reading Nook Ever

Posted by: on September 26th, 2014 | 18 Comments

How to Build the Best Kids Reading Nook Ever

This kids reading nook is the cozy, quiet space we probably all wished we had when we were kids. Heck, a small, enclosed mini-sanctuary like this would be pretty nice even for adults.

This cool little bedroom reading corner was created by Charlotte Smith, the DIY blogger behind Ciburbanity. It’s part of our DIY Challenge series in which we challenge some of our favorite decor and DIY bloggers to create fun, practical and clever DIY projects starting with a single material– in this case, plywood.

Charlotte has the full tutorial here for you, including a little help with the math and a suggested beverage to sip as you create this kids reading nook for your children or grandchildren (or yourself!).

There’s something about a nook that gets my creative DIY juices flowing. At a recent trip to our local children’s museum, they had a little corner area and my kids immediately settled in for some quiet reading and calm. Key word here is “calm,” so ever since I’ve had this idea percolating for a corner nook in my son and daughter’s shared bedroom.

Good news is that this whole thing took me one weekend and most of that time was spent waiting for paint to dry. Read: it’s not particularly labor intensive!

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Easy DIY Wainscoting for a Dramatic Accent Wall

Posted by: on September 25th, 2014 | 24 Comments

Easy DIY Wainscoting for a Dramatic Accent Wall

 

This easy DIY wainscoting will guarantee a dramatic look for your living room or dining room. Caitlin Ketcham of the blog Desert Domicile came up with this staggered flat panel wainscoting project for our ongoing DIY Challenge series. We’ve asked several of our favorite DIY and design bloggers to come up with practical DIY projects starting with a single material– in this case, plywood

We love the sophisticated look of this distinctive wainscoting, and we were impressed with just how easy it was for Caitlin to build it. And as you can see, the results are simply smashing.

Here’s Caitllin’s easy DIY wainscoting tutorial.

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DIY Shoe Rack for the Entryway or Mudroom

Posted by: on September 23rd, 2014 | 3 Comments

DIY Shoe Rack for the Entryway or Mudroom

 

What do you do with your shoes as you kick them off when you walk into the front door? Aileen Allen, the DIY blogger behind At Home in Love, and her family dumped their shoes in the entryway closet. You can probably guess how that was working out. 

That’s why she created a very nifty DIY shoe rack for her entryway. It’s custom build for her space, and even shoe size. It works as a bench, too, to sit on as she puts on her shoes. It’s even on wheels so it’s easy to move out of the way, when needed. And best of all… we have the tutorial so you can make a shoe rack like hers for your home.

This is her contribution to our ongoing DIY Challenge series in which we ask some of our favorite bloggers to come up with a useful DIY project starting with a particular material– in this case it’s plywood.

Read on for Aileen’s DIY shoe rack tutorial.

When I was brainstorming what to make for the DIY Plywood Challenge, I knew I wanted it to be something practical that we’d actually use in our home. I’ve made my share of DIY projects that later ended up in the “donate” pile, so I was resolved that this project would be one we’d actually use and keep for awhile.

The idea came to me as we were heading out the door for work one morning. We opened up the door to our coat closet and dug around in the pile of shoes stacked on the floor. They were practically spilling out the door, and it was completely disorganized. So I decided to make a shoe rack!

It was a lot of fun to create the concept and bring it to life, and our entryway is so much more organized (and less frustrating) now. The rack isn’t big enough to house all of our shoes, but we can keep our favorites on it…the ones that we wear most often. The rest of the shoes are still in the closet, but they fit in a single layer now, instead of a big, messy pile.

It might be a small thing, but I love being able to easily find the shoes I want to wear in the morning! And the shoe rack also doubles as a bench, for lacing shoes or pulling on boots.

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