We have plenty of terrific Christmas decorating ideas coming your way here on The Home Depot Blog with the 2014 round of our Holiday Style Challenge, starting Monday, November 3.
We send some of the most talented and creative bloggers on the internet mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations. We then step back and let the designers and stylists do their magic. They’ll be decorating their fireplace mantels, living rooms, dining rooms and outdoor spaces for the holidays, and they’ll be sharing DIY projects they came up with to add to the festive looks they’ve achieved.
We’re pleased and proud to introduce the talented individuals who are taking part in the Holiday Style Challenge:
Allison of Two Thirty~Five Designs will be decorating her fireplace mantel for her first Holiday Style Challenge. Expect lots of red set off by bold black patterns. Look for fun details and even a couple of clever gift wrapping ideas.
Amy Mikkelsen is know for the southern charm she brings to all her decorating and entertaining. Take a glance at her blog Your Southern Peach for great recipe ideas and tips on entertaining and decor. Amy will be sharing tips for a family-friendly Christmas dinner, along with photos of her gorgeous Christmas decorations in traditional red and green with lots of fun vintage touches. Take a look at her front porch makeover to get a sense of her style.
Andrea Crawford is a busy interior designer who writes about style and design on her blog Couture House Interiors. For the Holiday Style Challenge, though, she’s dressing up her own gorgeous kitchen for holiday entertaining. Andrea will also be sharing some simple Christmas decorating DIYs to add a bit of nature to the decor.
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.
Pumpkins, ghosts, and creepy-crawlies are the obvious staples in any Halloween decor these days, but here’s a trend we’re seeing: glamorous Halloween. Our Halloween Style Challenge participants show us how to kick your ghosts and goblins up a notch with a spooky yet classy theme. Above, Monica Benavidez, of Monica Wants It, contrasts the black and gray color scheme on a crisp white brick fireplace. Monica added touches of silver, gold and sparkle to the pumpkins and candle combo for a glam twist.
It’s hard to believe that Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay hasn’t done much fall decorating up until now. You certainly wouldn’t know that looking at the distinctive fall decorating ideas she shows off in her living room all dressed up for the season.
Joni is one of the style bloggers of note we invited to participate in our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge. As with others of our Style Challenges, we sent mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decorations, and challenged the bloggers to come up with fresh ideas and DIY projects for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating.
We have seen Joni’s elegant, airy style on display in the spectacularly charming children’s play house she created for her little girls, and the backyard pergola she styled with a casual, natural vibe. You’ll see her love of natural elements and bright, clean spaces in play here with way she styled her bookshelves and fireplace mantel for autumn. And, as always, she offers us some very clever and simple DIY decorating elements, too!
I’m really excited to be participating in this fall’s Style Challenge. I have never really done much for autumn decor, but I’m finding that with little people in the house, it becomes extra fun to decorate for the season and make it special. When it comes to fall, however, I’m not really super into the creepy Halloween stuff (love the dressing up!) and warm colors aren’t really my favorite in the house. Starting with this fall decor inspiration board, I tried to create a bright, simple tribute to this cozy season.
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 co-mingling the found with the fabricated in small vignettes throughout home and garden.
The Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge Box Arrives
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!