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Fresh Outdoor Decorating Ideas Coming In Patio Style Challenge

Posted by: on March 4th, 2014 | 7 Comments

Fresh Outdoor Decorating Ideas Coming In Patio Style Challenge
Over the past couple of years, The Apron Blog has brought you some incredible outdoor decorating ideas put together by some of the best and brightest names in the blogosphere. It’s The Home Depot Style Challenge series. This year, in our Patio Style Challenge, we have 24 bloggers and decorators and DIYers ready bring you fresh ideas and easy ideas you can put to good use in your own backyard.

Featuring a 2014 patio set as the centerpiece, each blogger has one month to turn his or her patio, deck or backyard into the outdoor space of their dreams. When they’re done, we will reveal their redesigned outdoor spaces with all the details for how they put it together.

We are proud to introduce the talented participants of our 2014 Patio Style Challenge:

First Row:

Amber is an avid DIY-er and crafting enthusiast living in Miami, Florida. Learn more about Amber on her blog, Damask Love, where craft is always in session.

Amy, of Your Southern Peach, is a genuine Georgia peach. Amy’s passion for southern hospitality and photography is evident with your fist glance at her blog. We can’t wait to see Amy’s final space, it’s sure to be full of domestic delights!

Anna is a lifestyle blogger at In Honor of Design, living in Atlanta. Last year, she participated in our Holiday Style Challenge with some fabulous dining room decorating ideas.

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Tips and Tricks for Using Chalky Finish Paint

Posted by: on January 2nd, 2014 | 15 Comments

Old Chair Restored Using Chalky Finish Paint

 

Chalky finish paint is an ultra-matte finish paint that’s getting a lot of attention from designers and DIYers. This is not chalkboard paint, by the way. That’s something totally different. Chalky paint is made for giving furniture or decorative pieces a high-end, professional finish. The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint is great for giving new life to old pieces you might find at a flea market, or giving a luxe look to discount store furniture.

We wanted to find out what DIYers could do with our chalky paint. So we sent Americana Decor chalky finish paint to some of our favorite home improvement bloggers for our Paint Style Challenge.

Gwen Hefner is the creative mind behind The Makerista. She used The Home Depot’s chalky paint to rescue an old homeless chair she found. She shares a few tips on using the chalky finish paint to its full effect.

 

I’ve heard so much about chalky paint and been curious to try some myself, so I was thrilled when The Home Depot sent me a box of chalky finish paint to put to the test. As any good thrifter and DIY’er, I had a large collection of projects stacking up (much to my husband’s chagrin) and several of them got a fresh coat of paint thanks to the samples I received.

The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint samples

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I opened the box to find quite the array of colors to choose from. They were all really lovely, but I thought it might be fun to mix two of them for something a bit different.

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Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand Destined for the Curb

Posted by: on January 1st, 2014 | 25 Comments

Gold striped vase atop a nightstand repainted with chalky paint

There’s a lot of buzz about so-called chalky paint. Don’t confuse these ultra-matte finish paints with chalkboard paint; that’s something totally different. Chalky paint is perfect for finishing furniture or decorative pieces, but without the need for sanding or priming. The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint from DecoArt is great for giving a fabulous saturated or distressed look to flea market or discount store finds.

We wanted to find out what DIYers could do with our chalky paint. So we sent Americana Decor chalky finish paint to some of our favorite home improvement bloggers. It’s our special chalky-finish paint edition of our Paint Style Challenge.

Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum! made her freshly painted nightstand the centerpiece for a complete makeover of a previously unappreciated nook in her home. And, as you’ll see, the chalky paint made the nightstand look absolutely smashing.

I believe in the power of paint to transform just about any space or object, so participating in a paint challenge was a no-brainer for me. Especially since it involved chalky paint…a medium I’ve yet to try.

My victim? This banged-up, no-character, laminate-coated, too-orange, old nightstand.

Old nightstand before chalky paint rescued it

If it looks familiar, that’s because virtually every bedroom set in the ’90s came with one. We’ve been using it as a little hall storage chest….but really, it was just a space-filler until I could find something better. Hence, I’d never taken the time to sand, prime, paint and seal it. Why bother when I knew it was destined for the curb?!

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Tablesetting Ideas for Holiday Entertaining

Posted by: on December 17th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Tablesetting Ideas for Holiday Entertaining -- Courtney Lake

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.

Above, blogger Courtney Lake, of Courtney Out Loud, sets a flawless gold table and doesn’t miss a beat: gold accents, candle light, and fresh flowers.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas: Welcome Guests with Holiday Chalkboard Messages

Posted by: on December 10th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Holiday Chalkboard Messages -- boutique la bohème

What’s the best way to effortlessly convey the holiday mood in your home? A chalkboard, of course! It’s one the cleverest Christmas decorating ideas we’ve seen lately. In our Holiday Style Challenge series, bloggers grabbed the chalk to express their holiday merriment! Whether you depict a faux tree, a dangling mistletoe, or a simple message of joy, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Above, Angela, of boutique la bohème, compliments her neutral mantle decorations with a Season’s Greetings chalkboard.

