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Christmas Decorating Ideas Using Greenery and Other Natural Elements

Posted by: on November 13th, 2014 | 84 Comments

Christmas Decorating Ideas Using Greenery and Other Natural Elements

 

Bringing greenery inside is a terrific way to give your Christmas decorations a natural look. Brandi, author of the lifestyle blog Don’t Disturb This Groove, has so many great Christmas decorating ideas using evergreen sprigs she can make greenery a major element in her holiday decor.

She’s sharing her holiday decorating ideas and DIYs as part of our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Brandi, along with several other talented bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations. The bloggers used those decorations to get their homes ready for the holidays and shared their decorating tips and ideas with us.

Brandi created a festive look for her home that’s full of nature’s beauty and lovely blue and gold accents. She shared with us, too, her simple and practical DIY ideas for holiday decorating.

 

I’m absolutely thrilled to be apart of this year’s Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge! Christmas is an entire month of decorations, presents, food and family. Like so many of you, I love this time of year.

 

Christmas Decorating Ideas Using Greenery and Other Natural Elements

I think about how I’d like to decorate for Christmas all year long. This year I decided to decorate our dining room in blue, gold, silver, with neutral wood tones and lots of greenery.

Christmas Decorating Ideas Using Greenery and Other Natural Elements

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Gold and Glam (But Not Too Stuffy) Christmas Decor

Posted by: on November 12th, 2014 | 20 Comments

Gold and Glam (But Not Too Stuffy) Christmas Decor

Jen Woodhouse doesn’t do stuffy. She couldn’t even if she tried. All you have to do is read the first paragraph of her Christmas decor article below to see exactly what we mean. But she most certainly knows how to make a room look glamorous, but always in a comfortable, relaxed sort of a way. 

She’s a super talented stylist and an accomplished DIYer. She writes about decor and more on her blog House of Wood, and she’s taking part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Jen, and several other top drawer designers, mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to see the great Christmas decorating ideas they’d generate.  

Jen’s holiday decor is gorgeous, and brimming with warmth and personality… just like Jen herself.

 

OH.MAH.GOSH.YOU.GUYS. I am so excited to have been invited to participate in The Home Depot’s Holiday Style Challenge this year! And yes, this kind of excitement warrants ALL CAPS, all annoying like that. I can’t even tell you how honored, humbled, and completely intimidated I am to be included in this group of crazy talented bloggers. You guys. I almost peed my pants. I am not even kidding.

Gold and Glam (But Not Too Stuffy) Christmas Decor

When the Style Challenge mystery boxes showed up on my doorstep, it was literally like Christmas morning here at The House of Wood. Except it was 72 degrees out and October. No big deal. That didn’t stop me from tearing through the boxes like a kid on Christmas day.

I was thrilled to find that they were filled to the brim with magical goodies, mostly in a metallic gold palette. Shut the front door. Home Depot, have you been reading my diary? I have been crushing on all things gold and metallic lately, you’d think it was my job.

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Dining Room Christmas Decorations in Teal, Red and Mint Green

Posted by: on November 11th, 2014 | 9 Comments

Dining Room Christmas Decorations in Teal, Red and Mint Green

 

Christmas decorations often lean toward the warmer end of the color spectrum, which makes sense given the time of year. But cooler colors can work wonderfully during the holidays, too! Take a look at how designer Camila Pavone decked out her dining room for Christmas in teal and candy red with a bit of frosty mint green and champagne mixed in.

Camila is the author of the design blog Effortless Style, and she’s one of the very talented stylists taking part in our Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Camila and the other participants mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations. The bloggers then share with us their Christmas decorating ideas and tips using these holiday items.  

Camila focused on her dining room, turning it into a bright and lively place for holiday entertaining. Read on for holiday inspiration and plenty of holiday decorating ideas you can use in your own home.

Christmas came early this year when boxes arrived from Home Depot with goodies to use for the latest Holiday Style Challenge. Excitement quickly turned to panic when I remembered that I’m not a big decorator for holidays. Decorate my house? No problem! Decorate with garland and lights? Big problem.

I love the holidays, but I never seem to have enough hours to do most of my to-do list in a day, so adding holiday decorations never seem to happen. This dry run though got me excited for the holidays, and I will make sure to make the time to add a little holiday sparkle to my house this season.

Unlike a lot of people, I actually use my formal dining room for dining. I have lots of family who live near by, and I enjoy hosting meals. So, my pick for holiday decorating was actually very easy for me. Dining room it is!

I have a very colorful house that doesn’t tend to work really well with the traditional red, green and gold color story of the holidays. I was happily surprised though that the color story this season looked like it was made for my home!

Dining Room Christmas Decorations in Teal, Red and Mint Green

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A Christmas Decor in Gold, Silver and Copper

Posted by: on November 10th, 2014 | 17 Comments

A Christmas Decor in Gold, Silver and Copper

Bethany DeVore  has a knack for decorating with neutral tones– browns, beiges, with some black and white. She adds lots of eye-catching textures, and well-placed bursts of color to add energy. Take a look at the home tour section of her blog Dwellings by DeVore to see what we mean. 

