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Halloween Decorating Ideas for Those Who Don’t Have a Mantel (or Do)

Posted by: on October 13th, 2014 | One Comment

Halloween Decorating Ideas for Those Who Don't Have a Mantel (or Do)

These whimsical, cute Halloween decorating ideas would work great on a fireplace mantel. There’s no reason to feel deprived, though, if your home doesn’t have a fireplace. Natalie Dalpias, the crafty mind behind The Creative Mom, is here to show you how to create a Halloween display without a mantel. 

This is her contribution to our Halloween Style Challenge. We send mystery shipments of Home Depot Halloween decorations to some especially talented bloggers to see what sort of decorating ideas they can come up with.

Natalie has some very practical Halloween ideas with a few of her own special DIYs to make her mantel-that’s-not-a-mantel burst with fun Halloween spirit.

Halloween Decorating Ideas for Those Who Don't Have a Mantel (or Do)

I always love decorating for Halloween. I love that pretty much anything goes for this season and while things can be cute, you have more freedom to spook things up and add more fun touches than you usually can. With that being said, I will admit that I’m a HUGE wimp. I don’t really love scary things, and I didn’t want to scream with fright every time I walk into the room, so while I added some spooky things into my decor this year, I tried to keep it on the fun side… you know, for the kids *wink.

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Fall Decorating Ideas for an Outdoor Dinner Party

Posted by: on October 10th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Fall Decorating Ideas for an Outdoor Dinner Party


We just love designer Erin Souder’s fall decorating ideas– they’re beautiful and sophisticated, yet are so practical and easy to pull off. She’s the creative mind behind House of Earnest, and this lovely outdoor dinner party setting is her contribution to our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge

We sent mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decor items to some of our favorite DIY and design bloggers to see what amazing decorating ideas they’d come up with.  

Erin not only styled the dining table beautifully, she actually made the table for this outdoor setting. Add a fun party photo booth, and hang some outdoor lamps, and you’re ready to celebrate fall in style. 

Although most of our yard is flat open field, we have the most perfect grove of just a few trees with a shaded clearing in the center. Throughout the years, I’ve always thought that would be an amazing spot for an outdoor dinner party. When it came to the challenge of styling a harvest dining room, I couldn’t for the life of me image doing it indoors, and it looked like the perfect time to take advantage of that little grove.

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Amazing Halloween Yard Display from Concept to Completion

Posted by: on October 9th, 2014 | 31 Comments

Amazing Halloween Yard Display from Concept to Completion

One thing’s for sure: Scott Stoll sets the bar very high when it comes to DIY outdoor Halloween decorations. Scott is practically a genius with papier-mâché, and that, coupled his obsession with the macbre, leads to an impressive and dramatic outdoor Halloween display at his house every October. Take a look at his website STOLLOWEEN to see some of his impressive ghoulish creations. 

Scott is one of the talented designers taking part in our Halloween Style Challenge series. We send out mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween decorations to see what fabulous Halloween and fall decorations these creative people can create. 

Scott’s creepy Halloween yard display last year was pretty spectacular. He’s the guy to follow when you’re coming up with scary haunted house props or when you want inspiration to make YOUR front yard the coolest in the neighborhood on Halloween. As you’ll see, he also knows how to draw scary Halloween stuff. 

He’s back with a completely new Halloween yard display that might be even more impressive than before. Follow along as Scott takes us from concept to completion of his spooky showcase.

Imagine you are walking down a desolate stretch of road late one October night. The air is cold and thick fog is starting to form. In the distance you hear the slow churn of a calliope and see the glare from hundreds of flickering lights. As you approach the spectacle you see a ticket booth and a shadowy figure inside promises you sights not meant to be seen by the human eye. A shiver runs down your spine as you claim your ticket and enter the world of Spookshow Obscura

Spookshow Obscura represents what I try to achieve each year with my Halloween yard display, and that is to create an immersive experience for anyone visiting our home. The experience is achieved by adhering to a solid theme and making sure that every element included in the display works to transport guests into a fantasy world.

Outdoor Halloween Decorations: A Spooky Yard Display from Concept to Completion

When I was asked to participate in this Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge I sort of had the dark carnival theme in the back of my mind, but would need to wait to see what Home Depot products I was given before any construction could begin.

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Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Posted by: on October 8th, 2014 | 6 Comments

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel


“When it comes to decorating, don’t ever be afraid to mess around with something you see in the store,” is some of the best decor advice you’ll ever hear. Adrianne Lentine said that, and as you’ll see, she puts the idea in practice with her Thanksgiving decorating ideas.

Adrianne authors the DIY and decor blog Dream Book Design. This fall mantel she styled for her family’s Thanksgiving celebration is part of our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge series– we send mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decorations to some of our favorite DIY bloggers to see what great decorating ideas they generate.  