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Christmas Wreath Ideas from the Holiday Style Challenge

Posted by: on December 4th, 2013 | One Comment

Christmas Wreath Ideas from the Holiday Style Challenge: Grace Mitchell of A Storied Style

 

In our popular Holiday Style Challenge series, a few of our favorite bloggers created fresh holiday decorations and DIY Christmas decorating ideas to inspire us all to get in the holiday spirit. We saw plenty of great wreath decorating ideas, too, and a few creative uses! We love their fresh Christmas wreath ideas, and we know you will too. (Above is a beautiful wreath chandelier, complete with dangling ornaments by Grace Mitchell of A Storied Style.)

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A Classic Christmas Mantel: White Lights and Brass Accents

Posted by: on November 22nd, 2013 | 12 Comments

A Classic Christmas Mantel: White Lights and Brass Accents, by Whitney Curtis of The Curtis Casa

Classic doesn’t necessarily mean old-fashioned. Take for instance the shimmering Christmas mantel decorated by design blogger Whitney Curtis. It’s timeless. But she added a clever twist that makes it fun and completely up-to-date.

Whitney writes the popular design blog The Curtis Casa. She’s is one of the several top design bloggers who took part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent each of these creative people a mystery box of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot. We wanted to see how they’d use the decorations in their own homes. 

Whitney took lots of holiday greenery and lights and combined them with shiny gold and brass finishes for her holiday mantel. The twist? In a clever DIY project, she used rope lights to spell out a holiday message… though the spelling itself is a matter of perception, as you’ll see. 

My husband and I have spent four Christmases in our home in Atlanta, but with a little bittersweet twist, this year’s Christmas decorating is our last in this house. My mantle is one of my favorite areas of the house, (painted brick!) so I was excited to give it an appropriate sendoff, for one last Christmas together.

I love love love white lights for the holidays. When we were growing up, we always had two trees – a colored light tree for us kids and the fancy white light tree with all the fancy ornaments. My traditional side is just so drawn to the white lights, I had to do classic white!

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Dining Room Decorating Ideas for Christmas: Lush and Luxurious in Blue

Posted by: on November 21st, 2013 | 6 Comments

Dining Room Decorating Ideas for Christmas: Lush and Luxurious in Blue, by Mr. Goodwill Hunting
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 blogMr. 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.

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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Girly, Pink and Blue

Posted by: on November 21st, 2013 | 9 Comments

 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Girly, Pink and Blue, by Naomi Stein of Design Manifest

 

Your Christmas tree makes a statement about who you are. But what if you like Christmas, but you’re not really a dyed in the wool Holiday Person? No worries. That only opens up the possibilities, as interior designer Naomi Stein shows us.

Naomi is the author of the design and decor blog Design Manifesto. She took part in our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we sent some of the top design bloggers on the internet each a mystery box of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot. We challenged them to come up with fresh and unique Christmas decorating ideas and tips.  

Naomi’s charming and slightly non-traditional Christmas decor has tons of personality, with lovely textures and unexpected colors. She also shares some practical Christmas tree decorating ideas, including her DIY method of adding a snow effect to her tree. Plus, she has something to say about who NOT to rely on for decorating help. 

 

I’m just going to come out and admit that I’m not the Holiday type. I don’t gleefully hum Christmas carols while baking dozens of cookies. Forget shopping months ahead of time or crafting thoughtful handmade gifts. I have never once made a Christmas card, even though I love receiving them. (Maybe next year?) I find the holidays to be a little stressful and I struggle to balance all the extra Ho Ho Ho with life’s regular responsibilities.

That being said, I’m not a total Scrooge. I love spending time with my family, giving back to the community and dousing my home with just a little bit of Christmas spirit. I just prefer to do it in my own flava.

I celebrate the holidays at my parents abode, so my own tree could be a little more “fun.” I didn’t need to go the traditional route. I could choose a ridiculously fabulous tree topper and get a little girly if I wanted. I also wanted to go easy on the ornaments; something that’s easy to put up and take down works best for me. I opted to decorate with my favorite colors; blue, pink and gold. It complements the rest of the decor in my living room, and I’m pretty pleased.

This Un-Holiday type may just be a convert.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas: A Traditional Christmas Made Fresh

Posted by: on November 20th, 2013 | 3 Comments

Christmas Decorating Ideas: A Traditional Christmas Made Fresh, by Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

 

You don’t have to be traditional to love the traditions of Christmas. Lifestyle blogger Jewel Hazelton shows us here some easy ways to give traditional Christmas decorating an updated, modern look. 

Jewel is the author of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love. She’s among the gold star bloggers who agreed to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent a mystery box of Christmas decorations to each of these creative people to use in their homes. They came up with glorious holiday displays and some very practical Christmas decorating ideas.

Take a look at the clever ways Jewel makes the traditional red and green color scheme look fresh for Christmas. 

 

I’m looking forward to celebrating my first Christmas in my new home this year. My inspiration behind decorating my living areas was tapping into the classic Christmas. I wanted to incorporate traditional elements with an upscale modern flair.

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