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Christmas Party Decorations: A Jewel Tone Holiday Tablescape

Posted by: on November 15th, 2013 | 7 Comments

The hor d’oeuvre table at a Christmas party is one spot that everyone at the party will linger at some point. It’s where your guests make new acquaintances and conversations get started. 

So it makes sense you’d want your Christmas party to have an especially attractive holiday tablescape. Mandy Pellegrin has some amazing ideas on creating Christmas party decorations for the snack table that will truly impress.

Mandy writes about design, crafts and entertaining on her blog, Fabric, Paper Glue. We’re thrilled she took part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent Mandy, and several other design bloggers, mystery boxes of Christmas decorations, and stood back to let them amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas.

Mandy shows us how she transformed her entryway table into a gorgeous hor d’oeuvre table with color-matched decorations and garland made from paint chips.

 

Just a few short months ago, my husband and I moved from a 600-square-foot condo in DC to a legit 3-bedroom house in Nashville, affording me all kinds of new spaces to decorate. After my mother-in-law offered us a gorgeous antique Eastlake-style Victorian mirror that she didn’t have a spot for, I knew that I wanted to use it to create  an entry launching/landing pad — a convenient place to do a last minute hair check on the way out and a little spot to wrangle the keys, hats, gloves, etc. on the way in.

Like most of the spaces in our new-to-us 1935 house, I married old with new by pairing the antique mirror with this modern Parsons-style console table and added loads of functionality with storage baskets and a refurbished old dining chair for quick shoe changes.

 

Christmas Party Decorations: Mandy's Entryway Table She Decorated

 

What may excite me more than having new areas to decorate is having more space in which to entertain, and with both of our families nearby to boot, I suspect we’ll be doing more entertaining than ever this holiday season. So, with party planning on my mind and boxes full of gorgeous jewel-tone holiday decorations from The Home Depot — the perfect compliment to my navy blue walls, I was ready to turn my new entryway into a festive hor d’oeuvre table.

 

Christmas Party Decorations: A Jewel Tone Holiday Tablescape by Many Pellegrin of Fabric, Paper, Glue

 

I mean, can you think of a better way to invite guests right in than with cheese, meat, and bread?!  …Or is that just the key to my heart?

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Simple and Elegant Christmas Mantel Decorations

Posted by: on November 15th, 2013 | 15 Comments

Simple and Elegant Christmas Mantel Decorations by Angela Flournoy of boutique la bohème

 

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, you have two basic paths to follow. You can go all out– with abundant shiny holiday figurines, heaps of garland and sparkles everywhere you look. In our Holiday Style Challenge series, we’ve seen some spectacular examples of that method. But there’s also a lot to be said for simplicity and balance.

Simple elegance is certainly the tack Angela Flournoy took in her Christmas mantel decorations for the Holiday Style Challenge. She writes about design and style on her blog boutique la bohème. She was among the top design bloggers who received mystery boxes of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot. We asked her to use the materials any way she wanted to decorate her mantel for the holidays.

Angela created a festive, yet cozy space in her living room combing metallics with greenery, fresh flowers and fluffy rugs. It’s an inviting, warm space for entertaining guests or just enjoying a fire during the holiday season. And it’s so simple and elegant! Calming, even. Best of all, she explains how she created the look so you can include some of her Christmas decorating ideas in your home.

 

The holidays are my favorite time of the year. I love to decorate and entertain, so  My apartment decor is very colorful so I was delighted to find Martha Stewart Living Merry Metallic Ornaments in my Home Depot boxes. Who doesn’t love a little sparkle during the holidays? The touch of shimmer complements my interior perfectly.

I first chose to balance my fireplace with 4-foot pre-lit potted trees on both sides. The pots were originally bronze, but needed to stand out more, so I used Rust-Oleum Gold Glitter spray paint to make them pop. The spray paint worked even better than I had imagined by giving the pots a gilded, antique look.

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Holiday Door Decorating Ideas for Your Small Porch

Posted by: on November 15th, 2013 | 13 Comments

You don’t have to have a grand veranda to have an impressive Christmas display on your front steps. That’s the message Kelly Marzka has for anyone who’s been neglecting the front door at Christmas time.

Kelly is an intrepid DIYer who writes about fixing up her home at View Along the Way. We were thrilled she agreed to participate in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent Kelly and several other terrific bloggers each a mystery box of Christmas decorations. We asked them to show us the amazing holiday decorating ideas they came up with.

Kelly’s holiday door decorating ideas are perfect for anyone who feels like his or her front porch just isn’t worthy of Christmas love. She shows us how she took some simple garland, Christmas lights and poinsettias, and turned her home into a holiday showcase. Along the way, she shares some clever tips on making the most from your garland and how to make a unique holiday wreath.

