Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Posted by: on October 8th, 2014 | 6 Comments

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

 

“When it comes to decorating, don’t ever be afraid to mess around with something you see in the store,” is some of the best decor advice you’ll ever hear. Adrianne Lentine said that, and as you’ll see, she puts the idea in practice with her Thanksgiving decorating ideas.

Adrianne authors the DIY and decor blog Dream Book Design. This fall mantel she styled for her family’s Thanksgiving celebration is part of our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge series– we send mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decorations to some of our favorite DIY bloggers to see what great decorating ideas they generate.  

Adrianne keeps her Thanksgiving decorations understated, with a lovely eclectic look to them. And, as we said, she knows how to make the decorations fit her style with just a little DIY know-how. 

As if the fact that it is no longer 100 degrees here in Phoenix wasn’t enough to be excited about, fall is here and Thanksgiving is coming up! Every year we have a tradition to be the ones in our large family to host Thanksgiving dinner, and it usually ends up being at least 25 people. While the main focus of that day is the food, I happen to think the decor is just as important! It can make a room feel cozy and festive at the same time, if done right. While we live in a world that usually follows the motto ‘more is more’, I happen to err on the side of ‘less is more’ when it comes to holiday decorating.

 

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Last year my hot hubby Jeremy and I stayed up till 2 am the night before Thanksgiving in order to finish building our new DIY fireplace mantel and built-ins. We hosted the dinner in that room and we wanted it to be perfect. Best choice of timing? Probably not, but we do love a good deadline to make us work hard.

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Halloween Party Ideas: A Glam Purple, Green and Black Dining Room Decor

Posted by: on October 7th, 2014 | 17 Comments

Halloween Party Ideas: A Glam Purple, Green and Black Tablescape

Halloween parties usually get the spooky treatment or the cute treatment. But we love Carrie Waller’s totally glam, sparkly Halloween party ideas. We shouldn’t be surprised at her unique Halloween vision, though; she’s the creative mind behind Dream Green DIY, after all. 

She created this Halloween party tablescape for our Halloween Style Challenge– we sent mystery boxes of Home Depot fall and Halloween decorations to our favorite design and DIY bloggers. Then we stood back to let the bloggers create amazing Halloween and harvest decor and party ideas. 

This whole room is full of her clever DIY touches, but we’re especially impressed with how Carrie totally hacked a couple of Home Depot Halloween wreathes to serve as her glamorous table decorations. 

Read on for Carrie’s distinctive Halloween party ideas, so you can create his distinctive, sophisticated look for your own Halloween get together.   

Halloween in our house is one fun affair. Dishes inexplicably fill with candy (who can resist the clearance section at the grocery store?), glittery accessories seem to magically appear on nearly every surface and my husband and I indulge in goofy antics all throughout the month of October. And this year, with the help of the Home Depot, we went all out with a dinner party set for four and filled to the brim with spooky-yet-sophisticated style.

Halloween Party Ideas: A Glam Purple, Green and Black Tablescape

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Outdoor Fall Harvest Party Ideas With a Classic Americana Style

Posted by: on October 6th, 2014 | 28 Comments

Outdoor Fall Harvest Party Ideas With a Classic Americana Style

Crisp fall air and expectations of the coming holiday season creates a great atmosphere for an fall harvest party. Kristin Cadwallader, the creative mind behind Bliss at Home, has styled an outdoor fall harvest party to remember. 

This is part of our ongoing Halloween Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Home Depot Halloween and harvest decorations to some of our favorite DIY and design bloggers, and we challenged them to create interesting and creative Halloween of harvest decor. 

Check out the nature-inspired fall centerpiece Kristin created. She also gives us her quick tutorial for a gorgeous wood slice art piece. 

Kristin’s fall harvest party has a classic rural American vibe to it with a very cool classic pick up truck serving as a gathering point. But even if you don’t have a vintage vehicle on hand, you’re sure to pick up some practical style ideas for your fall gathering.   

Fall has always been my favorite. I’ve learned to love every season, but fall will always be the one that I love the most. (Shhhhh! Don’t tell winter, spring, and summer!) The colors, the scent of apples and cinnamon, and the perfect weather always get me excited this time of year. For this Halloween Style Challenge, I wanted to take my love of the fall outdoors and host a fall harvest party in our backyard. Every year, we always end up entertaining here–whether it be a bonfire or an outdoor movie night. This year, I wanted to provide a relaxed atmosphere for some dear friends and their kids. Just snacks and fall drinks along with some good conversation on a beautiful autumn evening.

I’ve always enjoyed providing a fun setting for our get-togethers. Here’s how I brought fall to our backyard!

My Dad purchased a 1948 Chevy pick-up not too long ago that just happens to be bright orange. It was too perfect not to ask about for our fall party!! With a little hint-dropping, he gladly let me borrow it. I loved the idea to use it as a drink station for our party.

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DIY Bed Frame Made from Plywood and Moulding

Posted by: on October 3rd, 2014 | 11 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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Fall Decorating Ideas Coming in Halloween Style Challenge

Posted by: on October 2nd, 2014 | 2 Comments

Fall Decorating Ideas Coming in Halloween Style Challenge

Get ready for some extraordinary Halloween and fall decorating ideas in the 2014 edition of The Home Depot Blog’s Halloween Style Challenge series. We have some super talented designers and DIYers lined up to share their Halloween and harvest ideas for the dining room, fireplace mantel and outdoor decorating– all using Home Depot products as the starting point. You’ll get plenty of inspiration for lovely fall decor, spooky Halloween yard decorations and more.

We are thrilled to introduce the talented participants of our 2014 Halloween & Harvest Style Challenge.

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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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DIY Shelves and a Storage Closet Makeover

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

DIY Shelves And A Storage Closet Makeover

We don’t know anyone who isn’t looking for ways to use every square inch of their homes. That’s why we’re mighty impressed with the recent storage closet makeover by lifestyle blogger Destiny Alfonso. 

She says for the longest time, it was one of those “everyone’s coming over, I don’t have a place to put it, just stuff it in the closet” spaces. But after she worked her DIY magic it’s a closet she doesn’t mind guests actually seeing inside the closet.

Destiny writes about DIY, decor and entertaining on her blog Just Destiny. Her closet makeover is part of our ongoing DIY Challenge series. We challenge some of our favorite DIY bloggers to come up with a great home improvement project starting with a specific building material– in the case, plywood. 

Read on to see how Destiny planned and executed her amazing hallway closet makeover. 

We love to throw parties, and each year we host Thanksgiving for our family and friends which has left us with a collection of servingware, dishes and decor that need storage. We have large garage but I needed a place to access my things at a moment’s notice. But, as you can see below, the storage closet was pretty dysfunctional. The closet needed a serious makeover.

Destiny's storage closet before its makeover

So I headed to my local Home Depot and picked up some supplies to build some pretty and functional shelves out of the most versatile material, plywood. This project is super easy and the perfect project for those who are feeling out the whole DIY thing. If you’re not comfortable with making your cuts, measure before and have your local Home Depot do all the cuts for you! Then all you have to do is assemble!

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