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How to Decorate for Halloween: A Dark, Spooky Forest in the Living Room

Posted by: on October 15th, 2014 | 18 Comments

How to Decorate for Halloween: Dark, Spooky Forest

Decorating your living room and fireplace mantel for Halloween can be tricky. You don’t want it to be too spooky, and you probably want to have a little fun with it, but it has to be a look you can live with for a several weeks. We think Jennifer Griffin nailed it. She says she has no formal design training, but she certainly knows how to decorate for Halloween. 

The fact is, Jennifer clearly knows how to decorate for any occasion. Take a look at her blog Dimples and Tangles, and you’ll see what we mean.

She is one of the terrific DIY and design bloggers we invited to take part in our Halloween Style Challenge. We sent each blogger a mystery shipment of Home Depot Halloween decorations, and then we stood back while they came up with fresh and inspiring Halloween decorating ideas. 

Jennifer came up with a Halloween mantel that’s warm and colorful with interesting textures and tons of wonderful detail. Read on as she takes us, section by section, through her creative process, including how she modified some of the items we sent her to give them her special look.   

I was so excited when my friends at The Home Depot invited me to be a part of this Style Challenge. I mean, doing a project for one of my favorite companies, in my favorite season, with some fun new products… what could be better?

After receiving the assignment of decorating my mantel, I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go until I received my boxes of mystery items from The Home Depot. One item in particular inspired the entire design. Keep reading to find out what it was, but because of it the idea was born to do a dark, spooky forest theme.

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Fall Decorating Ideas: Curb Appeal and a Harvest Bonfire Party

Posted by: on October 14th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Fall Decorating Ideas: A Harvest Bonfire Party

When you’re looking for fall decorating ideas with a rustic, country charm, Liz Fourez’s family farm is an especially good place to start. 

We sent several of our favorite design bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decorations to see what fabulous decorating ideas the bloggers would come up with for our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge. Liz is the author of the DIY and lifestyle blog Love Grows Wild, and these ideas for decorating her home for fall are her contribution to the Style Challenge.  

Liz covers a lot of territory. She shows us how she boosted her home’s curb appeal, she carves a pumpkin, and she styles a fall harvest bonfire party for her family. As a bonus, she also has a short tutorial for her easy DIY mason jar lanterns. 

Welcome to our harvest party! There are so many things I love about this time of year… watching the leaves change colors, visiting the pumpkin patch with the kids, baking all kinds of yummy fall treats, and of course, football season. But this time of year is also special to my family for another reason… it’s harvest time! Our family farms corn and soybeans here in Indiana and Illinois, so fall is a very busy time for us. There are plenty of long days and late nights spent in the field, and when we finish harvesting our crop for the year, it’s time to celebrate!

So I’ve been busy getting the house ready for a big harvest bonfire, and the front of our house was the first project I tackled.

Fall Decorating Ideas to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

We have some pretty shrubs along the front of our house, but the cheap, plastic edging that runs the length of the house has definitely seen better days. Now that the heat of summer is over, we decided it would be the perfect time to replace the edging with stone blocks, which added a ton of curb appeal to our home.

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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 decor 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 | 30 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 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 | 34 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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