 

Just like Santa, The Home Depot brought Christmas to our front door this year!

When I heard we were assigned to decorate our front door for the Holiday Style Challenge this year, I was a little skeptical. We don’t have much going on in the way of front porches, or even any overhead awning for shade. Just a tiny stoop. Our front door is Tiny Tim, a Christmas underdog who just wants to celebrate the season despite not having much to offer.

But The Home Depot sent us some fun Christmas-y delight and we got to work dressing up Tiny-Tim-the-front-stoop with garlands and greenery and a DIY monogram wreath.

Here’s how it looks all dressed up for the season:

Holiday Door Decorating Ideas for Your Small Porch, by Kelly Marzka of View Along the Way

I have “a thing” for fresh greenery, can you tell?

It looks beautiful and smells like Christmas to me!

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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Whimsy and Unexpected Color

Posted by: on November 13th, 2013 | 10 Comments

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Whimsy and Unexpected Color by Michelle Rothmeier of Ten June

 

There are a few fairly standard color palettes for Christmas– red and green, blue and white, perhaps, along with silver or gold. But there’s no reason to fear such non-traditional Christmas colors as purple or lime green, as Michelle Rothmeier will show us.

Michelle is the creative mind behind the DIY and design blog Ten June. We’re thrilled she agreed to take us up on our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent Michelle and several other top bloggers each a mystery box of Christmas decorations, and told them to amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas. 

Michelle focused on the Christmas tree for her Style Challenge. She came up with a delightfully whimsical Christmas display with fun shapes and textures guaranteed to catch the eye of a certain little guy in her family. She also expertly mixed some non-traditional colors in with the reds and greens. Add some DIY mantel decorations, and her living room is ready for the holidays. Read on for Michelle’s Christmas tree decorating ideas.

 

This year, my family and I opted for colorful, whimsical Christmas decorations. Typically, we decorate with more classic themes, like traditional red, green and silver. For my son’s second Christmas (and likely the first he’ll actually enjoy at sixteen months!), we were inspired to decorate for this holiday season with bright colors, sparkling elements and fun shapes. I think it’s the perfect holiday décor for a toddler with developing senses.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Front Door: Inside Out for the Holidays

Posted by: on November 13th, 2013 | 8 Comments

Sometimes, even crafty, creative, visual people just aren’t sure how to decorate the front door for Christmas. There’s certainly nothing wrong with hanging a wreath on the door, and turning your attention indoors for the real show. But Chris and Julia of the aptly named DIY blog Chris Loves Julia wanted to do something more than the ordinary with their front door this Christmas.

We know this because we invited them to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent out mystery boxes of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot to some of the best DIY and design bloggers we could find. Then we wait for them to amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas. 

They came up with an idea that’s pure holiday decorating genius. It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. Julia shares with us, in a most entertaining way, how they made their front door something special for Christmas.

As DIYers, you’d think going overboard on holiday décor is a given for us. Sad to say, it’s never really been that way. We’ve hung lights on the roof, and decorated our tree different ways each year, but outside that, we’ve been pretty bland. That’s why we were so stoked when The Home Depot asked us to be involved with their Holiday Style Challenge. It was the motivation we needed to focus on making one area of the home extra special. And, to top it off, they asked us to do the front door. I mean, if you’re gonna go all out, the front door is the place to do it. It’s like an open invitation to all passersby to join you in celebrating the undisputed champion of most wonderful times of the year.

We moved into this home not long ago, and are still making friends with our neighbors. We not only wanted our front door to be an invitation to be of good cheer, but a warm welcome to all of our holiday visitors. Because our front door before this challenge? Dang.

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Front Door: The Door Before Decorating

Booooooriiiiing. I think that may even be our dog, Charly (she makes a lot of appearances), in the window, yawning from all the ho-humness. Don’t you worry, pup. We’ll get those sleigh bells ringling and ting-ting-tingling in no time.

So as part of our mystery box, The Home Depot sent us a bunch of globe lights, made by GE. ["Super Sphere Lights," to be precise. -ed.]

Let me tell ya, those things are awesome. We immediately knew we wanted to use them, but weren’t sure where they’d fit best. I think they are designed to hang as a sort of outdoor light garland, but either way, they’re definite attention grabbers, which is awesome.

Our front window expands about eight more feet to the right in the photo above, and that’s where we were planning on putting our Christmas tree, inside the house. But we didn’t want the lights to take away from the Christmas tree, do we?

