Articles in: Dining Room Ideas

Christmas Decorating for the Dining Room by Erin of House of Earnest

Posted by: on November 15th, 2012 | 7 Comments

 A beautiful dining room decorated for Christmas


In our Style Challenge series, we ask 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.

Erin Souder, the founder and editor-in-chief of House of Earnest, is constantly burning up the blogosphere with her creative DIY projects. Her limitless creativity and fantastic taste never ceases to amaze us! We thought she’d be a natural fit for the Holiday Edition of the Style Challenge series. We sent her Christmas decorations from The Home Depot, which she used to create a beautiful dining room ready for the holidays. Take a look at the beautiful photos, and pick up some stylish DIY Christmas decorating ideas for your home.

One of my favorite parts about getting older has always been that I become more and more in tune with my own style, and this is especially true around the holidays. I’ve always been one to make things my own by using unconventional materials, and heading to The Home Depot for decorating supplies is one of my secret weapons! From contractors paper to twine and hooks, there is so much that can be done to turn a home into a festive Christmas retreat.

Home Depot boxes arrived at my doorstep filled with wintry, snowy, woodsy flair and I couldn’t have been more excited. I love adding natural, neutral elements to my home decor, and Christmas is no different.


A festive, woodland-inspired dining room, designed by Erin of House of Earnest | For The Home Depot Style Challenge


A black and white stitched table runner with a little Scandinavian flair works as a foundation for the reds, golds, and greens that I had to work with for the challenge. I used packages of Martha Stewart ornaments with manila shipping tags to tie together bundles of gold flatware and name tags for each dinner guest.

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Places: Dining Room Decorating Ideas In Cranberry Hues

Posted by: on November 15th, 2012 | One Comment
Image of a Cranberry Colored Dining Room

Image via Style Estate


You may not be as wild about this shade as these homeowners above seem to be, but there is no denying that cranberry is a brilliant holiday accent. And this bold, fresh hue will bring warmth and cheer to family and guests who gather around your dining room table long after the holidays have gone. Whether you choose it as a color to paint an accent wall or use it as a splash of color to enliven your dining room décor, cranberry will make the room look and feel more delicious.

Not convinced? Here are a few more saucy dining room decorating ideas we thought might move you to our way of thinking.


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Places: The New Thanksgiving Table

Posted by: on November 8th, 2012 | One Comment

A jewel toned tablescape


No place speaks to the abundance and togetherness of Thanksgiving more than a well-laid table. We’ve been inspired by the completely original Thanksgiving tablescapes from some of our favorite bloggers, which we’ve been enthusiastically pinning on this Fall Harvest Pinterest board. So in the spirit of the season, how could we keep these grand tables to ourselves?

Above: The jewel tones in this Thanksgiving table by designer Jennifer Lindberg, as seen in Style Me Pretty, makes for a rich gathering spot. The bright yellows and oranges in the abundant flower arrangements and gilded candle holders set the whole thing off.

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Inspired: Dining Room Chandeliers

Posted by: on November 6th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Chandelier options and inspiration for your dining room

For many people, the dining room is the most important entertaining space in the home. One of our favorite ways to update the dining room is to change out the light fixture. Whether you’re looking for shopping guidance or inspiration, this inspiration board walks you through the different types of dining room chandeliers.


The traditional branched chandelier uses a series of arms to bear the electrical lighting of the chandelier. This shape typically creates a ring of branches around a central trunk, a bit like a tree with branches, to give off a soft and elegant light. Most commonly, a branched chandelier also has small shades around each light source that diffuses the light from the bulb, creating a subtle glow.

From left to right: Hampton Bay 6-Light Tuscan Copper ChandelierHampton Bay Halina 15-Light Hanging Chrome and White Chandelier; Laura Ashley Josephine 6-Light Chandelier

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From the Forums: Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas from BostonRoots

Posted by: on November 2nd, 2012 | Make A Comment

A do-it-yourself table setting for Thanksgiving


The focal point of Thanksgiving is the dinner table. First in importance comes cooking up a big spread of delicious food for the feast. But to make it festive, you need decorations for the Thanksgiving table. Home Depot associate BostonRoots is known for her terrific holiday decorations. Here’s a look at her Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas that are easy to make and will add lovely fall color and texture to your holiday table.

The materials she used are inexpensive and easy to find. The centerpiece you see above uses a strip of burlapflameless candles, some one-quart sized metal paint cans and some fall mums.

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Places: Farm To Table Dining Areas

Posted by: on February 16th, 2012 | One Comment
Eclectic farm-to-table dining room image

Image via houzz

The farm-to-table movement has grown from a small, cult-like foodie following in the 1970s spearhead by “slow food” guru Alice Waters and her legendary restaurant Chez Panisse, to a full-fledged cottage industry, with its own distinct look and feel (Travel + Leisure). Now, restaurants committed to serving the freshest, locally sourced food can be found in nearly any city you visit. These restaurants have re-imagined the dining scene, by creating simple, elegant, informal, communal and sometimes slightly upscale dining spaces that encourage you to linger at the table a while after your meal.

Feast on some of the farm-to-fork inspiration that diners have taken home (along with their to-go boxes) after the jump.

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