Adrianne keeps her Thanksgiving decorations understated, with a lovely eclectic look to them. And, as we said, she knows how to make the decorations fit her style with just a little DIY know-how. 

As if the fact that it is no longer 100 degrees here in Phoenix wasn’t enough to be excited about, fall is here and Thanksgiving is coming up! Every year we have a tradition to be the ones in our large family to host Thanksgiving dinner, and it usually ends up being at least 25 people. While the main focus of that day is the food, I happen to think the decor is just as important! It can make a room feel cozy and festive at the same time, if done right. While we live in a world that usually follows the motto ‘more is more’, I happen to err on the side of ‘less is more’ when it comes to holiday decorating.


Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: An Understated, Eclectic Fall Mantel

Last year my hot hubby Jeremy and I stayed up till 2 am the night before Thanksgiving in order to finish building our new DIY fireplace mantel and built-ins. We hosted the dinner in that room and we wanted it to be perfect. Best choice of timing? Probably not, but we do love a good deadline to make us work hard.

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Halloween Party Ideas: A Glam Purple, Green and Black Dining Room Decor

Posted by: on October 7th, 2014 | 17 Comments

Halloween Party Ideas: A Glam Purple, Green and Black Tablescape

Halloween parties usually get the spooky treatment or the cute treatment. But we love Carrie Waller’s totally glam, sparkly Halloween party ideas. We shouldn’t be surprised at her unique Halloween vision, though; she’s the creative mind behind Dream Green DIY, after all. 

She created this Halloween party tablescape for our Halloween Style Challenge– we sent mystery boxes of Home Depot fall and Halloween decorations to our favorite design and DIY bloggers. Then we stood back to let the bloggers create amazing Halloween and harvest decor and party ideas. 

This whole room is full of her clever DIY touches, but we’re especially impressed with how Carrie totally hacked a couple of Home Depot Halloween wreathes to serve as her glamorous table decorations. 

Read on for Carrie’s distinctive Halloween party ideas, so you can create his distinctive, sophisticated look for your own Halloween get together.   

Halloween in our house is one fun affair. Dishes inexplicably fill with candy (who can resist the clearance section at the grocery store?), glittery accessories seem to magically appear on nearly every surface and my husband and I indulge in goofy antics all throughout the month of October. And this year, with the help of the Home Depot, we went all out with a dinner party set for four and filled to the brim with spooky-yet-sophisticated style.

Halloween Party Ideas: A Glam Purple, Green and Black Tablescape

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Outdoor Fall Harvest Party Ideas With a Classic Americana Style

Posted by: on October 6th, 2014 | 28 Comments

Outdoor Fall Harvest Party Ideas With a Classic Americana Style

Crisp fall air and expectations of the coming holiday season creates a great atmosphere for an fall harvest party. Kristin Cadwallader, the creative mind behind Bliss at Home, has styled an outdoor fall harvest party to remember. 

This is part of our ongoing Halloween Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Home Depot Halloween and harvest decorations to some of our favorite DIY and design bloggers, and we challenged them to create interesting and creative Halloween of harvest decor. 

Check out the nature-inspired fall centerpiece Kristin created. She also gives us her quick tutorial for a gorgeous wood slice art piece. 

Kristin’s fall harvest party has a classic rural American vibe to it with a very cool classic pick up truck serving as a gathering point. But even if you don’t have a vintage vehicle on hand, you’re sure to pick up some practical style ideas for your fall gathering.   

Fall has always been my favorite. I’ve learned to love every season, but fall will always be the one that I love the most. (Shhhhh! Don’t tell winter, spring, and summer!) The colors, the scent of apples and cinnamon, and the perfect weather always get me excited this time of year. For this Halloween Style Challenge, I wanted to take my love of the fall outdoors and host a fall harvest party in our backyard. Every year, we always end up entertaining here–whether it be a bonfire or an outdoor movie night. This year, I wanted to provide a relaxed atmosphere for some dear friends and their kids. Just snacks and fall drinks along with some good conversation on a beautiful autumn evening.

I’ve always enjoyed providing a fun setting for our get-togethers. Here’s how I brought fall to our backyard!

My Dad purchased a 1948 Chevy pick-up not too long ago that just happens to be bright orange. It was too perfect not to ask about for our fall party!! With a little hint-dropping, he gladly let me borrow it. I loved the idea to use it as a drink station for our party.