Of course not!

Well, what if we take the globe lights inside and hang them on the tree? Still visible from outside, and really adding to the tree. Maybe like so, shown below?

 

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Front Door: "Super Sphere" Christmas Light

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Holiday Entertaining Ideas: A Patina Christmas Tablescape by Courtney Lake

Posted by: on November 13th, 2013 | 11 Comments

Holiday Entertaining Ideas: Designer Courtney Lake and his door at their front door decorated for Christmas

 

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.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Family Room

Posted by: on November 7th, 2013 | 44 Comments

Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Family Room by Grace Mitchell of A Storied Style

 

A lot goes into creating a warm, cozy family room decorated for Christmas. It takes colors, textures, finishes, and as we’ll see, even the right smells.

Grace Mitchell is the author of the interior design and DIY blog A Storied Style. She accepted our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send our favorite design mavens mystery boxes of holiday decorations from The Home Depot. We then stand back while they come up with their impressive and practical Christmas decorating ideas. 

The Christmas decor Grace put together for her family room is breathtaking. It’s elegant, yet comfortable. It’s also the perfect comfy place for a family with little ones to create new Christmas memories. Grace shows us how she pulled it all together, and she shares some of her DIY Christmas decorating ideas.

(And look for photos of her adorable family, too!) 

 

Christmas is going to be really fun for my husband and I this year as all four of our children are past the infant stage (this is our first holiday season in a long time to not have a little baby), and they can understand and appreciate holidays a little more. All four of them are now toddler age and up (they are all a year apart), so they have been super enthusiastic about the holidays and the fun and excitement they bring.

For this Home Depot Style Challenge, I decided to choose the newest space in our 1921 home, a one-room addition we have just completed. It has been a long fourteen month road to get it done, so I was thrilled to start decorating it. (finally!) 

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Christmas Decorating Ideas: A Black, White and Gold Living Room

Posted by: on November 7th, 2013 | 45 Comments

Christmas Decorating Ideas: A Black, White and Gold Living Room

We might not think of mirrored disco balls as Christmas decorating material. But maybe we should, especially in the hands of Kristin Jackson, the creative mind behind The Hunted Interior.

Kristin 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.

Kristin created a comfy and inviting holiday living room in a neutral palette of black, white and gold, with lots of wonderful shiny surfaces and unexpected textures. Take a look at the gorgeous photos of her family room for some real Christmas decor inspiration. 

Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do… maybe it’s all the sparkle that’s involved?!? I am a self professed magpie. So when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Style Challenge again I couldn’t have been more excited… And then I was given the free-for-all “Wild Card” space, meaning I could do whatever space I wanted with the items that arrived. Bonus!

I had a few ideas in mind before I received the mystery boxes of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot, but when I laid my eyes on the woodland chic mix of items… (that’s what I am calling it!) I knew exactly what space to tackle: Our Living Room.

Christmas Decorating Ideas: A Black, White and Gold Living Room

Wanting to showcase the gorgeous copper, bronze, gold and silver ornaments I received from the Martha Stewart Living Collection, I decided to let them share the spotlight with a little classic black & white.

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Christmas Decorating: Christmas Trees and Coffee Cups

Posted by: on November 6th, 2013 | 23 Comments

Christmas Decorating by Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY

Designer Carrie Waller understands the importance of caffeine on Christmas morning. Santa goes to a lot of trouble to fill your stockings, so you at least ought to be fully alert when you start the Christmas morning fun. That’s why she had the ingenious idea of including a coffee station among her Christmas decorating ideas for us. 

Carrie writes about DIY and design at Dream Green DIY. Carrie 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 decor styling.

Carrie’s blue and gold Christmas tree is a masterpiece, and it looks so comfortable in her teal and yellow living room. We love the way she very cleverly put her own spin on a couple of Christmas decorating ideas she found on Pinterest, too. And with freshly brewed coffee on hand, how could this be a better place for opening presents? 

Read on to see how she worked her magic.

I admit it…I’m a little design obsessed. Whether for myself or for a client, chances are that you’ll find me juggling table lamps, brass animals and accessory pillows just about any day of the week. That said, I have never been all that keen on holiday styling. Call it laziness, call it whatever you like, but my strength has (sadly) never been in seasonal decor. This year though, with the support of The Home Depot, I was determined to break my reverie and indulge in all things Christmas. I am proud to say that I am an official holiday styling convert!

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room

Posted by: on November 5th, 2013 | 9 Comments
Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room: Gold, Silver and Greenery

“Lots of greenery to tie it all together”

 

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.

 

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room: Golds, Creams, Silver and Minimal Red

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