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Dining Room Decorating Ideas for Christmas

Posted by: on November 4th, 2013 | 24 Comments

Dining Room Decorating Ideas for Christmas

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.

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New Holiday Decorating Ideas Coming in our Style Challenge

Posted by: on October 21st, 2013 | 4 Comments

Bloggers offering holiday decorating ideas in The Home Depot's 2013 Holiday Style Challenge

It’s only October, but we are already gearing up for the Holiday season. We’ve asked 23 of our favorite DIY and design bloggers to decorate a space in their home for Christmas, and most importantly, show us how they did it. It’s our 2013 Holiday Style Challenge. Using a mystery collection of The Home Depot’s 2013 holiday products, each designer has only four weeks to bring some festive cheer to their home. Beginning in November, we will be sharing with you photos of their holiday decorating ideas with tips and tricks for creating the look yourself!

We are proud to introduce the very talented participants of our 2013 Holiday Style Challenge:

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Closet Organization Ideas for a Nursery

Posted by: on October 2nd, 2013 | 2 Comments
Nursery closet makeover

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

We were thrilled to hear that graphic designer and friend of The Home Depot blog Tobe Reed was expecting a baby. We were even more thrilled when she agreed to show us the closet organization ideas she came up with for the darling nursery she set up in her home.     

Late last year, my husband and I were overjoyed to find out that we were expecting our first little bundle of love. It wasn’t long before this interior decor enthusiast could be caught daydreaming about decorating a nursery! As we settled on the right room in our home to transform, we knew that while a good size, the room’s closet was definitely lacking in efficiency…and style.

Yikes.

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Amazing DIY Halloween Yard Decorations From The Shadow Farm

Posted by: on September 27th, 2013 | 11 Comments

DIY Halloween yard decorations

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

David Schilling pulls out all the stops every October to create the Shadow Farm, an amazing Halloween yard display in front of his home. In this Halloween Style Challenge, he shows us how he created some impressive DIY Halloween yard decorations with the Home Depot products we sent him. His simple decorating ideas will inspire you to take your own Halloween yard display to a new level. 

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I remember being spooked as a kid by the cool jointed paper decorations my grandpa would hang in his house, along with the bright plastic lanterns he would put up in his windows. There has always been something magical about the season, with the burst of color in the leaves and the sapphire blue skies, the crisp mornings and early nightfall. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.

When asked to participate in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge, I was honored and immediately responded with an eager “YES!” I love decorating my yard for Halloween, and have become know as “the scary man” by the neighborhood kids. Out of context, that might not be a good thing, but as an homage to my haunted yard, I consider it a high honor. As I anxiously awaited the arrival of my box of secret goodies, I began to doubt myself. Our yard and house were in pretty bad shape; with overgrown flower beds, bare shrubs from an extreme trimming last fall, and fading paint on the trim.

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Simple Halloween Decorations for the Fireplace Mantel

Posted by: on September 26th, 2013 | 6 Comments

Spooky Halloween decorations for the fireplace mantel

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

Los Angeles resident Johnny Love has a growing following of fans for his annual Love Manor Halloween display. He transforms his home into a an amazingly elaborate tribute to the macabre. Earlier, he showed us how he created some simple haunted house paintings for our Halloween Style Challenge.

Here he transforms his fireplace mantel into a classic, gloomy, but fun Halloween tableau that would work in any haunted house or horror movie. He shares with us his DIY Halloween decorating ideas, demonstrating that that the best Halloween decorations don’t always come from the holiday decor department.

Nothing quite compares to relaxing next to a roaring fire on a brisk autumn day, especially one in front of a mantel that evokes the Halloween spirit in both an elegant and macabre way. For this challenge I wanted to create a setting that used muted earthy tones with a pop of orange. So utilizing the foam pumpkins The Home Depot sent me was a must. The color was great and nothing says Halloween like pumpkins. However, I still needed to push my creativity.

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Halloween Haunted House Ideas from Love Manor

Posted by: on September 26th, 2013 | 10 Comments

Haunted House Ideas: Spooky DIY paintings from John of Love Manor

 

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

Every Halloween, Los Angeles-resident Johnny Love transforms his home into Love Manor. It features a spooky swamp-like graveyard and terrifying inside decor. This year for our Halloween Style Challenge, Johnny is incorporating some Home Depot Halloween decorations into Love Manor. Elsewhere, he shows how to create Halloween decorations for the fireplace.