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Fall Decorating Ideas Coming in Halloween Style Challenge

Posted by: on October 2nd, 2014 | 2 Comments

Fall Decorating Ideas Coming in Halloween Style Challenge

Get ready for some extraordinary Halloween and fall decorating ideas in the 2014 edition of The Home Depot Blog’s Halloween Style Challenge series. We have some super talented designers and DIYers lined up to share their Halloween and harvest ideas for the dining room, fireplace mantel and outdoor decorating– all using Home Depot products as the starting point. You’ll get plenty of inspiration for lovely fall decor, spooky Halloween yard decorations and more.

We are thrilled to introduce the talented participants of our 2014 Halloween & Harvest Style Challenge.

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An Amazing Kids’ Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed

Posted by: on August 1st, 2014 | 30 Comments

An Amazing Kids' Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed

An Amazing Kids' Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed


Here’s a story about a kids’ playhouse that’s a lot like the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Ugly Duckling. You know the story– a homely little duckling matures into a beautiful swan. In this case a rather unattractive old tool shed is transformed into an absolutely magical playhouse that would be the dream of any little girl.

This is the vision of Joni Lay (along with ideas and labor by her husband and her father). Joni is the designer, creator and mom behind the blog Lay Baby Lay. This remarkable playhouse project is her contribution to our ongoing Outdoor Games Style Challenge series here on the Home Depot Blog.

What better place for backyard games than a playhouse, eh?

Seriously. This is the playhouse you wish you had had when you were a kid.

I had a fun playhouse growing up that my dad built especially for my sister and me. We loved it, and spent countless long hours in it, imagining the afternoons away. I’ve been dreaming for quite awhile about building something really fun for our girls to enjoy in the same way, but couldn’t really get a plan in my head that I was truly satisfied with until one day my husband Chip came up with a brilliant suggestion.

There was a tin roofed shed in our backyard that has sat virtually untouched since we moved into our house six years ago. It had fallen into a sad state of disrepair, but it was the kind of thing that you just didn’t know what to do with because it would be quite the effort to disassemble and throw away. We didn’t really use it, so we didn’t care to fix it up, either.

But my husband Chip had the idea to turn it into a playhouse, and that was all we needed to get going.

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Outdoor Games: DIY Ladder Toss You Can Take to the Park

Posted by: on July 31st, 2014 | 3 Comments

Outdoor Games: DIY Ladder Toss You Can Take to the Park

Mandy Kellogg Rye knows a stylish picnic isn’t complete without a fun activity. A good outdoor game can generate conversation, stimulate the mind as well as the body, and it can be a convenient, if not totally necessary excuse to enjoy a summer afternoon in the park.

Mandy is a talented and in-demand stylist– she founded the  Waiting On Martha blog and online store. She came up with this tutorial for building a DIY ladder toss game (often called ladder ball). It’s her contribution to our Outdoor Games Style Challenge.

Her ladder toss game set is a great for a tailgate party, a backyard barbecue, or for enjoying time with friends in the park.   


When The Home Depot asked me to be a part of its latest Style Challenge, I didn’t have to think twice before saying #letsdothis, especially since moving to Atlanta from Chicago we’ve been spending more time than ever outdoors.

The only caveat is that we live in the city, which means we have a very teeny-tiny backyard, and most of our time spent outdoors is at some of the beautiful parks that grace these city streets. So I knew when choosing and creating my outdoor game it would have to be portable and easy to store. We already had cornhole and bocce ball, but what seemed to be missing was one of my favorites– ladder toss. While ladder toss tends to be a tad on the large side I knew that with a few tweaks I could make it portable and part of our outdoor routine in no time.

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3 PVC Projects to Keep Your Kids Cool This Summer

Posted by: on July 30th, 2014 | 2 Comments

DIY Kids' Run-Through Sprinkler


We know that PVC pipe was invented for serious, functional purposes. There’s no denying the importance of durable, inexpensive material for modern plumbing. But PVC has its fun side, too. You can build some pretty awesome stuff with it.

Here we have three fun PVC projects, all created by Michelle Hinckley of the blog 4 Men 1 Lady

She’s among the super creative bloggers we asked to take part in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge here on The Home Depot Blog. The bloggers are inventing DIY outdoor games using simple materials available in the aisles of The Home Depot. 

Michelle serves up three PVC projects, all with outdoor fun on a hot day in mind, including a fun take on volleyball using water as the net and an awesome PVC water balloon catapult. But first, a DIY outdoor game classic– a PVC run-through sprinkler for the kids. 

Summer sets the ultimate outdoor playground backdrop for kids.

But with the scorching temperatures it’s not always feasible to stay outside for too long without getting overheated.

I have three PVC projects to KEEP the KIDS KOOL that you’ll definitely want to complete.


First up, the ultimate PVC run-through sprinkler. It is a little fancier than other kids’ sprinklers– it has not one, but TWO sprinkles of water to run through! 

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