One of the best experiences in a new home is the first Christmas. That’s what Shavonda Gardner is getting ready to experience, so she’s giving extra attention to her Christmas decorating… and we get to see what’s she done.
Shavonda is the author of the popular decor blog A Home Full of Color, and she’s one of the very talented stylists taking part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We send these very accomplished decorators mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations and ask the bloggers to turn those decorations into fabulous holiday decor. Along the way we pick up a few styling tips and a lot of Christmas decorating inspiration.
Shavonda’s home really is full of color– in this case she’s created a gorgeous Christmas mantel in glorious shades of purple with silver accents. Take a look at her Christmas decor, which is rich and warm and so full of life.
The holiday season is my favorite time of year. The lights, the sounds, the smells, the decorations… I love it all. I was so ecstatic when I was invited to take part in this years Holiday Style Challenge, and even more so when I was assigned to deck out our mantel.
One of the first things I fell in love with about our new home is the fireplace. I could just imagine crisp fall and winter days and nights spent by the fire, as well as the sparkle and glow of a festive holiday decor. I didn’t so much love its brass insert and unfinished façade, though, which you can see in the before and after shots above. I knew a little sprucing up was just what it needed to provide the perfect backdrop for a little holiday elegance.
Yana Puaca is a consummate entertainer who loves Christmas. As you’ll see, this makes her a terrific source for Christmas decorating ideas for entertaining.
Yana writes the lifestyle blog NoMad Luxuries, and she’s one of the very talented bloggers who’s taking part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. The idea is pretty simple: we sent mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to the bloggers, and then get out of their way as they work their magic creating gorgeous holiday decor. It’s all very inspiring, and we all get great Christmas decorating ideas and DIYs.
Yana’s Christmas decor bubbles with cranberry and aqua tones and cool, frosty finishes. And she thinks of everything– the music, where to place to beverage table… even how to DIY a frosted window effect.
Growing up, I celebrated Christmas three times with different sides of the family. They were always spent gathered around the table, with delicious food and great conversation. Since we bought our first home, I wanted to continue that tradition with my husband. So when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Style Challenge this year, I couldn’t have been more excited! It was the perfect opportunity to put my own spin on what Christmas means to me!
Take a look at Sarah Dorsey’s living room and you will immediately notice that she has a remarkable talent for making bold patterns live comfortably with each other. And with her Christmas decorations, she clearly also knows how to introduce new colors and textures in a way that looks completely in harmony with the year-round look of the room.
She’s the author of the style blog Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, and she’s taking part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series her on The Home Depot Blog. For the Style Challenges, we send talented blogger-stylists mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to decorate their homes for the holidays.
Sarah used her Home Depot Christmas decorations to create a holiday look that’s elegant and full of energy, but is equally cozy and comfortable. She explains how she brought it all together, including a short tutorial for a unique DIY Christmas garland.
I LOVE Christmas time.
Every year, I look forward to the start of the Christmas season—warm blankets, sparkly lights, the crisp air, time with friends and family—I love it all! So I was absolutely thrilled when the mystery boxes arrived at my door. I’ll take any excuse to start the holiday season early.
The mystery boxes were filled with bright colors, glittery metallics, and festive greenery. I developed a plan—utilizing the color scheme from the Martha Stewart Living Frosted Tradition Christmas ornaments I received, contrast with lots of white mixed in with the deep green, stars, and my favorite of the Christmas season, twinkly lights.
There might be no better inspiration for Christmas decorating than Santa’s workshop. And though we’ll likely never be entirely sure what this legendary work space looks like, holiday scholars agree that St. Nick almost certainly makes full use of the color red, likely with green trim in his workshop. That was the starting point for Melaine Thompson, author of My Sweet Savannah, when she decorated her backyard studio for Christmas.
Melaine took part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent her, and several other talented stylists, mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to see what sort Christmas decorating ideas the bloggers would come up with.
Melaine’s backyard studio is bursting with Christmas cheer. She makes full use of the traditional color scheme, and she added so many charming details. And even if you don’t have your own garden house, we think you’ll pick up plenty of inspiration for your front porch and for your indoor Christmas decorating.
When I was first asked to participate in the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge I was thrilled. I love any sort of challenge and creating a space with things that I did not pick out on my own would be a fun project. When the boxes started arriving I was very excited. It truly was like Christmas morning.
I opened up the boxes and saw a lot of green and gold~lovely. Then I saw a ton of red. Shoot, as much as I love red, I can never make it work in my own home. However, in the end I was able to embrace the red, and now I think I love red, and it makes the space I created much more magical.
So, my assignment was this: To create a outdoor space using what The Home Depot sent me. I decided I wanted to do something a little less ordinary than your typical porch or front entryway.
Not only is Jennifer Bridgman a very talented stylist, she also makes and upholsters her own furniture! It’s no wonder then that her Christmas decorating includes a new coffee table and a beaded light fixture she made herself.
Jennifer writes about do-it-yourself projects on her blog The Chronicles of Home, and she’s one of the talented DIY bloggers we asked to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent Jennifer and several other bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations and challenged them to come up with fresh ideas for holiday decorating.
Jennifer created a classic Christmas decor, with lots of greenery and twinkling lights, and blue accents to match her living room decor.
I wait all year to break out the Christmas décor and this year I got festive a little early when Home Depot asked me to participate in their Holiday Style Challenge. I was assigned one of the “wild card” spots, which meant I could do anything I wanted with the goodies sent to me–the possibilities were practically endless! And a little overwhelming at first, to be honest. But when I opened a 7½-ft. LED-lit tree, assorted red and silver ornaments, and several pre-lit garlands I could just see it all in my living room.
My family only recently moved into this house so I had a practically blank slate to work with–all that I’d purchased for the living room was the navy blue sofa, which I found heavily faded on Craigslist and revived with fabric dye.
I knew we needed a coffee table and I wanted a light fixture to hang from the empty electrical box on the ceiling, so I set about making them both mostly from materials purchased at The Home Depot. Check out the
DIY Lacquered Grasscloth Coffee Table tutorial on my blog.
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.