Here, he shares with us some of his haunted house ideas, including how to create special lighting and macabre paintings. 

Halloween to me is the one time of year where you can let your creativity run wild. I was so thrilled when The Home Depot contacted me and gave me a bit of a challenge. In the past, I would spend most of my time at The Home Depot spending more money on making my home look more macabre than well-kept, of course all for this wondrous holiday. However, this time I knew I wanted to think as far outside the box as I possibly could. In years past I would use PVC pipe and wood to create faux wrought-iron fences and foam for tombstones, so this year my idea came to life when looking at some old classic Halloween cartoons.

I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate these images and have them make sense until I was wandering around the paint section at The Home Depot. I saw the canvas drop cloth, paint brushes and vast selection of paint colors and knew for my first project I had to create some sinister pieces of art.

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Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard

Posted by: on September 25th, 2013 | 22 Comments

Spooky halloween display with purple lights, fog, and a grim reaper

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

Scott Stoll is an award-winning papier-mâché artist who specializes in Halloween decorations. With his Halloween Style Challenge, he pulled out all the stops with his outdoor Halloween decorating ideas. He shares with us some of his techniques, too, with links to tutorials for some of the papier-mâché creations he used in his amazing Halloween display. Take a look to be impressed and inspired…

 

Halloween has always been a big deal at our house, for many years we have transformed our yard into a fun and creepy experience suitable for both kids and adults.

The sights and sounds of Halloween always make an appearance every October, and with the help of The Home Depot, our backyard was transformed into a magical Halloween experience that can be enjoyed while sitting around a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.

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Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Mantel

Posted by: on September 25th, 2013 | 18 Comments

Halloween decorations on a fireplace mantel, designed by Kelly of Eclectically Vintage blog

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

Kelly of Eclectically Vintage has a knack for taking mundane items and turning them into decorating statements, so we couldn’t wait to see her Halloween decorating ideas. Take a look how she mixed some Home Depot Halloween decorations into her eclectic style and ended up with a delightfully spooky fireplace mantel for Halloween. For our Halloween Style Challenge, Kelly also shares her tutorial for adding light-up spiders to carvable foam pumpkins.

Gone are the days when my girls dressed in pink and yellow princess costumes waving magic wands while trick or treating.

Today, my girls insist on a spooky Halloween!

I aim to please …

within reason.

Avert your eyes if you have arachnophobia.

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Outdoor Decorating for Fall with a Harvest Theme

Posted by: on September 24th, 2013 | 6 Comments

Outdoor decorating with a harvest theme, from Paula of Two Ellie

 

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Family and decor blogger Paula Coldiron took us up on our Halloween Style Challenge. She shows us her flare for outdoor decorating, creating a harvest-themed space for entertaining friends and family.   

Fall is by far my favorite season. College football begins, the trees begin to change, the weather here in the south is still warm, but as the sun sets a light sweater can be donned. As a family we love to roast marshmallows, take in the crispness of the air, and finally enjoy dining in the great outdoors. This year I began an organic, GMO free vegetable garden, nothing too big, just enough to feed our family, plus some. It has been quite the project, but as the season changes so does the garden. Soon enough we will be planting cool weather lettuces and such. Before all the remaining summer bounty withered away I wanted to take full advantage and celebrate the beginning of my favorite season, fall.

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DIY Sawhorse Table Tutorial

Posted by: on September 24th, 2013 | 3 Comments

Sawhorse table set ready for outdoor entertaining

 

Family and decor blogger Paula Coldiron put together a delightful harvest-themed outdoor entertaining space for our Halloween Style Challenge. She created a sawhorse table for the space that’s easy to set up, take down and store. Here’s a tutorial showing how you can build this simple sawhorse table yourself. 

We live in a small neighborhood, with a perfectly smaller home, and an even smaller yard. This means we try to take advantage of both our indoor and outdoor spaces while entertaining. With the addition of our kitchen garden, a playset for the kids, a fire pit, and a patio that we hope to have become a lounging spot within the next six months means that we simply do not have the space for an outdoor dining area, despite our love of entertaining. We went back and forth whether we wanted to invest in lounge-like furniture or a dining set, in the end the lounging area won out. Of course, this did not deter my vision for dining in the garden; this just meant that when this Style Challenge came upon me, I knew I could get creative! This is where the sawhorse dining table came into play and made for an easy DIY.

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