Bethany does a masterful of applying her signature look to Christmas decor, and she’s among the exceptional style and design bloggers taking part in our Holiday Style Challenge series. We send some of our favorite design and lifestyle bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations, and the bloggers use those to create stylish holiday decor. 

While you’re picking up holiday decorating ideas from Bethany’s beautiful gold, silver and copper Christmas decor, don’t miss her two simple DIYs—a lighted marquee sign and her tree stump side table.

I eagerly anticipate the Home Depot Holiday challenge posts every year, so I was thrilled to get to join in on the fun this season! Christmas is definitely one of my most favorite times of the year. I look forward to the family time, baking, shopping, music, and of course decorating!

The Gold, Silver and Copper Color Palette

I love natural, earthy elements, metallics, and a lot of texture. So, I was happy to see my mystery boxes contained a mix of metallic ornaments in a neutral palette with lots of different textures. These created the basis for my design.

A Christmas Decor in Gold, Silver and Copper

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Christmas Decorating in Purple: An Elegant Holiday Mantel

Posted by: on November 7th, 2014 | 31 Comments

Christmas Decorating in Purple: An Elegant Holiday Mantel

One of the best experiences in a new home is the first Christmas. That’s what Shavonda Gardner is getting ready to experience, so she’s giving extra attention to her Christmas decorating… and we get to see what’s she done.

Shavonda is the author of the popular decor blog  A Home Full of Color, and she’s one of the very talented stylists taking part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We send these very accomplished decorators mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations and ask the bloggers to turn those decorations into fabulous holiday decor. Along the way we pick up a few styling tips and a lot of Christmas decorating inspiration.

Shavonda’s home really is full of color– in this case she’s created a gorgeous Christmas mantel in glorious shades of purple with silver accents. Take a look at her Christmas decor, which is rich and warm and so full of life. 

The holiday season is my favorite time of year. The lights, the sounds, the smells, the decorations… I love it all. I was so ecstatic when I was invited to take part in this years Holiday Style Challenge, and even more so when I was assigned to deck out our mantel.

Shavonda Gardner's mantel before its makeover

Christmas Decorating in Purple: An Elegant Holiday Mantel

One of the first things I fell in love with about our new home is the fireplace. I could just imagine crisp fall and winter days and nights spent by the fire, as well as the sparkle and glow of a festive holiday decor. I didn’t so much love its brass insert and unfinished façade, though, which you can see in the before and after shots above. I knew a little sprucing up was just what it needed to provide the perfect backdrop for a little holiday elegance.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas With A Cranberry Twist

Posted by: on November 6th, 2014 | 12 Comments

Christmas Decorating Ideas With A Cranberry Twist

Yana Puaca is a consummate entertainer who loves Christmas. As you’ll see, this makes her a terrific source for Christmas decorating ideas for entertaining.

Yana writes the lifestyle blog NoMad Luxuries, and she’s one of the very talented bloggers who’s taking part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. The idea is pretty simple: we sent mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to the bloggers, and then get out of their way as they work their magic creating gorgeous holiday decor. It’s all very inspiring, and we all get great Christmas decorating ideas and DIYs.

Yana’s Christmas decor bubbles with cranberry and aqua tones and cool, frosty finishes. And she thinks of everything– the music, where to place to beverage table… even how to DIY a frosted window effect.    

Growing up, I celebrated Christmas three times with different sides of the family. They were always spent gathered around the table, with delicious food and great conversation. Since we bought our first home, I wanted to continue that tradition with my husband. So when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Style Challenge this year, I couldn’t have been more excited! It was the perfect opportunity to put my own spin on what Christmas means to me!

Christmas Decorating Ideas With A Cranberry Twist

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Bright, Black, White, and Metallic Christmas Decorations

Posted by: on November 5th, 2014 | 34 Comments

Bright, Black, White, and Metallic Christmas Decorations

Take a look at Sarah Dorsey’s living room and you will immediately notice that she has a remarkable talent for making bold patterns live comfortably with each other. And with her Christmas decorations, she clearly also knows how to introduce new colors and textures in a way that looks completely in harmony with the year-round look of the room.  

She’s the author of the style blog Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, and she’s taking part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series her on The Home Depot Blog. For the Style Challenges, we send talented blogger-stylists mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to decorate their homes for the holidays.  

Sarah used her Home Depot Christmas decorations to create a holiday look that’s elegant and full of energy, but is equally cozy and comfortable. She explains how she brought it all together, including a short tutorial for a unique DIY Christmas garland. 

I LOVE Christmas time.

Every year, I look forward to the start of the Christmas season—warm blankets, sparkly lights, the crisp air, time with friends and family—I love it all! So I was absolutely thrilled when the mystery boxes arrived at my door. I’ll take any excuse to start the holiday season early.

Mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations

The mystery boxes were filled with bright colors, glittery metallics, and festive greenery. I developed a plan—utilizing the color scheme from the Martha Stewart Living Frosted Tradition Christmas ornaments I received, contrast with lots of white mixed in with the deep green, stars, and my favorite of the Christmas season, twinkly lights.

Bright, Black, White, and Metallic Christmas Decorations

 

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Christmas Decorating Inspired by Santa’s Workshop

Posted by: on November 4th, 2014 | 14 Comments

Decorating for Christmas: A Backyard Santa's Workshop

There might be no better inspiration for Christmas decorating than Santa’s workshop. And though we’ll likely never be entirely sure what this legendary work space looks like, holiday scholars agree that St. Nick almost certainly makes full use of the color red, likely with green trim in his workshop. That was the starting point for Melaine Thompson, author of My Sweet Savannah, when she decorated her backyard studio for Christmas. 

Melaine took part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent her, and several other talented stylists, mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to see what sort Christmas decorating ideas the bloggers would come up with.

Melaine’s backyard studio is bursting with Christmas cheer. She makes full use of the traditional color scheme, and she added so many charming details. And even if you don’t have your own garden house, we think you’ll pick up plenty of inspiration for your front porch and for your indoor Christmas decorating. 

When I was first asked to participate in the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge I was thrilled. I love any sort of challenge and creating a space with things that I did not pick out on my own would be a fun project. When the boxes started arriving I was very excited. It truly was like Christmas morning.

I opened up the boxes and saw a lot of green and gold~lovely. Then I saw a ton of red. Shoot, as much as I love red, I can never make it work in my own home. However, in the end I was able to embrace the red, and now I think I love red, and it makes the space I created much more magical.

So, my assignment was this: To create a outdoor space using what The Home Depot sent me. I decided I wanted to do something a little less ordinary than your typical porch or front entryway.

Decorating for Christmas: A Backyard Santa's Workshop

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Creating a Classic Christmas Decor with Blue Accents

Posted by: on November 3rd, 2014 | 40 Comments

Creating a Classic Christmas Decor with Blue Accents with Jennifer Bridgman

Not only is Jennifer Bridgman a very talented stylist, she also makes and upholsters her own furniture! It’s no wonder then that her Christmas decorating includes a new coffee table and a beaded light fixture she made herself.

Jennifer writes about do-it-yourself projects on her blog The Chronicles of Home, and she’s one of the talented DIY bloggers we asked to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent Jennifer and several other bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations and challenged them to come up with fresh ideas for holiday decorating. 

Jennifer created a classic Christmas decor, with lots of greenery and twinkling lights, and blue accents to match her living room decor.  

I wait all year to break out the Christmas décor and this year I got festive a little early when Home Depot asked me to participate in their Holiday Style Challenge. I was assigned one of the “wild card” spots, which meant I could do anything I wanted with the goodies sent to me–the possibilities were practically endless! And a little overwhelming at first, to be honest. But when I opened a 7½-ft. LED-lit tree, assorted red and silver ornaments, and several pre-lit garlands I could just see it all in my living room.

My family only recently moved into this house so I had a practically blank slate to work with–all that I’d purchased for the living room was the navy blue sofa, which I found heavily faded on Craigslist and revived with fabric dye.

Creating a Classic Christmas Decor with Blue Accents

I knew we needed a coffee table and I wanted a light fixture to hang from the empty electrical box on the ceiling, so I set about making them both mostly from materials purchased at The Home Depot.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas Coming in 2014 Holiday Style Challenge

Posted by: on October 31st, 2014 | Make A Comment

Christmas Decorating Ideas Coming In New Holiday Style Challenge

We have plenty of terrific Christmas decorating ideas coming your way here on The Home Depot Blog with the 2014 round of our Holiday Style Challenge, starting Monday, November 3.

We send some of the most talented and creative bloggers on the internet mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations. We then step back and let the designers and stylists do their magic. They’ll be decorating their fireplace mantels, living rooms, dining rooms and outdoor spaces for the holidays, and they’ll be sharing DIY projects they came up with to add to the festive looks they’ve achieved.

We’re pleased and proud to introduce the talented individuals who are taking part in the Holiday Style Challenge:

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Allison of Two Thirty~Five Designs will be decorating her fireplace mantel for her first Holiday Style Challenge. Expect lots of red set off by bold black patterns. Look for fun details and even a couple of clever gift wrapping ideas.

Amy Mikkelsen is know for the southern charm she brings to all her decorating and entertaining. Take a glance at her blog Your Southern Peach for great recipe ideas and tips on entertaining and decor. Amy will be sharing tips for a family-friendly Christmas dinner, along with photos of her gorgeous Christmas decorations in traditional red and green with lots of fun vintage touches. Take a look at her front porch makeover to get a sense of her style.

Andrea Crawford is a busy interior designer who writes about style and design on her blog Couture House Interiors. For the Holiday Style Challenge, though, she’s dressing up her own gorgeous kitchen for holiday entertaining. Andrea will also be sharing some simple Christmas decorating DIYs to add a bit of nature to the decor.

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