In our Style Challenge series, we challenge some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
After taking part in our Patio Style Challenge in Spring 2012, we begged Katie Anderson of the lifestyle blog Modern Eve to participate again in our Holiday Edition. To our delight, she agreed! She wowed us with her gorgeous Christmas decorating ideas for the dining room.
The dining room seems to get a lot more use around the holidays. Husband and I love inviting our friends and family over for a home-cooked meal and warm cider during the cooler months. Since we spend a lot of time here, the dining room is always the first place I decorate for Christmas. Thanks to this Style Challenge I was able to get a great head start.
When decorating for Christmas, I tend to stick with a traditional color palette of red and green, but I heavily rely on texture to add warmth. A chunky woven table runner, pinecones and lot of candles help set the mood for a modern, simple, yet inviting tablescape. I love using LED pillar candles and tea lights so I don’t have to worry about fires or replacing them after they’ve burned down. These flameless candles even come with a remote control, so they’re easy to turn off at night.
The dining room, being the largest room in the house, also plays host to our Christmas tree each year. This pre-lit Frasier Fir from Martha Stewart Living is the perfect size and is the first thing to greet our guests when they walk in the front door. It also happens to be Goliath’s favorite spot to play. Thankfully we’re using these shatterproof ornaments.
I also love bringing the outdoors inside during the holidays and adding natural elements to my décor. I created a pinecone garland for my bookcase using these gold glittered pinecone ornaments from Martha Stewart Living and some twine.
Overall I am finding myself being inspired more and more by simplicity. It’s easy to overdo it any time of year, but especially at Christmas. My goal this holiday season is to create a warm, welcoming environment for all my guests, but allowing the focus to be on each other rather than unnecessary extravagance.
I hope you’ll follow me on Modern-Eve.com for more sneak peeks into my home, and my daily posts about fashion and interior design.
Photography by Sara Kerens
Katie Anderson is the Founder and Creative Director of Modern Eve, a lifestyle blog about fashion, interiors, party planning and travel. She lives in Dallas with her husband of five-and-a-half years and their two cats, Chloe and Goliath. Thank you, Katie, for your beautiful Christmas decorating ideas.
Here are the Home Depot products Katie used to decorate her dining room:
- Martha Stewart Living 7.5 ft. LED Pre-Lit Frasier Fir Christmas Tree
- Home Accents Holiday 30 in. “Feel-Real” Down Swept Douglas Fir Wreath
- Martha Stewart Living Winterberry Collection Ornaments (100-set)
- Martha Stewart Living Winterberry Golden Pinecone Ornaments
- Home Accents Holiday Flameless Timer LED Pillar Bisque Color Candles with Wavy edge
Take a look at the other great Christmas decorating ideas in our Holiday Edition of the Style Challenge series here on the Apron blog.