One of the most important aspects of all holiday festivities is, of course, meal time! Countless family memories are made around the table, so spend a little extra time decorating – your guests will love a thoughtfully prepared dining room. Gather a few tablesetting ideas from these pros, our bloggers who participated in this year’s Holiday Style Challenge.
Rashon Carraway has quite an eye for design. And he’s a master of mixing the old and the new to create sumptuous decor. He completely dazzled us with the dining room decorating ideas for Christmas he offered up in our Holiday Style Challenge.
You might be more familiar with Rashon under his nom de blog, Mr. Goodwill Hunting. He was among the design bloggers who took part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent each blogger a mystery box of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot, and challenged them to come up with unique new Christmas decorating ideas.
Rashon’s Christmas dining room decor is lush and luxurious, and as you’ll see, fairly inexpensive to pull off. And take a look at his easy DIY for colorful place cards for dinner guests.
I was quite excited The Home Depot asked me to participate in their Style Challenge (and a challenge it was). A few months ago I was sent a few boxes with amazing stuff inside. The color scheme of my space is typical bachelor: black, white and grey. So when the boxes were filled with colored little items I had to immediately get creative, and here is what happened.
Apartment dwellers often feel left out of the fun of decorating for Christmas. Sure, you might put up a small Christmas tree and perhaps string some lights on a wall. But what about decorating a small apartment for Christmas breakfast? Or hosting guests for a holiday dinner? That might seem a bit much to ask of an apartment kitchen.
Design blogger Lindsay B of everything LEB is here to show that even in a small apartment space, there are lots of ways to make a holiday meal something special.
Lindsay is one of the several DIY and design writers who agreed to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent each participant a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations and let them come up with their own unique Christmas decorating ideas.
Lindsay B’s Christmas tablescape is cute and festive– perfect for entertaining guests or having Christmas pancakes in your jammies. And with the clever DIY tricks she shows us, it’s very doable, even on a budget.
Living in an apartment space is often at a premium. While I don’t have a dedicated dining room, I feel lucky there is enough room to put a small kitchen table in my kitchen. The table usually lives against the wall, but for certain occasions, like Christmas morning, I pull out the table leaves and set that baby up! Christmas is pretty special in my house; I like to make a REALLY big deal of it. So it’s only natural the day has to start out spectacular. With a little help from Home Depot this year, my Christmas morning is sure to be out of this world.
Welcome to my Christmas morning table!
I wanted to make it casual, yet something that I normally wouldn’t do everyday. I started with the tablecloth to set the scene, and I made it by dyeing a large drop cloth red. I love drop clothes because they are all cotton and take color like a breeze, perfect for making a custom inexpensive tablecloth.
The key to truly remarkable decorating for holiday entertaining is knowing a few interior design tricks and having a bit of inspiration. That’s exactly what we have here, with Christmas decorating ideas from Courtney Lake, the creative mind behind Courtney Out Loud.
We are thrilled that Courtney took us up on our Holiday Style Challenge. That’s where we send some of the best design and lifestyle bloggers on the internet a mystery box of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot, and then stand back as they work their holiday decorating magic.
Courtney gives us a mini-course in interior design for holiday entertaining, and he lets us in on the very unusual source of inspiration for his stunning golden brown Christmas tablescapes.
Nostalgic is not a word that most of my friends and family would use to describe me. I don’t really hang on to things for sentimental reasons, but as I get older, I find myself holding onto things a little longer than usual. Letters get tucked into drawers for “safe keeping”. Photos are double backed up.
So it didn’t strike me as strange that I fell in love with a vintage portrait of a young man while at auction. “Marc,” as I call him, struck a cord with me and was the inspiration for my holiday tablescape. The patina of the actual portrait is what really struck me as beautiful – the slight golden quality of the paper, the soft amber and dark bronzes the artist used to sketch Marc were translated into a palette of white, gold and bronze with touches of white to lighten the overall mood.
Feasting is a big part of Christmas celebrations, which makes your dining table an important focus for holiday decorating. Anna Liesemeyer of the lifestyle blog In Honor of Design makes decorating the dining room for Christmas seem effortless.
Anna took part in our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send some of our favorite bloggers a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorating goodies, and let them amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas.
She shares with us some gorgeous and inspiration photos of her warm and elegant traditional Christmas dining room. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to learn how she created her beautiful Christmas place settings and table runner.
Five giant boxes of Christmas decor delivered to my front door. Dream come true.
The Assignment: Make Christmas happen in my dining room.
I knew this was a perfect match for me since food and dining is my favorite way to bring people together. I see it as a fun challenge to work with your space to make it an inviting and appealing atmosphere for guests.
Based on the decorations I received from The Home Depot and the color of our more classic style table, I chose golds, creams, silver, minimal red, and lots of greenery to tie it all together.
The dining room is where a lot of the action is during Christmas celebrations. But coming up with dining room decorating ideas for Christmas isn’t always easy. That is, except for Monica Benavidez of the Monica Wants It blog.
Monica took us up on our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send some of our favorite design bloggers a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorating goodies, and let them amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas.
Monica blew us away with how she transformed her dining room into a gorgeous space for entertaining holiday guests. She shares with us the clever and easy ways she incorporated Christmas decorations into her beautiful blue dining room decor. Plus, she even offers a few tips on how to make the most of your next chalkboard paint project. Read on for Monica’s terrific dining room decorating ideas for Christmas.
When I got my assignment for the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge, I was stoked! My dining room is my absolute favorite room of my house. It serves as a dining, entertaining, office, and lounging space. [Take a look at her shimmering blue dining room before the Christmas makeover. It's beautiful! -ed.]
My box full of goodies from The Home Depot contained the Merry Metallics collection by Martha Stewart. The colors are gorgeous hues of gold, copper, and bronze. I added in silver and burlap for some extra texture and contrast.
We’re not suggesting that dining rooms are passé … well, not exactly. And if you are someone who’s prone to throw large dinner parties or have the extended tribe over for family gatherings, of course, you’d never even consider turning the dining room into an office, home theater or playroom for the kiddies.
But what we are saying is that if your dining room is just sitting there, all done up, waiting for the two or three days out of the year it has any reason to exist, you should consider turning it into a more functional space that actually suits your family’s lifestyle. Just a thought.
And let us be clear: We’re all about family time, long conversations over great meals, and all the enjoyment that entails. However, if you’ve been wondering what else you could do with the room that currently serves as a museum for grandma’s china and the antique dining room set, here are a few ideas to chew on.
The dining room is often one of the brightest rooms in the house. Why not install a beautiful lantern pendant, put up some bookcases, pull in a couple of bistro chairs and turn it into a lovely home office. And, if you think this image is gorgeous, you should see how Emily got her office space all decked out for our Holiday Style Challenge.